Vitamin B6 is hijacked by pancreatic cancer. Ginseng helps to repair muscles. Olive oil may fight brain cancer. Silicon dioxide may promote celiac disease. Potassium supplementation lowers blood pressure. Red light exposure reduces blood glucose.

Every week we discover inspiring, informative, and sometimes shocking health-related news. From new studies to insightful analysis, here is what you need to know this week:

  • Vitamin B6 is hijacked by pancreatic cancer cells, depleting the body’s B6 supplies and depriving the immune system of the necessary vitamin. New research shows promising treatment options based on the regulation of vitamin B6. Cancer Discovery
  • Ginseng consumption after exercise can reduce fatigue and can support muscle recovery. A new study shows that this nutritional supplement also improves muscle regeneration and has anti-inflammatory properties. Nutrients
  • A new drug based on the key ingredient in olive oil, oleic acid, has shown promise for treating brain cancer. A new study utilized oleic acid to show that the ingredient affects cancer cell walls and may be able to slow down abnormal cancer cell growth. British Journal of Cancer
  • Silicon dioxide (E551), a food additive common in powdered food, soups, spices, formula, instant coffee, cocoa mix, and some frozen foods, may promote the development of celiac disease. A new study in mice showed that daily exposure to silicon dioxide produced greater levels of intestinal inflammation. Environmental Health Perspectives
  • Potassium intake is key to controlling high blood pressure. Recent analysis indicates that potassium supplementation leads to significant blood pressure lowering effects. Journal of Human Hypertension
  • Red light exposure can reduce glucose levels. A new study indicates that 670 nanometers (nm) of red light encouraged mitochondrial energy production with increased consumption of glucose, thus reducing blood glucose levels by over 27%. Journal of Biophotonics