LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2015 Archive 6

August 31, 2015

Can Fatty Acids Help Women Lose Weight?

A recent issue of the journal Obesity reported the outcome of a double-blind trial which found a benefit for alpha-lipoic acid and the omega 3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in overweight and obese women.

Read more about the research here.


August 26, 2015

Top 10 Functional Foods for Relieving Inflammation

(NaturalNews) Refined and processed foods can trigger an immune response that leads to inflammation. Chronic inflammation can contribute to many diseases and disorders from atherosclerosis to Alzheimer's disease. Some foods can reduce inflammation and protect against chronic inflammation. These foods are also full of important minerals, fiber and vitamins that the body needs for optimal health.

Read more about the report here.


August 26, 2015

Is There A Secret to Longevity in Stem Cells?

There currently are 53 supercentenarians – people age 110 years and over, alive today; and 51 of them are female. Ben Dulken, from Stanford University, and colleagues explored the potential underlying reasons why no other demographic factor comes remotely close to sex in predicting the likelihood of achieving such an advanced age.

Read more about the research here.


August 25, 2015

CoQ10 shows protective effect in heart attack study

An article published online in the International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology reveals a benefit for pretreatment with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in rats in which myocardial infarction (MI, or heart attack) was experimentally induced.

Read more about the study here.


August 24, 2015

Drinking soda causes diabetes even in people who aren't obese, study finds

(NaturalNews) Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes even in people of healthy weight, according to a study conducted by researchers from Cambridge University and published in the British Medical Journal.

Read more about the study here.


August 21, 2015

Alpha-lipoic acid, EPA improve weight loss effects in women

A recent issue of the journal Obesity reported the outcome of a double-blind trial which found a benefit for alpha-lipoic acid and the omega 3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in overweight and obese women.

Read more about the study here.


August 19, 2015

Telomeres Tell of Cancer

Rapid telomere shortening, followed by stabilization 3-4 years before diagnosis, may be a telltale pattern for cancer.

Read more about the research here.


August 13, 2015

Can Eating More Vitamin C Help You Live Longer?

(NaturalNews) Of all the vitamins, vitamin C is perhaps the best-known and most familiar to the general public. What most people know is that this vitamin can help to strengthen the immune system. There are dozens of over-the-counter products for taming the flu and or colds which contain high amounts of vitamin C and which are promoted as being able to help shorten the duration of the illness. But while it is true that this vitamin does make it easier for the body to fight off bacterial or viral infections, its health benefits go far beyond just avoiding illnesses. Read on to find out more about the ways in which regular vitamin C consumption promotes a longer life and helps to reduce the chances of developing many common conditions which can shorten it.

Read more about the report here.


August 12, 2015

Two Key Nutrients Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s Disease

Omega-3 supplements and antioxidants improve clearance of amyloid beta protein and reduce inflammation of brain tissue, in people with early stages of Alzheimer.

Read more about new research here.


August 5, 2015

Can Dark Chocolate Boost Attention?

Eating dark chocolate may help to boost attention levels and lower blood pressure. Larry Stevens, a professor of psychological sciences at North Arizona University, and colleagues conducted a study to examine the acute effects of chocolate on attentional characteristics of the brain.

Read more about the study here.


August 5, 2015

What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Can of Cola?

(NaturalNews) Cleaning a toilet is cheap and easy with a can of Coca-Cola. After the Coke sits in the toilet for an hour, the carbonic and phosphoric acid gets the job done, leaving behind a scum-free toilet bowl!

When that same can of Coke is poured into the mouth and down the esophagus of a human being, a much more complex chain of events occurs. After burning its way down the throat and leaving behind a film of caramel coloring on the teeth, the Coca-Cola begins its nutritional destruction on the inside of the body.

Read more about the story here.


July 31, 2015

Can Sugary Drinks Significantly Raise Cardiovascular Risk Factors?

Drinks that are sweetened with low, medium and high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup have been shown to significantly increase several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, even if they are only consumed for as little as 2-weeks. Kimber Stanhope, a research scientist at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and colleagues investigated the effects of consuming beverages containing high-fructose corn syrup on blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid – all of which are known risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

Read more about the research here.


July 31, 2015

Does Short Sleep Shorten Lifespan?

Previous studies suggest that insomnia associates with increased risk of death. Sairam Parthasarathy, from the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, and colleagues analyzed data collected on 1409 subjects enrolled in the Tucson Epidemiological Study of Airway Obstructive Disease (TESAOD), which commenced in 1972, involved multiple follow-up surveys and mortality follow-up data for a total of 38 years.

Read more about the research here.


