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Plant Compounds

Developing Aboriginal medicines to fight inflammation

Posted August 29, 2012

A UniSA research team is using compounds extracted from an Indigenous medicinal plant to develop a natural cream to treat inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis. The research is conducted in partnership with the Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation, led by Mr David Claudie, which represents the traditional owners of the Northern Kaanju homelands in Queensland’s central Cape York Peninsula.

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Plants may be key to diabetes treatment

Posted August 4, 2012

With the growing worldwide incidence of diabetes, a new study reveals that traditional Aboriginal and Indian plant extracts show potential for managing the disease. Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology have investigated 12 medicinal plant extracts to determine their potential to slow down two key enzymes in carbohydrate metabolism which affect blood sugar and diabetes.

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Link between vitamin C, twins can increase seed production in crops

Posted June 19, 2012

Biochemists at the University of California, Riverside report a new role for vitamin C in plants: promoting the production of twins and even triplets in plant seeds.

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Luteolin blocks cellular signaling pathway to lower colon cancer risk

Posted April 30, 2012

The result of a body of research published in the journal BMC Gastroenterology has found that consumption of the plant flavonoid luteolin is able to inhibit the activity of cell signaling pathways (known as IGF and PI3K) important for the growth of colon cancer. Extensive research has preceded this study to confirm the health-promoting and disease-fighting nature of natural plant compounds for a wide variety of vegetables and fruits consumed raw or minimally cooked.

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The Nutrient Youve Probably Never Heard of That Could Reduce Your Risk for Cancer

Posted April 30, 2012

New research published in the journal BMC Gastroenterology shows that consumption of the plant flavonoid luteolin inhibits the activity of cell signaling pathways important for the growth of colon cancer. Luteolin is found in concentrated amounts in celery, hot peppers, parsley and spinach. Extensive research has preceded this study to confirm the health-promoting and disease-fighting nature of natural plant compounds for a wide variety of vegetables and fruits consumed raw or minimally cooked.

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