Saturday, July 04, 2015

Zinc Lozenges Greatly Reduce Cold Symptoms

According to a study in BMC Family Practice, high dose zinc acetate lozenges shortened the duration of common-cold.

The researchers believe that when zinc acetate lozenges dissolve in the mouth, zinc ions are released into the saliva of the pharyngeal region where the levels are consequently high. The high dose zinc acetate lozenges shortened the duration of nasal discharge by 34%, nasal congestion by 37%, sneezing by 22%, scratchy throat by 33%, sore throat by 18%, hoarseness by 43%, and cough by 46%. Furthermore, they found strong evidence that zinc lozenges also shortened the duration of muscle ache by 54%.

Quercetin Strikes Again

Consumption of flavonoid-rich foods such as cocoa and tea may reduce cardiovascular disease risk. The flavonoids epicatechin (in cocoa and tea) and quercetin (in tea) probably play a role by reducing endothelial dysfunction and inflammation, two main determinants of atherosclerosis.

Researchers in a study from The Journal of Nutrition studied the effects of supplementation of pure epicatechin and quercetin on biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction and inflammation in healthy men and women.

Epicatechin contributed to the cardioprotective effects of cocoa and tea through improvements in endothelial function. Quercetin contributed to the cardioprotective effects of tea by improving endothelial function and reducing inflammation.

Cod Liver Oil in older persons

Steve: Cod liver oil is a traditional source of vitamin D in Iceland, and regular intake is recommended partly for the sake of health. A British Journal of Nutrition study discovered that intake of aged participants was positively associated with serum vitamin D3 25(OH)D levels. Individuals with intakes of less than once/week, one to six time(s)/week and daily intake had concentrations of approximately 40, 50 and 60 nmol/l respectively. This is awesome!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Get Ready for Spam Snacks and Other Hormel Treats

How About Jennie-O Turkey Breast Sticks?

Cannot find the ingredients anywhere on the web for these products. I wonder why?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

GM cows to produce beef that make more omega-3s

Chinese scientists have successfully reared beef cattle rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA - which are traditionally associated with fish oils. Scientists introduced a gene known as fat1 into fetal cells from Luxi Yellow cattle. The gene, which was isolated from a nematode worm, codes for desaturase enzymes that are involved in the conversion of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.
Writing in Biotechnology Letters, the team reveal that introducing the fat1 gene to cattle increased the levels of beneficial oils by over five times.

Steve: We are staying way away from this one until it is rigorously tested in human trials and is out on the market for several years.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Big Food "Scrambling" Because of Egg Shortage

With the avian fly wiping out a significant portion of the chickens in the midwest, Big Food is looking for alternatives. One product they are turning to is Hampton Creek's Just Mix, which is a vegan egg substitute. Here's the issue: the ingredients for this product are not listed anywhere, even on the company's website. We have not gotten a response to our inquiry.

If you have severe allergies, make sure you ask any food preparers if they are using real eggs or egg substitutes. Also, look at labels of packaged food because the label you ae used to seeing may change in short order!

New milk variety hits US shelves