Researchers from various institutions in Spain have come up with important and potentially lifesaving dietary information; olive oil if rich in polyphenols may ward off harmful blood clots in people with high cholesterol. The researchers had 21 people with high cholesterol eat two different breakfasts in a crossover design. For one week group A had white bread for breakfast along with virgin olive oil that was high in polyphenols, and the other group had the same breakfast but their olive oil lacked the polyphenols.
Osteocalcin is a protein found in bone that binds calcium into the bone structure. Osteocalcin requires Vitamin K to work and to protect bone. In this new animal study, scientists cooperating from the USA, Canada, and Britain show that damaging genes related to osteocalcin and therefore Vitamin K cause the animals to gain fat and weight and they became glucose intolerant; this is what occurs in the process towards developing diabetes.
People with lower levels of particular antioxidant-detoxification enzymes have a higher risk of developing cancer when exposed to chemicals. This is a major reason why many smokers develop lung cancer, bladder cancer, or even breast cancer and some smokers are better protected. One major category of these sometimes missing enzymes is GSTs.
Phosphatidylserine (PS) and Phosphatidylcholine (PC) are referred to as phospholipids and they are required for healthy cell function and a normal cell structure. Physical activity challenges many of our physiological systems and consequently, the ability to maintain normal cell function during activity can determine your level of physical performance during sporting activities. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that carries messages between the nerves and muscles allowing muscles to contract (in the brain this same neurotransmitter is important for learning and memory).
In regions and populations where there is a higher intake of fish oil fatty acids (EPA and DHA) there is a lower prevalence of depression. This has generated a great deal of interest in using them as antidepressants. In this analysis of existing studies scientists pooled the data on 10 human clinical trials that used EPA and DHA to treat depression or bipolar disorder.
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