Tomatoes may combat the damaging effects of radiation


Dr. Ruth Edge from The University of Manchester, together with her colleagues Professor George Truscott from Keele University and Professors Fritz Boehm & Christian Witt from Berlin, undertook a study of lycopene (one of the carotenoids – plant pigments found in many fruits and vegetables) and its effectiveness at protecting against radiation at the University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility, part of the Dalton Nuclear Institute.

“We have shown that lycopene can protect human cells efficiently against gamma radiation at low, but not high oxygen concentrations, and we hope that this effect may allow for improvements in radiation cancer therapy if the oxygen concentration can be increased in solid tumours compared to the healthy surrounding tissue”,  said Dr. Ruth Edge, Experimental Officer and Laboratory Manager, Dalton Cumbrian Facility.

Radiation therapy is used to treat a wide range of tumors, but until now, its side effects have constrained its effectiveness. Recently, there has been interest in the possible role of dietary carotenoids in limiting these effects. In addition, interest has grown in identifying dietary counter-measures against nuclear accidents.

The results of the study, published in FEBS Letters, have shown that lycopene is an effective carotenoid at offering protection from the damaging effects of gamma radiation, and that dietary intervention could be useful in efforts to defend people from these effects. A major finding of the study is that such protective effects are reduced as the oxygen concentration is increased.

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Vanilla extract prevents psoriasis

imagesvanillin (1)A new study, by the China Medical University Hospital n Taichung, Taiwan,  has specified that a synthetic form of vanilla extract, known as vanillin, may help to prevent or treat psoriasis. Approximately, 7.5 million people are affected in the United States.

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Oleate reverses heart failure causes epigenetic changes.

imagesA new dietary fat found in olive oil has the ability to impact on heart failure. The research by the University of Illinois at cago College of Medicine published in the journal Circulation reveals that oleate reverses heart failure and causes to linked to the condition. Continue reading “Oleate reverses heart failure causes epigenetic changes.”

Flavonoids reduce risk of developing ovarian cancer.

flavanolsFlavenoids are active compounds found in tea, red wine, apples, grapes, citrus fruit and juices. A study by the Department of at UEA’s Norwich Medical School has investigated 171,940 women aged between 25 and 55 for a period of 30 years. Continue reading “Flavonoids reduce risk of developing ovarian cancer.”

Cinnamon improves memory and learning

cinnamonA new study published in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology specifies that memory and learning is improved by consuming cinnamon.

The study conducted by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding oral cinnamon to laboratory mice metabolized the cinnamon into sodium benzoate, a chemical used as a drug treatment for brain damage. When the sodium benzoate entered the mice’s brains, it increased CREB, decreased GABRA5, and stimulated the plasticity (ability to change) of hippocampal neurons. Continue reading “Cinnamon improves memory and learning”

Carotenoids improve brain function, improves neural efficiency.

brainA new study, published by the University of Georgia, has revealed that specific substances encourage the brain to more neurally efficient. The research was conducted by the Department of Psychology and uses a functional MRI process to investigate brain activity with administration of certain substances.  Continue reading “Carotenoids improve brain function, improves neural efficiency.”

Gut microbes impact on conventional chemotherapy; more likely to respond to imuno-therapy treatment

news_20151027_gut_bacteria_full_169Gut bacteria have been associated with a number of immune diseases and treatment of diverse medical conditions. A new study presented at the National Cancer Research Institute’s (NCRI) Cancer conference in Liverpool has highlighted the role of gut bacteria with cancer immuno-therapy treatment. Continue reading “Gut microbes impact on conventional chemotherapy; more likely to respond to imuno-therapy treatment”

Polyphenol intake: Green tea prevents artery explosions

cup-of-green-tea-with-leavesA new study, by Kyoto University, has revealed that a major component of green tea (polyphenols) prevents a deadly condition. Continue reading “Polyphenol intake: Green tea prevents artery explosions”

Western style diet impacts on memory inhibition; deterioration of cognitive processes.

thA new study, by Macquarie University, has revealed that memory inhibition is linked to dietary excess caused by the Western style diet.  Food memory blocks out memories linked to dietary excess and depends on a brain area called the hippocampus.  Thoughts of food are set aside when people are full and eating is no longer a priority. Continue reading “Western style diet impacts on memory inhibition; deterioration of cognitive processes.”

Exercise improves executive function and memory

thA new study, published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, by the University of Texas in Dallas, has revealed that exercise increases executive brain function and immediate and delayed memory performance. Continue reading “Exercise improves executive function and memory”