A new study, performed by researchers from Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Japan, suggests that two compounds in coffee may help slow down the growth of prostate cancer cells.
A team of scientists tested the effect of several coffee compounds on prostate cancer in mice, using cells which were resistant to ordinary cancer drugs. The experiments showed that two compounds, kahweol acetate and calefstol, applied to prostate cancer cells in a petri dish, slowed down the cell growth.
Study leader Dr. Hiroaki Iwamoto says: “We found that kahweol acetate and cafestol inhibited the growth of the cancer cells in mice, but the combination seemed to work synergistically, leading to a significantly slower tumor growth than in untreated mice.”
A new study from Penn State University suggests that an extract from avocado seeds can be used for reducing inflammation caused by white cells.
To check their hypothesis, a team of researchers executed laboratory-based experiments which included cell cultures and enzymes that play significant roles in the normal immune response and the reactions occurring in inflammatory diseases.
The analysis of the experiment results showed that the compounds in avocado seeds inhibited the production of pro-inflammatory proteins by these immune cells.
One of the researchers Joshua Lambert says: “The level of activity that we see from the extract is very good. We saw inhibitory activity at concentrations in the low microgram-per-millilitre range, which is an acceptable amount of activity to justify further studies.”
A new study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, finds that people who eat mushrooms regularly seem to have a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) which later may lead to the Alzheimer’s disease.
The research included 663 participants aged 60 and older at the beginning of the study period. The researchers followed the included participants for 6 years, from 2011 to 2017. The mushrooms included golden mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, white button mushrooms, dried mushrooms, and canned button mushrooms.
The researchers conclude in their paper that eating more than two portions of cooked mushrooms per week could lead to a 50% lower risk of MCI. This correlation is surprising and encouraging, according to the researchers.
A new study from the Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece, suggests that having a midday nap is not only good for boosting your energy but also can lower high blood pressure.
For the study, the researchers examined 212 people with the mean blood pressure of 129.9 mm Hg. The participants’ average age was 62 years. During the study, the analysis showed that people who took a midday nap experienced 5.3 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure.
One of the study researchers, Dr. Manolis Kallistratos says: “These findings are important because a drop in blood pressure as small as 2 mm Hg can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack by up to 10 percent.”
A recent study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, finds that people with moderate muscle strength, achieved with the help of resistance exercise, can have a considerably lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
During the study, the researchers examined data of 4,681 adults whose age was between 20 and 100 years and none of them had diabetes at the beginning of the study called the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. Having analyzed the received data, the researchers concluded that people who had moderate muscle mass had a 32% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Study co-author Angelique Brellenthin comments: “We want to encourage small amounts of resistance training and it doesn’t need to be complicated. You can get a good resistance workout with squats, planks, or lunges. Then, as you build strength, you can consider adding free weights or weight machines.”
Recent research suggests that drinking a mug of cocoa once a day may help in the battle against fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
A team of scientists from Oxford Brookes University finds that patients with MS who drank cocoa which is rich in flavonoids on a daily basis for six weeks reported less fatigue and pain. This may be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cocoa.
Study leader Dr. Shelly Coe, senior lecturer in nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, says: “MS is unpredictable and different for everyone, so we now need to know exactly how effective flavonoid-rich hot chocolate is and whether it can benefit all people with MS before it’s recommended.”
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