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Apples and Green Tea

New evidence for how green tea and apples protect health

Scientists from the Institute of Food Research have found evidence for a mechanism by which certain food compounds could help protect our health. Dietary studies have shown that people who eat the largest amounts of fruit and vegetables have a reduced risk of developing chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. There could be […]

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Eating broccoli retunes metabolism

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have obtained the first evidence from human studies of how diets rich in glucosinolates, such as glucoraphanin found in broccoli, can ‘re-tune’ cellular processes that get disrupted as we age. Retuning these processes to normal may contribute to the reduced risk of cancer seen in people who eat […]

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Reliably higher levels of healthy compound in Beneforté broccoli

Field trials and genetic studies have shown that a new variety of broccoli reliably yields higher levels of a health-promoting compound. Broccoli contains a compound called glucoraphanin, which has been shown to promote health by maintaining cardiovascular health and a reduction in the risk of cancer. A long term breeding programme to increase glucoraphanin levels […]

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New evidence for epigenetic effects of diet in healthy ageing

New research in human volunteers has shown that molecular changes to our genes, known as epigenetic marks, are driven mainly by ageing but are also affected by what we eat. The study showed that whilst age had the biggest effects on these molecular changes, selenium and vitamin D status reduced the accumulation of epigenetic changes, […]

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Broccoli

Major award to study protective effects of broccoli consumption against prostate cancer

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is providing $1M of funding to the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia (UEA) to study the protective effects of broccoli consumption against prostate cancer. It builds upon several years of research led by Professor Richard Mithen on the biological activity of a naturally occurring compound called […]

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