Showing posts with label Women's Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Women's 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

Saturday, 14 November 2015

5 ways a Manicure can Harm your Nails (and how to avoid it)

5 ways a Manicure can Harm your Nails (and how to avoid it)
5 ways a Manicure can Harm your Nails (and how to avoid it)
Manicures and nail art are a rage but do you know you could be getting a few things wrong there. Nails should not just look pretty, they must be healthy too. Too much nail colour or wrong products and techniques can affect the health of your nails. Here are some tips you can follow for a healthy manicure:

Good quality remover: A good quality nail polish remover is a must. Removers with natural ingredients combined with acetone or alcohol are better options than pure acetone ones. Strong removers can dry nails and cuticles and lead to splitting or chipping of nails too. Always select a good brand.

Nail filing: Filing nails in one direction is the correct way to do it. Going back and forth can cause cracking, splitting and spoil the texture of your nails. If your nails are too long, cut them to desired length and then file them to make the task easy. Using a buffer can help even out the surface and give a shine to the nails.

Cuticle care: Cutting cuticles is like injuring them and inviting infections. If you see a small portion of the cuticle uprooted at the sides of your nail, trim it with a scissor instead of pulling or biting it. Pushing cuticles is better than cutting them. You can soften your cuticles by soaking the fingers in water to make pushing easier.

Also Read: Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight

Base coat: If you ever have to choose between buying a top coat and base coat due to a tight budget, choose a base coat. A good quality base coat will prevent the dark colours from dying your nails and their discolouration. The base coat also helps colours look brighter and will make your manicure last longer.

Quick dry: It is boring to hold steady till the nail polish dries completely. But did you know that the instant drying techniques like the UV light or using blow dryers dry out your nails too? Dehydrated nails look lifeless, dull and are brittle. Whenever you can avoid quick dry, do so and let your nails dry naturally.

Source: Thehealthsite

Bhakti Paun Sharma

Friday, 6 November 2015

Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight

Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight
© Provided by ELLE Your Nail Polish Might Be Making You Gain Weight

Your favourite brand of nail polish might have a hidden ingredient that can wreak havoc in your body. Researchers at Duke University and the Environmental Working Group have pinpointed a common polish ingredient that may be dangerous, especially for people who frequently paint their nails.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Should You Wear a Bra While Sleeping?

Should You Wear a Bra While Sleeping?
Should You Wear a Bra While Sleeping?

Trust me when I say that happiness for every woman is taking off her bra after a long tiring day. It feels so damn good, right? But I have also heard quite a few myths surrounding this habit, the biggest one being that it causes sagging breasts. But then weight loss, pregnancy, age and breast surgery can all cause your breasts to sag. Will wearing a bra 24/7 prevent that and make them perkier?

Most women don't wear bras to bed, and the reasons behind this are universal: "Let them breathe", "I need to set them free", "It's more comfortable", "I get rashes from the friction", etc. And honestly, it really doesn't matter!