Citrus Fruit Lowers Risk of Stroke

In February I wrote about the link between magnesium intake and reduced risk of stroke. There is a growing amount of research in this area, and a new study has now uncovered new links between a special compound in citrus fruits and a lowered risk of stroke (1).

The research, published in Stroke: Journal [...]


Pycnogenol, a pine bark extract, appears to be useful to those suffering with metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome: is a group of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.  An individual is considered to have metabolic syndrome if they have three or more of the following:

*Excess abdominal obesity (carrying weight around the stomach, as measured by waist circumference)

*High triglyceride levels (blood fats)

*Low levels of [...]


Bioactive plant compounds in berries may help to reduce high blood pressure

Studies have previously found that flavonoids (bioactive plant compounds), found in various vegetables and fruits, can have beneficial effects on blood pressure when given to individuals in an ‘intervention’ study setting.  A new study (1) carried out at the University of East Anglia UK and Harvard University USA and published in the American Journal [...]


Drinking cherry juice might reduce muscle damage caused by exercise

Cherries are one of my favourite fruits, previously I wrote about the health benefits of cherries specifically with regards to their ability to boost antioxidant levels in the body.  Cherries contain a variety of antioxidant flavonoids (bioactive plant chemicals) and eating a diet rich in flavonoids has been linked to protection against a variety [...]


Oranges contain more than just vitamin C

Oranges and tangerines are always abundant in my home over Christmas.  They are popular stocking fillers too and full of health benefits.  Oranges are known to be rich in vitamin C and flavonoids (bioactive plant nutrients) which both act as antioxidants in the body.  The researchers of a new study (1) wanted to learn why a [...]


A few pieces of dark chocolate Easter egg might be good for the heart

Yesterday was Easter Sunday and I expect that there are still plenty of Easter eggs and chocolate lurking in many homes?!  If you happen to have received a dark chocolate egg made from cocoa-rich chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) this could be good news for your health.  A newly published study, in the [...]


Study finds that blueberry juice may improve memory in older adults

Previously I have investigated how healthy lifestyle and diet can impact brain function and have also looked at the importance of vegetables and fruits for a well working brain.  A very recently published preliminary small study (1) has found that blueberries may be particularly useful to memory.

The authors of the study wrote in their [...]


Food Allergy and Intolerance Week

This week is national Food allergy and Intolerance week – for more information about this campaign week please visit the Allergy UK website.  “Allergy UK is a national medical charity established to represent the views and needs of people with allergy, food intolerance and chemical sensitivity” 

Allergy UK say: “Too often allergy or intolerance sufferers [...]


More health benefits related to cocoa consumption

On Monday I wrote about phytochemicals in relation to obesity.  Bioflavonoids are phytochemicals, or plant nutrient, that I have written about often.  Fruit and vegetables and other plant-based foods such as nuts, seeds, pulses, beans are the richest sources of flavonoids.  A favoured source of flavonoids for me is cocoa.  Cocoa and dark chocolate [...]


Phytochemicals, bioactive plant nutrients, might help prevent overweight and obesity

Vegetables and fruits contain abundant amounts of phytochemicals (bioflavonoids), bioactive plant nutrients, which are thought to be vital to the body for many reasons and linked to a reduced risk of all kinds of conditions from heart disease and cancer to dementia and bone loss.  The recommendations to eat plenty of these plant-based foods [...]