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Medicinal Food News

Move more eat less isn’t as simple as it seems, University of Ottawa study shows
researchers have revealed that most people underestimate the number of calories they put in their mouth and overestimate the amount of energy they expend

Low Blood Sugar May Affect Heartbeat in People With Diabetes
Low blood sugar levels -- known as hypoglycemia -- in people with diabetes may cause potentially dangerous changes in heart rate, according to a small new study.

Ginseng Can Treat And Prevent Influenza And RSV, Researcher Finds
Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to research findings by a scientist in Georgia State University's new Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

Study of gut microbes, antibiotics offers clues to improving immunity in premature babies
antibiotics, used to fend off infection, may paradoxically interrupt a newborn's own immune responses, leaving already-vulnerable premature babies more susceptible to dangerous pathogens.

Salt cuts have saved lives, says study
average blood pressure and salt intake fell significantly, and there was a reduction in the number of deaths from stroke and heart disease

Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression
In a trial that followed participants for more than eight years, those following a so-called Mediterranean diet went significantly longer before needing diabetes medication and more of them had their diabetes go into remission, compared to those on a low-fat diet.

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.

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