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Video Blog: What Causes Obesity?

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Dr. Christine Horner explains what causes obesity, and how we can combat it.
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Morning Rays Keep Off The Pounds

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Did you know that exposure to bright morning sunlight can help you to manage your body weight?

Surprisingly, a new Northwestern Medicine study reports that the timing, intensity and duration of light exposure during the day is linked to weight and fat distribution, the first time this has been shown.

This study included 54 participants (26 males, 28 females) with an average age of 30 years. They wore a wrist monitor that measured their light exposure and sleep parameters for seven days in normal-living conditions. Caloric intake was determined from food logs.

Study participants who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day.

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This striking influence of morning light exposure on body weight was independent of physical activity level, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season. It accounted for about 20 percent of a person's BMI.

According to health experts, light is the most potent agent to synchronize the internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms - which in turn control the energy balance in your body.

The message of this study is that you should get more bright light between the hours of 8 am and noon. In fact, about 20 to 30 minutes of morning light is enough to affect BMI.

If you don't get sufficient light at the right time of day, it may desynchronize your internal body clock, possibly altering metabolism and leading to weight gain - although the way light affects body fat distribution is not yet fully known and requires further research.

The sad fact is that most people do not get enough natural light in the morning. Also, most of us work in poorly lit environments with about 200 to 300 lux light exposure.

In this study, 500 lux was the minimum threshold for having a lower BMI. Even on a cloudy day, outdoor light is more than 1,000 lux - which is very difficult to achieve with indoor lighting.

The results of this study show that light can potentially be used in weight management programs and emphasize the importance of so-called ‘circadian health’. Just as too much light at night disrupts the body clock, not getting enough light at the appropriate time of day may have the same effect.

Based on these findings, it’s clear that as part of a healthy lifestyle, people should be encouraged to get better exposure to light. Workplaces and schools should have windows. Employees should be encouraged to go outside for lunch or breaks, and indoor lighting should be improved in the school and workplace.

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Monosodium Glutamate (Msg): One Dose Causes Headache In Healthy Subjects

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You’re probably familiar with monosodium glutamate - also known as MSG, a very common additive in your food.

Now, shocking new research has uncovered that this ‘flavor enhancer’ is very toxic for human health and can cause a wide range of adverse health effects within normal dietary ranges.

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In fact, a new study reveals that a single intake of MSG produces headache in the majority of healthy subjects tested.

Study researchers conducted a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover study to examine the effect of repeated MSG intake on spontaneous pain, mechanical sensitivity of the muscles you use to chew your food, blood pressure (BP) and many other side effects.

Fourteen healthy subjects participated in 5 daily sessions for one week of MSG intake or placebo. Spontaneous pain, pressure pain thresholds and other variables were measured 15, 30, and 50 min after MSG intake. Whole saliva samples were taken before and 30 min after MSG intake to assess glutamate concentrations.

Overall, 8 out of 14 subjects experienced a headache after MSG, relative to 2 out of 14 during placebo. Pain in chewing muscles was increased by MSG, especially on the 2nd and 5th days. BP was significantly elevated after MSG.

Not only that - various side effects became apparent on repeated MSG intake, including sore jaw, nausea, fatigue, stomach ache, dizziness and many more.

Many packaged and prepared foods available on the market today have either monosodium glutamate added, or a glutamate rich 'food concentrate' that is intended to imitate its flavor-enhancing effects such as ‘hydrolyzed soy protein’, ‘yeast extract’ and so on.

It is therefore nearly impossible to avoid it unless you are eating a whole food based diet or prepare your foods from scratch.

If you have experienced any of the side effects described above after a pre-packaged meal, it may be a good idea to start reading food labels to identify MSG and MSG-like additives. Complete avoidance can then become a vital part of your strategy to improve your health through diet.

Source: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): One Dose Causes Headache in Healthy Subjects.

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Link Between Acute Pancreatitis And Pancreatic Cancer

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In a recent study, Saint Louis University researchers have shown that there is a much higher risk of getting pancreatic cancer in patients with acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). They believe that this finding Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer | Institute for Vibrant Livingmay eventually lead to some pancreatic cancers being detected earlier.

Pancreatic cancer - the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the US - is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage because it has few early warning signs and no established screening method.

Only 4 percent of those who have pancreatic cancer survive five or more years after diagnosis. This low survival rate is mainly because most pancreatic cancers are diagnosed at a very advanced stage.

Surgery is the only way to cure pancreatic cancer, but it is usually not a viable option in advanced cases where the cancer has spread. At diagnosis, fewer than 20 percent of cases of pancreatic cancer are still localized enough to be removed surgically.

