Protect your heart, eat Mediterranean

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The Mediterranean diet is known to be good for people’s health and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. But does this also count for people who already have a history of cardiovascular diseases? A new study reveals that it does…

The Study undertaken by Giovanni de Gaetano of the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy, shows that those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, can still benefit from eating a Mediterranean diet; lowering the risk of mortality in the years to come. It is said that it may be even more effective than some cholesterol-lowering medications. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally and cost the lives of over 4 million Europeans per year. De Gaetano’s study followed 1,200 people with a history of cardiovascular diseases over seven years. Results reveal that those who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet Read more

Red hair gene also increases risk skin cancer on non-red haired people

Redheaded woman wearing a hat in the sun

New research suggests that anyone could hold the gene for red hair, which gives them, just like redheads, a greater risk of developing skin cancer.

It is commonly known that redheads have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Their gene structure shows that the pigment production which leads to red hair, pale skin and freckles is also responsible for an increased risk of skin cancer when exposed to the sun. However, these genes are not exclusive to redheads, as it now appears that light and dark-haired or eyed people can also hold this gene, which means that they could be at risk as well. MC1R gene The MC1R gene instructs our cells to produce pigment and tan the skin, to protect it against UV-radiation when exposed Read more

Prenatal Multivitamins: really beneficial or marketer trap?

Uma mulher grávida segurando uma laranja e um blister de comprimidos

The fact that vitamins and minerals are an important part of our diet isn’t anything new. Particularly for pregnant woman, vitamins and minerals can be very beneficial. But is it necessary to spend all that money on multivitamins, or is that just what marketers would like us to do?

During pregnancy, women will do their very best to ensure that their babies receive all of the nutrients that they need to ensure that they grow and develop as expected and are born healthy and happy. This makes them easy prey for marketers that claim expensive multivitamins are what we need during pregnancy. But studies reveal that not all vitamins are as essential as we might expect. In the journal “Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin”, UK researchers published a report in which they stated that they didn’t find any evidence that pregnant women should any take prenatal multi-nutrient supplements, other than folic Read more