Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Bone Drug can Protect stem cells From Ageing

A drug currently used to treat patients with osteoporosis can protect stem cells from ageing, a breakthrough study has found. Scientists from the University of Sheffield discovered the drug zoledronate is able to extend the lifespan of mesenchymal stem cells by reducing DNA damage. DNA damage is one of the most important mechanisms of ageing where stem cells lose their ability to maintain and repair the tissues in which they live and keep it working correctly. The pioneering research shows the drug protects the stem cells from DNA damage enhancing their survival and maintaining their function. ‘The drug enhances the repair of the damage in DNA occurring with age in stem cells in the bone. It is also likely to work in other stem cells too,’ said professor Ilaria Bellantuono from the University’s department of metabolism. 
‘This drug has been shown to delay mortality in patients affected by osteoporosis but until now we didn’t know why. These findings provide an explanation as to why it may help people to live longer,’ he added. Approximately 50 percent of over 75 year-olds globally have three or more diseases at the same time such as cardiovascular disease, infections, muscle weakness and osteoporosis. It is hoped this drug could be used to treat, prevent or delay the onset of such diseases rather than using a mixture of drugs. ‘We are hopeful that this research will pave the way for a better cure for cancer patients and keeping older people healthier for longer by reducing the risk of developing multiple age-related diseases,’ the authors noted in a paper in the journal Stem Cells
Source: IANS

10 Facts About Coconut oil

Michele Chevalley Hedge
10 Facts About Coconut oil
10 Facts About Coconut oil

This tropical trooper comes with a host of health benefits. Here's 10 reasons to pick up some coconut oil today.

From beating sugar cravings to aiding weight loss, there are more benefits of coconut oil than most of us may realise.

1. All fats are not created equal

Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a "healthy" form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Controls weight

One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women's consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

3. Eases digestion

If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

4. Manage type 2 diabetes

A recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. MCFA fats are small enough to be absorbed into the cells where they're quickly converted to energy. It is this process that not only reduces the amount of fat we pack into storage, but improves insulin sensitivity.

5. Supports immunity

Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

6. Boost metabolism

A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body's immune system and keep weight off.

7. Slows fine lines

Coconut is not just for your cooking – it's a wonderfully hydrating treat for skin too. It keeps the skin's connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

8. Cooks in high temperatures

Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than most polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils. If you're preparing recipes that require high temperatures you should consider coconut oil for this type of cooking. Unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

9. Stops sugar cravings

Instead of reaching for the lollie jar for an afternoon sweet hit, try eating a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. This is because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less 'ravenous'. Most of us do not realize but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

10. Coconut oil is simple to cook with

Try this recipe for a nutritious high protein, gluten and dairy free coconut treat. 1 teaspoon of Niugini Organics Coconut Oil (available from health food stores)1 cup of almonds or walnuts1 cup of organic dates3-4 tablespoons of raw cocoa powderShredded coconut (check it contains no preservatives)Place all ingredients in a food processor. Roll into small bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

Michele Chevalley Hedge is an accredited nutritionist, author and presenter. Visit her website

Friday, 6 November 2015

Depressed? But don’t take omega-3 supplements, says a study

Depressed? But don’t take omega-3 supplements, says a study
Depressed? But don’t take omega-3 supplements, says a study

Widely thought to be essential for good health, Omega 3 fatty acid supplements may not be of much help in treating major depressive disorders, suggests new research. Omega 3 fatty acids have been widely promoted globally and are readily available over-the-counter supplement. These fatty acids are naturally found in fatty fish, such as tuna, seafood and some nuts and seeds. ‘At present, we just do not have enough high quality evidence to determine the effects of Omega 3 fatty acids as a treatment for major depressive disorder,’ said study lead author Katherine Appleton from Bournemouth University in England.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Did you know sesame seeds can keep your bones healthy?

