Soy Protein very good for diabetics

February 15, 2008

41 people with diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease often seen in diabetics) were placed on either a typical diet where protein was obtained from both meat and vegetables or on a diet that was similar but 35% of the protein came from Soy protein (along with the rest made up of meat and vegetable protein) for 4-years. At the end of the 4-year clinical trial those on Soy Protein had a significant drop in fasting blood glucose, in total cholesterol, in LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, and C-reactive protein (CRP is tied to heart attack, stroke, and death; it causes inflammation in the arteries). The amount of protein spilling into the urine dropped; a very good sign. The study is published online ahead of print January 9th, 2008 in the journal Diabetes Care.

EGCG from Green Tea inhibits herpes virus types 1 and 2

There is no fully effective herpes simplex virus (HSV) vaccine. Therefore developing an agent that can be applied to the skin for preventing HSV transmission from person-to-person is very important. EGCG is the primary Catechin in green tea. The present study shows that EGCG has greater anti-HSV activity than other green tea catechins and inactivates multiple clinical isolates of HSV-1 and HSV-2. EGCG reduced HSV-2 titers by greater than 1,000-fold in 10 to 20 minutes and reduced HSV-1 titers by the same amount in 30 - 40 minutes. The anti-HSV activity of EGCG is due to a direct effect on the virus. Electron microscope studies showed that purified herpes viruses exposed to EGCG were damaged. EGCG is stable in the pH range found vaginally and appears to be a promising candidate for use in a microbicide to reduce HSV transmission. The study is published in the January 14th, 2008 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.