Nutritional Immunology

In the news

Each day, scientists, doctors, and researchers delve deeper into the phytonutrients, antioxidants and polysaccharides contained in the plant foods we eat, and each day they learn more and more about what our bodies and systems actually use to keep us healthy. Below are some of the articles and items in the news about new discoveries, theories, and promising research into nutritional immunology.


Canola oil linked to worsened memory & learning ability in Alzheimer's

Canola oil is one of the most widely consumed vegetable oils in the world, yet surprisingly little is known about its effects on health. Now, a new study published online December 7 in the journal Scientific Reports by researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) associates the consumption of canola oil in the diet with worsened memory, worsened learning ability and weight gain in mice which model Alzheimer's disease.



Cocoa Flavanols May Boost Brain Health Benefits of Exercise:  Human Data

Consumption of a high-flavanol cocoa beverage may enhance the effects of exercise on executive function in healthy volunteers, says a new study from Japan.


How Ginger Fights Body Fat

Ginger, as a supplement or an ingredient in food and drink, may protect against obesity and chronic disease, according to a new research review. While experts can’t yet recommend a specific dosage for preventive purposes, they say that consuming more of the pungent spice is smart for several reasons.

Source:  Time 

Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics.

Source:  The Conversation

Anti-Aging Benefit of Beetroot Before Exercise

Researchers at Wake Forest University have found that drinking beetroot juice ahead of a workout improves the brains of older adults.



Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease

Bacteria in the intestine influence motor dysfunction and neuroinflammation in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease.


Too much heat in the kitchen may increase your risk
of heart disease

If you're a fan of a well-seared steak or a crisp fried samosa, you may need to pace yourself, as a new study has found that you could be increasing your risk of heart disease.

Like the crunch of something double-fried? That's even worse.

Source:  CNN

Source:  Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center

Source:  Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center

Immunotherapy: Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment since 1891

  • Immunotherapy as an approach to cancer treatment got its start more than 100 years ago.
  • William Coley, an MSK-affiliated surgeon, developed an early form of immunotherapy using bacterial toxins.
  • Inspired by Dr. Coley’s method, other MSK scientists studied the relationship between the immune system and cancer.

Source:  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Source:  TuftsNow

Source:  TuftsNow

Tufts University Nutrition Scientists Provide Updated MyPlate for Older Adults

Nutrition scientists at the Jean Mayer U. S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University with support from AARP Foundation are introducing an updated MyPlate for Older Adults icon today. The updated icon emphasizes the nutritional needs of older adults in a framework of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Source:  Tufts Now

Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)

Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)

If you aren’t familiar with the benefits of resveratrol,
you should be

Resveratrol began drawing worldwide attention when researchers in the 1990s were looking to understand the unusually low rates of cardiovascular disease in France despite the high intake of fat and red wine among the French people (known as the French Paradox).

Resveratrol is a type of flavonoid found in grape skins, peanuts, and a variety of plants, with the most abundant source being found in Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum). Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and phytoestrogen.


Moderately reducing calories in non-obese people reduces inflammation

Eating less may help us lead longer, healthier lives, according to new results from a large, multicenter study. The paper reveals that a 25 percent reduction in calories can significantly lower markers of chronic inflammation without negatively impacting other parts of the immune system.


Oily fish eaten during pregnancy may reduce risk of asthma
in offspring

Children born to mothers who eat salmon when pregnant may be less likely to have doctor diagnosed asthma compared to children whose mothers do not eat it, new research has shown.


Cantaloupes: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

"This melon is a great choice when it comes to nutrients per calorie," said Heather Mangieri, a Pittsburgh-based registered dietitian and nutritionist, author and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "One cup of cantaloupe contains only about 55 calories (due to its high water content) but offers over 100 percent of your daily needs for vitamin A, over 50 percent of the daily needs for vitamin C, 1.5 grams of fiber and is a good source of potassium."