High blood levels of the pesticide DDT increase the risk of developing liver cancer according to American researchers working with a population in China. Liver cancer is directly related to the level of DDT in the blood and individuals with the highest serum level of the pesticide DDT have a 400% increased risk of developing liver cancer. DDT breaks down into a metabolite known as DDE, and if the DDT level was high, even if low levels of DDE were detected the risk of developing liver cancer was even worse.
Isoproterenol is a drug that increases the pulse rate dramatically, triggers palpitations, sinus tachycardia, and more serious arrhythmias. It also causes cardiac ischemia. Grape Seed Extract proanthocyanidins was fed to rats at three different potencies 6 days a week for 5 weeks.
According to the American Lung Association nearly 20 million Americans suffer from asthma. Asthma is responsible for 14 million lost school days in children each year and the economic cost exceeds 16 billion dollars. Researchers from Kyushu University in Japan supplemented mice with Apigenin for two weeks and monitored levels of immunoglobulins such as IgG and IgE along with signs of inflammation for two weeks.
NMBA causes cancer of the esophagus. Scientists freeze dried blackberries, strawberries and black raspberries. Different rats were supplemented with one of these berry powders before, during, and after being exposed to NMBA.
High levels of cholesterol in the blood often lead to accumulation in blood vessel walls thus contributing to hardening of the arteries and the development of hypertension and its accompanying conditions. Cholesterol is removed from blood vessel walls and transported to the liver via a process called reverse cholesterol transport. The liver X receptor controls crucial genes involved in reverse cholesterol transport and the disposal of cholesterol.
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