Green Tea May Prevent Glaucoma

 

Green tea may prevent glaucoma

Green tea may prevent glaucoma

Studies reported in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry have found more evidence that green tea may help fight eye diseases such as glaucoma.

Researchers found catechin in green tea may help fight eye diseases are one of many antioxidants that protect the eyes from some diseases.

They found the antioxidants passed from the stomach through the  intestinal tract and into eye tissue. The retina absorbed the highest levels of gallocatechin while the aqueous humor absorbed epigallocatechin.

Green tea’s health benefits have been known in the East for centuries. Packed with antioxidants, green tea contains more than 4,000 of these compounds which help fight free radicals which can lead to heart disease and cancer. Green tea supplements can also be effective.

Green Tea and Weight Loss

Adding green tea to your diet may also benefit those wanting to lose weight. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that men who added green tea to their diet burned more calories than men given a similar drink without green tea. The effects of caffeine were also taken into consideration. One of the reasons for this is that green tea raises and speeds up oxidation which in turn helps with weight loss. It also contains high amounts of polyphenols which activate an enzyme which helps get rid of excess fat in the body.

Antioxidants in Green Tea

Green tea contains a very powerful group of antioxidant polyphenols called catechins. Many of green tea’s health benefits come from these. One particular catechin is epigallocatechin gallate which is thought to contribute to the cancer fighting effects of green tea. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published results of a study that showed drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer by nearly 60 percent. Another report from Harvard Medical School found that catechin in green tea inhibited the growth of cancer cells. It is now widely accepted that the antioxidants in green tea may help prevent cancer of the bladder, colon, pancreas, esophagus, rectum and stomach.

Green Tea and a Healthy Heart

Both green and black teas have cholesterol-lowering properties which keep the heart healthy. Studies reported in Circulation Journal on ‘effects of green tea intake on the development of coronary artery disease’ found the more green tea patients consumed, the less likely they were to suffer from coronary artery disease.

Green Tea Supplements

Taking green tea in supplement form may be effective as well. Many weight loss supplements contain extract of green tea. However, as a weight loss aid it may be a better idea to actually drink the tea rather than take it in supplement form. Studies have shown those drinking green tea are able to control their appetites better and it also helps keep the body well hydrated. Experts suggest four cups of green tea a day will give maximum benefit. This equates to roughly three capsules of green tea extract. A standard 500mg capsule should contain 275mg EGCG which is the term used for the catechins that are isolated, dried and put into capsules or tablets or made into a liquid.

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Helping Others Is Good For Our Health

Helping others is good for our health

Helping others is good for our health

Reach Out to Stay Happy in Later Life

Reaching out a hand to help others will keep you happier and healthier in later life, according to research published in the Psychological Bulletin online.

An examination of all the available peer-reviewed evidence published over the last 45 years involving adults aged 50 plus, found that those who volunteered had reduced symptoms of depression, better overall health, fewer functional limitations and greater longevity.

All these benefits for just 2-3 hours per week!  Feeling appreciated or needed as a volunteer appears to support psychosocial wellbeing.

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Ditch the Junk Food

Ditch the junk food

Ditch the junk food

Junk the junk food!

Think of healthy and unhealthy foods as the difference between putting coals or paper on a fire. The paper will burn quickly with a big show of flames, but it doesn’t give out much heat and burns so quickly it’s not long before you have put more paper on the fire.

On the other hand, coal takes longer to heat up but it will give you a steady lasting level of heat for a much longer time. It’s quite a simple analogy. The aim is to eat the food equivalent of coal, not paper, no matter how attractive it may seem.

Refined and processed foods are like paper to the body’s fire. Natural whole foods are like coal. The more a food is refined (the greater proportion of natural substances are removed) the faster will be the hit on your bloodstream.

The more food you eat in its natural form, the steadier will be your blood sugar.

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Memory Boosting Foods

Memory boosting foods

Memory boosting foods

MOST of us can be a little forgetful sometimes, but what if you really seem to be forgetting things more than usual?

Well, there are some foods that help boost memory and are also rich in antioxidants which, let’s face it, we could all do with these days. Now where was I? Oh yes, memory boosting foods

Well, according to several recent studies reported in Science Daily, eating blueberries and strawberries could help prevent memory loss in old age. Berries are rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from free-radical damage. But new research has found they can have a direct effect on how neurons in the brain send signals. But berries aren’t the only memory boosting foods.

