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Isabel Clemente, Margarita Aznar, Jesús Salafranca, Cristina Nerín
One critical challenge when developing a new antimicrobial packaging material is to demonstrate the mode of action of the antimicrobials incorporated into the packaging. For this task, several analytical techniques as well as microbiology are required. In this work, the antimicrobial properties of benzyl isothiocyanate, allyl isothiocyanate and essential oils of cinnamon and oregano against several moulds and bacteria have been evaluated. Benzyl isothiocyanate showed the highest antimicrobial activity and it was selected for developing the new active packaging material...
October 25, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Narjis Naz, Aiza Kashif, Kinza Kanwal, Abdul Muqeet Khan, Mateen Abbas
The current research work aimed to access the contamination level of aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, and G2 in the household spices that are widely consumed in huge amounts. 200 different spice samples, 100 packed and 100 unpacked, were analyzed for the aflatoxins profile by HPLC with an incidence of 61.5% contamination out of which 53.66% samples exceed the EU limit. The results disclosed that the unpacked samples are more contaminated as compared to the packed samples except for white cumin seeds. Among packed and unpacked samples of spices, the maximum value of aflatoxins was detected in fennel, that is, 27...
2016: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Richard A Anderson, Zhiwei Zhan, Rencai Luo, Xiuhua Guo, Qingqing Guo, Jin Zhou, Jiang Kong, Paul A Davis, Barbara J Stoecker
Cinnamon ( ròu guì) has in vitro insulin potentiating activity, and proanthocyanidins from cinnamon prevent in vitro formation of advanced glycation end products. Some human studies were equivocal, but several have shown beneficial effects of cinnamon supplementation on circulating glucose, lipids, and/or insulin. This placebo-controlled double-blind trial tested the effects of a dried water extract of cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) on circulating glucose, lipids, insulin, and insulin resistance. Men and women from Beijing and Dalian, China, were invited to participate if they had fasting serum glucose >6...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Mitra Hariri, Reza Ghiasvand
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamon cassia), the eternal tree of tropical medicine, belongs to the Lauraceae family and is one of the most important spices used daily by people all over the world. It contains a lot of manganese, iron, dietary fiber, and calcium. Cinnamon contains derivatives, such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, cinnamate, and numerous other components such as polyphenols and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer effects. Several reports have dealt with the numerous properties of cinnamon in the forms of bark, essential oils, bark powder, and phenolic compounds, and each of these properties can play a key role in human health...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Liang Li, Jin-Yu Zhao, Hui-Xia Chen, Hui-Dong Ju, Meng An, Zhen Xu, Lu-Ping Zhang
The cinnamon flounder Pseudorhombus cinnamoneus is a frequently consumed marine fish in China. However, the occurrence of ascaridoid larvae in P. cinnamoneus remains unclear. In the present study, a total of 85 P. cinnamoneus caught from the Yellow Sea (off Shidao, 36°52'57″N, 122°26'42″E) in 2011, which is located between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula, was investigated for ascaridoid larval infection. Four ascaridoid larval types, including Anisakis type I of Berland (1961), Hysterothylacium type of Smith (1983), Hysterothylacium type HL of Guo et al...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Qiang Zhang, Xuan Wu, Zhiping Liu
The contact and fumigant toxicity as well as repellent activity of 10 plant essential oils were evaluated against Paederus fuscipes Curtis adults. Essential oils were identified through gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis. Results showed that wintergreen oil exhibited optimal contact and fumigant toxicity but had no significant repellent activity against P. fuscipes The LC50 values of fumigant toxicity of wintergreen oil were 2.680 and 1.591 µL/L air after 1 and 8 h of exposure, respectively...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
Mohamed Sellami, Hanen Louati, Jannet Kamoun, Ali Kchaou, Mohamed Damak, Youssef Gargouri
The aim of this study is to search new anti-obesity and anti-diabetic agents from plant and spices crude extracts as alternative to synthetic drugs. The inhibitory effect of 72 extracts was evaluated, in vitro, on lipase and amylase activities. Aqueous extracts of cinnamon and black tea exhibited an appreciable inhibitory effect on pancreatic amylase with IC50 values of 18 and 87 μg, respectively. Aqueous extracts of cinnamon and mint showed strong inhibitory effects against pancreatic lipase with IC50 of 45 and 62 μg, respectively...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
X Guan, M C Su, R B Zhao, H M Ouyang, X D Dong, P Hu, Q Pei, J Lu, Z F Li, C R Zhang, T-H Yang
Cinnamon is the main component of Sanyangxuedai, which is one of the effective traditional Chinese medicines for treating malignancies. Leukemia is a prevalent malignant disease that Sanyangxuedai has been used to treat. Although successful in several studies, there is a lack of solid evidence as to why Sanyangxuedai has an effect on leukemia, and little is known about the underlying mechanisms. In this study, the active ingredients of cinnamon were isolated, purified, and identified. The transwell transport pool formed with the Caco-2 cell model was used to filter the active ingredients of cinnamon by simulating the gastrointestinal barrier in vitro...
