A new study, conducted by researchers from the University of Connecticut, US, suggests that walnuts may protect against ulcerative colitis thanks to the high content of natural compounds and phytochemicals.
The effect of walnuts was checked using a mouse model where the colonic mucosal injury was induced by the ulcerogenic agent dextran sodium sulfate. The daily dose of walnuts in the study was equivalent of 20 to 25 walnuts in a human which was 14% of the studied diet.
Dr. Daniel Rosenberg, professor of medicine, and Masako Nakanishi, post-doctoral fellow, at the Center for Molecular Oncology at UConn Health, who led the study, says: “We are continuing our work to understand whether those metabolic changes are part of the protection. We are not suggesting that people with ulcerative colitis be maintained on a large walnut diet between active flares. But, we are hoping that we’ll be able to determine the active compounds — nutrients, phytochemicals — in walnuts that cause protection.”
According to a new study, men who eat a lot of red meat are at higher risk of the painful gut condition called diverticulitis that causes abdominal pain, nausea and constipation. This condition can lead to complications such as tears or blockages in the colon.
The findings were published online in the journal Gut on January 9. The results were based on a long-term study that included more than 46,000 male health professionals. According to these findings, men who ate the most red meat were 58% more likely to develop diverticulitis compared to those who ate the least.
Dr Andrew Chan, a senior researcher and a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA, stresses on that the findings don’t prove cause-and-effect. He also added that on the other hand there are already reasons to think about cutting down on red meat. Heavy consumption has been tied to higher risks of heart disease and certain cancers, Chan pointed out.
More information about this study you can find here.
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