SIZE DOESN’T MATTER
The journal PLOS ONE reports, that organic tomatoes at you farmers’ market might be smaller than conventional ones. But they’re also likely to pack more nutrients, including 55 percent more vitamin C and 139 percent more phenolic content – compounds that have been shown to help fight disease such as cancer. The reason: One theory is that the plants produce higher levels of phytochemicals when stressed (which occurs when they aren’t protected by pesticides), making their fruit more nutrient-dense.
DID YOU KNOW
45% of survey respondents said sore, tired muscles keep them from working out more often. Loosen up with a foam roller: A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning found that just two minutes of rolling in enough to improve recovery in the quadriceps muscles.
COLOR AND HAPPINESS
In a study, people with more carotenoids – a group of antioxidants found in vividly hued plants – in their blood were more likely to have an optimistic attitude. The reason: It’s not yet known whether the antioxidants improve your outlook or optimists just tend to have healthier diets, says study author. In the meantime, keeping your plate full of brightly colored fruits and veggies can’t hurt.
SWEET WEIGHT LOSS NEWS
Researchers in Japan found that the starchy water leftover from cooking sweet potatoes contains proteins that may help you lose weight and help with digestion. The study found that mice who were given the sweet potato protein had significantly lower body weight than those weren’t given the protein. Researchers believe the protein acted as an appetite suppressant. They say further research is needed to determine if it works for humans.
Sounds of two different frequencies signals the brain to create a soothing sensation, reports Chiang Mai University, Thailand. The study found that listening to music with a frequency of 400 Hz in one ear and 410 Hz in the other encourages the brain to produce a 10 Hz beat, which reduces anxiety and lowers blood pressure.
LESS BOOZE = LOWER HEART RISK
UC San Francisco researchers say, cutting back on excessive drinking can help lower the risk of heart disease. Their study found that alcohol abuse jeopardizes heart function as much as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and obesity. Experts recommend no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two for men.
WEIGHT LOSS TIP
To keep metabolism stoked and to avoid binge eating from extreme hunger, eat 3 meals and 3 snacks daily with no more than 3 hours between. (3,3,3 Plan!) Keep portion sizes small, limit sugar, saturated fats, salt and junk food, and include protein with every meal or snack to stabilize insulin response. It is much easier to control intake when hunger is not an issue.
DID YOU KNOW
Your brain is move active and thinks more at night than during the day.