August 19, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Shehla Admani, Hannah Hill, Sharon E Jacob
Children are at risk of developing allergic contact dermatitis to fragrances. Personal hygiene products, even those labeled hypoallergenic or considered all natural, may be a significant source of fragrance exposure in this population.
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Dermatology
Camille Nebeker, Tiffany Lagare, Michelle Takemoto, Brittany Lewars, Katie Crist, Cinnamon S Bloss, Jacqueline Kerr
Researchers utilize mobile imaging, pervasive sensing, social media, and location tracking (MISST) technologies to observe and intervene with participants in their natural environment. The use of MISST methods and tools introduces unique ethical issues due to the type and quantity of data, and produces raising new challenges around informed consent, risk assessment, and data management. Since MISST methods are relatively new in behavioral research, there is little documented evidence to guide institutional review board (IRB) risk assessment and inform appropriate risk management strategies...
September 29, 2016: Translational Behavioral Medicine
Lara M Greaves, Fiona Kate Barlow, Carol H J Lee, Correna M Matika, Weiyu Wang, Cinnamon-Jo Lindsay, Claudia J B Case, Nikhil K Sengupta, Yanshu Huang, Lucy J Cowie, Samantha Stronge, Mary Storey, Lucy De Souza, Sam Manuela, Matthew D Hammond, Petar Milojev, Carly S Townrow, Emerald Muriwai, Nicole Satherley, Gloria Fraser, Tim West-Newman, Carla Houkamau, Joseph Bulbulia, Danny Osborne, Marc S Wilson, Chris G Sibley
In this study, we asked participants to "describe their sexual orientation" in an open-ended measure of self-generated sexual orientation. The question was included as part of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (N = 18,261) 2013/2014 wave, a national probability survey conducted shortly after the first legal same-sex marriages in New Zealand. We present a two-level classification scheme to address questions about the prevalence of, and demographic differences between, sexual orientations. At the most detailed level of the coding scheme, 49 unique categories were generated by participant responses...
September 29, 2016: Archives of Sexual Behavior
Rodrigo Augusto Cortez Passetti, Juliana Akamine Torrecilhas, Mariana Garcia Ornaghi, Camila Mottin, Carlos Antonio Lopes de Oliveira, Ana Guerrero, Maria Del Mar Campo, Carlos Sañudo, Ivanor Nunes do Prado
Forty ½ Brown Swiss×½ Nellore crossbred bulls were distributed into three experimental groups: CON - diet without addition of essential oils; CLO - diet with average 5,000mg/animal/day of clove essential oils and CIN - diet with average 5,000mg/animal/day of cinnamon essential oils to evaluate three methodologies of visual acceptability: with steaks directly in Trays and Sequential and Random photos. Seventeen consumers evaluated visual appearance of meat using a 9-point structured hedonic scale. CON group presented higher shelf-life than essential oils groups...
September 21, 2016: Meat Science
Ray S Hovijitra, Suwan Choonharuangdej, Theerathavaj Srithavaj
Although medicinal herbs with fungicidal effects have been ubiquitously employed in traditional medicine, such effects of culinary herbs and spices still have to be elucidated. Therefore, it is noteworthy to determine the antifungal efficacy of some edible herbs used in Thai cuisine against sessile Candida albicans cultures, and to inquire if they can be further utilized as naturally-derived antifungals. Fourteen essential oils extracted from Thai culinary herbs and spices were tested for their antifungal activity against C...
