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Natural Living

World's First Optical Sensor That Quickly Detects Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Australian researchers have developed a world-first optical sensor that can detect vitamin B12 in diluted human blood -- something they believe is a first step towards a low-cost and portable, vitamin B12 deficiency test.

Plant Diversity Naturally Repels Pests Without Pesticides or Herbicides
Just as a healthy human baby can grow into a healthy adult, so it is for plants. A variety of nutrients and exposure to different experiences often expose the human being to opportunities of expansion. A new study has unveiled why a field with a variety of plants seems to attract fewer plant-eating insects than farm land with just one type of crop. Scientists and farmers have puzzled over this pattern that makes protecting crops from pests a challenge.

Are Bananas and Avocados Radioactive?
Most people are unaware that many fruits, nuts and vegetables are radioactive. There is radiation everywhere, even in our own bodies. A new study on the radiation emitted by everyday objects highlights the fact that we interact with radioactive materials every day.

Neem Plant Suppresses Cancer and Reduces Tumours By 70 Percent
Neem oil has been valued for centuries for its huge range of medicinal uses. Now Singapore academics have stated that active compounds in the neem plant reduce the size of prostate tumours by up to 70 percent and suppress its spread or metastasis by half.

'Real' Cinnamon Boosts Intelligence
Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and . regular consumption can lower blood sugar, help digestion, ease arthritis, lower blood pressure and even ward off Alzheimer's. New research has found the first evidence that cinnamon has the potential to boost human intelligence.

A Single Glass of Orange Juice Boosts Cognitive Function and Conscious Mental Activity
In terms of antioxidant prowess, oranges are a highly underrated fruit. They contain rich sources of carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin C. A University of Reading (UK) report shows that a single glass of flavonoid-rich orange juice may boost cognitive function, compared to placebo.

Combining These Two Polyphenols Inhibits Tumors By 60 Percent
Combining polyphenols and other compounds can dramatically increase their ability to fight cancers, according to a review from the Dr Rath Research Institute of its own and other studies.

Study Finds Selfies Are Actually Linked With Happiness
Regularly snapping selfies with your smartphone and sharing photos with your friends can help make you a happier person, according to computer scientists at the University of California, Irvine. In a first-of-its-kind study published just before back-to-school season, the authors found that students can combat the blues with some simple, deliberate actions on their mobile devices.

Ants, Birds and Bacteria Can Teach Humanity About Teamwork
USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers believe that some of the most complex technologies of our times, such as robotics or cognitive computing, can learn a thing or two from swarms of ants, pigeons and bacteria.

Outdated Survival Strategies Causing Daily Stress on Your Immune System
Human beings, like animals, are born with a primal instinct of survival.As infants and young children werely solely on the ability of others to keep us safe in our new and unfamiliarenvironment. No matter what circumstances we are born into or how we are cared for, we must learn to adapt in order to survive. As we learn how to adapt to our environment as helpless infants and young children, we create the basis for how we will adapt to the world as we grow and explore more and more of it.

Oranges and Lemons Prevent Heart Disease, Liver Disease and Diabetes
Higher intake of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can help keep you healthy as well as prevent harmful effects of obesity-related heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, a study has found.

Discarded Coffee Grounds Represent A Natural Source of Antioxidant Nutrients
The use of leftover coffee grounds as an antioxidant dietary fibre is a low-cost value-added opportunity for an otherwise waste product, say Spanish researchers.

Scientists Show Men With More Muscle Mass Don't Need More Protein
Sports nutrition recommendations may undergo a significant shift after research from the University of Stirling has found individuals with more muscle mass do not need more protein after resistance exercise.

Avoiding The Sun's Rays Is A Misinformed Trend Causing Global Rise In Cancers
A causative link between the sun and cancer does not exist and never has. The cancer and sunscreen industries have made it their mission to convince the world that sunlight is a primary cause of skin cancer, when in fact it has been shown to prevent it and many other forms of cancer.

A Greater Emphasis On Nuts To Replace Animal Proteins Reduces Inflammation
The Romans considered many nuts food of the gods. A few decades ago nuts were valued for their protein, vitamins, and minerals. Then in the 1980s they were seen primarily as fat-and-calorie landmines--to be avoided by all except those trying to gain weight. But during the last decade, nuts have been on the rise, thanks to research pointing to their potential heart benefits. A greater intake of nuts, especially in place of animal proteins, could reduce inflammation - a key process in the development of cardiovascular disorders, a study has found.

The Verdict on Coffee
Nearly eight out of 10 people are coffee drinkers, according to the National Coffee Association's 2016 report. And like anything that's part of our daily ritual, we have burning questions -- like, is coffee good for you or bad for you, or both? USC experts weigh in.



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