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Monday 13 August 2018

Does a Mediterranean diet strengthen our bones?

Spending the winter in the Mediterranean region is becoming increasingly popular amongst the elderly. For this group, adopting the Mediterranean diet isn’t such a bad idea either. It was already known that this reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, but a new study reveals that it can also reduce bone loss in people with osteoporosis.   In the past, higher dietary compliance with the Mediterranean diet had already been associated with a reduced risk of hip...

Thursday 2 August 2018

Microbiome regulates the immune system

A new study has been published in the journal Immunity which shows that the microbiome helps to adjust our inflammatory response. It balances the immune response and protects the gut from inflammation.  Pathological micro-organisms, such as Salmonella, evoke an inflammatory immune response that is directed at eliminating the relevant micro-organism. But an inflammation resulting from an immune response, especially in the intestine, can damage the healthy tissue. It makes the gut...

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Green tea and red wine in metabolic illnesses

A recent study performed at the Tel Aviv University in Israel reveals that, over time, it is possible to treat congenital metabolic illnesses; the compounds used in the study were extracts from green tea and red wine.   Most people with a congenital metabolic disease are born with a defective gene that results in a specific enzyme deficiency or an enzyme that is only limitedly effective. Because of this, certain substances are not or are insufficiently broken down, which leads to...

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Consumption of nuts helps male fertility

A recent study has revealed that nut consumption improves sperm quality. This finding is consistent with the results from past studies, that examined the diet of men in relation to their fertility.   Infertility is a global problem and affects 15% of all couples of child-bearing age. In a quarter of these cases, the male is responsible for the infertility, often due to reduced sperm quality.  A study performed at the Spanish Rovia i Virgili University [1] has revealed that...