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Essential oils from six different herbs have been demonstrated to reduce the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2, the rate-limiting enzyme in prostaglandin biosynthesis), which plays a key role in inflammation. Japanese...

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Astaxanthin, the pigment that gives salmon and flamingos their pink colour, can protect kidney cells from oxidative damage in vivo and may therefore help prevent the development of diabetic nephropathy. Astaxanthin is a powerful...

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Apple juice has a positive effect on the mood states of people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease (AD). During the American study, 21 institutionalised AD patients consumed two 120ml glasses of apple juice a day for a month....

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A facial cream containing turmeric can significantly reduce fine lines, age spots and wrinkles, according to two studies by scientists at cosmetic company Proctor and Gamble. In one ‘split-face’ study, 89 caucasian women (aged...

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Bitter melon (Ku Gua, Momordica charantia), a vegetable commonly used in Chinese cooking and medicine, shows promise as an anti-breast cancer agent. Studies carried out by US scientists have shown that treatment of human breast...

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Adding rosemary extract to ground beef decreases the formation of carcinogens that result from the cooking process, according to American researchers. Heterocyclic amines (HCA) are mutagenic compounds that form when meat and fish...

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Irish scientists have discovered that curcumin, a component of turmeric which is a common curry ingredient, can kill oesophageal cancer cells in vitro. The team found that curcumin treatment reduced the viability of all...

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By following a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet, newly diagnosed diabetics may be able to postpone their need for medication. An Italian study involved 215 sedentary overweight adults (mean age 52) newly diagnosed with type two...

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A diet rich in the phenolic components of virgin olive oil can suppress the expression of genes involved in inflammation, which may explain the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease seen in people who follow a Mediterranean diet....

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Italian researchers have found that in men with type two diabetes, stricter adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED). Five hundred and fifty-five men completed...

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