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Fresh fish oil decreases diabetes risk in rat offspring

According to latest research, intake of fresh fish oil by overweight pregnant rats prevented their offspring from developing a major diabetes risk factor, University of Auckland researchers. Pregnant rats were given either a high-fat diet to make them overweight, or a standard diet, and half from each group were also given fresh fish oil. In the high-fat group, the fish oil treatment improved the way insulin works, which is protective against diabetes. This research was published in the journal Scientific Reports, as part of a series of studies. Children of overweight women have twice the risk of diabetes in later pat of the life, and further three in 10 pregnant women in New Zealand are found to be overweight.


Eating curry having turmeric helps to treat myeloma

According a latest research, a 55 years old person with myeloma has successfully beaten the cancer after taking turmeric treatment with over more than 5 years. She started daily dose of curcumin, a key component of turmeric, in 2011 and getting stem cell treatment. After taking weekly courses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy her cancer became stable and the blood cell count came in the normal range. Important thing is that she also maintained a good quality of life during this treatment.

The vitamins that protect us from air pollution

According to scientist at Columbia University, vitamin B complex help protect the body DNA from common air pollutants. The study compared vitamin B and placebo. Study participants were healthy and non-smokers. Air pollutants were extracted from high traffic area and were injected into them. Researchers observed that those who were taking vitamin B showed greater protection against DNA damage than others. Through this research, scientist have also highlighted the gap existing between availability of natural substances that can protect our body from such pollution.  

Taking vitamin D in pregnancy protects kids from asthma and other respiratory infections

A new study claims that taking vitamin D in pregnancy can help protect from asthma and respiratory infections in children. The study was conducted on women with 10-18 weeks of pregnancy. They were randomized into high and low dose vitamin D supplements takers. The study found that the kids born to women taking high dose vitamin D better responded to pathogen stimulations compared to others.

7 foods that can be used to prevent diabetes

  1. Apples: the fruit is filled with vitamins and nutrients that can help prevent diabetes
  2. Yogurt: Eating yogurt every day can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes by 18%
  3. Asparagus: It is rich in antioxidants and reduces inflammation and can balance blood sugar levels
  4. Berries: Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all low in calories and have a low glycemic index to keep your blood sugar steady and help protect from diabetes
  5. Coffee: It remains controversial but some studies suggest a coffee habit can be a good thing for preventing diabetes
  6. Brown rice: People who eat 3-5 servings of whole grains per day are 26% less likely to develop type2 diabetes in a July 2012 study published in the “Journal of Nutrition”.
  7. Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are rich in lignans, as well as magnesium, both help the body use insulin more efficiently and prevent diabetes occurrence.

Fresh fruits are helpful in the prevention of diabetes and several other complications

Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for health for most of us but diabetic people may abstain because of high sugar contents. This led to a team of research at University of Oxford to determine the effects of such things on the health of both diabetic and non-diabetics. The study was conducted in around 500,000 people and found that those who consumed fresh fruits on daily basis had lower incidences of diabetes compared to those who did not. The results were published in PLOS Medicine.

Common tea can decrease the risk of Alzheimer disease

According to a new study most popular drink tea is good for health as it reduces the chances of Alzheimer occurrence. The results of the study were published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. The study suggested that the risk of cognitive decline reduces to half if you take regular tea. The study was conducted in Singapore and it further concluded that risk reduces by 85% in people who has the APOE e4 gene.

Drink tea to stay away from diabetes

As we know that contents of tea helps body in various ways. Caffeine gives your instant energy and antioxidants present in the form of polyphenols keeps us protected from disease. Now a new study conducted in US says that tea is helpful in controlling the glucose levels by reducing its absorption. The findings were published recently in Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Mindless eating can results in diabetes

According to medical experts people should either eat the right amount of food or should compensate for their taste buds by burning calories through exercise. Earlier people used to what were available around them but now everything is available everywhere so there is more concern today. Lifestyle interventions including walking, exercise, diet, weight management and stress reduction can help in doing so.

A vitamin present in BEER and MILK can be used to reduce the pain caused by chemotherapy in cancer patients

A recent research found out that a vitamin present in beer and milk can reduce the pain side effects caused by chemotherapy. Researchers at University of Lowa tested vitamin B3 in mice which were receiving paclitaxel – a common cancer drug. The study lasted for 5 weeks and was successful to prove the hypothesis. The results were published in journal Pain.

Oranges good for health, vitamin C kill cancer cells 10 times more efficiency than drugs

In a recent study published in the Journal Oncotarget, researchers at University of Salford discovered that natural substances can be more effective then drugs in fighting cancer. More importantly they have discovered vitamin C potency as anticancer. As per WHO cancer is the worst killer that took away over 10 million lives in 2015.

Yogurt can help treat depression symptoms

According to a recent study conducted at University of Virginia, yogurt can reverse depression symptoms in human beings. Stress causes the loss of gut lactobacillus bacteria which is one of the causes of depression symptoms. Yogurt on the other hand normalizes the level of such bacteria. The study was conducted in mice. The study also discovered how probiotic bacteria lift the mood.

Daily dose of vitamin B can help you to remain protected against air pollution

According to a research published recently intake of vitamin B could help fight people against adverse effects of harmful particulate matter present in polluted air (size2.5). However the study is in early stages and sample size is small but it is good news for all. The study was recently published in science journal PNAS.

Statins increases the risk of diabetes in older women

According to a research published in Drugs & Aging and conducted in Australia, Statins which are generally prescribed to older women to lower the blood cholesterol raises the risk of diabetes. The study was conducted in 8000 women aged 75 and over. Those women taking such medications and 33% higher chance of getting diabetes. In fact Statins are the most recommended medications to lower the cholesterol levels.

Exercise and diet can treat type 2-diabetes better than medicines

According to Canadian Diabetic Association guidelines, physicians not only just emphasize on lowering the blood glucose levels but also should lower the risk factors including blood pressure, cholesterol level. The guidelines were published in November 2016 which recommends the use of empagliflozin and liraglutide for reduction of risk of complications in appropriate patients. Doctors must focus on prescribing the life style modifications such as weight loss, exercise, and healthier diet.

Scientist finds that vitamin B can help treat Schizophrenia symptoms

According to a recent meta-analysis conducted on 18 clinical studies showed that high doses of vitamin B is good to keep the schizophrenia in control. In current treatment scenario, over 80% treated people can relapse back due to treatment resistant and other factors. However this new finding, suggesting vitamin B6, B8, B12 are effective, gives new hope to the patient. Schizophrenia is a disorder which affects more than 2.3 million people across the world.

How much sunlight you need to get recommended amount of vitamin D

Spanish researchers from University of Valencia have analysed the effect of ultraviolet radiations on the skin and body to find out the accurate amount of vitamin D it produces. The effect was studied between 2003 – 2010 and results shows the average time one should spend is around 29 minutes daily in June and 150 minutes to get enough vitamin D and other nutrients. The findings were recently published in the Journal of Total Environment.

Why the red meat is healthy

According to a new study, excessive intake of red meat can causes inflammatory bowel disorders. Those who consume high amount have 58% higher risk of developing such disease compared to who use least or occasionally. One such disorder is diverticulitis. Substitution of the red meat with chicken and fish can reduce the risk significantly. Elderly people who eat a high fiber diet have less risk of such disease (40% lesser). People should consume at least 25 g/day fiber to stay away from diverticulitis.

Vitamin B3 essential for the prevention of Glaucoma

According to a new study conducted on mice, vitamin B3 improves the metabolism in the eye cells to keep them healthier and slows down aging. Millions of people are affected by glaucoma in US and it is the leading cause of blindness across the world. Reseachers are now planning to enter the clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of vitamin B3. This can be a affordable and safe way to keep the eyeballs healthy.

Red wine helpful in controlling dementia

Researchers at University of California find that there are compounds in grapes which can strengthen brain activity in patients who just begin to experience cognitive decline. This can be a proof that wine consumption can help early prevention in decline. This was a pilot study conducted on 10 patients. The results of the study were recently published in journal Experimental Gerontology.

Regular Yoga can help lower glucose level in diabetic patients

In a recent study conducted in Bangalore, effect of adherence to Yoga was studied in T2-diabetic patients. The study was conducted on 52 patients and lasted for 6 months. Changes in glucose level were observed over long term observations. So Patients should be motivated to do the Yoga regularly to keep the glucose level under control and to stay away from the diabetic drugs which causes various severe adverse events in the body.

7 type of foods that can drastically increase the risk of diabetes

Here is the list of foods found to be linked to type 2-diabetes.

  1. Frequent use of chicken, specially fried and freeze dried
  2. Excess of red meat
  3. Butter rich in salt
  4. Aerated drinks like Coke & Pepsi
  5. Excessive use of Pastries
  6. White bread (not whole wheat bread)
  7. French fries

Daily intake of grapes can help delay memory decline in Alzheimer patients

According to a study conducted at University of California, twice daily consumption of grapes suppresses metabolic decline in Alzheimer patients. This was a randomized study which compared whole fruit versus isolated compound and it found that intake of whole fruits was very effective. This was a pilot study and clinical trials with large number of patients can confirm the findings. Grape polyphenols promote anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

Vitamin A deficiency can cause Alzheimer to begin in womb

According to a study conducted on mice by researchers from University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, deficiency of vitamin A cause Alzheimer disease and also dementia. The findings were published in Acta Neuropathologica. The study was conducted in genetically modified mice and it found that deficiency of vitamin A increases the level of a protein called amyloid beta which plays a key role in advancement of Alzheimer’s disease.

