The fast pace of today’s 24/7 lifestyle leaves many people neglecting to follow the “Five a Day” recommendation by most developed nations that aim at improving cardiovascular health and reducing cancer risk. David G. Blanchflower, from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), and colleagues completed a review of cross-sectional data involving 80,000 Britons who were measured by standardized assessments to ascertain life satisfaction, happiness, nervousness, etc., and surveyed for the daily portions of fruits and vegetables consumed. The researchers found that happiness and mental health rise in an approximately dose-response way with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables. The researchers find that “well-being peaks at approximately 7 portions per day,” thus leading them to submit that: “Our findings are consistent with the need for high levels of fruit-and-vegetable consumption for mental health and not merely for physical health.”
David G. Blanchflower, Andrew J. Oswald, Sarah Stewart-Brown. “Is Psychological Well-being Linked to the Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables?” Social Indicators Research, submitted October 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.
Daily physical activity can boost a person's mental health, via the psychological mechanisms known as the self-image hypothesis and the social interaction hypot
Large-scale population based study suggests that people with anxiety depression, and other mental health problems have a higher risk of early death.
Phobic anxiety associates with shorter telomeres – a marker of a cellular aging, in middle-aged and older women.
Parkinson’s Disease may start with non-motor symptoms affecting physical, mental, and emotional health, that precede the onset of the disease by several years.
Low levels of vitamin B-6 and B-12 are associated with an increased risk of impaired cognition.
Exposure to low doses of BPA during gestation has long-lasting effects on the brain and social behaviors, in a lab animal model.
Older adults who remain physically active experience less psychological distress and fewer functional limitations.
Chronic stress may lead to memory problems by interfering with glutamate signaling in the prefrontal cortex, in a lab animal model.
New insights in to the biological pathway by which yoga may be effective for stress-related medical conditions including depression, anxiety, high blood pressur
Working out at the gym associates with fewer symptoms of on-the-job burnout and depression.
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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.