CAN’T BEET THIS
According to a study published in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, a nutrient – betaine – found in beets improved cyclists performance by 5.5 percent when consumed in a sports drink. Scientists in the UK recently found that nitrates in beet juice lower blood pressure, potentially boosting flow and oxygen consumption during exercise. Eating two small beets before your next race could slash seconds from your finish time. A study from St. Louis University found when fit men and women consumed 200 grams of baked beets 75 minutes before exercise their running improved performance by about 3 percent.
VITAMIN B PROTECTS AGAINS POLLUTION
An international study claims that taking B vitamins can help protect our bodies against air pollution. Researchers found that just four weeks of taking the vitamins reduced the damage caused by pollution by as must as 76 percent.
DID YOU KNOW
The skin is the body’s largest organ, but it’s also a pretty big medicine cabinet. The skin secretes antibacterial substances and serves as the first layer of defense for invading microorganisms. Most bacteria that land on the skin die quickly.
BREAKFAST DOES A HEART GOOD
A 16-year study published in the journal Circulation, suggests eating a nutritious breakfast may help protect your heart. The Harvard study of more than 26,000 male health professionals found that breakfast skippers had a 27 percent greater risk of heart attack or death from heart disease than those who reported eating breakfast.
“LOW” DOESN’T MEAN HEALTHIER
Just because a produce says low fat or low sugar doesn’t mean it’s healthier. North Carolina researchers looked at 80 million food items, they warn us to be careful about products that have labels that have low on them because there are no standards on what low really means.
Researchers have identified a key gene in the brain that could help protect against neurological diseases like dementia. Scientists at Colombia University Medical Center say that the gene controls the speed of aging in the brain, starting at 65. Those with bad copies of the gene will be bound to have a brain 10 to 12 years older than those with normal copies of the gene. Researchers say this could allow doctors to identify people who are at an increased risk for neurological diseases and could help develop drugs to promote healthier brain aging.
DID YOU KNOW
Adding a tablespoon of crushed egg shells to coffee grinds before brewing removes the bitterness from your cuppa joe. Here’s how: Rinse empty shells and leave them out to dry. Pulse in a food processor until fine. Store in a glass jar until ready to use.