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Get Your Beauty Sleep and Lose Weight!


Research has documented the link between obesity and sleep loss, although no on has been able to explain why. Recent research has found that sleep deprivation significantly decreases brain activity related to the evaluation of appetite and affects choices of what kind of foods we [...]

Important facts about magnesium which may surprise you

Did you know that magnesium deficiencies have been shown to increase cardiac arrhythmias? Magnesium is one of the most important minerals because magnesium affects many functions, but this reviewed research focused on cardiovascular disease.

The research included studies of 313.041 individuals and investigated associations of circulating and dietary magnesium with cardiovascular [...]

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,, 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 [...]

Chicken, you may be getting more than protein

Unless you are buying antibiotic-free or organic chicken, you probably know that you’re buying chicken that has been fed antibiotics. What you may not know however is that arsenic-based drugs are permitted in poultry production.

Researchers at John Hopkins investigated for that reason how much arsenic chicken meat contained (Nachman [...]

The Surprising Effect of Berries

If you like berries, this research is good news for you. Berries are known for their high antioxidant content, but this study investigated the effects of berries on glucose control (Törrönon R., 2013).

Researchers measured both glucose and insulin after eating white bread [...]

Still don’t believe? Omega 3 fatty acids, total mortality and heart disease


Have you ever questioned the benefits of omega 3 fat? Even though so much research has been published on the benefits, many people have reservations.

This new study did not rely on self-reported [...]

Save your eyes: reduce the risk of macular degeneration

We all value our eyesight. New research shows us an easy way to help prevent macular degeneration (Merle BM,, 2013).

963 participants were followed for 31 months and plasma fatty acids were measured from fasting blood samples, eye examinations were also performed.

High plasma omega-3 fatty acids were found [...]

Your dinner can affect how much you eat the next day

Recent research indicates that the gut bacterial flora may affect the metabolism including appetite, and the reviewed study evaluated the effects of a whole grain barley kernel product  on markers of metabolism and appetite regulation  in healthy people (Johansson EV,, 2013).

Boiled barley kernels were compared with white wheat bread as [...]

Lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease also lowers the risk for cancer

Interesting new research proves that when causes for one disease are corrected, not only will the risk for that disease be lowered, but the risk for other diseases will be lowered.

This study, which included 13,253 participants, was conducted for almost 20 years (Rasmussen-Torvik LJ,, 2013). The participants were classified [...]

Ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids important for memory

A lot of research has been published on the importance of omega-3 fatty acid.

It’s not only important that you eat omega 3 fat, but it is important that you eat enough of omega 3 fat so that the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is good.

The research reviewed here is [...]

If you think artificially sweetened soft drinks are healthier than sugar sweetened, you need to read this.


It’s a common belief that artificially sweetened soft drinks are a good alternative to sugar sweetened ones. They are usually promoted as diet soft drinks, and people with Diabetes may also think it’s okay to drink this, because they don’t contain regular sugar.

The reviewed research is interesting because it compared regular [...]

Deep-fried food and the risk of prostate cancer

The study referred here investigated if deep-fried food may increase the risk of prostate cancer (Stott-Miller M,,2013).

Other research suggests that high-heat cooking may increase the risk of prostate cancer possibly because of the formation of carcinogens.

The researchers found a positive association with prostate cancer risk for people that ate french fries, [...]

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.,,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 [...]

More evidence why interval training is better

There has been a lot of research in the last few years on the benefits of interval training. The reviewed study compared interval walking with regular walking (Karstoft K, et. al.,2013).

The participants were people with Type II Diabetes. One group completed 60 minutes of continuous walking. The other group completed interval walking, alternating [...]

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 [...]

Surprising findings related to meat consumption

Quite a few studies have been published on the consumption of red meat and the increased risk for heart disease and stroke. The reviewed research is interesting because it investigated the risk of diabetes and meat consumption (Feskens E J, et al,2013).

We are used to thinking that red meat may not be the [...]

More benefits of B vitamins

B vitamins are important for many reasons and the reviewed research investigated the associations between the intake of folate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B6 and vitamin B 12 and colorectal cancer (Zschabitz S, et al. 2013). A total of 88,045 post menopausal women were participating.

The results showed that vitamin B6 and riboflavin intake [...]

Multivitamins are not dangerous

Last year the news created headlines referring to research stating that multivitamins increased the risk of dying. This did not make any sense and now recent research has disputed that

The reviewed study analyzed 21 articles and included 91,074 people and 8,794 deaths (Macpherson H, et al. 2012). The average age of the participants [...]

The risk of sugar sweetened beverages

Most people believe that sweets are not healthy, and sugar sweetened beverages are associated with weight gain and also increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The reviewed research investigated the association between sugar sweetened beverages and several risk factors for cardiovascular disease (de Koning L, et al. 2012).

42,883 men were included in the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cruciferous vegetables and breast cancer

Cruciferous vegetables are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts. These vegetables are considered some of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.   The research reviewed investigated the association between the intake of this type of vegetables and the risk of breast cancer (Liu X, Lv K. 2012). This was a meta-analysis where the researchers [...]

Factors affecting cognition

The participants were 6,401 adults, aged 39-63 years in 1991-1993. Data on weight using body mass index (BMI) was collected and metabolic status was evaluated using triglycerides, high density lipoprotein (HDL). The participants were also evaluated for the use of lipid lowering drugs, if they had high blood pressure or if they were using [...]

Cardiovascular risk and glutathione

Glutathione is a very effective antioxidant the body produces. Antioxidants protect tissue from free radical damage. Oxidized LDL (the bad cholesterol) initiates atherosclerosis and glutathione protects against lipid oxidation.

The reviewed research investigated whether glutathione could reduce cardiovascular mortality (Buijsse B, et al. 2012). The study included participants who after 5 to 12 years [...]

What can you expect from effective probiotic

Probiotics have been in the news a lot lately. There are numerous brands on the market and also many different strains of bacterias promoted as being healthy and producing benefits for the gastrointestinal tract.

Most of these friendly bacterias are temperature sensitive and need to be refrigerated to keep their potency. Unless the [...]