Prior to this study, a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer had been observed in patients diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. However the rate at which acute pancreatitis precedes diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and the time that typically elapses between these two diagnoses is not well known.

Using the electronic health records of patients from the Veterans Health Administration between 1998 and 2007, study researchers were able to determine:

  • How likely it is that a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer follows a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis;
  • How often pancreatic cancer is preceded by acute pancreatitis;
  • The typical time elapsed between an initial episode of acute pancreatitis and a confirmed diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Study researchers were also able to identify patient characteristics most associated with a greater pancreatic cancer risk.

In patients older than 40 with an episode of acute pancreatitis, 1.5 percent were eventually diagnosed with pancreatic cancer compared to 0.13 percent of patients without a prior episode of acute pancreatitis.

In addition, 12 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer had an episode of acute pancreatitis prior to the diagnosis of their cancer. Not only that, patients older than 70 had almost four times the risk of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer compared to patients between the ages of 41 and 50.

In addition, of all the cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed after an episode of acute pancreatitis, 55 percent were diagnosed 3-24 months after the episode of pancreatitis.

These results clearly show that many cases of pancreatic cancer potentially could have been diagnosed earlier, had patients with acute pancreatitis been evaluated for pancreatic cancer - which is why the authors of the study recommend that all patients over the age of 40 with acute pancreatitis should be routinely evaluated for pancreatic cancer with esophageal ultrasound.

Source: Link Between Acute Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer.

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Ginger: A Diabetic's Best Friend

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Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. Globally, an estimated 366 million people are expected to be diagnosed with this debilitating condition by 2030.

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As it turns out, the kitchen spice ginger may turn out to be a potential therapeutic agent for diabetes-associated health problems. It is safe, affordable and easily accessible.

A new study on ginger's health benefits for patients with type 2 diabetes suggests that it may provide millions suffering with this condition a natural alternative to available medications - many of which have serious, even life-threatening side effects.

In fact a previous study had already shown that 1600 mg of ginger administered daily for 12 weeks successfully improved 8 distinct markers of type 2 diabetes.

In this new study, Iranian researchers sought to identify herbal products effective in addressing insulin resistance, a condition where the body is unable to properly utilize or respond to insulin - leading to high blood sugar and diabetes, among many other harmful effects to health.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 81 patients with type 2 diabetes (mean age of 50 years) who were randomly assigned into ginger and control groups. Subjects in the ginger group received 3 one-gram capsules containing ginger powder daily for 8 weeks.

The following parameters were evaluated in these subjects:

  • HbA1c - an indication of damage to the red blood cells caused by the oxidation of sugars, known as glycation.
  • Fructosamine - a harmful compound produced as a byproduct of result of sugar reacting with an amine.
  • Fasting blood sugar (FBS).
  • Fasting insulin.
  • Homeostasis model assessment insulin resistance index (HOMA-IR).
  • Beta-cell function - a cell type within the pancreas responsible for producing insulin.
  • Insulin sensitivity.
  • Quantitative insulin sensitivity check index (QUICKI). 
  • The results of the intervention were significant and positive:
  • Mean fasting blood sugar decreased 10.5% in the ginger group, whereas it increased 21% in the control group.
  • HbA1c decreased in the ginger group, and increased in the control group.

Insulin resistance was reduced in the ginger group, as determined by increases in the QIUCKI index.

The Iranian researchers concluded that daily consumption of ginger for 8 weeks by patients with type 2 diabetes leads to reduced FBS and HbA1c means, along with beneficial effects on insulin resistance, insulin sensitivity and QUICKI index.

In other words, consumption of ginger supplement is beneficial for people suffering from type 2 diabetes, although further studies are needed to figure out how exactly ginger does this.

Source: Ginger: A Diabetic’s Best Friend.

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Five Foods You're Eating Wrong

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As you already know, the food you consume has a tremendous impact on your overall health and quality of life. And while it’s a smart idea to make healthy choices when it comes to your diet, how you prepare your food Five Foods You're Eating Wrong | Institute for Vibrant Livingcan make all the difference.

