• High intake of Lycopene linked to healthy blood vessels in women

    Aug 21, 2009
    Korean researchers have found that women with the highest level of the tomato carotenoid Lycopene in their blood had less stiffness in their arteries and there was a lower level of oxidized (rancid) LDL-cholesterol. When LDL-cholesterol becomes rancid it contributes significantly to hardening of the arteries. The women who ranged in age from 31 to 75 also had LDL-particle size was also larger decreasing its ability to fit snugly into the walls of arteries and causing damage in the first place.
  • Fish Oils also tied to lower risk of dementia in middle-income and poorer countries

    Aug 20, 2009
    British researchers investigated any contribution of fish to lowering the risk of dementia in Latin American countries, in China, and in India. One-phase cross-sectional surveys were conducted in all residents aged 65 or older in 11 catchment areas in China, India, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, and Peru. A total of 14,960 residents were assessed by using the 10/66 standardized protocol, which includes face-to-face interviews for dietary habits and a cross-culturally validated dementia diagnosis.
  • Chocolate cuts the risk of dying in people who are heart attack survivors

    Aug 19, 2009
    Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden followed 1,169 non-diabetic but hospitalized patients who had survived a heart attack. There chocolate consumption was noted and the participants were followed for the next eight-years. Consuming chocolate twice or more per week decreased their risk of dying by 66%, consuming it once a week decreased the risk of dying by 44% and once a month consumption decreased heart related death by 27%.
  • Exercise or adherence to the Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of dementia; the protection is even greater if you do both

    Aug 18, 2009
    The Mediterranean diet is very-low in meat and rich in fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, vegetables, fish, some red wine, and includes quality olive oil as the source of fat (mostly other than fish). In a previous study Dr. N Scarmeas from Colombia University and his team demonstrated that elderly New Yorkers who eat a diet close to the Mediterranean one lowered their risk of Alzheimers by about 40%.
  • Review of 28 studies shows that whole Flaxseed and Flaxseed Lignans lower cholesterol significantly

    Aug 17, 2009
    A joint team of researchers from China and the USA reviewed quality studies performed between the years 1990 to 2008 identifying 28 studies as meeting their inclusion criteria. Flaxseed Lignans strongly reduced cholesterol levels (both total and LDL-cholesterol) whereas whole Flaxseed also reduced cholesterol but to a lesser degree. Flaxseed Oil failed to lower cholesterol.