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Medicinal Food News

Probiotics 'no good' at treating infant colic
Colic is a poorly understood condition in which otherwise healthy babies cry excessively and frequently

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'
29 new varieties of broccoli, celery, kale, quinoa and other vegetables and grains that are being publicly released using a novel form of ownership agreement known as the Open Source Seed Pledge.

Life-style determines gut microbes
An international team of researchers has for the first time deciphered the intestinal bacteria of present-day hunter-gatherers

Too much animal protein tied to higher diabetes risk
People who eat the most protein, especially from animal sources, are more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to a study of European adults.

Getting Too Much of Vitamins And Minerals
The health consequences of going overboard.

Low vitamin D linked to fatty liver disease in UK children
A new study says that a low status of vitamin D triggers non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in children.

New Chinese herbal medicine has significant potential in treating hepatitis C
SBEL1 is a compound isolated from Chinese herbal medicines that was found to inhibit HCV activity by approximately 90%.

Too much protein may kill brain cells as Parkinson’s progresses
Scientists may have discovered how the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease destroys brain cells and devastates many patients worldwide.

Study Links Coffee to Lower Liver Cancer Risk
The more cups of coffee a person drank, the lower the risk for developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, according to results presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014

Study links arthritis supplement glucosamine to longer life in mice
The widely used food supplement glucosamine promotes longevity in ageing mice by approximately 10% due to improved glucose metabolism.

Eating beans and pulses daily can reduce bad cholesterol by 5 percent
Eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce bad cholesterol and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study has found.

Drinking Milk Slows Osteoarthritis in Women
In a study of over 2,100 people with knee OA, researchers at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston found that regular milk consumption slowed a decrease in the joint space of women.

Five a day is not enough fruit and veg for best health
People who ate seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day had a lower risk of dying during the seven-year study period than those who ate just five.

Coffee Could Help Cirrhosis Patients Live Longer
Scientists say coffee could be used to treat liver cirrhosis, after finding that drinking two or more cups per day cut death risk by 66% among Chinese subjects when the disease was caused by non-viral hepatitis.

Swedish researchers show impact of long-term vitamin D insufficiency on fracture risk
A study presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.

Monkeys on Very-Low-Cal Diet Lived Longer, Healthier Lives
A 25-year study finds that monkeys who consume a very-low-calorie diet live much healthier, longer lives than monkeys who ate what they liked.

Tweaking potassium levels in brain could be a key to fighting Huntington's disease
By boosting the ability of a specific type of cell to absorb potassium in the brain, UCLA researchers were able to improve walking and prolong survival in a mouse model of Huntington's disease.

Study Finds Being Underweight is Riskier Than Being Overweight
A recent study published in the of Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health has found that the dangers of being underweight are even riskier than being overweight.

What Is a Functional Food?
The U.S. is the largest consumer of functional foods, it was a 44 billion dollar market in 2012 and it’s increasing with at least 60 percent of people consuming functional foods, occasionally

Diet Drinks Could Lead to Heart Problems for Older Women
Women who are heavy consumers of diet drinks might be more likely to experience heart attacks, dangerous blood clots and other cardiovascular problems

Eating Fruits and Vegetables Linked to Healthier Arteries Later in Life
Women who ate a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables as young adults were much less likely to have plaque build-up in their arteries 20 years later compared with those who consumed lower amounts of these foods, according to research

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