Here are some examples and tips on how to get the most out of your diet:

  1. Microwaving or boiling vegetables - Sulforaphane is a plant compound with strong anti-cancer properties that is found abundantly in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and arugula. The enzyme myrosinase is necessary to release sulforaphane so your body can absorb it, but microwaving and boiling destroy this enzyme. On the other hand, steaming provides a slower, gentler heat that preserves myrosinase and many other micronutrients as well.
    • Tip - cook broccoli in a steaming basket for 3-4 minutes for the most optimal cancer-fighting boost.
  2. Slicing strawberries before eating them - whole strawberries contain 8-12 percent more vitamin C than cut fruits, because vitamin C begins to break down when it’s exposed to light and oxygen.
    • Tip - for the biggest C boost, store whole strawberries in the fridge - because cool temperatures help to retain vitamin C as well.
  3. Letting a wine bottle ‘breathe for too long - when red wine is decanted for long periods of time, for example up to 12 hours, the organic acids and polyphenols in it begin to break down. In other words, leaving a wine bottle open overnight neutralizes the many health benefits of red wine - including reduced depression, increased testosterone and a healthier heart.
    • Tip - always drink wine from a freshly opened bottle.
  4. Eating tomatoes raw - tomato consumption has been linked to lowering men’s risk of stroke and prostate cancer, along with preserving brain power with age. Heating tomatoes significantly increases their levels of lycopene, a natural plant chemical that is part of a tomato’s antioxidant protection.
    • Tip - lightly cook tomatoes in olive oil, because lycopene is fat-soluble - meaning you need fat in your diet for your body to absorb it properly.
  5. Avoiding frozen fruits and vegetables at the grocery store - most people think only fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy, but this is a popular misconception. In fact, UK scientists found that in two out of three cases, frozen fruits and vegetables provide higher levels of antioxidants including polyphenols, vitamin C, and beta-carotene than fresh produce. As produce ages, the nutrients in them begin to break down. It's better to eat produce that was frozen at prime ripeness with nutrients intact than week-old produce that no longer has the same beneficial nutrient content.
    • Tip - incorporate frozen fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.

 

Source: Five Foods You’re Eating Wrong.

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Daily Peanut Consumption Offers Multiple Health Benefits

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A new study has found that daily consumption of peanuts leads to many positive health benefits.

Conducted at Purdue University, this study included over 150 men and women who incorporated peanuts into their daily diet for 12 weeks. Study participants were randomly assigned three 0.5-ounce portions of three Health Benefits of Peanuts | Institute for Vibrant Livingpeanut flavors or just 1.5 ounces of one flavor, which were eaten as a snack or as part of their meals. Researchers took blood samples every four weeks and other health measurements every two weeks.

Regardless of flavoring, peanut consumption were seen to offer significant health benefits to participants with elevated serum lipids and blood pressure (BP).

Further, peanuts significantly decreased mean diastolic BP in all participants. For people with high BP, the changes were greatest over the first two weeks of the study and were sustained throughout the 12 weeks.

Interestingly, the findings were similar for salted and unsalted peanuts. While all participants decreased their BP, those who ate salted or unsalted peanuts had slightly greater decreases than those who consumed spicy or honey-roasted peanuts.

In addition, as shown previously daily peanut intake reduced total serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels in participants who had high levels at the start. High BP is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, while high blood cholesterol is another major risk factor.

Study researchers believe these results may be due to the arginine found in peanuts, which promotes the production of nitric oxide - a chemical that dilates blood vessels, potentially lowering BP.

USDA data show that peanuts contain more arginine than any other whole food, including other nuts. Not only that, peanuts are the most nutrient-dense nut and contain more protein than any other nut.

They contain eight essential nutrients, are an excellent source of niacin and manganese, and are a good source of fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, copper and phosphorus.

Peanuts also have potassium, phytosterols, resveratrol and healthy fats - all of which benefit health and help to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.


Source: Daily Peanut Consumption Offers Multiple Health Benefits.

 

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Coconut Water: More Than Just A Refreshing Beverage

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According to health experts, there are few beverages as compatible with the human body and its hydration needs as fresh coconut water.

Did you know that coconut water has been used for intravenous (IV) hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients for over half a century?

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While some people are concerned about the sugar content in coconut water, recent research shows it actually lowers blood sugar in an experimental model of diabetes. When study researchers gave so-called ‘diabetic’ rats coconut water, it lowered their blood glucose and levels of oxidative stress, indicating that it may have therapeutic potential in treating type 2 diabetes.

Animal research further shows that coconut water prevents and reverses high blood pressure (BP), along with reducing triglycerides and free fatty acids. Not only that, the activity of antioxidant enzymes were higher after consumption of coconut water - and insulin sensitivity improved as well.  

