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 Applied Psychology, finds that a hot bath may help reduce inflammation and improve metabolism.
As a part of an experiment, each study participant took a hot bath with water temperature 102°F (39°C) for one hour. The researchers took a blood sample before the bath and 2 hours later. Also, the measured participants’ blood pressure, blood temperature, and heart rate every 15 minutes.
Having analyzed the received data, the researchers concluded that just one immersion into hot water caused a spike of interleukin, a marker of inflammation, and increased nitric oxide (NO) production. Nitric oxide, in its turn, causes blood vessels to relax lowering blood pressure and improves glucose intake into tissues. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well.
A new study, conducted by the researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, suggests that starting your meal with a serving of yogurt may reduce inflammation, protect from the harmful byproducts of gut bacteria.
To examine their suggestion, the researchers recruited 120 premenopausal women, half of them were obese, for the first experiment. Half of the participants had to eat 12 ounces of low-fat yogurt each day for 9 weeks while others ate non-diary pudding. The results showed that some inflammatory markers, such as TNF-alpha, were significantly reduced in those participants who ate yogurt.
Ruisong Pei, a postdoctoral researcher, says: “Eating 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt before a meal is a feasible strategy to improve post-meal metabolism and thus may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic diseases.”
A study, conducted by the researcher Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska, found that chicken soup can relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory infections as it contains anti-inflammatory agents.
In the course of the study, Dr. Rennard examined if the movement of neutrophils, the most common white cells in the blood defending the body against infection, would be blocked or reduced by the soup. Scientists suspect that reducing the movement of neutrophils may decrease activity in the upper respiratory tract that causes symptoms of the cold.
Although the researchers are not sure of the exact ingredient in the soup that is able to fight colds, they believe that the chicken soups containing more than five vegetables are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants so that could be a combination of ingredients working together for beneficial effects.
Usually, running causes discomfort in joints while running, and running for long distances is believed to be bad for knees. Nevertheless, a new study, conducted by exercise science professors from Brigham Young University, found that molecules causing knee joint inflammation essentially reduce after running.
For their study, the researchers collected the Synovial fluid and serum samples from knee joints of 6 healthy leisure runners aged from 18 to 35, before and after they ran for 30 minutes. The results showed that the cytokines GM-CSF and IL-15 that cause inflammation decreased in levels after running and remained at the same level in a non-running state.
Matt Seeley, the study co-author, said in a press release: “This study does not indicate that distance runners are any more likely to get osteoarthritis than any other person. Instead, this study suggests exercise can be a type of medicine.”