Which Antioxidants Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease?

prevent_alzheimers_diseaseAre you walking into rooms but can’t remember why? Staring into the refrigerator and wondering what you needed? Forgetting familiar phone numbers? Maybe an orange or a carrot would help.

A study from the University of Ulm suggests that people with mild dementia – an early sign of Alzheimer’s Disease – have significantly lower blood concentrations of vitamin C and beta-carotene than their healthy counterparts. Continue reading

Poor Diet Linked to Poor Sperm Count

Correlations between lifestyle and male fertility have been made in numerous studies over recent years. Some show that well fed sperm cells are most likely to achieve successful fertilization, while others confirm what most of us already suspected: that bad diet and lifestyle choices are an important cause of male infertility. 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

When You Peel an Orange, Don’t Throw Away the White Part Under the Skin: Bioflavonoids Help Fight Cancer and Obesity

Citrus fruits have long had a reputation for high concentrations of healthful nutrients such as vitamin C, and recent research continues to uncover new health benefits from many citrus flavonoids. Although the flavonoids are abundant within the fruit itself, they are found in highest concentration in the peel — which means that unless you’re cooking with citrus peel or zest, the best way to get the full antioxidant punch is to eat a bit of the tart, white flesh on the inside of the fruit’s peel.

One of the most promising of these flavonoids is naringenin, which occurs in all citrus fruits and in tomato peel. Continue reading