• Spirulina may protect the heart muscle from damage during and after a heart attack

    Jan 20, 2006
    Spirulina is a simple one celled blue green algae that thrives in warm, alkaline, fresh water. Algae can be grouped according to the predominant pigment; blue-green, red, green, and brown. Spirulina is a blue-green algae because it contains chlorophyll (green) and phycocyanin (blue).
  • Mangosteen Xanthone inhibits gene activity in brain tumor cells

    Jan 19, 2006
    The fruit hull of the Mangosteen has been used to treat skin infections, wounds, and diarrhea in South East Asia for many years. These researchers added the xanthone, gamma-mangostin to rat glioma brain cancer cells. The Mangosteen xanthone potently inhibited the conversion of arachadonic acid to an inflammatory prostaglandin known as PGE2, it also inhibited the release of the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme (in brain cancer cells this could inhibit the transcription of genetic material slowing down the cancer cells).
  • Cocoa polyphenols may help prevent cardiovascular damage through a very important mechanism

    Jan 17, 2006
    LDL-cholesterol becomes rancid through a reaction with peroxides in the blood stream. When LDL-cholesterol becomes rancid it damages the lining of blood vessel walls and causes or contributes to hardening of the arteries (coronary artery/cardiovascular disease). In this study scientists at the University of D?sseldorf, Germany are interested in the effects of an enzyme released from particular white blood cells and its impact on cardiovascular health.
  • Turmeric may both prevent and treat many diseases characterized by inflammation

    Jan 16, 2006
    Many of the floods of diseases the people of the world suffer with are due to inappropriate or exaggerated activation of genes involved with inflammation. Finding therapeutic agents that can modify the inflammatory reaction is the highest priority in medical research today. Drugs developed so far by the pharmaceutical industry are associated with both toxicity and side effects which is why a natural substance that modifies the inflammatory pathway is gaining significant interest.
  • Helicobacter Pylori causes iron deficiency and also anemia even without the presence of an ulcer

    Jan 13, 2006
    According to a recent analysis of 7,462 Americans, having a Helicobacter Pylori infection increases your risk of being deficient in iron and increases your risk of developing anemia. The bacterium Helicobacter Pylori causes stomach inflammation and is responsible for most ulcers. It is also a major cause of MAST cell lymphoma and other stomach cancers.