Boosting Broccoli’s Anti-Cancer Potential, & Other News of Note

More Evidence That Spicing Up Broccoli Boosts Its Cancer-Fighting Power (ScienceDaily)

Teaming fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains the enzyme myrosinase significantly enhances each food’s individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you’ll get the maximum health benefit, suggests a new University of Illinois study.

“To get this effect, spice up your broccoli with broccoli sprouts, mustard, horseradish, or wasabi. The spicier, the better; that means it’s being effective,” said Elizabeth Jeffery, a U of I professor of nutrition.

In the study, when fresh broccoli sprouts were eaten with broccoli powder, the scientists were able to measure bioactive compounds in the blood 30 minutes later. When these peaked at three hours, they were much higher when the foods were eaten together than when either was eaten alone. Urine samples corroborated the blood results, said Jenna Cramer, lead author of the study…MORE

Study: Phthalates Affect Child Development (Michigan Radio)

Phthalates are a class of chemicals that have been shown to disrupt the endocrine system. They’re used in all kinds of consumer products including flooring, cars and cosmetics.

A new study published today finds a significant link between pregnant women’s exposure to phthalates and negative impacts on their children’s development.

Robin Whyatt is a professor in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and she’s the lead author of the study. She and her team have an ongoing study of more than 700 mothers and their children that began in 1998…MORE

Study Links Prenatal Exposure to Stress with Accelerated Cell Aging (MedicalXpress)

Young adults whose mothers experienced psychological trauma during their pregnancies show signs of accelerated aging, a UC Irvine-led study found.

The researchers discovered that this prenatal exposure to stress affected the development of chromosome regions that control cell aging processes. The study results, which appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, point to the importance of maternal health and well-being during pregnancy…MORE

Vitamin C Helps Children with Asthma (Wellness Resources)

Asthmatic children between the ages 7 to 10 were given 200 mg of vitamin C per day for six weeks. The 7 to 8 year olds responded best, increasing their expiratory air volume by 37 percent. Exposure to molds and dampness slightly reduced the benefit. In children 9 to 10 who had been exposed to molds and dampness and had more symptoms in general, vitamin C improved their breathing by 21 percent…MORE

Scientists Hint at Why Laughter Feels So Good (NYT)

Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good.

The answer, reports Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, is not the intellectual pleasure of cerebral humor, but the physical act of laughing. The simple muscular exertions involved in producing the familiar ha, ha, ha, he said, trigger an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect…MORE

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