Monthly Archives: January 2018

Food as Medicine: Pecan (Carya illinoinensis, Juglandaceae)

Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) is a member of the Juglandaceae family, which also includes other economically important North American trees, such as hickory (Carya spp.) and walnut (Juglans spp.).1,2 Fossil records show that the pecan tree can live up to a thousand years, and its existence predates human settlements in North America.3 Pecan can grow to a height of 150 feet with a seven-foot diameter.2-4 The

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Meta-analysis Confirms Correlation of Coffee Consumption with Reduced Liver Cancer Risk; No Significant Effect on Biliary Tract Cancers

Coffee beverages from coffee (Coffea arabica, Rubiaceae) beans can offer many health benefits to the liver, with anti-cancer effects exerted by caffeine, and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects by phenolic components. Coffee diterpenes may have anti-cancer effects. The liver benefits from coffee’s contributions to lipid metabolism regulation. Systematic reviews have found coffee consumption associated with lower rates of steatosis, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis,

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Meta-analysis Shows Turmeric Effective in Lowering Low-density Lipoproteins and Triglycerides

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of mortality in the world, and the increased risk is characterized by age, sex, hypertension, dyslipidemia, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome (MetS). Treatment of dyslipidemia is important for the prevention of CVD. Statins have shown promise in the treatment of dyslipidemia, but they have a potential for serious

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