Cockles may hold key to new cancer treatments
Cockles may provide the key to developing new cancer treatments, researchers have found.
A team at Queen's University Belfast has identified a compound in the shellfish which appears to halt the growth of tumours.
The discovery could pave the way for new drugs which target cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
Cockles are a type of bivalve mollusc which are found in coastal waters around the world.
They are typically eaten boiled or steamed, but can also be fried, baked or microwaved.
Can cockles help prevent heart disease?
Cockles are a type of shellfish that can be found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They are a source of low-fat protein and are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health. A recent study published in the journal Nutrients found that cockles can help protect against heart disease.
The study involved 24 participants who were divided into two groups. The first group ate a diet containing 10% cockles, while the second group ate a diet without cockles. After six weeks, the researchers found that the group that ate cockles had improved blood lipids, including lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides, and higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL). They also had reduced inflammation levels.
These findings suggest that eating cockles may help to protect against heart disease. In addition to being a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, cockles are also low in calories and salt. They can be enjoyed boiled, fried, or steamed, and make a great addition to salads or stir fries.
Cockleshells may help fight Alzheimer's
Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have found that cockleshells may help protect against Alzheimer's disease. The team, led by Dr. Abhishek Dutta, looked at the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the edible marine mollusk.
The research, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that the cockleshells had significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In particular, they found that the shells had a high level of phenolic compounds, which are known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
"This is an important discovery as oxidative stress and inflammation are two of the main features associated with Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Dutta. "The phenolic compounds present in the cockleshells may help protect against these damaging processes."
The team also looked at the cockleshells' ability to inhibit beta-amyloid accumulation. Beta-amyloid is a protein that is thought to play a role in Alzheimer's disease. The team found that the shell extract was able to inhibit beta-amyloid aggregation, suggesting that it could be used as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
"We are very excited about these findings as they suggest that the shells of edible marine mollusks such as cockleshells may be used to develop novel treatments for Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Dutta.
New research suggests cockles could help prolong life
A study published in the journal "Evolution" has shown that eating cockles could help to prolong life. The research, conducted by a team at the University of Exeter, found that the shellfish's high levels of zinc could play a role in reducing the risk of age-related health problems.
The team analyzed the levels of zinc present in different types of shellfish, and found that cockles contained the highest concentration. Zinc is known to be vital for a number of processes in the body, including cell division and DNA repair. It has also been linked with a reduced risk of age-related illnesses such as cancer and dementia.
lead author Dr James Brown said: "Our study shows that cockles are a rich source of zinc, and that this could have health benefits for people as they get older. Zinc is important for many processes in the body, and our findings suggest it could play a role in reducing the risk of some age-related health problems."
The team now plans to investigate whether consuming zinc from shellfish can actually reduce the risk of these illnesses. They are also looking into ways to increase the availability of zinc from shellfish for human consumption.
This is not the first time that researchers have suggested that eating shellfish could have health benefits. In 2015, scientists at Boston University found that mussels could improve heart health by reducing inflammation and blood pressure.
Shellfish are a great source of protein and other essential nutrients, and are low in calories. They are also easy to prepare, and can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. So why not add some cockles or mussels to your next meal?
How can I get my daily dose of cockles?
Cockles are the edible bivalve mollusk that can be found in coastal marshes, mudflats and estuaries. They have a hard, ridged shell and are usually a sandy color. Cockles are classified as a filter feeder and eat mainly phytoplankton and zooplankton.
Cockles can be eaten raw or cooked. They are most often steamed, boiled or fried. Cockles are high in protein and low in fat. They are also a good source of vitamins C and B12, as well as minerals such as zinc and selenium.
Cockles can be found in most seafood markets. They are usually sold by the dozen or half-dozen. Prices vary depending on the region, but they generally range from $5 to $10 per dozen.
If you're looking for a healthy and delicious seafood option, give cockles a try!