Researchers have said that the black-eyed pea, one of the world’s oldest cultivated vegetables, is also one of the most promising as a nutritious food product.
Archive for September, 2010
Probiotics literally means for life: “Pro+ biota”. Bacteria laced food and drink sounds unhealthy (it is, if it’s the wrong type); but the right type aids digestion and improves health. Symbiotic relationships exist throughout nature; two different organisms, or species, supply something the other needs, without any detriment. Good bacteria thrive within human intestinal and urogenital tracts, allowing humans to thrive. In symbiosis, we live together well.
One in five of the world’s plant species ñ the basis of all life on earth ñ are at risk of extinction, according to a landmark study published today. At first glance, the 20% figure looks far better than the previous official estimate of almost three-quarters, but the announcement is being greeted with deep concern.
The safety of many ingredients used in natural products for sexual function is substantiated by thousands of years of historical use, along with more recent scientific investigation on mechanism of action and safety. Many of the ingredients in the category work to support the production of nitric oxide (NO), a signaling molecule in the body that is synthesized from L-arginine.
Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered ‘super-foods.’ Mothers’ milk is considered the most perfect food on the planet for human consumption do to its ideal nutritional content and immune boosting compounds. The closest match in nature to mothers’ milk is found within the coconut. This tropical staple is loaded with many powerful fatty acids that give it a unique taste and an abundance of health enhancing benefits.
Milk enriched with the whey protein lactoferrin may reduce the effects of acne, according to researchers. The study published in the journal Nutrition suggests increased daily intake of lactoferrin through an enriched milk source can reduce visible symptoms of the skin condition acne vulgaris by up to 20 percent after 12 weeks.
Green tea protects your DNA. That’s now a proven scientific fact, thanks to the work of Professor Iris Benzie. And her powerful new discovery helps explain why green tea drinkers seem to avoid weight gain, depression, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Blueberries may help fight atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, according to results of a preliminary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded study with laboratory mice. The research provides the first direct evidence that blueberries can help prevent harmful plaques or lesions, symptomatic of atherosclerosis, from increasing in size in arteries.
A new study is showing promise for lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes. After following over 38,000 Dutch adults for over a decade, researchers found that adults who ate a diet high in vitamin K were about 20 percent less likely to be get type 2 diabetes.
The European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and Big Pharma may all seem to be in cahoots to veto the future of alternative medicine and the use of natural remedies but one study from down-under brings hope for all of us. Australian researchers, from the University of Western Sydney, have found that herbal preparations and omega-3s are effective treatments against an array of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and depression.