Pomegranates and dates fight heart disease

Pomegranates

Pomegranates

Pomegranate juice and a handful of sticky dates every day are a winning combination in the fight against heart disease.

Just half a glass of the red pomegranate juice with the dates is enough.

Researchers at the Technion –Israel Institute of Technology, led by Prof Michael Aviram have discovered that the combination provides maximum protection against atherosclerosis – the plaque build up which hardens the arteries – which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Continue reading

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Huff, puff and sweat for your life

Sweaty girlWorking up a  sweat could save your life.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you are overweight, have a heart condition or diabetes,  exercising to the point where you puff and sweat is the key to avoiding an early death.

A large study of middle aged and older adults  over more than six years compared people who did moderate exercise like gentle swimming, social tennis or household chores with those who jogged, did aerobics or competed in tennis. Continue reading

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Junk food in pregnancy leads to lifelong cravings

19322305_sEating junk food late in pregnancy or during adolescence are critical times in development, most likely to set life long cravings for the high fat, high sugar food.

Scientists have identified these two crucial  windows when exposure to junk food is most harmful, particularly for girls. Continue reading

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Dieters should not watch sad movies

Crying Avoid sad movies if you’re on a diet.

Movie-goers watching tear jerking films ate up to 55pc more popcorn in a study by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

They ate 28pc more popcorn watching the tragedy Love Story than when watching the comedy Sweet Home Alabama. Continue reading

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Eat oysters to avoid inflammation

oysters

oysters

Eat oysters to avoid zinc deficiency which can reduce the body’s power to fight inflammation.

Scientists now believe lack of sufficient levels of zinc may play a role in chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

“When you take away zinc, the cells that control inflammation appear to activate and respond differently; this causes the cells to promote more inflammation,” said Emily Ho, a professor and director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health. Continue reading

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