Dietary levels of genistein may adversely affect female fertility

Dietary levels of genistein may adversely affect female fertility

Exposure to the phytoestrogen genistein prior to conception may adversely affect female fertility and pregnancy outcomes, depending on the dosage and duration of exposure, a new study in mice suggests. Chronic preconception exposure to genistein affected pregnancy rates in mice and was associated with prolonged labor, smaller litters and pups…

Omega-6 fatty acids do not promote low-grade inflammation

Omega-6 fatty acids do not promote low-grade inflammation

The higher the serum linoleic acid level, the lower the CRP, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Linoleic acid is the most common polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. The findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It has been speculated that a…

Dietary isoflavones increase risk of advanced prostate cancer

Dietary isoflavones increase risk of advanced prostate cancer

Dietary intake of isoflavones was linked with an elevated risk of advanced prostate cancer in a recent International Journal of Cancer study. No statistically significant associations were observed between the intake of isoflavones and non-advanced prostate cancer. Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, a family of estrogen-like compounds…

Mushrooms have anti aging potential

Mushrooms have anti aging potential

Mushrooms may contain unusually high amounts of two antioxidants that some scientists suggest help fight aging and bolster health, according to a team of Penn State researchers. In a study, researchers found that mushrooms have high amounts of the ergothioneine and glutathione, both important antioxidants, said Robert Beelman, professor emeritus…

Vitamin D key for some pregnant women

Vitamin D key for some pregnant women

Vitamin D may play a key role in helping some women seeking treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-related infertility get pregnant. PCOS is a hormonal disorder affecting 5 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age. Left untreated, the condition can lead to long-term complications such as type…

Fats produced by bacteria blamed for heart disease

Fats produced by bacteria blamed for heart disease

Heart disease and fatty clogs in the arteries go hand in hand. But new evidence suggests the fatty molecules might come not only from what you eat but from the bacteria in your mouth, report UConn scientists in the 16 August issue of the Journal of Lipid Research. The research…

3 More reasons why whole grains are healthy

3 More reasons why whole grains are healthy

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products – such as white bread and pasta – with whole grain varieties, they eat less, they lose weight and the amount of inflammation in their bodies decreases. These are some of the findings of a large Danish study headed by the National Food…

New link found between gut bacteria and inflammaging

New link found between gut bacteria and inflammaging

A new study shows for the first time that gut bacteria from old mice induce age-related chronic inflammation when transplanted into young mice. Called “inflammaging”, this low-grade chronic inflammation is linked to life-limiting conditions such as stroke, dementia and cardiovasuclar disease. The research, published today…

Rainforest fruits contain powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agents

Rainforest fruits contain powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agents

According to a study supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation five fruit trees native to the Atlantic Rainforest have powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The research states that native Brazilian species araçá-piranga (E. leitonii), cereja-do-rio-grande (E. involucrata), grumixama (E. brasiliensis) e ubaja…

Western diet linked to vascular damage and prediabetes

Western diet linked to vascular damage and prediabetes

Could short-term exposure to the average American diet increase one’s risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease? According to a recent study funded by the American Heart Association (AHA), researchers from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) provide compelling evidence to support this…