The Evolution of Us – Genetic Links to How Our Bodies Digest Carbohydrates

Amylase is a case where diet may have the potential to change our genes. Populations that have higher numbers of amylase gene copies and more amylase in their saliva tend to eat more starch and were found to digest starchy carbohydrates faster. They also displayed a higher blood glucose response to foods containing starch such …

UK Government Launches Bid to Add Vitamin D to Everyday Food and Drinks

Sajid Javid has ordered a review as Vitamin D levels in millions of adults and children are deemed to be too low. Current advice is for the UK is to consider taking a 10 microgram (1000 iu) supplement daily between October and March. Mr Javid said: 'Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health’. …

Say Cheese! – Alkaline Phosphatase & the French Paradox

The French Paradox, a term devised to rationalise the ‘decadent’ French diet, dripping in saturated fats from cheese, pate, butter, cream and alcohol from wine which runs contrary to low rates of cardiovascular disease in the French population. Previous studies often focused on resveratrol, the antioxidant in red wine  as an explanation of the paradox …

The Effect of Hibiscus Tea on Blood Pressure

  Hibiscus is a tropical wild plant rich in organic acids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, polysaccharides, beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Meta analyses and randomised controlled trials  show that daily consumption of hibiscus tea significantly lowered blood pressure greater than the control groups. Extracts showed antibacterial, anti-oxidant, nephro and hepato-protective, renal/diuretic effect, effects on lipid metabolism, anti-diabetic …

Mushrooms – Nature’s Vitamin D Supplement

Normally grown in the dark, mushrooms are pretty low in vitamin D unless exposed to UVB light. Researchers have discovered that exposing Oyster, Shiitake or even common button mushrooms to ultraviolet light, boosts the vitamin D levels to impressive numbers. (as much as 46,000iu).They found that exposing the gills (the ridges underneath the cap) generates …