LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2015 Archive 1

January 29, 2015

Can Balance Predict Brain Health?

A condition that commonly increases with age, small vessel disease occurs due to microangiopathy of arterioles in the brain, making these arteries less flexible, thereby potentially interfering with blood flow. As a result, loss of motor coordination, including balance, as well as cognitive impairment may occur.

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January 29, 2015

What Does Research Reveal About the Benefits of Fasting?

A study by researchers at the University of Southern California showed that extended fasting not only protects against immune system damage, but also induces immune system regeneration.

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January 28, 2015

Is Fructose More Toxic than Table Sugar?

When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents.

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January 27, 2015

Can Vitamin D Improve Immunological Parameters in HIV-Positive Individuals?

Dr. Virginia A. Stallings and colleagues from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia published a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in which treatment with a 7,000 IU vitamin D3 product benefited HIV-positive children and young adults. The vitamin D supplements used in the trial were provided by the Life Extension Foundation. The study, titled "High-Dose Vitamin D3 Supplementation in Children and Young Adults with HIV: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial," was published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

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January 26, 2015

Herbs & Spices for Heart Health?

Flavorful additions that accent vegetables, fish, and meats, herbs and spices may also help improve blood biomarkers related to heart health. Sheila G. West, PhD, from The Pennsylvania State University, and colleagues prepared meals for six men, ages 30 to 65 years, who were overweight but otherwise healthy.

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January 23, 2015

What Can One Cup of Blueberries a Day Do for You?

(NaturalNews) With ancient ties to North America, its no wonder that blueberries are one of America's favorite foods. Called "star berries" by the Native Americans for their five-point star shape, blueberries were an abundant resource, acting as a food and a medicine. The berries were dried to create a type of jerky that could be taken on long trips, similar to today's version of fruit leather. Natives also made dye from blueberry juice, using it to paint textiles and baskets.

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January 22, 2015

Is BMI a Major Cancer Risk Factor?

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. A BMI of 18.5–24.9 is defined as normal weight; whereas a BMI of 25–29.9 is considered overweight and a BMI of 30 or more signals obesity.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) warns that high BMI is now a major cancer risk factor, responsible for nearly 4%, or 481,000, of new cancer cases globally in 2012.

The study found that …

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January 21, 2015

The Health Benefits of Radishes May Surprise You

(NaturalNews) The health benefits of radishes are truly impressive. They are good for the liver and stomach, the kidneys and bladder, the lungs, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. They purify the blood and eliminate waste, detoxify the body, and are an anti-congestive. They are used to treat and prevent cancer, jaundice, constipation, urinary tract and kidney infections, skin ailments, and more.

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January 20, 2015

Foods to Protect the Heart

Plant-based antioxidants – compounds that can beneficially affect some types of cell damage, flavonoids are found abundantly in blueberries, dark chocolate, and red wine. Jia Zhong, from Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues studied data collected on 573 men enrolled in the Boston-based Normative Aging Study, collecting and tracking heart rate variability and exposure to fine particulate matter over an 11-year period.

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January 20, 2015

Could DNA Damage Be A Marker Of Insufficient Zinc Status?

A randomized, double-blind trial reported online in Nutrition Research found a protective effect for zinc supplementation against DNA strand breaks. This type of genetic damage is caused primarily by reactive oxygen species and can lead to further damage and consequent disorders if not repaired.

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January 19, 2015

Can fast food lower student test scores by as much as 20%?

(NaturalNews) Eating out at fast food joints seems to be a way of life for most families. After all, how common is it to see a car filled with children pulling out of a McDonald's lot or to catch the glimpse of a parked car, toys and French fry boxes scattered about the back seat?

Sadly, though, one study has discovered a link between consumption of fast foods and a decline in testing ability among grade-school children.

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January 16, 2015

Cancer Protective Effects of Walnuts?

An abundant source of antioxidants, walnuts are a good source of protein, fiber, and alpha linoleic acid – a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Paul Andrew Davis, from the University of California Davis, and colleagues fed mice either whole walnuts (equivalent of 2.6 ounces for humans), walnut oil or a walnut-like fat for 18 weeks.

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January 15, 2015

On-Off Switch for Aging Cells?

Telomeres are the end caps of chromosomes, protecting the DNA complexes from deterioration during cell division. Telomere shortening is considered a marker of cellular aging, and the process is thought to be governed by the enzyme telomerase. Victoria Lundblad, from the Salk Institute, and colleagues have discovered an on-and-off “switch” in cells that may enable the, to keep dividing and generating new tissue, even in old age.

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January 14, 2015

Can Your Tongue's Appearance Reveal Disease and Nutrient Deficiencies?

(NaturalNews) The texture and appearance of your tongue says a lot about the state of your health. And new technology outlined in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology suggests that it might soon be possible for trained physicians to conduct digital analyses of people's tongues in order to diagnose illness.

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January 13, 2015

Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked with Reduced Mechanical Ventilation Duration in Critically Ill
A study published online in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition found that critically ill surgical patients whose vitamin D levels were higher needed less respiratory support via the use of mechanical ventilation in comparison with those with lower levels.

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January 12, 2015

Higher B Vitamin Intake Associated with Better Cognitive Function
In a recent article published in Nutrition Journal, Korean researchers report a beneficial effect for increased B vitamin intake on cognitive function in individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease.

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January 9, 2015

Three Supplements That Can Help Eliminate Carbohydrate Cravings?
(NaturalNews) Do you often feel incomplete in the morning without eating some bread or cereal? Do you regularly find yourself purchasing a candy bar just to cope with your mid-afternoon slump? If your answer to these questions is "yes," you're not alone: An overwhelming majority of people in the Western world are addicted to the short-term energy boosts that carbohydrates are well-known for providing.

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January 8, 2015

Soap and Cancer?
Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent commonly added to soaps and shampoos. Robert H. Tukey, from the University of California/San Diego, and colleagues found that triclosan disrupted liver integrity and compromised liver function in mouse models.

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January 6, 2014

Can Low DHEA Predict Coronary Heart Disease?
The most abundant steroid in the human body, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is involved in the manufacture of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and corticosterone. Claes Ohlsson, from Sahlgrenska Academy (Sweden), and colleagues monitored 2,614 men, ages 69 to 80 years, who resided in 3 Swedish communities, for five years, during which DHEA levels were assessed.

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January 5, 2015

Consuming Tea and Citrus Fruits Reduces Women's Ovarian Cancer Risk
(NaturalNews) Women who would like to significantly reduce the risk of ovarian cancer now have a natural and simple way to do so.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have conducted studies indicating that daily consumption of tea and citrus fruits can lower the risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer by nearly a third.

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