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Blood Test Determines Which Diet Works Best
Researchers presented new data demonstrating that blood sugar (glucose) and/or fasting insulin should be used to select the right diet, particularly for people with prediabetes and diabetes.


The Sun's Benefits Go Way Beyond Vitamin D
The sun has got his hat on, our moods feel lighter and we are gripped by a desire to soak up some solar rays. But no, we keep being told: the threat of skin cancer makes this potentially lethal.


Pediatricians Say Scrap The Fruit Juice
Fruit juice has been marketed (and in some cases, recommended by physicians) as a healthy, natural source of vitamins and calcium. Kids like the way it tastes -- in fact, children and adolescents continue to be the highest consumers of fruit juice and juice drinks, but nutritional benefits are very questionable.


Cannabis Prevents Brain Aging
Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these aging processes in the brain. Low doses of the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, has the opposite effect on the elderly, reversing brain aging and restoring learning and memory.


Mushroom Powders Linked To Heart Health Benefits
Consuming portobello or shiitake powder may protect your arteries from the detrimental effects of a high fat diet, according to findings presented at Experimental Biology 2017.


Gingko Biloba Protects Against Cognitive Effects of Heavy Metals
Ginkgo biloba, one of the oldest living tree species and best selling herbs, also protects the brain from the toxic effects of aluminium chloride exposure, which has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's and other cognitive impairments.


Curcumin Reduces Anxiety and Depression Even In People With Major Depression
Dietary supplements formulated with highly bioavailable curcumin may allow for faster recovery after competition-level training, and blunt training-related decreases in performance , says new data presented at Experimental Biology.


Ashwagandha Improves Memory and Cognitive Function
Ashwagandha is an herb from India used for centuries as a body tonic for general health of the body and mind. Adults supplemented with ashwagandha root extract had improved memory test scores, researchers in India found.


Sound Waves Enhance Deep Sleep and Memory
Gentle sound stimulation -- such as the rush of a waterfall -- synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.


DHA vs EPA: Which Omega-3 Is Better?
High-doses of the omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may boost the Omega-3 Index (O3I) more than EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), says a new study.


80-Year Study Shows Happiness Is The Driving Force In Our Health
How people describe both positive and negative events in their lives influences their perception of their own life. When scientists began tracking the health of 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 during the Great Depression, they hoped the longitudinal study would reveal clues to leading healthy and happy lives. They got more than they wanted.


Feeling Blue? Grab Your Friends and Have Fun, Say Researchers
Those suffering from feeling unhappy and experiencing elevated depressive symptoms--respond to positive experiences with a marked reduction in their depressive mood according to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.


High Dose Vitamin C Can Reduce A Cold's Duration By 20 Percent
People with the high levels of vitamin C from their diets are known to have reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death. But did you know the wonder vitamin can effectively help you with the common cold?


Why Does This South American Population Have The Healthiest Arteries In The World?
The Tsimane people -- a forager-horticulturalist population of the Bolivian Amazon -- have the lowest reported levels of vascular aging for any population in the world, with coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) being five times less common than in the U.S. An 80-year-old Tsimane has the same vascular age as an American in his or her mid-fifties, suggests a new report.


Probiotics In Yogurt Reverse Depression Symptoms
Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt. Further, they have discovered a specific mechanism for how the bacteria affect mood, providing a direct link between the health of the gut microbiome and mental health.


20 Incredible Plants and Fungi That Boost Mood, Decrease Anxiety, Prevent Disease and Filter Your Air
City dwellers today spend an average 90 per cent of their time indoors, but naturalists say that 'bringing the outdoors inside' can offer some of the benefits that are lost by retreating indoors. These twenty plants and fungi are capable of transforming how you think, breathe and feel.



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