Leaky Gut Link to Fat Around Your Organs?

Visceral fat (or the fat around your organs) is known to have a strong link with  metabolic dysfunctions such as insulin resistance, hepatic steatosis and inflammation. One theory as to why this might be is that increased intestinal permeability(also known as leaky gut) may help to increase this fat around the organs. … [Read more...]

Can Flaxseeds Fight Breast Cancer?

A number of studies have attributed a cancer protective effect to plant hormones known as phytoestrogens. One group of phytoestrogens known as lignans are contained in seeds especially flaxseeds     (or linseeds as they are often called). In a recent study women who ate a diet high  in lignans had a 40% lower … [Read more...]

Can Green Tea Help Reduce Risk Flu Risk?

 Green tea has long been associated with a number of  health benefits, but recent research suggests that it may also play a role in helping us to fight infections such as influenza. In a study which was written up in the Journal of  Nutrition, more than 2000 school pupils were given anonymous questionnaires regarding their tea … [Read more...]

Do aubergines hold the key to a healthy heart?

                  Recent research has demonstrated that aubergines contain certain compunds that are cardioprotective. These compounds work by their ability to increase left ventrical function and to reduce myocardial infarct size and cardiomyocyte apoptosis. … [Read more...]

Almonds Prevent Diabetes and Heart Disease

The latest research shows that a regular consumption of almonds reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  Over the course of a 16 week period, subjects who consumed 20% of their calories from almonds showed significantly improved LDL cholesterol levels and markers of insulin sensitivity - some of the important markers for … [Read more...]

Red Wine and Cranberries are Good for Your Teeth

Compounds found in red wine and cranberries can prevent cavities and plaque build up. This is because the compounds which are called polyphenols block a molecule made by the bacteria caled steptococcus mutans. Source: Live Science December 12 2010 … [Read more...]

Caffeine Negatively Affects Children

Caffeine consumption amongst children can cause sleep problems and other health issues. Recent research found that the more caffeine children consumed the less that they slept. Sources of caffeine include tea, coffee, chocolate and some fizzy drinks. Source: Science Daily December 17, 2010 … [Read more...]

Carrots and Broccoli Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Recent research has found that regular consumption of carrots and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and caulifower could reduce the risk of breast cancer. The researchers found that women who ate at least two servings a day had a 43% lower risk of oestrogen receptive negative breast cancer than those women who didn't Source: … [Read more...]

Drinking Water Proven To Help Weight Loss

Drinking water is a well known strategy for helping weight loss, but a new study may be the first hard evidence that drinking water does actually work. In the study obese dieters drank two cups of water before each meal. At the end of the study they were shown to have lost on average 5lbs more than those who did not drink the water. A year later, … [Read more...]

Friendly Bacteria Help Colicky Babies

New research has revealed that a daily dose of probiotics (also known as friendly bacteria) may help colicky babies cry less. After three weeks of treatment with probiotic bacteria, babies cried for an average of about half an hour a day - down from five or six hours at the outset of the study. This compared favourably with the babies who were … [Read more...]

Broccoli Consumption Might Reduce Arthritis Risk

Researchers are launching an exciting new study to investigate the benefits of broccoli after initial lab results showed that a compund in broccoli appears to block the enzymes that cause joint destruction. in osteoarthritis. This compound which is known as sulphoraphone is also found in other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and … [Read more...]

Citrus Compounds Reduce Cancer Risk

Recent research over a nine year period has revealed that daily consumption of citrus  such as oranges, lemons and limes could reduce the risk of a range of cancers especially pancreatic and prostate cancers. Consumption of citrus was associated with an 11 and 14 percent reduction in the incidence of all types of cancer for men and women … [Read more...]

Artificial Sweetener Link To Pre-Term Delivery

Recent research has revealed that pregnant women having one or more servings of artificially sweetened drinks a day were at a 38% increased risk of pre-term delivery. Consumption of four or more servings per day was associated with an increased risk of 78%  … [Read more...]

Vitamin D May Have A Role To Play In Gut Health

The digestive tract contains trillions of bacteria to help us digest food, produce certain nutrients and to keep bad bacteria in check. Recently scientists have discovered that vitamin D appears to have a role to play in gut health by helping to govern the activity of gut bacteria, responding to their cues and by sometimes counteracting their … [Read more...]

Omega 3 Oils May Help Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

In a recent study researchers asked more than 35,000 post-menopausal women who didn't have a history of breast cancer to complete a questionnaire about their supplements. Regular use of omega 3 fish oil appeared to be linked with a 32% reduced risk of breast cancer … [Read more...]

Weight Loss May Help Hot Flushes

Recent analysis by researchers from a survey including over 150 overweight and obese women indicates that weight loss might help reduce the incidence of hot flushes amongst menopausal women. In the research study two thirds of the women were assigned to an intensive weight loss programme designed to help them lose up to 9% of their body weight. 6 … [Read more...]

Berries Lower Type 2 Diabetes and Cariovascular Disease Risk

Berries are rich in a compound called polyphenols which in recent research were shown to decrease pot meal glucose response. Blood glucose levels may be associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Nutraingredients commented " reduced rate of sucrose digestion, and / or absorption from the … [Read more...]

Added Sugar Increases Heart Disease Risk

Added sugar has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease in a recent study. Sugar increases levels of trigylcerides (fats) in the blood and lower levels of protective HDL cholesterol both of which are known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Source: Reuters April 20, 2010 … [Read more...]

Omega 3’s Cut Colon Cancer Risk

Omega 3 fatty acid consumption has been linked to a reduced incidence of colon cancer in a recent study involving nearly 2,000 individuals. Those in the top quartile of omega 3 consumption had half the risk of colon cancer compared to those in the bottom quartile. The researchers also found that individuals who consumed more omega 6 fatty acids in … [Read more...]

Short Bursts of Exercise Just as Beneficial as Long Stints

Traditionally we have thought that exercise needs to be of a reasonable duration to have a beneficial effect on health. Recent research has challenged this belief showing that short bursts of exercise can confer similar benefits providing the total amount of time spent exercising remains the same … [Read more...]

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