Transcendental meditation reduces stress and improves the emotional and mental well-being of breast cancer patients, new study findings suggest. The two-year trial included 130 patients at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, aged 55 and older, randomly assigned to either a transcendental meditation group or to a usual care control group. Quality of life was assessed every six months.
Archive for October, 2009
New evidence is emerging for how important it is for pregnant women to eat good, nutritious food. Expecting mothers who eat vegetables every day seem to have children who are less likely to develop type 1 diabetes, a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy has revealed.
In this randomized controlled trial, 108 subjects with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were assigned to a Mediterranean-style diet (MED) while 107 were assigned to a low-fat diet based on American Heart Association guidelines. The MED diet was rich in vegetables and whole grains, low in red meat, had a goal of no more than 50% of calories from complex carbohydrates, and no less than 30% of calories from fat (mainly olive oil).
Phase 2 is a dietary supplement derived from the common white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Phase 2 has been shown to inhibit alpha-amylase, the complex carbohydrate digesting enzyme, in vitro. The inhibition of alpha-amylase may result in the lowering of the effective Glycemic Index (GI) of certain foods. The objective of this study was to determine whether the addition of Phase 2 would lower the GI of a commercially available high glycemic food (white bread).
Dietary supplements may become more popular than apple a day advice, especially now that more and more physicians are selling supplements directly to their patients. At the Council for Responsible Nutrition Annual Symposium for Dietary Supplements, two speakers reiterated a growing trend in supplement salesóthe practitioner supplement market.
Evaluation of effectiveness of class-based nutrition intervention on changes in soft drink and milk consumption among young aPosted October 30, 2009
During last few decades, soft drink consumption has steadily increased while milk intake has decreased. Excess consumption of soft drinks and low milk intake may pose risks of several diseases such as dental caries, obesity, and osteoporosis. Although beverage consumption habits form during young adulthood, which has a strong impact on beverage choices in later life, nutrition education programs on beverages are scarce in this population.
Heliotherapy is a method that uses the sunís ultraviolet waves to enhance the production of vitamins and nutrients in our skin and body in a process we really need. With the increased production of vitamin D, the results are an elevated rate of metabolism that will further assist our body in increasing its reaction rate of creating multiple enzymes used for the restoration of our tissues.
The anti-prostate cancer effects of pomegranate and its extracts may be related to stopping an enzyme in the liver which processes environmental carcinogens, says a new study. Pomegranate, a rich source of antioxidants, has been linked to improved heart health, but a growing body of science indicates the fruit protect against prostate cancer. Studies have also reported a role in joint health by slowing cartilage loss in arthritis.
Waking up first thing in the morning, my still tired brain tells me it needs coffee to get me fully awake. At work I need sugar to keep my energy levels up, and when itís lunch time I reach for a TFC pack, and the damage goes on and on. What I donít realise is that I am doing damage to my body.
Boston University School of Medicine researchers (BUSM) have found that 50,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D2, given weekly for eight weeks, effectively treats vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D2 is a mainstay for the prevention and treatment of vitamin D deficiency in children and adults. Continued treatment with the same dose of vitamin D2 every other week for up to six years after the initial eight-week period prevents vitamin D deficiency from recurring with no toxicity.