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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729921/an-outbreak-of-foodborne-norovirus-gastroenteritis-linked-to-a-restaurant-in-melbourne-australia-2014
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Shaun P Coutts, Kaye Sturge, Karin Lalor, John A Marshall, Leesa D Bruggink, Nela Subasinghe, Marion Easton
INTRODUCTION: In May 2014 an outbreak of norovirus occurred among patrons of a restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Investigations were conducted to identify the infectious agent, mode of transmission and source of illness, and to implement controls to prevent further transmission. METHODS: A retrospective case-control study was conducted to test the hypothesis that food served at the restaurant between 9 and 15 May 2014 was the vehicle for infection. A structured questionnaire was used to collect demographic, illness and food exposure data from study participants...
April 2017: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720962/minimally-processed-beetroot-waste-as-an-alternative-source-to-obtain-functional-ingredients
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Anne Porto Dalla Costa, Vanessa Stahl Hermes, Alessandro de Oliveira Rios, Simone Hickmann Flôres
Large amounts of waste are generated by the minimally processed vegetables industry, such as those from beetroot processing. The aim of this study was to determine the best method to obtain flour from minimally processed beetroot waste dried at different temperatures, besides producing a colorant from such waste and assessing its stability along 45 days. Beetroot waste dried at 70 °C originates flour with significant antioxidant activity and higher betalain content than flour produced from waste dried at 60 and 80 °C, while chlorination had no impact on the process since microbiological results were consistent for its application...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719765/beetroot-juice-is-more-beneficial-than-sodium-nitrate-for-attenuating-muscle-pain-after-strenuous-eccentric-bias-exercise
#3
Tom Clifford, Glyn Howatson, Daniel J West, Emma J Stevenson
The aim of this study was to compare the effects of beetroot juice (BTJ) and a nitrate only drink (sodium nitrate; SN) on indices of exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). Thirty recreationally active males consumed either BTJ (n=10), a nitrate matched SN drink (n=10) or an isocaloric placebo (PLA; n=10) immediately, 24 and 48 h after performing 100 drop jumps. To assess muscle damage, maximal isometric voluntary contractions (MIVC), countermovement jumps (CMJ), pressure-pain threshold (PPT), creatine kinase (CK) and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were measured pre, immediately post, 24, 48 and 72 h following the drop jumps...
July 18, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684588/dietary-nitrate-supplementation-increases-acute-mountain-sickness-severity-and-sense-of-effort-during-hypoxic-exercise
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Gabriella M K Rossetti, Jamie Hugo Macdonald, Lee J Wylie, Samuel J Little, Victoria Newton, Benjamin Wood, Kieran A Hawkins, Rhys Beddoe, Hannah E Davies, Samuel James Oliver
Dietary nitrate supplementation enhances sea level performance and may ameliorate hypoxemia at high altitude. However, nitrate may exacerbate acute mountain sickness (AMS), specifically headache. This study investigated the effect of nitrate supplementation on AMS symptoms and exercise responses with 6h hypoxia. Twenty recreationally-active men (mean(SD): age 22(4) years, V̇O2max 51(6) mL·min-1·kg-1) completed this randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled crossover study. Twelve participants were classified as AMS- based on Environmental Symptom Questionnaire (AMS-C) score <0...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670117/dietary-beetroot-juice-effects-on-physical-performance-in-copd-patients-a-randomized-controlled-crossover-trial
#5
Anne Louise Friis, Carina Bjørnskov Steenholt, Anders Løkke, Mette Hansen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Dietary beetroot juice (BR) supplementation has been shown to reduce the oxygen (O2) consumption of standardized exercise and reduce resting blood pressure (BP) in healthy individuals. However, the physiological response of BR in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains controversial. The objective was to test exercise performance in COPD, supplementing with higher doses of BR for a longer duration compared to previous trials in this patient group...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649204/effects-of-dietary-nitrate-supplementation-on-physiological-responses-cognitive-function-and-exercise-performance-at-moderate-and-very-high-simulated-altitude
