The influence of dietary fiber on determinants of metabolic syndrome remains controversial. Nevertheless, more and more research is done to check this hypothesis, in view of finding ideal solutions to bring to the issue of worldwide epidemic obesity.
Archive for October, 2010
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its flu message on its website on Oct 19 to promote use of influenza vaccine and get ready for the 2010-2011 flu season. In the meantime, some medical researchers suggest people should take high doses of vitamin D in winter to have additional protection because flu vaccine is not as effective as thought.
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who are vitamin D deficient have a significantly increased risk for osteoporosis, osteopenia, and abnormal bone density levels, irrespective of other factors that could place them at a higher risk, according to research presented here at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course.
It is safe to assume that most people are aware of breast cancer’s existence, but many lack practical knowledge about how to go about preventing it through nutrition. However, a new study out of Boston University adds to the growing body of literature about the anti-cancer properties of vegetables, particularly cruciferous ones like carrots, collard greens, cabbage and broccoli.
Cranberry juice isn’t just for women anymore. A new study finds that cranberries also help men improve their prostate and urinary function. For the study, Czech researchers recruited 42 men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). LUTS is a common problem that affects about 40 percent of older men. Symptoms include slow flow, dribbling, hesitancy, and incomplete voiding.
Olive oil, oleuropein and cafeic acid may enhance fat-oxidation and optimize cardiac energy metabolism in obesity, and improve oxidative stress in the heart, according to a new study on rats.
Fortifying cheese curds with polyphenolic compounds such as EGCG from tea may produce cheese products with enhanced nutritional value, indicates new research. The ability of cheese to retain extracts of green tea or dehydrated cranberry powder differed based on the structure of the polyphenolic compounds in question, but adding at a level of 0.5 mg/mL was found to produce a product with effective free radical-scavenging activity.
The concept of inflammation was once only assiciated with arthritis. Times have changed and although we know that inflammation is a painful manifestation of arthritis, it is also a component of many other chronic illnesses. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, one of the foremost authorities on combining alternative medical treatments with traditional medicine, many illnesses that aren’t traditionally associated with inflammation are influenced, at least in part, by chronic inflammation. That would include heart disease, cancers and even Alzheimer’s disease.