Researchers from UCL have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of aging.
The two new studies, supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), could help to enhance our immunity to disease through dietary intervention and help make existing immune system therapies more effective. As we age our immune systems decline. Older people suffer from increased incidence and severity of both infections and cancer. In addition, vaccination becomes less efficient with age.
How to Restore Healthy Intestinal Flora After Taking Antibiotics
(NaturalNews) Antibiotics kill bacteria. The problem is, our bodies are filled with bacteria, and those microbes are essential to our health. Our gut is home to 300-1000 different species of bacteria that help us digest our food, create and synthesize vitamins, repel invading pathogens, create neurotransmitters, and more. Antibiotics are indiscriminate killers. They do not just target the one pathogen that is causing an infection in our body; they kill off the good bacteria in our gut as well.
If you haven't had a heart attack, step away from the aspirin bottle... If you are one of the 40 million Americans who take an aspirin every day, you may want to heed the latest warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Meta-Analysis Associates Vitamin C Treatment with Improved Endothelial Function
The journal Atherosclerosis recently published a review and meta-analysis conducted by researchers at England's Newcastle University which affirms an association between vitamin C supplementation and improved endothelial function.
"To our knowledge, this is the first systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the effect of supplemental vitamin C on endothelial function in human adults," authors Ammar W. Ashor and colleagues announce.
Could Brushing Your Teeth Be Harmful To Your Health?
(NaturalNews) If you use conventional toothpaste, you could be brushing your teeth with a chemical linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, infertility and a host of other health problems. A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit has revealed that the Colgate-Palmolive Co. conspired with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in the 1990s to deliberately withhold safety data on triclosan, a dangerous biocidal chemical that is used exclusively in Colgate's Total toothpaste brand.
Queensland University of Technology (Australia) researchers urge that women would benefit from being prescribed exercise as medicine. Debra Anderson and colleagues completed a systematic literature review to reveal that moderate to high intensity activity is essential to reducing the risk of death in older women.
(NaturalNews) (Natural News) The best way to avoid genetically modified foods is to know which foods are genetically modified and which foods are not. It helps to understand the difference between heirlooms, hybrids, and GMOs.
A study aiming to determine the effect of taking multivitamin and fish oil supplements together on the update of omega-3s into the blood cells found that gender contributes to uptake levels, with higher LCn-3 PUFA uptake in women.
August 19, 2014
Is Seaweed an Effective Alternative for Iodine Supplementation?
A study in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that seaweed supplementation can be an effective alternative for boosting the levels of iodine in women deficient in this vital nutrient.
Are Sports and Energy Drinks Essentially Sodas Without Carbonation?
(NaturalNews) Professional athletes who rely on popular sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade are really doing themselves a disservice, impairing their performance potential. Once in the body, these dye-filled "Kool-Aid-like" drinks actually acidify the cellular environment, restricting oxygenation of cells while limiting ATP energy production from the mitochondria. Still, drinks like these are promoted by athletes and marketed as replenishing sports beverages that enhance athletic performance.
What is the Role of Lifestyle in Alzheimer’s Disease?
With estimates projecting that by 2050, over 106 million people will be living with Alzheimer's Disease, researchers are focusing efforts to discover lifestyle factors that may contribute to the disease. Deborah Barnes from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF; California, USA), and colleagues have identified seven key risk factors for which there is consistent evidence of an association with the disease, namely: diabetes, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, physical inactivity, depression, smoking, and low educational attainment.
Can Melatonin Supplementation Improve Bone Quality?
In an article published in the journal Rejuvenation Research, scientists at the University of Madrid report a bone benefit for melatonin in elderly rats.
“Previous studies have shown that melatonin, an antioxidant molecule secreted from the pineal gland, is a positive regulator of bone mass,” write Faleh Tamini and colleagues in their introduction. “However, melatonin’s potential effects on bone mass have never been investigated in old population yet.”
Easy Way to Halve Heart Disease Risk: Run Just 7 Minutes a Day
(NaturalNews) Pharmaceutical advertisements have bombarded radio, magazine and television in the last decade like never before. Eyes and ears absorbing the propaganda send the messages to the brain, storing thoughts that could eventually turn into misleading beliefs.
