COLD TRIGGERS MIGRAINES
Recent research suggests that cold weather may cause migraines. In a study, migraine sufferers kept diaries of their migraines for one year. Researchers found that temperature changes, especially on cold days, triggered mild migraines about 21% of the time.
DID YOU KNOW
People with type AB blood have a 20% increased risk for heart disease compared to people with type O.
PEPPER FAT AWAY
According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, black pepper may be a potent fat fighter. An ingredient in black pepper called piperine helps prevent immature fat cells from turning into full-blown fat cells. Piperine also aids in stopping lipids from accumulating in fat cells so they don’t expand as much. Even small amounts of pepper may make a difference.
OATMEAL LOWERS RISK OF HEART ATTACK
According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition eating a bowl of oatmeal may be key to a healthy heart. The large scale study found that eating oat fiber can reduce bad cholesterol. Scientists say that oats slows down the absorption of carbs into the blood stream, preventing spikes in blood sugar that encourage our body to produce and store fat.
THE POWER OF SMALL
A study reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, seedlings of vegetables such as arugula, cilantro, and red cabbage contain up to 40 times the amount of nutrients (including vitamins C, E, and K) as their mature counterparts. Microgreens may owe their mega benefits to the fact that they’re harvested young, when they’re still packed with the nutrients they need to grow, says study coauthor.
BRAIN ON RUNNING
A Canadian study shows that running can help repair the brain. Scientists studied mice and discovered a molecule that is triggered by running. The molecule helps heal the protective coating that surrounds and insulates the brain.
CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT WARNING
After a 10 year study, researchers at John Hopkins Medicine have found an association between the supplement and heart disease, specifically plaque build up in the arteries. The doctors aren’t sure why they may damage the heart, but say it could be the calcium salts in the supplements or the supplements are usually are taken in a large dose all at once.
In a study published in the journal Addiction; walking, biking, or jogging can help you quit smoking. Researchers combined the data from 19 previous clinical trails and found that a bout of exercise generally helped quitters-to-be reduce their nicotine cravings. The reason: Physical activity may serve as a distraction and also boost mood, nixing the stress-driven urge to smoke.
A study revealed that ibuprofen can cause intestinal damage when taken before a hard workout. Why? During strenuous exercise, your body directs blood flow away from your gut and to your muscles, which weakens your intestinal barrier, says study author. Ibuprofen can compound the problem and may allow harmful bugs to pass into your bloodstream, bringing on a fever or other signs of infection. So, take the pain reliever after your workout.
ALL GERMS ABOARD
A study in Oregon says keyboards contain 20,000 more bacteria than a toilet. Your mouse is 45,000 times more contaminated than the handle on a toilet.
Cerebrovascular Reserve – The ability of your brain’s blood vessels to work well. Though this normally decreases with age, regular exercise can help prevent damage to the arteries and veins, which deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to your brain to keep it healthy and sharp over time.
A recent report indicates that more vitamin C might do us some good. The current RDA is 90 mg/day for men and 75 mg/day for women is enough to help prevent disease causing deficiencies, but shooting for 200 mg/day could also help ward off heart disease, stroke, and cancer.