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2009-02-16 23:57:38

Cherries, a super fruit, may reduce factors associated with heart disease and diabetes, a U.S. researcher suggests. Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at University Southwestern Medical Center and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, says the fruit's red color is a cue to its antioxidant and health benefits. Cherries are particularly high in quercetin, a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory compound, Sandon says in a statement. While apples are the top...

2009-02-06 13:26:35

Scientists in Spain confirm the polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil help to combat breast cancer. Javier A. Menendez, of the Catalonian Institute of Oncology, in collaboration with Alberto Fernandez Gutierrez, and Antonio Segura Carretero, of the University of Granada confirmed the bioactivity of polyphenols -- natural anti-oxidants -- present in olive oil helps combat breast cancer cell lines. The study, published in the journal BMC Cancer, confirms the potentiality of polyphenols to...

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2009-02-05 13:17:42

Researchers of the Catalonian Institute of Oncology (Spain) and the University of Granada (Spain) have discovered that extra virgin olive oil may help to combat breast cancer, according to a paper published in the last issue of the renowned scientific journal BMC Cancer. The scientists have confirmed the bioactivity of polyphenols (this is, natural antioxidants) present in olive oil in breast cancer cell lines. The study has proved the anti-HER2 effect of fractions of phenolic compounds...

2009-02-02 17:19:50

A tiny molecule found in most plant-based foods douses the flames before damaging lesions can form in the colon, according to a study by Texas AgriLife Research scientist Dr. Nancy Turner.Even better, the compound can be obtained easily by eating vegetables and fruit rather than by taking expensive prescriptions or supplements, Turner said.The molecule is quercetin. Tiny but potent, quercetin gets into the body through onions, peppers, tomatoes and most other common produce but also in "fun...

2009-02-02 09:08:01

Scientists in Florida report that adding an edible mushroom-like fungus to grapefruit juice may help to reduce the serious side effects that can occur when people taking certain prescription drugs drink grapefruit juice. Their study is in the January 14 edition of the ACS' bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.In the study, Kyung Myung and colleagues explain that furanocoumarins (FCs) "” chemicals found in grapefruit and some other citrus "” block a key enzyme...

2009-01-05 08:33:55

Extra-virgin olive oil is a staple in Italian cooking, and it may also have a medicinal benefit in the fight against cancer.  Researchers from the Catalan Institute of Oncology and the University of Granada in Spain found good quality extra-virgin olive oil contains chemicals called photochemical polyphenols that are capable of triggering cancer cell death. "Our findings reveal for the first time that all the major complex phenols present in extra-virgin olive oil drastically suppress...

2008-12-18 11:11:45

Phenols present in extra-virgin olive oil drastically suppress overexpression of the cancer gene HER2 in human breast cancer cells, Spanish researchers said. Javier Menendez from the Catalan Institute of Oncology and Antonio Segura-Carretero from the University of Granada in Spain led a team of researchers who found extra-virgin olive oil is the oil that results from pressing olives without the use of heat or chemical treatments. It contains phytochemicals that are otherwise lost in the...

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2008-09-03 14:37:17

Quercetin fights off flu in mouse study Mice given quercetin, a naturally occurring substance found in fruits and vegetables, were less likely to contract the flu, according to a study published by The American Physiological Society. The study also found that stressful exercise increased the susceptibility of mice to the flu, but quercetin canceled out that negative effect. Quercetin, a close chemical relative of resveratrol, is present in a variety of fruits and vegetables, including red...

2008-08-18 15:05:00

U.S. scientists say they've used a spice-based compound as a starting point to develop synthetic molecules able to kill cancer cells. The Ohio State University researchers said they combined organic chemistry, computer-aided design and molecular biological techniques to develop and test pharmaceutical compounds that, in lab settings, are able to kill breast and prostate cancer cells and stop them from spreading. Assistant Professor James Fuchs said the synthetic molecules are derived from...

2008-05-02 06:00:49

By Nagel, Jana Culley, Lana K; Lu, Yuping; Liu, Enwu; Matthews, Paul D; Stevens, Jan F; Page, Jonathan E The glandular trichomes (lupulin glands) of hop (Humulus lupulus) synthesize essential oils and terpenophenolic resins, including the bioactive prenylflavonoid xanthohumol. To dissect the biosynthetic processes occurring in lupulin glands, we sequenced 10,581 ESTs from four trichome-derived cDNA libraries. ESTs representing enzymes of terpenoid biosynthesis, including all of the steps of...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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