Other medicinal properties of coconut water include:

  • Anti-ulcer:  both coconut milk and coconut water exhibit potent anti-ulcer activity.
  • BP-lowering when human subjects consumed coconut water for two weeks, their systolic BP was reduced by up to 24 points and diastolic BP reduced up to 15 points in 74% of the trial group.
  • Anti-Alzheimer’s: in an animal model of ovariectomy-induced menopause, coconut water prevented decline of brain estrogen levels as well as the associated accumulation of harmful beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, normally associated with severity of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Anti-bacterial: three novel antimicrobial peptides have been identified in coconut water with activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
  • Anti-gastroenteritis:  When sodium is added (ideally sea salt) coconut water becomes an ideal rehydrating agent, used in countries where medical supplies are not freely available and where cholera and other severe forms of gastroenteritis still persist today.

Coconut water is also an excellent alternative to sports drinks, which are increasingly being made up of synthetic ingredients whose effects on the human body are as yet untested.

Filtered by nature through an intensive purification process, it is far safer for your body than water from municipal systems - which may leave up to 600 toxic disinfectant byproducts behind.

Given its many health benefits, why not consider adding coconut water to your diet today?

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Maintaining Health Blood Sugar Levels with Ginger

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Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. Globally, an estimated 366 million people are expected to be diagnosed with this debilitating condition by 2030.

As it turns out, the kitchen spice ginger may turn out to be a potential therapeutic agent for diabetes-associated health problems. It is safe, affordable and easily accessible.

A new study on ginger's health benefits for patients with type 2 diabetes suggests that it may provide millions suffering with this condition a natural alternative to available medications - many of which have serious, even life-threatening side effects.

In fact a previous study had already shown that 1600 mg of ginger administered daily for 12 weeks successfully improved 8 distinct markers of type 2 diabetes.

In this new study, Iranian researchers sought to identify herbal products effective in addressing insulin resistance, a condition where the body is unable to properly utilize or respond to insulin - leading to high blood sugar and diabetes, among many other harmful effects to health.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 81 patients with type 2 diabetes (mean age of 50 years) who were randomly assigned into ginger and control groups. Subjects in the ginger group received 3 one-gram capsules containing ginger powder daily for 8 weeks.

The following parameters were evaluated in these subjects:

  • HbA1c - an indication of damage to the red blood cells caused by the oxidation of sugars, known as glycation.
  • Fructosamine - a harmful compound produced as a byproduct of result of sugar reacting with an amine.
  • Fasting blood sugar (FBS).
  • Fasting insulin.
  • Homeostasis model assessment insulin resistance index (HOMA-IR).
  • Beta-cell function - a cell type within the pancreas responsible for producing insulin.
  • Insulin sensitivity.

Quantitative insulin sensitivity check index (QUICKI). 

The results of the intervention were significant and positive:

  • Mean fasting blood sugar decreased 10.5% in the ginger group, whereas it increased 21% in the control group.
  • HbA1c decreased in the ginger group, and increased in the control group.
  • Insulin resistance was reduced in the ginger group, as determined by increases in the QIUCKI index.

The Iranian researchers concluded that daily consumption of ginger for 8 weeks by patients with type 2 diabetes leads to reduced FBS and HbA1c means, along with beneficial effects on insulin resistance, insulin sensitivity and QUICKI index.

In other words, consumption of ginger supplement is beneficial for people suffering from type 2 diabetes, although further studies are needed to figure out how exactly ginger does this.

Read more:
How Do I Reduce My Risk of Diabetes?
Top Tips on Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
How to Improve 8 Markers of Type 2 Diabetes
What are the Benefits of Green Tea?

Source: Ginger: A Diabetic’s Best Friend.

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How Aerobic Exercise Battles Cognitive Decline And Dementia

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A new study started this month at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, is designed to understand whether high- or low-intensity exercise, or both, can help to treat people with impaired regulation of blood glucose with early cognitive problems.

Impaired regulation of blood glucose, typically seen in patients with type 2 diabetes, has been linked to increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia. Although the benefits of aerobic exercise for physical and mental health are well known, exercise effects on cognition have not been assessed in older adults with poor glucose regulation associated with pre-diabetes.

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According to health experts, there are no FDA-approved medications for mild cognitive impairment, also known as MCI - and the best thing they can do for themselves is to stay physically and mentally active.

Memory declines with aging, even in healthy people, for a variety of reasons. Dementia is a general term for a significant decline in cognitive function that interferes with daily life.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association. What used to be referred to as senility or just 'old age' is now much more understood, recognized and talked about. However, there is still a lot of anxiety and fear about dementia, and with good reason.