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Oliver M Shannon, Lauren Duckworth, Matthew J Barlow, Kevin Deighton, Jamie Matu, Emily L Williams, David Woods, Long Xie, Blossom C M Stephan, Mario Siervo, John P O'Hara
Purpose: Nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability is reduced during acute altitude exposure, contributing toward the decline in physiological and cognitive function in this environment. This study evaluated the effects of nitrate ([Formula: see text]) supplementation on NO bioavailability, physiological and cognitive function, and exercise performance at moderate and very-high simulated altitude. Methods:Ten males (mean (SD): [Formula: see text]: 60.9 (10.1) ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)) rested and performed exercise twice at moderate (~14...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624090/influence-of-different-drying-methods-on-the-physicochemical-properties-of-red-beetroot-beta-vulgaris-l-var-cylindra
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Oana-Viorela Nistor, Liliana Seremet Ceclu, Doina Georgeta Andronoiu, Ludmila Rudi, Elisabeta Botez
There is an increased interest in preserving fruits and vegetables by drying. The novelty of this study consists in the combination of the following three drying methods: free convection (at 50, 60, and 70°C), forced convection at 40°C and 315W microwave power. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the drying conditions on red beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.) in terms of betalain variance, and polyphenol, microstructure changes (SEM). A strong thermal shock, provided by convection at 60° followed by microwave wattage 315W/9min, leads to a better preservation of bioactive compounds content (0...
December 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620796/antioxidant-capacity-of-beetroot-traditional-vs-novel-approaches
#8
Celia Carrillo, Raquel Rey, Marc Hendrickx, María Del Mar Cavia, Sara Alonso-Torre
Red beetroot has been ranked among the 10 most potent antioxidant vegetables, although only extraction-based methods have been used to evaluate its total antioxidant capacity. Therefore, the present study aims at comparing the traditional extraction-based method with two more recent approaches (QUENCHER -QUick, Easy, New, CHEap and Reproducible- and GAR -global antioxidant response method), in order to establish their suitability in the case of beetroot. Our results indicate that the total antioxidant capacity of beetroot would be underestimated when using extraction-based procedures, since both QUENCHER and GAR methods resulted in a higher total antioxidant capacity...
June 15, 2017: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596274/dietary-nitrate-restores-compensatory-vasodilation-and-exercise-capacity-in-response-to-a-compromise-in-oxygen-delivery-in-the-non-compensator-phenotype
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Robert F Bentley, Jeremy J Walsh, Patrick J Drouin, Aleksandra Velickovic, Sarah J Kitner, Alyssa M Fenuta, Michael E Tschakovsky
Recently dietary nitrate supplementation has been shown to improve exercise capacity in healthy individuals through a potential nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway. Nitric oxide has been shown to play an important role in compensatory vasodilation during exercise under hypoperfusion. Previously we established that certain individuals lack a vasodilation response when perfusion pressure reductions compromise exercising muscle blood flow. Whether this lack of compensatory vasodilation in healthy young individuals can be restored with dietary nitrate supplementation is unknown...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589276/nitrate-in-drinking-water-and-vegetables-intake-and-risk-assessment-in-rural-and-urban-areas-of-nagpur-and-bhandara-districts-of-india
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Pinky Taneja, Pawan Labhasetwar, Pranav Nagarnaik
The study focuses on the estimation of health risk from nitrate present in the drinking water and vegetables in Nagpur and Bhandara districts in the state of Maharashtra, India. Drinking water samples from 77 locations from the rural as well as urban areas and 22 varieties of vegetable were collected and analyzed for the presence of nitrate for a period of 1 year (two seasons). The daily intake of nitrate from these water and vegetable samples was then computed and compared with standard acceptable intake levels to assess the associated health risk...