Chlorella is a type of single-cell green algae, and was among the first of all algae to be cultivated into dietary supplements. Abundant in antioxidant vitamins, some studies suggest that chlorella is a potent detoxifier. Korean researchers administered a chlorella supplement (5 gms/day) or placebo, to 63 men and women with mildly elevated cholesterol levels (hypercholesterolemia), for 4 weeks.
(NaturalNews) Herbs and spices have long been used to enhance the taste of foods. It is only within the past few years that researchers have discovered that these popular components of everyday life can also aid in the weight loss battle that so many people wage. Below are six of the most potent herbs and spices that have been shown to have positive effects on weight loss.
Frailty is an age-related deterioration in physical strength and overall performance. We see it in the hunched-over elderly man or woman weakened by fatigue, brittle bones, muscle wasting, and limited mobility.
Oncologists from the University of North Carolina (UNC) have directly measured the impact of chemotherapy treatment on biological aging. Hanna Sanoff, MD, MPH, assistant professor with the UNC School of Medicine and member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues measured the level of p16, a protein that causes cellular aging, in the blood of 33 women (aged >50) who had undergone chemotherapy for curable breast cancer.
Five Natural Antibiotics That Fight Illness and Promote Health
(NaturalNews) There are many herbs and foods that can treat and prevent a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. Many people are beginning to use natural antibiotics and remedies for these illnesses rather than relying on traditional Western medicine with risks and side effects.
Magnesium Supplementation Improves Physical Performance in Older Women
An article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported findings from a trial involving healthy older women which associated improvements in physical performance with magnesium supplementation.
ALS Risk Reduced by Higher Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake
A pooled analysis reported online on July 14, 2014 in JAMA Neurology unveils an association between higher omega-3 fatty acid intake and a reduction in the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), a devastating progressive disease of the central nervous system.
Is Coconut Oil the "Miracle" Prevention Solution for Dementia?
(NaturalNews) There have been three attempts since 2012 to create an effective and not too terribly toxic pharmaceutical solution to Alzheimer's. They all failed and even caused worsening conditions with an occasional death during testing.
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death among most industrialized nations, but its incidence is notably reduced in southern Europe, where a Mediterranean diet consisting of a larger consumption of fruit, vegetables and olive oil is common.
An article published in the journal PLOS ONE indicates that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil could help protect the brain from some of the long term adverse effects of excessive alcohol consumption.
Top 10 Magnesium-Rich Foods to Boost Your Intake of this Essential Mineral
(NaturalNews) Magnesium is one of the most important -- and yet often overlooked -- nutraceutical required for a healthy body and mind. Magnesium plays an important role in more than 300 biochemical reactions and processes in the body, but despite its importance, many people fail to get enough of the mineral in their regular diet. In fact, some reports estimate that as many as 80% of Americans don't get enough of this important mineral.
Postural balance is important for the avoidance of falls – and subsequent potential fractures and hospitalization. Remaining sedentary further accelerates the loss of strength and balance. Eliane Gomes da Silva Borges, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and colleagues enrolled 59 elderly nursing home residents to either a program of ballroom dancing (dances included the foxtrot, waltz, rumba, swing, samba and bolero); or control (no dance or other exercise).
(NaturalNews) Get the most health benefits out of your cup by filling it with green tea. People have been enjoying the benefits of green tea for centuries. Scientists are just now discovering what people all over the world have known for centuries -- drinking green tea has many health benefits. Now you can learn the top 5 health benefits of green tea too.
Can Coffee Help Protect Against Parkinson's Disease?
A new research has found that drinking coffee could reduce risk of developing several neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.
Researchers identified a specific genetic variation (GRIN2A gene) as a protective factor against Parkinson's, Press TV reported.
Researchers at the Linkoping University in Sweden examined a combination of the protective factor caffeine and the genetic variant in GRIN2A among Parkinson's patients from two counties in south east of the country.
The research revealed that those individuals holding both factors could benefit a significantly lower risk of developing the disease.