The number of dementia cases in the US has increased because of the rising number of elderly people. It's estimated that 5 percent of the population will have dementia by the age of 65. By the age of 80, the figure jumps to a staggering 30 percent.

Some health experts have been studying the benefits of aerobic exercise in slowing cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. A recent observational study showed that higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness during middle age means that people are less likely to develop dementia in their senior years.

In a related study, twenty-eight adults ranging between 57-83 years old with proven glucose intolerance were asked to complete 6 months of either aerobic exercise or stretching.

Researchers measured executive function in these adults before and after the test period. Executive functions are a set of mental skills that work together to help a person achieve goals - and includes the ability to properly manage time and attention, switch focus, plan and organize, remember details, curb inappropriate speech or behavior and integrate past experience with present action.

Along with executive function, researchers also measured memory performance, cardiorespiratory fitness, body fat and fasting plasma levels of insulin - and showed that six months of aerobic exercise significantly improved executive function, cardiorespiratory fitness and insulin sensitivity.

Clearly, aerobic exercise has significant benefits for cognitive health in older glucose intolerant adults. This finding has important implications for the growing number of American adults who are at an increased risk of cognitive decline, including MCI and Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more:
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Prevent Alzheimer’s with Exercise
Alzheimer's Disease: Early Signs And Risk Factors

Source: How Aerobic Exercise Battles Cognitive Decline and Dementia.

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Cholesterol And Depression In The Elderly

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As you probably already know, high cholesterol levels lead to an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

Interestingly, some types of strokes also contribute to an increased risk of depression, while abnormal blood lipid levels can raise the risk of depression in the elderly.

And now, new findings by French researchers suggest that the link between high cholesterol levels and depression may be more complicated than previously imagined.

They evaluated a large population of elderly men and women (aged 65 and over) over a seven year follow-up period, assessing them for symptoms of depression and measuring their lipid levels.

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In women, depression was associated with low levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), the ‘good' form of cholesterol. This put them at higher risk for vascular disease, including stroke, by increasing their risk for developing lesions in their blood vessels called atherosclerotic plaques.

On the other hand, the men who were at greater risk of depression had low levels of the ‘bad’ form of cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL). This was especially true for those men with a genetic vulnerability to depression.

This finding in men raises troubling questions. Although this pattern of low LDL levels should theoretically protect them from developing cardiovascular diseases or stroke, it seems it may also increase their mental health risk at the same time.

These results suggest that clinical management of abnormal lipid levels may reduce depression in the elderly, but different treatments will be required according to the gender of the patient.

Blood levels of LDL are clearly an important biological marker in men, with a narrow range for normal functioning. Above this range, risk of cardio- or cardiovascular diseases increases and below it, men face an increased risk of depression.

In other words, careful management of LDL levels seems to be especially necessary in men.

Based on these new data, it seems clear that doctors should regulate cholesterol levels in both male and female patients carefully but differently, through a customized combination of diet and medication.

Read more:
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Heart Health Tips: Do Walnuts Benefit Your Heart?
Natural Heart Health: The Problem with Cholesterol
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Source: Cholesterol and Depression in the Elderly

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The Benefits of Eating Arugula

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When you make your next salad, be sure to add lots of arugula - also known as Rocket, or Eruca sativa - that’s because a research team from Saudi Arabia have found that an extract of this salad green has tremendous gastric ulcer fighting properties.

An estimated 20 million Americans experience at least one stomach ulcer during their lifetime. Every year about 40,000 people undergo surgery because of stomach ulcers - and 6,000 people die of complications from this condition in the US alone.

Although medications called proton-pump inhibitors are widely used for treatment, they do not cure the disease. In fact when they’re used long term, they can result in many adverse health effects.

In the current study, investigators used albino rats that had experimentally induced gastric ulcers. They then administered an extract of arugula at a dose of 250 and 500 mg/kg of body weight.

The study results showed that the Arugula extract significantly reduced gastric acid secretion and ulceration. It also significantly replenished gastric wall mucus, along with raising the levels of two other naturally made substances that are important for the health of the stomach lining.

These researchers believe arugula’s anti-ulcer powers are the results of its ability to manage the activity of a group of natural compounds known as prostaglandins, which help to protect gastric wall mucus.

Another reason for arugula’s health benefits may be because it contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals which would otherwise damage healthy cells.

Last but not least, arugula also has anti-secretory abilities - which means it can prevent gastric acid secretion that can cause damage to the stomach wall.

Rocket or Eruca sativa is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and radishes.

This salad green has an ancient reputation in Ayurvedic and Arab traditional medicine and European populations for its therapeutic qualities, including the ability to fight cancer and ulcers and to protect the liver from damage.

