Posts Tagged ‘fruits and vegetables’

Strawberries boost heart health by lowering LDL

Friday, February 28th, 2014

art_02_240x240A team of researchers has found that incorporating antioxidant-rich strawberries into a daily diet may help lower cholesterol and boost cardiovascular health.

A team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. At the end of this unusual treatment, it was found that their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides reduced significantly.

Researchers from the Universita Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM, Italy), together with colleagues from the Universities of Salamanca, Granada and Seville (Spain), set up an experiment in which they added 500 g of strawberries to the daily diets of 23 healthy volunteers over a month.

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Fiber rich diet can protect against asthma

Monday, January 27th, 2014

food1_240x240_17jan13A new study has revealed that eating a diet rich in fiber can protect against allergic asthma by triggering changes in the immune system.

Benjamin Marsland from the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland and colleagues found that levels of dietary fiber, found in fruit and vegetables, can influence the balance of microbes in the gut in ways that make the airways more or less prone to the inflammation seen in allergic airway diseases, New Scientist reported.

The researchers, who looked at how the immune and inflammatory responses of mice varied with the fiber in their diet, found that when the mice were exposed to an extract of house dust mites, those fed with less fiber had double the number of a specific type of immune cell associated with asthmatic inflammation in their airways, than those on a standard diet.

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Simple tips to lower your blood pressure

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Hypertension, also called the ‘silent killer’ can be managed and prevented by making some low-cost lifestyle changes.

Hypertension or high Blood Pressure, as it is commonly called, is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated.

With each heartbeat, heart pumps blood through the arteries to the body. Blood pressure is the pressure or force with which blood is pushed against the walls of the blood vessels.

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Food and exercise tips for summer slim down

Monday, May 13th, 2013

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) exercise and nutrition experts have offered tips for those in search of a summer slim down.

EatRight by UAB Weight Management Services Clinical Dietitian Lindsey Lee R.D., said nutrition is necessary to support weight loss efforts.

“Incorporate good nutrition habits — eating fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and lean protein sources — to get the calories you need to maintain an exercise program,” Lee said.

“If you restrict calories too much, you could start to feel burn out,” Lee stated.

To bolster the burn, Lee suggested: Fill up on lower calorie fruits and vegetables, choose water over high calorie sodas and decrease high calorie, high fat options.

The expert suggests switching up food preparation: Instead of steaming vegetables, grill them or toss unique vegetables like skewered okra or fresh asparagus on the grill.

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Boosting the fibre in your diet

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Looking to add more fibre in your diet? A diet rich in dietary fibre will keep your digestive tract clean and healthy, in addition to reducing risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Choose high fibre foods.

Fibre, an essential food component

Fibre is a significant component of your diet, as it helps move the food you eat relatively easily through the digestive tracts, helping your digestive system function efficiently.

A diet that is rich in fibre is also known to reduce the risk of health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

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Eating fruits and vegetables can uplift your mood

Friday, February 1st, 2013

A new research from New Zealand”s University of Otago has suggested that eating more fruit and vegetables may make young people calmer, happier and more energetic in their daily life.

Department of Psychology researchers Dr Tamlin Conner and Bonnie White, and Dr Caroline Horwath from Otago”s Department of Human Nutrition, investigated the relationship between day-to-day emotions and food consumption.

A total of 281 young adults (with a mean age of 20 years) completed an internet-based daily food diary for 21 consecutive days. Prior to this, participants completed a questionnaire giving details of their age, gender, ethnicity, weight and height. Those with a history of an eating disorder were excluded.

On each of the 21 days participants logged into their diary each evening and rated how they felt using nine positive and nine negative adjectives. They were also asked five questions about what they had eaten that day. Specifically, participants were asked to report the number of servings eaten of fruit (excluding fruit juice and dried fruit), vegetables (excluding juices), and several categories of unhealthy foods like biscuits/cookies, potato crisps, and cakes/muffins.

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Fruit, veggie-rich diet reduces stroke risk in women

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Eating an antioxidant-rich diet reduces the risk of stroke in women regardless of whether they have a previous history of cardiovascular disease, a new study has claimed.

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of cell-damaging free radicals and the body`s ability to neutralize them. It leads to inflammation, blood vessel damage and stiffening.

Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids and flavonoids can inhibit oxidative stress and inflammation by scavenging the free radicals. Antioxidants, especially flavonoids, may also help improve endothelial function and reduce blood clotting, blood pressure and inflammation.

`Eating antioxidant-rich foods may reduce your risk of stroke by inhibiting oxidative stress and inflammation,` Susanne Rautiainen, first author of the study, said.

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Health tip of the day

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Eat green leafy vegetables and carrots for healthy hair and skin. Dates and raisins pump up iron levels for healthy nails.

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