Cholesterol is a fatty substance that serves several important roles and functions in the body. While normal levels of cholesterol are important for good health, evidence demonstrates that elevated levels of cholesterol greatly increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Archive for January, 2011
The potential heart health benefits of polyphenol-rich cocoa powder may be related to a ënovel mechanismí of boosting HDL (good) cholesterol, says a new study from Japan.
Research continues to mount providing evidence that two protective nutrients can help squelch the flames of systemic inflammation that are at the root of many chronic diseases.
Further evidence exists to confirm the effective properties of resveratrol and quercetin, two nutrients perhaps best known for their antioxidant properties, in restoring normal insulin function that can lower the risk from metabolic conditions including diabetes.
Want to take your daily vitamin supplements but hate popping pills? France-based ArtScience Labs, a research network founded by Harvard professor David Edwards, just launched the world’s first inhalable vitamin, Le Whif. The new product, reported in science and technology magazine Popular Science on January 24, launched earlier this month in the UK.
Kamut Khorasan wheat, an ancient and organic grain, has antioxidant properties which protect against oxidative stress suggests a new study. The research, published in Frontiers of Bioscience, showed that animals fed on the Kamut wheat breads had a better response to oxidative stress than modern wheat, according to the researchers.
When a young woman is moody or bursts into tears easily, it’s not unusual for someone to joke “oh, it must be near her ‘time of the month’.” But if you actually suffer from Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), the truth is there’s not much funny about it at all.
In a prospective study involving 17 married men with ED (erectile dysfunction), results indicate that daily consumption of pistachios may exert beneficial effects. The subjects received 100 g of pistachio nuts daily for 3 weeks.
Nuts are one of nature’s powerhouses and super foods to be eaten and enjoyed often. They are packed with vitamin E, minerals and essential fatty acids as well as containing protein. Nuts, like other plant foods are rich in phytochemicals, which have been shown to reduce cancer. In addition many contain an amino acid that plays a role in wound healing, detoxification and immune function to name a few.
Australian and Japanese scientists have uncovered the mechanism by which probiotic bacteria protect the gut from E. coli infection. Over the last few years, scientists have found that lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria have health-promoting effects, but until now exactly how they did this wasn’t fully understood.