Read more:
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Green Tea Extract May Help Offset Fatigue for Workaholics
Weight Loss Tips: Green Coffee Beans
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Source: Arugula: Treatment for Gastric Ulcers.

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6 Food Tips To Help Fight Inflammation

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Inflammation is how your immune system responds to an injury or infection. Among others, inflammation signals the release of leukocytes - white blood cells that help clean up an injury site.

Leukocytes take away harmful pathogens and signal the body that something’s wrong. Inflammation creates Fight Inflammation | 6 Food Tips | Institute for Vibrant Livingswelling and pain to let your body know that you need to rest to allow recovery and healing.

Sometimes, inflammation can spread out of control and cause pain and swelling even when there is no injury. Inflammation is now the prime suspect in chronic disease conditions like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that eating the wrong kinds of foods can lead to an inflammatory reaction even when there’s no invading pathogens or injury.

For instance - sugar, overly refined foods and saturated fats, when consumed in excess, are known to trigger the immune system into overactivity.

If you’d like to minimize the chances of your diet triggering inflammation in your body, here are six diet tips for fighting inflammation naturally:

  1. Eat a balance of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids - experts believe that earlier humans ate a more balanced diet as far as the essential fatty acids are concerned. Today, omega-6 fats tend to be over-represented in the typical American diet. Consuming too much saturated fats is also responsible for the inflammatory response going into overdrive.
  2. Eat vegetarian or fish sources of protein - eating too much red meat is known to trigger inflammation. Replacing red meat with fatty fish helps to reduce inflammatory symptoms, for example those associated with arthritis.
  3. Add some flaxseed to your breakfast meal - flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fats, which help to dampen inflammation.
  4. Consume only healthy oils, in moderation - including olive, flax, wheat germ, and hemp oil. These oils are free from fats that are normally associated with inflammation. Correctly preserved fish and krill oils are also excellent anti-inflammatory foods.
  5. Eat lots of fruits and veggies - these natural foods help to prevent disease conditions most linked to inflammation, because they contain both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances.
  6. Choose whole grains over processed wheat flour - whole grains such as oats, barley, quinoa, millet, brown rice, and cous cous are gluten-free and anti-inflammatory, relative to processed and overly refined grain foods such as wheat and corn.

Read more:
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Why Chronic Inflammation is a Risk for Developing Diseases as You Age
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[Infographic] How Acidity Causes Disease

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Blood Poisoning Increases The Risk Of Blood Clots

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Nearly 10,000 Danes are admitted to hospital with blood poisoning every year - and now, new research from Aarhus University in Denmark shows that these patients face an increased risk of getting blood clots.

Study researchers followed more than 4,000 Danes admitted with blood poisoning and showed that their risk of getting a blood clot in either the brain or the heart is higher relative to patients admitted with other acute illnesses.

Specifically, the risk of a blood clot was highest within the first 30 days after the infection - which was twice the risk for other acutely admitted patients and a staggering 18 times the risk faced by the general population.

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the link between the risk of blood clots and infections such as blood poisoning - and this study shows a clear connection between the two.

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Hopefully, this new knowledge can be used by physicians to begin relevant treatment for blood poisoning quicker.

These results indicate that blood clots are more likely to happen in blood poisoning victims because of the increased strain placed on the heart and blood vessels by the infection.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), blood clots in the legs or lungs (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism) kill an American about every 5 minutes.

In a large, long-term study, researchers followed over 30,000 adults who were 45 years or older for 4.6 years and rated participants' heart health using seven health indicators.

Based on their results, they recommend that adopting seven simple lifestyle steps can help to reduce overall risk of harmful blood clots anywhere in the body. These included being physically active, avoiding smoking, following a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) - along with controlling blood sugar levels, blood pressure (BP) and cholesterol.

Of these, maintaining ideal levels of physical activity and BMI were the most significant lifestyle changes related to lower risk of blood clots.

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Strawberry Consumption Lowers Cardiovascular Risk Markers

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In an unusual new study, a team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries daily for a month while researchers examined whether their blood parameters were affected in any way. At the end of the study, the volunteers’ levels of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides were significantly lower relative to before the start of the study.

In the past, several studies had already demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries. Now this new study from Italy and Spain has shown that strawberries can also help to reduce cardiovascular risk markers.

The research team added 500 grams of strawberries to the daily diets of 23 healthy volunteers for over a month. They took blood samples before and after this period to compare data.

