I don’t usually summarize latest research like this, but these 3 findings were must posts on my blog!
The compound in the Mediterranean Diet that makes cancer cells “mortal”
The Mediterranean diet has been taking the hype in recent years with its plentiful health benefits. Latest research from Ohio State University has observed that a Mediterranean diet has a component (apigenin) that puts a “death sentence” on cancer cells. While pharmaceutical drugs target a single molecule, apigenin positively influences many different aspects of the body’s functions (i.e. decreases inflammation) other than stopping cancer cells from remaining “alive”.
Apigenin is found in fruits and vegetables and is richest in parsley, celery and chamomile tea.
Air and Noise Pollution Increase Cardiovascular Risk
This is particularly an area that hits home for me. I get extremely irritated with all the noise population that occurs in the city. This is magnified since we live across from a school and near a university. So yes the morning and afternoon rush hour is a real nightmare (no sleep!). We patiently wait for summer to get some peace and quiet.
I have always wondered, what would someone with high blood pressure or recovering from a surgery do in this case? The rest they need would not be provided. The IUF Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Germany looked at both the effect of noise and air pollution on 4238 participants. They were specifically looking at whether this pollution will increase their risk of atherosclerosis (the first stage of heart disease).
After controlling for many variables that are associated with atherosclerosis, the researchers found that air pollution was associated with a 19% higher risk of cardiovascular risk. While nighttime traffic noise pollution increased the risk by 8%.
So try to avoid pollution as much as possible! Perhaps white noise in the background might help when sleeping.
The last study I’ll discuss in this post is Intestinal Bacteria Protects against E. Coli O157:H7
We all have natural bacteria in our intestines which serve many beneficial tasks. An animal study presented in the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology found that the natural bacteria in our intestines can eliminate a toxin that is released by the E. Coli O157:H7 and prevent this toxin’s effects which may include acute renal disease (a form of kidney failure) which can result in death.
Tip of the day: don’t forget to have some probiotic rich yogurt, plenty of fiber (fruits, veggies and whole grains) and drink lots of water.
If your intestine is happy so will you be!