July 29, 2015

Six foods that boost testosterone naturally

(NaturalNews) Just as estrogen and progesterone levels are of great importance to women, testosterone levels are equally important to guys. After age 50, testosterone levels can begin to gradually decline. What's more, the decline can happen so slowly that a man is not always aware of it until the levels get quite low indeed. Aside from the issues of sexual function this can cause, low testosterone levels also put men at risk for fatigue, weight gain, depression and even osteoporosis. However, there are dietary tricks men can learn to help support healthy testosterone levels, no matter what their age.

Read on to find out more about what foods are best for this condition.


July 28, 2015

How Chronic Stress Compromises Longevity

Previous studies on lab animal models suggest that when the longevity factor klotho is disrupted, it promotes symptoms of aging, such as hardening of the arteries and the loss of muscle and bone; conversely, when klotho is made more abundant, the animals live longer. Aric Prather, from the University of California/San Francisco, and colleagues studied 90 high-stress female caregivers and 88 low-stress controls, most of whom were in their 30s and 40s and otherwise healthy.

Read more about the study here.


July 23, 2015

How to Live to 100+

For 50 years, Swedish researchers have followed the health of 855 Gothenburg men born in 1913. The first surveys were conducted in 1963, and now that the study is ending –232 of the subjects reached 80 years, 111 reached age 90, and 10 have celebrated their 100th birthday.

Read more about the study here.


July 22, 2015

Seven Ways to Naturally Boost DHT Levels for Maximum Testosterone Health

(NaturalNews) It's the master hormone that makes a man uniquely manly -- DHT, or 5a-dihydrotestosterone, the strongest of the male hormones that's absolutely critical for healthy testosterone balance. Chances are, if you're a man living in the modern West, your levels of DHT are too low due to the hyper-feminizing effects of pharmaceutical drugs, plastics chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA), herbicides such as Monsanto's Roundup (glyphosate) and many other chemical pollutants.

Maintaining your manhood in today's world is nothing short of an uphill battle, in other words. But there are some formidable lifestyle changes you can make right now to get yourself on the right track to better health.

Read more about the report here.


July 21, 2015

Can CoQ10 Supplementation Improve Your Health?

The Journal of the American College of Nutrition recently reported positive results for coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in a randomized, double-blind trial of men and women with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a disorder characterized by elevated serum liver enzyme levels, liver enlargement and fat accumulation in the liver, accompanied by increased inflammation.

Read more about the study here.


July 15, 2015

Can Melatonin Supplementation Benefit Alzheimer's Disease Patients?

The results of a double-blind trial reported in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging indicate a benefit for prolonged-release melatonin in cognitive function and sleep in men and women with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Melatonin, a hormone released by the brain's pineal gland, initiates sleep in addition to being associated with other health benefits. "Sleep has an important role in memory consolidation," note Alan G. Wade and colleagues in the introduction to their article. "Emerging evidence links poor sleep to increased Alzheimer's disease risk and memory loss. However, to prove causality, it is important to show that improvement in sleep can ameliorate the disease."

Read more about study here.


July 13, 2015

Can Eating Blueberries Help People Live Longer?

(NaturalNews) Sometimes foods that are healthy don't always appeal to a large number of people. Blueberries are an exception, however - they are both delicious and nutritious. Blueberries are truly one of the great superfoods for so many reasons. Although they can satisfy a sweet tooth, they are low in sugar and low on the glycemic index, so they will not cause blood sugar levels to spike up. They are full of healthy fiber to improve digestion and aid in weight loss for those who are trying to shed unwanted pounds. And they are incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals and bio-active compounds like anthocyanins which have powerful antioxidant properties. It is this strong combination of nutrients that lead to so many health benefits and, according to new studies, even a longer life span.

Read more about the report here.


July 10, 2015

Here's a Simple Way to Stabilize Blood Sugar

It is not uncommon for adult men and women to experience post-meal glucose spikes. Jill A. Kanaley, from the University of Missouri (Missouri, USA), and colleagues enrolled 12 type-2 diabetic men and women, ages 21 to 55 years, in a study to assess whether increased protein consumption at breakfast could stabilize blood levels of glucose and incretin.

Read more about the study here.


July 10, 2015

Did Scientists Blow The Lid on Cancer & Sunscreen Myth?

According to an article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

Read more about the report here.


July 8, 2015

Researchers say nutrition and diet essential for improving mental health

(NaturalNews) It's no secret that a healthy dietary lifestyle goes hand in hand with improved physical health. Certain foods can help stave off cancer recurrences, keep diabetes at bay and lead to weight loss.

However, many foods also play a role in mental health. How certain foods impact mental well-being has continually been studied, and now, researchers from the University of Melbourne and Deakin University have reinforced the strong link between nutrition and good mental health. It's so important that the experts say equal importance should be placed on both the physical and the mental aspects of a healthy diet.