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The study results show that the total amount of cholesterol as well as levels of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides fell significantly in study subjects at the end of the study period. Interestingly, levels of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol remained unchanged.

Eating strawberries also improved other parameters such as the general plasma lipid profile, antioxidant biomarkers and platelet function. All parameters returned to their initial values 15 days after strawberry consumption was stopped.

This is the first study that shows a protective role for the bioactive compounds in strawberries in managing risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. And while there is no direct evidence as to which components of this fruit are responsible for their beneficial effects, all the signs point towards anthocyanins, the vegetable pigments that give strawberries their red colour.

Other studies have previously shown that eating strawberries protects against ultraviolet or UV radiation, reduces alcohol-induced damage to the gut lining, strengthens erythrocytes or red blood cells and improves the antioxidant capacity of blood.

Did you know - strawberries are just one of 42 ingredients present in a single delicious glass of Go Ruby Go fruit superfood, a powerfully healthy mix of all-natural phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds like nothing else available today?

So go ahead and order Go Ruby Go fruit superfood to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, not to mention gain many more health benefits.

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'Third-Hand Smoke' Causes Dna Damage And Potentially, Cancer

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You may think of leftover cigarette smoke that clings to walls and furniture as simply a smelly nuisance - but now research suggests that it could be far more dangerous, especially to young children who put toys and other smoke-affected items into their mouths.

According to scientists, one compound from ‘third-hand smoke’, which forms when second-hand smoke reacts with indoor air, damages DNA and sticks to it in a way that could potentially cause cancer.

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Although many public places prohibit smoking in the US, people still smoke in most rental apartments and private residences and it remains a huge public health issue. In 2011, nearly 44 million American adults reported smoking cigarettes, which is the leading cause of preventable death. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 34 million people smoke every day.

Although the idea of third-hand smoke was initially only described in 2009, available evidence already suggests it could seriously threaten human health. In fact, the best argument for instituting a ban on smoking indoors is actually third-hand smoke, according to health experts.

Many of the more than 4,000 compounds in second-hand smoke released as a cigarette is smoked can linger indoors long after a cigarette is put out. Studies show that these substances can go on to react with other indoor pollutants such as ozone and nitrous acid, creating brand-new compounds - some of which may be carcinogenic.

One of those compounds is known as NNA. Ongoing research shows that NNA locks onto DNA in a way that’s similar to other large compounds that attach to DNA and causes genetic mutations. NNA also breaks DNA strands in laboratory experiments - this kind of DNA damage can lead to uncontrolled cell growth and the formation of cancerous tumors.

Making the connection between third-hand smoke or NNA and cancer could take a while - however, early research into NNA was compelling enough that a research consortium dedicated to investigating third-hand smoke was formed in California in 2010.

The biggest potential health risk from third-hand smoke is for babies and toddlers. As they crawl and put their hands or toys in their mouths, they could touch, swallow or inhale dangerous compounds from third-hand smoke. Their small size and early developmental stage make them more vulnerable than adults to the effects of environmental hazards.

The best way to get rid of third-hand smoke is by removing affected items, such as sofas and carpeting, sealing and repainting walls - and sometimes even replacing contaminated wallboard. Additionally, vacuuming and washing clothes, curtains and bedding can also help get rid of third-hand smoke.

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Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin

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Did you know - your diet is the most important part of a good skin care routine?

Regardless of the facial products you use, the condition of your skin will almost always reflect the foods you regularly consume.

For instance, high-glycemic carbohydrates - such as refined grains and sugar - will trigger breakouts. By boosting the body’s blood sugar too quickly, they make the pancreas produce extra insulin rapidly, which also Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skintriggers the sebaceous glands. These glands make sebum, a good oil which flushes out dead skin cells and keeps skin lubricated via pores - but too much of it can lead to jammed pores, whiteheads and blackheads.

Milk also triggers sebum production. Some vegetable oils such as safflower, sesame, corn and sunflower promote inflammation.

