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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Healthy trick to make your brain smart all the time


How to make your brain smart all the time

This is very nice study which give us idea that what we eat not only good for our body but also for our brain power. This research study following nearly 28,000 people aged 55 and older at high cardiovascular risk, which monitored their diets for 5 years and tested declines

 Healthy trick to make your brain smart all the time
against thinking and memory tests, found a smaller drop in brain power for those who ate well. The American Academy of Neurology has published the results in the journal Neurology. The healthy eating linked to the stronger cognitive health was a diet with not much red meat, moderate alcohol and lots of fruits and vegetable, nuts and fish.

The 27,860 over-55s included for the analysis, from across 40 countries, were studied over an average of around 5 years. Certain health conditions were excluded at the start of the study of people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. None of the participants had diabetes or a history of heart disease, stroke or peripheral artery disease; nor had any recently experienced serious disease outcomes such as a stroke or congestive heart failure. Participants who experienced heart disease or stroke during the study were no longer followed for diet and mental power.  To take a baseline measure of cognitive health and monitor any decline, thinking and memory skills were tested at the start of the study, then 2 years and about 5 years later. A maximum of 30 points was possible against these thinking and memory tests and cognitive decline was noted when scores dropped by 3 points or more, which happened for 17% overall - a total of 4,699 participants.

 Healthy trick to make your brain smart all the time

Interesting Results-Cognitive decline lowest among those who reported healthiest diets

The proportion registering a decline was lower for people reporting the healthiest diets - 14% of these showed a drop in thinking and memory, compared with 18% of the people eating the least healthy diets. For the measure of diet, the participants were asked at the start of the study to say how often they ate certain foods, including vegetables, nuts and soy proteins, whole grains and deep-fried foods. They also reported levels of alcohol intake and gave data to produce a ratio of fish to meat and eggs in their diets. The measure of diet quality was a modified version of the healthy eating index used by the US government. Among the 5,687 people with the healthiest diet, 782 made up the 13.8% having cognitive decline, while of the 5,459 people with the least healthy diets, 987 accounted for the 18.1%. The relative difference from these figures produces a 24% lower likelihood of a drop in thinking and memory for people eating well. The researchers accounted for factors that could have affected the results, such as physical activity, high blood pressure and history of cancer. Study author Dr. Andrew Smyth, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and the National University of Ireland in Galway, says diet in later life is only part of the picture, Adoption of a healthy diet probably begins early in life, and a healthy diet might also go along with adoption of other healthy behaviors. For their data, the authors examined participants from randomized drug trials in cardiovascular disease supported by pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.

  Healthy trick to make your brain smart all the time

In background to their work, the authors cite previous brain health links to healthy diet but point out that using the large multinational prospective cohort study allows observation of "more precise associations between diet (assessed using standardized methodology) and cognitive outcomes." Explaining what biological explanations may lie behind the emerging evidence, the authors say: "Dietary intake may modify the risk of cognitive decline through multiple mechanisms, including increased risk of stroke (both overt and covert) and through deficiency of nutrients required for neuronal regeneration (for example, group B vitamins, and vitamin C)." The risk factors for dementia listed by the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke include a number that can be modified by dietary and lifestyle measures. The new study ends by stating, “In conclusion, we report that higher diet quality is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Improved diet quality represents an important potential target for reducing the global burden of cognitive decline."

(Source-Journal Neurology)
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Why Sugar and carbs are the obesity culprits, not lack daily exercise


Why Sugar and carbs are the obesity culprits in 2015

Even the exercise done by athletes cannot counter a bad diet, say the authors, who cite evidence that while obesity has rocketed in the past 30 years, "there has been little change in physical activity levels in the western population." Excess sugar and carbohydrates, not physical inactivity, are to blame for the obesity epidemic, says the editorial.   The review, which aims to lead the opinion of sports medicine researchers

 Why Sugar and carbs are the obesity culprits, not lack daily exercise
and clinicians, is written by Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a UK cardiologist and consultant to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in London, with Prof. Tim Noakes of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Cape Town, and Dr. Stephen Phinney, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of California Davis.  The healthy choice of regular physical activity is not dismissed, however, because while these experts claim it "does not promote weight loss," evidence shows that it "reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%."
Why Sugar and carbs are the obesity culprits, not lack daily exercise

