Equol Supplementation Improves Bone and Cardiovascular Health in Middle-aged Women

Equol is a metabolite produced by the action of intestinal bacteria on the soy (Glycine max, Fabaceae) isoflavone daidzein. It has some effects similar to those of the hormone estrogen. Some evidence suggests that the efficacy of soy depends on an individual's ability to produce equol. The authors, from medical centers in Minato-ku, Japan, conducted a prospective, … Continue reading Equol Supplementation Improves Bone and Cardiovascular Health in Middle-aged Women

Food as Medicine: Chickpea (Cicer arietinum, Fabaceae)

Chickpea is an annual crop with a small, bushy form. Its branched stems contain as many as 17 pairs of leaflets.1 Chickpea flowers are white to violet in color, appearing in spring to early summer.2 The edible chickpeas themselves are formed inside hairy, oblong pods which grow up to 1 ½” (38 mm) long, containing one to two … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Chickpea (Cicer arietinum, Fabaceae)

Rooibos Tea: Research into Antioxidant and Antimutagenic Properties

Antioxidants are hot topics in the health news these days, and a herbal tea called rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is becoming popular partly because it is being marketed as a healthy beverage with high levels of antioxidants. The rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis (Burm. f.) Dahlgren, Fabaceae) is a South African flowering shrub used to make a mild-tasting … Continue reading Rooibos Tea: Research into Antioxidant and Antimutagenic Properties