Frequent headache can be sign of vitamin D deficiency

According to a new study conducted at The Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland, lack of vitamin D may be one of the causes of frequent headaches. Researchers found that patients with low vitamin D levels had frequent headaches. Economic burden of headache in US is estimated to cost over $31 billion a year. Also about 12 million people in US experience headaches several times in a week.

Here is a tip for you to find if you are vitamin D deficient

For those who spend most of their day time in office working in dark and in window-less office, here is a way to find out if you are vitamin D deficient. This can be judged through some symptoms which are vague but helpful to give you an idea. These symptoms include muscle weakness, bone pain, fatigue, and gut trouble. If you are feeling weak and achy in winter this is also an indication of the same. To confirm that lacking, you need to go through a vitamin D blood test and to exactly know how much you need to supplement it by.

Tulsi – a great wonderful herb

Tulsi also known as holy basil has been expensively mentioned in Indian Vedas and purans. It has the power to purify the atmosphere through keeping check on insects, mosquitoes, flies. Tulsi roots are purgative and diuretic and when taken with ginger is helpful to treat various gastrointestinal disorders. Taken with neem can help in the treatment of cholera. Even dead body placed among Tulsi leaves don’t easily deteriorate for days. The best way to ingest is in the form of chutney.

Taking vitamin D is just wastage of time, study finds

A new article published in BMJ has argued there’s no proof supplementation of the vitamin prevents disease. The findings came from a study conducted by researchers at the University of Aberdeen and University of Auckland in New Zealand. Professor Mark Bolland from Auckland said: “We conclude current evidence does not support the use of vitamin D supplementation to prevent disease.” The researchers advised only people with severe vitamin D deficiency may benefit from taking supplements.  More at:

Sweet potatoes: The taste of health

Sweet potatoes have always been relegated to the background, overshadowed by the more common root vegetable, potato. Most of us don’t eat them on a regular basis,which is a pity as there is a lot going for this tuber nutritionally. Sweet potatoes contain more fibre than potatoes—250g contain about 200 calories and 7.5g of fibre. The same amount of potatoes have 200 calories but only 5g of fibre. Sweet potatoes are a natural source of beta-carotene (which gets converted into vitamin A in the body)—one medium sweet potato provides the complete recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. It also delivers a good amount of vitamin C— which helps boost immunity—potassium and magnesium, the two essential nutrients for heart health, says Amreen Sheikh, head (dietetics), Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai. “They are loaded with essential B vitamins—niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine),” she adds. B5 aids in weight loss, supports healthy hair and skin and helps lower cholesterol, and B6 is important for brain function and development. Niacin improves cholesterol levels, is great for the skin and also for maintaining mobility of the joints. More at:

Health-E News: Diet Denialism and Big Soda

Big sugary drink companies have perfected the artful dodge on the link between sugar drinks and increased risks for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay. And it’s on full display in the current debate in South Africa over the proposed tax on sugar drinks. When the South African government first announced the tax last February, the Beverage Association of South Africa immediately trotted out its “discriminatory tax” talking point, arguing that sugar drinks were being unfairly targeted. “There is mounting data showing that taxing one small part of consumers’ daily diet – sugar-sweetened beverages represent less than 10% of daily caloric intake – will not result in any significant decrease in overall sugar consumption,” said the Beverage Association of SA’s (BevSA) press release. More at:

Vitamin E supplements for immunity can modify pneumonia risk in older men 

Depending on lifestyle choices, taking vitamin E supplements for boosting immunity can have different effects on modifying the risk of pneumonia in older men, a study has found. The study showed that vitamin E increased pneumonia risk by 68 per cent among men who had the highest exposure to smoking and who did not exercise. Conversely, vitamin E actually decreased pneumonia risk by 69 per cent among participants who had the least exposure to smoking and who exercised during their leisure time. “The effect of vitamin E on health outcomes may depend on various characteristics of people and their lifestyle,” said lead author Harri Hemila from the University of Helsinki, Finland.  More at:

Adding eggs to salad could promote better vitamin E absorption

According to a recent research conducted at Purdue University, adding whole eggs to a colourful salad boosts the amount of Vitamin E which the body absorbs from the vegetables. Expert Wayne Campbell said, “Vitamin E is the second-most under-consumed nutrient in the average American diet, which is problematic because this fat-soluble nutrient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Now consumers can easily improve their diets by adding eggs to a salad that boasts a variety of colourful vegetables.” Another researcher Jung Eun Kim said, “We found Vitamin E absorption was 4- to 7-fold higher when three whole eggs were added to a salad. More at:

Vitamin D: EFSA sets dietary reference values

EFSA has set dietary reference values (DRVs) for the intake of vitamin D. EFSA provides this advice to risk managers in European countries who use it for making recommendations to consumers. The Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) defined an adequate intake (AI) of 15 µg per day for healthy individuals over one year of age. This includes pregnant and lactating women. The DRVs for infants aged 7-11 months have been set at 10 µg per day. The setting of DRVs for vitamin D is part of the review of reference values for nutrients and energy intakes established in 1993. It helps risk managers make specific recommendations on the intake of nutrients to enable European consumers to make healthy diet choices. More at:

Healthy oils, low-heat cooking can reduce heart problems of South Asians

Thinking of ditching the salad bar for pakoras from your favourite snack vendor? Think again. Preventing coronary heart disease (CHD) is not just about what you eat but is also linked to the cooking style you adopt, according to a team of international researchers who say urbanised South Asian’s susceptibility to the disease is partly due to high-heat cooking methods such as roasting or frying. High-heat food preparation is responsible for the increased risk of CHD in urbanised South Asians (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan populations in South Asia and overseas), compared to other populations that employ lower cooking temperatures, such as the Chinese, the experts say in a new study. Contending their hypothesis is contributory and needs further research, the experts highlight the fact that Chinese cuisine involves mostly braising, steaming and boiling rather than frying. More at:

Diabetes risk doubles with more than two soft drinks daily

Diabetes risk may be doubled for individuals who consume more than two soft drinks a day, regardless of whether the beverages contain sugar or artificial sweeteners, a new study finds. From an analysis of more than 2,800 adults, researchers found that the consumption of at least two 200-milliliter sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks a day was linked to a twofold greater risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as a form of type 1 diabetes known as latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA). More at:

Diet Coke WON’T stop you getting diabetes: Two glasses of calorie-free drinks a day ‘doubles the risk’ 

Many of us have ditched our favourite sugary drinks for their diet alternative in a bid to boost our health and keep off the pounds. But it seems that diet drinks can be just as bad for you, according to a study. Scientists found drinking just two glasses of diet drinks a day more than doubles the risk of developing diabetes. They believe that calorie-free drinks make us feel hungrier, prompting us to crave sugar-laden snacks. And they also suspect that artificial sweeteners interfere with the bacteria in our gut – which may trigger diabetes. The team from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden studied 2,874 adults who had completed a year-long diary about their intake of drinks. More at:

Eating too much red meat can strongly increase risks of major chronic diseases and early death

Red meat, including beef, veal, pork, lamb and mutton, is very common in our daily life. It can contribute several important nutrients to the diet, for example essential amino acids, vitamins (e.g., B12) and minerals such as iron and zinc. People often process red meat using curing, smoking, or salting and add chemical preservatives and additives to improve the taste of the final product (ham, sausages, bacon, frankfurters, salami, etc.). During recent decades, red meat has become more popular, especially in developing countries. At the same time, more research evidence shows that eating too much red meat, especially processed meat, may be associated with higher risk of several major chronic diseases. More at:

Onion compound suppresses ovarian cancer cell proliferation

Onions are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This pungent vegetable has previously been cited for its health benefits, including lowering risk of certain cancers and helping with depression. But now, a new study has found that a compound found in onions has anti-ovarian cancer effects. he research comes from Kumamoto University in Japan and is published in Scientific Reports. According to the team, a 2014 review from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that epithelial ovarian cancer(EOC) is the most common type of ovarian cancer. With a 5-year survival rate of approximately 40 percent, effective treatments for the illness are needed. More at:

Common cold medicine may stop cancer spread: study

A low-cost drug used for treating colds can prevent bladder cancer from spreading, as well as reduce resistance to anticancer drugs, a new study has found. Bladder cancer is the seventh most common cancer in males worldwide, researchers said. It can be grouped into two types: non-muscle-invasive cancers, which have a five-year survival rate of 90 per cent, and muscle-invasive cancers, which have poor prognoses. The latter are normally treated with anticancer drugs such as cisplatin, but tend to become chemoresistant and spread to organs such as the lungs and liver, as well as bone. Researchers at the Hokkaido University in Japan, inoculated human bladder cancer cells labelled with luciferase into mice, creating a xenograft bladder cancer model. More at:

Morning teaHot Drinks Linked to Cancer

Researchers say letting your hot drinks cool off could help you avoid some kinds of cancer. In fact, the United Nations’ cancer research agency decided to list hot drinks with lead, gasoline and exhaust fumes as “possiblycarcinogenic.” In other words, each one could cause cancer.The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). The IARC published the findings in the medical journal Lancet Oncology. Researchers at IARC found evidence that drinks at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius, when swallowed, can cause cancer of the esophagus. More at:

