MediterrAsian Diet and Flavanoids – all new to me!

I’ve had the library to myself today! I decided to come in to Uni for a couple of hours to do some research for my dissertation and it was so quiet with no distractions I’ve stayed all day. I’ve got loads of research done and have found some fascinating journal articles on the subject of diet and disease.photo-1
Here are a few of my new discoveries that I will be researching further:

  • The ‘MediterrAsian‘ Diet combines the Japanese diet with the Mediterranean diet, which may be a promising dietary strategy in chronic disease prevention.
  • There is some evidence that flavanoids may enhance health and prevent chronic disease.
  • Although flavanoids don’t appear to be necessary for growth and development they are thought to be a ‘life span essential’ (which means they may help prevent disease from conception in to older adulthood)
  • Flavanoids of nutritional interest are the flavanols or catechins, these inclue:
    • epigallocatechin 3-gallate fron green tea
    • apigenin from celery
    • quercetin  from red onions and apples
    • naringen from citrus fruit
    • cyanidin from berries
    • genistein and daidzein from soya beans
  • More studies are needed to establish a link between nutrition and cognitive decline .
  • The DO-HEALTH research programme is looking into the role of vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and a simple home exercise programme and whether this combination can extend healthy life expectancy and improve quality of life in European seniors.

There is so much information and research focusing on the links between diet and disease that I’ve certainly got my work cut out. The beauty of being a mature student with grown up children, is that you can spend time doing what you love.  For me that’s researching all of the above.

Val

References:

Gillette-Guyonnet, S., et al (2012) Nutrition and neurodegeneration:epidemiological evidence and challneges for future research.

American Society for Nutrition (2013) Flavanoids

Pallaug, K., et al (2013) Nutrition and healthy ageing:caorie restriction or polyphenol-rich MediterrAsian diet?

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