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GrapEFruit trEatS hEart DiSEaSE

Published in biochemical Journal, activation of immune cells, which then stick

research has identified molecules to the so-called vascular endothelial cells

occurring naturally in fruit that may play (veCs) that line the blood vessels. this can

an important role in the future treatment of begin a process of excessive inflammation

heart disease. Flavanoid molecules found through the local production of immune

in citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit, molecules, blocking the blood vessels and

have proven effective at reducing cause cardiovascular disease.

the inflammation which can lead to a team of researchers from the

cardiovascular disease. these molecules University of glasgow’s institute of

may hold the key to the development of a Molecular, Cell and systems biology

new generation of anti-inflammatory drugs identified a range of plant-derived small

which are cheaper, easier to produce and molecules that activate the natural

less toxic than current therapies. defences in veCs, thereby inhibiting the

Many diseases of the circulatory processes triggered by immune cells that

system are linked to the improper lead to excessive inflammation.

Natural mooD booStS

as we head into autumn, our body clocks melatonin and also stimulate the body’s

might be starting to react. Melatonin is own melatonin production. Cow’s milk

one of the hormones responsible for also contains natural melatonin, especially

controlling your body clock (also known if the cows are milked at night.

as the circadian rhythm, or sleep-wake third, try to reduce your stress levels.

cycle). by activating certain types of the stress hormone cortisol is released in

chemical receptors in the brain Melatonin times of physical and psychological stress.

encourages sleep (and is sometimes it keeps the body from resting and blocks

called the sleep hormone). While you can melatonin production. simple exercise and

have it prescribed in medicinal doses, you small, consciously timed breaks during the

can also boost your own melatonin levels day can help achieve this.

by incorporating some changes into your Lastly, avoid the wrong type of light.

lifestyle if you’re not getting enough sleep. People often exposed to bright light sources

First, soak up more sunlight. Light is in the evening or at night should carefully

the most important factor in regulating choose appropriate lamps. the large

the human biorhythm so the first rule proportion of blue light in many energy-

for restorative sleep is catching enough saving light bulbs is damaging to the natural

sunlight during the day. Only those who melatonin release in the body. but not only

consume a lot of light in daytime can conventional light sources can cause harm

produce high amounts melatonin when to the human day-night-cycle. televisions,

it is dark. getting enough exercise in computer screens and smartphones have

daylight especially during the darker the same effect. the light emitted by these

seasons is vital for healthy sleep. devices is also in the blue spectrum and

second, eat melatonin-rich food. inhibits melatonin release.

Cherries, nuts and fish (especially salmon For information on a melatonin

or herring) can be sources of additional supplement, see Milchkristalle.


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