Archive for May, 2011
The leaves of the crepe jasmine plant have long been used in Asia as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Now, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that a byproduct of the plantís bark called conolidine may be powerful enough to rival morphine in the pain-killing arena.
Eating Mediterranean diet may help cut risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women, according to a new study in the May 18, 2011 issue of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study led by J.E. Cade of University of Leeds in Leeds, UK and colleagues showed premenupausal women who adhered most closely to the Mediterranean diet were 35 percent less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, compared with those who adhered to the diet minimally.
Research Adds To Evidence That Folic Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy May Impact Malignancies And CancersPosted May 31, 2011
Folic acid supplements given to pregnant and breast-feeding rats reduced the rate of colon cancer in their offspring by 64 per cent, a new study has found. The research, led by Dr. Young-in Kim, a gastroenterologist at St. Michael’s Hospital, adds to the growing but sometimes contradictory evidence that folic acid supplementation during pregnancy and lactation can increase or decrease the development or progression of some pediatric malignancies and common cancers in their offspring in adulthood.
A proprietary blend of beetroot and Hawthorn berry may boost the activity of an enzyme linked to improved heart health, suggests a new study from Texas. Researchers from the University of Texas and Neogenis Laboratories report that the herbal blend could improve the status of nitric oxide in the body ñ nitric oxide (NO) is a potent vasodilator, or compound that promotes the dilation or relaxation of blood vessels, thereby easing blood pressure and boosting heart health.
After two decades of using the confusing food pyramid model to represent health diet, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will be ditching the model in favor of a plate-shaped symbol that will be divided into different ìwedgesî for basic food and fruit groups.
Attending frequently with medically unexplained symptoms is distressing for both patient and doctor and effective treatment or management options are limited: one in five patients have symptoms that remain unexplained by conventional medicine. Studies have shown that the cost to the NHS of managing the treatment of a patient with medically unexplained symptoms can be twice that of a patient with a diagnosis.
Brazil nuts intake improves lipid profile, oxidative stress and microvascular function in obese adolescents: a randomized controlled trialPosted May 31, 2011
Obesity is a chronic disease associated to an inflammatory process resulting in oxidative stress that leads to morpho-functional microvascular damage that could be improved by some dietary interventions. In this study, the intake of Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa), composed of bioactive substances like selenium, alpha- e gamma- tocopherol, folate and polyunsaturated fatty acids, have been investigated on antioxidant capacity, lipid and metabolic profiles and nutritive skin microcirculation in obese adolescents.
With 70-percent of your body’s natural defenses found in the gut, thereís understandably much talk today about the benefits of probiotics. Thereís also much hype. Itís important to understand the role that helpful probiotics play as part of a holistic health regimen.