On the other hand, the following foods benefit both your skin and overall health:

  1. Carrots - vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant, present in the form of beta-carotene in carrots. It helps to maintain good vision, teeth and bones, while ensuring normal skin cell development and a firm skin tone.
  2. Berries - vitamin C is another great antioxidant that makes skin smooth and taut by boosting collagen production. Vitamin C supports the immune system, helps skin heal properly and gives your skin that glowing look. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and black currants are particularly rich in vitamin C and are also lower in sugar than many other fruits.
  3. Brazil nuts - a small handful of Brazil nuts can provide your daily supply of selenium, yet another antioxidant that works with vitamins A and C to boost the immune system. Selenium protects against melanoma, sun damage and age spots. Other good sources of selenium are seeds (sunflower, chia, pumpkin), wheat germ and meat. Many nuts also contain vitamin E, which helps to hold in moisture.
  4. Parsley - a simple sprig of parsley is chock full of vitamin K, which helps skin to heal itself and promotes elasticity and good skin tone. Also loaded with vitamins A and C, parsley can cleanse the urinary tract and kidneys, while also clearing blemishes. Last but not least, parsley’s volatile oils have antibacterial and anti fungal properties that disinfect pores and prevent acne.
  5. Whole grains - packed with fiber, whole grains are good for reducing the inflammation caused by overly refined grains. They stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce insulin spikes. Whole grains contain zinc, which repairs skin damage, maintains smoothness and suppleness and regulates sebum production. The B-vitamin biotin found in whole grains helps skin cells to process fats - without which your skin can become dry and scaly.

Finally, always make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Herbal and green teas are generally also a good idea, but its better to stay away from sugary juices and soda.

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Shingles Linked To Greater Risk Of Stroke In Young Adults

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According to a review study, having shingles as a young adult increases the risk of having a stroke, heart attack or transient ischemic attack years later. Shingles Linked To Greater Risk Of Stroke In Young Adults | Institute for Vibrant Living

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It’s caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox during childhood. After children recover, the chickenpox virus stays dormant in their nerve roots - and in some people, it may reactivate during adulthood to cause shingles.

The review study assessed over 100,000 people who had shingles and over 200,000 people of similar ages who did not have shingles. The results showed that people aged 18 to 40 years who had shingles were more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or transient ischemic attack years later, relative to people who had not had shingles.

On the other hand, people over 40 who had shingles were more likely to have a heart attack or transient ischemic attack, but not a stroke.

People under 40 years old were 74% more likely to have a stroke if they had had shingles previously - even after adjusting for risk factors such as obesity, smoking and high cholesterol. People under 40 were nearly 2.5 times more likely to have a transient ischemic attack if they had shingles and 50% more likely to have a heart attack.

In other words, anyone with shingles - especially younger people - should be screened for stroke risk factors.

The shingles vaccine has been shown to reduce the incidence of shingles by about 50%. Further studies are needed to determine whether vaccination can also reduce the incidence of stroke and heart attack in later years.

For instance, factors that increase the risk of stroke also increase the risk of shingles, so it’s not clear if vaccinating people for shingles will necessarily reduce the risk of stroke.

Current recommendations are that anyone 60 years and older should be vaccinated for shingles. However, the exact role for shingles vaccination in younger people with vascular risk factors still needs to be determined.

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Pregnant Women Need Not Fear Peanuts

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According to a new study from Boston Children’s Hospital, peanut consumption by women during pregnancy doesn’t lead to peanut allergy in their children.

In fact, peanut consumption by pregnant mothers who weren’t nut allergic was associated with lower risk of peanut allergy in their offspring - so, unless she is actually allergic to peanuts, there’s no reason for a woman to avoid peanuts during pregnancy.

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Previously, health experts had advised women to avoid highly allergenic foods such as peanuts and tree nuts during pregnancy and while nursing. They had also been told that their children should stay away from peanuts until they were 3 years of age.

These recommendations were made to minimize early allergen exposure and sensitization and reduce the risk of developing childhood peanut allergy. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) even endorsed these recommendations in 2000.

Surprisingly, the number of peanut allergy cases in the US tripled in the period between 1997 and 2007. In other words, the avoidance recommendation for peanuts did nothing to stop the increase in peanut allergies. Because of this, the AAP rescinded their recommendation in 2008.

To better understand the relationship between maternal diet and the development of food allergy in children, Children’s Hospital researchers analyzed data from over 8000 children provided by the Growing Up Today Study (GUTS).

First, they positively identified 140 cases of peanut or tree nut allergies. Next, they examined the peanut and nut consumption of each child’s mother during the peri-pregnancy period and compared them with the dietary habits of pregnant women whose children did not develop a peanut allergy.

To their surprise, the researchers found that the rate of peanut allergy was significantly lower among children whose mothers ate peanuts during the peri-pregnancy period.

Since these data only show an association, health experts cannot say with certainty that eating more peanuts during pregnancy will actually prevent peanut allergy in children - but they can confidently say that peanut consumption during pregnancy doesn’t cause peanut allergy in children.

In other words, when it comes to peanuts, early allergen exposure seems to increase tolerance and reduce risk of childhood food allergy.

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