Dr Paul Clayton 2008 ‘Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees,please!’ (From Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell, 1970). Joni was more right than she, or we, knew. The spots on our apples – and indeed, the traces of yeast and moulds that used to be on almost […]
Articles on Nutrition and Health
See our latest articles on nutrition and health below or check out archived categories by using the menu above. Our main article authors are Dr Paul Clayton and Colin Rose BSc.
Dr Paul Clayton is a former President of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine. He is Fellow of the Institute of Food, Brain & Behaviour (Oxford) and Visiting Professor at the University of Pecs (Hungary).
Colin Rose is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine. Colin is also an educational advisor and a main contributor to EduScience, an EU programme to enhance the teaching and learning of science in schools. Go straight to Colin’s blog here.
Dr Paul Clayton 2002 The American Cancer Society predicted that final figures for new prostate cancer patients in 2001 would exceed 198,100. Approximately 31,500 of those diagnosed would die of the disease, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. The benefits of screening and early detection (secondary prevention) in reducing the […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2006 Vitamin D Vitamin D is already thought to protect against breast and colon cancer, but a new study at Harvard University has produced strong evidence that it may protect against prostate cancer as well. Dr Haojie Li and the Harvard team analysed blood samples from 1,029 men with prostate cancer, and […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2005 In India, the home of curry, there are very few cases of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) – a fact that has long puzzled researchers. Regular readers will know that the flavonoids in green tea probably protect against Alzheimer’s – and new research has found that flavonoids in the curry spice turmeric (known […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2002 Curcumin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound found in the curry spice turmeric, has been found to reduce the build-up of plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of transgenic mice specially bred to develop the disease. Dr Lim and her colleagues in various Departments of Medicine and Neurology in […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2003 The first proven health benefit of folate supplements was a reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida) in the newborn. Then came evidence that it could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, and, by lowering levels of homocysteine in the blood, protect against heart disease, Alzheimer’s […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2002 Research presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research heralded the dawn of a new kind of cancer treatment. Following recent epidemiological studies which suggested that consumption of tomato products protects against prostate cancer, Omer Kucuk M.D., Professor of Medicine and Oncology at the Karmanos Cancer […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2003 Research from the Portland VA Medical Centre in Oregon saw over 3000 people screened for polyps in the colon. (These polyps are a common precursor to full-blown colorectal cancer, which can often be prevented if the polyps can be removed early enough). Some interesting findings ensued; it transpired that those who […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2006 Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids found in such yellow foods as corn and egg yolks. They are also found in green vegetables and fruits. Examples include avocados, broccoli, green beans and kale. They are strongly linked to protection against Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Moeller at al ’06). They are also associated with […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2003 Betaine, sometimes known as Vitamin B10, is increasingly in the limelight. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood (homocystenaemia) are strongly linked to increased risks of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and other diseases(1). Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid are often used to lower homocysteine levels, but this combination is not […]
Your chronological age and your biological age are not necessarily the same. Some people age faster than their calendar years – others age more slowly. They look and act more youthfully. And there’s a scientific reason, which was explored at a recent conference I chaired in London. Given the right nutrition and lifestyle, our bodies […]
Dr Paul Clayton 2006 Data from the ongoing Nurses’ Health Study II suggests that a high intake of calcium and vitamin D can cut the risk of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) by up to 41 percent. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts analysed information from more than 3,000 women who had no symptoms of PMS when […]
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