Marijuana use is increasingly being permitted for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, research indicates that smoking marijuana may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent study has determined that a compound in soybeans may mitigate that risk.
Researchers have found that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana, induces oxidative stress and inflammation in endothelial cells. Endothelial cells make up the inner lining of blood vessels, and scientists believe that damage to these cells by inflammation or other causes is the foundation for cardiovascular diseases. Synthetic THC, which is used in certain FDA-approved drugs, also appears to cause adverse cardiovascular side effects.
Through new research, scientists have discovered that JW-1, an antioxidant compound in soybeans, blocks the negative effects THC has on endothelial cells. The compound may also have neuroprotective properties. The researchers believe that this discovery will lead to new medications that medical marijuana users can use to block the cardiovascular side effects of THC.
Researchers at Corteva Agriscience have demonstrated that increasing and extending the expression of a maize gene, zmm28, alters vegetative and reproductive growth parameters and significantly enhances yield in large-scale field trials conducted over multiple years.
Research by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine suggests that diet has the potential to affect the gut microbiome in ways that could decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
While deciphering the genome of the Chardonnay grape, researchers at the University of California uncovered something fascinating: grapes inherit different numbers of genes from their mothers and fathers.
This episode discusses plant-based, cell-based, and fermentation technologies and explore both the challenges and opportunities to bring new products to market for an increasingly diverse consumer base seeking new alternatives to their diets.
Sugar reduction remains a central topic in the media and among consumers and opportunities for reducing sugar intake are taking several directions as companies address evolving concerns and demands.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $41.4 million in 23 competitive grants to support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase.
Meal kits are often touted as providing a healthier alternative to convenience foods, so the researchers from the University of Sydney compared five popular commercial meal kit subscription services available in Australia—Dinnerly, HelloFresh, MarleySpoon, Pepper Leaf, and Thomas Farms Kitchen—to find out.
Research published in the journal Obesity and presented at the Seventh Annual Obesity Journal Symposium at ObesityWeek offers specific metrics that might qualify foods as hyper-palatable.
As measured in city blocks, proximity to fast-food restaurants and convenience stores can impact a student’s chances of becoming obese, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.