Avocados

These delicious fruits (yes, they are classed as a fruit) are a great source of ‘healthy’ fat and a good blood circulation booster. This is important when it comes to brain function, as this enhances blood flow to the brain, helping with healthy brain function.

Oily fish

The essential omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as sardines, herring, trout and mackerel, as well as walnut oil and flaxseeds, or linseeds, are high in Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fatty acid which is vital to maintaining a healthy nervous system.  Low DHA levels have been linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Fish also contains iodine, which is known to improve mental clarity.

Whole grains

Whole grains improve circulation and help regulate glucose levels in the blood. The more stable your glucose levels, the easier it is to concentrate, which is one of the reasons why it’s important to eat breakfast in the morning. Apart from revving up your metabolism it keeps your sugar levels balanced and protects against diabetes and heart disease.

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin, E, a lack of which has been linked with cognitive decline as you age. A good intake of vitamin E will help prevent memory loss. Nuts are a great source along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and whole grains.

Blueberries

Blueberries and strawberries contain antioxidants, which are thought to protect brain neurons from damage, build communication receptors between each brain cell, and flush out waste. They also help protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Blackberries are also a great brain booster, as they contain good levels of vitamin C that has long been known to help increase mental agility.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells that occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

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Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer and Vitamin D Deficiency

Pre-menopausal Breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency

Pre-menopausal Breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is really in the spotlight at the moment.

I think it’s mostly because we’re only just beginning to unravel all the intricate functions vitamins and minerals play in the role of health.

As time goes on I suspect we will discover that all vitamins and minerals, including the lesser-known ones, play an essential role in health and disease.

The latest vitamin D study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, found that vitamin D deficiency in the months preceding diagnosis may predict a high risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer.

The study of blood levels of 1,200 healthy women found that women whose blood levels of vitamin D were low during the three-month period just before diagnosis had approximately three times the risk of breast cancer as women in the highest vitamin D group.

Several previous studies have shown that low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer. However, researchers warned against using mega doses of vitamin D, unless prescribed by a doctor for short-term use.

The best way to keep your vitamin D levels topped up is to have 20 minutes a day out in the sunshine, as well as eating plenty of oily fish and eating free-range, organic eggs.

I would also suggest that you have your vitamin D levels tested. You could then take a supplement to correct any deficiency, do a re-test to make sure the level is back to normal, and then maintain your levels by taking a multivitamin and mineral containing vitamin D as D3.

Source: Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To High Risk Of Pre-menopausal Breast  Cancer. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl.

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Tummy Fat and Hypertension

Tummy fat and hypertention

Tummy fat and hypertention

Another reason for losing that fat around the middle was confirmed in a recent study published in the Journal of American College Cardiology.

The study indicates a greater risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) compared to others with a similar BMI but with fat concentrated elsewhere on the body.

903 patients enrolled in the Dallas Heart Study were followed for an average of seven years to track development of hypertension. They also received imaging of fat deposits in the body.

At the end of the study period, 25% of patients developed hypertension. While a higher BMI was associated with increased incidence of hypertension, when abdominal fat content, overall fat content and lower-body fat content were factored in, only abdominal fat remained independently associated with hypertension.

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How To Digest Food Better

How to digest food better

How to digest food better

A reminder about chewing well…

The first part of digestion happens in the mouth. To have healthy digestion it is really important to chew well. So take your time when you eat, slow down and your food will be digested better.

Chewing also signals the other parts of your digestive system to get ready to receive food.

So, if you are not chewing well, the first part of breakdown in the mouth doesn’t happen, the digestive system does not get the signal to prepare itself and the food will drop down to the stomach in larger molecules than the stomach can really manage.

Another advantage of eating slowly is you are less likely to overeat. Once you start eating it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. So if you eat slowly you will end up eating less food because your brain will tell you that you have had enough.

If you eat quickly, you can consume a lot more food than you actually need before your brain realises. There is a big difference between hunger and appetite. Hunger is when your stomach rumbles and you need to eat. Appetite is when you want to eat because you fancy some ice cream because you just saw an advert on TV.

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