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A double-blind, randomized clinical trial of dietary supplementation on cognitive and immune functioning in healthy older adults

Posted February 5, 2014

Declining cognitive function is relatively common and increasingly prevalent. Studies have shown that different nutrients (e.g., Ginkgo biloba and vitamin E) appear to be effective at improving memory and concentration, while less is known about their effect on immunity.

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Using stem cells from hip replacements to help treat ageing adults

Posted January 30, 2014

The tissue normally discarded during routine hip replacements could be a rich new source of adult stem cells for use in regenerative medicine, UNSW-led research has found. With tens of thousands of hip replacement surgeries performed each year, this tissue could have “profound implications” in clinical use, the scientists say.

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Even low-intensity activity shows benefits for health, study shows

Posted January 23, 2014

A newly published study looking at activity trends and outcomes among American adults found that you don’t need to kill yourself by running 10 miles a day to gain health benefits – you merely need to log more minutes of light physical activity than of sedentary behavior.

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Studies Show Qigong Can Help Fight Stress and Anxiety for Adults

Posted January 15, 2014

In case you would like to escape anxiety and stress, one of the best ways to achieve this is by practicing qigong. This will also increase your balance and flexibility. Originally qigong has been a form of self-defense, but it turned into a form of exercise that is used to treat different kinds of health conditions and stress.

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High protein intake is associated with low prevalence of frailty among old Japanese women: a multicenter cross-sectional study

Posted December 23, 2013

Protein intake has been inversely associated with frailty. However, no study has examined the effect of the difference of protein sources (animal or plant) or the amino acid composing the protein on frailty. Therefore, we examined the association of protein and amino acid intakes with frailty among elderly Japanese women.

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Older people ingest too much magnesium, vitamin E in the form of dietary supplements

Posted December 6, 2013

Many older people are ingesting too much magnesium and vitamin E in the form of dietary supplements. This was discovered by scientists of the Helmholtz Zentrum München in a population-based study; their results have been published in ‘The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging’.

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A randomized 3×3 crossover study to evaluate the effect of Hass avocado intake on post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin levels, and subsequent energy intake in overweight adults

Posted November 27, 2013

The behavioral outcome of food ingestion is a complex process that involves psychological and biological factors. Avocados are nutrient dense with properties that may favorably impact energy balance. This study sought to evaluate if incorporating approximately one half of a Hass avocado by addition or inclusion into a lunch meal will influence post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin response, and subsequent energy intake among overweight adults.

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Magnesium could help save baby boomers from mental decline

Posted November 7, 2013

One of the greatest fears associated with aging is cognitive decline. Contrary to popular belief there is often something that can be done to help avoid this from happening. Aside from leading a healthy lifestyle with daily exercise and adequate rest and sleep, good nutrition is vital for brain health as you age. Magnesium has emerged as being particularly important for brain health since it appears to assist in preventing cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Vitamin D may improve neural plasticity, muscle performance in aging adults

Posted October 11, 2013

Vitamin D may improve neural health and muscle performance, according to data presented at ASBMR 2013. Robin M. Daly, PhD, FASMF, professor and chair of exercise and aging at the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, said during a presentation, “Given that the nervous system sends signals to muscles to produce coordinated muscle contractions, we hypothesized that vitamin D perhaps has a vital role in enhancing muscle responses.”

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Walnuts in Diet Can Improve Endothelial Functions for Overweight Adults

Posted September 26, 2013

Medical researchers from the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Connecticut have found evidence suggestive that adding walnuts to one’s diet can protect against diabetes and heart disease in at-risk individuals. Their original research article, “Effects of Walnuts on Endothelial Function in Overweight Adults with Visceral Obesity: A Randomized, Controlled, Crossover Trial,” is now available in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the Official Publication of the American College of Nutrition, and a publication from Routledge.

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