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May 23, 2014
Xenohormesis: What Doesn’t Kill Plants May Make Us Stronger
A new concept in biology tries to explain why the consumption of certain natural compounds in plants may mimic the lifespan-enhancing benefits of caloric restriction.
May 21, 2014
Appropriating Plant Defenses
Plants and animal share similar biochemical pathways and signaling systems, which may explain why so many phytonutrients are beneficial to our physiology.
May 16, 2014
Alpha Gal and the Lone Star Tick
Our immune response against a foreign molecule present in animal products may play a role in some allergic, autoimmune, and inflammatory disorders. This reaction is thought to underlie tick bite...
April 4, 2014
Why Do We Age?
A bacteria discovered on Easter Island may hold the key to the proverbial fountain of youth by producing rapamycin, which inhibits the engine-of-aging enzyme TOR.
March 3, 2014
How to Slow Brain Aging by Two Years
The consumption of blueberries and strawberries is associated with delayed cognitive aging by as much as 2.5 years, thought to be because of brain-localizing anthocyanin phytonutrients, as shown on...
January 4, 2013
Flesh and Fructose
Meat and sugar increase uric acid levels, which are associated with increased risk of gout, hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity, prediabetes, diabetes, kidney disease and cardiovascular...
January 2, 2013
Miocene Meteorites and Uric Acid
Human beings lost the ability to detoxify uric acid millions of years ago. What implications does this have for our health today?
October 9, 2012
An evolutionary argument for a plant-based diet is presented, in contrast to "paleo" fad diets.
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