• Inflammation and diet
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    Inflammation and diet

    Chronic low-level inflammation is a feature of most chronic health conditions. The link between inflammation and diet is multi-factored and can’t be reduced to individual foods or nutrients. What is inflammation? Inflammation is an important mechanism of the immune response. Under normal circumstances, it acts as a local response to cellular injury. The characteristics of inflammation are increased blood flow, capillary dilatation, leukocyte infiltration, and localised production of chemicals (1). The signs and symptoms of inflammation include heat, redness, swelling, pain, and loss of function (2). Types of inflammation Broadly speaking, there are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute: This is the “good” kind of inflammation, which happens in…

  • cruciferous vegetables
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    What are cruciferous vegetables and are they healthy?

    Cruciferous vegetables (a.k.a. Brassica) are a group of vegetables named for their cross-shaped flowers. They include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli sprouts, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, collards and kale. (1, 2, 3). All these vegetables contain organic sulphur-containing compounds with a characteristic foul smell (2). These compounds have been investigated for their potential health benefits. Nutrients in cruciferous vegetables Brassica vegetables are rich in antioxidant vitamins and phytochemicals (4), including vitamin C, folate, carotenoids and tocopherols (5). They are also the primary dietary source of isothiocyanates and indoles (4), the sulphurous compounds mentioned before. Health benefits Cancer Isothiocyanates have been studied for their ability to inhibit enzymes that affect…