Polyphenols Together are More Protective
The anticarcenogenic effects of polyphenols (they prevent or delay the development of
cancer) from fruits and vegetables are well established. Little is known about synergistic
(additive) biochemical effects of combinations of these compounds. In this study Ellagic acid,
Quercetin, and Resveratrol were studied signally, or in combination for their effects on human
leukemia cells. When either compound was added to Resveratrol, either Quercetin or Ellagic
Acid, their anticancer effects were stronger than the polyphenols signally. The research was
conducted at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida in Gainesville and the study is published in
the February 10th, 2005 issue of Cancer Letters.
The Herb Turmeric helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Two hundred and seven individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who were otherwise
healthy were put on either a one-dose or a two dose daily treatment with the herb Turmeric for
8 weeks. The prevalence of IBS dropped significantly in both groups with an initial drop of
41% in the once daily group that improved by an additional 53% after the end of treatment.
The twice daily group had a 57% decrease in incidence with a further 60% drop at studies end.
A post study analysis shows that abdominal pain dropped by 22% in the once daily and 25% in
the twice-daily group. About 67% reported improvement in symptoms by the end of the study
and they had a favorable shift in bowel pattern. The study was performed at the University
of Reading, Reading, UK and is published in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of
Alternative and Complementary Medicine.