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Mediterranean Diet Prevents Aging of the Brain

Mediterranean Diet Prevents Aging of the Brain

A newly published  study from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, showed that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet may slow the loss of brain volume which naturally occurs as a  result of aging.

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by relatively  higher amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans and whole grain foods. The presence in the Western diet of more processed foods, especially sugars, and hydrogenated oils, has long been thought to promote the development of a range of diseases and aging in general.

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Exercise by “Weekend Warriors” Reduces Mortality

Exercise by “Weekend Warriors” Reduces Mortality

The term “weekend warriors” has been used to refer to individuals who exercised irregularly, perhaps just on weekends. It has long been thought that this pattern of exercise was not enough to get the cardiovascular benefit of more frequent exercise, and that these people were just opening themselves up to greater in juries than those who exercised more regularly. Now that thinking has changed. A new study of over 63,000 English and Scottish adults with an average age of 58, showed that exercising just one or two times per week lowered the mortality rate over the eight year study period, by a  whopping 30 per cent

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Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

If you like spicy food it may contribute to your longevity. Research from the University of Vermont revealed in a study of over 16,000 people, that those who ate hot red chili peppers reduced their risk of death.

For hundreds of years, peppers have been thought to be beneficial for many health problems. This study lends credence to this belief. The data about chili consumption was collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for approximately 20 years.

It is thought that capsaicin is the active component in chili peppers. Capsaicin is thought to effect both cellular and molecular mechanisms that improve the health of the cardiovascular system, and prevent obesity. Their ingestion also is thought to exert an antimicrobial effect, countering the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and improving the ecology of the gut. The researchers believe that chili peppers will become increasingly recognized as beneficial. “Because our study adds to the generalizability of previous findings, chili pepper — or even spicy food — consumption may become a dietary recommendation and/or fuel further research in the form of clinical trials,” says study author L. Chopan.

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More Scientific Evidence of the Mind-Body Connection

More Scientific Evidence of the Mind-Body Connection

Neural pathways between the adrenal gland and the brain have been discovered, revealing a physical connection between stress and its effect on the body. This research by the University of Pittsburgh’s Brain Institute provides another potential explanation for the health benefits of meditation, yoga and other stress reducing, natural modalities.

The adrenal gland  is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. Nervous system cells’ links with the adrenal medulla were discovered in areas of the brain known to show changes in bipolar disorder and have also been shown to increase their are activity  during mindfulness meditation.”One way of summarizing our results is that we may have uncovered the stress and depression connectome,” says lead research author Dr. Peter Strick, director the Brain Institute.

Acute responses to stress from the adrenal gland produces a faster and pounding heart rate, sweating and dilated pupils. These responses help prepare the body for action and often are characterized as “fight or flight responses.” Many situations in modern life call for a more thought-out reaction than simple “fight or flight,” and by thinking, we have some  control over our responses to stress.

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Sleep Deprivation Promotes Overeating, Study Says

Sleep Deprivation Promotes Overeating, Study Says

A new study, published  in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that sleep-deprived people consume an average of 385 calories more per day. Lead researcher Dr Gerda Pot, of the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London says, “There may be some truth in the saying, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise”.

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Exercise Helps Protect Against Inflammatory Changes of Excessive Diet

Exercise Helps Protect Against Inflammatory Changes of Excessive Diet

Research in the past has shown that  inflammatory markers that can be measured in simple blood tests  are elevated in obesity. Also, it is known that a fairly brief period of overeating can raise these inflammatory markers. New research from the University of Michigan researchers shows that exercise protects against the changes in inflammatory markers that can occur after  a week of overeating.

In this study, the researchers studied four lean and active adults who ate 30 percent more calories than they normally would for one week. During the study, the subjects continued their regular exercise habits.

Dr Alison C. Ludzki lead researcher says,”Our preliminary findings suggest trends for increases in markers of inflammation (C-reactive protein, pJNK/JNK) after one week of overeating in people who do not exercise. ” They also found, however , that  among study subjects who were exercising  “overeating did not increase the protein content of markers of adipose tissue inflammation (i.e., pJNK/JNK, pERK/ERK) or circulating C-reactive protein.”

“Our preliminary findings expand on existing work to support a protective role of exercise in the metabolic response of adipose tissue to brief periods of overeating,” the researchers concluded

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Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

A newly published study of 154 Swedish schoolchildren between nine and ten years old showed that three months of supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improved reading their reading skills. The children in this study were divided into two groups to receive either capsules with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, or identical looking placebo capsules that did not contain them. Until the study was completed neither the children, their parents or the researchers knew which children had received the  fatty acids and which had received the placebo capsules.

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Six-day Deepak Chopra Holisitic Medicine Program Produces Benefits

Six-day Deepak Chopra Holisitic Medicine Program Produces Benefits

A study to assess the  health benefits of natural and holistic practices was performed with participants of a six day wellness program at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, Calif.  The study  subjects were shown to decrease  blood metabolites associated with inflammation, and risk of cardiovascular disease.

The research published in the journal Scientific Reports was authored by the well known advocate of Natural Medicine Deepak Chopra, MD,of California’s San Diego School of Medicine. Amazingly the study period was just 6 days. The study subjects ate a vegetarian diet, meditated, practiced yoga and received therapeutic massages. “It appears that a one-week Panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” said Dr. Chopra. Another of the studies’  authors  Christine Tara Peterson, PhD, explains, “Panchakarma refers to a detoxification and rejuvenation protocol involving massage, herbal therapy and other procedures to help strengthen and rejuvenate the body.The researchers looked at the effects of a Panchakarma-based Ayurvedic intervention on plasma metabolites in a controlled clinical trial.”

The study involved 119 healthy male and female participants  who stayed at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. The researchers hypothesized that since results were seen after only six days, the improved biochemical markers were most likely due to the vegetarian diet component of the program. They say further studies are needed to understand the underlying processes and mechanisms involved.

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Obesity Linked To More Types of Cancer

Obesity Linked To More Types of Cancer

As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity: stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, meningioma , thyroid cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma. And the data suggests that avoiding obesity could help to reduce the risk of these cancers.

This study utilizing researchers around the world, reviewed more than 1,000 studies of excess weight and cancer risk analyzed by the WHO’s International Agency for Cancer on Research. In 2002, this same group of cancer researchers found  evidence linking excess weight to higher risks of cancers of the colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterus.

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, a cancer prevention expert at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says,”The burden of cancer due to being overweight or obese is more extensive than what has been assumed. Many of the newly identified cancers linked to excess weight haven’t been on people’s radar screens as having a weight component.”

“Lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising, in addition to not smoking, can have a significant impact on reducing cancer risk” he said. “Public health efforts to combat cancer should focus on these things that people have some control over.”

For most of the cancers on the newly expanded list, the researchers also see that greater the degree of being overweight,  the greater the cancer risk. And the cancer risk that the study found, the same for both men and women.

“Significant numbers of the U.S. and the world’s population are overweight,” Dr. Colditz says. “This is another wake-up call. It’s time to take our health and our diets seriously.”

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For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

 

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