Green tea contains between 30 and 40% of water-extractable polyphenols, and is particularly abundant catechins – most notably, epigallocatechn gallate (EGCG), for which some studies suggest a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health and weight management. Lesley E. Rhodes, from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), and colleagues enrolled 14 healthy men and women, average age 42.5 years, with their skin, and gave them low-dose green tea catechin supplements added daily dose of 540 mg in combination with a vitamin C dose of 50 mg, for 12 weeks. The effects of the supplements were quantified by exposures to UV light before and after supplementation. Results showed that levels of metabolites of green tea catechins increase in skin fluid after supplementation, and erythema (skin redness) levels were reduced after the 12-week supplementation period. The team also observed that whereas UV exposure increased key markers of inflammation, green tea supplementation reduced that effect. The study authors submit that the data suggests that green tea exerts: "protection against sunburn inflammation and potentially longer-term UVR-mediated damage.”
Lesley E. Rhodes, Gemma Darby, Karen A. Massey, Kayleigh A. Clarke, Tristan P. Dew, Mark D. Farrar, et al. “Oral green tea catechin metabolites are incorporated into human skin and protect against UV radiation-induced cutaneous inflammation in association with reduced production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoid 12-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid.” British Journal of Nutrition, 28 January 2013.
Small amounts of activity – 1 or 2-minutes at a time that add up to 30 minutes a day – may be as beneficial as longer bouts of structured exercise.
Short-term use of folic acid supplements is unlikely to substantially increase or decrease overall cancer risk.
Rich in catechins green tea supplements may help protect skin against sunburn and the longer-term effects of ultraviolet damage.
Regular consumption of deep-fried foods associates with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, and improves symptoms associated with schizophrenia and ADHD.
People who snore tend to have thickening or abnormalities in the carotid artery, which may be a precursor to atherosclerosis.
Consumption of eggs does not associate with an increased risk of heart disease or stroke.
Low levels of vitamin D associate with an increased risk of depression, in midlife.
Among healthy adults, simple changes in diet can be effective in reducing inflammation in as little as six weeks.
Bisphenol S (BPS), a purported replacement for Bisphenol A (BPA) may be just a significant hormone disruptor and disrupt patterns of cell growth.
Strawberry extract added to skin cell cultures acts as a protector against ultraviolet radiation, as well as increasing its viability and reducing damage to DNA
Link between climate change, ozone loss and possible increase in skin cancer incidence.
Drinking caffeinated coffee is associated with a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.
Among adults under the age of 40, skin cancer rates are rising.
Dietary supplementation with retinol may slash skin cancer risk by as much as 40%.
European Centre for Environment & Human Health scientists suggest that a link may exist between radon exposure and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Heart attack patients with psoriasis are 26% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 18% more likely to die from causes than those without psoriasis
Women who take supplements of vitamin D and calcium may be at a reduced risk of developing skin cancer.
Extract of poplar tree (Populus nigra) leaf buds contain compounds that regulate genes involved in antioxidant defenses, inflammatory response and cell renewal.
People with Parkinson's Disease are at a higher risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin diseases.
Tip #120 - The New Circle of Life
A 2005 study by Merrill Lynch found that 77% of men and women ages 40 to 58 plan to work in retirement. Some of these people will become consultants in the industry in which they worked all their lives, while others will embark on a completely new career. A retirement job can boost your nest egg significantly. Assuming you retire at age 65, work two days a week earning 40% of what you earned before retiring, you can increase your savings by 30% over a five-year period (assumes 6% annual return and an annual inflation rate of 3%). Working during retirement also helps to maintain a social network that has been found to be key in maintaining a meaningful life.