FDA: NO MORE ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP
FDA says antibacterial ingredients do little or nothing to make soak work any better. Said the industry has failed to prove they are safe and say antibacterial soap is not more effective than regular soap when preventing illnesses. Companies will have a year to take antibacterial ingredients out of products.
According to Harvard University study, social media pics can show depression. Researchers found significant correlations between the colors in photos posted to Instagram and an individual’s mental health. The link is so strong that it could be used for early detection of mental illness.
According to a study from the University of North Texas, men drink after a workout undoes all the work you just did. Men in the study who drank alcohol after doing heavy strength training showed reduced levels of the chemical signals that spur muscle growth and repair compared to men who did not drink. “A little bit of alcohol is probably not a problem,” said study co-author Jakob Vingren. “But if you’re doing heavy resistance training, if you’re going to go out drinking that night, don’t go to the gym right before. It’s possible the next day you’re going to be worse off than if you hadn’t gone to the gym.”
According to researchers at the University of Texas, collegiate men who regularly lift weights tend to have higher grades. Guys who lifted weights at least 3 days a week had higher grade point average than those who didn’t. Why? Researchers aren’t sure, but studies on children suggest that strength training can increase brain function, says lead study author.
SHROOM TO IMPROVE
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania fed dogs with cancer a compound found in a certain kind of mushroom, they found that the dogs given the highest amounts of the compound lived longer than the ones given less or none. The reason: The mushrooms contained the compound polysaccharopeptide, which may suppress tumor growth. More research is needed to prove an effect on humans.
According to Israeli researchers, participants who followed a Mediterranean diet for 2 years were monitored 4 years after the study showed health benefits even if they did regain weight. Despite gaining back weight, the dieters saw their triglycerides and total cholesterol levels remain lower than they had before the study.
BEANS, BEAN THE MAGICAL
According to a study of people with #diabetes published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, eating 1 cup of legumes each day for 3 months can reduce your blood pressure, heart rate, and overall cardiovascular disease risk. The reason: The high amounts of potassium and magnesium found in legumes may play a role in regulating blood pressure naturally.
TV, SLEEP, AND BLOOD PRESSURE
Falling asleep in front of the TV at night could be a sign of high blood pressure. Researchers in Japan found that men with high blood pressure had a harder time staying awake at night. In spite of falling asleep earlier the men experienced poor quality sleep and often tossed and turned throughout the night. Why? It’s possible that high blood pressure could shift a person’s internal body clock, leaving them tired in the evenings, but unable to fall into a restful deep sleep.
OMEGA ON THE MIND
According to a study published in the journal PLoS One, omega-3 fatty acids may boost the problem-solving part of your brain. People who consumed 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids every day for 6 months improved their performance on working memory tests. Why? The researchers say these fatty acids may help regulate dopamine’s role in enhancing working memory, but they’re not sure exactly how.