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Dietary flavonols modulate the expression of genes associated with cardiovascular health

Epidemiological studies suggest that the beneficial cardiovascular health effects of diets rich in fruits and vegetables are in part mediated by their flavonoid content, with particular benefits provided by the flavanols (1). Data on the potential health benefits of dietary flavanols, especially in the context of cardiovascular health, are considerable and continue to accumulate (2). …Read More

What is combinatorial micronutrition?

Food components are not just fuel for our body. They also function as regulatory molecules in a vast range of biological processes. This is particularly the case of micronutrients, those molecules (vitamins, minerals, oligo-elements, phytonutrients, essential amino acids and fatty acids) that the body needs in small amounts but which are essential for maintaining and …Read More

Broccoli as metropolitan detox

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution may be behind as many as 7000 deaths per year worldwide, with China being among the nations of the world with the highest levels of outdoor air pollution. Furthermore, air pollution has been classified as a risk factor for cancer by the International Agency for Research …Read More

Potential of insects as food

Eating insects is a traditional dietary habit practiced in more than half the countries on the planet. It is called entomophagy. The scientific literature reports between 1500 and 2000 edible insect species so far, from crickets to beetles, including, ants, termites, bees, and larvae of moths and butterflies (1, 2). Mexicans alone eat more that …Read More

Sweetness without calories: are non-nutritive sugar substitutes a solution to the diabesity epidemics?

As humans, we have an innate attraction for sweetness, because our brain has been programmed to seek for energy. Therefore, even in the current context of worldwide  “diabesity” epidemics (obesity and diabetes), where it is highly recommendable to reduce calorie intake, it is neither desirable nor feasible to totally cut off on sugar from the …Read More

Plant ingredients may be used as dietary intervention to induce programmed death of cancer cells

The role of diet in preventing or contributing in healing of cancer is now well established. However the molecular mechanisms by which food components exert their health effects are largely unknown. Nutrigenomic studies have shown that, in addition to modulating protein expression and function, a large number of dietary food components impacts on the human …Read More