New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks

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New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks Policies that limit ultra-processed food intake are urgently needed, say researchers May 29, 2019 Two large European studies published by The BMJ today find positive associations between consumption of highly processed (“ultra-processed”) foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The researchers say further work is […]

Saw Palmetto Proven Better Than Pharmaceuticals for Swollen Prostate in Landmark Meta-Analysis

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Saw Palmetto Proven Better Than Pharmaceuticals for Swollen Prostate in Landmark Meta-Analysis May 29, 2019 Linda Woolven & Ted Snider When it comes to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the herb saw palmetto berry is better than the best drugs the pharmacy has to offer. A massive new systematic review and meta-analysis confirms what many in […]

LED lights damage eyes and disturb sleep, European health authority warns

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LED lights damage eyes and disturb sleep, European health authority warns May 16, 2019 The blue light in LED lighting that is increasingly used in our homes can damage the eye’s retina while disturbing our biological and sleep rhythms, a French health authority warned in a new report. New scientific evidence confirms the “phototoxic effects” of […]

Ginkgo seed extracts show antibacterial activity on skin pathogens

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Ginkgo seed extracts show antibacterial activity on skin pathogens Experiments were guided by a prescription in a 16th-century textApril 18, 2019Emory Health Sciences Extracts from the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, a study at Emory University finds. Frontiers in Microbiology is […]

Elderberry compounds could help minimize flu symptoms, study suggests

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Elderberry compounds could help minimize flu symptoms, study suggests Folk medicines and herbal products have been used for millennia to combat a whole range of ailments, at times to the chagrin of modern scientists who have struggled to explain their medicinal benefits. However, a recent study by a group of Chemical and Biomlolecular Engineering researchers […]

The secret to changing your lactose tolerance may be in your gut

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The secret to changing your lactose tolerance may be in your gut April 17, 2019Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation After childhood, about two-thirds of the world’s human population loses the ability to digest milk. As far as we know, 100% of nonhuman mammals also lose this ability after weaning. The ongoing ability to digest lactose, the […]

Gum bacteria implicated in Alzheimer’s and other diseases

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Gum bacteria implicated in Alzheimer’s and other diseases Scientists trace path of bacterial toxins from the mouth to the brain and other tissues Researchers are reporting new findings on how bacteria involved in gum disease can travel throughout the body, exuding toxins connected with Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia. They detected evidence of […]

Pomegranate Thwarts Cancer on Multiple Levels

LIFE EXTENSION MAGAZINE For years, scientists have been intrigued by pomegranate’s potential anti-cancer benefits. Researchers are now discovering bioactive compounds in pomegranate can help thwart cancer at multiple stages of the development process.1-3 Pomegranate compounds are demonstrating the ability to protect against initial DNA mutations and impede existing cancers from spreading.1-7 All parts of the pomegranate plant, including the fruit, […]