Archive for June, 2011
Spending an average of three hours a day exposed to sunlight can slash the risk of breast cancer by up to 50 per cent, according to research. The research is the latest in a series of studies suggesting regular exposure to the sunís rays may have a powerful anti-cancer effect by stimulating the production of vitamin D in the skin.
Many people are careful to follow a low glycaemic index (GI) diet. However, the glycaemic index concept has some shortcomings, in the view of one young researcher, who has developed a complementary method, ‘glycaemic profile’ or GP. The findings were recently published in Nutrition Journal.
Weíve long known that ìan apple a dayî is a healthy habit. Apples are loaded with fiber and pack a healthy dose of vitamin C. They also provide smaller amounts of several other vitamins and minerals. Plus, apples contain powerful antioxidants ñ such as quercetin and catechin.
A chemical produced by the same cells that make insulin in the pancreas prevented and even reversed Type 1 diabetes in mice, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have found. Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is characterized by the immune system’s destruction of the beta cells in the pancreas that make and secrete insulin. As a result, the body makes little or no insulin.
The addition of a red grape by-product to sourdough mixed rye bread increased the antioxidant content of the increasingly popular bakery product but formulators need to ensure strict dosage control, finds new research.
The health benefits of carrot include reduced cholesterol, prevention from heart attacks, warding off certain cancers and many others. Most of the benefits of carrot can be attributed to its beta carotene and fiber content. This root, which has a scientific name of Daucus Carota, is a good source of antioxidant agents as well. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and potassium.
Men are as touchy about hair as women are about their backsides. It’s a sensitive subject, one that raises many concerns and results in paranoid treatments and extreme measures. However, until the problem begins, there is little thought put into nourishing hair other than the lather and rinse routine. Before you start losing sleep over hair loss and book appointments with trichologists, take a closer look at what you’re eating. Chances are that even slight modifications made to what you eat by incorporating ingredients that aid hair growth and health will have a drastic impact.
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-center study involving 20 healthy term newborns, supplementation with lutein at 12 and 36 hours after birth was found to be associated with increases in biological antioxidant potential, a marker of antioxidant power, and a reduction in total hydroperoxides, a marker of oxidative stress, 48 hours after birth.