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Detox drinks

Detox drinks have always been included in detoxifying diets assuming it to help cleanse a person’s body and to help lose weight. Detoxification sure takes up a role in medical context, but it has little proven detoxifying benefits as commonly believed while including in a daily diet. In medical science, detoxification assists with any withdrawal symptoms of a person when the drugs he is addicted to are stopped. Hence, the use of the word detox is not always appropriate when not in medical context. Detox drinks may boost health, aid in weight loss, and support the body's natural detoxification processes, but this is different from medical detoxification. Studies say that commercially available detox diets are said to improve how toxins are removed from liver, but it has also been highlighted that these studies have flawed methodologies too. The claim on weight loss by following a detox diet is only because the diet is low in calories and also, the lost weight is said to be gained back after a certain period of time, thus making it a short-term solution to weight gain. Detox drinks are not bad, it is always good to include drinks including fruits and veggies to complete a balanced diet. It is just better to call it health drink or smoothie as the claimed detoxifying factors are negligible. (Credits: www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Fruit compounds’ role in lowering blood pressure

Resveratrol is a plant compound which has grabbed a great deal of medical world’s attention. The reason behind this is the medicinal aid it provides which include protective effects against stroke, heart failure, and hypertension, among other heart conditions. Recent study on mice has proven outcomes which helps reduce blood pressure also. Resveratrol is abundantly found in Blueberries, red grapes, red wine, peanuts etc. and is famous for its antioxidant properties while cardiovascular effects still remain unclear. To find out more about its properties in lowering blood pressure, researchers conducted study on a group of wild mice. Researchers measured the rodent's blood pressure with implanted telemetry probes and monitored this for 15 days. Meanwhile, they were fed either with resveratrol rich diet or a normal diet. By the end of the study, results showed a drop of 20 millimeters of mercury in the blood pressure of mice that had consumed resveratrol. Another finding was that by oxidising the protein PKG1a, resveratrol also relaxed blood vessels of the rodents. Prof. Avkiran explains how the findings will be of help to humans, “This study reveals the surprising way in which resveratrol works and opens up the possibility of new blood pressure drugs which work in a similar way. The findings bring us a step closer to tackling this 'silent killer' which puts people at risk of having a devastating stroke or heart attack." (Credits: www.medicalnewstoday.com)