Strawberry Extract Protects Against UVA Rays

An experiment has shown that strawberry extract added to skin cell cultures acts as a protector against ultraviolet radiation as well as increasing its viability and reducing damage to DNA. Developed by a team of Italian and Spanish researchers, the study opens the door to the creation of photo-protective cream made from strawberries.

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Curry Compound May Curb Diabetes Risk: Study

Supplements containing a compound found in curry spice may help prevent diabetes in people at high risk, according to a Thai study.

Researchers, whose results were published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that over nine months, a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among Continue reading

A Poisonous Mushroom That Could Kill Cancer

Healing foods can come from the strangest places. In this case, China, but that isn’t what makes it strange. No, instead it is the origin of the food cure itself — poisonous, wild mushrooms. Researchers have found that a compound from the mushroom seems to help kill cancer.

The compound is called “verticillin A.” What it does is sensitize cancer cells to “TRAIL,” which is a drug that causes cancer cells to self-destruct. In this way, the natural medicine world teams with the pharmaceutical world for a potent combination.

The mushroom ingredient keeps cancer cells from being able to resist the cancer drug. This targets a major problem for cancer treatment, which is drug resistance. Continue reading

Mustard Greens Contain Muscle-Building Compound

Popeye famously ate spinach when in a jam to instantly build his biceps and gain the strength to save a damsel in distress. Well, a new study conducted at North Carolina State University suggests that he may have been better off eating mustard greens.

Leafy greens have previously been indicated as vegetables that encourage muscle growth because of their nitric oxide content. Another component known as homobrassinolide — a plant hormone found in members of the mustard family — has been shown to stimulate protein synthesis while preventing degradation of muscle.

“We hope that one day brassinosteroids may provide an effective, natural, and safe alternative for age- and disease-associated muscle loss, or be used to improve endurance and physical performance,” said researcher Slavko Komarnytsky, Ph.D. Continue reading

Eat your Apple with its Skin for Stronger Muscles

Many individuals — especially those with small children to please — will often peel their apples before eating them, discarding a part of the fruit that has been known to be rich in nutrients.

Now, researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered one more reason why consumers should opt to keep their apples intact: The skin apparently contains a compound that may stave off muscle loss.

“Muscle wasting is a frequent companion of illness and aging,” said lead author Christopher Adams. “It prolongs hospitalization, delays recoveries and in some cases prevents people from going back home. It isn’t well understood and there is no medicine for it.”

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St. John’s Wort Compound Discovered as Promising Treatment for Incurable Brain Tumor

Around 10,000 Americans are diagnosed with a malignant glioma every year. And, unfortunately, they received an almost inevitable death sentence. Glioma, types of tumors which grow in the brain or spine, are virtually incurable and the average one-year survival rate after diagnosis is only about 50 percent.

But now there is finally hope for a new and effective treatment. A compound known as hypericin, originally discovered in the herb St. John’s wort.

In findings just published in the journal Cancer, scientists are reporting that synthetic hypericin strongly inhibits the growth of gliomas. The reason appears to be, at least in part, because hypericin inhibits protein  Continue reading