September 28, 2017

Health Roundup: Food Edition

Eat SALMON for good gut health:

Omega-3 boosts the diversity of the microbiome to ward off diabetes, obesity and Crohn's disease. For years, scientists have touted the fish as a potential way to boost gut health. The largest study to date, by British experts, has now confirmed their suspicions. Salmon can boost the diversity of bacteria in the stomach.

Type 2 diabetes IS reversible

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed by going on a low calorie diet, new research shows. Consuming just 600 calories a day for eight weeks can save the lives of millions of sufferers of the preventable condition.  Newcastle University scientists said that excess calories lead to a fatty liver, which causes the liver to produce too much glucose. The excess fat is then passed to the pancreas, which causes the insulin-producing cells to fail and thus causing diabetes. Losing less than one gram of fat from the pancreas can re-start insulin production, reversing type 2 diabetes, the researchers found.  This reversal of diabetes remains possible for at least ten years after the onset of the condition, lead author Professor Roy Taylor said.

Sirloin steak, chicken, mackerel and avocados make people feel fuller and could help dieting.

Scientists at the University of Warwick have identified cells in the brain - called tanycytes - which detect nutrients in food and help trigger feelings of satiety. ..Crucially some foods contain types of amino acids which stimulate the tanycytes more than others.  Pork shoulder, beef sirloin steak, chicken, mackerel, plums, apricots, avocados, lentils and almonds were all found to contain amino acids that activate tanycytes and therefore make people feel fuller quicker.

Proof that red wine IS good for you?

One expert says red wine can improve memory, decrease your chance of stroke and reduce risk of heart disease.Creina Stockley, from the Australian Wine Research Institute, has shared that drinking wine with a meal could decrease your chance of having a stroke, heart attack and could increase brain longevity."People that drink a moderate amount of wine regularly, particularly with food, have a 30 percent reduced risk of heart diseases," she said. "Red wine is good for you in moderation – with one to two glasses a day there is a reduced risk of heart disease."

Red wine can also reduce the risk of a multitude of cancers. "Alcohol is a risk factor for certain cancers, but we also know wine reduces the risk of other cancers like bowel and lung cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma."  She also said that studies have revealed that red wine can also reduce the risk of aero-digestive tract, lung cancers and non-Hodgkin's

Porridge or Oatmeal is Better than Statins say experts


Eating a simple bowl of porridge every day could transform the health of the nation, in one single step, says Chris Seal, professor of food and human nutrition at Newcastle University....A bowl provides more fibre than a slice of wholemeal bread, is low in fat, virtually sugar-free and provides a wealth of minerals such as manganese, copper and iron, as well as the B vitamins.

However, the real benefit of porridge comes from the soluble fibre in the oats. The fibre, a form known as beta glucan, is present in other grains such as barley and rye, but is found in highest quantities in oats. It forms a thick gel in the gut, which is what gives you that full, satisfied feeling. But as well as helping switch off appetite, it has many other specific health benefits, including feeding the healthy bacteria in your gut, so helping your immune system, lowering cholesterol, and even potentially protecting against cancer....

‘That’s similar to the results you might get from taking a statin,’ says Dr George Grimble, principal research fellow in the division of medicine at University College London. Yet unlike a statin it has no potential side-effects. ‘Beta glucan forms acids, including butyric acid which works on the DNA of cells in the colon and has an anti-cancer effect.’

HIV patients who drink 3 cups of coffee a day DOUBLED their survival chances

Patients living with both HIV and hepatitis C who drank three or more daily cups of coffee were twice as likely to survive than those that drank less coffee, a new study found. About one quarter of HIV patients also have hepatitis C (HCV), which attacks the liver. Coffee is known to help protect the liver, and to act as an anti-inflammatory.  The French National Institute of Health and National Agency for AIDS and Hepatitis Research studied 1028 patients.

How soya and almond milk may put health at risk

Trendy dairy alternatives such as soya and almond milk may be putting people’s health at risk, researchers say. Consumption of milk-alternative drinks is soaring as part of a ‘clean-eating’ fad. But scientists at the University of Surrey warn that these products do not contain nearly enough iodine – a crucial mineral. Dairy milk is the main source of iodine in our diet, providing 40 per cent of the average daily intake, so switching to plant-based alternatives may impact health...

An estimated 70 per cent of teenage girls in Britain are iodine-deficient, and doctors are also concerned that pregnant women are not consuming enough of it. Iodine is required to make thyroid hormones, which help keep cells and the metabolic rate healthy. It is especially important for the brain development of babies, particularly while they are in the womb.
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