Archive for December, 2010
Zinc is a vital trace element involved in metabolism and homeostasis, and as such has an important biological role in the human body. Adequate levels of zinc are required for the immune system to function correctly, and it also plays fundamental roles in helping to facilitate effective healing, growth and digestion.
Supplementation with L-ascorbic acid and/or tocopherol positively influenced electrophysiological parameters of the colon of rats chronically exposed to lead, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin.
Researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey conducted a study that suggests eating almonds could help prevent diabetes and heart disease. Scientists discovered that including the nuts into our diets could help treat type 2 diabetes. As well as combating the condition, linked to obesity and physical inactivity, it could tackle cardiovascular disease, they said.
Now that winter is in full force youíll want to take a few extra precautions to keep cold and flu season from getting the best of you. I mean, nothing says winter like a good old post-Holiday bout with the flu. Your immune system is your strongest ally against winter illnesses and if you donít keep it fit and strong, youíre likely to go down in the battle.
One of the most dreaded consequences of cancer is when the disease metastasizes — meaning it spreads from the primary site where it started to other parts of the body. But University of California, Riverside (UCR) scientists have announced what could be a major breakthrough in halting metastasis. They’ve discovered components in pomegranate juice that inhibit the movement of cancer cells and weaken the attraction of malignant cells to a chemical signal that has been shown to promote metastasis.
Menopausal women who take a certain type of soy supplement long-term aren’t at increased risk for breast cancer or any other ill effects, a new two-year study suggests. But the researchers point out that the findings may not apply to all soy supplements, because the soy supplements used in the study are different from many used in other studies or sold over the counter.
Green tea has been around for ages and has long been known for its numerous health benefits. It is made by steaming fresh leaves, which leads to a higher production of polyphenols. Green tea is composed of approximately 30% to 40% polyphenols, while black tea contains only 3% to 10%. Polyphenols are antioxidants found in plants that are known to have an abundance of positive health benefits.