Not all processed meats carry the same cancer risk

Eating processed meat can increase your risk of getting colorectal cancer. The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that each 50g portion of processed meat eaten daily (about two bacon rashers) increases bowel cancer risk by 18%. But before you give up processed meats forever, read on. There are three main cancer-causing agents in processed meat: iron, which occurs naturally in meat; N-nitroso, which forms when meat is processed; and MeIQx and PhIP, which are chemicals formed during cooking.Iron is found in all meats. It is easily absorbed by the body and is an important part of our diets. Excess amounts, however, can increase the risk of cancer by acting as a catalyst for the formation of free radicals. As with many things – sunshine, salt, fats – the poison is the dose. More at:

Colds, fatigue, stress? Make vitamin C a friend ASAP

Whether you’re stressed, tired, overworked or exposed to other factors like smoking, pollution, certain medications or endurance sports, your vitamin C intake may not be sufficient for your lifestyle and needs. As fall arrives, Florence Hanczyk — a homeopathy doctor in Paris, France, specializing in chrono nutrition — advises taking vitamin C combined with other vitamins and minerals (E,A, zinc, selenium) to make it less toxic for the body. She also recommends sticking to a daily intake of 500 milligrams unless you have a particularly active lifestyle. More at:

Vitamin D, pollution, pesticides and more: New risk factors of dementia

A new review of research has created a shortlist of everyday environmental factors that may increase the risk of developing dementia. Carried out by a team from the University of Edinburgh, the research analysed 60 studies for the review to look at which factors show at least a moderate — if not strong — link with increasing the risk of dementia. Genetic factors and lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, depression and low educational attainment are already known to be associated with dementia. However they still leave around a third of dementia risk unexplained. After reviewing studies that have looked at environmental risk factors, the researchers found that a lack of vitamin D — produced by the body through exposure to sunlight — was strongly linked with the condition, as was exposure to air pollution and some types of pesticide. More at:

Exercise, exercise, exercise: This is how you fight type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients on insulin pumps stand to benefit by engaging in aerobic exercise, showed a recent 3-month observational study on two groups of diabetics. The patients in the study group who engaged in aerobic exercise benefited by improving their metabolic control and reducing their insulin requirement as compared to those who did not exercise. They also witnessed a reduction in the number of hyperglycemic events which they experienced. The clinical study, which focused on middle-aged T1D patients on insulin pump therapy, aimed at gathering data on metabolic activity and inflammatory and autoimmune parameters. More at:

Why ‘Hoppy’ Beer May Be Better for Your Liver

The hops found in beer not only add flavor, but also may lessen the damaging effects of alcohol on the liver, a new study in mice suggests. In the study, the researchers gave mice regular beer with hops, a special beer without hops, or plain ethanol (alcohol). After 12 hours, the mice that were given the beer with hops showed less buildup of fat in their livers than the mice that were given ethanol. In contrast, the mice that were given beer without hops had about the same level of fat accumulation in their livers as the mice that were given ethanol. More at:

How a sprinkle of cinnamon can soothe your stomach: Spice aids digestion by reducing temperature in the organ by 2C

A sprinkle of cinnamon will not just add flavour to your diet – the spice cools the stomach down making it healthier, new research showed. The exotic spice is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Chinese medicine to treat colds, indigestion and cramps. Now Australian researchers found cinnamon lowers stomach temperature, which aids digestion, by up to two degrees. This in turn avoids damage to the stomach’s lining, reducing inflammation and many diseases of the guts. This property may also explain why the rust-coloured spice from a tree bark is so popular in hot countries. Study researcher Dr Jian Zhen Ou from RMIT University’s School of Engineering in Melbourne said: ‘Altogether cinnamon cooled the stomach by up to 2 degrees Celsius. More at:

Low Vitamin D levels impacts digestive health

Studies have found that low vitamin D levels can impact the severity of symptoms in persons suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In these studies, 82% of the individuals with low vitamin D had symptoms that were debilitating and affected their overall quality of life. Low vitamin D levels have also been associated with high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and debilitating functional disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, affecting around 9-23% of people worldwide and 10-15% of people in the US. Although diet and stress are often the cause for symptoms, the true reason behind IBS is unknown. IBS symptoms include a combination of diarrhea or constipation with bloating, urgency (the need to use a restroom in a hurry), white or yellow mucus in the stool and the sensation of incompletely passing stools. Unfortunately for many patients, there is no cure and because triggers of IBS are so different, determining the right treatment can be difficult.  More at:

Vitamin B levels during pregnancy linked to eczema risk in child

Infants whose mothers had a higher level of a particular type of vitamin B during pregnancy have a lower risk of eczema at age 12 months, new Southampton research has shown. The study from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, is the first to link maternal serum levels of nicotinamide, a naturally occurring vitamin, and related metabolites to the risk of atopic eczema in the child. The researchers believe the findings support the concept that eczema partly originates as a baby develops in the womb and could reveal ways of reducing the risk of the skin condition. More at:

Vitamin D could help control TB in animals, new study shows

Research published in Research in Veterinary Science reveals that vitamin D supplementation reduces the incidence and severity of tuberculosis (TB) in wild boar and red deer. The pilot study of 40 animals was conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Surrey (UK), Universidad de Extremadura (Spain), and SME Ingulados (Spain). Wild boar and red deer are key hosts of bovine tuberculosis — a chronic, infectious disease mainly caused by Mycobacterium bovis — in southern Europe, with the incidence of TB in these animals particularly high in certain areas of Spain. The research could therefore have a positive impact on animal health and — since these species are valuable in the hunting and meat products industries — local economies. More at:

Low Vitamin D Increases Mortality Risk

Daniel Dudenkov, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, reported on a 25-hydroxyvitamin D level study, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. The comprehensive population-based study involved people ages 18 and older in Olmsted County,Minn., who were enrolled in a Rochester Epidemiology Project from the years 2005 to 2011. Previous studies had not been population based, so he conducted a retrospective study to clarify those observations. Participants in the study were followed after 30 days from their first measurement of vitamin D, until one of three things happened: leaving the study, December 31, 2014, or death. There were 11,022 individuals with a mean age of 54, over three-quarters were women, and close to 90% were white. The analysis was adjusted for sex, age, race, the comorbidity index, and which month the level was obtained. They had a mean vitamin D level of 30 ng/mL with 643 participants having levels below 12, 1,605 having levels between 12 and 19, 8,210 having levels between 20 and 50, and 564 with levels higher than 50 ng/mL. More at:

Humble black-eyed peas are a powerhouse of vitamins

We all know that pulses are good for us. But more often than not, the focus is on three-four kinds of dals like chickpea, moong, arhar and rajma. Among the unsung heroes is the humble lobia (black-eyed peas). “I know so many households who don’t even buy this any more as part of their regular grocery shopping. This is unfortunate as the benefits of this lentil/bean are immense,” says Shalini Garwin Bliss, executive dietitian at the Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurgaon, near Delhi. “Not only is it low in calories (one cup, cooked, provides just 160 calories), high in fibre (8g) and fat-free, it is also loaded with nutrients like calcium, magnesium and iron, besides being a powerhouse of protein (5g),” adds Nivedita Singh, nutritionist at the Cloudnine Group of Hospitals in Gurgaon. More at:

Do you know that Lady’s finger can resist cancer and diabetes?

Lady’s finger is a highly nutritious vegetable, which is widely available and affordable to all. A fiber rich vegetable, which also contains almost all major vitamins and minerals as well as anti-oxidants, lady’s finger, is an effective remedy against a number of illnesses. In many countries, lady’s finger, which is low in terms of the glycemic index, is used to control diabetes. Take three or four lady’s fingers, cut both ends and put them in a glass of water and then keep them that way for the whole night. Drinking the water in the morning can reduce your sugar levels. There are many people, who practice this therapy. Lady’s finger is considered to be one among the super foods that can resist cancer and diabetes. More at:

Most Fast Food Is Still Loaded with Antibiotics

Some of the most popular fast food chains in America have yet to seriously address antibiotic use, according to a new report. A consortium of consumer and food safety groups compiled the analysis and found that major chains like Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC, and Starbucks deserve an “F” rating when it comes to antibiotic practices for poultry, beef, and pork. The big food companies not hip to antibiotic-free meat are often accused of fueling the antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that scientists consider a “ticking time bomb” for global health. Panera and Chipotle were the only two chains to earn high marks in the report. A total of 16 received failing grades. More at:

Ginger, chili peppers could work together to lower cancer risk

For many people, there’s nothing more satisfying than a hot, spicy meal. But some research has suggested that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, might cause cancer. Now researchers show in mouse studies that the pungent compound in ginger, 6-ginergol, could counteract capsaicin’s potentially harmful effects. In combination with the capsaicin, 6-gingerol could lower the risk of cancer, they say. The study appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. More at:

Vitamins D and B12 play important roles in health and wellness

While the daily nutrients a person gets are typically supplied through diet, a deficiency of vitamins D or B12 can result in serious health complications. Vitamin D is essential to one’s overall health to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Vitamin B12 helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. “It is well known that vitamin D plays an important role in bone health and calcium regulation,” said Jennifer Meeks, a dietitian at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. “However, recent research also indicates vitamin D may also play a role in regulation of the immune system and skeletal muscle function. This nutrient can also impact training and performance in athletes and people who exercise regularly.” More at:

