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Snacking on Raisins May Offer a Heart-Healthy Way to Lower Blood Pressure. Even though raisins are popularly cited to lower blood pressure on various websites and are known to have intrinsic properties that could benefit heart and vascular health, researchers believe this is the first controlled study to scientifically support raisins’ blood pressure-lowering effects compared to alternative snacks.

Raisins, seedless   Tag: Hypertension
15 Oct 2017

Drinking A Small Dose Of Beetroot Juice Lowers Blood Pressure. Drinking even small doses of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure, cutting the risk of heart disease and stroke, new research has revealed. A previous study found that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice led to a reduction in blood pressure over 24 hours. But this latest study at the University of Reading is the first to determine that the same effect could be gained from a smaller dose. Effect of beetroot juice on lowering blood pressure in free-living, disease-free adults: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

Beets, raw   Tag: Hypertension
15 Oct 2017

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. After thoroughly reviewing the accumulated scientific literature, a Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by the IARC Monographs Programme classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans, based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect. This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.

Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, baked   Tag: Cancer, Colorectal
31 Oct 2015

Drinking Coffee May Lower Inflammation, Diabetes Risk, Harokopio University. Coffee drinkers in a long-term study were about half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as those who didn't drink coffee, and researchers think an inflammation-lowering effect of the beverage might be the key. “Extensive research has revealed that coffee drinking exhibits both beneficial and aggravating health effects,” said Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos of the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece. The evaluation of inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarkers on coffee–diabetes association: results from the 10-year follow-up of the ATTICA Study (2002–2012).

Coffee, brewed from grounds, prepared with tap water   Tag: Diabetes, Inflammation
19 Sep 2015

Resveratrol may help diabetes mellitus. A new review suggests that resveratrol a compound found in red grapes may be used as a dietary supplement to help people with diabetes mellitus. Resveratrol treatment as an adjunct to pharmacological management in type 2 diabetes mellitus--systematic review and meta-analysis.

Grapes, red or green (European type, such as Thompson seedless), raw   Tag: Diabetes
19 Sep 2015

Resveratrol in the diet is no help at all, study says. At levels that can be consumed in a healthy diet, the plant polyphenol resveratrol--found plentifully in red wine and grapes--was not linked to lower risks of heart disease, cancer or death, says a new study. Resveratrol Levels and All-Cause Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Adults.

Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, red   Tag: Aging
17 May 2014

Study: Eat 7 servings of fruit, veggies daily. You know the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Turns out eating one apple isn't enough. A new study suggests people who eat up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day can cut their risk of premature death by 42% - and that vegetables may be more important than fruit to your overall health. Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data.

Mixed vegetable and fruit juice drink, with added nutrients   Tag: Aging
13 Apr 2014
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