Lycopene is a promising nutrient that can prevent gastric diseases associated with H. pylori

Helicobacter pylori is a spiral-shaped bacterium that grows in your digestive tract. An opportunistic pathogen, it is considered to be the most successful colonizer of the human gastrointestinal tract, infecting the stomachs of roughly 60 percent of the world’s adult population. H. pylori often infects the stomach during childhood and is well-known for causing peptic ulcers. These gastric lesions develop as … Continue reading Lycopene is a promising nutrient that can prevent gastric diseases associated with H. pylori

Here’s why eating garlic and onions can prevent hypertension and diabetes

Alliums are disease-fighting vegetables widely used as everyday food and traditional medicines. This incredible family of edible medicinal plants is composed of garlic, white and purple onions, leeks, chives, scallions and shallots. According to studies, alliums contain unique compounds called organosulfur compounds and natural antioxidants called polyphenols that are responsible for their disease-fighting activities. In a recent study, … Continue reading Here’s why eating garlic and onions can prevent hypertension and diabetes

Lycopene found to inhibit pathway involved in Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric cancer

In this study, researchers at Yonsei University in South Korea evaluated the effects of lycopene on hyperproliferation induced by Helicobacter pylori infection. They reported their findings in an article published in the journal Nutrition Research. H. pylori is known to colonize the human stomach and is linked to an increased risk of gastric diseases, including gastric cancer.According to studies, H. pylori increases the … Continue reading Lycopene found to inhibit pathway involved in Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric cancer

Lower your blood sugar and prevent nerve damage linked to diabetes with alpha-lipoic acid

Alpha-lipoic acid, or ALA, is an organic compound that acts as a powerful antioxidant. It’s both water- and fat-soluble, which means it can work in every cell or tissue in the body. The antioxidant properties of ALA are linked to several health benefits, including lower blood sugar levels, reduced inflammation and improved nerve function. For these reasons, experts suggest that … Continue reading Lower your blood sugar and prevent nerve damage linked to diabetes with alpha-lipoic acid

Can aloe vera help prevent diabetic nephropathy?

Aloe vera is one of the most well-known and widely grown medicinal plants on the planet. A succulent plant native to North Africa, Southern Europe and the Canary Islands, aloe vera is now also cultivated in tropical countries around the world. Aloe vera’s history of use as medicine can be traced back to the time of … Continue reading Can aloe vera help prevent diabetic nephropathy?

Extracts from garlic, white onion and purple onion exert inhibitory effects against enzymes linked to diabetes and hypertension

Researchers at the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria evaluated the effects of the aqueous extract of garlic, white onion and purple onion on the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), a-amylase and a-glucosidase in vitro. They reported their findings in an article published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements. Spices are used in cooking and serve as ingredients in several traditional … Continue reading Extracts from garlic, white onion and purple onion exert inhibitory effects against enzymes linked to diabetes and hypertension

Vitamin E treatments can help prevent muscle damage after a heart attack, say scientists

A pre-clinical study published in the journal Redox Biology found that vitamin E can help prevent and treat muscle damage after a heart attack. The researchers said that while vitamin E failed to prevent heart attack per se, current research on whether vitamin E can be beneficial post-heart attack is lacking. Their ongoing research, on the other hand, may prove that … Continue reading Vitamin E treatments can help prevent muscle damage after a heart attack, say scientists

New study reveals regular garlic intake may lower mortality risk

A recent study published in the journal Nutrients found that regularly consuming garlic can lower all-cause mortality risk among older people. Previous research associated garlic consumption with lower mortality risk in younger healthy subjects. But no such evidence had been documented for older adults. The present study, on the other hand, shows the protective effects of garlic among people aged 80 … Continue reading New study reveals regular garlic intake may lower mortality risk

Exploring the benefits of chicoric acid: How can this antioxidant be used in functional food?

Chicoric acid is a useful plant compound that is present in the roots of many plants, especially those that grow in the Mediterranean region. These plants have been used as alternative medicines or as food supplements for many years. The most abundant sources of chicoric acid include the roots of the flowering herbs, chicory (Cichorium intybus) and purple … Continue reading Exploring the benefits of chicoric acid: How can this antioxidant be used in functional food?

Quercetin is one of the most potent natural antioxidants on the planet

Quercetin is a naturally occurring compound that has the ability to protect plants from harsh climates and environmental toxins. It also contributes to the various colors that fruits and vegetables exhibit. However, it’s not just plants that benefit from quercetin but humans as well. Once ingested, this compound induces cell-protective effects including antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and … Continue reading Quercetin is one of the most potent natural antioxidants on the planet