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How To Change Your Skin Colour and Become More Attractive in Six Weeks.


If you need another motivational tool to inspire you to eat your five a day, look no further. Scientists at St Andrews University, Scotland have found that consuming 3.3 portions per day of fruit and vegetables containing high levels of carotenoids for six weeks increases attractiveness.

Carotenoids are pigments commonly found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables such as carrots, peppers and tomatoes and their antioxidant properties are well documented. However, carotenoids can accrue in the skin and their accumulation imparts colour of a yellowish tone, which is perceived as more attractive. When participants are able to digitally manipulate the skin colour of Asian, African and Caucasian face stimuli to their liking, yellowness is consistently increased both for the participants own ethnicity and other ethnicity faces.

At the end of the six week study individual differences in carotenoid consumption caused noticeable variation in skin tone, which was measured using spectral reflectance analysis.  The minimum colour change needed for more attractive skin colouration can be achieved by eating less than four portions a day of carotenoid loaded fruit and vegetables.  Looks like the beauty counters are going to be losing business to the greengrocers!

Sipping v Quaffing: how to reap the health benefits of red wine

For the last few decades the mainstream press have extolled the virtues of moderate red wine consumption, particularly the possible cardioprotective benefits of resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes. Sales of red wine have increased dramatically as the masses have embraced the notion of ‘healthy’ drinking but it seems only those truly appreciating the wine reap the cardioprotective benefits.

Once resveratrol reaches the gut it is rapidly converted into another compound called piceatannol and so does not enter the bloodstream. Sipping wine slowly, however, allows the resveratrol to be absorbed intact via the mucous membranes in the mouth, which greatly increases resveratrol blood levels. So perhaps the quaffers should pay heed to the wine connoisseur and pause to appreciate the taste and mouth-feel attributes of the wine, improving their health all the while.

Although many wine drinkers already delight in savouring a good red on the palate, it’s not all bad news for the quaffers. New research by scientists at Purdue University, Indiana indicates that piceatannol, the breakdown product of resveratrol, might have its own health benefits. The study, published in this week’s issue of The Journal of Biological Chemistry, reports that piceatannol prevents fat cells from maturing, thereby arresting fat cell formation. Although still in its preliminary stages it has potential implications for combating rising obesity levels and preventing weight gain.

As noteworthy as the research is, it presents a serious dilemma to the red wine drinker: sip to save your heart or quaff to quell the weight? Sciencegirl thinks it’s probably wise to have two glasses on the go, one for sipping and one for quaffing. Just to be sure, of course.

British Airways Impede Cancer Research


British Airways announced today that they have capitulated to the demands of a small group of animal rights extremists and will no longer carry laboratory animals. These animals –usually genetically engineered mice- are essential in the development of treatments and cures for diseases such as cancer, which more than one in three people will develop over their lifetime. The decision by British Airways illustrates that the health and happiness of their passengers and their families is not a priority, mice are.

Medical Advancement Depends on Animal Research

There are millions of people alive today and free from suffering thanks to animal research in life sciences. For example, cure rates for cancer have doubled in the last forty years, an achievement which simply would not have been possible without laboratory animals. In the 1960s, only a quarter of children with cancer survived to adulthood and now, as a direct result of animal research, more than three quarters of children survive cancer. The list is endless and arguably every medical achievement in the 20th century has relied on the use of animals in some way, according to the British Royal Society (who act as scientific advisers to the government).

Scientists Take Animal Welfare Seriously

Strict legislation governs the use of animals in experiments in order that suffering is reduced to a minimum at all stages, including during transportation. Animals are never used in research unnecessarily and it is actually a legal requirement not to use animals if there is an alternative. However, it is also a legal requirement that drugs are tested on animals before they’re given to patients, so preventing or stalling animal research stops life-saving treatments from reaching those who desperately need them.

British Airways Are Delaying Vital Research

British Airways have allowed themselves to be intimidated by a few extremists who have convinced them that passengers will boycott an airline that ‘supports animal suffering’. Our flagship airline should consider the millions of people in the UK currently suffering from cancer and other life-threatening or debilitating conditions. The cowardly actions of British Airways will delay vital research, thus preventing new therapies from being developed that have the potential to reduce human suffering and save lives.

Passengers SHOULD Boycott BA

Rather than be concerned about the views of a handful of extremists, British Airways should be more concerned about the views of their passengers. With cancer affecting one in three, there are very few people whose lives have not been scarred by it, not to mention the countless other illnesses and diseases researchers are trying to prevent or cure. Our health and the health of our loved ones depend on the efforts of research scientists in this country, who work tirelessly to develop effective life-extending and life-saving drugs, which sometimes necessitates animal research.

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