B vitamins for stroke prevention and kidney disease treatment, meat and dairy fighting cancer, and the fertility power of nuts.

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 B supplementation may reduce the likelihood of secondary strokes. A team of researchers has shown that inadequate stores of B vitamins, including B2 (riboflavin), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate or folic acid), and B12 (cyanocobalamin), leads to elevated levels of homocysteine. Homocysteine is associated with strokes and secondary strokes. Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
  • Trans-vaccenic acid (TVA), a nutrient found in meat and dairy products of cows, sheep, and other grazing animals, improves our ability to kill cancer sells. This long-chain fatty acid stimulates CD8+ T cells which naturally hunt and destroy various tumors. Nature
  • Eating nuts may boost male fertility. Eating walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts on a daily basis was shown to improve sperm quality in men. Advances in Nutrition
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) treatment was found to alleviate chronic kidney disease in mice. Researchers in Germany found that vitamin B2 helped to reduce kidney inflammation and reverse disease progression. Nature Communications