Is GMO Farming Poisoning The World’s Drinking Water?

gmo_farmingMonsanto’s Herbicide Linked To Groundwater Contamination

In a groundbreaking study published in the journal Analytical and last year, evidence surfaced that  the active ingredient in the Monsanto’s patented herbicide Roundup, is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is Continue reading

Sulforaphane Has the Power to Destroy Leukemia Cells

cruciferousDid You Know…

… that a natural compound in broccoli may hold the key to treating leukemia?

     Scientists have uncovered yet another reason to eat your broccoli and Brussel sprouts (and their cruciferous veggie cousins such as cauliflower, kale, cabbage and bok choy).  Continue reading

Natural Lemon Extract is Cytotoxic to Breast Cancer Cells

A new study has shown for the first time how limonoids, natural compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruit, impede both ER+ and ER- breast cancer cell growth. This sheds new light on the importance of citrus fruit for breast cancer prevention and supports past studies which showed fruit Continue reading

Exercise Helps Your Immune System Protect Against Future Cancers

If you are like most people, when you think of reducing your risk of cancer, exercise probably isn’t at the top of your list. However, there is compelling evidence that exercise can not only help slash your risk of cancer, but can also help cancer patients get well sooner, and help prevent cancer recurrence.

Research has also shown it may help minimize the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. Continue reading

Clean Fat out of Your Arteries with Ginkgo Biloba

Here’s some inside health news that could help protect your |heart. It concerns a potentially new health breakthrough in the fight against atherosclerosis. This amazing alternative remedy could help clear away dangerous fatty deposits in your arteries.

You may know about “Ginkgo biloba.” It’s the herb that has been championed for its ability to boost mental function and protect against Alzheimer’s. Recently, researchers have been discovering that “Ginkgo biloba” extract has antioxidant and antiplatelet properties. A Korean research team decided to take the investigation of ginkgo’s heart- healing properties one step further and see if the herb might protect against atherosclerosis.

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Kombucha Tea Could Fight Cell Death

Kombucha tea is a little different from regular tea. It’s a special concoction made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. This drink is sometimes called kombucha mushroom tea. Kombucha isn’t actually a mushroom though — it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding this colony of bacteria and yeast to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. The tea contains vinegar, B vitamins and a host of other chemical compounds.

There have been many health benefits attributed to Kombucha tea, but little scientific evidence to back up these claims. It might be worthwhile, therefore, to take a look at the results of a new clinical trial that verifies at least one health benefit associated with the fermented drink: improved liver health.

Researchers at the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology in Jadavpur University, India, investigated the antioxidant property of kombucha tea. Specifically, the researchers wanted to know how kombucha tea would perform when pitted against cytotoxicity induced by tertiary butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) in mice liver cells. TBPH is organic peroxide that causes oxidative stress resulting in organ disease.

The researchers found that exposure to TBHP  Continue reading

Plant Compound Could Help You Survive Breast Cancer

Who said there were no herbal cures for breast cancer? A new study has found that phytoestrogens, plant compounds, may have a cancer protective effect. The ones in question here are “lignans” and the target is breast cancer. The answer: it just might help you survive the disease.

Phytoestrogens mimic the actions of estrogen in the body and have been linked to many health benefits. The most important type of phytoestrogens in our diet is lignan. Lignans come in seeds (especially flaxseeds), as well as in wheat and vegetables. The body turns these lignans into another lignan, enterolactone, which is then absorbed.

From 2002 to 2005, researchers took blood samples from 1,140 women who had been diagnosed with postmenopausal breast cancer. After six years, they compared levels of enterolactone with how the disease was progressing.

They found that women with the highest blood levels of enterolactone had a 40% lower risk of death than those with the lowest levels. That is pretty huge. And the news extended for those women Continue reading

These Berries Help Prevent Cervical Cancer

What could be better than a delicious fruit that is also a cancer-fighting food? Raspberries are an antioxidant food that contains some special compounds called “ellagitannins.” This family of compounds, which are almost exclusive to the raspberry, is reported to have anti- cancer activity.

In recent health news, a study performed at the Ohio State University has found that raspberry extract could inhibit cervical cancer growth.

Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer worldwide. It is a challenge for doctors to treat this type of cancer. Because of this, the researchers at Ohio University set out to investigate food-based cancer preventative measures — specifically, the raspberry. Three human cervical cancer cell lines were treated with a black raspberry extract for the clinical trial. Various tests Continue reading

This Extract Shown to Kill Cancer Cells

We have all heard about the health benefits of resveratrol. It has been in the news for the past couple of years. Resveratrol comes from the skin of grapes and has been touted as an amazing cholesterol-buster and antioxidant.

It’s not surprising, then, that researchers at Colorado State University just completed a new study examining the health benefits of grape seed extract and resveratrol together.

The U.S. researchers found that grape seed extract could inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells in the laboratory. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women.

It seems that grape seed extract starts something called “apoptosis.” Apoptosis is a process in which cells are programmed to die. Unlike cell death due to injury, for example, apoptosis is a beneficial process. When the fetus is growing in the womb, apoptosis causes cell death in the fingers and toes, so that they can separate into individual digits. There are many, many other examples of beneficial cell death.

In this particular study, apoptosis appeared to kill off colon cancer cells before they could divide and multiply. In addition, grape seed extract and resveratrol together seemed to have an even more potent effect Continue reading