Reduced heart inflammation by eating brightly colored lutein carotenoid vegetables
Earlier studies proved that our body inflammatory processes will be affected by our diet. A study by the Swedish researchers shows reduction and suppression of long-term heart inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease such as angina and myocardial infarction with an anti-inflammatory lutein nutrient. While treating immune cells of coronary artery disease patients with lutein, researchers found reduced inflammatory activity compared with non treated immune cells.
Lutein is a plant pigment. Lutein nutrient was found in colored vegetables such as kale, yellow peppers, red peppers, dark-green leaves such as spinach, carrots and broccoli. It is one of about 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids produced by the plants.
Researchers conducted studies among 193 heart disease patients. The study found that cells of our immunity system absorbs and stores lutein nutrient. They also found evidence which shows higher levels of lutein was associated with lower levels of interleukin-6 (or IL-6), which is an inflammation marker. Now researchers are planning to conduct studies to find out positive effects on the immune system in coronary heart disease patients with higher consumption of lutein-rich foods.
This study was supported by the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation. Lead author of the study was Professor Lena Jonasson, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden. The study findings were published on July 5, 2017, in the journal Atherosclerosis. Title of the article was "Vegetable coloring agent lutein may suppress inflammation."
Coffee reduces the risk of death or mortality from heart disease and strokes
Two studies done by the researchers shows risk reduction to death from digestive and circulatory diseases such as liver disease, heart diseases and strokes with coffee consumption. They also suggest life-prolonging benefits with coffee. The risk reduction is independent of whether coffee is caffeinated coffee or not. The positive effects are more among those people who drank more cups of coffee per day.
The EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) study was led by Dr. Marc J. Gunter, PhD, Reader in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, School of Public Health, Imperial College, London. They conducted research in the European countries with 521,330 individuals spanning ten countries including Denmark, France, Italy and UK. The study shows risk reduction to death or mortality from any cause among men was 18 percent and among women was seven percent with the consumption of at least three cups of coffee per day compared to non-coffee drinkers. The study findings were published on August 15, 2017, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Title of the article was "Coffee Drinking and Mortality in ten European Countries: A Multinational Cohort Study."
In an another separate study by the American researchers with 185,855 individuals shows 18 percent risk reduction to death irrespective of their ethnic background with daily consumption of two to three cups of coffee. Lead author of the study was Dr. Veronica Wendy Setiawan, PhD, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States. The study findings were published on August 15, 2017, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Title of the article was "Association of Coffee Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Nonwhite Populations."
Researchers believe that life-extending effect benefit with coffee consumption is due antioxidant plant compounds present in the coffee. These studies are not showing elixir effect with the consumption of the chemicals and compounds present in the coffee but show coffee can be included in the menu of the healthy diet.
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