Posts made in ottobre, 2015

Let the children play!

Posted by on ott 8, 2015 in News

Let the children play!

The aim of this study was observing and improving children’s eating habits through an edutainment technological platform. A single-group education intervention was carried out in primary schools in Parma and Milano, Italy. A total of 76 children (32 females and 44 males, 8–10 years old) were involved in a 3-month nutritional program including lessons and educational videogames. Intakes of fruits, vegetables, juices and dietary total antioxidant capacity (TAC) were measured using 3-day food diaries before and after the intervention. The daily total consumption of fruit and vegetables...

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Gastrointestinal stability of urolithins

Posted by on ott 8, 2015 in News

Gastrointestinal stability of urolithins

are bioactive ellagitannin-derived metabolites showing a wide phenotypic variation in their production by the gut microbiota. This work represents a first in vitro step toward the development of new strategies focused on the oral supplementation of urolithins with the aim of overcoming their selective production and making their putative health benefits available for the whole population. In order to study their gastrointestinal stability, urolithin A, urolithin B, and urolithin B-glucuronide, as well as ellagic acid, were subjected to a simulated gastrointestinal digestion model consisting...

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Urolithins, ephrins and prostate cancer cells

Posted by on ott 8, 2015 in News

Urolithins, ephrins and prostate cancer cells

For once, let’s jump at the conclusions: the mechanisms behind the cancer preventive properties of foods rich in flavan-3-ols and caffeoylquinic acids are not associated with metabolic pathways directly linked to the Eph-ephrin system. However, the ellagitannin-derived colonic metabolite urolithin D was able to exert remarkable and selective EphA-ephrin-A inhibition, which might impact on prostate cancer prevention. These are the key findings of our latest paper...

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On teaching human nutrition in Italy

Posted by on ott 8, 2015 in News

On teaching human nutrition in Italy

As a broad range of professionals in clinical and nonclinical settings requires some expertise in human nutrition, the university system must offer academic courses tailored to these different specific needs. In the Italian university system there is still uncertainty with regard to the learning objectives regarding human nutrition. In the ministerial decrees defining the criteria for establishing university courses, the indications about education in human nutrition are rather inconsistent, sometimes detailed, but often just mentioned or even only implied. Education in human nutrition...

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Polyphenols and type 2 diabetes, our latest review

Posted by on ott 8, 2015 in News

Polyphenols and type 2 diabetes, our latest review

Diabetes mellitus is a complex metabolic disorder and is considered a fast-growing global health problem. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) represents the majority of total diabetes prevalence and β-cell dysfunction has been described as a crucial point for this disease development and progression. To date, all of the common anti-hyperglycaemic drugs used for diabetes management cause undesirable side effects or problems with long-term efficacy or safety and the development of alternative approaches for the prevention as well as for the treatment of T2D might be a valuable solution to meet this rising...

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