Jenny Stamos http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/898/all en Pineapple Power http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/immunity/pineapple_power <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jenny Stamos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can this tropical plant fight cancer? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Besides its tasty fruit, the pineapple plant may yield an even sweeter benefit: the ability to fight cancer. The power source is an enzyme called bromelain, better known for its meat-tenderizing ability than for its use as a pharmaceutical. Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, have found compounds within bromelain, dubbed CCS and CCZ, which “can inhibit the growth of a broad range of tumor cells,” says lead author Tracey Mynott, Ph.D., “including lung, colon, breast and ovarian tumors, as well as melanoma.”</p> <p>Mynott and her colleagues found that in the test tube, CCS blocked a protein that’s present in about 30 percent of cancers, while CCZ helped stimulate specific immune cells to target and kill cancer cells. Moreover, unlike many current cancer therapies, the compounds seemed to target only cancer cells without harming healthy ones. If further study confirms this selective action, it could translate to fewer side effects.</p> <p>If you’re looking to prevent cancer, however, don’t start devouring pineapple chunks just yet. “Unfortunately, these molecules are in the stem of the plant,” says Mynott—not in the fruit itself—and CCS and CCZ have so far been tested only as an injection. Bromelain supplements aren’t a solution either: they contain only tiny amounts of CCS and CCZ and are toxic in large doses. Further studies, soon under way, may yield answers. But the idea that a potential new class of anticancer agents might come from a tropical fruit plant is as beguiling as a piña colada.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/immunity/pineapple_power#comments Jenny Stamos December 2005/January 2006 Healthy Immune System Diet, Nutrition & Health - Immunity Tue, 18 Aug 2009 22:28:24 +0000 Penelope Wall 9750 at http://www.eatingwell.com Berry, Berry Everywhere http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/berry_berry_everywhere_the_acai_makes_the_scene <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Berry, Berry Everywhere </div> </div> </div> <p>Direct from the Brazilian Amazon, dark purple a&ccedil;ai berries (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) seem poised to be The Next Big Thing in health-food additives. Touted on Oprah, highlighted in The Wall Street Journal, the berries appear to possess all the right nutritional attributes: rich in anthocyanins and other antioxidants and even a bit of omega-6 fatty acids. Already, the juice, pulp and concentrated capsules are turning up in juice bars and health-food stores, as an extract or supplement.</p> <p>But does it measure up to the hype?</p><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jenny Stamos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The açai makes the scene. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> June/July 2006 </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/berry_berry_everywhere_the_acai_makes_the_scene#comments Jenny Stamos June/July 2006 Diet, Nutrition & Health - Nutrition News & Information Mon, 17 Aug 2009 15:15:55 +0000 Sarah Hoff 9547 at http://www.eatingwell.com