Do you agree that gingerbread, goose leg, and potato salad are all part of a proper (German) holiday feast? Then you’ll probably agree that none of these are particularly healthy. You might want to compensate with a bit of oatmeal in the morning. Its dietary fiber makes your gut bacteria happy and your heart beat in joy: The microbes in your gut produce the fatty acid propionate – a substance that protects the heart and blood vessels from damage caused by hypertension. How this works is explained in a study published by an ECRC research team in the journal “Circulation.”
The blood-pumping muscle is also at the heart of our festive science picture. Daniela Panáková’s research group gave the actin filaments of a heart’s cell culture a fluorescent “fir green” shine. Glittering through the green are tree ornaments comprised of blue cell nuclei, while red calcium channels make the heart beat in festive anticipation.
We wish you a Merry Christmas, relaxed holidays, and all the best for 2019!
Your Insights Team