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SAFFRON MAY INHIBIT CANCER
Saffron, the common spice and folk remedy, has been found to suppress a host of known cancer-related compounds in a study reported in the September issue of Hepatolgy.
In the study, rats were fed saffron for 24 weeks and then were injected with compounds known to cause liver cancer. None of the rats that received the highest doses of saffron developed cancer while six of eight in the control group that received only distilled water did develop cancer. The research showed that the spice inhibited certain cancer-causing proteins.
REDUCING CALORIES CAN SLOW DOWN AGING
According to biosciencetechnology.com, by consuming fewer calories aging can be slowed down and the development of age-related diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes delayed. The sooner calories are reduced, the greater the effect.
By gradually reducing the intake of sugar and proteins, without reducing vitamins and minerals, researchers have previously shown that monkeys can live several years longer than expected. Now researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now identified an enzyme called peroxiredoxin that holds the key to delaying the aging process. Reduced caloric intake prevents peroxiredoxin from being inactivated, thereby helping to prolong life.
TURMERIC CAN HELP WITH JOINT PAIN
In a series of articles on the growing use of alternative medicine and natural remedies, the New York Times recently featured the pain-relieving benefits of the spice turmeric.
It turns out the orange and yellow spice, famous for its extensive use in South Asian cuisine, also has anti-inflammatory properties. A study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2009 compared the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, with ibuprofen for pain relief in 107 people with knee osteoarthritis. The curcumin eased pain and improved function about as well as the ibuprofen.
Although turmeric is used in many South Asian dishes, the most efficient way to take it, according to Dr. Minerva Santos, Director of Integrative Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York who was interviewed for the article, is to take it in capsule form. That’s because it’s usually combined with a compound called piperine, which aids absorption.
For more information on the benefits of turmeric, read this New York Times article.
NINE DISTURBING HEALTH FACTS ON THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF SODA
Courtesy of Men’s Health News via Rodale.com, here are some scary facts about the health effects of drinking soda:
REDUCING CALORIES CAN HELP TO PREVENT MEMORY LOSS
Last year we posted an article on how reducing calories can slow down the aging process. Now new research suggests that reducing calories may also help to prevent memory loss among older people.
According to an article on the Laboratory Equipment website, the study showed that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older. The study divided 1,233 people in this age range who were free of dementia into three caloric intake groups — 600 to 1,526 calories per day, 1,526 to 2,143 per day and 2,143 to 6,000 calories per day.
The odds of having MCI more than doubled for those in the highest calorie-consuming group compared to those in the lowest calorie-consuming group. The results were the same after adjusting for history of stroke, diabetes, amount of education and other factors that can increase the risk of memory loss.
Staying away from sugary beverages and drinking Syfo is a healthy way to reduce calories at any age. For more on the calories and memory-loss study, visit the Laboratory Equipment website.