Emerging evidence, including an extensive review by the European Food Safety Authority, suggests a wide range of health effects of curcumin, the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow color. Robert A DiSilvestro, from Ohio State University (Ohio, USA), and colleagues enrolled 19 healthy men and women, ages 40 to 60 years, in a four-week long study. Subjects received a supplement containing 80 mg curcumin, daily; an age-matched group of 19 other subjects were given placebo and served as controls. The researchers found that curcumin supplementation significantly lowered plasma triglyceride levels, lowered salivary amylase while raised salivary radical scavenging capacities, raised plasma catalase activities, lowered plasma soluble intercellular adhesion molecule levels, and increased plasma nitric oxide. The study authors conclude that: Collectively, these results demonstrate that a low dose of a curcumin-lipid preparation can produce a variety of potentially health promoting effects in healthy middle aged people.”
Robert A DiSilvestro, Elizabeth Joseph, Shi Zhao, Bomser Joshua. “Diverse effects of a low dose supplement of lipidated curcumin in healthy middle aged people.” Nutrition Journal 2012, 11:79, 26 September 2012.
Economists and public health researchers report that happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
The compound thymol, extracted from thyme, works synergistically with conventional antifungal medications to boost their efficacy.
Daily supplements of curcumin, the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow color, help to lower cholesterol levels and markers of inflammation.
As little as 6 months of exercise can improve memory, language, thinking and judgment problems by almost 50%, in people affected by stroke.
Low-dose aspirin may help forestall cognitive decline, among elderly women at high cardiovascular risk.
Australian team explores mechanism underlying why a salt laden meal raises flow mediated dilation in as little as half an hour.
Lactoferrin4-14, a milk protein, reduces DNA damage in colon cancer cells exposed to ultraviolet light.
People who have difficulty chewing hard foods are at significantly higher risk of cognitive impairments.
Consuming one apple daily helps to lower LDL (low density lipoproteins) by up to 40%.
Georgia Institute of Technology (US) team devises a computer-based tool to allow people to screen themselves for early signs of dementia.
Oregon State University (US) team reveals the biological mechanism by which zinc deficiency can develop with age, leading to a decline of the immune system
Anthocyanins, antioxidant pigments found in fruit and vegetables, have been found to improve the blood lipid profile of people with high cholesterol.
Following a simple meditation program can help to reduce loneliness and reduce the expression of inflammatory genes.
Rich in a variety of antioxidants, cocoa and green tea extracts help to reduce markers of oxidative stress and inflammation, in overweight men and women.
Kirtan Kriya Meditation (KKM), a type of yoga, reduces inflammation – thereby curbing the stress response of caregivers to those affected by chronic diseases.
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant compound found abundantly in green tea, helps to improve blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
Adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke have higher rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Snacking on raisins three times a day may significantly lower post-meal glucose levels.
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can lower inflammation in healthy, but overweight, middle-aged and older adults.
Levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) fell by 26% among subjects who received supplementation with resveratrol-rich grape extract for one year.
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64 – A Healthy Curiosity
Researchers from the University of Alberta (Canada) found in 2005 that for 90% of the population, keeping the brain sharp as we age can be as simple as being and staying mentally inquisitive. The team found that people who are curious at a young age are more likely to be mentally active, and stay that way, as they age. In addition, people in their 70s and 80s who started incorporating activities to improve mental capacity at those ages could enjoy similar benefits to brain health. Some of the best activities that keep the mind active and curious include: reading, traveling, memorizing poetry, playing card games, doing crossword puzzles, learning how to play a musical instrument, taking classes, and surfing the Internet.