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Alzheimer's could be the most catastrophic impact of junk food

18 September 2012


There is evidence that poor diet is one cause of Alzheimer's. If ever there was a case for the precautionary principle, this is it.

Source: The Guardian (Sept 10/12)

Lots of chatter, anger over Stanford organic food study

12 September 2012


After days of heated reaction to a study published last week about organic foods, north of 2,900 people have signed the petition, at change.org, calling for the paper to be withdrawn.

Source: LA Times (Sept 12/12)

Teen girl diet could cost NHS millions

24 July 2011


Teenage eating habits are poor, with teenage girls worse, risking long-term effects on their health according to new Department of Health data published today (UK) The National Diet and Nutrition Survey, which was led by the National Centre for Social Research and MRC Human Nutrition Research, found that teenage girls are only eating half their recommended portions of fruit and veg.

Source: Financial News UK (July 24, 2011)

Coffee may protect against Alzheimer's disease, study finds

27 June 2011


Researchers at the University of South Florida say there's a mystery ingredient in coffee that could protect coffee drinkers against Alzheimer's disease. Using mice bred with symptoms that mimic Alzheimer's disease, a team at USF found that caffeinated coffee appeared to protect the mice from the memory-robbing disease.

Source: Healthkey (June 22, 2011)

Research Cited in Article:
Caffeine and Coffee as Therapeutics Against Alzheimer's Disease
Source: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (June 2011)

Eating Broccoli Could Guard Against Arthritis

17 September 2010


Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a new project to investigate the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis. Initial laboratory research at UEA has found that a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction in osteoarthritis -- the most common form of arthritis

Source: Science Daily (Sept 15, 2010)

Watercress May 'Turn Off' Breast Cancer Signal

14 September 2010


New scientific research from the University of Southampton has revealed that a plant compound in watercress may have the ability to suppress breast cancer cell development by 'turning off' a signal in the body and thereby starving the growing tumour of essential blood and oxygen.

Source: Science Daily (Sept 14, 2010)

Research cited in article:
In vivo modulation of 4E binding protein 1 (4E-BP1) phosphorylation by watercress: a pilot study
Source: British Journal of Nutrition (June 15, 2010)

Blueberries show anti-diabetic potential: Study

13 September 2010


A daily smoothie containing bioactive ingredients from blueberry increased sensitivity to insulin, and may reduce the risk of developing diabetes in at-risk people, says a new study. Obese, non-diabetic, and insulin-resistant participants who consumed a blueberry smoothie daily for six weeks experienced a 22 percent change in insulin sensitivity, compared to only 4.9 percent in the placebo group, state findings published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Source: Nutra Ingredients (Sept 13, 2010)

Research cited in article:
Bioactives in Blueberries Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Obese, Insulin-Resistant Men and Women
Source: Journal of Nutrition (Aug 19, 2010)

Study: Some Low-Carb Diets Up Cancer, Death Risk

7 September 2010


A study being published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine says a low-carb diet based on animal protein increases the risk for cancer and death. However, a vegetable-based low-carb diet may contribute to lower heart disease and death rates, the research indicates.

Source: CBS News (Sept 7, 2010)

Research cited in article:
Low-Carbohydrate Diets and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine (Sept 7, 2010)

Green tea antioxidant claims misleading: FDA

7 September 2010


U.S. health regulators have issued warnings to the makers of Canada Dry ginger ale and Lipton tea for making unsubstantiated nutritional claims about their green tea-flavoured beverages.

Source: CBC News (Sept 7, 2010)

Scientists: Soy reduces menopause symptoms

10 July 2010


Soy sauce could reduce menopause symptoms  such as hot flashes, sleeplessness and bone loss, Japanese scientists say. The researchers at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo say they found soy sauce -- made from soya beans -- contains a natural compound that cuts production of oestrogen, a hormone that contributes to menopausal
problems, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

Research cited in article:
This issue of the Journal of Nutrition has a series of articles on soy and menopause. It's worth a look.
Source: The Journal of Nutrition (Jul 2010)
jn.nutrition.org/content/vol140/issue7/#SUPPLEMENT__EQUOL__SOY__AND_MENOPAU...

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