The deciduous shrub Hippophae (family Elaeagnacea) yields sea buckthorn berries – abundant in Vitamin C as well as flavanols. Petra S. Larmo, from the University of Turku (Finland), and colleagues analyzed the effects of sea buckthorn and select fractions, on the overall metabolic profile of overweight women. Researchers enrolled 80 overweight women, who were randomly assigned to consume dried sea buckthorn berries, sea buckthorn oil, or sea buckthorn extract, or frozen bilberries, for 30 days. The berries yielded improvements in triglycerides and very-low density lipoprotein (VLDL), in women with higher cardiometabolic risk; the oil improved total intermediate density lipoprotein (IDL) as well as low density lipoprotein (LDL) in higher risk women. The study authors write that: “Berry intake has overall metabolic effects, which depend on the cardio-metabolic risk profile at baseline.”
Larmo PS, Kangas AJ, Soininen P, Lehtonen HM, Suomela JP, Yang B, Viikari J, Ala-Korpela M, Kallio HP. “Effects of sea buckthorn and bilberry on serum metabolites differ according to baseline metabolic profiles in overweight women: a randomized crossover trial.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Aug 14.
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Tip #192 - Stay Connected
Researchers from the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA) report that social isolation may be detrimental to both mental and physical health. The team analyzed data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a nationwide US study involving 3,000 men and women, ages 57 to 85 years. They arrived at three key findings regarding the relationships between health and different types of isolation:
• The researchers found that the most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated.
• The team found that older adults who feel least isolated are five times as likely to report very good or excellent health as those who feel most isolated, regardless of their actual level of social connectedness.
• They determined that social disconnectedness is not related to mental health unless it brings feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Separately, Rush University Medical Center (Illinois, USA) researchers studied 906 older men and women, testing their motor functions (including grip, pinch strength, balance, and walking) and surveying their social activity, for a period of 5 years. Those study participants with less social activity were found to have a more rapid rate of motor function decline. Specifically, the team found that every one-point decrease in social activity corresponded to an increase in functional aging of 5 years, translating to a 40% higher risk of death and 65% higher risk of disability.