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A chemical that naturally occurs in turmeric root appears to protect the heart from aging as much as moderate aerobic exercise, according to a trio of studies conducted by researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Turmeric root has been an important component of traditional Asian medicinal systems for hundreds of years. In recent decades, scientific studies have confirmed the potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the trio of turmeric chemicals known as “curcuminoids,” which give the root its distinctive yellow-orange color. Although only one of these chemicals is properly known as “curcumin,” the name is commonly used to refer to all of them collectively.
The three new studies all compared the effects of exercise and curcumin on heart health and postmenopausal women over an eight-week period. All the studies were randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled. Curcumin was delivered by means of colloidal nanoparticles. (more…)
Maybe chairs need warning labels like cigarettes — because the risks of too much sitting are every bit as bad as smoking.
And in some ways, they’re even worse.
Sitting can slow the body’s metabolism to a crawl, which is why it’s been linked to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even death — and a new study makes the connection again, especially in men.
The more you sit, the higher your risk — and all it takes for your own chronic disease risk to climb is four hours a day in a chair.
That’s just half a normal workday. (more…)
There is no debate, regular exercise is vital for maintaining health and wellness. Again and again, research confirms that everyone can benefit from physical activity. Want to live a long, healthy life? Your chances of doing so are far better if you regularly work your body. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regular physical activity has been shown to reduce mortality rates of many chronic diseases. Additionally, many illnesses and health ailments can be improved, or even prevented, by engaging in regular physical activity.  (more…)
In November 2012, a new study reported that green tea combined with resistance training significantly impacted body fat, waist circumference and muscle strength better than either intervention alone. Previous research has shown that green tea has thermogenic and antiobesity properties. (more…)
A few years back, I wrote an article explaining 17 possible reasons why you’re not losing weight. It was a troubleshooting guide of sorts, aimed at helping people identify some of things they may be doing (or not doing) that’s causing their stalled fat loss. The etiology of obesity and weight gain is multifactorial, and can be complex. Additionally, we’re all unique human beings. So it can be difficult to pin down one simple cause – or even seventeen simple causes. While unwanted fat loss comes effortlessly to most people that eat according to the Primal eating strategy – as the success stories and hundreds of thousands of positive user experiences indicate – sometimes we inadvertently sabotage our best efforts, stray from best practices, or don’t fully grok what we need to do to become efficient fat-burners. So let’s take a look at nine more possible reasons, shall we? (more…)
Today more and more individuals are diagnosed with some type of cancer. But aren’t we all programmed to think: “This could never happen to me.” And yet it does. Yes, it can happen to you. And between you, your partner and you best friend, one of you may get it. So what exactly is going on in the world? Cancer is a relatively new disease and cause of death in the history of mankind.
The cancer institute online is dedicated simply to cancer statistics and occurances. Their rates between 2007 and 2009 extrapolate that over 40% of all men and women today will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That is almost 50%!
First, what exactly is cancer? (more…)
Those searching for the key to health and longevity need look no further. Scientists now conclude that regular physical activity1 prevents multiple diseases that plague our society as well as being a proven path to the Fountain of Youth.
The new study is a comprehensive review of 40 scientific papers published between 2006 – 2010. Risks for several dozen diseases were reduced, including coronary heart disease, stroke, various cancers, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, depression, dementia, obesity and high blood pressure. On the positive side, consistent exercise improves quality of life and facilitates anti-aging gene function. Benefit is seen with 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
“Physical inactivity results in widespread pathophysiological changes to our bodies. It appears that our bodies have evolved to function optimally on a certain level of physically activity that many of us simply do not achieve in our modern, sedentary lifestyles. Study author, Leslie Alford from the University of East Anglia states, “What is clear from the research is that men and women of all ages should be encouraged to be more physically active for the sake of their long-term health.”
- ^Exercise and Health International Journal of Clinical Practice L. Alford.
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
May 20, 2012
Spectacular news for the 14 million Americans living today with a diagnosis of cancer: this week, two impressive medical studies show that exercise helps to prevent recurrence of cancer. The first study of 45 peer-reviewed articles published from January 1950 to August 2011 shows that exercisers are less likely to die of their cancers than non-exercisers. Also, 27 observational studies strongly showed that exercise is associated with reduced death from breast and colon cancers specifically (J Natl Cancer Inst, published online May 8, 2012). Those who exercised were also less likely to die from other diseases such as heart attacks. (more…)