Vitamin E to the rescue of polluted cities

This one is for all those crying about high pollution levels in Delhi. A new study from King’s College London and the University of Nottingham has found an association between the amount of vitamin E in the body, exposure to particulate pollution and lung function. The paper adds to growing evidence from previous studies suggesting that some vitamins may play a role in helping to … Continue reading Vitamin E to the rescue of polluted cities

Are you getting enough Vitamin E?

If you have high cholesterol, triglycerides, your lipids could be blocking your vitamin E absorption, which means that the anti-oxidant properties of vitamin E that protect your heart, could be compromised. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Oregon State University has found that high levels of blood lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides can keep this essential micronutrient tied up in … Continue reading Are you getting enough Vitamin E?

Yet another reason to have fish oil: cancer

This wonderful oil found in fatty fish has already established many benefits: it protects the heart, prevents atherosclerosis, reduces inflammation and pain, pacifies the brain cells… and now, adding omega-3 fatty acids (an unsaturated fatty acid of a kind occurring mainly in fish oils, with double bonds between the carbon atoms that are third and second from the end of the hydrocarbon chain) to anti-tumor medications could … Continue reading Yet another reason to have fish oil: cancer

Eat selenium to lower cancer risk

Brazil nuts, broccoli, chia seeds, brown rice, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, shell fish… they’re all rich in selenium. And selenium has been proven to be a cancer fighting micronutrient as per a joint study conducted by Newcastle University,UK, the International Agency for research on Cancer (IARC-WHO) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. As per this, higher levels of selenium are associated with a decreased risk … Continue reading Eat selenium to lower cancer risk

Survived a heart attack? Protect with omega 3

Most cardiologists will tell you this: getting a by-pass or a stent is no guarantee of not getting another heart attack. So for those who have damaged their heart muscle after a heart attack, taking omega 3 fatty acids decreases inflammation in the heart and guards against further decline, as per a controlled study by  the American College of Cardiology. Patients in the study taking 4 grams … Continue reading Survived a heart attack? Protect with omega 3

Consume olive oil to destroy cancer cells

It’s official. Long hailed for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities in heart health, pain relief and memory protection, extra virgin olive (EVOO) wins the most coveted medal now: for it’s role in destruction of cancer cells. Scientists have now proven that the oleocanthal compound found in EVOO causes cell death in cancer cells, via a paper published in Molecular & Cellular Oncology. Oleocantha’s targets and kills only cancer cells while … Continue reading Consume olive oil to destroy cancer cells

Anti-depressants are backward, say scientists

We always knew there was something wrong when anti-depressants were prescribed. Now, scientists from McMaster University have challenged doctors on this. The authors of the paper, posted by the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, studied existing research for evidence to support the theory that has dominated nearly 50 years of depression research: that depression is related to low levels of serotonin in the gaps between cells in the brain. … Continue reading Anti-depressants are backward, say scientists

Now the humble peanut to your heart’s rescue

It’s not just the expensive nuts. Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute examined the association of peanut and nut consumption with mortality among low-income groups and found that intake of peanuts was associated with fewer deaths, especially from heart disease. The study was published March 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine. While we all know that nuts are rich in nutrients, such as unsaturated fatty acids, … Continue reading Now the humble peanut to your heart’s rescue

Whole Almonds (with Skins) Provide Most Heart Healthy Benefits

New research on almonds adds to the growing evidence that eating whole foods is the best way to promote optimal health. The flavonoids found in almond skins team up with the vitamin E found in their meat to more than double the antioxidant punch either delivers when administered separately, shows a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Twenty potent antioxidant flavonoids were identified in almond … Continue reading Whole Almonds (with Skins) Provide Most Heart Healthy Benefits

Walnuts, pecans, chestnuts have highest antioxidant content

Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition (Blomhoff R, Carlsen MH), identified several nuts among plant foods with the highest total antioxidant content, suggests nuts’ high antioxidant content may be key. Walnuts, pecans and chestnuts have the highest antioxidant content of the tree nuts, with walnuts delivering more than 20 mmol antioxidants per 3 ounces (100 grams). Peanuts (although technically, a legume) also contribute significantly to … Continue reading Walnuts, pecans, chestnuts have highest antioxidant content