Mustard Seeds Treat Inflammatory Conditions and More
(NaturalNews) The seeds of the mustard plant have enjoyed a close connection with human civilizations since time immemorial. The Ancient Greeks and Romans would regularly use them for cooking, and they have been a staple in Indian cuisine for centuries. These robust, spicy-smelling seeds were even mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible in the "Parable of the Mustard Seed," in which Jesus emphasized that the Kingdom of Heaven could grow from humble beginnings.
Ashwagandha Ingredient May Counter Endothelial Dysfunction in Diabetics
By Stephen Daniells
Daily supplements of an extract from ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) may improve the health of cells lining the blood vessels, and reduce levels of markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in type-2 diabatics, according to results of a randomized, double-blind, controlled study.
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Impair Men’s Reproductive Health
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are thought to alter the body's hormonal balance by replicating the activity of naturally occurring estrogen. EDCs are ever present in an array of commonly available food, textiles, drugs, household, and personal-care products such as plastic bottles, toys, and cosmetics.
Huge New Study Proves Organic Foods are Healthier and More Nutritious
(NaturalNews) The most comprehensive analysis ever performed comparing organic foods with those "conventionally" grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers has concluded that organic fruits and vegetables are not just less toxic but actually more nutritious than conventional produce.
Higher Vitamin D Levels Associated with Better Cancer Prognosis
The British Medical Journal published the results of a meta-analysis which indicate having a higher level of vitamin D is associated not only with a lower risk of dying from any cause over follow-up, but also with a reduction in the risk of dying from cancer among those with a history of the disease.
(NaturalNews) For many who love warmth and the outdoors, summer can, by far, be their favorite season. With summer, too, comes growing seasons, and gardeners who love to produce fresh fruit and vegetables for themselves, their families and their friends.
In Arthritis Prevention, What You Eat May Be More Important Than How Much
Despite the importance of limiting the number of calories consumed to maintain a healthy weight in the prevention of osteoarthritis, a study involving mice suggests that the type of fat consumed rather than the amount of weight gained may be a more important factor.
(NaturalNews) Promoters of statin drugs for high cholesterol often claim that this particular class of pharmaceutical is no more harmful than a placebo, providing vast benefits without inflicting any harm. But credible scientific research suggests otherwise, having determined in multiple instances that taking statins tends to deplete levels of a key coenzyme responsible for protecting against heart failure.
Almonds Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease, Research Shows
Eating almonds can reduce the risk of heart disease by keeping blood vessels healthy, research has shown. Research found that they significantly increase the amount of antioxidants in the blood stream, reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow. These findings add weight to the theory that Mediterranean diets with lots of nuts have big health benefits.
Tips To Enjoy Holiday Summer Food While Protecting Your Health at the Same Time
(NaturalNews) In the United States of America, July 4th is a celebration of political independence from tyranny rule, but it's also a holiday in which millions of Americans terrorize their own bodies with barbequed meats, aspartame-laced sodas and toxic sunscreen chemicals.
Strenuous exercise can cause temporary inflammation and oxidative stress that can lead to muscle damage, muscle soreness and reduced capacity to recover quickly. Previous studies have found that tart cherries may exert beneficial effects on recovery following weight lifting exercise and marathon running.
(NaturalNews) High blood pressure can have potentially serious, even fatal, consequences. The good news is that there are scientifically proven changes to one's diet which can be made to help deal with this condition. While serious cases (e.g. 160+/115+) may require the attention of a doctor and immediate pharmaceutical intervention, too many people and doctors unfortunately turn to medical drugs too quickly, when in reality there are many simple foods and herbs which can help bring mild-to-moderate cases of high blood pressure under control.
Lactate dehydrogenase A (LDHA) is an enzyme that is elevated in several human cancers, including pancreatic cancer. Wai-Nang Lee, MD, from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed), and colleagues observe that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the active biologic constituent in green tea, changes the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells by suppressing LDHA expression.
Omega-3 Fats May Reduce Risk of Gastrointestinal Diseases
STOCKHOLM – New research shows that dietary fats impact gut bacteria – some for the better (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFAs) and some for the worse (omega-6 PUFAs). The omega-3s EPA and DHA found in seafood and marine oils may reduce inflammation and increase beneficial microorganisms to protect against gastrointestinal (GI) diseases.These findings were presented at the 11th Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Stockholm 1 July, 2014.
