Crohnâ€™s disease patients may be unnecessarily avoiding dairy products
Dietician Ms Deborah Nolan, seconded to work with Nutrigenomics New Zealand for 6 months, was disturbed to learn that approximately half of the Crohnâ€™s disease patients in Auckland were avoiding dairy products, not because they had been diagnosed with a specific allergy but often because they were being given poor nutritional advice.
Greens and genes
Professor Lynn Ferguson (leader Nutrigenomices New Zealand) and Dr Ralf Schlothauer (Chief Technical Officer, Comvita)have co-authored a review on â€œThe potential role of nutritional genomics tools in validating high health foods for cancer control: broccoli as an exampleâ€. The review covers the wide range of evidence that brassica greens, especially broccoli, can reduce the risk of cancer.
Anti-inflammatory diet â€“and nutritional genomics tools - to be put to the test
Nutrigenomics New Zealand have launched a new pilot study to examine how feasible it is for New Zealanders to change their diet, and also test how well nutritional genomics tools perform in detecting relatively subtle changes in health status. We are designing an anti-inflammatory diet that emphasises a number of foods that are important to the New Zealand economy.
Discovery of anti-inflammatory triterpene caffeates in the skin of russetted apple varieties
Dr Christelle AndrÃ©, a post-doctoral researcher in the Nutrigenomics New Zealand programme, has discovered some potentially useful compounds for the first time in apples. Triterpene acid caffeates have been known for a while from the barks of trees, and been shown to have potentially useful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties in cell culture experiments.