7 health benefits of garlic

The body-strengthening effects of garlic are thought to be due to its active ingredient allicin. This is what gives garlic its distinctive taste and smell. Whether you take your garlic powdered, salted, or minced or in supplement form, you can reap the surprising benefits of this multipurpose herb for optimal health

7 health benefits of garlicGarlic does more than just invigorate your palate and ward off vampires; it’s also a smelly super food health aid. The spice is a highly nutritious vegetable with very few calories, containing trace amounts of other nutrients that contribute to its universal status of a powerful, beneficial healer. The natural medicinal ingredient, both as a […]

Engaging in these 4 activities may reduce your risk of dementia

The main risk factor for dementia is older age. Genetic influences also play a role in the onset of the disease, but these are stronger for rarer types of dementia such as early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Although we can’t change our age or genetic profile, there are nevertheless few lifestyle changes we can make that will reduce our dementia risk

Engaging in these 4 activities may reduce your risk of dementiaWhile genetics play a role, making a few lifestyle changes and addressing preventable factors can also help in delaying the onset of dementia. The disease is not a normal part of the ageing process and commonly causes the symptom of memory loss. While there is no cure, research has found some activities might help in […]

Heavy exercise can hamper your mental health, warns study

The research found that more exercise was not always better for psychological well-being, with people who exercise every day reporting lower levels of mental health

Heavy exercise can hamper your mental health, warns studyEveryone is advised to exercise daily, but, too much exercise can also hamper your mental health. The Lancet Psychiatry journal survey found people who exercise several times a week report having better mental health than those who take no exercise, with team sports and those involving social groups having the most positive effect. Exercising for […]

Exercise can play a role in improving asthma for obese adults

Patients who exercised had improvements in physical activity, asthma-symptom-free days, depression symptoms and sleep apnoea, researchers found

Exercise can play a role in improving asthma for obese adultsExercise training helps improve daily life for obese adults with asthma, a new study found. The three-month program targeted both weight loss and exercise through aerobic and resistance training, the study authors wrote in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. “In the past, exercise was seen as harmful to asthmatic patients because […]

Bikram yoga doesn’t need hot room to benefit heart health, finds study

Previous research has linked Bikram yoga to improvements in the elasticity of blood vessels, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the potential for arteries to harden and cause heart attacks

Bikram yoga doesn’t need hot room to benefit heart health, finds studyBikram yoga, a series of 26 poses typically done in a sweat-inducingly hot room, may not need to be practiced at steam-bath temperatures to help improve blood vessel health, a small experiment suggests. Millions of people worldwide practice Bikram yoga, typically in 90-minute sessions that involve breathing exercises and holding poses for up to one […]

WHO launches global action plan on physical activity and NCDs

Stepping up action is needed to reduce sedentary behaviour, promote health. Regular physical activity is key to preventing and treating non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer

WHO launches global action plan on physical activity and NCDsWorld Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal on June 04 to launch the new ‘WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world.’ “Being active is critical for health. But in our modern world, this is becoming more and […]

Scientists identify the link between brain health and exercise

If the protein can be made in a stable form and developed into a drug, it may lead to improved therapies for cognitive decline in older people and slow the toll of neurodegenerative diseases

Scientists identify the link between brain health and exerciseA protein increased by endurance exercise has been isolated and given to non-exercising mice, turning on genes that promote brain health and encourage the growth of new nerves involved in learning and memory, scientists from Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have reported. The findings, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, help explain the […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tips

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant cardiologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, gives 5 simple steps to look after your heart

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tipsIndia has rapidly become the capital of metabolic diseases over the globe.This term encompasses a combination of ‘high’ – body weight, blood pressure, blood sugars and blood cholesterol, a disease of excess. These metabolic diseases lead to heart diseases like heart attacks, heart failure and fluctuations in heart rate (arrhythmia), said Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant […]

Physically fit women less likely to develop dementia by 90%

A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has found that women who are very physically fit in middle age have an almost 90% decreased risk of being diagnosed with dementia later in life, unlike their moderately fit peers, who are more exposed to this condition

Physically fit women less likely to develop dementia by 90%Dementia, an umbrella term for a range of neurodegenerative diseases characterised by progressive memory loss and other cognitive impairments, affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This condition is most common among older adults, and a recent report suggests that more women live with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of […]
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