Researchers in Taiwan report that diabetic mice that were fed a diet that included the flavonoid naringenin, found in grapefruit and lemons, showed less inflammation. The reason, naringenin may suppress inflammatory cytokines in the kidneys.
A glass or 2 of beer daily may have as many health benefits as wine. Beer has silicon (for strong bones), potassium, antioxidants, magnesium, and B Vitamins. It has anti-inflammatory properties, can increase HDL (good cholesterol), and reduces heart disease risk factors. If you enjoy beer, consider that drinking in moderation may improve your heart health- just skip the junk food to avoid the beer belly part.
MORE ON APPLE JUICE
Consumer Reports recently tested Apple Juice for arsenic and found 10% of 88 samples had levels above those allowed in drinking water. Long-term low level exposure to arsenic can lead to multiple health issues including cancer, digestive issues, skin reactions, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, reduced IQ, neurological problems, and reproductive difficulties. To maximize health, consider juicing your own fresh organic fruits, or buy organic brands to reduce risk of arsenic exposure.
EAT THE RAINBOW
To maximize health, consider consuming a wide variety of fruits and veggies, approaching or exceeding 10 servings daily. Some people mistakenly eat a greater quantity of 2 or 3 types of fruits and veggies thinking they are eating adequate amounts. However, it is the variety of many different nutrients that provide the body with the tools to protect the body.
DID YOU KNOW
Cartilage is one of the few tissues that grows throughout life. Between ages 30 and 70, a nose might grow half an inch, and the ears grow about a quarter of an inch.
EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Studies show that those with the highest intake of flavonoids (healthy compounds in fruits and veggies) are 18% less likely to die from heart attack or stroke. Consider increasing your intake of fruits (apples, oranges, pineapple, berries) and veggies (broccoli, squash, tomatoes, cucumber) up to or beyond 10 servings per day to maximize heart health.
DRINK UP FOR A HEALTHY HEART
Researchers at Italy’s Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura combined several different studies conducted in the last few years of 200,000 beer drinkers found a 31% decrease in heart disease in beer drinkers compared to non-drinkers.
GET YOUR B’s IF YOU’RE PREGNANT
Vitamin deficiencies frequently contribute to difficult pregnancies. Multiple studies show up to 90% elimination of morning sickness with increased supplementation (50-200 mg per day) of Vitamins B6, B12 and folate (800mcg). To minimize morning sickness, and maximize cell division during pregnancy, evaluate your intake of B Vitamins and consider supplementing if intake is below 50mg per day.
DON’T ORDER WELL DONE
A study in PLOS ONE reports that eating well-done ground beef may raise your risk of prostate cancer by 50%. The reason, cooking meat “well” can create chemical compounds that have been linked to cancer, says study’s lead author.
Studies show drinking 2 to 3 cups of organic coffee per day may decrease your risk of basal cell carcinoma by 20%, mainly by increasing antioxidants. So if you currently consume coffee regularly, it may be helpful in preventing skin cancer.
DID YOU KNOW
The brain doesn’t feel pain: Even though the brain processes pain signals, the brain itself does not actually feel pain.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.