A study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine discovered a link between extreme endurance races, such as ultra and multi-stage marathons, and blood poisoning in participants who were undertrained. In the first study of its kind, blood samples taken before and after the events showed that exercise over prolonged period of time caused intestinal bacteria called endotoxins to leak into the blood stream, causing an inflammatory response that could be fatal if left untreated. The side effect was particularly dangerous in those who were unprepared; however, healthy runners who had followed a training program leading up to the event had developed the immunity required to protect them from the risks.
SOY BENEFICIAL FOR BREAST CANCER PATIENTS
Tufts University researchers looked at patients eating high amounts of the ingredient found in soy – called isoflavones – and found they had a lower risk of death. The study found no negative effects from soy, even for those on hormone therapy. Earlier research showed soy might fuel breast cancer development and growth.
CAFFEINE PROTECTS AGAINST DEMENTIA
Indiana University researchers say caffeine is just one two dozen compounds that do help protect against dementia. They work by boosting the brain enzyme that blocks plaque buildup that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Researchers are hoping one day they can treat Alzheimer’s patients with caffeine and other compounds.
DID YOU KNOW
The body’s maximum daily release of growth hormone occurs 90 minutes into sleep.