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Health Info Newsletter December 20, 2016: Lacking Supplements - Osteoporosis - Wrinkles - Tinnitus


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Pruning Bone Loss 

Alan Gaby, MD

Forty-eight women (aged 65–79 years) with osteopenia were randomly assigned to receive 50 g per day of dried plums (equivalent to 5 or 6 dried plums), 100 g per day of dried plums (equivalent to 10 to 12 dried plums), or no plums (control group) for 6 months. Compared with the control group, both groups receiving dried plums had significantly less total body bone loss, although the effects at specific sites (lumbar spine and hip) were not significant. The lower dose of dried plums appeared to be as effective as the higher dose. Both doses of dried plums decreased a marker of bone resorption. 

: Dried plums (prunes) have previously been shown to prevent bone loss in an animal model of osteoporosis and at a dose of 100 g per day in humans. The results of the present study indicate that 50 g of dried plums per day is as effective as 100 g per day. Inflammation plays a role in bone resorption, and it is thought that dried plums decrease bone resorption by inhibiting inflammation. In addition, dried plums are rich in nutrients such as vitamin K, magnesium, and boron, all of which play a role in promoting bone health. 

Hooshmand S et al. The effect of two doses of dried plum on bone density and bone biomarkers in osteopenic postmenopausal women: a randomized, controlled trial. Osteoporos Int . Epub 2016 Feb 22. 

Cocoa Flavanols Improve Skin Wrinkles 

Sixty-two Korean women (aged 43–86 years) with moderately photoaged skin and visible facial wrinkles were randomly assigned to receive, in double-blind fashion, a daily cocoa beverage that contained 320 mg of cocoa flavanols or a placebo beverage for 24 weeks. At 24 weeks, the mean improvements in wrinkles and skin elasticity were significantly greater in the cocoa group than in the placebo group. 


: In this study, regular consumption of cocoa flavanols had a positive effect on facial wrinkles and skin elasticity in Korean women. That amount of cocoa flavanols would be present in 50 to 340 g per day of dark chocolate, depending on the type of dark chocolate. Milk chocolate would not be expected to be as effective as dark chocolate, because the presence of milk may inhibit the absorption of cocoa flavanols. 

Yoon HS et al. Cocoa flavanol supplementation influences skin conditions of photo-aged women: a 24week double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. J Nutr . 2016;146:46–50. 

Red Ginseng Dose Improves Chronic Tinnitus 

 Tori Hudson, ND, 
Tinnitus affects approximately 1 in 7 adults. It can be described as a ringing or noise in the ear without any external auditory cause. Tinnitus can be a symptom of other medical conditions or have an unknown origin. One possible avenue for treatment is that because inner ear cell damage can be caused by reactive oxygen species, oral antioxidants may offer some help. It is known that Korean red ginseng (Panax ginseng) root extract is one such plant that has antioxidant and anti-apoptotic activity and has been shown to protect auditory cells from cisplatin toxicity. 

A randomized, open-label, controlled study was conducted to evaluate the effect of Korean red ginseng on symptoms and quality of life of patients with chronic tinnitus. 

Patients (n = 61, aged >20 years) were selected who had unilateral or bilateral tinnitus for >6 months. Individuals (61) were 20 years of age or older. Patients received 160 mg/day ginkgo leaf extract, 1500 mg/day of Korean red ginseng root extract, or 3000 mg/day Korean red ginseng root extract for 4 weeks. Study evaluations included complete blood count, metabolic panel, audiological evaluation, tinnitus evaluation, visual analogue scale, and quality-of-life evaluation.

Laboratory blood values were normal throughout the study except for 1 patient with diabetes in the 3000 mg/day Korean red ginseng grope who had a rise in glucose, butt it was not attributed to the treatment. This patient: was discontinued from the study, as well as another in the 1500 mg/day Korean red ginseng group but for no specified reason. 

The tinnitus handicap inventory(THI) scores improved in all groups although only the 3000 mg/day Korean red ginseng group had a significant improvement from baseline Visual analogue scores improved in all groups, but the change from baseline was not statistically significant. The 3000 mg/day Korean red ginseng group had a significant improvement in the quality-of- life measures and mental health. There was no improvement in hearing.  


To my knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate Korean red ginseng for the treatment of tinnitus. Based on the quality of life and the THI scores, 3000 mg/day Korean red ginseng had a significant benefit for people with chronic tinnitus. In this study, ginkgo was chosen as the control because several studies have demonstrated efficacy for treating tinnitus, even though there are also other studies that show no effect. 

In my practice, l have not yet tried Korean red ginseng for chronic tinnitus patients. I have found this condition extremely difficult to treat and with only minimal results, especially with idiopathic tinnitus, even with other published data on melatonin, ginkgo, and others. 
Kim TS, Lee HS, Chung JW. The effect of Korean red ginseng on symptoms and quality of life in chronic tinnitus: A randomized, open-label pilot study. JAudiol Otol. 2015;19(2):85-90.