Hazelnuts improve infant formula

01 Jun 2012
Athens, Ga. – Human breast milk is the best source of food for infants. University of Georgia researchers have found what may be a new second best-formula made from hazelnut oil.

Casimir Akoh, a UGA distinguished research professor of food science and technology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, developed a new nutrient based on hazelnut oil that better mimics the structure of mother’s milk, which makes it better suited to nourish infants. The results of his study were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on May 23.

“Human milk is the most valuable source of nutrients for infants,” he said, “but it is not always possible to feed infants with human milk, and supplements and formula are needed.”

Mothers naturally provide the healthful omega-3 fatty acid DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, and omega-6 fatty acid ARA, arachidonic acid, which are important-for the development…

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What do you know about Plants and Neutraceuticals?

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What do you know about Plants and Neutraceuticals?

Author and Curator: Larry H. Bernstein, MD, FCAP

This is a series of articles that is within a multipart series on related and standalone topics of discussion that raise some issues and controversies, but perhaps open our eyes to our relationship to the environment and its effects on living organisms, our uniqueness among eukeriotes, and or interdependence with the living plant and animal world.  In our self-centerness, there is a cross-cultural, perhaps innate tendancy to disregard this interdependence and to disrupt our surroundings in the same manner that families within diverse and mixed-societies become corrupted.  The amazing use of herbal medicines precedes the development of a formal scientific method, and has existed in Asia and Africa for centuries, and probably prior to biblical record.   Of course, there is substantial knowledge in the last century that has led to a better understanding of…

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Oat Straw (Avena sativa) helpful in calming the nerves of those who are detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction, and can even help curb nicotine cravings.

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Avena Sativa - Oats

Oat Straw (Avena sativa) – Not only can this herb effectively treat anxiety, it is also used to treat migraines, shingles, fatigue, and even epilepsy. This herb can be especially helpful in calming the nerves of those who are detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction, and can even help curb nicotine cravings.

Avena Sativa – Oats Benefits

Are you feeling stressed, tired, depressed, fed-up, run down or even lacking your usual sexual desire? If so, have you considered a daily dose of Avena sativa (also known as Oats or Oatstraw)?

This wonderful herb is thought to be soothing to the brain and nervous system, whilst at the same time increasing sexual desire, and performance, in both men and women!

Avena sativa is quickly becoming a popular natural alternative to pharmaceutical erection enhancers without the dangerous side effects. Also known as Oats Milky Seed or Oatstraw, Avena Sativa is used to stimulate both men…

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Defective carnitine metabolism may play role in autism

HOUSTON — (May 7, 2012) – The deletion of part of a gene that plays a role in the synthesis of carnitine – an amino acid derivative that helps the body use fat for energy – may play a role in milder forms of autism, said a group of researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine (http://www.bcm.edu) and Texas Children’s Hospital (http://www.texaschildrens.org).

“This is a novel inborn error of metabolism,” said Dr. Arthur Beaudet (http://www.bcm.edu/genetics/index.cfm?pmid=10579), chair of molecular and human genetics at BCM and a physician at Texas Children’s Hospital, and the senior author of the report that appears online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (http://www.pnas.org). “How it is associated with the causes of autism is as yet unclear. However, it could point to a means of treatment or even prevention in some patients.”

Beaudet and…

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A set of reaction conditions for an asymmetric Michael addition that isn’t hard to PEG

Developing the Process

If I can get away with a pun or a witty title for a tweet, I will try to do it.  I have been posting a lot of older material from my former website, PHARMNBIOFUEL.COM due to the fact that I have been keeping myself busy on other projects, plus I ran out of articles to talk about.  I usually take the bus into the city, take a few hours peruse some of the journal publishers’ websites and hope I have something interesting in my latest post.  The article I am about present came from my last batch of articles, but I could easily see I might need some background to present it in a better light.  I, personally, have never ran a reaction in PEG-400.  I have analyzed PEG-400 as it is used in ophthalmic solutions, but other than that, haven’t used in since.  It was this article, “Polyethylene…

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Unmasking black pepper’s secrets as a fat fighter

04 May 2012

A new study provides a long-sought explanation for the beneficial fat-fighting effects of black pepper. The research, published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, pinpoints piperine — the pungent-tasting substance that gives black pepper its characteristic taste, concluding that piperine also can block the formation of new fat cells.

Soo-Jong Um, Ji-Cheon Jeong and colleagues describe previous studies indicating that piperine reduces fat levels in the bloodstream and has other beneficial health effects. Black pepper and the black pepper plant, they note, have been used for centuries in traditional Eastern medicine to treat gastrointestinal distress, pain, inflammation and other disorders. Despite that long medicinal history, scientists know little about how piperine works on the innermost molecular level. The scientists set out to get that information about piperine’s anti-fat effects.

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Fresh avocado enhances absorption of essential nutrients and conversion of carotenoids to an active form of vitamin A

New research: Fresh avocado enhances absorption of essential nutrients for healthy living

Study explores improvements in the absorption of vitamin A when avocados are eaten with tomatoes or carrots

IRVINE, Calif. (July 10, 2014) – Consuming a whole fresh avocado with either an orange-colored tomato sauce or raw carrots significantly enhanced provitamin A carotenoid (alpha- and beta-carotene) absorption and conversion of these carotenoids to an active form of vitamin A, according to new research (1) published in The Journal of Nutrition.

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Cinnamon may be used to halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease

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Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that using cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The results of the study were recently published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

“Cinnamon has been used widely as a spice throughout the world for centuries,” said Kalipada Pahan, PhD, study lead researcher and the Floyd A. Davis professor of neurology at Rush. “This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.”

“Cinnamon is metabolized in the liver to sodium benzoate, which is an FDA-approved drug used in the treatment for hepatic metabolic defects associated with hyperammonemia,” said Pahan. It is also widely used as a food preservative due to its microbiocidal effect.

Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamonum cassia

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Study yields first snapshots of water splitting in photosynthesis

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Study yields first snapshots of water splitting in photosynthesis

The photosystem II cycle has four steps. There is a large conformation change between status S1 and status S3, as shown by the new inverstigations. Credit: Shibom Basu/Arizona State University

An international team, led by Arizona State University scientists, has published today in Nature a groundbreaking study that shows the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into protons, electrons and oxygen, the process that maintains Earth’s oxygen atmosphere.

“This study is the first step towards our ultimate goal of unraveling the secrets of water splitting and obtaining molecular movies of biomolecules,” said Petra Fromme, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at ASU. Fromme is the senior author and leader of the international team, which reported their work in “Serial time-resolved crystallography of photosystem II using a femtosecond X-ray laser,” in the July 9 on-line issue of Nature.

Photosynthesis is one of the fundamental processes of life…

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