Cancer, Health and Diet Related News
Researchers at Oregon State University are looking into the cancer protective effects of a flavonoid found in hops, the plants that give beer its bitter flavor. The flavonoid, xanthohumol, can help protect against cancer, at least in cell culture. Investigators at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State have found xanthohumol to be active against breast, colon, and ovarian cancer when these cancer cell lines were grown and treated under lab conditions. The flavonoid might also help prevent prostate cancer. In addition, hops appears to have other health benefits: an extract has been shown to decrease hot flashes in menopausal women, and ongoing studies of the effect of one hops compound may lead to a new approach to weight loss. In animal studies, the compound promoted either outright weight loss or prevented the animals from gaining as much weight as untreated animals. Don’t stock up on beer yet, though, as it doesn’t contain enough xanthohumol to provide any of the potential health benefits. How much xanthohumol would be needed to protect against cancer, control hot flashes and help us lose weight is still being investigated.
“An interview with Fred Stevens, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry LPI Principal Investigator,” Linus Pauling Institute Research Newsletter, accessed December 6, 2013, http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/fw10/vitamincbeer.html
“Hops”, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website, accessed December 7, 2013, http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/hops
Every day around 3 pm, usually when I’ve been staring at my computer screen, the skin around my eyes starts to feel tight and dry. I like to keep my skin care routine pretty simple, but lately I’ve been wondering: is eye cream for me?
I decided to ask my friend Pam Crawford, a holistic esthetician and instructor at the Texas Healing Arts Institute. According to Pam, “The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your face. In fact, it’s the thinnest skin anywhere on your whole body.” Ironically, this delicate skin gets a workout every time you smile, laugh or squint. Age, dryness and sun exposure also contribute to fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.
To help fight premature aging, start with a good sunscreen and an antioxidant-rich serum that will nourish your skin. Next, choose an eye cream that’s tailored to fit your skin’s needs.
For Fine Lines
If you’re beginning to develop fine lines around your eyes, it’s crucial to keep skin hydrated. Fine lines are more noticeable when skin is dry. Look for products with hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain moisture. One such eye cream is Mychelle Fabulous Eye Cream, which combines antioxidant-rich edelweiss plant stem cells with hyaluronic acid to nourish delicate skin.
For More Mature Skin
If you’re beginning to see deeper, more pronounced wrinkles, look for richer formulas with nourishing oils — such as shea butter, coconut oil, carrot seed oil or borage seed oil — to help support your skin’s moisture balance. Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream is one such eye cream that you can find on our shelves. It delivers omega-6 fatty acids from borage seed oil and carries the Premium Body Care® seal indicating our highest standards in sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety.
Finally, I asked Pam if there are any ingredients I should avoid when I’m shopping for eye cream. “Synthetic fragrances can be especially irritating in the eye area,” she said, “because the skin is so thin…and it’s right next to your eyeball.”
Here’s a real eye-opener: unless you have a chemistry degree, it can be difficult to tell from the label whether a product contains synthetic fragrance. Whole Foods Market encourages vendors to use fragrances derived from essential oils, and our Premium Body Care standards require that products use only natural essential oils and components of essential oils as fragrances. The Premium Body Care seal is your guarantee that you won’t find synthetic fragrance or more than 400 other questionable ingredients in your eye cream! Check your local store page to find a list of Premium Body Care products.
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