Wednesday January 22, 2020

Compound Found in Grape Skin Can Protect Against Lung Cancer: Research

The resveratrol concentration obtained in the lungs after nasal administration of the formulation was 22 times higher than when taken orally

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Consumption of grapes can lead to having healthier teeth. Pixabay

Researchers have found that a molecule — resveratrol — found in grape skin, seeds and red wine can protect against lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the deadliest form of the disease in the world and 80 per cent of deaths are related to smoking. In addition to tobacco control, effective chemo-prevention strategies are therefore needed.

In experiments in mice, the researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) prevented lung cancer induced by a carcinogen found in cigarette smoke by using resveratrol.

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This formulation is applicable to humans, the researchers noted.

“We observed a 45 per cent decrease in tumour load per mouse in the treated mice. They developed fewer tumours and of smaller size than untreated mice,” said Muriel Cuendet, associate professor at the varsity.

The team conducted their 26-week study on four groups of mice. The first one — the control — received neither carcinogen nor resveratrol treatment. The second received only the carcinogen. The third received both the carcinogen and the treatment, whereas the fourth received only the treatment.

When comparing the two groups that were not exposed to carcinogen, 63 per cent of the mice treated did not develop cancer, compared to only 12.5 per cent of the untreated mice.

“Resveratrol could, therefore, play a preventive role against lung cancer,” Cuendet added.

This formulation is applicable to humans, the researchers noted.

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Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases, Pixabay

However, when ingested, resveratrol did not prevent lung cancer as it is metabolised and eliminated within minutes. It does not have time to reach the lungs.

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Conversely, when the molecule was administered through the nasal route, it as found to be much effective and allows the compound to reach the lungs.

The resveratrol concentration obtained in the lungs after nasal administration of the formulation was 22 times higher than when taken orally, the researchers said. (IANS)

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It’s Time to Switch to Non-Traditional Workouts

Bored of the treadmill? Try an acrobatic workout

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Sticking to only the treadmill can also get the body accustomed to low intensity workouts and that is why you should go for acrobatic workouts. Wikimedia Commons

Thinking of shedding those extra kilos and getting fit? One usually imagines endless hours on the treadmill – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Considered to be a great cardiovascular workout, a run for a few minutes on the treadmill machine helps in keeping the body active. But despite this benefit, sticking to a treadmill can often get boring and monotonous, says Fitternity’s Senior Vice President, Dhara Tanna.

Sticking to only the treadmill can also get the body accustomed to low intensity workouts, which, in turn makes the body burn calories slowly.

Have fun with your exercise routine and switch it up with multiple non-traditional workouts, from the Aerial Hoop to Mallakham to Body Combat.

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Find your inner acrobat and enjoy becoming fit and toned with the Aerial Hoop workouts. Wikimedia Commons

Aerial Hoop

Find your inner acrobat and enjoy becoming fit and toned with the Aerial Hoop workout. This full body workout helps in improving the muscle-strength of the arms, shoulders and upper body while building on flexibility, balance and coordination. It also helps to boost mental health, as concentration plays a major role throughout the workout.

Mallakhamb

This ancient Indian sport is famous for improving concentration; speed and flexibility while balancing your body weight on a wooden beam. This full-body workout strengthens the core, increases suppleness in the body and improves mental health while sharpening your focus.

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Calisthenics

This workout helps improve muscle strength and tone them too. It is the only workout form that helps in building muscle mass and strength without the use of weights. It contributes to flexibility, weight loss and endurance.

Non-traditional workout routines are picking up with fitness enthusiasts across the world– be it beginners or gym buffs. It’s time to jump onto the workout bandwagon. (IANS)