A Lower Inflammation In The Heart With The Consumption Of Lutein Carotenoid (a Natural Color Pigments) Vegetables
An earlier study shows that our body process of inflammation will be affected by our diet. A study by the Swedish researchers shows a reduction and suppression of long-term heart inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease such as angina and myocardial infarction with anti-inflammatory properties of nutrient lutein.
When the immune cells are treated with lutein in patients with coronary artery disease, the researchers have found a lower inflammation in those cells when compared with other immune cells.
Lutein is a plant pigment. The nutrient lutein was found in colored vegetables such as kale, yellow peppers, red peppers and dark-green leaves (spinach, carrots, and broccoli). It is one of about 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids produced by the plants.
The researchers have conducted a study among 193 patients with heart disease. The study has found that the cells of our immunity system can absorb and store excess nutrients. They also found evidence which shows that a higher level of lutein was associated with lower levels of interleukin-6 (or IL-6), which is an inflammatory marker. Now, the researchers are planning to conduct a study to find out the positive effects on the immune system in patients with coronary heart disease with higher consumption of lutein-rich foods.
This study was supported by the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation. The lead author of the study was Professor Lena Jonasson, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden. The study was published on July 5, 2017, in the journal Atherosclerosis. Title of the article was "Vegetable coloring agent lutein may suppress inflammation."
Coffee Can Reduce The Risk Of Death Or Mortality From Heart Disease And Stroke
Two studies show the risk reduction to death from digestive and circulatory diseases such as liver disease, heart diseases and strokes with the consumption of coffee. The studies also suggest the life-prolonging benefits with the consumption of coffee. The risk reduction is independent of whether the coffee is a caffeinated coffee or not. The positive effects are more among those people who are drinking more cups of coffee per day.
The EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) study was led by Dr. Marc J. Gunter, Ph.D., Reader in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, School of Public Health, Imperial College, London. They have conducted research in the European countries on 521,330 individuals from ten countries from Europe, including Italy, Denmark, France, and the United Kingdom.
The study shows that 18 percent and seven percent risk reduction to death or mortality from any cause among men and women respectively, with the consumption of at least three cups of coffee per day compared to those individuals who are not consuming coffee.
The study was published on August 15, 2017, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Title of the article was "Coffee Drinking and Mortality in 10 European Countries: A Multinational Cohort Study."
In another study by the American researchers on 185,855 people shows 18 percent risk reduction to death with the daily consumption of two to three cups of coffee and the benefits are independent of the ethnic background. The lead author of the study was Dr. Veronica Wendy Setiawan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, the United States. The study was published on August 15, 2017, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Title of the article was "Association of Coffee Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Nonwhite Populations."
The researchers believe that the life-extending benefits with the coffee consumption are due to the plant-derived antioxidant compounds present in the coffee. These studies are not showing elixir effect with the consumption of the chemicals and compounds present in the coffee but the study shows that the coffee can be included in the menu of the healthy diet.
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