Yogurt may prevent type 2 diabetes.

yoA study published in the open access journal has specified that eating yogurt may act as a preventative measure for type 2 diabetes. The research findings are based on an analysis of information on dairy food intake and health from over 195,000 health professionals over decades, during which time 15,000 participants developed type 2 diabetes. Continue reading “Yogurt may prevent type 2 diabetes.”

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Gut microbes may impact on brain development and function

gutbrainbarrierAn increasing amount of research has come out in recent years illustrating the crucial relevance of healthy gut bacteria. Now a new study from the Karolinska Institutet has revealed that our gut-residing microbes can influence the integrity of the blood-brain barrier. The blood brain barrier acts by protecting the brain from harmful substances in the blood. Continue reading “Gut microbes may impact on brain development and function”

Genes influenced by food; epigenetic switches tun genes and off.

geneA new study, published in the journal Nature Microbiology, has revealed how genes may influence the food that is consumed. Genes influence metabolism, but nutrients may also influence genes by being available to cells. Continue reading “Genes influenced by food; epigenetic switches tun genes and off.”

America’s fast food diet; public health risk.

dietA new study has linked America’s obesity epidemic to the consumption of fast food. The research published in the journal of Public Heath Nutrition found that on average people consumed about 200 additional daily calories when eating at fast food restaurants or full service restaurants, with significant increases in the intake of calories, sugar, saturated fat and sodium. Continue reading “America’s fast food diet; public health risk.”

ACB releases investigative report on SA bread industry. Finds violation of SA’s GM labeling law.

bread2The African Centre for Biosafety, (ACB), has published a report investigating the collusion between South Africa’s bread industry and genetically modifiedfood producers. Almost all the breads tested by ACB was found to contain unacceptable high levels of genetically modified, (GM), soya ranging from 20.46% – 90.09%. Continue reading “ACB releases investigative report on SA bread industry. Finds violation of SA’s GM labeling law.”

EPA agrees to regulate novel nanomaterials

nano-150x150The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to regulate nanomaterial pesticides as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety. The complaint filed against the Environmental Protection Agency alleged failure to regulate over 400 nano silver products on the market. There are no labeling requirements for nano silver products, although it is considered a pesticide and active ingredient under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the primary federal law governing pesticide use in the United States. Continue reading “EPA agrees to regulate novel nanomaterials”

Cognitive decline halted by diet.

salmonA new study by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University has examined the relevance of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) to brain health and the ability of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) to impact on cognitive decline. Continue reading “Cognitive decline halted by diet.”

Asparagus improves blood pressure, glucose metabolism and Lipid profile, impacting on Metabolic syndrome.

 asparagusMetabolic syndrome is the term approved by the word health organisation to describe a set of conditions including high blood pressure, increased blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides. The International Diabetes Foundation estimates that approximately 20–25% of the world’s adult population has metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of metabolic abnormalities including central obesity and high cholesterol, high SBP or DBP, and increased fasting glucose. Metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

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Bisphenol A disrupts endocrine system, impacting on metabolism of children and amount of exercise and voluntary physical activity later in life.

The Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease has published a new study by the University of Missouri, specifying that mice exposed to endocrine disrupters will produce offspring that has chronic health problems associated with a metabolic complications and lack of exercise.

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Exercise reduces Alzheimer’s disease and MCI neurodegeneration

alzheimersA new study, published in the journal of the International Neuropsychological Society on Nov. 19th 2015, has revealed that exercise reduces brain shrinkage and neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Exercise reduces Alzheimer’s disease and MCI neurodegeneration”