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Medicinal Food News

New beef labeling law looms in Canada
Registered beef processors in Canada must label mechanically tenderized beef starting Aug. 21.

Study finds no evidence taking B vitamins protects brain
Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude Oxford University researchers

8 Ways Zinc Affects the Human Body
Researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle in a new review article in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.

In alcohol abusers, fish oil may reduce risk of neurodegeneration and ensuing dementia
Omega-3 fish oil might help protect against alcohol-related neurodamage and the risk of eventual dementia, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE

Eating lean beef daily can help lower blood pressure
The new study led by researchers at the Penn State knocks down the contrary beliefs, claiming that eating lean beef can dramatically reduce the risk factors for heart diseases.

Overuse of antibiotics is disrupting our microbiome
We may think of ourselves as just human, but we’re really a mass of micro-organisms housed in a human shell.

Fish oil supplements reduce incidence of cognitive decline, may improve memory function
Rhode Island Hospital researchers have completed a study that found regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults.

Nutrition labels proposal gets positive reaction
Health Canada's proposed changes to the guidelines for nutrition information on packaged foods are getting a generally positive response from nutritionists and nutrition experts.

Weighty Issue: Stress and High-Fat Meals Combine to Slow Metabolism in Women
Study estimates daily effect could add up to nearly 11 pounds in a year

A glass a day? Study dispels positive myths about drinking
A reduction in alcohol consumption, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, could be linked to improved cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index and blood pressure, according to new research published in The BMJ.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Lessen Severity of Osteoarthritis in Mice
Mice consuming a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids had healthier joints than those fed diets high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids, according to Duke Medicine researchers

5 things you didn’t know about watermelon
At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17 percent vitamin A, according to the USDA

New gut bacteria finding could circumvent antibiotic resistance crisis
A team of Chinese and Danish researchers has identified 500 new species of gut-residing microorganisms and 800 new bacterial viruses which could attack them.

Lack of exercise, not diet, linked to rise in obesity, Stanford research shows
An examination of national health survey results suggests that inactivity, rather than higher calorie intake, could be driving the surge in obesity.

Nanojuice could improve how doctors examine the gut
It may help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and other gastrointestinal illnesse

Study suggests link between high cholesterol, breast cancer
if a link between high cholesterol and breast cancer is confirmed, it opens the door to reducing the risk of the disease by treating women with cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Do probiotics help kids with stomach bugs? Multicenter trial aims to find if probiotics are safe, effective
Consumers worldwide spend billions of dollars each year on probiotic foods and supplements. But studies evaluating probiotics — microorganisms believed to aid digestive health — have been limited.

I’ve been told I should avoid carrots because they’re too high in sugar. Is that true? Aren’t they nutritious?
It is true that carrots have natural sugar, but not much more than many other vegetables.

Could Dark Chocolate Help Ease Poor Leg Circulation?
The antioxidants contained in dark chocolate might help people suffering from reduced blood flow to their legs, researchers from Italy report.

Chinese Herbal Extract May Help Kill Off Pancreatic Cancer Cells
University of Minnesota researchers find an extract of the thunder god vine effective in blocking a protein that helps pancreatic cancer cells survive.

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