Eating three rashers of bacon a day raises the risk of dying from heart disease, new study shows

Eating three rashers of bacon a day could raise the risk of dying from heart disease by almost a quarter, a study has concluded. The review of several different investigations into the health effects of processed meat dating back to the 1970s concluded that eating more than 50g a day could increase the risk of dying from heart disease by 24 per cent. It also increases the risk of diabetes by 32 per cent and the risk of dying from cancer by eight per cent.  More at:

Power of Vitamin C to maintain perfect health

New York: Vitamin C has got to be the most widely known vitamin these days. It is not surprising because the body needs Vitamin C for over 300 functions. In fact, the Vitamin C has been proved to help protect against heart disease, cancer and other serious illnesses. Without the vitamin C the body would not be able to heal itself either. This is because the vitamin C is vital for the formation of collagen. Whenever a person has a cut or an injury it is the collagen that helps repair the damage and without sufficient vitamin C this would be almost impossible. Collagen has a multitude of functions in the body, including keeping the organs in place, and it would not be able to do this without sufficient vitamin C. The vitamin C is also an antioxidant for the body and helps other vitamins and minerals to be absorbed better. Folic acid and iron, for example, need the vitamin C to maximise their usefulness. The more vitamin C that the body has, the better its defence against colds and other common ailments and the vitamin C may not prevent a person catching a virus but it does help speed up the recovery process. More at:

Marriage halves risk for overweight in adults with type 2 diabetes

Adults with type 2 diabetes who are married and living with their spouse are 50% less likely to develop overweight vs. single adults with diabetes, according to data from a cross-sectional study presented at the 52nd European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting. “Men who were married and lived with their spouse also exhibited a risk reduction of 58% for metabolic syndrome,” Yoshinobu Kondo, MD, PhD, of Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, and colleagues wrote. “In contrast, being single was a risk factor for overweight status and metabolic syndrome, especially among male patients. These findings suggest that social supportive care is needed to help single patients with [type 2 diabetes] manage their body weight.” More at:

Liver cancer risk influenced by blood selenium levels

The risk of developing liver cancer may be significantly higher for people who have low levels of the nutrient selenium in their blood, suggests a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Selenium is a trace mineral present in soil, animal products, and plant-based foods, including seafood, Brazil nuts, organ meats, milk, and eggs. The selenium content of food varies greatly, as it depends on how much of the element is in the plants animals consume, as well as how much is in the soil in which plants grow. More at:

Exercise may reduce alcohol-related cancer risk

Getting regular moderate or vigorous exercise may offset some of the potentially lethal health effects of regular alcohol consumption, a new study suggests. Researchers confirmed an increased risk of death from alcohol-related cancers as well as death from all causes among those who drank more than just occasionally, compared to people who never imbibed. But the elevated risk diminished or disappeared if drinkers exercised regularly. “Alcohol is the most commonly consumed psychotropic drug that, in contrast to most other drugs, is socially and culturally acceptable,” said senior author Emmanuel Stamatakis, an associate professor of exercise, health and physical activity at the University of Sydney in Australia. More at:

High-calcium, low-lactose diet may reduce risk of ovarian cancer in African-American women

Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and other U.S. health and academic institutions shows a diet high in calcium and low in lactose may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in African-American women. The work, which appears in the latest edition of the British Journal of Cancer, also found sun exposure in the summer months may reduce the risk of developing the disease in this population. More at:

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE: Chilli and ginger ‘slash the risk of cancer – stopping tumours growing’

Scientists believe the fiery peppers when combined with ginger could help fight the deadly disease. Past studies have suggested capsaicin, that gives chillis their kick, may cause cancer. But the new findings suggest the pungent compound in ginger, 6-ginergol, could counteract the potentially harmful effects of capsaicin. Both chilli and ginger are widely used spices, particularly in Asian cuisine, and scientists have long studied their potential health benefits. Yet, some past research has pointed to negative health effects. More at:

Why MANGO really is a ‘superfood’: Tropical fruit ‘helps to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes’

Dieters have long sworn that grapefruit and  even pineapple can magically help people lose weight. Now scientists have added another fruit to the mix, claiming mangoes may also help to stop obesity and type 2 diabetes, new research claims. The superfood was found to boost gut bacteria which can ward off the conditions. The study found eating the fruit can prevent the loss of beneficial gut bacteria which can be caused by a high-fat diet. Researchers said the specific bacteria in the intestinal tract may play a role in obesity and obesity-related complications, such as type 2 diabetes. More at:

Your burger obsession could be increasing your cancer risk

People who consume lots of junk food have an increased amount of damaged blood cells with cancer-linked mutations, scientists say. Scientists from Swansea University in Wales found that those who consumed large amounts of processed foods had an increased number of damaged red blood cells with cancer-linked mutations. On the other hand, people who have a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables consume lots of antioxidants, which helps the body produce healthy red blood cells. Created by stem cells in the bone marrow, red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the body’s organs and tissues and remove carbon dioxide. More at:

Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

There is an accumulating body of research demonstrating that vitamin D is important in reducing the risk of a number of medical conditions such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, coronary artery disease and most possibly Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Recent medical study demonstrated that a significant percent of women with PCOS are profoundly deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency may account for some of the metabolic disturbances found in PC OS such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and ultimately a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. More at:

Low vitamin D linked to mental decline in elderly Chinese

Low levels of vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and impairment in elderly Chinese people. Produced naturally in the skin when exposed to sunlight, and also found in food such as fish oils and eggs, vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones and muscles. It also plays a key part in brain function. Low levels are associated with greater risk of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The new study, published in the Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Medical Sciences, is the first large-scale prospective study in Asia to make an association between vitamin D status and risk of brain function in the Chinese elderly. More at:

Pancreatic tumour tissue development stopped by vitamin A process

In a new study, researchers from Imperial College London observed that it was possible to switch off pancreatic stellate cells (cells in the immediate tumour environment), potentially preventing the formation of the tissue around the tumour, through a process involving vitamin A. In a healthy pancreas, stellate cells exist in a dormant state, storing abundant supplies of vitamin A. However, as PDAC progresses, these stellate cells are activated in response to signals from the tumour, and lose their vitamin A content. Activated stellate cells form a dense connective tissue around the tumour, which is used by cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body. The tissue also limits the ability of cancer-fighting drugs to reach the tumour. More at:

Potential role for vitamin A in pancreatic cancer discovered

Vitamin A may have a role to play in tackling the commonest form of pancreatic cancer, scientists have discovered. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), the most common type of malignancy of the pancreas, is extremely aggressive and very difficult to treat. Many scientists are currently investigating the genetic mutations and biochemical signalling pathways that enable cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body. More at:

Taking vitamin supplements CAN support eye health, study finds

In the study, vitamin supplements designed for eye health were shown to improve performance from a battery of eye tests, including contrast sensitivity. The study aimed to test the benefit of a smoothie diet containing carotenoids from kale and kiwi in 10 volunteers for five weeks. Dr Michael Moseley, who was one participant, was given a supplement containing vitamins and carotenoids instead as he travels a lot and the smoothie diet would be less convenient. After five weeks on the smoothie diet, there were no improvements in the volunteer’s eyesight. In Dr Moseley, however, who took the supplement, there were increased levels of lutein pigment in the eye and he also performed better on a battery of eye tests, including contrast sensitivity. Interest in conducting this study came from the recently published Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials, a separate study into eye health. More at:

Vitamin D May Reduce Asthma Attacks

Daily vitamin D supplements lowered the risk and severity of asthma attacks, according to a new review of nine clinical trials. The analysis, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, involved 435 children and 658 adults, most of whom had mild to moderate asthma. The reviewers found that oral vitamin D supplements ranging from 400 to 4,000 units a day reduced the risk of attacks requiring medication by 37 percent. The number of attacks requiring emergency intervention decreased by more than 60 percent among vitamin D users. At the same time, taking vitamin D did not appear to have a meaningful effect on daily symptoms as measured by a lung function test and questionnaires. The review found no effect on FEV1, the commonly used test of lung function, or on scores on the Asthma Control Test, a questionnaire that uses a 25-point scale to measure how well a person’s asthma is controlled. More at:

Don’t let diabetes blind you

With Ganesh Utsav upon us, pandals across the city will witness colossal footfalls in terms of devotees. And using the substantial platform for a good cause is Dr Nishant Kumar, who in spite of living abroad for 15 years, returned to India to make a difference. He has to his credit, the distinction of being only the second ophthalmologist in the world to have received a Fulbright Scholarship from the US Senate.
Dr Kumar is organising an eye camp at the Lalbaugcha Raja this year where people will be screened for ‘eyebetes, because diabetes blinds’. “This is more than just an eye camp. I’d like to call it high-end charity work because we are using the best of technology, state-of-the-art cameras and the latest blood sugar measuring devices. Our nurses have been specially trained for this activity,” he explains. More at:

Eat citrus fruits to ward off heart disease, diabetes risk

Higher intake of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can help keep you healthy as well as prevent harmful effects of obesity-related heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, a study has found. Citrus fruits contain large amounts of antioxidants, a class of which are called flavanones. When humans consume a high-fat diet, they accumulate fat in their bodies. Fat cells produce excessive reactive oxygen species, which can damage cells in a process called oxidative stress. These oxidative stress coupled with inflammation in obese individuals increases the risk of developing heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, the researchers said. More at:

4 foods that are good for your teeth

  1. YOGHURT “Yoghurt has lots of ‘good’ bacteria which act to neutralize the effect of harmful bacteria especially in your gum region,”
  1. CHEESE The making of cheese goes back 4,000 years but a Euromonitor report indicates that it is only just gaining popularity in Kenya. This is good news because eating cheese can help your teeth stay camera-ready (say cheese!), keeping them strong and white.
  1. APPLES An apple a day keeps the dentist away, but did you know that apples are also known as nature’s toothbrush? The strong pulp in apples stimulates the gums to produce saliva. Apples also have naturally occurring fruit acid knows as malic acid, which cleanses the teeth, in addition to condensed tannins whose properties may help prevent gum disease.
  1. CARROTS Apples and carrots seem to be peas in a pod, as apples are good for you for the same reasons that carrots are. Steve Jobs’ biography reveals that he would go for weeks at a time eating the same food and nothing else, so one time he went on an apples-and-carrots-only diet. More at:

Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer

A review of more than a thousand studies has found solid evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk for at least 13 types of cancer.

