Among black teens, vitamin D deficiency is associated with arterial stiffness — a risk factor for heart disease and stroke — but adequate supplementation may resolve the problem, a new study has found. Sunlight triggers the body to produce vitamin D, but nearly all of the 44 male and female black teens in the study were vitamin D deficient even though they lived in a sun-soaked region, the researchers reported in article that will be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolis
Archive for July, 2010
Think that age-related hearing loss is more of a nuisance than a health issue? Think that everyone over 60 suffers from some degree of hearing loss? Think it’s no big deal when you have to turn up the TV louder and louder to hear your favorite news program? Well, think again. A new study links hearing loss to low vitamin intake.
Grapes are an excellent source of health promoting agents. The most important components in grapes that exert strong anti-aging benefits are flavanoids and resveratrol. These two compounds promise to decelerate the process of aging and yield several medical and cosmetic benefits.
A supplement made from white bean extract can help dieters lose weight, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Research. A team of Italian and American researchers found the Phaseolus vulgaris extract produced significant decreases in body weight and waist size after one month of use.
Researchers have discovered that vitamin D plays a crucial role in activating the immune system’s ability to recognize and fight pathogens. While scientists have long known that vitamin D plays a critical role in bone health, recent research has begun to suggest that it also serves to regulate the immune system, helping prevent infection, cancer and autoimmune disorders. Until now, the mechanism by which the vitamin acts on the immune system has been unknown.
Mushrooms are among the many foods thought to play an important role in keeping the immune system healthy. Now, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists have conducted an animal-model and cell-culture study showing that white button mushrooms enhanced the activity of critical cells in the body’s immune system. In the United States, white button mushrooms represent 90 percent of the total mushrooms consumed.
Recent evidence and management principles concerning the use of acupuncture for chronic low back pain are reviewed in an article published in the July 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. “Acupuncture is a therapeutic intervention characterized by the insertion of fine, solid metallic needles into or through the skin at specific sites,” write Brian M. Berman, MD, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues.
Energy foods should be easy foods; easy to access, eat, and digest, and especially easy on the pocketbook. High energy foods which release energy slowly are the ones to pay attention to. Lean proteins, whole wheat breads/cereals, brown rice/wild rice, bananas and beans should be on the top of your grocery list.
When next you have to prepare a pot of meat soup, you should use spices. Whether it is the garlic, onion, curry, thyme or even local bean seed, spices have medicinal and culinary uses. Since the earliest references to medicinal and culinary plants, spices have been used by man for the treatment of various diseases, including cancer and digestive problems.
Millions of people suffer from chronic or acute health concerns. While some are silent sufferers, others may book an appointment with their general practitioner, but more and more people are seeking relief by following some form of complementary and alternative medicine, such as homeopathy.