Entries tagged with “super food”.


Berries Prevent Wrinkles

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – The newest potion in a woman’s skin care regimen may be found in berries. A new study shows the antioxidant ellagic acid – prevalent in raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and pomegranates – protects the skin from UV damage.

Twelve mice were exposed to increasing ultraviolet radiation three times weekly for eight weeks. Half were given daily 10 microM topical applications of ellagic acid on their skin surface.

The study, conducted at Hallym University in the Republic of Korea, shows mice exposed to the radiation without the antioxidant developed wrinkles and thickening of the skin. The mice that received ellagic acid showed reduced wrinkle formation and inflammatory response due to protection from the degradation of collagen.
Ellagic acid is found in berries as well as other fruits, vegetables and nuts. It protects against UV damage by blocking the production of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), enzymes that break down the collagen of damaged skin cells.
SOURCE: Presented at the Experimental Biology meeting in New Orleans, April 21, 2009.

Broccoli Sprouts Ward Off Stomach Cancer
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – People who carry the H. Pylori bacteria in their gut are at higher risk for stomach cancer.

Now a new study suggests an easy way to reduce that risk: eat broccoli sprouts. In a study conducted among 48 men and women from Japan, John Hopkins investigators found those who ate 70 grams of broccoli sprouts per day or a similar amount of alfalfa sprouts. The subjects were retested for H. pylori at four and eight weeks. By the final follow up, the broccoli sprout had done the trick. People who ate the alfalfa sprouts showed no change in the degree of infection.

“Broccoli has recently entered the public awareness as a preventive dietary agent. This study supports the emerging evidence that broccoli sprouts may be able to prevent cancer in humans, not just in lab animals,” study author Jed Fahey, Sc.D., was quoted as saying.

Stomach cancer is currently the second most common cancer worldwide, and the second deadliest form of the disease, so finding ways to prevent the condition could have a major impact on public health.

SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Research, published online April 6, 2009
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Pomegranate Juice Benefits Prostate Cancer Survivors

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Pomegranate juice, a drink that’s been touted as a super-food capable of doing everything from preventing heart disease to lowering cholesterol, may also offer a huge benefit to a new group of patients — prostate cancer survivors.

The juice may slow the progression of post-treatment prostate cancer recurrence, according to a new long-term study.

Nearly 50 men who had undergone treatment for localized prostate cancer were followed for six years. The participants had a rising PSA after surgery or radiotherapy, a PSA greater than 0.2 ng/ml and less than five ng/ml and a Gleason score of seven or less. They were advised to drink eight ounces of pomegranate juice a day.

The men who remained in the study experienced a significant increase in PSA doubling time following treatment, from a mean of 15.4 months to 60 months, researchers said.

“This study suggests that pomegranate juice may effectively slow the progression of prostate cancer after unsuccessful treatment,” Christopher Amling, M.D., a spokesman for the American Urological Association was quoted as saying.

He said this and future studies may prove that pomegranate juice prevents prostate cancer, too, but additional research is still needed to determine why some patients seem to respond better to the juice than others.

SOURCE: Study presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association

From Dr. Martin’s Desk:

Nutritional support after surgery or radiation therapy is a prime part of the re-building process. In addition to pomegranate juice, there are specific nutritional supplements that can help repair cell damage and boost the body’s immune response. Since cancer cannot grow in healthy tissue, creating the healthiest possible body is crucial to avoiding a grim diagnosis at a future date.

We applaud the American Urological Association for looking to substances other than drugs and surgery to help fight cancer. When more medical researchers put the emphasis on preventing cancer, we believe huge strides ahead will be made in the ‘war on cancer.’

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