Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Study reveals powerful health-protective fruit and vegetable nutrients

One obvious way to live healthier for longer is to avoid heart disease and cancer.

The Edith Cowan University in Australia just issued an analysis of the diets of more than 53,000 Danish people over a 23-year period. They found that people who regularly ate foods rich in flavonoids had a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease or cancer. The protective effect was even strong for those who smoked or drank too much.

This article was written by Colin Rose, a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years.

Flavonoids and carotenoids – anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory

Flavonoids are a group of plant compounds found in fruits and vegetables that confer health benefits through their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. This improves blood vessel function – hence the reduction of heart attack risk.

A sub-group of flavonoids – the carotenoids like lycopene, lutein and beta carotene – also help ensure normal ‘cell signalling’. Cells need to signal or communicate their boundaries to prevent encroaching on neighbouring cells. If this communication breaks down, it can lead to cancer.

It is particularly helpful that the analysis was able to measure the daily level of flavonoids that create the protective effect and the lowest risk of heart disease and cancer.

That protective level was 500 mg of total flavonoids.

The many flavonoids

Flavonoids are as important to health as vitamins and minerals. There are a substantial number of flavonoids (which are in turn a class of plant compounds called polyphenols), including:

Flavonones

Found in eg. grapefruits, lemons, oranges.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Anthocyanidins

Found eg. in strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, red wine.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Flavones

Found in eg. peppers, celery, apples, parsley

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Isoflavones

Found in especially in soy. Particularly strong anti-cancer properties. And act as plant oestrogens.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Flavonols

Found eg. in onions, kale, broccoli, leeks, grapes

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Flavanols

Different from flavonols, this class of flavonoid includes the catechins in green tea. Dark chocolate contains cocoa flavanols.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Carotenoids

Colourants in the skins of plants.

Lycopene is the red in the skin of tomatoes.

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Lutein is in leafy green and yellow vegetables and egg yolks.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Beta carotene is in carrots, peppers, apricots.

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

Getting 500mg a day of flavonoids

The food chart at the end of this article answers the question of exactly how to get 500mg of flavonoids a day. It is based on a combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet – the latter stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. 

It’s called the MIND Diet because, in addition to incorporating the foods that best protect against heart disease, stroke, and cancer, it also includes foods and nutrients that help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Flavonoids also protect against dementia

Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

The brain is a fatty organ – and researchers have shown that oxidation of the fats which form protective sheaths round neurons in the brain is a contributory cause of dementia. This oxidation is also known as
“free radical damage”.

Anti-oxidants counteract this oxidation and help prevent and slow that damage.

Inflammation in the brain is another contributory cause. So anti-inflammatory nutrients like flavonoids can help prevent inflammation damage.

Other research shows that carotenoids also help prevent the formation of the beta amyloid plaques and tangles that degrade neuron brain cells and characterise an Alzheimer’s brain.

Furthermore, the MIND Diet is also a natural immune system booster. It’s high in vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C and D and zinc, plus Omega 3, as well as flavonoids and carotenoids. All of these nutrients strongly support the immune system.

The best of the best food plan

Even the MIND Diet can be improved, by including the best from the Japanese diet (like green tea and soy isoflavones) and one or two other nutrients – notably curcumin from the curry spice turmeric.

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Recent research shows that curcumin may help prevent the accumulation of plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients – and which interfere with communication between brain cells.

Indeed, curcumin activates hundreds of genes that are anti-inflammatory and neuro (brain) protective.

Add a multi-nutrient supplement

Finally, you’ll notice that the food plan includes a multi-nutrient supplement called NutriShield. Because, if you’re trying to get all the nutrients you need, at the level you need, by eating only regular food, you may find it difficult.

That’s because the number of daily portions of fruits and vegetables in the MIND studies is considerably higher than a simple 5-a-day recommendation.

Both the American Cancer Society and University College London have concluded that the ideal intake is 9-10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day – plus 2-3 portions of oily fish a week.

At these levels, your intake of vitamins, minerals and flavonoids and other nutrients ensures that your blood chemistry becomes seriously protective against age-related illness generally.