(NaturalNews) No one wants to be overweight, but there's something about belly fat that seems worse than other types. Even the names make us cringe: Muffin top. Beer belly. Spare tire. Widening at the waistline, however, is not just aesthetically unpleasant; it's also bad for your health. Studies have shown that the larger your waist measurement, the more likely you are to have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. While eating well, taking supplements and exercising are all excellent ways to slow the expansion of your waistline, there are also some foods that you should completely avoid if losing belly fat is your goal.
Impact of Whooping Cough on Vaccinated Children Same as Rest of Population?
(NaturalNews) The effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine at preventing whooping cough has been called into question by a new study recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Researchers from the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Public Health England found that whooping cough prevalence among vaccinated children is roughly equal to that of unvaccinated children, suggesting that the shot may, in fact, be useless.
Half of All American Adults Have a Chronic Disease - CDC
Half of all adults in the US have at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in The Lancet.
More Than Two-Thirds of Conventional Sunscreens Contain Harmful Chemicals
(NaturalNews) It is one of the most pervasively destructive health myths circulating today -- if you don't use sunscreen, your skin will burn and you will get skin cancer! Besides the fallacious nature of this popular claim, the fact of the matter is that many sunscreen products on the market today are inherently dangerous and could cause skin cancer themselves, as well as a host of other serious health problems.
Cognitive Function Improved by B-Vitamin Supplementation in Men and Women with Elevated Homocysteine
On June 18, 2014, the journal Nutritional Neuroscience reported the findings of a clinical trial of middle-aged and older men and women who experienced a reduction in homocysteine and better cognition in association with B vitamin supplementation.
Achieving quality sleep is an anti-aging essential, yet many of us fail to feel rested upon waking. Elizabeth Devore, from Brigham and Women's Hospital, and colleagues evaluated associations of sleep duration at midlife and later life, and change in sleep duration over time, with memory in 15,263 participants of the Nurses' Health Study.
Aspartame and Artificial Colors in 'All Natural' Yogurt Products?
(NaturalNews) If you're buying so-called "All Natural" yogurt sold at the grocery store, you might assume the phrase means the product contains nothing artificial or synthetic. After all, that's the definition of "all natural."
But food marketing companies can get pretty sneaky about using the term. They know the FDA doesn't regulate "all natural" claims, so technically any food product can be claimed as "all natural" even if it contains artificial sweeteners, synthetic chemical coloring, hexane solvent chemicals, laboratory-derived antibiotics, toxic heavy metals and anything else imaginable. (Seriously, you could mix jet fuel into yogurt and still label it "All Natural.")
Are Higher Vitamin D Levels Associated with a Reduced Risk of Premature Mortality?
The results of a systematic view published in the American Journal of Public Health reaffirm what a number of studies conducted over the past decade have indicated: that having a higher serum level of vitamin D is associated with a lower risk of dying prematurely.
(NaturalNews) Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, has long been at the center of health debates, with the Food and Drug Administration saying the product is "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS) on one side and many scientific studies demonstrating the ill effects of MSG on the other. (1) In fact, MSG has been shown in several studies to have neurotoxic effects, and although the FDA claims that problems associated with MSG affect only about 2 percent of the population, many health experts say that number is significantly higher. (2) Moreover, they aver that MSG is at the root of many health problems for tens of millions of people.
A naturally occurring organic acid known as creatine has long been used by athletes to boost their performance and build muscle strength without steroids. But emerging research is showing that creatine also has important anti-aging effects in vital tissues throughout the body.
(NaturalNews) The idea that DNA from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is broken down in the digestive tract and rendered innocuous, a common industry claim, is patently false. A recent study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE found that large, meal-derived DNA fragments from GMOs are fully capable of transferring their genes directly into the bloodstream, deconstructing the myth that transgenic foods act on the body in the same way as natural foods.
Previously, some studies suggest a beneficial effect of teas on cancer incidence. Lin Fritschi, from Curtin University (Australia), and colleagues analyzed data from 854 incident cases and 948 controls in a case-control study of colorectal cancer in Western Australia.
