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Spinach extract improves athletic performance, shows study

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commissioned researchers to study the effects of ecdysterone, a kind of phytosteroid, on strength training. Their findings indicate that the substance greatly affects muscle cells. Among the researchers who suggested to consider adding ecdysterone to the list of prohibited substances was Maria Parr, a professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Freie […]

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Consuming leafy green vegetables can keep your brain young, prevent dementia

Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables every day could ward off dementia in later life, new research suggests. A study of elderly people found those who ate around one serving of leafy greens each day had brains that were the equivalent of 11 years younger than those who never or rarely ate the vegetables. A […]

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5 sources of iron-rich foods for vegetarians to prevent anaemia  

Iron, one of the most important minerals in our diet, plays an important role in maintaining our energy levels. Not getting enough iron can result in the deficiency known as anaemia, putting you at risk of various health problems. Gender plays an important role in determining how much of the nutrient you need. It is […]

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Foods high in vitamin A may reduce risk of skin cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma, a slow-growing cancer usually found on sun-exposed areas, is easy to treat if found early, although in rare cases it can spread to other tissues. The researchers, writing in JAMA Dermatology, used detailed health and diet data from 123,570 men and women participating in two long-term studies. They found 3,978 cases of […]

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Getting your protein from plants may help you live longer, says study

Researchers prospectively followed 70,696 Japanese men and women, average age 55, for an average of 18 years. All had completed detailed health and diet questionnaires, and none had a history of cancer or cardiovascular disease at the start. There were 12,381 deaths over the period. After adjusting for age, sex, smoking, fat intake, body mass […]

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Low vitamin K levels linked to mobility limitation and disability in older adults

The study, published online in May in advance of print in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, is the first to evaluate the association between biomarkers of vitamin K status and the onset of mobility limitation and disability in older adults. “Because of our growing population of older people, it’s important for us to understand […]

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Eating spinach can help regulate blood pressure and prevent cancer

Spinach or Spinacia Oleracea is a vegetable that originated from Persia (called Iran at present). It is related to quinoa and beets and it belongs to the amaranth family. Much like any other vegetable, spinach is full of antioxidants and nutrients, making it very healthy. Spinach is high in insoluble fibre and low in carbs. […]

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Adding blueberries to your diet can slash heart disease risk by 20%

Health experts recommend that people with high blood pressure stay in control of the condition by eating healthfully, exercising, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight. But should you eat anything in particular to keep your arteries healthy? In a previous Spotlight feature, we rounded up 16 foods that studies have suggested can improve cardiovascular […]

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Here’s why you need to include more spinach in your diet this winter

s One can say that spinach definitely deserves the ‘superfood’ title after taking a look at its impressive nutritional content. Armed with a variety of vitamins and minerals, here are some of the health benefits the vegetable can offer. Better energy levels Are you a constant victim to the dreadful afternoon slump? Try adding a […]

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