June 6, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588603/short-term-effect-of-salt-shock-on-ethylene-and-polyamines-depends-on-plant-salt-sensitivity
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Pedro J Zapata, María Serrano, Manuel F García-Legaz, M T Pretel, M A Botella
In the present manuscript the short term effect (3-24 h) of a saline shock (NaCl 100 mM) on fresh weight, water content, respiration rate, ethylene production and Na(+), Cl(-), ACC and polyamine concentration was studied in four plant species with different salt sensitivity, pepper, lettuce, spinach, and beetroot. Higher reduction in fresh weight and water content as a consequence of saline shock was found in pepper and lettuce plants than in spinach and beetroot, the latter behaving as more salinity tolerant...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562133/dietary-nitrate-does-not-modify-blood-pressure-and-cardiac-output-at-rest-and-during-exercise-in-older-adults-a-randomised-cross-over-study
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C Oggioni, D G Jakovljevic, M Klonizakis, A W Ashor, A Ruddock, M Ranchordas, E Williams, M Siervo
Dietary nitrate (NO3(-)) supplementation has been associated with improved vascular and metabolic health. We conducted a double-blind, cross-over, placebo-controlled RCT to investigate the effects of 7-d consumption of beetroot juice compared with placebo on (1) blood pressure (BP) measured in resting conditions and during exercise, (2) cardiac and peripheral vascular function and (3) biomarkers of inflammation, oxidative stress and endothelial integrity. Twenty non-smoking healthy participants aged 60-75 years and BMI 20...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549665/effects-of-supervised-exercise-and-dietary-nitrate-in-older-adults-with-controlled-hypertension-and-or-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Hossam A Shaltout, Joel Eggebeen, Anthony P Marsh, Peter H Brubaker, Paul J Laurienti, Jonathan H Burdette, Swati Basu, Ashley Morgan, Patricia C Dos Santos, James L Norris, Timothy M Morgan, Gary D Miller, W Jack Rejeski, Amret T Hawfield, Debra I Diz, J Thomas Becton, Daniel B Kim-Shapiro, Dalane W Kitzman
Aerobic exercise training is an effective therapy to improve peak aerobic power (peak VO2) in individuals with hypertension (HTN, AHA/ACC class A) and heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). High nitrate containing beetroot juice (BRJ) also improves sub-maximal endurance and decreases blood pressure in both HTN and HFpEF. We hypothesized that combining an aerobic exercise and dietary nitrate intervention would result in additive or even synergistic positive effects on exercise tolerance and blood pressure in HTN or HFpEF...
May 23, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541356/food-and-plant-bioactives-for-reducing-cardiometabolic-disease-risk-an-evidence-based-approach
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REVIEW
Arrigo F G Cicero, Federica Fogacci, Alessandro Colletti
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are one of the major causes of mortality and disability in Western countries. Prevention is known to be the cornerstone to lessen the incidence of CVDs and also to reduce the economic burden of both the citizen and the healthcare system. "Interventional medicine" certainly puts lifestyle modification as the first therapeutic step, including a healthy diet and physical activity. Secondly, a large body of research individuated a number of food and plant bioactives, which are potentially efficacious in preventing and reducing some highly prevalent CV risk factors, such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, vascular inflammation and vascular compliance...
May 25, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511731/dietary-nitrate-and-blood-pressure-evolution-of-a-new-nutrient
#15
Ann Ashworth, Raul Bescos
Dietary nitrate is mainly obtained from vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables and beetroot. As a result of early research, dietary nitrate is currently viewed as a contaminant linked to increased risks of stomach cancer and methaemoglobinaemia. Consequently, nitrate levels are restricted in certain vegetables and in water supplies to ensure exposure levels remain below an acceptable daily intake of 3·7 mg/kg per d. The average nitrate intake in the UK is approximately 70 mg/d, although some population groups, such as vegetarians, may consume three times that amount...
May 17, 2017: Nutrition Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509762/beetroot-juice-increases-human-muscle-force-without-changing-ca2-handling-proteins
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Jamie Whitfield, Daniel Gamu, George J F Heigenhauser, Luc J C van Loon, Lawrence L Spriet, A Russell Tupling, Graham P Holloway
Dietary inorganic nitrate (NO3) supplementation improves skeletal muscle (SkM) contractile efficiency, and while rodent literature has suggested improvements in calcium handling or redox modifications as likely explanations, the direct mechanism-of-action in humans remains unknown. PURPOSE: To examine the effects of 7-d of beetroot juice (BRJ) supplementation on SkM contractile characteristics and function. METHODS: Recreationally active males (n=8) underwent transcutaneous electrical muscle stimulation of the vastus lateralis for evaluation of contractile characteristics before (pre) and after (post) 7-d of BRJ supplementation (280 mL/day, ~26 mmol NO3)...
