Red Grapefruit May Help Lower Blood Fats
A recent study has shown that grapefruit,
the deep red star ruby type in particular, may be helpful at lowering the
levels of blood fats in some people who do not respond to cholesterol-lowering
medications called statins.
Study participants consisted of
people who had had coronary artery bypass surgery and who had taken Zocor,
a statin, that was not effective for them. The participants were divided into
three groups. Everybody had the same diet, but one group had one red grapefruit
per day, another group had one white grapefruit per day, the third group did
not eat any grapefruit at all. During the month-long study, none of the participants
took lipid-lowering drugs.
At the end of the month, the group
that ate the red grapefruit every day had significantly lower triglycerides
in their blood. Heart rate, blood pressure and weight remained the same in
all three groups.
Source: The Journal of Agriculture
and Food Chemistry, 22 March 2006
The Longer the Breast-Feeding,
the Fewer Infections for Baby
New research indicates that if
you can manage to breast feed your baby for at least six months, your child
is likely to have significantly fewer infections than if you nurse for four
months. A recent study showed that babies whose mothers stopped breast-feeding
them between four and six months had twice as many recurrent middle ear infections
and four times the risk of pneumonia than babies who were breast-fed six months
Stopping breast feeding at four
months increased the risk of infection even more than exposure to smoke or
attendance at day care.
The protective effects of breast
feeding lasted until the children were age two, even if they stopped breast
feeding when they were six months old.
Pediatrics, February 2006