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How to reduce your risk of dementia

It’s great that you and I are probably going to live longer, but the idea of being mentally impaired by dementia is terrifying. Dementia affects more people than you may be aware of: for that reason it makes a lot of sense to do what we can to prevent it.

Inflammation: it’s dangerous!

You might think of inflammation as something you don’t have a problem with unless you have a hot and swollen joint or have recently injured yourself. Even then, it may look like a localized reaction not affecting any other part of your body.

Antioxidants and Optimism

The research reviewed this time is a little bit different. The researchers looked at the association between antioxidants and optimism (Boehmite JK, et.al., 2013). That participants were 982 men and women and the researchers evaluated the relationship between optimism and serum concentration of nine different antioxidants.

The results showed that optimism was associated with [...]

Reduce Inflammation by Using Your Mind

Inflammation is a risk factor for all chronic diseases. Anything you can do to reduce inflammation will be beneficial to your health. This reviewed research investigated if meditation could help reduce inflammation (Rozenkranz MA, et.al.,2013).

A stress test was used to induce psychological stress. Inflammation was produced using a topical application [...]

Specific fat produced from exercise makes you lose weight

That fat can make you lose weight may sound strange. Even stranger is what the reviewed research documented (Böstrom P,et.al.,2012).

When both mice and humans exercise, a membrane protein is cleaved and

secreted as a newly identified hormone called irisin.  Irisin acts on what’s called white fat cells, that’s the [...]

What is the best time day to be physically active?

The reviewed research evaluated how walking at different times affected the blood glucose after a meals (Dipietro L, et.al.,2013).

The participants were 60 years or older inactive individuals with elevated fasting blood glucose levels between 105 and 125 mg/dl. The exercise protocols consisted of either 15 minutes of walking after meals, or 45 [...]

Important research related to Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is at least partially caused by decreased clearance of the beta-amyloid peptide breakdown products.  The reviewed research investigated how different diets may affect the removal of these breakdown products (Hanson AJ, et.al.,2013).

One group of the participants were older adults with normal cognition, while the other group were older adults with [...]

Specific type of vitamin B prevents DNA damage

B vitamins are important in many ways – higher vitamin B levels have been linked to a lower risk for cancer. This research examined the association between pyridoxal, a type of vitamin B 6, folate and homocysteine with 8-OHdG, a marker of oxidative DNA damage (Kuwahara K, et.al, 2013). The participants were both men [...]

Surprising effects of meditation if practiced a specific way

We can now find more and more research related to the benefits of meditation. A lot of the research is related to the relaxing effects of meditation and it may look like meditation is just another way of getting relaxed. While relaxation can be beneficial in itself, there are more to meditation [...]

More Good News About Vitamin D

Are you always tired? Try having your vitamin D levels checked, then take vitamin D if you are deficient. The energy of our cells is produced in the mitochondria of our cells. Suboptimal mitochondrial function has been implicated in fatigue.

The reviewed research examined the effect of vitamin D in individuals [...]

Suprising benefit of walnuts

Research has documented that walnuts improve cardiovascular risk factors.

The reviewed research investigated if walnuts may affect the risk of diabetes (Pan A.,et.al.,2013). 58.063 women aged 52 -77 years and also 79.893 women aged 35-52 years were followed over ten years. None of the women had Diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer at the start [...]

Eggs, heart disease, and stroke

Eggs have had a bad reputation. Many people have been afraid of eating eggs due to high cholesterol.

This has been going on for years, but is there really any evidence that eggs can cause heart disease?

This is what the researchers of the reviewed article wanted to find out (Rong Y,et al.,2013). They [...]

Protect your skin with green tea

Most people believe that drinking green tea is a healthy habit. Still the results from the reviewed research may be surprising (Rhodes LE.,et al.,2013).

The participants were women, ranging between the ages of 29 to 59 years old. Their buttock skin were exposed to UV radiations. For 12 weeks, the inflammatory response was measured [...]

Low grade inflammation and depression

There is more and more evidence that low grade inflammation is involved in all chronic conditions. Low grade systemic inflammation, as it is called, means inflammation that affects the whole body. This type of inflammation does not have to give you any visible signs like a swollen joint, like we usually associate with inflammation, [...]

Be more active and keep more of your brain

The reviewed research is interesting because no one wants to lose any of the brain they have. In this study the researchers investigated the association between physical activity at age 70 years and structural brain biomarkers at 73 years (Gow AJ, et al. 2012). Computational image processing methods were used to measure atrophy and [...]