May 15, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476923/acute-beetroot-juice-supplementation-on-sympathetic-nerve-activity-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-proof-of-concept-study
#17
Karambir Notay, Anthony V Incognito, Philip J Millar
Acute dietary nitrate ([Formula: see text]) supplementation reduces resting blood pressure in healthy normotensives. This response has been attributed to increased nitric oxide bioavailability and peripheral vasodilation, although nitric oxide also tonically inhibits central sympathetic outflow. We hypothesized that acute dietary [Formula: see text] supplementation using beetroot (BR) juice would reduce blood pressure and muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) at rest and during exercise. Fourteen participants (7 men and 7 women, age: 25 ± 10 yr) underwent blood pressure and MSNA measurements before and after (165-180 min) ingestion of 70ml high-[Formula: see text] (~6...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475151/antimicrobial-optical-and-mechanical-properties-of-chitosan-starch-films-with-natural-extracts
#18
Jessica I Lozano-Navarro, Nancy P Díaz-Zavala, Carlos Velasco-Santos, Ana L Martínez-Hernández, Beatriz I Tijerina-Ramos, Margarita García-Hernández, José L Rivera-Armenta, Ulises Páramo-García, Adriana I Reyes-de la Torre
Natural extracts possess several kinds of antioxidants (anthocyanins, betalains, thymol, carvacrol, and resveratrol) that have also demonstrated antimicrobial properties. In order to study these properties, extracts from cranberry, blueberry, beetroot, pomegranate, oregano, pitaya, and resveratrol (from grapes) were obtained. Growth inhibition tests of mesophilic aerobes, coliforms, and fungi were conducted in films prepared from the extracts in accordance with Mexican Official Norms (NOM). Optical properties such as transparency and opacity, mechanical properties, and pH were also analyzed in these materials...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464411/c-glycosyl-flavonoids-from-beta-vulgaris-cicla-and-betalains-from-beta-vulgaris-rubra-antioxidant-anticancer-and-antiinflammatory-activities-a-review
#19
REVIEW
Paolino Ninfali, Elena Antonini, Alessandra Frati, Emanuele-Salvatore Scarpa
The green beet (Beta vulgaris var. cicla L.) and red beetroot (B. vulgaris var. rubra L.) contain phytochemicals that have beneficial effects on human health. Specifically, the green beet contains apigenin, vitexin, vitexin-2-O-xyloside and vitexin-2-O-rhamnoside, while the red beetroot is a source of betaxanthins and betacyanins. These phytochemicals show considerable antioxidant activity, as well as antiinflammatory and antiproliferative activities. Vitexin-2-O-xyloside, in combination with betaxanthins and betacyanins, exerts antiproliferative activity in breast, liver, colon and bladder cancer cell lines, through the induction of both intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic pathways...
June 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422539/the-effect-of-nitrate-supplementation-on-cycling-performance-in-the-heat-in-well-trained-cyclists
#20
Joseph A McQuillan, Julia R Casadio, Deborah K Dulson, Paul B Laursen, Andrew E Kilding
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of NO3(-) consumption on measures of perception, thermoregulation and cycling performance in hot conditions. METHODS: Using a randomised, double-blind, crossover-design, 8 well-trained cyclists (mean ± SD: age: 25 ± 8 y, V̇O2peak: 64 ± 5 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)) performed 2 separate trials, in hot (35°C, 60% relative humidity) environments, having ingested either 140 ml NO3(-)-rich beetroot juice ~8 mmol NO3(-) (NIT), or placebo (PLA), daily for 3-days with a 7-day washout period separating trials...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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