Sugary way to stave off heart diseaseDecember 6th, 2011 - 1:26 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Dec 6 (IANS) Mary Poppins was right when she said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down — scientists have now stumbled upon a sugary way to keep heart disease at bay.
Corin Storkey, scientist at the Heart Research Institute, made the discovery while working for his PhD under Carl Schiesser, a professor at the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne.
Storkey and Schiesser with other colleagues have formulated new heart disease preventatives based on sugar and selenium, the journal Chemical Communications reported.
“Mary Poppins was right in saying - a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” said Storkey, according to a university statement.
“Although these compounds are not the kind of sugar most people would buy as a Valentine’s Day gift, we are still very excited by their potential to maintain a healthy heart,” he said.
“Our seleno-sugar compounds work by scavenging hypohalous acids, a group of highly reactive chemicals that can damage tissues when produced in the wrong place, at the wrong time or at excessive levels,” said Schiesser.
“One predictor of future heart disease in patients is the raised level of the enzyme that produces these hypohalous acids,” he added.
“We are hoping that in the future our new chemicals will keep matters of the heart sweet, well, at least health-wise,” said Storkey.
- Mary Poppins' 'spoonful of sugar' may not be best way for medicine to go down - Mar 30, 2011
- 'Forbidden' black rice could be greatest 'superfood' - Aug 27, 2010
- Now steps taken in labs to create 'inorganic life' - Sep 18, 2011
- 'Selenium cuts down risk of cancer' - Jul 31, 2012
- How cholera bug invades the gut - Jan 29, 2012
- Potency wrecking compound linked to heart disease - Feb 24, 2012
- Too much of sugar fuelling global obesity - Feb 02, 2012
- Eating nuts elevates mood, lower heart disease risks - Nov 06, 2011
- Compound that halts poxvirus replication - Jan 04, 2012
- Consuming sugary drinks daily 'increases diabetes risk' - Mar 06, 2010
- Link between high-fat diets, type 2 diabetes clarified - Apr 12, 2011
- Black rice is the new cancer-fighting superfood (Lead) - Aug 27, 2010
- Peaches, plums put obesity, diabetes on the run - Jun 19, 2012
- Common dairy foods may cut diabetes risk - Dec 21, 2010
- Apple compound may help burn fat, reduce obesity - Jun 21, 2012
Tags: acids, chemical communications, compounds, corin, excessive levels, health wise, healthy heart, heart disease, heart research institute, mary poppins, matters of the heart, new chemicals, new heart, reactive chemicals, schiesser, spoonful of sugar, tissues, university of melbourne, valentine s day, wrong place at the wrong time