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October 19, 2010

Spice & Elixir of life - Variety

SWEDEN: A study shows that food which contains anti-oxidants, whole grains & vital fatty acids can cut the risk of killer illnesses including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease & diabetes.

Scientists found that the diet of a wide range of foods could reduce cholesterol by a third & bring blood pressure down by nearly a tenth. But the results of the study carried out at Antidiabetic Food Centre at Lund University in Sweden 've shown that it is multiple rather than just single foods with anti-inflammatory effects that work wonders.

Inger Björck, professor of food-related nutrition at the university & head of the Antidiabetic Food Centre, who carried out the research, said: “The results 've exceeded our expectations. I would like to claim that there has been no previous study with similar effects on healthy subjects. Our purpose was to find out which preventive effect can be obtained on established risk markers by combining food concepts with an expected positive impact on inflammation."

“We hope that these results on healthy subjects will inspire more intense preventive efforts in society.” She said it was not possible to tell precisely which food factors had a greater or lesser impact on the research results. “That’s the point,” she added. “We believe in the idea of combined effects. Drug or specific products with health claims affect only one or maybe a couple of risk factors."

Nutritionist Angela Dowden told  that “The key is definitely to introduce these kinds of foods into the diet. It is a very healthy diet & completely proves the point that it is about healthy eating as a whole, not just doing one thing. It is a lifestyle change instead of tweaks here & there. It could be that it is just one of the foods that is producing these effects but it is much more likely that it is an additive affect of them all contributing. I think this study is very interesting & it is showing time & time again that it is about an additive approach, not just doing one thing.”

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