Separating Nutritional Truth from Headline Hype

Reported by: The Huffington Post US (4th Dec. 2012) The US edition of the Huffington Post shows how hard it is to separate the truth from the hype when it comes to our food due to the abundance of nutritional research that is now available. While there are plenty of studies that help us to make important decisions regarding diet and supplementation, misleading headlines and questionable interpretations can just as easily lead to conflicting advice and confusion. Puzzling headlines include “Are Eggs as Bad as Smoking?”, “Are Our Vitamins Killing Us?” and “Fish Oil No Lifesaver?” Alan Gaby MD, the author of Nutritional Medicine, a comprehensive guide to the use of diet and nutritional supplements to prevent and treat illness, believes that these studies are misleading and present a skewed picture of the risks and benefits of certain foods and states that “simply showing an association does not prove cause and effect.” Read More  

December Super Foods Reported by: The Huffington Post US (4th Dec. 2012) The US edition of the Huffington Post highlights five seasonal ‘super foods’ to keep you in good health and high spirits this December:  

Mushrooms – Mushrooms provide a burst of flavour without adding too many calories. The anti-oxidant protects against heart disease, aging and some cancers while also helping to lower cholesterol.

Bok Choy – Bok choy hits peak season in winter months and is a very good source of Vitamin K, which is important for keeping bones strong and healthy.

Broccoli – Broccoli is loaded with fibre, iron, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C, is low in calories and has one of the highest anti-oxidant ratings around. Regular consumption can help to protect against heart disease, cancer, stroke, vision problems and bone loss.

Celeriac – Also known as celery root, the earthy bulb is a rich source of fibre, Vitamin B6 and potassium and is commonly thought to help fight cancer, in particular colon cancer.

Garlic – The aromatic bulb adds flavour to almost any dish and has been shown to protect against bacterial and viral infections. Garlic also contains a compound called Allicin, which is a big source of cancer protection. Read More  

More Scientific Backing for Resveratrol Reported by: The Express (5th Dec. 2012) British experts are set to present new evidence on how resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, can be harnessed to help beat a range of life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. An international conference at Leicester University will see its scientists reveal findings based on the last two years of research that shows how the anti-oxidant can help prevent a range of chronic, and often fatal, illnesses which blight the health of the nation and place a huge burden on the NHS. The event will feature numerous international experts and follows the first international conference on resveratrol held in Denmark in 2010. Evidence from more than ten clinical trials will be presented and Leicester scientists will show their evidence of how the powerful chemical can inhibit tumour development in human cells, halving the rate of bowel tumours in particular. The next stage will be to carry out trials to find the optimum dosages required to prevent disease in people. Resveratrol has also been found to stop vision deteriorating, protect against colon and prostate cancers, reduce the risk of lung cancer and retard the aging process. Read More  

The Power of Smells Reported by: The Express (4th Dec. 2012) People have been using the scents of different plants, herbs and fruits since time began. Smells act like a drug by stimulating nerves in the nose that send impulses directly to the brain and can control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance. While some of the effects can be seen as evidence for the scientific basis of aromatherapy, many others are purely psychological. Lavender has been found to have a sedative effect, slowing reactions and promoting overall calmness; jasmine soothes, aids high quality sleep and relieves anxiety; rosemary can be used to improve cognitive performance and mental alertness; the aroma of green apples may be able to control blood pressure, lessen migraine pain and even help you lose weight by curbing appetite; orange and lemon have been identified as stress-busting fragrances; peppermint helps to reduce fatigue and heighten energy levels and mental concentration; and the smell of cucumber can lessen claustrophobic anxiety and alter your perception of space. Read More