Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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> * SLICE a carrot and it looks just like an eye, right down to the pattern
> of the iris. Its a clear clue to the importance this everyday veg has for
> vision. Carrots get their orange colour from a plant chemical called
> betacarotene, which reduces the risk of developing cataracts. The chemical
> also protects against macular degeneration an age-related sight problem
> that affects one in four over-65s. It is the most common cause of blindness
> in Britain. But popping a betacarotene pill doesnt have the same effect,
> say scientists at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
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> * THE gnarled folds of a walnut mimic the appearance of a human brain - and
> provide a clue to the benefits. Walnuts are the only nuts which contain
> significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. They may also help head off
> dementia. An American study found that walnut extract broke down the
> protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimers disease. Researchers at
> Tufts University in Boston found walnuts reversed some signs of brain
> ageing in rats. Dr James Joseph, who headed the study, said walnuts also
> appear to enhance signalling within the brain and encourage new messaging
> links between brain cells. *
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> * A TOMATO is red and usually has four chambers, just like our heart.
> Tomatoes are also a great source of lycopene, a plant chemical that reduces
> the risk of heart disease and several cancers. The Womens Health Study €
> an American research programme which tracks the health of 40,000 women €
> found women with the highest blood levels of lycopene had 30 per cent less
> heart disease than women who had very little lycopene. Lab experiments have
> also shown that lycopene helps counter the effect of unhealthy LDL
> cholesterol. One Canadian study, published in the journal Experimental
> Biology and Medicine, said there was Å“convincing vidence that lycopene
> prevented coronary heart disease. *
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> * OUR lungs are made up of branches of ever-smaller airways that finish up
> with tiny bunches of tissue called alveoli. These structures, which
> resemble bunches of grapes, allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the
> blood stream. One reason that very premature babies struggle to survive is
> that these alveoli do not begin to form until week 23 or 24 of pregnancy. A
> diet high in fresh fruit, such as grapes, has been shown to reduce the risk
> of lung cancer and emphysema. Grape seeds also contain a chemical called
> proanthocyanidin, which appears to reduce the severity of asthma triggered
> by allergy.
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> * A nice Ëœholey cheese, like Emmenthal, is not just good for your bones,
> it even resembles their internal structure. And like most cheeses, it is a
> rich source of calcium, a vital ingredient for strong bones and reducing
> the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Together with another mineral
> called phosphate, it provides the main strength in bones but also helps to
> Ëœpower muscles. Getting enough calcium in the diet during childhood is
> crucial for strong bones. A study at Columbia University in New York showed
> teens who increased calcium intake from 800mg a day to 1200mg equal to an
> extra two slices of cheddar - boosted their bone density by six per cent. *
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> * Root ginger, commonly sold in supermarkets, often looks just like the
> stomach. So its interesting that one of its biggest benefits is aiding
> digestion. The Chinese have been using it for over 2,000 years to calm the
> stomach and cure nausea, while it is also a popular remedy for motion
> sickness. But the benefits could go much further.
> Tests on mice at the University of Minnesota found injecting the chemical
> that gives ginger its flavour slowed down the growth rate of bowel tumours *
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> * Cheer yourself up and put a smile on your face by eating a banana. The
> popular fruit contains a protein called tryptophan. Once it has been
> digested, tryptophan then gets converted in a chemical neurotransmitter
> called serotonin. This is one of the most important mood-regulating
> chemicals in the brain and most anti-depressant drugs work by adjusting
> levels of serotonin production. Higher levels are associated with better
> moods. *
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> * Slice a mushroom in half and it resembles the shape of the human ear. And
> guess what? Adding it to your cooking could actually improve your hearing.
> Thats because mushrooms are one of the few foods in our diet that contain
> vitamin D. This particular vitamin is important for healthy bones, even the
> tiny ones in the ear that transmit sound to the brain. *
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> * Close-up, the tiny green tips on a broccoli head look like hundreds of
> cancer cells. Now scientists know this disease-busting veg can play a
> crucial role in preventing the disease. Last year, a team of researchers at
> the US National Cancer Institute found just a weekly serving of broccoli
> was enough to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45 per cent. In
> Britain, prostate cancer kills one man every hour. *
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