Category Archives: Fruits

IN BRIEF: A Study Questions The Benefits of Cranberry Juice Against Urinary Tract Infections

IN BRIEF: A Study Questions The Benefits of Cranberry Juice Against Urinary Tract Infections

We have posted several times about the efficacy of cranberry juice against Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) [1] Cranberry juice has been accepted by the nutrition and alternative medicine communities as the first line of defense against UTIs [2,3] UTIs affect particularly women, and people who must  use  a wheelchair for mobility. How …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Study shows Kiwi fruit effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms duration

IN BRIEF: Study shows Kiwi fruit effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms duration

OK, we are nearing spring in the Norther Hemishere, but the Southern is going into winter… So we should  know that the Kiwi fruit is shown to have beneficial properties against upper respiratory infections, according to a study published in the journal of nutrition [1] Two caveats The study was done on …Read the Rest

Consumption of  Berries Benefit Brain Health

Consumption of Berries Benefit Brain Health

By now, most everybody knows that eating berries is good for one’s health. The consensus is that the benefit is in the antioxidants the berries contain. For an in depth story on the role antioxidants play in your body’s biochemistry see our post [1] The research we are bringing to …Read the Rest

Should we obtain our  antioxidants from food, or from supplements?: Part (I): The Food Antioxidants

Should we obtain our antioxidants from food, or from supplements?: Part (I): The Food Antioxidants

Antioxidant supplements are big business: As of 1999  in the US [1], the vitamin C  market was worth $843 Million; the Vitamin E  market $731 Million. Quoting Nutraceutical World [2]:  “…Overall, for the estimated $25 billion U.S. dietary supplement industry, the prognosis is good, very good…[for expansion]”  That was in 2010. …Read the Rest

UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections): Another Study Shows Cranberries Might Help Fight Recurences

UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections): Another Study Shows Cranberries Might Help Fight Recurences

MND: Cranberry or no Cranberry, that is the question…To fight recurrent Urinary Tract Infections, that is. A new French study [1] claims “activity” against UTIs. How does the Cranberry do it?:  It proanthocyanidins (PAC) which helps reduce the adhesion of E. coli bacteria to the urinary tract walls. MND: So, …Read the Rest

Acai extracts show brain health potential (NutraIngredients)

Acai extracts show brain health potential (NutraIngredients)

MND: Here is a link to the NutraIngredient post: MND:Keep in mind that this is a voice of the food industry. They cite a study from USDA’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston which presented their findings recently at the Society of Neuroscience annual meeting …Read the Rest

Pesticides and your fruits or vegetables: A database of health effects (beyondpesticides)

Pesticides and your fruits or vegetables: A database of health effects (beyondpesticides)

MediNewsDigest:  The Beyond Pesticides organization did an amazing job of matching common vegi/fruits  products, the pesticides used by the agro industry in growing them, and linked health effects. The database can be found at beyondpesticides. The material is well presented and  easy to read. MediNewsDigest:  Granted, people are not dropping like …Read the Rest

Apple Intake Reduces Hypertension and Cardiac Pathology in Obese Rats with Metabolic Syndrome (sciencedaily)

Apple Intake Reduces Hypertension and Cardiac Pathology in Obese Rats with Metabolic Syndrome (sciencedaily)

MediNewsDigest: An apple a day…… Too bad there is no abstract on this paper from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association But what isthe  metabolic syndrome? It seems a rather vague syndrome. A good, if technical defition article was published in the  circulation journal  In a nutshell, quoting Wikipedia …Read the Rest

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