Study sweetens connection between cancers and sugar

Study sweetens connection between cancers and sugar

In a new study, scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas have found that some types of cancers have more of a sweet tooth than others. “It has been suspected that many cancer cells are heavily dependent on sugar as their energy supply, but it turns out that…

Recommended dietary protein intake too low for the elderly

Recommended dietary protein intake too low for the elderly

You can find the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) on the nutrition labels of all your processed food. Food manufacturers are obliged to list the nutritional value of their products, and therefore must mention the percent daily value of the RDA their product meets for certain nutrients. These RDA guidelines are…

Tie between probiotic and improved symptoms of depression

Tie between probiotic and improved symptoms of depression

Probiotics may relieve symptoms of depression, as well as help gastrointestinal upset, research from McMaster University has found. In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology , researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute found that twice as many adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) reported improvements from…

Fat can neutralize listeria

Fat can neutralize listeria

Certain fatty acids are not just part of a healthy diet. They can also neutralise the harmful listeria bacterium, a new study shows. This discovery could eventually lead to improved methods to combat dangerous and drug-resistant bacteria. It´s every consumer´s nightmare, bringing home food from the supermarket…

Healthy brain aging linked to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood

Healthy brain aging linked to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood

Two new studies link patterns of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood to the integrity of brain structures and cognitive abilities that are known to decline early in aging. The studies add to the evidence that dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can promote healthy aging…

Fennel in reducing post-menopause symptoms

Fennel in reducing post-menopause symptoms

Fennel, an anise-flavored herb used for cooking, has long been known for its health benefits for a variety of issues, including digestion and premenstrual symptoms. A new study confirms that it is also effective in the management of postmenopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness, and anxiety…

Switching to a low-glycemic diet may stop age-related eye disease, study suggests

Switching to a low-glycemic diet may stop age-related eye disease, study suggests

A study in mice finds that development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could be arrested by switching from a high-glycemic diet (starches as are found in white bread) to a low-glycemic diet (starches found in whole grains). For the same amount of total carbohydrate, a high-glycemic…

Ginger may help fight obesity and related disorders

Ginger may help fight obesity and related disorders

A new review notes that recent epidemiological and clinical studies have built a consensus that ginger has beneficial effects against obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and related disorders–more commonly referred to as metabolic syndrome. Ginger has these effects by regulating fat metabolism, suppressing carbohydrate digestion, modulating insulin secretion and…

Gut microbiome may predict response to biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease

Gut microbiome may predict response to biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease

Analysis of a patient’s gut microbiome – the microbial population of the gastrointestinal tract – may be able to predict the likelihood of successful treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with biologic drugs that target immune system activity. In their report published in Cell Host and Microbe, researchers…

Zinc acetate lozenges increases recovery rate from cold

Zinc acetate lozenges increases recovery rate from cold

According to a meta-analysis of three randomized controlled trials, zinc acetate lozenges may increase the rate of recovery from the common cold three-fold. On the fifth day, 70% of the zinc lozenge patients had recovered compared with 27% of the placebo patients. The effect of zinc acetate lozenges…