October 4, 2011

It Works in Mice

1 Green Tea As a Diet Aid?

Obese mice that were fed ECGC, a compound found in green tea plus a high fat diet gained weight 45% more slowly than mice that were not fed ECGC, says Joshua Lambert, Penn State U. Study mice also showed an almost 30% increase in fecal lipids, suggesting that EGCG limits fat absorption. But humans beware - a person would have to drink 10 cups of green tea/day to match the amount of ECGC used in the study. However, even a small amount of green tea may be beneficial. "Human data - and there's not a lot at this point - shows that tea drinkers who only consume one or more cups a day will see effects on body weight compared to non-consumers," says Lambert who adds, "Most people hit middle age and notice a paunch; then you decide to eat less, exercise and add green tea supplement."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Green Tea, Tai Chi Combo Supports Bone Health

Tags: Fat Loss, Green Tea, Penn State University, Weight Loss, Weight Management, ECGC, Healthy Ways to Keep Weight Off, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Joshua Lambert, Compound in Green Tea

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Must Start 10 Years Before Gray

2 L'Oreal to Release Pill That Stops Gray Hair

L'Oreal is expected to release a pill that prevents gray hair, but some doctors have concerns over potential risks. The cure for gray would have to be started 10 years before gray hair shows up and continued for life, or until you're ready for gray hair. The pill, scheduled to be released in 2015, contains an undisclosed fruit extract. MSNBC reports that the extract mimics the chemical tyrosinase-related protein (TRP-2), which is an enzyme that works to protect pigmentation production. L'Oreal says that the fruit extract pill can help prevent oxidative stress, which causes gray hair. According to MSNBC, dermatologists are voicing concerns over the safety of the drug, including questions about how it will affect the skin or organs.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Preventing Gray Hair, Stopping Gray Hair, Pill for Gray Hair, Tyrosinase, L'Oreal's Gray Hair Pill, Prevent Oxidative Stress, Cause of Gray Hair

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Infection, Transmission Doubled

3 Hormonal Birth Control May Increase HIV Risk

A new study from the University of Washington suggests that hormonal contraceptive use in African women increases the risk of HIV infection and transmission. Researchers looked at 3,790 heterosexual couples in which one was HIV positive and found that uninfected women using hormonal contraception, including the pill and Depo-Provera, were two times more likely to become infected with HIV. For women who were HIV-positive and on birth control, the risk of transmitting HIV to their male partner was twice that of infected women not using birth control. Over 140 million women around the world use hormonal contraceptives such as the birth control pill which is taken orally and Depo-Provera which is administered by injection to prevent pregnancy.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Vitamin a Makes Breastfeeding with HIV More Risky

Tags: Birth Control, Contraceptives, HIV, Hormonal Contraception, The Pill, University of Washington, Infection and Transmission of HIV, Depo-Provera

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