Archive for the ‘Pomegranate’ Category

Pomegranate compounds show skin health potential

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010


Extracts from berries and pomegranate may protect the skin from the detrimental effects of UV exposure, offering interesting dietary approaches to prevent skin wrinkles, suggests a new study.

Korean scientists report that ellagic acid may prevent the degradation of collagen in human skin cells, which would maintain skin structure and slow the formation of wrinkles, according to findings published in this month’s issue of Experimental Dermatology.

Additional studies with hairless mice showed that the polyphenol prevented the thickening of the skin on exposure to UV radiation. Topical application of ellagic acid was associated with a decrease in levels of pro-inflammatory compounds in the skin of the animals, report researchers from the Department of Food and Nutrition at Hallym University in Korea.

“Topical or dietary interventions with berries and pomegranate rich in ellagic acid and ellagitannins are promising strategies in curtailing skin wrinkling and cutaneous inflammation associated with chronic UV exposure leading to photoageing,” wrote the researchers.

The results tap into the growing awareness of the link between diet and health, and by extension physical appearance, means that many consumers are receptive to the concept of ‘beauty from within’.

By Stephen Daniells, 10-Aug-2010, http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/

Big Pharma Gone Amuck with the Help of the FDA

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Medicure Pharma, Inc. (“Medicure”) is requesting that the Commissioner of Food and Drugs stop food supplement companies from selling vitamin B6 under penalty of law. Actually vitamin B6 contains pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (P5P). and Medicure wants to prohibit anyone from selling P5P because they have a product called MC-1 which has P5P in it.

The pharmaceutical companies are trying to prohibit the food supplement companies from producing and selling supplements at a reasonable price by proclaiming everything it a drug and needs to be regulated by the FDA (which they currently control).

It took my own research to take myself off of Lipitor almost two years ago. I know they say it has been researched for 16 or 17 years and approved. How many other drugs have been approved only to be taken off the market as people keep dying for these drugs.

The pharmaceutical companies also want to call cherries and walnuts drugs.

On February 22, 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to a distributor of packaged walnuts called Diamond Foods, Inc.

The FDA said that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed because the walnuts “are not generally recognized as safe and effective” for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Foods’ website.

According to the FDA, these walnuts are now classified as “drugs” and the “unauthorized health claims” cause them to become “misbranded,” thus subjecting them to government “seizure or injunction.”

The FDA sent similar letters to a wide range of food distributors including those who sell green tea and pomegranate juice.

To read about the FDA’s latest attempt to obliterate the First Amendment, scientific rationality and health freedom click here: http://www.lef.org/featured-articles/FDA-Says-Walnuts-Are-Illegal-Drugs.htm