What the Research Now Tells us About the Anti Inflammatory Benefits of the Pineapple Extract Bromelain

Bromelain is an highly-researched anti-inflammatory enzyme that is sourced from pineapple stems and taken as a nutritional supplement.

It is a type of a proteolytic enzyme that is often combined in supplement formulas for use as a digestive and anti-inflammatory aid.

Bromelain may decrease inflammation by directly preventing certain immune cells from migrating to the injured area. It may also help block general activation of inflammatory responses via interactions with proteins located on the surface of your cells  (1; 2).

More are turning to bromelain supplementation as it may be a safe and effective substitute to NSAIDS for osteoarthritic pain […]

Milk, Does a Body Good…or Does It?

 

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Does the calcium in milk really prevent fractures?

Studies are suggesting that the effects of milk on the body are perhaps not worth the calcium benefits it provides.

A recent 20-year Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal looked at the milk intake of two large cohorts involving 61,433 women and 45,339 men.

The results showed that high milk intake was associated with:

  • higher mortality in both men and women
  • higher fracture incidence in women.

Milk contains 18 of 22 essential nutrients, including calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D all of which are important for bone strength. The body is able to absorb these nutrients via the intestines through enzymes that digest lactose into D-galactose and D-glucose.

The […]

Study Compares the Effect of Soybean and Coconut Oil On Belly Fat and Heart Disease Risk in Women

A randomized, double-blind clinical trial involving 40 women aged 20-40 years who had waist circumferences greater than 88cm (greater than ~35in) compared the effects of coconut oil and soybean oil on markers of belly fat and risk of heart disease (1).

The women were split into two groups of 20. All women were instructed to follow a balanced low calorie diet and to walk for 50 minutes per day. At one week prior to intervention, body mass index, waist circumference were measured in both groups. Fasting glucose, triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL/HDL fractions, ultra-sensitive CRP, and insulin, and HOMA-B% and HOMA-S (measures of heart disease, inflammation, and insulin sensitivity) were also determined. The initial measurements revealed no statistical differences between the two groups of women.

The groups […]