Sunday, April 14, 2013

L-Carnitine for Heart Health & Cocoa for Brain Health in the News

Sometimes, I just like to share what I'm reading. Here's my Sunday browsing results. :-)
"Just a few days ago there were multiple news reports about a study  in Nature Medicine by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic that suggested that there was supposedly one more reason not to eat red meat—it contains high levels of the amino acid L-carnitine, which is metabolized by bacteria in the gut to give trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), a substance that could play a part in atherosclerosis.
Well, sometimes science is like the weather. You wait a day and it changes.
Today, a report of a meta-analysis of 13 controlled studies reported in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings arrived at the exact opposite conclusion—that supplemental L-carnitine provides significant cardioprotective properties to patients that had previously had heart attacks....(more)."

Power of Cocoa Polyphenols Against Neurodegenerative Diseases -- From Sbarro Health Research Organization -- April 12, 2013

A new study from the Sbarro Health Research Organization shows that cocoa polyphenols offer potent neuroprotection by activating an important cellular survival pathway (the BDNF pathway). Published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, these findings may help prevent cognitive impairment in the elderly and progression of neurodegenerative diseases in general. 

Our studies indicate for the first time the cocoa polyphenols do not act only as mere antioxidant but they, directly or indirectly, activate the BDNF survival pathway counteracting neuronal death” says Annamaria Cimini of the University of L’Aquila, lead author of the study.

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