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RDFRS: Fact: You Carry Around Enough Bacteria To Fill A Large Soup Can

RDFRS: Fact: You Carry Around Enough Bacteria To Fill A Large Soup Can | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
“That’s three to five pounds of bacteria,” says Lita Proctor, the program coordinator of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project, which studies the communities of bacteria living on and in us. The bacteria cells in our body outnumber human cells 10 to 1, she says, but because they are much smaller than human cells, they account for only about 1 to 2 percent of our body mass—though they do make up about half of our body’s waste.

The host of bacteria we carry around weren’t well-cataloged until recently. In July 2011, at North Carolina State University, the Belly Button Biodiversity study found about 1,400 different strains of bacteria living in the navels of 95 participants. Of these, 662 strains were previously unrecognized.

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ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says

ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It has been almost a year since United States Department of Agriculture took down its ORAC database.  Now that this official reference point is gone, does this measure of antioxidant potential still have relevance in the marketplace?
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Boweled over! Prunes win official EU health claim passage

Boweled over! Prunes win official EU health claim passage | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Prunes sold across the European Union can claim they contribute to “normal bowel function”, making the fruits the first whole fruit to win a claim under the EU’s new food marketing rules.
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Red blood cells harbor Pycnogenol metabolite, research shows

Red blood cells harbor Pycnogenol metabolite, research shows | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Horphag Research knew the what about their flagship ingredient, Pycnogenol, as it pertained to its many health benefits.  But until a recent study, the company was a little hazy on the how and the where.
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Cardioprotective effects of cocoa: Clinical evidence from randomized clinical intervention trials in humans - Arranz - 2013 - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research - Wiley Online Library

Cardioprotective effects of cocoa: Clinical evidence from randomized clinical intervention trials in humans - Arranz - 2013 - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research - Wiley Online Library | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Pine bark extract shows benefits against metabolic syndrome: Human data

Pine bark extract shows benefits against metabolic syndrome: Human data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Daily supplements of Pycnogenol, an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine, may help reduce health risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, suggests new data from a human study.
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Phytochemicals show anti-inflammatory and brain health benefits: Pure Encapsulations/ Atrium Innovations

Phytochemicals show anti-inflammatory and brain health benefits: Pure Encapsulations/ Atrium Innovations | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Polyphenol-rich extracts from fruit and vegetables may have molecular targets with potential relevance to cardiometabolic and neurological health, according to new data.
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There’s no such thing as a ‘miracle food’ warn experts

There’s no such thing as a ‘miracle food’ warn experts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers and global media should better consider the validity of single scientific studies that report on supposed ‘miracle foods’ in addition to considering that people do not eat foods or nutrients in isolation, warn researchers.
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Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet — NEJM

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet — NEJM | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet
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Blueberries cut type-2 diabetes risk

Blueberries cut type-2 diabetes risk | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Eating more fruit, particularly blueberries, apples and grapes, is linked to a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal.
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Healthy chocolate? The growing evidence for cocoa flavanols

Healthy chocolate? The growing evidence for cocoa flavanols | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The meteoric emergence of cocoa flavanols as the new 'super ingredient' continues, with many new scientific publications focused on the potential health effects of these special compounds.
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Human absorption and metabolism of oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol ingested as olive (Olea europaea L.) leaf extract - Bock - 2013 - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research - Wiley Online Library

Human absorption and metabolism of oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol ingested as olive (Olea europaea L.) leaf extract - Bock - 2013 - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research - Wiley Online Library | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Cocoa flavanol content varies depending on origin, says Callebaut

Cocoa flavanol content varies depending on origin, says Callebaut | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Barry Callebaut’s innovation department has revealed that the level of cocoa flavanols, which are associated with a string of positive health effects, vary depending on where beans are sourced.
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Flavonols may slash risk of vascular disease for women

Flavonols may slash risk of vascular disease for women | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Increased intake of flavonols from tea and other sources may boost heart health for older women, with regular consumption of the compounds linked to a 72% lower risk of atherosclerotic vascular disease mortality.
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Olive polyphenols play ‘key role’ in learning and memory processes: Animal data

Olive polyphenols play ‘key role’ in learning and memory processes: Animal data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A natural extract made from olive polyphenols could help to increase learning and memory processes by increasing levels of important proteins in the brain, according to new research in rodents.
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Black tea compounds show blood pressure benefits: Human data

Black tea compounds show blood pressure benefits: Human data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Three cups of flavonoid-rich black tea per day may reduce the variability in blood pressure at night, says a new clinical trial.
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Green tea extracts show promise for people with metabolic syndrome

Green tea extracts show promise for people with metabolic syndrome | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Drinking green tea or taking a supplement containing green tea extracts may improve the body’s antioxidant protection in people with the metabolic syndrome, says a new study.
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