Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Bacteria could make car fuel from thin air

Friday, November 26, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
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(NaturalNews) An enzyme produced by a common soil bacterium may help produce usable automobile fuel from a vehicle's own exhaust pipe, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California and the California Institute of Technology.

The bacterium in question, Azotobacter vinelandii, produces an enzyme known as vanadium nitrogenase to remove nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia. In the new study, researchers found that when the enzyme was deprived of nitrogen and oxygen but supplied with carbon monoxide, it instead produced two-to-three-atom carbon chains of propane.

Propane is a hydrocarbon used to fuel gas stoves. Researchers believe that the enzyme could be modified to produce longer hydrocarbon chains of vehicle fuels.

"Obviously this could lead to new ways to create synthetic liquid fuels if we can make longer carbon-carbon chains," researcher Markus Ribbe said.

The technology is promising because cars emit carbon monoxide from their tailpipes, suggesting that some of those emissions could be reused to make modern fuels more efficient. In addition, carbon monoxide can be easily produced by removing carbon dioxide from the air and splitting off one oxygen atom.

Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are the primary cause to global warming.

"Two hundred years of burning fossil fuels and cutting down large tracts of forest has increased the atmosphere's carbon dioxide content from about 280 parts per million to over 350 parts per million," writes Ervin Laszlo in the book Quantum Shift in the Global Brain.

"In Siberia, an area of permafrost spanning a million square kilometers, the size of France and Germany combined, has started to melt for the first time since it formed at the end of the last ice age 11,000 years ago."

As exciting as it may sound to have cars that pull as much carbon dioxide out of the air as they put back in, the researchers warn that industrial applications are still a long way away. A primary obstacle is finding ways to produce and store vanadium nitrogenase in any significant quantity.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Olive oil protects the liver from oxidative stress

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, features writer
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(NaturalNews) One of hottest areas of current scientific research involves one of the tastiest ingredients of Mediterranean-style dishes -- olive oil. Evidence has been steadily mounting that olive oil protects and builds health in a variety of ways. Not only does it help prevent depression and fight inflammation (, but phytonutrients in olive oil have been found to be effective against breast cancer cells, too (

Could the news about olive oil get any better? It just did. Now scientists have discovered extra virgin olive oil can protect the liver from oxidative stress -- the physiological stress on the body caused by free radical damage. Oxidative stress is linked to a host of health problems as well as aging.

Mohamed Hammami from the University of Monastir in Tunisia and King Saudi University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, worked with a team of researchers to carry out experiments on 80 lab rats. The animals were separated into groups that were exposed to the moderately toxic herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid which is known to cause oxidative stress because it deplete antioxidants.

The animals in various groups received either their regular diet or food supplemented with whole olive oil or one of two olive oil extracts -- the hydrophilic fraction or the lipophilic fraction. Although all the rats given the herbicide showed signs of significant liver damage, the animals who had a diet enriched with extra virgin olive oil or the hydrophilic fraction were found to have a significant increase in antioxidant enzyme activity. What's more, they had a dramatic decrease in markers of liver damage.

Dr. Hammami noted in a press statement that the hydrophilic fraction of olive oil seemed to be the most effective supplement in controlling toxin-induced oxidative stress. And that strongly indicates hydrophilic extract from olive oil may exert a direct protective, antioxidant effect on liver cells.

"Olive oil is an integral ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. There is growing evidence that it may have great health benefits including the reduction in coronary heart disease risk, the prevention of some cancers and the modification of immune and inflammatory responses," Dr. Hammami said in a statement to the media. "Here, we've shown that extra virgin olive oil and its extracts protect against oxidative damage of hepatic tissue."

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Monday, November 22, 2010

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Bee Pollen - Eat to prolong longevity and reverse nutritional deficiencies

Sunday, November 21, 2010 by: Alex Malinsky aka RawGuru, citizen journalist
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(NaturalNews) Bee pollen can be described as one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It has been referred to as a "Nature`s fountain of youth" because it provides so many health benefits. It may even be a cure for certain health problems.

Bee pollen has been used for thousands of years. It was used by the early Egyptian and Chinese civilizations. It was also used by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, 2500 years ago.

Bee pollen is made from plant pollen, a dust sized seed found on the stamen or male reproductive organ, of all flowers. As bees collect nectar from flowers, the pollen sticks to their legs. Bee pollen looks like tiny yellow, tan, orange, and brown balls. The taste can vary depending on what type of plant it comes from. It can be bitter or can have a sweet, nutty flavor.

One of the most amazing things about bee pollen is that it contains all of the nutrients that you need to live. Some studies have shown that mice only fed bee pollen showed no signs of malnourishment. Bee pollen consists of 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein, 3% vitamins and minerals, 2% fatty acids, and 5% other substances. It also contains 14.2% fiber. Bee pollen contains 5 to 7 times the amino acids found in equal weights of beef, milk, eggs or cheese. It is also very high in Vitamin B-complex, which is needed in order to help the body function correctly, and several antioxidants including lycopene, selenium, beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It also contains lecithin, which has been shown to normalize cholesterol and triglycerides, and it decreases LDL cholesterol, the "bad cholesterol," and increases HDL cholesterol, the "good cholesterol."

Bee pollen offers many benefits:

1. It increases energy levels, most likely due to its high concentration of B vitamins, protein, and amino acids. You may feel a significant increase in your energy levels right away, and it will also improve your stamina and endurance.

2. It may help with weight loss. It contains lecithin, which helps to remove fat from the body and also increases metabolism (or the rate that your body burns fat). Bee pollen also has some diuretic capabilities, which help to decrease food cravings and hunger pangs. This also helps with weight loss.

3. It may help decrease allergy symptoms, and the frequency and severity of asthma attacks may also be reduced. By reducing the amount of histamine the body releases, the body`s allergic response may be stopped before it begins.

In addition to these benefits, bee pollen also is beneficial in improving your immune system, decreasing menstrual cramps, decreasing acne, helping wounds heal quicker, decreasing depression and fatigue, normalizing blood glucose levels, which can help prevent diabetes, improving migraine headaches, improving fertility in males and females, relieving prostate problems, helping with digestive problems, and increasing libido. By helping in all of these different areas, bee pollen may ultimately slow down the aging process. All it takes is 1 teaspoon a day to see a difference. It can also be applied topically as an ointment, which can help with skin problems.

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