Posts Tagged ‘Blueberries’

Top foods that reduce cholesterol

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Snack on nuts, drizzle a little olive oil, grab an apple, dine on fish, bite a chocolate. All these foods can help you lower your cholesterol.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is made by the liver. It is a part of every cell in the body and serves many vital functions. However, sometimes our bodies make more cholesterol than we need, and this excess cholesterol circulates in the bloodstream. High levels of cholesterol in the blood can clog blood vessels and increase the risk for heart disease and stroke.

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Superfoods likelier to trigger cancer

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Fashionable superfoods and supplements do not prevent cancer but instead may cause it, according to a scientist.

James Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, said that the cure for many cancers will remain elusive unless scientists rethink the role of antioxidants, which include vitamin pills and food such as blueberries and broccoli, the Daily Mail reported.

It is widely believed that they boost health and fight cancer by mopping up oxygen molecules called free radicals.

But Dr Watson argues that these may be key to preventing and treating cancer – and depleting the body of them may be counter-productive.

Free radicals not only help keep diseased cells under control, they are also pivotal in making many cancer drugs, as well as radiotherapy, effective, he said.

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