NutriShield fills in the gap between an ideal and a realistic diet that most people can manage. It includes vitamins, minerals, 500 mg in total of mixed flavonoids, Omega 3, CoQ10 and glucosamine.

You can download the best of the best food plan free here.  https://nutrishield.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CR-News-Food-table.pdf


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This article was written by Colin Rose, a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years.


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References

Flavonoid intake is associated with lower mortality in the Danish Diet Cancer and Health Cohort: Nicola P. Bondonno, Frederik Dalgaard, Cecilie Kyrø, Kevin Murray, Catherine P. Bondonno, Joshua R. Lewis, Kevin D. Croft, Gunnar Gislason, Augustin Scalbert, Aedin Cassidy, Anne Tjønneland, Kim Overvad, Jonathan M. Hodgson.  Nature Communications, 2019; 10 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11622-x

https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/flavonoids

Protection by Flavanol-Rich Foods Against Vascular Dysfunction and Oxidative Damage: 27th Hohenheim Consensus Conference.  Helmut Sies, Peter C.H. Hollman, Tilman Grune, Wilhelm Stahl, Hans K. Biesalski, Gary Williamson;  Advances in Nutrition, Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2012, Pages 217–221

Probiotics may help reduce child obesity

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Research shows antibiotics may be the trigger

One in five of UK school age children is actually obese – a significant risk factor for long term health. But new research suggests it may not just be for the obvious reasons – too much food and too little exercise.

An unexpected trigger may be antibiotics.

We know that antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, altering and impoverishing the composition of the microbiome – the vast community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

A healthy balance of bacteria in your gut is central to immune health. We know, too, that the role of probiotics (good bacteria) is to crowd out and fight off any harmful or pathogenic bacteria that can otherwise allow infections to take hold.

So, until recently, most research on probiotics was focused on how they can help resolve inflammatory conditions like IBS and yeast infections like candida and thrush.

But now new work by Professor Martin Blaser of New York University School of Medicine indicates that probiotics might have a role in helping prevent childhood obesity – which is on the rise.

Here’s how.

How antibiotics reduce hunger signals

Professor Blaser notes that most children, as they grow up, are exposed to multiple doses of antibiotics for complaints like ear and throat infections. This inevitably adversely alters the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut – certainly in the medium term, and in some cases, long term.

One effect of this adverse balance is to weaken the effect of a hormone that regulates hunger levels – called ghrelin. Ghrelin is produced in the stomach and intestines and normally when you eat, ghrelin levels drop, and that signals to your brain that you feel full and you stop eating.

However, when there are too many harmful bacteria in the gut, the microbiome balance is disturbed and levels of ghrelin stay high even after eating. The individual takes longer to feel full – and overeats.

It is this sequence, suggests Dr Blaser, that may help explain the rising tide of childhood obesity. (Other researchers suggest the sequence may well apply to adults.)

Add in the effect of more sedentary lifestyles and the ubiquity of high calorie food, and it is a credible hypothesis.

How multi-strain probiotics can help

Since probiotics are so safe, it seems a good safeguard to ensure that a child should receive a short programme of probiotics following a course of antibiotics. I would suggest a month of probiotics.

If you do, it should be a multi-strain probiotic because different strains colonise in different parts of the gut and have different functions.

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Since there is now good evidence that a good multi-strain probiotic can improve digestion, help reduce the severity of allergies and improve the absorption of nutrients, it can only have a general positive effect on your child’s health.

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Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years


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Dr Paul Clayton’s best-selling book Health Defence is available from booksellers.

Read it here online or see the website www.healthdefence.com for excerpts and links to buy direct from the publisher.


Probiotics may help reduce child obesity NutriShield Multi Vitamins and Minerals

See online here for delicious recipes from the Health Defence Cookbook incorporating healthy foods featuring in a Mediterranean Diet.


References:

  1. Antibiotics in early life and obesity: Laura M. Cox and Martin J. Blaser; Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2015 Mar; 11(3): 182–190.
  2. Antibiotic overuse: Stop the killing of beneficial bacteria. Blaser M. Nature. 2011 Aug 24;476(7361):393-4.