Recent research suggests that Greek coffee might be the latest superfood. Greek coffee has 120 times more healthful compounds per 6.8 ounce serving than typical American coffee. The elderly inhabitants of the isle Ikaria, among the longest-lived people in the world. And, Vascular Medicine reports, those who drink it regularly have elevated endothelial function, a measure of blood vessel health.
PREVENTING HEART DISEASE
According to the American Heart Association, eating more of your calories earlier in the day might keep your heart healthy. Colombia University researchers found the body does a better job of breaking down food earlier in the day and that could lower the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. The report also recommends eating smaller, more frequent meals for heart health.
A study reported in the journal Nature found a link between high levels of sodium and inflammatory cells in blood. The latter is one of the signs of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. The reason: Salt may be a trigger for autoimmune diseases in those who are genetically predisposed to them, says study author. Sticking to 1,500 milligrams or less per day could help reduce your risk.
CUT CALORIES, CUT DEATH
According to a Wisconsin University study, slashing daily calories by 30 percent can help beat cancer and live longer. Researchers say restricting calories, especially in mid-life, seems to make ours bodies more resistant to age related diseases like cancer and diabetes.
JUMP ON THE BAND WAGON
University of Tampa researchers say including resistance bands in your workout can improve your explosive strength. When basketball players added resistance bands to their squats and bench presses once a week for five weeks, they gained more strength and power than teammates who trained without them. The reason: The bands stretch and add resistance to the top of the lift, making your muscles work harder at the point where you’re usually strongest, says study author.
If you don’t like to exercise, Georgia researchers say blame your genes. Most people get a mental reward for breaking a sweat, up to 25% of the people don’t. Researchers think it’s do to genes that block a feel good chemical in the brain.
CARB UP TO POWER UP
Carbs may be getting a bad rap, but truth is, they’re key to workout performance. As you move, your body transforms carbs into glycogen, stored energy that fuels your movements.
Scientists at King’s College London have discovered a way to regrow teeth, which could “potentially” reduce the need for fillings. Researchers found that the Alzheimer’s drug Tideglusib naturally repairs teeth, by creating a larger layer of protective material called dentin.