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Month: December 2011

The Truth About the Health Benefits of Tea

The Truth About the Health Benefits of Tea

Does it really fight cancer? Lower cholesterol? We filter the research to find out which health claims actually hold water. The way scientific studies and health gurus alike have touted the perks of tea over the past few years, you’d think the stuff was some kind of all-powerful magical elixir. Improving heart health, reducing cancer risk, warding off dementia and diabetes—there’s barely a health benefit that hasn’t been credited to tea. It’s true that the brew has disease-fighting antioxidants, and,…

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It’s true: Aging really is all in your mind

It’s true: Aging really is all in your mind

BY ALEXIA ELEJALDE-RUIZ, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE OCTOBER 20, 2011 Rather than declare failure when they aren’t as nimble on the tennis court or spry on the stairs as they used to be, older people should recognize that anything is still possible; they just may have to try a few different strategies, Langer says. Photograph by: Digital Vision, Thinkstock Those of us lucky enough to grow old must contend with the miserable stereotypes of what it’s like: the frailty, the forgetfulness,…

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Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Add a Decade or More Healthy Years to the Average Lifespan, Canadian Study Shows

Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Add a Decade or More Healthy Years to the Average Lifespan, Canadian Study Shows

Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Add a Decade or More Healthy Years to the Average Lifespan, Canadian Study ShowsScienceDaily (Oct. 21, 2011) — Health prevention strategies to help Canadians achieve their optimal health potential could add a decade or more of healthy years to the average lifespan and save the economy billions of dollars as a result of reduced cardiovascular disease, says noted cardiologist Dr. Clyde Yancy. Dr. Yancy, who will deliver the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Lecture at…

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Commercial weight-loss gets best results: study

Commercial weight-loss gets best results: study

Research shows that doctor-led programs not as effective Commercial weight-loss programs such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World are more effective and cheaper than family doctor-based services led by specially trained staff, according to the findings of a study. With a global epidemic of obesity putting huge pressure on health budgets, researchers at Britain’s Birmingham University wanted to compare the effectiveness of doctorled weight loss programs against several well-known commercial schemes. The results suggest that while commercial schemes generally help…

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Faulty Heart Disease Gene Modified By Eating Fruit And Raw Vegetables

Faulty Heart Disease Gene Modified By Eating Fruit And Raw Vegetables

A genetic variant which significantly raises the risk of heart disease can be modified by eating plenty of fruit and raw vegetables so that the carrier’s risk of heart disease is brought down to the same level as those without the faulty gene, researchers from McMaster and McGill universities, Canada, reported in the journal PLoS Medicine. The long-held belief that you cannot change the genes you inherited from your parents does not appear to hold true, the authors explained. The…

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Good foods for a good sleep

Good foods for a good sleep

Good foods for a good sleep All of us toss and turn through the occasional sleepless night. At any given time, though, there are those among us struggling with full-blown insomnia. Chronic difficulty in falling or staying asleep can rob you of the nightly rest you need, as well as your ability to concentrate. When you regularly miss out on sleep, don’t be surprised if you experience irritability, exhaustion, and depression. Insomnia is a message that your body sends to…

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Longevity-promoting foods

Longevity-promoting foods

Eat right, live longer by Stephanie Raymond Genes, stress, and environmental factors play a role in aging, but the key to a long, healthy life may be found in certain antiaging foods. Packed with fibre, essential nutrients, and free radical-fighting antioxidants, the following foods may help put the brakes on aging when eaten regularly. Berries A daily dose of berries may ward off DNA damage, certain cancers, and age-related cognitive decline. Berries’ many healthy benefits are credited to their abundant…

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Strawberries Can Fight Alcohol Damage

Strawberries Can Fight Alcohol Damage

Analysis by Emily Sohn Thu Nov 3, 2011 To avoid the damage that alcohol can cause to your stomach, a new study found, you may simply need to eat strawberry extract before you start swigging. The study, which included 36 rats divided into six study groups, adds to prior evidence that fruits and vegetables can protect against ulcers, cancers and other problems in the gastrointestinal system. Antioxidants seem to explain why, according to the paper, which was published in the…

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Nutritionally, Dark Meat Trumps White Meat

Nutritionally, Dark Meat Trumps White Meat

By Heather Ashare, MPH for DietsInReview.com Have you shunned a drumstick at Thanksgiving because of a fear of fat and calories? In our attempts to trim our turkey dinner we may be cutting out some key nutrients. We looked at the nutritional benefits of both white and dark meat turkey and learned that there’s nothing wrong with fighting over the drumstick after all. In our side-by-side analysis, we used a 3.5 ounce serving for both white and dark meat turkey,…

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Omega-3 fats from fish oil and supplements prevent and slow arthritis progression

Omega-3 fats from fish oil and supplements prevent and slow arthritis progression

Thursday, November 03, 2011 by: John Phillip (NaturalNews) Humans have been consuming omega-3 fats from natural fish, nut and seed sources for countless generations. Our core genetic structure depends on a regular supply of the long chain omega-3 fats EPA and DHA to form cell wall structures and perform millions of metabolic functions that we normally associate with vibrant health. Imbalance of omega-3 to omega-6 fats cause a surge in inflammatory cytokines that can lead to the painful and debilitating…

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