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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Want to avoid getting a stroke?

Avoiding ten risk factors can substantially improve your odds of not getting a stroke.

A recent published study in The Lancet, one the most respected medical journals in the world documented 10 risk factors associated with 90% of the risk of stroke (O’Donnell MJ, et al. 2010).

The study included patients from 22 countries [...]

Vitamin D and risk of Parkinson disease

A lot of research has been published recently on the importance of vitamin D.

The research reviewed here investigated vitamin D levels and its association to Parkinson disease (Knekt P, et al. 2010).

The follow-up period was 29 years and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level (the most common way of testing vitamin D) was determined [...]

Reduce your risk of death from inflammatory diseases

The study reviewed here investigated the connection between different foods and the risk of death from diseases in which inflammation or oxidative stress was a predominant contributor (Buyken AE, et al. 2010).

The participants both men and women were followed for 13 years. The results showed that women who ate foods in the highest [...]

New research on vitamin D

Numerous studies in the last few years have documented a variety of health benefits provided by vitamin D.

While sun exposure is a good source of vitamin D many people today use sunscreen most of the time when they are outside. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be fairly common even in [...]

New research on Resveratrol

Resveratrol got a lot of attention some years ago when research showed amazing benefits in mice.

Resveratrol is still a substance receiving a lot of attention from the research community. Two interesting and recent studies on resveratrol are reviewed here.

Both studies were conducted on human.

In one of these studies the effect [...]

Improve your learning and memory

We would all like to improve our memory or at least not see it decline as we get older. The following research may show us one way to do that.

The study included healthy individuals aged 55 years or more (Yurko-Mauro, et al. 2010). The participants were randomly assigned to take either 900 [...]

Green tea may help prevent influenza infection

Research has shown that green tea provides many health benefits.

The research reviewed here was interesting because it investigated if capsules containing green tea catechins and theanine could prevent influenza infection (Matsumoto K, et al. 2011).

The participants were healthcare workers and the study was conducted over a period of 5 months.

The [...]

Easy way to reduce anxiety and inflammation

Research has documented the importance of having a ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids that is not too high. The study reviewed was interesting because the participants were young, healthy adults (medical students) and the purpose was to determine if omega 3 fatty acids would decrease proinflammatory cytokines and depressive [...]

Common deficiencies associated with serious diseases

Recent published research including 41, 504 patient records, revealed a prevalence of 63.6% deficiency of vitamin D with only minor differences by gender and age (Anderson JL, et al. 2010).

The researchers found that the vitamin D deficiency was associated with highly significant increases in the prevalence of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and [...]

B-vitamins and cognition

Good memory and a well functioning brain would be high on a wish list for most people. The research reviewed here evaluated the effectiveness of a simple thing everybody can do for themselves. The researchers investigated if taking B-vitamins can make a difference in cognitive function (de Jager CA, et al. 2011).

The [...]

Be happy, live longer

We all prefer to be happy, but we may not realize how much of an impact happiness may have on us.

There have been numerous studies the last few years on happiness and how it affects our health.

The research reviewed here looked at many studies that evaluated subjective well-being such as life [...]

An easy way to reduce the risk of periodontitis

Periodontitis is inflammation of the gum tissue and can with time lead to the loss of teeth and has also been shown to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is of course important. What also is important is to have dietary and lifestyle habits that help [...]

Amazing new benefit documented from taking glucosamine.

Numerous studies have documented the benefits of glucosamine sulfate when it comes to supporting the cartilage and decreasing pain from osteoarthritis.

Researchers at the University of Washington recently evaluated if glucosamine and chondroitin as well as a number of other supplements were associated with total mortality (Pocobelli G, et al. 2010).

This was [...]

A simple thing you can do to help prevent brain atrophy.

Cognitive impairment and dementia are getting more common as we age and it makes sense to do whatever we can to help prevent it.

An increase rate of brain atrophy is often observed in older people who suffer from cognitive decline. Homocysteine, an amino acid, is a risk factor for brain atrophy and [...]

Transfatty acids and cancer risk

Transfatty acids are not a fat we need as compared to essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6, which we do need.

 Trans fats are formed when vegetable oils are hydrogenated, which makes the unsaturated fat into saturated fat. You are, for that reason, more likely to be exposed to transfat [...]

Link between bone mineral density and myocardial infarction

Two common health concerns seem to have an association with each other and that is bone mineral density and the risk for myocardial infarction. This interesting study was conducted in Sweden and the participants were 6,872 men and women (Wiklund P, et al. 2011). Bone mineral density was measured for the total hip and also for the femoral neck, which is a common area of fractures. The average follow up time was 5.7 years.


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Losing weight can help sleep apnea

Sleep apnea causes abnormal pauses in breathing or abnormal low breathing during sleep. Some of the symptoms are snoring, fatigue during the day, impaired reaction time and decreased short term memory.

Sleep apnea is more common in individuals who are overweight.


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The way you cook your fish is important

A lot of research has been published on the benefits of fish and omega 3 fatty acids.

The study referenced here is interesting because it compared the intake of fish, how it was prepared and how it related to the risk of heart failure (Belin RJ, et al. 2011).

84,493 women aged 50-79 were included in the investigation. Fish consumption were recorded according to frequency and if it was baked/broiled or fried.


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If your weight goes up you may need more vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels are commonly found with obesity. The first study reviewed here investigated the effect of weight loss through diet and exercise on serum levels of vitamin D (Mason, et al. 2011). Vitamin D concentration was measured at the start of the study and 12 months later.

The results showed that greater weight loss was associated with increased vitamin D. As weight loss increased vitamin D levels increased.


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Lower stress and amount of sleep affects weight loss.

Research has shown that sleeping 7-8 hours per night can make it easier to lose weight.

What makes the study reviewed here interesting is that stress in addition to sleep can have an impact on weight loss (Elder CR, et al. 2011). The participants in this research were obese individuals with a body mass index of 30-50 and the intervention consisted of 22 group session over 26 weeks.

The results documented that sleep time and lower stress at the entry of the study predicted success in weight loss. The participants with lower stress predicted greater weight loss.


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New research on vitamin D

Numerous studies in the last few years have documented a variety of health benefits provided by vitamin D.

While sun exposure is a good source of vitamin D many people today use sunscreen most of the time when they are outside. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be fairly common even in warmer [...]

Be happy, live longer

We all prefer to be happy, but we may not realize how much of an impact happiness may have on us.

There have been numerous studies the last few years on happiness and how it affects our health.

The research reviewed here looked at many studies that evaluated subjective well-being such as life satisfaction, [...]

New research on Resveratrol

Resveratrol got a lot of attention some years ago when research showed amazing benefits in mice.

Resveratrol is still a substance receiving a lot of attention from the research community. Two interesting and recent studies on resveratrol are reviewed here.

Both studies were conducted on human.


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