My colon is nuts for almonds.
According to a recent study almonds have been found to possess prebiotic effects, increasing populations of bifidobacteria and Eubacterium rectale more effectively than commercial prebiotics.

(Source: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, July 2008, p. 4264-4270, Vol. 74, No. 14 0099-2240/08/$08.00+0 doi:10.1128/AEM.00739-08 American Society for Microbiology)

Is there anything that green tea doesn’t do?
In a study done at the University of Connecticut by Dr. Richard Bruno, green tea extract was shown to protect against the development of hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease) and reduce hepatic injury in mouse models. This finding suggests that green tea extract may be used as a potential dietary strategy for preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

(Source: Green Tea Extract Protects Leptin-Deficient,Spontaneously Obese Mice from Hepatic Steatosis and Injury1,2. Richard S. Bruno,3* Christine E. Dugan,3 Joan A. Smyth,4 Dana A. DiNatale,3 and Sung I. Koo3 Departments of 3Nutritional Sciences and 4Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-4017)

“Hey doc! There’s something buggy going on with my stomach.”
In patients who’ve had surgery for stomach cancer, removing Helicobacter pylori bacteria from the stomach greatly reduces the risk of cancer recurrence, a Japanese study finds.

“The results of our study suggest that treatment to eradicate H. pylori reduces the risk of developing new gastric carcinoma in patients who have a history of such disease and are thus at risk for developing further gastric cancers we believe that our data add to those from previous studies showing a causal relationship between H. pylori infection and gastric cancer, and also support the use of H. pylori eradication to prevent the development of gastric cancer,” the researchers concluded.GastroMend-HP was specifically designed to eradicate Helicobacter pylori from the stomach.
(Source: Is it time to screen and treat H pylori to prevent gastric cancer? Nicholas J Talley The Lancet – Vol. 372, Issue 9636, 2 August 2008, Pages 350-352)

Taking a stand for our children.
A new Federal Trade Commission report has revealed that food and beverage corporations spent $1.6 billion dollars in food advertising in 2006. As parents and public health officials understand, the nation’s alarming surge in childhood obesity and diabetes are directly related to increased consumption of junk food. Senator Tom Harkin has urged industry and government regulators to redirect the massive funds spent every year in junk food advertising toward education and programs focused on healthy eating.


Maybe vitamin C, zinc and quercitin can get you into swimsuit shape faster than you thought.
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found the brain’s appetite center uses fat for fuel by involving oxygen free radicals—molecules associated with aging and neurodegeneration. The findings, reported in the journal Nature, suggest that antioxidants could play a role in weight control.

“In contrast to the accepted view, the brain does use fat as fuel,” said Tamas Horvath, one of the lead authors of the study. “Our study shows that the minute-by-minute control of appetite is regulated by free radicals, implying that if you interfere with free radicals, you may affect eating and satiety.”

“The timing of taking antioxidants may be critical for the control of appetite,” said coauthor Sabrina Diano. “If taken on an empty stomach antioxidants may further increase appetite, however when taken with food, they may affect satiety.

(Source: Andrews et al. UCP2 mediates ghrelin’s action on NPY/AgRP neurons by lowering free radicals. Nature, 2008; DOI 10.1038/nature07181)

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