2016: Journal of Oral Science
Xinyan Bi, Joseph Lim, Christiani Jeyakumar Henry
Diabetes mellitus (DM) remains a major health care problem worldwide both in developing and developed countries. Many factors, including age, obesity, sex, and diet, are involved in the etiology of DM. Nowadays, drug and dietetic therapies are the two major approaches used for prevention and control of DM. Compared to drug therapy, a resurgence of interest in using diet to manage and treat DM has emerged in recent years. Conventional dietary methods to treat DM include the use of culinary herbs and/or spices...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Azadeh Mesripour, Fatemeh Moghimi, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaie
Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) has a wide range of beneficial effects including mild glucose lowering activity. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether cinnamon bark extract has the potential to improve memory performance and glucose profiles in diabetic mice. Memory was assessed by the novel object recognition task in male Balb/c mice. In this method, the difference between exploration time of a familiar object and a novel object was considered as an index of memory performance (recognition index, RI)...
July 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Allison C Hoffman, Raydel Valdes Salgado, Carolyn Dresler, Rachel Williams Faller, Christopher Bartlett
OBJECTIVE: To understand the available evidence of how children and adults differ in their preferences for flavours that may be used in tobacco products. DATA SOURCES: A total of 474 articles published between 1931 and August 2015 were retrieved through searches conducted in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and PsycINFO. STUDY SELECTION AND EXTRACTION: A 2-phase relevancy review process resulted in the identification of 59 articles and information was extracted by 2 independent reviewers...
September 15, 2016: Tobacco Control
Rachel Z Behar, Wentai Luo, Sabrina C Lin, Yuhuan Wang, Jackelyn Valle, James F Pankow, Prue Talbot
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the distribution, concentration and toxicity of cinnamaldehyde in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) refill fluids and aerosols. METHODS: The distribution and concentration of cinnamaldehyde were determined in 39 e-cigarette refill fluids plus 6 duplicates using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS). A cinnamaldehyde toxicity profile was established for embryonic and adult cells using a live cell imaging assay, immunocytochemistry, the comet assay and a recovery assay...
September 15, 2016: Tobacco Control
Jian Zhen Ou, Jeremy J Cottrell, Nam Ha, Naresh Pillai, Chu K Yao, Kyle J Berean, Stephanie A Ward, Danilla Grando, Jane G Muir, Christopher J Harrison, Udani Wijesiriwardana, Frank R Dunshea, Peter R Gibson, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh
Gastroenterologists are still unable to differentiate between some of the most ordinary disorders of the gut and consequently patients are misdiagnosed. We have developed a swallowable gas sensor capsule for addressing this. The gases of the gut are the by-product of the fermentation processes during digestion, affected by the gut state and can consequently provide the needed information regarding the health of the gut. Here we present the first study on gas sensor capsules for revealing the effect of a medical supplement in an animal (pig) model...
2016: Scientific Reports
Mojtaba Raeisi, Alijan Tabaraei, Mohammad Hashemi, Nasser Behnampour
The present study was conducted to preserve the microbial quality of chicken meat fillets during storage time by using sodium alginate active coating solutions incorporated with different natural antimicrobials including nisin, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon), and rosemary essential oils (EOs) which were added individually and in combination. The samples were stored in refrigeration condition for 15days and were analyzed for total viable count, Enterobacteriaceae count, lactic acid bacteria count, Pseudomonas spp...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Zera Yilmaz, Fawad Piracha, Leeann Anderson, Nissa Mazzola
The primary approach to controlling diabetes involves diet and lifestyle modification combined with pharmacologic interventions. Patients who are interested in exploring dietary supplements in the management of diabetes may have questions about which supplement to choose and whether any issues will arise with their current medication regimen. After reading this review, the pharmacist should be able to identify supplements that may provide benefit to improve diabetes management, understand what potential harm to the patient may occur, and be able to assist the patient in choosing high-quality supplements...
September 11, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
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