Substance Found in Celery and Parsley Can Fight Cancer

In the battle against cancer, it’s good to know what can and cannot help you prevent it. Cause let’s face it, everything gives you cancer nowadays. In this case, studies show that a substance known as apigenin, which can be found in celery and parsley, is known to help in a substantial way in cases of breast cancer.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri showed that apigenin is known to slow and reduce the production of cancer cells.

According Salman Hyder, professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, who co-authored the study:

“We do know that apigenin slowed the progression of human breast cancer cells in three ways: by inducing cell death, by inhibiting cell proliferation, and by reducing expression of a gene associated with cancer growth. Blood vessels responsible for feeding cancer cells also had smaller diameters in apigenin-treated mice compared to untreated mice. Smaller vessels mean restricted nutrient flow to the tumors and may have served to starve the cancer as well as limiting its ability to spread.”

A group of mice that were specially bred for this study were implanted specifically with breast-cancer cells. Then the mice were divided up with some given medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) and others given apigenin. The group of mice that received MPA developed tumor growth, while the others given apigenin actually caused tumors to decrease in size.

The rest of the study published can be found in the journal Hormones and Cancer.

via: Huffington Post and MU News Bureau


Hate Cilantro? Blame Your Genes!

Ever wonder why some foods are just universally adored while others seem to have a more polarized set of opinions? Take cilantro for example. Proponents of this pungent green garnish are usually passionately approving of its taste whereas others (such as yours truly) simply abhor the flavor entirely.

Up until now, we’ve generally accepted a ‘different-strokes-for-different-folks’ explanation for this difference in taste and shrugged off this discrepancy as a matter of preference. It would now seem, however, that there is evidence to support that one’s cilantro disposition could be genetic.

A Study conducted by the University of Toronto of a sample of over 1,400 young adults showed a correlation between cilantro preference and certain ethnic groups. The study showed that individuals of an East Asian background (the segment in which I fall into) tend to dislike the garnish more than most with 21% expressing their dislike of cilantro. People of  Middle Eastern ethnicity appear to be more fond of cilantro with roughly 3% of that segment declaring their distaste for the herb.

While there appears to be a definite correlation between ethnic background and a propensity toward cilantro, it has still yet to be determined whether or not there is a specific gene that creates an aversion to cilantro in certain individuals.

[via Gizmodo, Flavour]

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Chocolate, A Sweet Superfood That Could Reduce Heart Disease Risk?

For those chocoholics out there, here’s some good news! Research from the University of Cambridge has concluded that high levels of chocolate consumption may be associated with a notable reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. According to the study “the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in stroke, compared with the lowest levels [of consumption].”

So about how much chocolate is the “highest level of chocolate?”  Hopefully, the subjects in this research weren’t eating a box of chocolate a day. Overconsumption of chocolate could lead to other problems like weight gain and diabetes. However, other studies have also found that chocolate contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity.

So cave into those chocolate cravings. The good seems to outweigh the bad…in moderation of course.

[Via CNNhealth]


Wine Study Reveals Daily Half of Glass Will Boost Life Expectancy

I’m sure this “study” will come as quite a subdued shocker to many of you who already knew that Red Wine and Cardiovascular health were intermingled in one way, shape or form. My father is definitely one of those people, but now, when people ask him and individuals like him about why he drinks half a glass of red wine a day, he now has a study to point to. From a research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, using a case of 1,373 randomly selected men over the course of 40 years, have revealed that of the group, those men who only drank wine (and less than half a glass of it a day), “lived around 2.5 years longer than those who drank beer and spirits, and almost five years longer than those who drank no alcohol at all” ( For those who are in high spirits, remember with any substance, moderation is key! Without further ado, who’s down for some Sangria?!


Health News: Raw Alfafa Sprouts Linked to Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just made notice that individuals not consume raw alfalfa sprouts, including everything that may contain alfalfa sprouts, because the product has been linked to Salmonella serotype Saintpaul contamination. When more information makes its way to our desk, we’ll keep passing it along. To read the full release, head over to the FDA website, until then, spread the word!