BIOTRENDS

Health Benefits of Lycopene

Lycopene is a carotenoid – a family of naturally occurring plant pigments that give many fruits and vegetables their vibrant, delightful colouring. All the red, yellow and orange hues that we see in many fruits and vegetables are all due to carotenoids. There are more than 750 known carotenoids, most common being beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. First, a little bit about carotenoids Carotenoids belong to a big family of … [Read More...]

HEALTH NEWS

A Quick Guide to Menstrual Problems and What Not to Ignore

Did you know your monthly period says a lot about your health, especially your hormonal health? This is important as your hormones play a critical role in keeping your body systems running smooth. Period problems are pretty common but if you know what to watch out for, some of these issues could … [Read More...]

Roundup in drinking water

The exposure to Roundup, through food and drinking water, is so pervasive that the popular herbicide is showing up in breast milk, urine and blood samples of individuals; and even makes it into the womb – triggering birth abnormalities and development disorders.  Roundup, manufactured by … [Read More...]

BIOTRENDS

What are expression wrinkles?

Wrinkles make you look old and tired, but they are an inevitable part of getting older. The process of aging triggers many biological changes in the human body, which may not always be pleasant. … [Read More...]

HEALTH NEWS

Effects of Air Pollution on Your Kid’s Brain

According to a 2017 UNICEF report, “nearly 17 million babies live in areas where outdoor air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits – potentially putting their brain development at risk simply because of the air they breathe.” [1] Air pollution is one of the biggest threats to the health of our children worldwide. There is a significant volume of evidence that exposure to toxic elements in the air can affect the health and well-being of adults and children, with long lasting consequences.  It is well-known that air pollution not only worsens pre-existing conditions but also places … [Read More...]

Dangers of Antibiotics for Children

Do you really need to give your child antibiotics for them to beat the flu and a bout of the sniffles? When it comes to antibiotics, parents are indeed faced with a tough choice, especially when there is plenty of research that links the use of antibiotics in early childhood with both short and long-term implications. There is compelling evidence that use of antibiotics in early life sets your kid up for an increased risk of developing asthma, allergies, anxiety, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease down the road not to mention increased risk of drug resistant infections, considered as one of the biggest … [Read More...]

Can Glutathione Protect Against Radiation Damage?

One of the primary ways that low-dose ionizing radiations create havoc in your body is through the generation of free radicals, and especially hydroxyl radicals. Free radicals cause oxidative damage to fragile cellular structures such as DNA, lipids and mitochondria. All this mayhem triggers DNA damage, chromosomal abnormalities, mutations and unwanted immune and inflammatory responses – giving rise to chronic inflammation throughout the body with long-term serious health consequences. And these effects are not restricted to the cells that are directly hit by radiation but also observed in near-by and even … [Read More...]

How Glutathione Boosts Immune Functions?

Glutathione is already popular as a master anti-oxidant and a detoxifier. Its role in immune functions is also well-known. It boosts the production as well as functions of white blood cells, particularly T cells, a highly specialized army of white blood cells that attack and destroy all kinds of pathogens, including cancer cells. Glutathione also protects the immune cells from oxidation by free radicals and removes metabolic waste, thus reducing cellular toxicity and death. A new study published in the journal ‘Immunity’ shows that glutathione is more involved in boosting immunity than previously imagined. The … [Read More...]

Radiation and Cardiovascular Health

Low Doses of Radiation Could Harm Cardiovascular Health Researchers have been trying to pin down the risks of low doses of ionizing radiations for ages. And in this regard non-cancer diseases are not considered real health risks in the traditional sense. However, recent epidemiological studies suggest that populations exposed to ionizing radiation are at an increased risk of heart disease. [1] In fact, some studies have linked doses around 0.5 Gy to this amplified risk with a long lag time, up to decades. [2] [3] Now, a new research published in the International Journal of Radiation Biology found that … [Read More...]

Vitamin B12 and Nervous System

Health benefits of vitamin B12 are well-known. Popularly known as an energy vitamin (it works with other B vitamins to convert food into glucose), this water-soluble vitamin helps in red blood cells formation, healthy digestion and boosting immune functions. However, these benefits are not just limited to physiological dimensions. Vitamin B12 also plays a crucial role in your brain and nervous system health. In fact, experts believe that B12 and folate deficiency may play a significant role in age related cognitive decline, dementia [1] and other neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s. Role of … [Read More...]

How Stress Can Affect your Thyroid health

A little stress helps us to adapt. In fact, it can be a great motivator. But long-term stress can upset your health in a lot of ways. Studies have linked chronic stress to many conditions spanning from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, depression, fibromyalgia and many more. Did you know stress is also detrimental to healthy thyroid functions? Before we go into the nitty-gritty of how stress affects your thyroid, let’s get familiar with the workings of the thyroid gland. How Your Thyroid Gland Works The thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped organ, is a part of … [Read More...]

Risk of Low Dose Chronic Radiations

Do long-term, low doses of ionic radiation cause any ill effect on your health? Recently, this question has attracted significant attention because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident and also because of the increasing use of ionic radiations in medical settings. In fact, medical diagnostic procedures, such as X rays and CT scans, are major manmade sources of ionizing radiations today. Even many years after the 1986 Chernobyl accident, the southern districts of Belarus are still highly contaminated. And amidst fears that nuclear reactors from Japan’s Fukushima site are still spewing radioactive waste … [Read More...]

Vitamin C in skin health

Chances are you take vitamin C to fight off colds and empower your immune system. In fact, its immune boosting benefits are so well-known that many people increase its uptake during winters. But the fact is this powerhouse vitamin is a multi-tasker and plays an important role in your overall health. Vitamin C works wonders for your heart health and keeps your bones, muscles, eyes, gums, teeth and hair strong and healthy. Vitamin C is an amazing nutrient for your skin health too [1]. It is an incredible anti-oxidant and plays an indispensable role in collagen synthesis – two properties responsible for most of … [Read More...]

CoQ10 in Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

Do you have red, swollen or sensitive gums? Do your gums bleed easily when you brush or floss? All these conditions indicate gingivitis, infection and inflammation in the gums. What causes gingivitis? It occurs when bacteria accumulate on the teeth and forms sticky, thin film (called plaque). As plaque grows, it becomes hard and is now called tartar, which can’t be easily removed by brushing and acts a perfect place for bacteria to grow and thrive. If you ignore these signs and leave gingivitis untreated, this could grow into something more serious like periodontitis or gum disease, inflammation of … [Read More...]