Nutrition

The diet that reduces blood pressure

In an Australian study ofvegetables.jpg 166 men and women over 64 years of age, researchers found that a Mediterranean diet, comprising mainly of plant foods, abundant extra-virgin olive oil, and minimal red meat and processed foods, for 6 months lowered systolic blood pressure and improved endothelial function.

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Nutrition

Eat more vegetables to reduce risk of cancer

fruit and vegResearchers looked at interactions between cancer family history in first-degree relatives (CFH) and lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity and evaluated cancer risk. In over 55,000 participants the results showed frequent intake of fruits, raw vegetables, ‍carrots, pumpkin, cabbage and lettuce, as well as frequent physical exercise, were associated with decreased risk for ‍gastric, breast, lung, and colorectal cancer, while habitual smoking increased the risk of gastric and lung cancer. ‍Interestingly, there was no influence of CFH ‍on lifestyle related risk factors.

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Nutrition

Menopause symptoms improve with nutritional juice supplement

Fruit and vegetablesA total of 28 healthy, symptomatic, peri- and postmenopausal women consumed JuicePLUS+ daily for 16 weeks. Juice PLUS+ is an encapsulated powder concentrate made of the powdered juice of 30 sorts of fruits, vegetables, and berries. The overall Menopause Rating Scale score showed an average improvement of 44.01%. Most benefits were observed for the psychological symptoms irritability (60.55%) and physical and mental exhaustion (49.08%); modest effects were observed for hot flashes (44.86%) and sleeping problems (35.56%). There was a minor improvement in sexual problems; 6 women reported an increased libido.

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