Strong evidence was already available to link five cancers to being overweight or obese: adenocarcinoma of the esophagus; colorectal cancer; breast cancer in postmenopausal women; and uterine and kidney cancers. A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, links an additional eight cancers to excess fat: gastric cardia, a cancer of the part of the stomach closest to the esophagus; liver cancer; gallbladder cancer; pancreatic cancer; thyroid cancer; ovarian cancer; meningioma, a usually benign type of brain cancer; and multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. More at:

Exercise Boosts Brain Health, but Is There a Downside? More exercise, the worse their long-term memories became

A 2014 experiment with mice first raised that worrying idea, finding that the more the animals exercised, the worse their long-term memories became. The studies of exercise and neurogenesis have examined the effects on learning and short-term memory. What scientists had not considered was whether this influx of young, vigorous cells, many of them implanted with newly acquired knowledge, might somehow elbow aside or overwhelm older, established neurons, the cells that contain long-term memories from the past. If so, even as brains effervesce with newborn neurons, the brain might be less able to recall what its owner had learned and experienced before.More at:

Listening To Music Can Be Beneficial For Cancer Patients

Washington: Listening to music can be beneficial for cancer patients as it leaves a positive impact not just psychologically but physically as well by alleviating symptoms of anxiety, pain, fatigue and boosting quality of life, a new study has suggested. Published by the journal Cochrane Library, the study examined the impact of music therapy (a personalised music experience offered by trained music therapists) and music medicine (listening to pre-recorded music provided by a doctor or nurse) on psychological and physical outcomes in people with cancer. “We found that music therapy interventions specifically help improve patients’ quality of life. These are important findings as these outcomes play an important role in patients’ overall well-being,” said Joke Bradt, Associate Professor at the Drexel University, at Philadelphia in the US. More at:

Beverage temperature tied to cancer risk

A working group of 23 scientists convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization has evaluated the carcinogenicity of coffee, tea, and other hot beverages and has exonerated all of them. On the other hand, the scientists determined that almost any nonalcoholic beverage, when consumed at temperatures above 150° F, may contribute to the risk of esophageal cancer. They even found limited evidence implicating hot water. The report reversed a 1991 ruling, which designated coffee drinking as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” But after reviewing more than 1,000 studies conducted in the past 20 years, the panelists were unable to find conclusive evidence that any nonalcoholic beverage, served at lower temperatures, contributes to cancer. Habitual heavy alcohol consumption, however, is still a major cause of esophageal cancer, along with smoking. The report appeared June 15, 2016, in The Lancet Oncology. More at:

Studies vitamin niacinamide could be effective against aging

One of the more recent, and more promising, breakthroughs in the anti-aging battle is a close relative of the humble vitamin niacin — the kind found in fortified cereals and other foods.

Known as niacinamide, this form of vitamin B3 (niacin)is gaining momentum as an effective ingredient for improving skin’s texture and appearance. For decades, niacinamide has been used as an oral supplement for the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne. But by including the ingredient in topically applied lotions, serums and creams, the number of new skin-care products containing the ingredient has soared. A search of using the sole word “niacinamide,” in the beauty and personal care category, resulted in 888 product hits. The topical benefit claims of niacinamide include: minimizing lines and wrinkles; reducing hyper-pigmentation; improving prevention of moisture loss through the skin barrier; reducing pore size; and improving dull and sallow skin tones. More at:

Get a dose of vitamin ‘N’

Remember the advice, “Being outdoors will do you good”? It makes sense scientifically too.

A growing body of research says it is essential to get enough vitamin “N” (nature) to stay healthy. The loss of open spaces and our modern, sedentary lifestyles prevent us from doing so, and this can have implications for physical as well as mental health. You may be more familiar with vitamin D, and there is obviously a link, but this is about more than sunlight. In his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder”, defining it as “a diminished ability to find meaning in the life that surrounds us…. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need,” he writes on Nature deficit disorder is yet to be recognized by any of the medical manuals for mental disorders, but the evidence of its health effects on adults as well as children is piling up. More at:

Eating oily fish may lower a person’s risk for diabetes-related vision problems, study suggests

People who consume omega 3s may prevent a complication from diabetes that harms a person’s eyes and vision, according to a new studyreleased Thursday. In the report, published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, researchers looked at over 3,500 people in Spain with type 2 diabetes who were participating in a trial looking at the effects of keeping a Mediterranean diet. The people were followed for about six years. The researchers found that the individuals who reported consuming at least 500 mg a day of a type of omega-3 fatty acids, which was the equivalent of eating two servings of oily fish a week, had a significant lower risk of diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication that can cause vision problems and even blindness. More at:

Obesity-related cancer risk increased by overweight duration

According to a longitudinal study published in PLOS Medicine, the longer the duration a woman is overweight or obese, the more at risk they become for several forms of cancer.

High body mass index (BMI) has become the leading risk factor of disease burden in high-income countries. Recent studies have suggested that the risk of cancer related to obesity is accelerated by time. The aim of the new study was to assess the impact of adulthood overweight and obesity duration on the risk of cancer. The study was led by Melina Arnold, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), in Lyon, France – and Prof. Hoda Anton-Culver, of the University of California-Irvine. The researchers used data from the United States Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). They planned to identify dose-response relationships between duration of high BMI and the risk of developing several types of cancer. The authors note that to date, most studies that have explored the relationship between excess weight and cancer risk have observed cross-sectional exposure information – such as height and weight measured at one point in time – on overweight and obesity. More at:

How Curcumin With Black Pepper Can Heal Your Body

Both turmeric and black pepper have active ingredients that work together to boost overall health. These herbs have been demonstrated by medical research to possess powerful medicinal properties. The only issue with curcumin, found in turmeric is that it cannot be properly absorbed into the areas of the body where it is needed most. That’s why using curcumin with black pepper can provide better health benefits. Curcumin with black pepper capsules allow you to get the most benefits of the active ingredients present in both compounds. The capsules get to the stomach up to the small intestines where their contents can be absorbed. You can even enhance the absorption of curcumin by mixing the capsules in warm coconut oil or virgin olive oil and then taking it. If your turmeric capsules do not contain piperine, you can add pepper to enhance absorption. More at:

Blood pressure lower than recommended level is beneficial in type 2 diabetes

Systolic blood pressure lower than 140 mm Hg is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to data published in BMJ. Samuel A  Eryd, PhD, from the Center of Registers Västra Götaland, University of Gotenburg, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues conducted  a population-based cohort study that included 187,106 patients with type 2 diabetes who were registered in the Swedish national diabetes register. The researchers sought to compare cardiovascular risk among individuals with blood pressure levels that meet current recommendations with the risk in individuals with lower blood pressure levels. More at:

A new study finds exercise can help adults cope with ADH

Exercise may help adults with ADHD cope with the disorder better, a new study finds.

The study, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports, studied 32 men between the ages of 18 and 33 who displayed clear symptoms of ADHD. The men were asked to complete mental tasks requiring focus before and after 20 minutes of moderate cycling exercises one day, and another day before and after 20 minutes of rest. Though symptoms of ADHD, such as leg movement, mood, attention and motivation did not change after exercise, the study participants reported feeling better about their performance in the mental task, as opposed to when they just rested before completing the task. Participants also reported less confusion and tiredness after exercising. Researchers noted that these findings are promising in coping with the disorder, since unlike ADHD medications, exercise does not have side effects. More at:

Regular exercise can lead to heart disease misdiagnosis

Scientists have shown that people who exercise for even a few hours each week can enlarge their hearts. Over 1,000 people took part in this study, making it one of the largest of its kind. The findings were published today in  Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. Around one third of participants reported doing three to five hours of exercise, and the scientists found that one in five of these people had developed an enlarged heart as a result. Similar adaptations were seen in almost half of those who reported doing more than five hours of exercise. More at:

Feeling tired and forgetful? Why your Vitamin B levels could be to blame…

Vitamin B12 plays an important role in health — for example it helps the brain and nervous system function, and is important for the formation of blood cells. It is also needed for the manufacture of myelin, the insulating material that surrounds certain nerve cells. A lack of vitamin B12 typically causes extreme fatigue, muscle weakness and problems with memory and concentration. It can also lead to temporary infertility in women, while a lack of it during pregnancy can result in foetal abnormalities. More at:

