Flavonoid-rich Foods May Have Protective Benefits Against Alzheimer’s

Older adults who consumed small amounts of flavonoid-rich foods, such as berries, apples and tea, were two to four times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias over 20 years compared with people whose intake was higher, according to a new study led by scientists at the Jean…Continue readingFlavonoid-rich Foods May Have Protective Benefits Against Alzheimer’s

Coconut For Acid Reflux Relief

Coconuts grow in profusion in tropical countries such as the Philippines. People in these areas discovered many uses for coconuts from its trunk, leaves and fruits. Not a single part of the coconut plant is wasted as all of it has specific uses. Recent developments have brought the attention of Americans to the medical values of the coconut fruit.

Past clinical studies showed that components of the coconut have remarkable effects as antihistamines, anti-infectives/antiseptics, enhances and strengthens the immune system as well as a glucocortcoid antagonist. Recently, coconuts are also found to be effective in relieving heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.

How Coconut Relieves Acid Reflux

In tropical countries, people have traditionally relied on coconuts to relieve gas pains and heartburns. There are two ways of administering coconut as a form of relief for acid reflux.

First, coconut oil can be applied as a form of liniment on the stomach of the person suffering from acid reflux and second, it can be taken internally in the form of virgin coconut oil. In administering coconut oil as a form of liniment, you need to prepare the solution by extracting the oil from the coconut fruit. Local practices involved in extracting oil from the coconut fruit involve grating the pulp of a mature coconut fruit and then squeezing the milk out from the grated pulp.
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Nociceptin Neurons Increase The Appetite For High-fat Foods

A group of nerve cells in the brains of mice promotes the consumption of high-fat food, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne have discovered. If these so-called nociceptin neurons in the hypothalamus are activated, the animals start to eat more. “Just three days of a…Continue readingNociceptin Neurons Increase The Appetite For High-fat Foods

Isoflavones In Tofu And Plant Proteins Associated With Lower Heart Disease Risk

Eating tofu and foods that contain higher amounts of isoflavones was associated with a moderately lower risk of heart disease, especially for younger women and postmenopausal women not taking hormones, according to new observational research. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed data from more than…Continue readingIsoflavones In Tofu And Plant Proteins Associated With Lower Heart Disease Risk

Mother’s High-fat Diet Can Cause Brain Damage In Unborn Child

When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which overload the fetal system and impair the development of healthy brain networks, Medical University of Vienna researchers report. Such a mechanism seems relevant to pathologies such as…Continue readingMother’s High-fat Diet Can Cause Brain Damage In Unborn Child

A Healthier Diet May Directly Reduce Depression

Young adults with depression whose diet is usually unhealthy showed significantly fewer symptoms of depression after eating a healthy diet for three weeks, according to a study by Dr. Heather Francis from Macquarie University, and colleagues[1]. While much research has shown that eating a healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables,…Continue readingA Healthier Diet May Directly Reduce Depression

Gut Microbes Can Be Picky Eaters – Here’s Why It Matters

We choose our food for a variety of reasons, including personal preference, availability, cost and healthiness. But we should also take our gut microbes’ preferences into account, a new study published in Cell suggests. The bacteria in our guts, collectively known as the microbiota or microbiome, live on the fibre…Continue readingGut Microbes Can Be Picky Eaters – Here’s Why It Matters