Posts Tagged ‘health foods’

Want bigger, stronger muscles? Eat green tomatoes!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

img_02_240x240_apr17Using a screening method that previously identified a compound in apple peel as a muscle-boosting agent, a team of University of Iowa scientists has now discovered that tomatidine, a compound from green tomatoes, is even more potent for building muscle and protecting against muscle atrophy.

Muscle atrophy, or wasting, is caused by aging and a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, heart failure, and orthopedic injuries, to name a few. It makes people weak and fatigued, impairs physical activity and quality of life, and predisposes people to falls and fractures. The condition affects more than 50 million Americans annually, including 30 million people over age 60, and often forces people into nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities.

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Rice consumption linked to healthier diet

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

food1_240x240Researchers have shown that consumers can improve their diets simply by enjoying white or brown rice as part of their daily meals.

In a study, lead author Theresa Nicklas, DrPH, of Baylor College of Medicine, analyzed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey datasets from 2005-2010 and evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall diet quality and key nutrient intakes in a nationally representative sample of 14,386 U.S. adults.1

Nicklas said their results show that adults who eat rice had diets more consistent with what is recommended in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, and they showed higher amounts of potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber while eating less saturated fat and added sugars. She said that eating rice is also associated with eating more servings of fruit, vegetables, meat and beans.

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Drinking Earl Grey tea helps prevent heart disease

Friday, April 11th, 2014

pic_02_240x240_apr11A new study has revealed that drinking Earl Grey tea could help tackle heart disease .

According to the researchers, the key ingredient in Earl Grey tea, bergamot extract, was found to lower cholesterol and guard against a disease that causes more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK.

The study revealed that the fragrant Mediterranean fruit, which gives Earl Grey its unique flavour, contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones), which can attack proteins in the body known to contribute to cardiovascular disease.

The scientists added that a dietary supplement of HMGF could be just as effective as statins in combating low-density proteins (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol.

The study was published in the Journal of Functional Foods.

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Turmeric: The new superfood!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

pic_03_240x240_apr11Researchers have said that turmeric could protect against a host of brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Michael Murray, co-author of the Textbook of Natural Medicine and one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine, said that various spices in Indian curries are used not only for their flavour, also but for their medicinal properties, News.com.au reported.

He said that since inflammation is a major factor in the development of most chronic degenerative diseases including cardiovascular disease, allergies, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory power holds great promise in all of these conditions and many more.

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Eating lentils can help reduce bad cholesterol

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

pic_01_240x240Eating beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils daily can reduce bad cholesterol

A new study has revealed that eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce “bad cholesterol”.

The study, led by Dr. John Sievenpiper of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre, has found that by eating one serving a day of pulses, people could lower their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by five per cent.

According to Sievenpiper, the reduction of bad cholesterol would lead to a five to six per cent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study also revealed that pulses have a low glycemic index (meaning that they are foods that break down slowly) and tend to reduce or displace animal protein as well as “bad” fats such as trans fat in a dish or meal.

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Eat sensibly, eat often and eat local: Rujuta Diwekar

Monday, April 7th, 2014

DSC_0957-240x240-dec30Winner of the ‘Nutrition Award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Rujuta Diwekar is amongst the most qualified and sought after practitioners in India today and the only nutritionist to have accreditation from Sports Dietitians, Australia.

In the plethora of diet fads and fears, Rujuta’s voice rings loud and clear, urging us to use our common sense and un-complicate the act of eating. Her two books have sold more than 5 lakh copies and have been translated in more than 5 languages. Her 3rd book on exercise “Don’t lose out, work out!” is out in the markets and already in the best seller charts. She has also made a film “Indian food wisdom & the art of eating right” which is available on dvd.

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Macrobiotic diet is about eating right: Shonali Sabherwal

Monday, March 31st, 2014

arti_01_240x240_mar27Shonali Sabherwal is India’s only Counsellor/ Chef & Instructor in Macrobiotics. She meets your needs not just at the health counselling level, but stretches beyond that and takes it to your plate, wherein you are equipped with recipes, cooking styles, and sources on where to find products. The goal of Shonali’s company Soulfood is to use the Macrobiotic approach to diet to raise a persons wellness quotient. She is the author of the book ‘The Beauty Diet’ published by Random House in January 2012.

Her clients list include bollywood stars like Katrina Kaif, Esha Deol, Jaqueline Fernandez, Neha Dhupia, Shekhar Kapur, Kabir Bedi and Dalip Tahil apart from corporates, people with diabetes, PCOS and other health conditions.

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Exercise reduces insulin resistance: Dr. Kovil

Monday, March 24th, 2014

crop2_240x240_24mar14Dr. Rajiv Kovil is a Consultant Diabetologist at Dr. Kovil’s Diabetes Care Centre, the first Preventive Diabetes Centre & Diabetic Foot Clinic in Mumbai, KLS Memorial Hospital and Holy Spirit Hospital among others. He is a founder member of United Diabetes Forum, a forum of practising diabetologists in India. He has also written various articles on diabetes for medical journals such as Asian Journal of Diabetology and Medical Image.

His Preventive Diabetes Centre & Diabetic Foot Clinic is an initiative to provide preventive diabetic measures as well as to function as a specialized Foot Clinic for diabetic patients not only in terms of equipment but more importantly in terms of expertise.

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Flavoring food with herbs helps lower salt intake

Friday, March 21st, 2014

crop1_240x240_21mar14A new study has found that teaching people how to flavor food with and herbs is considerably more effective at lowering salt intake.

According to the research, people who had cooking lessons had less salt in their diet and learning to use seasonings is the first step to dietary change.

Cheryl Anderson, lead author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego, said that helping people cook differently gave them control over their diet.

Anderson added that salt is abundant in the food supply and the average sodium level for Americans is very high and the use of a behavioral intervention where people learn how to use spices and herbs and less salt in their daily lives can help regulate that.

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Using honey beneficial in fighting infections

Friday, March 21st, 2014

image_1_240x240mar20Researchers have suggested that honey could be one solution to the serious problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, the researchers predicted.

The meeting, attended by thousands of scientists, features more than 10,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. It is being held at the Dallas Convention Center and area hotels through Thursday.

Study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D said that the unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance.

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