(NaturalNews) Studies have linked excess belly fat to high blood pressure, heart disease and even premature death, yet millions of Americans remain overweight, packing on pounds and inches each year. (1) While getting adequate exercise is certainly a key component in keeping belly fat at bay, there are dietary changes that you could -- and should -- be making to help hit fatty deposits with a one-two punch. Here are the top five foods to eat to help get rid of excess belly fat:
(NaturalNews) For years, the mathematical equation offered to those trying to lose weight seemed simple enough: Burn more calories than you consume. Piece of cake, right? Unfortunately, as with almost everything concerning the human body, it's not quite as simple as that. Over the years, more and more scientific evidence leaks out -- confirming what many of us have suspected all along -- that proves that weight gain and loss is affected by many, many factors. Among them: genetics, gender, age, hormones, stress levels, exposure to toxins and many health conditions. Even social and environmental factors can come into play
Exercise Remains Best Way to Combat 'Long Goodbye'
COULD scientists be close to finding a vaccine or cure for Alzheimer's disease? While, unfortunately, the answer is 'not yet', there does seem a case for saying exercise and diet and a healthy lifestyle could go some way to preventing the disease. A discussion by two leading scientific researchers into the disease which will affect 50 per cent of all 90 year-olds in the UK and already afflicts 800,000 Britons threw up these possibilities at the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Natural Antibiotics to Stockpile Now: 10 Herbs and Foods That Kill Superbugs
(NaturalNews) Longtime readers of Natural News know that, because of massive over-prescribing by the modern healthcare industry, today's crop of antibiotics are becoming less and less effective. Another culprit: The increased use of antibiotics in factory-farm animals.
Diet is the leading lifestyle factor in stroke risk. Fruits and vegetables are rich in key micro- and macro-nutrients that contribute to healthy blood vessels. Yan Qu, from Qingdao University (China), and colleagues completed a meta-analysis of 20 studies published over the last 19 years to assess the effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on risk of stroke globally.
10 Amazing Diet Secrets to Lower Cholesterol Naturally
(NaturalNews) Approximately 71 million adults suffer from high cholesterol, and only a third of these have it under control. (1) Considering that the condition significantly increases the risk of heart disease, management of high cholesterol is critically important. (2) While many Americans turn to prescription meds to control their cholesterol levels, there is a safer and more permanent approach: changing your diet. Read on to learn our picks for 10 amazing diet secrets to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.
Time to Recognise ‘Core Benefits of Certain Probiotics’
By Shane Starling
The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this week in Nature Reviews: Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
(NaturalNews) While many people turn to extreme dieting measures and toxic prescription meds for weight loss, the answer may be as simple as brewing up a cup of green tea. If you're wondering, "Does green tea really help you lose weight?" the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Read on to learn about the many health and weight loss benefits of incorporating green tea into your diet.
While the temperatures rise with the summer season, your blood pressure doesn’t have to do the same. Aaqib Habib Malik, from Griffin Hospital (Connecticut), and colleagues completed a literature review of 12 studies with a total of 409,707 participants) involving sugar sweetened beverages and blood pressure.
Feast, Then Fast: Large Meals Healthier for Diabetics, Says New Science
(NaturalNews) People with faster metabolisms often fare better when eating many smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to following the traditional three-meal regimen. But new research published in the journal Diabetologia suggests that eating just two large meals a day, breakfast and lunch, might be better for Type 2 diabetics as it may help improve weight loss and lower blood glucose and fasting insulin levels.
Large Study Reaffirms Calcium Supplementation Safe for Women's Heart Health
A new study published in the May issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Osteoporosis International1, found no independent associations between supplemental calcium intake and risk of incident coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke. This prospective cohort study of 74,245 women in the Nurses' Health Study, with 24 years of follow-up, counters studies from a research group in New Zealand that suggested calcium supplements may be associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.
Latest Study Links Vitamin D Deficiency in Men to Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer
(NaturalNews) A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of health problems ranging from depression to increased levels of bone fractures in adults and even certain cancers.
One of the latest studies confirms the importance of having proper levels of vitamin D in the system, concluding that men with low levels of vitamin D are at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
A study has found that curcumin fights depression by attacking multiple underlying targets without harmful side effects. The study showed curcumin is as effective as an anti-depressant medication—and that curcumin promoted the creation of new hippocampal brain cells!