10 new genes linked to 7 diseases

The largest study ever conducted on genes and disease turned up 10 new genes that may predispose someone to 7 of the most highly acclaimed disease conditions. Diseases include type 1 and type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and bipolar disorder. More at: Biggest ever haul of genes linked to diseases.

Vitamin Cocoa?

Kids have vitamins that taste like candy, might we soon see vitamins tasting like chocolate? Cocoa butter? Maybe!

Recommendations have been made by Dr. Norman Hollenberg, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Marina Murphy from Chemistry & Industry magazine that the benefits of epicatechin (a compound found in cocoa) are so important that it should be considered a vitamin and rival penicillin in terms of importance. As reported on ScienceDaily, Cocoa ‘Vitamin’ Health Benefits Could Outshine Penicillin, Dr. Hollenberg found that benefits of cocoa drinking in Panama reduced the risk to less than 10% for 4 of the top 5 killer diseases which include cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart failure. Want a chance of living a few extra years? Consider changing your drinking habits: the Kuna people drink approximately 40 cups of cocoa per week. Watch-out Starbucks, you may be usurped by cocoa!

If these theories are correct, we are going to see a revolution in nutraceuticals, health foods, specialty drinks, and a staggering increase in price of cocoa futures! Hopefully these trends will be complemented by a decline in the number of deaths due to these diseases.

So indulge yourself. Have a piece of chocolate, and a glass of wine (some varieties of each contain epicatechin)!