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2010-04-26 06:01:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Topping that bowl of cereal with raspberries instead of strawberries, or sauteing kale instead of spinach for dinner can boost phytonutrient intake, which may help decrease risk for certain chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. A study, supported by the Nutrilite Health Institute and presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting, April 25, in Anaheim, California, found that despite the availability of a wide...

2009-11-04 12:55:29

Health/wellness expert Amy Hendel available for interviews Hoping to keep the flu at bay? A strong immune system helps. Enjoying the bounty of colorful fruits and vegetables available right now can be an important step toward supporting your family's immune system this cold/flu season. In addition to vitamins, minerals and fiber, fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients, believed to come from the com-pounds that give these foods their vibrant colors. These phytonutrients provide a wide...

2009-10-21 15:46:44

The cheeseburger and French fries might look tempting, but eating a serving of broccoli or leafy greens first could help people battle metabolic processes that lead to obesity and heart disease, a new University of Florida study shows. Eating more plant-based foods, which are rich in substances called phytochemicals, seems to prevent oxidative stress in the body, a process associated with obesity and the onset of disease, according to findings published online in advance of the print edition...

2009-10-15 13:06:21

Report by Nutrilite Health Institute is first major analysis of NHANES fruit and vegetable consumption by color While it is a well-known fact that most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, a new report shows the color of fruits and veggies eaten can be as important as the quantity. Eight in 10 Americans are missing out on the health benefits of a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, resulting in a phytonutrient gap with potential health consequences, according to...

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2009-04-06 00:20:00

Broccoli sprouts effectively control Helicobacter pylori bacteria, known to be a leading cause of stomach ulcers and stomach cancer, researchers found. Researchers studied 50 people in Japan and found that eating 2.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts each day for two months could suppress the bacteria. Broccoli contains a phytochemical called sulforaphane, which has an antibiotic affect that has been known for almost two decades, researchers said in the report in Cancer Prevention Research, a...

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2009-02-18 10:14:52

Six studies published in the past year by a Cornell researcher add to growing evidence that an apple a day -- as well as daily helpings of other fruits and vegetables -- can help keep the breast-cancer doctor away. In one of his recent papers, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (57:1), Rui Hai Liu, Cornell associate professor of food science and a member of Cornell's Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, reports that fresh apple extracts...

2009-02-17 13:58:36

A U.S. researcher has confirmed that an apple a day -- plus other fruits and vegetable -- does indeed reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer. Rui Hai Liu of the University of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said his six studies published in the past year add to growing evidence that an apple and other produce significantly inhibit the size of mammary tumors in rats -- and the more extracts they were given, the greater the inhibition. In his latest study, Liu found that a type of...

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2008-12-03 15:35:00

An anti-cancer compound found in broccoli and cabbage works by lowering the activity of an enzyme associated with rapidly advancing breast cancer, according to a University of California, Berkeley, study appearing this week in the online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The compound, indole-3-carbinol, is already undergoing clinical trials in humans because it was found to stop the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells in mice.The new findings...

2008-10-27 09:00:41

CHICAGO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- New research published in the journal, Phytochemistry Letters, reveals raisins may benefit oral health because the fruit possesses antimicrobial phytochemicals that suppress growth of some oral bacteria associated with dental cavities and gum disease. The study was conducted at the College of Dentistry, University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC), by a research group led by Christine D. Wu, M.S., Ph.D., Professor and Director of Cariology Research, Department of...

2008-10-04 18:00:18

WHILE every other day we seem to be bombarded with contradictory advice about what we should and shouldn't eat, one message has remained constant throughout - eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The Department of Health launched it's campaign to encourage us to do this over eight years ago, so why is it that recent studies have estimated that only one in seven of us achieve the recommended five pieces a day? Numerous studies have shown the health benefits that can be gained...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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