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Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules made by the process of oxidation during normal metabolism). Free radicals may play a part in cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of aging. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins A, C, and E, and other natural and manufactured substances.
Specific milk protein may help strengthen the body's disease-fighting power, research reveals

Specific milk protein may help strengthen the body's disease-fighting power, research reveals

According to an innovative, new investigation published in Nutrition Journal, cow's milk containing only A2 protein has been shown to increase an essential antioxidant that may help strengthen the body's disease-fighting power. [More]
Moderate coffee consumption may offer protection against age-related cognitive decline

Moderate coffee consumption may offer protection against age-related cognitive decline

A new report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health, highlights the potential role of coffee consumption in reducing the risk of cognitive decline. [More]
Preconsumption of red wine can prevent short-term vascular injury caused by smoking

Preconsumption of red wine can prevent short-term vascular injury caused by smoking

Drinking red wine is widely regarded as protective against cardiovascular disease. A new report in The American Journal of Medicine found that a glass or two of red wine before lighting up a cigarette can counteract some of the short-term negative effects of smoking on blood vessels. [More]
Fruits, vegetables rich in antioxidants and carotenoids linked to better function in ALS patients

Fruits, vegetables rich in antioxidants and carotenoids linked to better function in ALS patients

New research at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health reveals that foods like fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidant nutrients and carotenoids are associated with better function in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients around the time of diagnosis. [More]
Alcohol-free berry wine could potentially reduce effects of Type 2 diabetes

Alcohol-free berry wine could potentially reduce effects of Type 2 diabetes

Blueberries, and berries in general, are among foods labeled as "diabetes superfoods" by the American Association of Diabetes. Food science researchers at the University of Illinois have found that fermenting berries may improve their antidiabetic potential even more. [More]
NUS researchers identify molecular switch that makes breast cancer cells more aggressive

NUS researchers identify molecular switch that makes breast cancer cells more aggressive

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has established novel insights into the relationship between breast cancer tumour intracellular redox environment and the cancer cells' ability to become invasive. [More]
Neonate girls present greater antioxidant defense, less oxidative stress than boys

Neonate girls present greater antioxidant defense, less oxidative stress than boys

A study carried out by researchers from the University of Granada in collaboration with San Cecilio Clinic Hospital has scientifically proved that neonate girls present a greater antioxidant defense and less oxidative stress on their cell membranes than boys, in addition to higher antioxidant enzymatic activity. [More]
Adding whole eggs to salad can boost Vitamin E absorption, study shows

Adding whole eggs to salad can boost Vitamin E absorption, study shows

Adding whole eggs to a colorful salad boosts the amount of Vitamin E the body absorbs from the vegetables, according to research from Purdue University. [More]
Cranberry extract disrupts communication between bacteria linked to pervasive infections

Cranberry extract disrupts communication between bacteria linked to pervasive infections

Scientists from McGill University and INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier in Canada recently released a novel investigation showing that cranberry extract successfully interrupted the communication between bacteria associated with problematic and pervasive infections. [More]
Boosting levels of detoxification compound may help prevent metabolic decline linked to aging

Boosting levels of detoxification compound may help prevent metabolic decline linked to aging

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that a specific detoxification compound, glutathione, helps resist the toxic stresses of everyday life - but its levels decline with age and this sets the stage for a wide range of age-related health problems. [More]
Study unravels how caloric restriction provides beneficial effects to the brain

Study unravels how caloric restriction provides beneficial effects to the brain

Studies of different animal species suggest a link between eating less and living longer, but the molecular mechanisms by which caloric restriction affords protection against disease and extends longevity are not well understood. [More]
Healthy fruit-rich Mediterranean diet may help protect against macular degeneration

Healthy fruit-rich Mediterranean diet may help protect against macular degeneration

People who closely follow the Mediterranean diet - -especially by eating fruit -- may be more than a third less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, according to a study presented today at AAO 2016, the 120th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. [More]
NAC improves effectiveness of adoptive cell therapy for treating melanoma

NAC improves effectiveness of adoptive cell therapy for treating melanoma

A collaborative team of investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina and Loyola University have demonstrated for the first time that culturing T cells in N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) before they are infused as immunotherapy improves effectiveness and outcomes in a preclinical model of melanoma. These findings were reported in the October 15, 2016 issue of Cancer Research. [More]
UA study questions safety and efficacy of selenium in reducing risk of colorectal cancer

UA study questions safety and efficacy of selenium in reducing risk of colorectal cancer

A 12-year study led by a team of University of Arizona Cancer Center researchers is bringing into question the safety and efficacy of selenium, a popular nutritional supplement touted to combat and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. [More]
Scientists use 3-D printing to develop customized biodegradable stents

Scientists use 3-D printing to develop customized biodegradable stents

Most people have heard about personalized medicine. But how about personalized medical devices? Northwestern Engineering's Guillermo Ameer and Cheng Sun have teamed up to use 3-D printing to develop flexible, biodegradable stents that are customized for a specific patient's body. [More]
Botanical supplements may reduce effectiveness of common anti-tuberculosis drug, study finds

Botanical supplements may reduce effectiveness of common anti-tuberculosis drug, study finds

Botanical supplements are used by people around the world to treat a wide range of physical and mental ailments. Some of these botanical supplements have high levels of antioxidants, which may have some positive health effects for certain conditions. [More]
Study explores antimicrobial and antiinflammatory activities of bovine colostrum

Study explores antimicrobial and antiinflammatory activities of bovine colostrum

Colostrum is a thick, sticky, yellowish mammary secretion that all mammals provide to their newborns during the first 24-48 hours after delivery. [More]
Researchers to explore potential roles of tumor-suppressor gene in kidney cancer

Researchers to explore potential roles of tumor-suppressor gene in kidney cancer

Renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer, and African-Americans and males appear most at risk for this disease that can be asymptomatic until it has spread and become highly lethal, said Dr. Vinata B. Lokeshwar, cancer researcher and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. [More]
Scientists find how selenium gets integrated into protein molecules

Scientists find how selenium gets integrated into protein molecules

Humans need eight essential trace elements for good health, and one of them is selenium - a powerful antioxidant that is important for thyroid and brain function as well as metabolism. [More]
Study finds decreased cysteine/cystine ratio could serve as accurate redox biomarker for epilepsy

Study finds decreased cysteine/cystine ratio could serve as accurate redox biomarker for epilepsy

Approximately 2.9 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy, according to the CDC. [More]
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