Inflammation’s Role In Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

Inflammation is a natural and necessary healing response produced by the body, but what role might it have in developing Alzheimer's disease? Inflammation has been getting much attention as it is found to have many negative effects on the body and it is being deemed the culprit causing many diseases. Recent research by William Banks, MD may provide a "one-two punch in giving clues on how Alzheimer's disease develops and could be treated." It seems that increased accumulation of a protein in the brain causes detriment and results in the negative affects seen by the disease. This protein is usually present in the body and brain, but it can exit the brain and becomes absorbed by the blood stream. Because it leaves the brain, it does no damage and thus a person's cognition and brain function remains unaffected. With the presence of inflammation, the pump that pushes this protein out does not function as is required. A broken pump means excessive protein build up and therefore more damage. If Inflammation Is Decreased Does Alzheimer's Disease Disappear? According to the research, keeping inflammation at bay means that...

New Plus for Breastfeeding

The benefits of breastfeeding are well known but recent research has provided further information on how mother's milk can promote healthy newborns. This comes in the form of the discovery of an ingredient in breast milk which protects and repairs any damage to the digestive tract of newborns. This function is very important as a baby's intestines are extremely delicate. They have not yet been introduced to food and drink; therefore it doesn't take much to injure them and precautions are paramount.

Substance In Breast Milk Protects Intestines

This special protective ingredient in breast milk is pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor, or PSTI. As the name suggests, it is typically found in the pancreas. The function of the pancreas is to produce powerful enzymes for use in digestion. In the process, the pancreas itself needs protection against these enzymes and this is the function of PSTI. It therefore makes sense that the inhibitor can also be used in the digestive system to prevent unnecessary harm and to keep it healthy. The research into PSTI and breast milk was led by Professor Ray Playford of Barts and the London School of...

Hydration: How Much Is Too Much Water?

For years the military has been at the fore-front of experiments using humans and their recent tests on hydration are following suit. The April 2009 study examined volunteers in a laboratory "under varying conditions of work intensity and duration, environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity, and types of clothing." Some of these variable were chosen in order to better refine, and perhaps replace, the formula that has been used since 1982 to determine sweat rate and water needs. Water accounts for a large percentage of the military's cost when sending soldiers overseas. They must take into account it's price, storage, piping, distribution, sourcing, etc so honing in on the needs is paramount to a successful mission. This new formula shows promise at being more accurate and allows for water needs to be estimated for a person working 8 hours vs the old standard of 2 hours. Technology has brought about changes in clothing that helps soldiers with temperature regulation and thus changes their sweat rate and the amount of water they need to stay hydrated. Early indicators show the new formula to be accurate...

Beat the Blues with a Daily Dose of Positive Thinking

These days there is much hype around positive thinking and how this is the key to happiness and satisfaction in life. We are told to keep an upbeat mindset through thick and thin in order to come out tops everywhere and every time. However, recent research has shown that such extreme, and possibly not always obtainable, levels of positivity are not necessary for us to benefit greatly. All it takes is an awareness of the good moments throughout the day and we will build up resilience to the ups and downs of life. Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, and the principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory was involved in a month-long study where 86 participants were required to submit "emotion reports" on a daily basis. Typically in trials happiness levels are assessed using a person's recollection of their life experience over prior months. This daily reporting method, however, is much more accurate, as a person finds it easier to recall feelings on a daily basis. Furthermore, researchers can also obtain information on variations...

Powerful Pills Of Resveratrol

It has been stated that red wine contains resveratrol which may extend life span. This chemical is naturally produced in plants and serves to help a stressed plant combat pathogens and return it to a normal state by acting like an antibiotic. Many plants and plant parts contain it including roots, vines, and stocks, but it is predominant in the skin of grapes. Because grape skins spend longer amounts of time during the making of red wine, it is considered to have more beneficial effects than its white counterpart. Due to its effects on free radicals, fats, and lipoproteins, red wine components have been touted as superior anti-oxidants. As an extension of these anti-oxidant properties, wine components are being examined for their anti-cancer capabilities. The plant antibiotic may be prevent blood platelets from clumping which in turn could prevent the blood clots that can cause heart attacks. It has properties that prevent extended damage of heart tissue following catastrophic events such as heart attacks. A lot of buzz has been generated about the chemical's benefit and now scientist, doctors, and consumers are looking...

More Deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease & Diabetes: Modern Technologies to Blame

Deaths from Alzheimer's disease & diabetes, as well as Parkinson's, have increased notably over the last 40 years. Alongside this, the use of nitrites and nitrates in food preservation, processing and fertilizers has multiplied hundreds of times over. Recent research links the two, resulting in significant implications for the future use of these chemicals. Nitrites and nitrates are known to be dangerous to humans. The majority of them cause cancer. Nevertheless, we are ingesting more and more of these chemicals daily. Fertilizers are nitrate-based and contaminate both food and water. Manufacturing these pesticides as well as other products such as rubber and cosmetics also increases our exposure to nitrates. When nitrites and proteins interact, nitrosamines are formed. Sodium nitrite is typically added to fish and meat in order to preserve it. So, foods such as processed meats, bacon and certain cheese products, which are high in protein, will contain nitrosamines. Nitrosamines have been studied widely and conclusively found to be carcinogenic. They act at a cellular level and actually damage DNA. This cellular affect is similar to that which occurs in aging as well as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Type...

Know Vitamin D…No Cancer

Vitamin D is one of the fat soluble vitamins that research published in July 2009 states may have cancer suppressing properties. Various forms of the vitamin have been discovered each with many similar properties and benefits. In addition to their common effects, the variants have been found to play specific roles in the body. The two main variants in humans are D2 and D3. It often is referred to as the sun vitamin because exposing the skin to direct sunlight allows the body to absorb and create the vitamin in necessary quantities. As people age, their requirement for it increases, as does the requirement for supplementation for those with limited sun exposure. Many foods are now supplemented with a form of the vitamin in order to help prevent deficiencies. These fortified foods may be in milk products, cereals, grains, juices, and are also naturally present in fatty fish, and mushrooms that have been exposed to radiation. In fact, the Sun Bella is a new form of mushroom that has USDA clearance and provides a considerable amount (400 IU) of the vitamin. Because the body stores...

Why Is The Mediterranean Diet Considered The Key To Longevity?

Americans are always searching for the next nutrition secret and the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet have come under close scrutiny. Perhaps the intriguing moniker and thoughts of far away lands started the curiosity. Looking at many popular supplements and recent nutrition fads, anything that is from foreign gains popularity and reigns supreme for many months. News coverage, magazines, and books frequently tout the latest secret that will be revealed. Why do the French have less disease? What grows in the Amazon that we are missing? And of course, what are the specifics of the Mediterranean lifestyle that lead to their healthier life free from many of the diseases that plague us? This diet has been making headlines for a while and all reports point to the increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, and healthy sources of fat. It is thought that increasing the amount of these kinds of foods benefits the body because they are very nutrient dense and have essential components for our body. Scientists have been searching for the reason that this diet seems to extend longevity and the quality of life during those extra years. Scientific...

Fatty Foods Make You Hungry

We've always thought that our feelings of hunger stem from an empty stomach but, recent research shows that it is in fact the presence of fatty foods in our stomach that results in the hunger sensation. Ghrelin is the so-called "hunger hormone" that is involved in this process. It also stimulates the uptake of nutrients and facilitates the storage of fat in the body. However, ghrelin does not function by itself; it needs to be activated. For this to happen, it must be combined with a fatty acid. There is a specific enzyme called ghrelin O-acyl transferase, or GOAT, which enables the fatty acid to be added to the hormone in a process called acylation. High concentrations of ghrelin are found in the body prior to meals and after eating the levels decline. For over a decade the thinking has been that ghrelin accumulates during the periods when we are not eating and that the fatty acids which are required for the activation of the hormone were produced by the body during this time as well. Now, according to research published in the June 5, 2009 edition...

Green Tea: Powerful Antioxidant, May Prevent Cancer

Next to coffee and not including water, green tea is the second most popular drink in the world. It is enjoyed by many cultures and has been gaining popularity in the West. When compared to coffee in their respective dry forms, it has more caffeine but when brewed it does contain a lesser amount. Historically, the tea has been used for its medicinal purposes ranging from controlling bleeding to promoting digestion. Many claims have been made about the use of the beverage and the fact that it is made up of various naturally occurring chemicals that promote healing properties in the body. One of these chemical is labeled a polyphenol which was found to have a very potent anti-oxidant known as EGCG. Research has been done on a global scale and has included both animal and human testing. There is some debate worldwide about the health claims that can be directly given the popular beverage. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has yet to allow any direct health claims regarding the substance's ability to affect disease. As recent as 2006 though, the FDA...