Stages of hair growth and superfoods that promote hair health

The condition or appearance of the hair reflects the state of an individual’s overall health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a steady supply of key nutrients to maintain their structure and natural shine. However, there are multiple factors that influence hair growth, and knowing what these factors are could help determine the health … Continue reading Stages of hair growth and superfoods that promote hair health

Stress can make you crave unhealthy foods, study finds

A recent study by researchers from Australia found that tense or stressed people have greater cravings for fast food, sweets and other unhealthy foods than people who aren’t as tense or stressed. Published in the journal Eating Behaviors, the study also revealed that people eat more foods the more tension they experience on a given day. These findings suggest that negative … Continue reading Stress can make you crave unhealthy foods, study finds

Boosting your quercetin intake found to have heart-protective effects

Heart disease is a serious condition that can greatly reduce your quality of life. It can lead to cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attack that not only cause irreparable damage to survivors but also burden them with sky-high costs for emergency treatments like heart surgery. Fortunately, quercetin offers people with heart disease a more affordable alternative. Found in several fruits and … Continue reading Boosting your quercetin intake found to have heart-protective effects

Bacteriocin-producing bacteria present in commercial foodstuffs

In this study, researchers at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in India investigated the prevalence of bacteriocin-producing, food spoilage- and bovine mastitis-causing bacteria in commercial foodstuff. Their findings were published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy. A total of 389 commercial food samples were selected for the study, including meat products, fish products, milk and dairy products, … Continue reading Bacteriocin-producing bacteria present in commercial foodstuffs

Assessing the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed

Researchers in India evaluated the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed against known periodontal pathogens. They reported their findings in an article published in the International Journal of Herbal Medicine. Research suggests that the use of antibiotics is beneficial in the management of periodontitis.However, antibiotic resistance has now become a major global issue, and it is believed to … Continue reading Assessing the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed

Compounds from two Nigerian vegetables found to inhibit enzymes implicated in neurodegenerative diseases

Neurodegenerative disease is a term used for conditions that affect the function of neurons in the human brain. Unlike other cells in the body, neurons, or nerve cells, are incapable of cell reproduction. Once neurons are injured, degenerate or die, the body cannot replace them with new ones. This is why neurodegenerative diseases are debilitating and very difficult to … Continue reading Compounds from two Nigerian vegetables found to inhibit enzymes implicated in neurodegenerative diseases

FDA approves genetically engineered pigs for food and medicine

Genetically engineered pigs will soon be introduced into the American food supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved the first-of-its-kind, intentional genomic alteration for domestic pigs. The experiment takes animal farming to an entirely new level, introducing genetic alterations that could cause genetic ripple effects for decades to come. The genetically engineered GalSafe pigs will … Continue reading FDA approves genetically engineered pigs for food and medicine

Fat-soluble vitamins: What are the best dietary sources of vitamins A, D, E and K?

Vitamins are nutrients found in food that help the body function effectively. Two types of vitamins exist: Water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins B and C, dissolve in water, while fat-soluble ones dissolve in fat. Fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E and K, are best absorbed by the body when eaten with foods containing high … Continue reading Fat-soluble vitamins: What are the best dietary sources of vitamins A, D, E and K?

Reducing your intake of sugary drinks by 1 serving a day may lower diabetes risk by at least 10%

Researchers from the U.S. and China suggest that drinking a serving of water, coffee or tea in place of a sugary beverage may lower Type 2 diabetes risk by up to 10 percent. In a paper published in the Diabetes Journal, they further revealed that swapping sodas and 100 percent fruit juices for diet sodas and artificially … Continue reading Reducing your intake of sugary drinks by 1 serving a day may lower diabetes risk by at least 10%

Fatty fish free of environmental pollutants helps prevent Type 2 diabetes: Study

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that fatty fish free of environmental pollutants may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Researchers based in Sweden and Finland assessed the diet of study participants using a novel technique called mass spectrometry-based metabolomics. This allowed them to investigate the effects of fatty fish independent of compounding factors … Continue reading Fatty fish free of environmental pollutants helps prevent Type 2 diabetes: Study