Read more about the report here.


June 30, 2015

Can Sleep Disorders Raise Risk of Cognitive Decline?

A result of ventilation obstruction during sleep, sleep disordered breathing such as heavy snoring and sleep apnea are common in aging. Ricardo S. Osorio, from New York University School of Medicine, and colleagues examined the medical histories of 2,470 people, ages 55 to 90 years.

Read more about the research here.


June 29, 2015

Can Kimchi Help Combat Obesity?

Emerging evidence suggests a link between the gut microflora and metabolic factors in obesity. As such, there is increasing interest in food-based approaches to favorably alter the bacteria composition of the GI tract to modulate specific metabolic pathways. Seoul National University (Korea) researchers studied kimchi – a mixture of cabbage and other vegetables with chili peppers the fermented version not only has concentrated flavor, but improved digestibility, as it is a good source of lactobacilli, a “friendly” GI bacteria.

Read more about the research here.


June 19, 2015

The Power of Plants for Human Health

(NaturalNews) Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants responsible for absorbing the light necessary for photosynthesis. It is often considered to be the "blood" of plants, since it comprises the basic physiology of the plant and is required for their basic metabolic functions, such as growth and respiration. While most land plants contain chlorophyll to some degree, those with the deepest green colors contain the greatest concentrations of it.

Read more about the report here.


June 17, 2015

Grapefruit flavanones linked to better arterial health: Study

By Stephen Daniells

Consuming flavanone-rich grapefruit juice may improve arterial function, compared to a flavanone-free drink, says a new study from France.

Read more about the study here.


June 15, 2015

Can Curry Help Curb Anxiety?

Known best as the substance in turmeric that gives the curry spice its characteristic yellow color, curcumin has been found by previous studies to exert antioxidant, anti-inflammation, anticancer, and lipid-lowering effects. Curcumin may also help with mental health concerns, notably – anxiety.

Read more about the research here.


June 12, 2015

What Are Some Natural Ways To Lower Blood Pressure?

(NaturalNews) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in three American adults suffers from high blood pressure. This is a problem of great concern, since this condition puts people at higher risk for even more serious health issues like heart attacks and strokes and is considered the number one risk factor for fatal heart attacks. While there are a number of prescription medications available to help treat high blood pressure, they all come with unwanted side effects ranging from the mild (dizziness when standing) to the severe (permanent kidney damage).

There are however, more natural options that people with high blood pressure have to treat this condition. Extract of certain plants, for instance, have been found to be extremely beneficial to normalize blood pressure levels. Read on to find out more about how these extracts can improve cardiac health.

Read more about the report here.


June 11, 2015

Fructose or Glucose: Which is Worse for Weight Gain?

When compared to the same amount of glucose, consuming fructose could cause ‘significant’ weight gain, physical inactivity, and body fat deposition, say researchers. The mouse-data findings, published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, suggest that consumption fructose causes significant weight gain, physical inactivity, and body fat deposition compared to a calorie-matched amount of glucose.

Read more about the research here.


June 10, 2015

Can an Omega-7 Fatty Acid Help Reduce Inflammation?

A randomized trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found lower inflammation, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in men and women given the omega-7 fatty acid palmitoleic acid in comparison with a placebo. "Our objective was to conduct the first randomized controlled trial of purified palmitoleic acid supplementation in humans," write authors Adam M. Bernstein, MD, ScD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, along with Luis Martinez, MD, MPH, of Xyrion Medical Institute. "We hypothesized that supplementation would improve serum lipids and decrease inflammation."

Read more about the study here.


June 10, 2015

How to Avoid Foods that Cause Inflammation

(NaturalNews) Foods that feed Candida cause inflammation by feeding Candida, but these and many other foods cause inflammation in other ways, too. Some foods have natural, and naturally beneficial inflammatory properties, like many omega 6 fats. But these fats are not "bad," they promote the healing process. These days, most people know about sugar and its inflammatory properties (at least those who read these types of articles), but that's not just restricted to white sugar.

Read more about the report here.


June 3, 2015

More Health Benefits of the Amazing Blueberry!

Smoothies containing blueberry powder may improve endothelial function in people with metabolic syndrome, says a new study. Data published in Nutrients indicated 73% of participants in the blueberry powder group experienced improvements in endothelial function, while 61% of the placebo displayed a decrease in endothelial function.

Read more about the new study here.


June 2, 2015

What Can Omega 3 Do For Your Muscles?

Findings from a clinical trial reported online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveal improvements in muscle mass and function in adults supplemented with omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in comparison with a placebo group.

Read more about the research here.


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