Thiocynate found in vegetables could be helpful for inflammatory disorders
New research has demonstrated a biochemical link of a component found in vegetables, thiocynate, to levels of inflammatory markers in certain disease processes. According to the researchers, thiocynate may be helpful with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). They associate this disease with a genetic defect in a transmembrane receptor, making it difficult for the body of excrete damaging free radicals, causing high levels of inflammation. They postulated that this same pathway of excretion of these damaging particles in CF is linked to some of the pathology of diabetes and nervous system disorders. Could this be proof that food and vegetables could be the treatment of inflammatory disorders? This is nutrigenomics at its best!
Source: Penn Medicine News
Bonus Link (Biochemical Pharmacology 2009): Another supplement made indigenously in the body, coQ10, has also been shown to decrease the expression of inflammatory markers and metabolic stresses at the level of genes- in the mRNA in mice!
“CoQ10 has actually been the subject of thousands of research studies, and in addition to the new finding above that CoQ10 may help reduce the risk of fatty liver in people with obesity, CoQ10 may also:
Help you produce more energy for your cells, boost your heart health, act as an antioxidant to protect you from free radicals, help you reduce the signs of normal aging, help you maintain blood pressure levels within the normal range, provide a boost to your immune system, and support your nervous system.”
Note: CoQ10 is an important supplemental addition for anyone taking statin drugs. These drugs not only block cholesterol formation, but also formation of this vital nutrient. The reduced form, ubiquinol, is best for those over 40.
Soft Drinks Increase Risk of Gestational Diabetes (GD) in Pregnant Women
“Findings from this study suggest that higher consumption of sugar-sweetened cola (≥5 servings/week) in prepregnancy women is associated with an elevated GDM risk. No significant association with GDM risk was observed for other SSBs and diet beverages.”
Abbreviations: GDM: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, SSB: Sugar Sweetened Beverages
Source: Diabetes Care. ADA