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Dietary Changes Prompt Swift Improvements in Inflammation

Posted Feb 05 2013 10:08pm

In the inflammation is a primary trigger for a number of chronic diseases ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancer, Alzheimer's disease to arthritis, a number of researchers are pursuing the role of changes in diet to reduce the inflammation response.  Lynnette Ferguson, from The University of Auckland (New Zealand), and colleagues studied 30 healthy men and women, selected for their initially "poor" diets, who were encouraged to eliminate refined and processed foods and to follow a Mediterranean type diet over six weeks – featuring increased amounts of fish, vegetables, unrefined cereals, and "good" fats such as olive oil and avocado. A prominent feature of the diet was also that it was gluten-free. Recipes were supplied to the participants.  After six weeks, the team observed that biomarkers of inflammation, most notably C-reactive protein (CRP), were markedly reduced. 

“Diet change works swiftly in reducing risk,” University of Aukland, 14 January 2013.

  
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#117 - 117 – A Healthy Gum-ption
Enjoy these foods and beverages that have been shown to promote good oral health:

• Green tea: University of Illinois-Chicago (USA) researchers found that drinking green tea reduced the number of bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath. In a separate study, Pace University (USA) scientists found that flavorids, a compound in green tea, work with the germ killers in toothpaste and mouthwash, boosting their effectiveness at warding off viruses and preventing cavities.

• Black tea: A study by the Vivekananda Institute (India) reported in 2005 that people who drank black tea for one year had a reduced risk of developing oral cancer.

• Cranberry juice: Researchers at the University of Rochester (USA) have shown that cranberry juice helps to stop bacteria from sticking to teeth, thereby preventing the formation of plaque (the cause of tooth decay and gum disease). Separate research by a team at University of Illinois-Chicago (USA) found that cranberry juice interfered with the viability and growth of oral pathogens.

• Raisins: In 2005, University of Illinois-Chicago (USA) researchers found that two compounds in raisins were successful in fighting bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease.
 
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