Consumption of Soy may prevent diabetes, heart disease in women with PCOS

According to a recent study, consuming soy may be beneficial to improving metabolic and cardiovascular health in women who have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). PCOS is the leading cause responsible for infertility in 70 percent of female. It also increases risk of serious health conditions such as insulin resistance, leading to elevated risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More at:

Variations in glucose in diabetes: What HbA1c is not telling you

Doctors often rely on HbA1c to assess glucose control, because by taking a simple blood sample it provides information about average glucose levels over the past 3 months. However, we now know that relying on HbA1c alone to monitor blood glucose can provide false reassurance, even when HbA1c consistently falls within the normal range. The reason is that HbA1c is a measure of average daily glucose concentrations and it does not give an indication of how glucose is fluctuating between mealtimes and throughout the day and night. In fact, even when HbA1c is stable, there may be frequent fluctuations in blood glucose throughout a day, leading, in some people, to wide variations in glucose levels with unpredictable episodes of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia. More at:

Statins may RAISE the chances of diabetes: Cholesterol-lowering pills increase the likelihood of the condition – but doctors say the benefits ‘outweigh the risks’

Statins, which lower the ‘bad’ form of cholesterol, could increase the risk of diabetes, a study suggests. Scientists found that people with naturally lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol were less likely to develop heart disease. But they were slightly more vulnerable to type 2 diabetes. As statins reduce LDL levels they will have the same effect, they believe. They also found boosting levels of ‘good’ cholesterol may protect against type 2 diabetes – meaning one day this could prevent or treat the condition. More at:

Iron deficiency widespread in pregnant women, risk of thyroid disorder high

 LONDON: Iron deficiency affects one in five of the world’s population and is more prevalent in pregnant women, say researchers. Thyroid disorders and iron deficiency (ID) are associated with obstetrical and foetal complications in expecting mothers. The finding showed that iron deficiency increases the risk of having a thyroid disorder as well as raises complications such as miscarriages and pre-term births. Iron is essential for the normal functioning of thyroid peroxidase (TPO-abs) – a protein essential for the correct functioning of the thyroid. Pregnant women need to make enough thyroid hormone for the full development of their babies’ brains, which is especially critical during the first semester when the foetus has not developed a thyroid gland of its own, said the paper. More at:

7 Incredible Pineapple Benefits: From Promoting Eye Health to Burning Fat

 1.       An Anti-inflammatory Agent: Pineapple hails from the Bromeliaceae family, after which one of its most important health promoting compounds, the enzyme bromelain, was named.
 2.       Cure for Constipation: This miraculous fruit aids in the natural digestion process.
 3.       Helps in Burning Fat: “Even though it contains sugar (extremely beneficial for growing kids), the amount is not so overwhelming. Plus, the amount of fat is negligible as well, making it a go-to-snack for the ones trying to shed kilos.
 4.       Good for the Eyes: Pineapple is a rich source of vitamin C, anti-oxidants and minerals like manganese and potassium. It helps fight against cell damage and reduces the risk of macular degeneration, an eye disease that affects older people.
 5.       Regulates Blood Pressure and Hypertension: Medical studies have established that a cup of pineapple contains (low amount) 1 mg of sodium and (high amount) 195 mg of potassium, which is vital for bringing down the blood pressure to a state of normalcy. Potassium is an essential mineral which helps in regulating blood pressure in the body.
 6.       Counters Infertility: If you are a woman struggling to conceive, pineapple can help.
 7.       Vitamin Powerhouse: Pineapples pack a tremendous nutritional punch, containing vitamins A, C, E, and K, minerals like potassium and calcium, electrolytes and phyto-nutrients like carotene. More at:

Two sodas a day raises cancer risk, study finds

 Swedish researchers studied the eating and drinking habits of more than 70,000 adults, keeping an eye out for cancer diagnoses. They found that people who downed two or more sodas (including ones with artificial sweetener) or juice beverages a day doubled their risk of developing gallbladder tumors compared with people who abstained from sweetened drinks. What’s more, the heavy soda drinkers also had 79 percent higher risk of having biliary tract cancer, according to the study, which was published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. And those who had two or more sugary drinks a day tended to be overweight and ate a less-healthy diet — one with more calories, sugar and carbohydrates and less protein and fat, the researchers noted. More at:

Arjuna Takes Curcumin to the Next Level

Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. reports increasing sales of its leading brand, BCM-95 curcumin. Sales of the all-natural, patented formulation of turmeric extract rose globally by 20% in 2015 over 2014. Google points to turmeric as a “rising star” – ranked by volume of searches – in its food trends report for 2016. The interest in this functional ingredient grew by 56% from November to January this year alone. Consumers are turning to YouTube to learn about the benefits of turmeric – so much so that the top five educational videos on turmeric attracted a total nearly 4 million views. DolCas Biotech, LLC the US associate of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd plays a significant role in steering the extensive research initiatives on Curcumin, jointly funded by both the companies. “Consumers already trust this ingredient and brand, and growing awareness of the health benefits of turmeric extracts spurred an increase in sales of BCM-95 of 20%,” explains Jomy Jose, Marketing Director forArjuna.  More at:

Ibuprofen, green tea and ginseng may worsen heart failure in patients, doctors warn

Over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen and herbal remedies such as green tea or ginseng could cause or worsen heart failure in patients, it has been claimed. Doctors issued the unprecedented statement warning people of the possible dangers of some common and herbal medicines. The American Heat Association issued a scientific statement about specific drugs and “natural” remedies that may have serious unintended consequences for heart failure patients. On average each patient has five or more separate medical conditions and take seven or more prescription medications daily, often prescribed by different doctors. The warning applies for prescription medications, over the counter drugs and herbal supplements. More at:

Even one glass of wine a day raises the risk of cancer: Alarming study reveals booze is linked to at least SEVEN forms of the disease

Drinking alcohol causes at least seven kinds of cancer, a new study warns today. Researchers said even people who drink low levels are at risk of developing the disease – killing off the idea that a glass of red wine can be good for you. Although the exact mechanism is not known, there is ‘strong evidence’ alcohol increases the risk of developing the disease, experts said. Alcohol causes cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast, but may also cause other forms. And even drinking small amounts raises the risk. However, despite Government advice earlier this year which said there is no safe limit, 90 per cent of people don’t realise drinking alcohol increases the risk of getting the deadly disease. Professor Jennie Connor, of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at Otago Medical School in New Zealand, conducted the review of research taking into account the latest studies. She said alcohol is estimated to have caused half a million deaths since 2012 – amounting to more than one in 20 – 5.8 per cent – of all cancer deaths. More at:

Plant compounds give ‘1-2’ punch to colon cancer

A preliminary cell study finds combining curcumin, the active ingredient in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin, a component of milk thistle, inhibited the spread of colon cancer cells and increased cancer cell death. The combination of two plant compounds that have medicinal properties – curcumin and silymarin – holds promise in treating colon cancer, according Saint Louis University research published in the June 23 issue of the Journal of Cancer. Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which is present in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin is a component of milk thistle, which has been used to treat liver disease. More at:

Compound in turmeric may treat colon cancer: study

Researchers from Saint Louis University in the United States have said that curcumin, an active ingredient in the spice, holds promise in treating such cancers. An ingredient found in turmeric, which is present in spicy curry dishes, may play an important role in treating colon cancer, researchers including one of Indian-origin have found in a new study. The combination of two plant compounds that have medicinal properties — curcumin and silymarin — holds promise in treating colon cancer, researchers from Saint Louis University in the United States have said. “Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which is present in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin is a component of milk thistle, which has been used to treat liver disease,” they said. More at: 

Eating oily fish ‘may boost bowel cancer survival’

“Oily fish may reduce risk of death from bowel cancer, study suggests,” reports The Telegraph. US researchers have found people with bowel cancer who increased their intake of oily fish after diagnosis were less likely to die from the condition. Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish have been shown to reduce the growth of tumours in a laboratory setting in other studies, so scientists wanted to see whether there’s a link between how much oily fish people ate and what happened to them after a diagnosis of bowel cancer. They followed up 1,659 people with bowel cancer for an average of 10 years. They found people who ate more oily fish were less likely to die of their cancer, but were just as likely to die of other causes. People who increased their intake of oily fish after diagnosis were less likely to die of their cancer or other causes. More at:

Don’t get enough sunshine? Your teeth will tattle on you

Researchers at McMaster University in Canada looked at teeth taken from bodies buried in rural Quebec and France in the 1700s and 1800s, and were able to show anomalies formed in the layers of dentin — the material below a tooth’s enamel — during years when subjects failed to get enough vitamin D. The discovery is significant as it can help researchers learn more about vitamin D deficiency, also known as rickets. While the disease seems like one of those long-vanquished health issues, it still affects 1 billion people worldwide, according to the McMaster team. More at:

Oily fish cuts bowel cancer deaths: study

Omega-3 – an extract available naturally from oily fish products – has emerged as a major factor in reducing the rate of bowel cancer deaths. Bowel cancer patients who eat a lot of oily fish may cut their chances of dying from the disease, research suggests. Those with a lot of omega-3 in their diets from oily fish might live longer, the new study published online in the journal Gut found. Experts from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston said that if the findings could be reproduced in other studies, patients with bowel cancer might benefit from boosting their oily fish intake. In the study, experts analyzed data for 1659 people who had bowel cancer. Of these, 561 had died during the 10-year follow-up, with 169 of those deaths specifically attributable to their cancer. More at:

Making Art Can Reduce Stress, Regardless of Skill Level so Don’t avoid it

Creating art has always been considered therapeutic, yet many people avoid the activity because they lack artistic skills. According to a recent study, art can help you de-stress even if you’ve never touched a paint brush. The study published in Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, suggests the process of making art, good or bad, is enough to significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body. Participants were given markers, paper, modeling clay, and collage materials, then asked to create any art of their choice for 45 minutes. The researchers found 75% of the participants’ cortisol levels lowered significantly. There was no correlation between past artistic skill development and lower cortisol levels. Most people that made art, felt a lot less stressed, regardless of their past experience or skill level. So if you’re having a stressful week, sit down and make something. It doesn’t matter if it’s good, and nobody has to ever see it. More at:

FDA: What Can Cause Memory Loss?

