• Exposure to Passive Smoke in Childhood Increases the Risk of Lung Cancer Later in Life

    Jan 31, 2005
    In the very large and ongoing European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) a cohort group of 303,020 people who had never smoked or who had stopped smoking for at least 10 years were investigated for the relationship between prior exposure to tobacco smoke and lung cancer risk. A subset of 123,479 people provided information on exposure to second hand smoke. The main outcome measures were people with newly diagnosed cancer of the lung, pharynx, or larynx, or death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema.
  • Research Consensus on Polyphenols

    Jan 28, 2005
    The Following are a Selection from the Studies and Analysis Presented at the Recent Conference Relating to Fruit and Vegetable Polyphenols - The Studies are Published in the January 2005 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Dietary Polyphenols and Health: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Polyphenols and Health The Effects of Polyphenols on Humans: A Review of 93 Intervention Studies For some classes of polyphenols there are now sufficient intervention studies to indicate the type and extent of effects on humans in vivo (on humans, not in a test tube): The isoflavones genistein and daidzein found in soy have significant beneficial effects on bone heath among postmenopausal women Green Tea Catechins increase our antioxidant levels and improve energy metabolism Grape Seed OPCs and Resveratrol and other polyphenols from red wine and red grape skins, and the polyphenols in cocoa, cranberry, apple skin, and some similar supplements have strong beneficial effects on the vascular system Quercitin found in onions, apple skins, red wine, broccoli, and green tea helps decrease the risk of cancer by decreasing some cancer markers. The publishers of the research are from the National Institute of Agronomics Resarch, Saint-Genes Champanelle, France, and the Nestle Reserch Center, Lausanne, Switzerland. Beneficial Effects of Fruit Polyphenols on Aging and Brain Health Numerous studies have indicated that individuals who consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables reduce their risk of suffering age related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.
  • Obesity and Weight Gain Increase the Risk of Kidney Stones

    Jan 27, 2005
    It's been shown that a larger body size increases the excretion of oxalate, calcium, and uric acid in the urine and thereby increasing the risk of kidney stone(s). It has been unclear if obesity and weight gain are the cause. Harvard researchers analyzed the information collected for about 46 years on over 241,000 men and women enrolled in 3 large cohort studies.
  • Soy Builds Bone and Causes Fat Loss.

    Jan 25, 2005
    A total of 70 healthy, middle-aged women, both pre- and post-menopausal were put on either soy isoflavones 100mg a day or placebo for 24 weeks. DEXA bone scans were performed to assess the effect of soy isoflavones on bone mineral density. Soy isoflavones (but not placebo) considerably increased bone mineral density.
  • Vitamin E Strong Enough an Antioxidant to Protect the Brain from Lou Gehrig's Disease

    Jan 24, 2005
    Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed information on almost 1,000,000 people in the Cancer prevention Study II sponsored by the American Cancer Society to see if regular supplementation with vitamin E, or vitamin C could lower the risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) vs. people who didn't take these vitamins regularly. ALS is a disastrous progressive-neurological disease that causes a slow paralysis of the body.