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X-Ray Analysis Could Boost Legumes, Reduce Fertilizer Pollution

Posted April 27, 2013

The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture can wreak havoc on waterways, health and the environment. An international team of scientists aims to lessen the reliance on these fertilizers by helping beans and similar plants boost their nitrogen production, even in areas with traditionally poor soil quality.

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Legumes May Aid Glycemic Control in Diabetes

Posted October 23, 2012

Eating more legumes such as beans and chickpeas may help improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers found. In a randomized controlled trial, patients who ate at least an additional cup of legumes per day had a greater reduction in HbA1c than patients who increased their insoluble fiber consumption for 3 months (-0.5% versus -0.3%, P<0.001), David Jenkins, MD, PhD, of the University of Toronto, and colleagues reported online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Eating legumes cuts risk of metabolic syndrome

Posted September 4, 2012

A new study recently published in Archives of Iranian Medicine suggests that eating a large amount of legumes often like in the Mediterranean diet can help prevent metabolic syndrome. The study led by S. Hosseinpour-Niazi of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran and colleagues showed that individuals with metabolic syndrome consumed only 1.4 servings per week of legumes, compared to 2.3 servings per week for controls.

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Natural amino acid leucine may help burn fat and keep muscle tissue strong during intense exercise

Posted April 30, 2012

Researchers studying some of the toughest exercisers around — folks who climb the highest peak on Earth, Mt. Everest — have come up with evidence that the amino acid leucine may help people burn fat during times when they can’t eat (such as mountain climbing) while keeping their muscle tissues strong. The new data was just reported at the 242nd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), currently being held in Denver.

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Leucine supplementation improves adiponectin and total cholesterol concentrations despite the lack of changes in adiposity or glucose homeostasis in rats previously exposed to a high-fat diet

Posted April 30, 2012

Studies suggest that leucine supplementation (LS) has a therapeutic potential to prevent obesity and to promote glucose homeostasis. Furthermore, regular physical exercise is a widely accepted strategy for body weight maintenance and also for the prevention of obesity. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of chronic LS alone or combined with endurance training (ET) as potential approaches for reversing the insulin resistance and obesity induced by a high-fat diet (HFD) in rats.

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Leucine Increases Muscle Function in Geriatric Population

Posted April 30, 2012

Leucine-rich milk and whey proteins may improve muscle mass and function for senior citizens, concluded the authors of this randomized, double-blind, crossover trial involving 47 polymyalgia rheumatica patients (on average 69.5 years of age).

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Leucine supplements may combat muscle loss in older people

Posted April 30, 2012

The amino acid leucine may help older people synthesize muscle in response to lower protein meals, suggests a new study.

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