Could strawberries keep you sharp?

Strawberries could help prevent age-related mental decline, new research suggests.

A compound in the fruit, known as fisetin, eases cognitive deterioration and inflammation in mice, a study found. Mice not treated with fisetin experience cognitive difficulties, as well as stress and inflammation, the research adds.
Previous research has linked fisetin with reduced memory loss in mice genetically-predisposed to develop Alzheimer's disease.

Senior author Pamela Maher, from Salk's Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory in La Jolla, California, said: 'Mice are not people, of course. But there are enough similarities that we think fisetin warrants a closer look, not only for potentially treating Alzheimer's disease but also for reducing some of the cognitive effects associated with aging, generally.'

Source  - Daily Mail

Cranberries are super-foods

Cranberries have long been hailed a 'superfood' for their cancer-fighting properties but now they have been proven to benefit our gut health, say experts.

For the first time, certain friendly microbes have been found to grow when fed a carbohydrate in the fruit.  Good intestinal bacteria not only improves digestion but also our brain health, mood, emotions, energy levels, and weight loss.

Whats more, our microflora has also increasingly been linked to many aspects of health, including aging, arthritis, depression, cancer and heart conditions.  Now cranberries – in supplement form – may be a candidate to improve our gut health, says study author professor David Sela, nutritional microbiologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Source  - Daily Mail

Swapping just one portion of meat for a handful of nuts a day slashes the risk of an early death by up to 17%

Swapping just one portion of meat for a handful of nuts a day slashes the risk of an early death by up to 17 percent, new research reveals.

A 20 percent improvement in people's diets reduces their risk of dying prematurely by between eight and 17 percent, a study found. This is the equivalent of swapping just one serving of meat for a handful of nuts or a tablespoon of peanut butter a day, the research adds. 

Lead author Dr Mercedes Sotos-Prieto from Ohio University, said: 'It's not necessary for people to conform to a single dietary plan to achieve a healthy eating pattern. The essential elements of a healthy diet include higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans, and lower intakes of red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and highly refined grains, like white rice and flour.' 

Source  - Daily Mail

Could tomatoes be a wonder cure for skin cancer?

Eating tomatoes each day could save the lives of skin cancer patients, new research suggests.

Compounds responsible for the Mediterranean fruit's bright red colour may protect against deadly damage from the sun's rays. A trial on mice showed those fed a daily diet of tomato powder, available in a range of supermarkets, had their tumours shrink. When skin cancer spreads in humans, genetically similar to mice, it can become fatal by proving hard to treat.

Ohio State University scientists fed mice a tomato powder-heavy diet for 35 weeks, while keeping a control group. All of the rodents were then exposed to ultraviolet light, a confirmed trigger of skin cancer in humans. They also discovered those who consumed the tomato powder had 50 per cent less deadly tumours. 

The latest study showed only carotenoid-full red tomatoes had any significant effect, helping to shrink tumours.

Source  - Daily Mail