Medications. Examples of medications that can interfere with memory include over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills, over-the-counter antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, some medications used to treat schizophrenia, and pain medicines used after surgery.

Alcohol and illicit drug use. Heavy alcohol use can cause deficiencies in vitamin B1 (thiamine), which can harm memory. Both alcohol and illicit drugs can change chemicals in the brain that affect memory.

Stress. Stress, particularly due to emotional trauma, can cause memory loss. In rare, extreme cases, a condition called psychogenic amnesia can result. This can cause someone to wander around lost, unable to remember their name or date of birth or other basic information.

Depression. Depression, which is common with aging, causes a lack of attention and focus that can affect memory. “Usually treating the depression will improve mood and the memory problems may then also improve.

Infections. People with HIV, tuberculosis, syphilis, herpes, and other infections of the lining or substance of the brain may experience memory problems.

Thyroid dysfunction. An underactive or overactive thyroid can interfere with remembering recent events.

Sleep deprivation. Lack of quality sleep—whether from stress, insomnia, or sleep apnea—can affect memory.

Nutritional deficiencies. Deficiencies of vitamins B1 and B12 can affect memory. Such deficiencies can be treated with a pill or an injection.

Mild cognitive impairment. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition characterized by a memory deficit beyond that expected for age, which is not sufficient to impair day-to-day activities.

Dementia. Dementia is a term used for a condition in which there is increasing impairment of memory and other aspects of thinking that are sufficiently severe to impair day-to-day activities. There are many causes of dementia, but the most common by far is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), in which there is a progressive loss of brain cells accompanied by other abnormalities of the brain. A diagnosis of AD is made by confirming that a patient has dementia and by excluding other conditions, such as brain tumors, vitamin deficiencies, and hypothyroidism. More at:

Breakthrough in scaling up life-changing stem cell production

Scientists have discovered a new method of creating human stem cells which could solve the big problem of the large-scale production needed to fully realise the potential of these remarkable cells for understanding and treating disease. The discovery has been made by a team of scientists at The University of Nottingham, Uppsala University and GE Healthcare in Sweden. Human pluripotent stem cells are undifferentiated cells which have the unique potential to develop into all the different types of cells in the body. With applications in disease modelling, drug screening, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, there is already an enormous demand for these cells, which will only grow as their use in the clinic and by the pharmaceutical industry increases. More at:

Soda and other Sugary Drinks Tied To an Increased Risk of Cancer

People who drink lots of soda or other sugary beverages may have a higher risk of developing rare cancers in the gallbladder and bile ducts around the liver, a Swedish study suggests. Little is known about the causes of biliary tract and gallbladder tumors, but emerging evidence suggests obesity as well as elevated blood sugar levels that are a hallmark of diabetes may increase the risk of these malignancies. More at:

Kidney stone

Doctors say kidney stones increase in summer months

HOLLAND, Mich. — When we think of summer we often think of sunburns, pools and sandy feet. But according to experts, summer also means kidney stone season. Dr. Adam Kadlec from Western Michigan Urological Associates at Holland Hospital says 10 to 15 percent of people will experience a kidney stone in their life, and about half of a million people will visit the doctor for stones each year. And, according to urologist Kadlec, those numbers increase during the warmer months. “It’s just the stuff you learn about in basic chemistry,” Kadlec said. More at:



The Surprising Link between Dehydration and Obesity

  • Water might be a secret weapon for dieters, research involving nearly 10,000 adults suggests. “Those who were inadequately hydrated had higher body mass indexes (BMIs) than those who were adequately hydrated,” said study leader Dr. Tammy Chang, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Also, people who took in too little water daily had 50 percent higher odds for obesity compared to those who consumed enough, the study found. That link held even after the researchers compensated for factors such as age, gender and income. More at:



  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) good for Alzheimer and cancer….…more
  • Coriander seed extract (200 mg/kg) increased significantly the activity of the beta cells in diabetes.…more
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) essential oil kills pathogenic bacteria and can be used in antibacterial formulations..….more
  • Intracerebroventricular injection of essential oil from Coriandrum sativum seeds induced a sedative effect at 8.6 and 86 μg doses so could be considered as a potential therapeutic agent similar to diazepam.…more
  • Study support the potential of C. sativum L. to prevent skin photoaging.…more
  • Coriander fruit controls blood pressure……more
aloe vera

Aloe Vera


  • The pulps of Aloe vera leaves devoid of the gel could be useful in the treatment of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus……more
  • Aloe vera inhibits proliferation of human breast and cervical cancer cells and acts synergistically with cisplatin…more
  • Aloe vera with the doses used (400 and 800 mg/kg body weight) useful in protecting liver from oxidative stress-induced damage.….more
  • All A. indica, A. vasica, A. cepa, A. sativum and A. vera plants exhibited activity against MDR isolates of M. tuberculosis.…more
  • Aloe vera cream on the surgical site is effective in reducing postoperative pain both on resting and during defecation, healing time, and analgesic requirements in the patients with hemorrhoid..…more
  • Oral aloe vera taken for 4 weeks produced a clinical response in active ulcerative colitis..…more



  • Acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine (AAC) and ibuprofen 200 mg per tablet (IB) are safe, cost-effective treatments for migraine; AAC provides significantly superior efficacy and speed of onset compare with IB..…more
  • Coffee consumption is inversely associated with all-cause and CVD mortality.…more
  • Caffeine appears to improve airways function modestly in people with asthma for up to four hours.….more
  • Coffee, in achievable amounts, may reduce both motor and cognitive deficits in aging.…more
  • Moderate caffeine intake (the human equivalent of 500 mg caffeine or 5 cups of coffee per day) protects against or treat AD in a mouse model for the disease and a therapeutic potential for caffeine against AD in humans..more
  • Coffee drinking is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD). More tea drinking is associated with a lower risk of PD..…more



  • Clove extract may represent a novel therapeutic herb for the treatment of colorectal cancer, and OA appears to be one of the bioactive components.…more
  • Clove essential oil can be considered as a potential antimicrobial agent for external use…more
  • The hydro-alcoholic extract of clove at doses of 100 and 200 mg/kg orally possesses good anti-stress activity.….more
  • Red clover extract significantly improves the glucose and lipid homeostasis in db/db diabetic mice and that these effects are achieved at least in part by activating hepatic PPARα/γ and by inhibiting hepatic fatty acid synthase…more
  • Clove oil reverses learning and memory deficits in scopolamine-treated mice.more
  • Clove is anti-cholinesterase agent for the management of cognitive ailments like Alzheimer’s disease.…more
  • 50% ethanolic extract of clove produced a significant and sustained increase in the sexual activity of normal male rats.….more
  • Natural spices of garlic and ginger possess effective anti-bacterial activity against multi-drug clinical pathogens and can be used for prevention of drug resistant microbial diseases.…more
  • Clove and its derivatives have a definite potential to be used as specific anti-plaque and anti-inflammatory agents for the treatment of periodontal disease.…more
  • Clove gel might possess a potential to replace benzocaine as a topical agent before needle insertion…more



  • Repeated administration of almonds increases brain acetylcholine levels and enhances memory function…more
  • Almond intake can enhance antioxidant defenses and diminish biomarkers of oxidative stress in smokersmore
  • Almond consumption may reduce colon cancer risk and does so via at least one almond lipid-associated component….more
  • Modest almond consumption favorably improves both short-term and long-term markers of glucose control in individuals with uncomplicated type 2 diabetes mellitus…more
  • Almond skins improve the immune surveillance of PBMC towards viral infection, both by triggering the Th1 and Th2 subsets…more
  • Almonds used as snacks in the diets of hyperlipidemic subjects significantly reduce coronary heart disease risk factors…more
  • Almonds reduced non-HDL-C, LDL-C, and central adiposity, important risk factors for cardiometabolic dysfunction, while maintaining HDL-C concentrationsmore



  • Fresh apples, banana, and orange in our daily diet along with other fruits may protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease…more
  • Banana stem extract from the Musaceae family may be a useful agent in the treatment of patients with hyperoxaluric urolithiasismore
  • Consumption of green banana flour (20 g/day) for 45 days decreased hip circumference and significant health parameter improvements were also noted in individuals with metabolic syndrome, which showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure and fasting glucose….more
  • Study indicated that methanol extract of banana peel can inhibit 5alpha-reductase and might be useful in the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia…more
  • An alcoholic extract of banana peel has antimicrobial activity against P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitansmore



