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OMICs-technologies: herbal drugs’ entry ticket into evidence-based science

Thousands of years of successful use of herbal medicine Herbal drugs combinations as a long historical use in traditional medicines, especially China, Japan and India. They consist of herbal preparations that contain active therapeutic ingredients. Their use is well established and widely acknowledged to be safe and effective, and may even be accepted by national …Read More

Nutrition and sport

Food plays an important role also in sports medicine and in every athlete’s life, since a healthy diet is an important part of his training. Basically, provided that his diet is well balanced and adapted to his activity and an athlete doesn’t suffer from any food allergies or any metabolic disabilities, there should not be …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

Urge to tackle double threat of childhood obesity and under-nutrition in low- and middle-income countries

While still struggling with undernutrition caused by poverty and food scarcity, combined with deleterious consequences of infectious diseases, developing countries are also increasingly facing the emergence of overweight and obesity-associated issues. This kind of paradoxical situation characterizes what is known under the term of “double burden”. Indeed undernutrition and overweight, as the two faces of …Read More