Monthly Archives: May 2014

Red Meat and Cancer: Devil is in the Detail

Regular consumption of red meat is thought to increase the risk of colorectal cancer. However, the link between red meat and disease is controversial because red meat is a group of foods and the causative factor could therefore be only … Continue reading

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Fish Oil: Gender Differences

The fish oils eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6 (n-3)) are thought to be cardioprotective because they reduce systemic inflammation. However sex differences exist between the benefits they confer on men and women. For example in … Continue reading

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Cayenne Pepper And Protein For Weight Loss

Forced calorie restriction is the current treatment for being overweight. The main problem with this approach however, is that it does not provide successful long term results. Initially, forced calorie restriction causes weight loss, but this has been shown to … Continue reading

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Fish Oils and Artery Stiffness

Fatty fish are a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6 (n-3)) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)). These fatty acids are produced by algae, and bioaccumulate in fish, becoming more concentrated in the larger fish at the top of … Continue reading

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Berries and Glycaemia

Consumption of the Western diet is now linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The high content of refined carbohydrates is considered one of the primary reasons that the Western diet is a cause of disease. Refined carbohydrates … Continue reading

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Post Workout Protein

High quality proteins contain all of the amino acids in their correct ratios for growth and metabolism. In this regard 20 to 25 grams of high quality protein contains around 8 to 10 grams of essential amino acids. Some of … Continue reading

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Spinach: Xanthophylls and Carotenes

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Calorie Restriction and Muscle Catabolism

The current treatment for obesity is a regimen of exercise and forced calorie restriction in order to create a negative energy balance. In the short term such programmes undoubtedly cause weight loss, but much of this weight is now known … Continue reading

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25-Hydroxyvitamin D in Foods?

Vitamin D can be absorbed from food or produced in the skin via the action of sunlight. Once in the bloodstream, vitamin D is hydroxylated to 25-hydroxyvitamin D, the biologically active form of the vitamin. Discrepancies between the 25-hydroxyvitamin D … Continue reading

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Fatty Acid Quality and Disease

The cholesterol theory of cardiovascular disease states that dietary cholesterol and saturated fatty acids cause raised plasma levels of cholesterol, and that in turn this causes atherosclerosis which drives cardiovascular disease. However, this theory is provably false based on the … Continue reading

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