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Turmeric helps regenerate brain stem cells

Turmeric is one the most researched plants in the world.  Its medicinal properties have been the subject of over 6000 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. It is armed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which fight diseases like Alzheimer’s and common cancer. A study published in the journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy shows that a bioactive compound found in turmeric promotes the regeneration of stem cells in the brain. The findings of this study suggest that aromatic turmerone could be a future treatment for neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s and stroke. The observed the effects of aromatic (ar-) turmerone on endogenous neutral stem cells (NSC), which are stem cells found within adult brains. NSC becomes neurons, which aid in the repair and recovery of brain functions in neurodegenerative diseases. Previous studies have shown that ar-turmerone blocks activation of microglia cells, which are cells that cause neuroinflammation (a risk...

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Study links sugar to memory problems

Healthy living is about staying up to date on the latest health news. Sugar is well known to be detrimental to health when consumed too often. It is known to cause weight gain, metabolic conditions, and studies show that it can even contribute to cancer. A team of scientists, using an animal-based study, found that adolescents were at an increased risk of developing negative health effects due to consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Adolescent rats that freely consumed large quantities of liquid solutions containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HCFS) experienced brain inflammation, memory problems, and became pre-diabetic, according to a study from USC. “The brain is especially vulnerable to dietary influences during critical periods of development, like adolescence,” said Scott Kanoski, corresponding author of the study and an assistant professor at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Kanoski collaborated with a...

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5 healthy habits to lower bowel cancer risk

Healthy living is about staying up to date on the latest health news. Five key healthy behaviors are associated with a lower risk of developing bowel cancer. Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrueck researched the impact of five healthy living behaviors on the risk of developing bowel cancer. “These data provide additional incentive to individuals, medical professionals and public health authorities to invest in healthy lifestyle initiatives. Each person can contribute a lot to avoid cancer, the more healthy lifestyle changes, the better,” said lead author Krasimira Aleksandrova. Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second most common type of cancer in men and the third most in women across the world. Fifty-five percent of cases occur in regions like North America and Western Europe. Previous studies have analyzed cancer rates and isolated lifestyles, but little research has been done...

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Elevated cholesterol may increase prostate cancer risk

Higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, two types of fat, in the blood of men who underwent surgery for prostate cancer, were associated with increased risk of recurrence of the disease. The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, which is a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. “While laboratory studies support an important role for cholesterol in prostate cancer, population-based evidence linking cholesterol and prostate cancer is mixed,” said Emma Allott, PhD, postdoctoral associate at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. “Understanding associations between obesity, cholesterol, and prostate cancer is important given that cholesterol levels are readily modifiable with diet and/or statin use, and could therefore have important, practical implications for prostate cancer prevention and treatment.” “Our findings suggest that normalization, or even partial normalization, of serum lipid levels among men with dyslipidemia [abnormal lipid profile] may...

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10 worst frozen foods at Trader Joe’s

We can never say enough about the importance of eating organic foods. Fresh organic foods are packed with antioxidants and unique nutrients that boost the immune system. Trader Joe’s is known as a provider of healthy foods. They carry many products without harmful ingredients like GMO’s or MSG. However, there are still some frozen foods available at Trader Joe’s that are not so good for you. Let’s take a look at the top ten foods you should avoid at Trader Joe’s. 1. BBQ Chicken Pizza: Each box contains three servings, but only one serving contains a third of the daily-recommended sodium intake. Calories: 340 Saturated fat: 5 grams Cholesterol: 30 milligrams Sodium: 670 milligrams Sugar: 10 grams 2. Cookie butter ice cream: Just one cup of this ice cream contains almost two Krispy Kreme doughnuts worth of sugar. Calories: 220 Saturated fat: 6 grams Cholesterol: 30 milligrams Sodium: 70 milligrams Sugar: 18...

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