According to a study conducted at the U.K.’s University of Reading, eating the new beneforte variety of broccoli reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol levels compared to those eating regular broccoli. The new breed of broccoli is enriched with glucoraphanin, a naturally occurring compound believed to improve the body’s ability to convert fats and sugars into energy
NAPS BOOST THE BRAIN
A study out of John Hopkins University suggests that an afternoon nap around one hour is idea for improving cognitive functioning among older adults. Past research has found that a 20 to 30-minute nap is idea for boosting alertness and mental performance. Experts say as we age our cognitive function declines for some, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Historically, mankind received 100% of calories from natural fruits, veggies, nuts, wild game and fish. Americans now receive two-thirds of their calories from processed sugar, fats and oils, grains and alcohol. Consider shifting your caloric intake away from current trends back towards the natural diet of our ancestors.
HABITS, NOT CHOICES
Research by Duke University shows that up to 45 percent of the actions we perform daily are not the results of choices, but habits.
FOR WEEKEND WORKOUT WARRIORS
A study from the UK found that people who get any amount of exercise may live longer than those who don’t. Weekend warriors who cram the minimum amount of weekly exercise – about 150 minutes – in to one or two workouts reduce the risk of an early death by a third.
People who regularly ate peanuts had 21 percent less chance of dying over five years, says a 2015 study.
EGGS AND BRAIN FUNCTION
According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eggs could be the key to a healthy brain. Researchers found that eating eggs helps boost brain function. Finnish researchers also found that eating eggs only slightly affects blood cholesterol levels and does not increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Researchers also found that eating eggs can help people perform better in tests.