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Strong Legs are Linked to a Stronger Brain

November 22, 2015

Want to make sure your mind stays sharp later in life? Get strong legs now.

Everyone wonders what they can do to stay of sound mind as we age. Well, now we may have a strategy: get strong gams!

Researchers studied twins over a period of 10 years. What they found was promising. Those who had increased leg power at the start of the study showed improved cognitive aging after the 10 years. They also found those with stronger legs had larger gray matter volume.

Because of these findings in the November issue of the journal Gerontology, researchers intend to do bigger and longer studies. They even plan to look at how other areas of strength might correlate with improved cognition. While they do that, I’m going to do more squats and lunges … after I take a nice, long walk to make sure I can do crosswords for a long time!

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Yogurt's Vast Array of Health Benefits

November 16, 2015

Yogurt has long been considered a healthy option, as it’s packed with protein, calcium, potassium, and other nutrients. It’s also a great way to get probiotics, which improve digestive health and a vast array of health conditions.

Yogurt consumption has been shown to improve bone health (eating yogurt lead to better bone mineral density) and cardiovascular health (yogurt-eaters were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure), lower one’s risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, and be a useful tool in weight management.

Many of these benefits come from probiotics found in yogurt, which offer amazing health benefits. Evidence shows that probiotics could help prevent Type 2 diabetes by preventing insulin resistance and making it easier for you to burn body fat. But probiotic benefits may go beyond that. Some studies have shown that probiotics led to improvements in immune functions in HIV-infected patients.

The research is clear: yogurt is a great addition to any diet, particularly if you want to improve your immune system and its healing powers, bone, heart, gastrointestinal health or improve your weight. Pick some up today! I believe any kind will do... just be sure to eat one to two cups daily.

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Up Your Orange Intake to Kill Cancer Cells

November 11, 2015

Researchers have studied the effects of Vitamin C, most famously found in oranges, for some time, but results have been mixed. Some studies showed success while others did not, though some of the discrepancy may be explained by how the Vitamin C was administered; injections worked while oral consumption did not.

A recently published study builds on these past findings and might explain the results. Researchers found that Vitamin C is most effective in an oxidized form, meaning it has been combined with oxygen. They specifically found that high doses of oxidized Vitamin C killed mutated colorectal cells. The treatment slowed tumor growth in mice and, in one result, “dramatically changed” the metabolic profile of the mutated cells within just one hour of treatment.

The most exciting part, though? Oxidized Vitamin C has “selective toxicity”, meaning the treatments killed off cancer cells without harming normal cells.

The study was done on mice, so future steps would have to include human testing to make sure the results carry over, but the outcomes are promising and would be a major breakthrough in cancer treatment. Regardless, I’m using these findings as an excuse to add more delicious (Florida) oranges to my diet!

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