August 8, 2011

Applause for Flavonals

1 Dark Chocolate Is Good for Vision

Dark chocolate, which contains natural cocoa flavonals, can improve vision and brain function, suggest researchers. Published in Physiology & Behavior, the research showed that study participants performed better on vision tests and some brain function tests after consuming dark chocolate. Study participants, divided into groups that ate either white chocolate or dark chocolate, believed that the purpose of the research was to study the impact of different kinds of fat. Researchers believe that people who ate the dark chocolate performed better on vision tests since cocoa flavonal has a known ability to increase blood flow to the brain. They reason that cocoa may also increase blood flow to the retina of the eye.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dark Chocolate Benefits Liver Disease Patients

Tags: Dark Chocolate Health Benefits, Flavanols, Physiology & Behavior, Food That Improves Vision, Seeing Better in Bad Weather, Blood Flow to Retina

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More Universal Flu Vaccine Hope

2 Second Antibody Fights Many Flu Strains

Research conducted at Children's Hospital Boston found CH65, a flu antibody which neutralizes 30 to 36 influenza strains, adding to hopes that a universal flu vaccine is on the horizon. Each year before flu season scientists have to figure out which strain the vaccine should target and hope they are right but this antibody and FI6 which was recently discovered to fight all the A flu viruses could make that process obsolete. Like FI6, it came from a human donor cells and works by binding to hemagglutinin, a viral protein that regularly mutates and drives the annual development of the vaccine. Lead author Stephen Harrison was excited about these results and is optimistic that this knowledge will give scientists the ability to make a vaccine that will protect against all flu strains.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: One antibody Fights all Influenza a Viruses

Tags: FI6 Antibody, Flu Vaccine, Hemagglutinin, Influenza, Universal Flu Vaccine, Influenza Viruses, CH65 Antibody, Children's Hospital Boston

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