Green Tea Reduces Health Risks, Cuts Obesity in Mice: Study

Green tea cut obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health in a new study. Mice fed a diet of 2 percent green tea extract fared far better than those that ate a diet without it, a finding that has prompted an upcoming study of green tea’s potential benefits in people at… Continue reading Green Tea Reduces Health Risks, Cuts Obesity in Mice: Study

Weakened T-cells Linked to Age-related Immunity Loss: Study

The elderly suffer more serious complications from infections and benefit less from vaccination than the general population. Scientists have long known that a weakened immune system is to blame but the exact mechanisms behind this lagging immunity have remained largely unknown. Now research led by investigators at Harvard Medical School suggests that weakened metabolism of… Continue reading Weakened T-cells Linked to Age-related Immunity Loss: Study

Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may… Continue reading Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

Camu Camu: The Next Weight Loss “Miracle” Fad

Have you heard of Myciaria dubia yet? Well, that’s the formal name for the adorable little Amazonian berry. You might be more familiar with it as camu camu, or maybe even cacari. It’s a berry that grows in trees on the riverbanks of South American countries, most notably Peru and Brazil. The trees, in the… Continue reading Camu Camu: The Next Weight Loss “Miracle” Fad

Strawberries Reduce Colon Inflammation, Help IBD Sufferers

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a set of painful conditions that can cause severe diarrhea and fatigue. Treatments can include medications and surgery. But now researchers report that a simple dietary intervention could mitigate colonic inflammation and improve gut health. In this case, a strawberry — or rather, less than a cupful of strawberries —… Continue reading Strawberries Reduce Colon Inflammation, Help IBD Sufferers