  • Greater consumption of specific whole fruits, particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples, is significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas greater consumption of fruit juice is associated with a higher risk…more
  • The risk of colorectal cancer was inversely correlated with daily number of apple servings, but the most significant reductions of OR estimates were observed for an intake one or more apple servings daily (OR = 0.37, 95% CI: 0.15-0.91).more
  • Phloretin (Ph), which can be obtained from apples, apple juice, and cider may be useful for cancer chemotherapy and chemoprevention….more
  • The study shows that egular consumption of one or more apples a day may reduce the risk for lung and colon cancer.…more
  • A novel anti-aging serum containing apple stem cell extract demonstrated a significant improvement of aging skin signs with first visible results achieved after one week of usemore
  • Study indicates that, in C. elegans, whole apple extracts slow aging, extend lifespan, improve healthspan, and enhance resistance to stressmore

Red wine


  • The study shows that consumption of moderate red wine intake (200-400ml/day) exerts beneficial effects on oxidative markers and slows down the aging.…more
  • Resveratrol (RES), a polyphenolic compound notably present in grapes and red wine reduces the incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).…more
  • Resveratrol, a red wine polyphenol, suppresses pancreatic cancer by inhibiting leukotriene A₄hydrolase….more
  • Resveratrol appears to have anticancer effects.more
  • The study shows that wine phenolic phytochemicals enhance significantly the effect of resveratrol and quercetin on inhibition of cancer cell growth in oral cancer.…more
  • Red wine and its polyphenol preparations might be a promising option in the prevention and treatment of diabetic complications.…more



  • Onion consumption seems to have a beneficial effect on bone density in perimenopausal and postmenopausal non-Hispanic white women 50 years and older.more
  • Onion might be useful for preventing obesity-related malignancy.more
  • Supplementation with 162 mg/d quercetin-rich onion lowers ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) in patients with hypertension, suggesting a cardioprotective effect of quercetin….more
  • Onion peel water extract (OPE) supplement can improve the immune status by increasing the number of immune-related cells and specific cytokine levels.more
  • Allium Vegetables reduce the risk of Stomach Cancer.…more
  • Diet rich in onions may have a favourable effect on the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI).…more
  • Allium vegetables reduced the risk for gastric cancer risk.more

Citrus fruits


  • Citrus fruits intake reduces the risk of breast cancer.…more
  • A high intake of citrus fruits may reduce the risk of degenerative diseases.…more
  • Intake of citrus fruits reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer...more
  • Citrus Fruit Intake Substantially Reduces the Risk of Esophageal Cancer…more
  • High citrus fruit intake in the risk of stomach cancer.more
  • Citrus fruit intake is related to decreased bladder cancer risk. …more
  • Citrus peel consumption, the major source of dietary d-limonene, is not uncommon and may have a potential protective effect in relation to skin carcinoma (SCC).…more
Olive oil

Olive oil


  • Extra virgin olive oil can be useful in learning and memory improvement found in aging and diseases by reversing oxidative damage in the brain…more
  • High consumption of extra-virgin olive oils, which are particularly rich in phenolic antioxidants (as well as squalene and oleic acid), should afford considerable protection against cancer (colon, breast, skin), coronary heart disease, and ageing by inhibiting oxidative stress.more
  • Study find that Olive oil consumption, specifically the extra-virgin variety, is associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease and mortality in individuals at high cardiovascular risk….more
  • Olive oil may have a protective effect on the development of colorectal cancer (CRC)…more
  • Olive oil consumption reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes in US womenmore



  • The consumption of cinnamon is associated with a statistically significant decrease in levels of fasting plasma glucose, total cholesterol, LDL-C, and triglyceride levels, and an increase in HDL-C levels…more
  • Consumption of cinnamon (short term) is associated with a notable reduction in blood pressure.…more
  • Cinnamon extract induces tumor cell death through inhibition of NFκB and AP1….more
  • Cinnamon extract inhibits tau aggregation associated with Alzheimer’s diseasemore
  • Cinnamon compounds in the diet could reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseasemore



  • Kiwifruit consumption may improve sleep onset, duration, and efficiency in adults with self-reported sleep disturbances.more
  • Actinidin in green kiwifruit had been inactivated showed conclusively that actinidin is responsible for the enhanced gastric hydrolysis of food proteins.more
  • Kiwifruit have potential cardiovascular protective properties in vitro….more
  • Kiwifruit with their multiple health benefits have the potential to become part of our “daily prescription for health.more
  • Kiwifruit is effective for treatment of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcermore
  • Regular inclusion of green kiwifruit as part of a healthy diet may be beneficial in improving the lipid profiles of men with high cholesterol….more
  • Kiwifruit is a simple, applicable, and effective way for treatment of bedsore.…more
  • Consumption of gold kiwifruit enhanced the concentrations of several dietary plasma analytes, which may contribute to reduced duration and severity of selected upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms, offering a novel tool for reducing the burden of URTI in older individuals…more
  • Kiwifruit is a modulator of DNA damage and and helps in DNA repair.more



  • Ginger is well documented and its functional ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols are the valuable ingredients which can prevent various cancers.more
  • Whole ginger extract showed in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity the management of prostate cancer.…more
  • Ginger accelerates gastric emptying and stimulates antral contractions in healthy volunteers and can be used to relieve constipation….more
  • Study showed that the use of dietary agent ginger may have potential in the treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer.…more
  • Study demonstrated that daily consumption of 3 one-gram capsules of ginger powder for 8 weeks is useful for patients with type 2 diabetesmore
  • A highly purified and standardized ginger extract had a statistically significant effect on reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee….more
  • Meta-analysis suggests that ginger is an effective non-pharmacological treatment for Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy (NVEP).…more
  • Fresh, but not dried, ginger is effective against human respiratory syncytial virus in human respiratory tract cell linesmore

Nuts & Peanuts


  • Half a handful of nuts a day ‘reduces early death risk’…more
  • Nuts and peanuts are food sources that are a composite of numerous cardioprotective nutrients and if routinely incorporated in a healthy diet, population risk of CHD would therefore be expected to decrease markedly.…more
  • Frequent nut consumption and decreased risk of cholecystectomy in women….more
  • Frequent intake of peanut and its products may reduce colorectal cancer risk in womenmore
  • Frequent nut consumption is inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer…more



  • Inverse association between the frequency of use of allium vegetables and the risk of several common cancers…more
  • Garlic intake has the potential to temporarily modulate the gut microbiotamore
  • Garlic has strong antioxidative properties and may be a promising agent for protecting against chronic alcohol-induced liver damage...more
  • Immune system functions well with AGE supplementationmore
  • Garlic significantly reduces serum total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol and moderately raised HDL cholesterolmore



  • Eat cabbage to fight cancermore
  • The study shows the potential therapeutic effects of red cabbage in dyslipidemia as well as Liver injurymore
  • Antioxidant and ant-hyperglycemic properties of Red Cabbage (B. oleracea) extract may offer a potential therapeutic source for the treatment of diabetes...more
  • The rapid healing of peptic ulcers observed radiologically and gastroscopically in 13 patients treated with fresh cabbage juicemore
  • Vitamin U, administered as raw cabbage juice to 100 patients with peptic ulcer, was apparently effective in promoting the rapid healing of uncomplicated peptic ulcers…more



  • Potential Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin, the Anti-inflammatory Agent, Against Neurodegenerative, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Metabolic, Autoimmune and Neoplastic Diseases…more
  • Curcumin (turmeric) improved the overall memory in patients Alzheimer’s disease…more
  • Studies suggest that curcumin has enormous potential in the prevention and therapy of cancer...more
  • Curcumin dose-dependently improves spermatogenic disorders and helpful in the treatment of fertility…more
  • Curcumin can be considered an ideal “Spice for Life”…more



  • Ginseng showed benefits in erection, libido, sperm countmore
  • Panax ginseng enhances cognitive performance in Alzheimer disease…more
  • Ginseng may be a useful therapeutic adjunct in the management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM)...more
  • Memory enhancing effects of a Ginkgo biloba/Panax ginseng combination…more
  • Ginseng is useful in the treatment of colorectal cancer…more
  • Chocolate rich in flavanols confers significant photoprotection and can thus be effective at protecting human skin from harmful UV effects…more

Dark Chocolate


  • Daily consumption of a dark chocolate good for cardiovascular healthmore
  • Regular consumption of small doses of dark chocolate may reduce inflammation…more
  • Dark but not white, chocolate decreases blood pressure…more
  • Dark chocolate promotes satiety, lowers the desire to eat something sweet, and suppresses energy intake compared with milk chocolate…more
  • Chocolate rich in flavanols confers significant photoprotection and can thus be effective at protecting human skin from harmful UV effects…more

Green tea


  • Green tea useful in prevention of many types of cancer, including lung, colon, esophagus, mouth, stomach, small intestine, kidney, pancreas, and mammary glands…more
  • Helicobacter pylori was significantly decreased by Green tea catechins (GTC-scf)…more
  • Green tea is the most simple and beneficial way to prevent gastrointestinal disorders….more
  • Green tea enhances the antifungal effect of amphotericin B or fluconazole against antimycotic-susceptible and -resistant C…more
  • Tea drinking is associated with preservation of hip structure in elderly women…more

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