Fish May Deter Depression in Women

Risk of depression appears one-quarter lower in women who eat fish at least twice a week Eight years ago, the American Psychiatric Association concluded that diets high in omega-3 fats help deter depression. Their expert panel found that people who eat more seafood-source omega-3s (EPA and DHA) than average enjoy reduced risks of mood problems…

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May 20, 2014

Iodine: Are You Deficient in this Important Nutrient?

Iodine: Are You Deficient in this Important Nutrient? Iodine’s role in so many areas of health makes its widespread deficiency particularly concerning. Iodine deficiency has been linked to many of the following health concerns: • Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism and simple goiter. The thyroid gland absorbs iodine from the blood…

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May 20, 2014

Cocoa Boosted Fuzzy Brains

Cocoa Boosted Fuzzy Brains Two daily cups aided thinking and underlying processes in slightly brain-impaired seniors A daily cup of cocoa boosted the brains of people with signs of “cognitive impairment” … fuzzy thinking, that is. As with heart health, cocoa is proving itself a powerful ally in brain health. And a new study suggests…

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May 19, 2014

Over Age 40 Not Too Late to Begin Endurance Training

Over Age 40 Not Too Late to Begin Endurance Training (HealthDay News) — Men who begin endurance exercise after age 40 may get similar long-term heart benefits as those who start training before age 30, new research finds. Men in both exercise groups showed similar evidence of exercise-related improvements in heart structure and function, according…

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May 17, 2014

“Exercise Snacking” Improves Glycemic Control

“Exercise Snacking” Improves Glycemic Control (HealthDay News) — In individuals with insulin resistance, short bursts of intense exercise may be an effective alternative to a prolonged bout of continuous, moderate exercise for improving glycemic control, according to research published online May 8 inDiabetologia. Monique E. Francois, of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand,…

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May 16, 2014

Birth Weight, Breastfeeding Linked to C-Reactive Protein

Birth Weight, Breastfeeding Linked to C-Reactive Protein (HealthDay News) — Higher birth weight and having been breastfed for ≥3 months correlate with lower C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration in young adulthood, according to a study published online April 23 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. Thomas W. McDade, PhD, from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL,…

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May 15, 2014

The Decline in Male Fertility

Scientists Puzzle Over Declining Sperm Counts; a ‘Crisis’ or Not Enough Data? Are today’s young men less fertile than their fathers were? It’s a controversy in the fertility field, with some experts raising the alarm over what some are calling a “sperm crisis” because they believe men’s sperm counts have been decreasing for a decade…

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May 14, 2014

Dietary Fiber Acts On Brain To Supress Appetite

Dietary fiber acts on brain to supress appetite People have long been told that a diet high in fibre can help to fight obesity, but how it does so has been unclear. “There has been lots of epidemiological information showing a relationship between fiber and obesity, but no one has been able to connect the…

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May 12, 2014

Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks? Think Again.

For most people, taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks is not a good idea Lately, aspirin has enjoyed a renaissance, with millions of older Americans taking small doses of the drug daily to lower this risk of heart attacks and strokes. But in a new statement, the FDA is warning that anyone who doesn’t already…

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May 12, 2014

What is Flax Seed?

Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. The seeds come from flax, one of the the oldest fiber crops in the world – known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. It…

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February 3, 2014