Vitamin D and Early Death

New research on the importance of vitamin D is published all the time. The reviewed study was quite large and was conducted in Denmark (Brondum-Jacobsen P, et al. 2012).

The participants were 10,170 men and women, the vitamin D levels were measured, and the follow-up time was 29 years. The researchers investigated the association [...]

Improve your blood sugar control and decrease your blood pressure by eating more of a specific food

Eating low glycemic index foods is the key to keeping your blood sugar in a low and normal range. This is also important when it comes to reducing cardiovascular risk.

The reviewed research compared two different types of food for efficiency when it came to these issues (Jenkins DJ, et al. 2012). The participants [...]

Anxiety and accelerated aging

We know that stress is unhealthy. The reviewed research is fascinating because it examined the relationship between the length of telomeres and anxiety (Okereke OI, et al. 2012). Shorter telomeres are thought to be a cause of poor health and aging. This means that this study gives us information on how anxiety may affect [...]

Omega 3 fatty acids and memory

Research has shown that omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil provide numerous health benefits. The research reviewed investigated if working memory in young adults improved after taking fish oil containing 750 mg of DHA and 930 mg of EPA per day for 6 months (Narendran R, et al.2012).

The participants underwent a working [...]

Is a low carbohydrate, high protein diet increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease?

A low carbohydrate, high protein diet has been promoted by many as a healthy way to eat and also a way to lose weight. Since this is a low glycemic index diet you can certainly lose weight eating that way, but is it healthy long term? This is exactly what the reviewed study investigated [...]

More good news about olive oil

Olive oil has several health benefits and research keeps documenting more. The reviewed research evaluated the effect of olive oil related to biomarkers of bone growth (Fernández-Real JM, et al. 2012).

The study participants were elderly men with high cardiovascular risk and the follow up was 2 years. The participants were divided in 3 [...]

What is the truth about omega 3 fish oil?

If you watched the ABC evening news yesterday you would have seen a report they did on omega 3 fish oil and a study which they claimed showed no benefits of fish oil. They reported that this study, which was a meta analyses of several studies, did not show any cardiovascular benefits from taking [...]

More evidence that it matters where the calories are coming from

There are still so called experts who claim that it does not matter where the calories are coming from when it comes to losing and maintaining your weight. Several studies designed in different ways have documented that it does make a difference where the calories are coming from. When we lose weight the metabolic [...]

More evidence that certain foods will reduce inflammation

There has been a lot of debate and also confusion when it comes to different types of diets, as it relates to weight loss and health. There are however more and more research providing evidence that what the diet consists of (where the calories are coming from) is very important. It makes a big [...]

The way meat is cooked can increase prostate cancer risk

The reviewed research investigated the association between red meat and poultry intake and advanced prostate cancer (Joshi AD, et al. 2012). The researchers looked at the cooking practices and the carcinogens that accumulate in cooked meats.   The researchers observed a positive association between risk of advanced prostate cancer and high intake of red [...]

Easy way to improve your blood vessels.

We have heard a lot about the benefits of olive oil, but the research reviewed here is interesting because it measured endothelium function after using olive oil for 4 months. The endothelium is the lining inside the blood vessels.   The participants in the study were patients with early atherosclerosis which means they had [...]

Is more exercise better for fat loss?

Exercise is a necessity if you want to stay healthy, but how effective is it for losing weight if that is the only thing you change, and for how long do you have to exercise? The reviewed research was an attempt to clarify that and you may find the results surprising.   The researchers [...]

Compound from broccoli kills prostate cancer cells.

We have probably all heard that eating broccoli is healthy, and the research reviewed here adds more evidence to that (Clarke JD, et al. 2011).

The study documented that sulforaphane a compound found in broccoli, selectively induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis (cell death) in benign hyperplasia and cancerous prostate epithelial cells, but not [...]

Interesting results comparing sprint interval running with continuous running

Quite a bit of research has been conducted in the last few years on the benefits of high intensity short interval training. The reviewed study investigated the effects of sprint interval running and continuous running on insulin sensitivity and cholesterol (Sandvei M, et al. 2012). Good insulin sensitivity helps prevent type 2 diabetes as [...]

What you do can have a big impact on your eye sight as you get older

Losing our eye sight is not an attractive option, but there are a lot of things you can do to increase your odds of seeing well as you get older.

Researchers who conducted the study reviewed here examined the risk for developing age related macular degeneration in women aged 55 to 74 years [...]