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A novel and powerful natural antioxidant, which is it is 4.5 times more potent than vitamin E and 10 times more potent than vitamin C, has been discovered in tomato plants.

A novel and powerful natural antioxidant, which is it is 4.5 times more potent than vitamin E and 10 times more potent than vitamin C, has been discovered in tomato plants.
Increased intakes of antioxidant vitamins A and E may significantly reduce the risk of hearing loss, according to a new study from Australia.
Ergothioneine (an antioxidant) is claimed to have “unparalleled” benefits that has hidden its light under a bushel for almost 100 years.

It’s produced by microbes in the soil and makes its way into mushrooms, grapes, meats and dairy products.

The only substance that has a gene and transport system that is specific to it that enables ergothioneine to be transported into cells. This gene lights up and expresses for this protein when inflammation happens.

Ergothioneine is unusual because it has a very long half life in the body – around 30 days – whereas many antioxidants hang around for more like 30 seconds or 30 minutes.
Using cloned animals for production of food such as meat and milk is not justified, say experts on ethics reporting to the European Commission. Food Quality News Jan 08
An up-to-date review of the recent science behind oatmeal supports its cardiovascular benefits, and supports the FDA's decade-old conclusions. NUTRA Jan 08.  JAMA abstract HERE
The first steps towards a national policy for food, designed to boost jobs and business, help make food healthier and minimise the environmental impact of food production, manufacture and retail, were taken on the 15th/Jan/08.  "For the first time ever, we are giving everyone in Scotland the opportunity to have their say about what is important to Scots and to Scotland - in terms of the food we produce and the food we consume" said Richard Lochhead,
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.  The discussion paper can be found HERE.  Also read the article on Food Quality News HERE.
Increased intakes of trans-fatty acids may increase the risk of non-aggressive prostate tumours by about 100 per cent, suggests new research from Harvard.  FoodNavigator Jan 08. Original study HERE
Increased blood levels of vitamin C may reduce the risk of stroke by 42 per cent, suggests a large European-based study.  NUTRA Jan 08.  Original article: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Daily vitamin D2 supplement of 1,000IU may cut the number of falls among elderly people by about 20 per cent, says a new study.  NUTRA Jan 08  Original abstract HERE
Low levels of vitamin D could increase the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack, heart failure or stroke by 62 per cent, suggests a new study from the US.  NUTRA Jan 08
A pilot program to test the effects of vitamin and mineral supplements on inmates at UK young offenders' institutes will be carried out to see if adequate nutrition helps curb violent behaviour.  NUTRA Jan 08
Low blood levels of vitamin E are linked to greater physical decline in older people, suggests a new study from Yale University School of Medicine.  NUTRA Jan 08.  JAMA abstract HERE
Drug companies move in a slow, slow way their profits to protect.
 WDDTY May/07
Ties between American doctors and the drug and medical devices industries are ubiquitous, concludes a large national US survey of doctors. BMJ 2007; 334 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39196.342847.DB (Published 26 April 2007)
An attempt to use disclosure laws passed by two US states to discover the sums of money paid by drug companies to doctors found the relevant information was of limited quality and hard to access.
BMJ 2007;334:655.1
Social Enterprises
Social enterprises—businesses for which the bulk of profits are reinvested in the community—will be one of the keys to transforming health and social care in the next decade, claims the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt.
BMJ 2007;334:659.6
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