Did you know sesame seeds can keep your bones healthy?
Did you know sesame seeds can keep your bones healthy?
Sesame seeds are a store house nutrients and have varies health benefits. But did you know they can also improve your bone health and prevent osteoporosis? All you need to do is make sure you include these seeds in your diet without fail. Right from lowering your risk of osteoporosis to improving bone strength in babies, these seeds act as a storehouse of nutrients.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Keep Your Eyes Healthy with These Foods

Want to keep eye illnesses at bay, and protect your pretty peepers from damage? Here’s what should go into your diet for healthy eyes

Spinach: Spinach and other dark, leafy vegetables like kale, are rich in antioxidants, and contain lutein and zeaxanthin, that are essentially stored in the macula in the retina to maintain vision long-term.

Flax seeds: These are great source of Omega 3 and they help reduce the risk of age-related macular damage and keep dry eye diseases at bay.

Eggs: Eggs are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, the levels of which increase by about 30% on an average when you eat an egg a day. Eggs are also rich in Vitamin D, which is essential for eye health.

Tomatoes: Packed with carotenoids, tomatoes prevent light-induced damage to the retina, and are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Pistachios: Perhaps the most eye-friendly food of them all are pistachios, which encompass almost everything needed for eye health, and also throw in Vitamin E, for healthy tissue repair.

Citrus and berries: These fruits are powerhouses of vitamin C , which has been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts .

Almonds: They're filled with vitamin E , which slows macular degeneration, research shows. One handful (an ounce) provides about half of your daily dose of E.

Fatty fish: Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina—low levels of which have been linked to dry eye syndrome , says Jimmy Lee, MD, director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

10 Signs You Have a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 Deficiency
10 Signs You Have a Vitamin B12 Deficiency(image credit: shutterstock)
Vitamin B12 is one of the many vitamins that are vital for maintaining the cell formation in the body along with keeping up your energy levels. It is primarily found in dairy and meat products, which make vegetarians more susceptible to this deficiency. B12 also helps regulate the nervous system which prevents brain disorders. So to know if your body needs a B12 boost, here are some things you need to watch out for.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Every Breath You Take

Anxiety is an emotion that all of us deal with on an everyday basis. Worrying about our future, our children, their future, the traffic, the weather, the maid, our family and what they will say, the validity of our decisions… the list stretches on for km. We worry because we keep using the problem-solving feature of our brains to run through every worst case scenario possible and try to prepare for it. Anxiety is the result of the anticipation of all the possible failures. Please do note that it isn’t prevalent in just people with high-pressure jobs or students who put pressure on themselves to perform and succeed. Each and every one of us is subtly pressurising ourselves to make sure that we tick all the boxes in every sphere of our lives. The resulting build-up of anxiety leaves us drained of energy, joy and, in many cases, our sleep and the resulting />
Intervention should not be just for the symptoms; it should also address that part of you where the anxiety and worry is stemming from. But the first step is to allow you to calm down and experience some relief. Hopefully, when your mind is relaxed, you can self-examine and re-evaluate your life’s priorities. Deep breathing can definitely help, as can the power of your imagination. The following is a process that doesn’t strictly come under the domain of the yogic sciences, but I still use it in almost every class to release stress and access mental equilibrium.

You can choose to either sit on a thick blanket against the wall or on a comfortable chair that supports your back without letting you slouch. Visualisation

Take deep breaths by expanding your stomach as you inhale and drawing your belly inwards as you exhale.

As you inhale, visualise yourself breathing in a soft white light.

And as you exhale, use your imagination and see yourself releasing gray smoke through your nostrils.

Let the white light represent peace of mind and relaxation.

Let the gray smoke represent stress, physical pain and lethargy.

Continue to breathe in and out till you feel yourself more at ease than before.

This visualisation can be repeated as many times as you want during the day.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Easy Exercises To Help Control Snoring

If snoring is hampering your partner’s sound sleep, simple mouth and tongue exercises can do wonders.

Researchers have found that these exercises can reduce frequency of snoring by 36 percent and total power of snoring by 59 percent.