But poor diet is a bigger risk - it "generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined." The authors support this claim with information about the global burden of disease published by The Lancet.  The editorial, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, continues by citing a 2013 review of the medical literature for metabolic syndrome, which asks why children are developing this cluster of cardiovascular risk factors.  That article, first-authored by Dr. Ram Weiss, a

 Why Sugar and carbs are the obesity culprits, not lack daily exercise

pediatrician at the Hadassah Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel, concludes that while obesity contributes to the syndrome, it is "unlikely" to be an "initiating factor."  And the present authors cite that "up to 40% of those with a normal body mass index will harbor metabolic abnormalities typically associated with obesity, which include hypertension, dyslipidemia, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease."  Malhotra, Noakes and Phinney - who are well-known for their opinions on diet, exercise and health, having published widely through popular books and the media - add about the phenomenon in normal-weight people: "This is little appreciated by scientists, doctors, media writers and policymakers, despite the extensive scientific literature on the vulnerability of all ages and all sizes to lifestyle-related diseases." Food and beverage industry 'lies'The concluding remark of the editorial reads: "It is time to wind back the harms caused by the junk food industry's public relations machinery." As an industry example of providing "misleading" information, the authors say that Coca-Cola spent 3.3 billion US dollars on advertising in 2013, and that the company "pushes a message that 'all calories count;' they associate their products with sport, suggesting it is OK to consume their drinks as long as you exercise." "However, science tells us this is misleading and wrong," says the article, adding:
"It is where the calories come from that is crucial. Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger. Fat calories induce fullness or 'satiation.'" The authors further lambast the food industry by blaming it for creating a public perception that "obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise." Malhotra, Noakes and Phinney argue: "This false perception is rooted in the food industry's public relations machinery, which uses tactics chillingly similar to those of big tobacco." In March, we looked at a report that similarly alleged the sugar industry "behaved like tobacco manufacturers" when it came to taking action against tooth decay. The BMJ, the lead journal of the group publishing the present opinion piece, is positioned against commercial bias in health issues, and in February published its own investigations against the sugar industry, publishing claims that companies have attempted to influence public health policy.
(Source- The BMJ)
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Research shows you can Lose Weight with Green Coffee Beans


Lose Weight with Green Coffee Beans

First question before start loosing Weight is how much should I weight?

To determine how much you should weigh (your ideal body weight) several factors should be considered, including age, muscle-fat ratio, height, sex, and bone density.
Some people suggest that calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) is the best way to decide whether your body weight is ideal. Others say that BMI is faulty as it does not account for muscle mass and that waist-hip ratio is better.

 Research shows you can Lose Weight with Green Coffee Beans

Body Mass Index (BMI) a good measure

Your BMI is your weight in relation to your height.

BMI metric units: Your weight (kilograms) divided by the square of your height (meters)
e.g. Weight 80 kilograms. Height 1.8 meters.
1.82 meters = 3.24
80 divided by 3.24 = BMI 24.69.

 Research shows you can Lose Weight with Green Coffee Beans
Imperial units: Your weight (pounds) times 703, divided by the square of your height in inches.
e.g. Weight 190 pounds. Height 6 ft (72 inches)
722 = 5184
190 x 703 divided by 5184 = BMI 25.76
Health authorities worldwide mostly agree that:

People with a BMI of less than 18.5 are underweight.

A BMI of between 18.5 and 25 is ideal.

Somebody with a BMI between 25 and 30 is classed as overweight.

A person with a BMI over 30 is obese.

 Research shows you can lose Weight with Green Coffee Beans
People can lose weight for many reasons, perhaps intentionally through exercise training for a sports event, for health reasons, just to look better, or unintentionally as may occur because of an underlying disease. Weight loss refers to the loss of body fat (adipose tissue), fluid and/or lean mass. Lean mass are parts of your body without fat, such as bone mineral deposits, tendons, connective tissue and muscle.

Here is new research on loosing Weight with Green Coffee Beans

Scientists report striking new evidence that green, or un-roasted, coffee beans can produce a substantial decrease in body weight in a relatively short period of time.
In a study presented at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, Joe Vinson, Ph.D., and colleagues described how a group of overweight or obese people who consumed a fraction of an ounce of ground green coffee beans each day lost about 10 percent of their body weight.

"Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day - while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly - appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight," Vinson said at the ACS meeting, being held here this week. He is with the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. The study involved 16 overweight or obese people aged 22-26 years who took capsules of the extract or capsules containing a placebo, an inactive powder, for a total of 22 weeks. The subjects alternated between a low dose and a higher dose of the extract. The low dose consisted of 700 mg of the coffee extract, and the high dose was 1,050 mg. It was a so-called "cross-over" study in which people cycled through the two doses and the placebo, each for six weeks. Such studies have advantages because each person serves as his or her own "control," improving the chances of getting an accurate result.

All of the participants were monitored for their overall diet (calories, food eaten, etc.) and exercise over the study period. "Their calories, carbohydrates, fats and protein intake did not change during the study, nor did their exercise regimen change," Vinson said. Participants lost an average of 17 pounds during the 22 weeks of the study. It included an average of a 10.5 percent decrease in overall body weight and a 16 percent decrease in body fat. Vinson noted that weight loss might have been significantly faster, except that participants received the placebo and the lower dose of green coffee extract for part of the study period. Vinson pointed out that previous studies have shown weight loss with green coffee. But this was the first to use higher amounts of the coffee extract and the first to measure the response to various doses. Based on those studies, Vinson believes that green coffee beans' effects likely are due to a substance called chlorogenic acid that is present in unroasted coffee beans. Chlorogenic acid breaks down when coffee beans are roasted (usually at a temperature of 464-482 degrees Fahrenheit). Roasting gives coffee beans their distinctive color, aroma and flavor. Green coffee beans, in contrast, have little aroma and a slightly bitter taste.

(Source- National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society)
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Quickest way to know about Heart attack and Heartburn


Heartburn or heart attack

In this article you will learn more about Heartburn or heart attack: When to worry. Severe heartburn and heart attack can be hard to tell apart. Understand how they typically differ, and learn when to get immediate help.
You've just eaten a big meal and feel a burning sensation in your chest. Heartburn, right?
Probably, but there's a chance the chest pain is caused by reduced blood flow to your heart (angina) or an actual heart attack.

How much do the symptoms of heartburn and heart attack overlap?

Heartburn, angina and heart attack may feel very much alike. Even experienced doctors can't always tell the difference from your medical history and a physical exam. That's why if you go to the emergency room because of chest pain, you'll immediately have tests to rule out a heart attack.
Quickest way to know about Heart attack and Heartburn


What's the best thing to do if you have chest pain and you're not sure what's causing it?

If you have persistent chest pain and you aren't sure it's heartburn, call 911.
Call your doctor if you had an episode of unexplained chest pain that went away within a few hours and you did not seek medical attention. Both heartburn and a developing heart attack can cause symptoms that subside after a while. The pain doesn't have to last a long time to be a warning sign.

What is heartburn?

 Quickest way to know about Heart attack and Heartburn

Heartburn is discomfort or actual pain caused by digestive acid moving into the tube that carries swallowed food to your stomach (esophagus).

Typical features of heartburn include:
•A burning sensation starting in the upper abdomen and moving up into the chest
•Usually occurs after eating or while lying down or bending over
•May awaken you from sleep, especially if you have eaten within two hours of going to bed
•Usually relieved by antacids
•May be accompanied by a sour taste in your mouth — especially when you're lying down
•May be accompanied by a small amount of stomach contents rising up into the back of your throat (regurgitation)

What signs and symptoms are more likely to occur with a heart attack than with heartburn?

The "textbook" heart attack involves sudden, crushing chest pain and difficulty breathing, often brought on by exertion. Many heart attacks don't happen that way, though. The signs and symptoms of a heart attack vary greatly from person to person. Heartburn itself can accompany other symptoms of heart attack.

Typical heart attack signs and symptoms include:

•Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
•Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
•Shortness of breath
•Cold sweat
•Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness
The most common symptom of heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to experience some of the other symptoms, such as jaw or back pain, shortness of breath, and nausea or vomiting. Heart problems are more common among people over age 50, particularly those who have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. Smoking and being overweight are other risk factors.

Can other digestive symptoms cause chest pain?
A muscle spasm in your esophagus may cause chest pain similar to that of a heart attack. The pain of a gallbladder attack also can spread to your chest. With gallbladder disease, you may notice nausea and an intense, steady ache in the upper middle or upper right abdomen — especially after a fatty meal. The pain may shift to your shoulders, neck or arms. Again, if you aren't sure, seek medical attention immediately
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