Eating whole grains instead of refined grains has many metabolic benefits. In this review of 25 placebo-controlled trials, lasting from two to 16 weeks, compared to those consuming refined grains, healthy adults who got more whole grains in the diet had lower total and LDL cholesterol levels, lower long-term average blood-sugar levels (A1C), and lowerContinue reading “Healthy Insight: Whole Grain Benefits”
Glucosamine and chondroitin Two natural nutrients, glucosamine and chondroitin, help keep joint cartilage healthy. Here, doctors reveal heart and circulatory benefits, as well. In this study, doctors in 2015 counted deaths in a group of 16,686 adults who had participated in a large trial from 1999 through 2010. Overall, those who had taken glucosamine andContinue reading “Heart: Nutrients prolong life, reduce heart and circulatory events”
You can enjoy this healthy spread on many foods, and while you do, please see page 1 for a new study that found those who ate one to two ounces of raw walnuts per day reduced several chronic inflammatory factors. Ingredients: 3 c shelled organic raw walnuts1/3 c maple syrup2 tbsp avocado, grapeseed, or walnutContinue reading “Recipe: Cinnamon Maple Walnut Butter Spread”
Early-stage discoveries with fermented dairy protein, yogurt, walnut, extra-virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil. Good results in the lab can lead to larger human trials. Here are some of the most promising recent findings. Fermented dairy, yogurt improved gut microbiota Fermented milk and yogurt proteins were more beneficial than non-fermented milk and non-dairy proteins for gutContinue reading “Ahead of the Curve: Early-stage discoveries”
Vitamin D in mothers improves child cognition Vitamin D plays a critical role in how embryonic cells develop and become specialized brain cells. In this study, doctors measured vitamin D levels in 1,503 healthy women during their second trimester, and followed up with IQ tests of their children at age four to six. Each increaseContinue reading “Child development: nutrients predict cognitive development, reduce autism symptoms”
Lutein, zeaxanthin during pregnancy boost vision in offspring at age three The dark green and orange-colored fruits and vegetables contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, and mothers’ higher levels during pregnancy meant better eyesight in their offspring. In this study, doctors measured lutein and zeaxanthin levels during pregnancy, and at delivery, then followed up withContinue reading “Vision: Nutrients promote eye development, reduce disease symptoms”
Pre- and probiotics improve regularity in cerebral palsy Those with cerebral palsy (CP) have weakened muscles and impaired movement. Chronic constipation manifests in three out of four. In this study, 37 children with CP and chronic constipation took a placebo, 100 million colony-forming units of lactobacillus reuteri alone, 4 grams of inulin alone, or theseContinue reading “Gut Health: Nutrients promote regularity, reduce chances of disease”
Short-term inflammation helps the body heal, but long-term, chronic inflammation can lead to hardening of the arteries. Walnuts contain anti-inflammatory alpha-linolenic omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols. In this study, 634 healthy adults added 1 to 2 ounces of raw walnuts to their standard diet per day, or didn’t add walnuts. After two years, total inflammatoryContinue reading “Healthy Insight: Walnuts for Inflammation”
Nutrients reduce diabetic nerve pain Chronic high blood sugar in diabetes damages nerves throughout the body, causing pain. This study followed 85 men and women, average age 63, with long-term type 2 diabetes, taking metformin, and with nerve damage in the extremities, body organs, and systems. Participants took a placebo or a combination of 10Continue reading “Less pain: nutrients ease diabetic and arthritic pain”
While you savor by the spoonful, or add to any hot beverage, please see page 1 for a new study that found honey eased symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. Prep time: 5 minutesCook time: 5-6 minutesServings: about 24 teaspoons Ingredients: Zest of 2 organic lemons1/4 c fresh ginger, peeled, sliced1 c filtered water1 cContinue reading “Recipe: Soothing Lemon Ginger Honey”
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