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Breakthrough May Open Up Tea Compound's Brain Potential
September 29, 2010 | Antioxidants
Scientists from Unilever RandD have modelled the absorption and breakdown of L-theanine in humans, with results that may cast more light on the potential brain benefits of the tea compound.

Four Unexpected Food Facts
September 24, 2010 | Nutrition
Eat fiber, avoid trans-fat, watch your glycemic load ... you've got the basics down cold. But nutrition science can be wild and woolly, with more surprises than you might expect.

Reduce Body Fat With These 12 Indian Foods and Spices
September 22, 2010 | Nutrition
You don't have to acquire a taste for olive oil or seaweed to maintain a low-fat, healthy diet. Indian cuisine can be healthy too, if it's cooked with oil and ingredients that take care of your heart and health.

Is Butter Better?
September 21, 2010 | Nutrition
For many years, butter was replaced by margarine on the menus of health-conscious consumers. But like many dietary taboos, that's beginning to change. A little butter is better than the fake stuff.

Could Cavemen Hold The Key To Healthy Eating?
September 21, 2010 | Nutrition
There's something incongruous about the hi-tech modern food industry sniffing around the Palaeolithic era for the next big consumer trend. But hold the side order of cynicism. There might just be some logic to good old-fashioned instinctive eating.

Why Do We Have So Much Trouble Estimating Calories?
September 21, 2010 | Nutrition
When it comes to estimating calorie counts, we aren't really on the ball. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, this may be because of the order in which we encounter the food.

Your Internal Dialogue Influences Your Motivation and Behavior
September 16, 2010 | Happiness
Those who ask themselves whether they will perform a task generally do better than those who tell themselves that they will, according to a research study.

Who Said Salt is Bad? "Good Salt" Reduces Blood Pressure
September 15, 2010 | Nutrition
In modern society, salt is considered a detriment to human health, but it has not always had this stigma. In fact, Romans were paid in salt, thus the word "salary." Salt was also worth its weight in gold to African and European explorers. This naturally occurring substance was so highly prized simply because living organisms cannot survive without it. An increased intake of 'good' potassium salts could contribute significantly to improving blood pressure at the population level, according to new research.

Eating Watercress Prevents Breast Cancer
September 15, 2010 | Antioxidants
Eating watercress every day could help to prevent breast cancer, researchers have found.

What Do You Put In A Smoothie To Help Prevent Diabetes?
September 14, 2010 | Antioxidants
A daily smoothie containing bioactive ingredients from blueberry increased sensitivity to insulin, and may reduce the risk of developing diabetes in at-risk people, says a new study.

Coffee Protects Against Oxidative Damage to DNA
September 9, 2010 | Antioxidants
A daily cup of coffee may reduce the oxidative damage to DNA by 12 percent, according to a pan-European study.

Whey Protein Found To Lower Blood Pressure
September 8, 2010 | Nutrition
Whey protein is essential in the exercise world today because of its ability to be digested very rapidly. This allows the protein to become available for muscle building very quickly. A new study found that beverages formulated with whey proteins may offer a dietary approach to reducing blood pressure in people at risk of hypertension.

Forget The Flu Shot: Preseason Flu Fighters Are Your Best Defense
September 7, 2010 | Immunity
There are simple and cost effective ways to fortify your immune system before the various strains of flu start gathering strength. If you do this at the end of the summer, you can greatly increase your ability to fight circulating viruses. All of the following products are widely available in health-food stores.

A Bad Day Is All In Your Head...It's All About Perception
September 3, 2010 | Happiness
Woke up feeling blue? Does it feel like a 'bad day' today? Hold that thought - for it's all probably just in your head - says a new study.

Why Use Cholesterol Lowering Drugs When Strawberries Do The Job
September 3, 2010 | Antioxidants
Daily supplements of a freeze-dried strawberry powder improved heart health markers in people with metabolic syndrome, says new data from Oklahoma.


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