Men Who Skip Breakfast Face Heart Attack Risk: Study

Men Who Skip Breakfast Face Heart Attack RisksMen who skip breakfast may face a higher risk of heart attack or deadly heart disease, according to US research published on Monday.

A study of nearly 27,000 men found that those who failed to eat in the morning had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who did.

The men, ranging in age from 45 to 82, took part in a survey about food that tracked health outcomes from 1992-2008. [Read more...]

Diet Drinks Linked With Higher Depression Risk – Research

HONG KONG-BEVERAGE-COCA COLASweet beverages, and especially diet versions, could make you 30 per cent more depressed. Coffee, however, saves the day according to research by US scientists.

­The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute.

The research involved 265,000 people between the ages of 50 and 71, whose consumption of beverages like soda, tea, coffee, and fruit punch was monitored from 1995 to 1996. Ten years on, scientists questioned the participants again and found that 11,311 had been diagnosed with depression since 2000.  [Read more...]

Millions Fewer Taking Vitamin Supplements

Millions fewer people are taking vitamin supplements than just a few years ago, due to the effects of the recession and an increasing number of studies casting doubt on their effectiveness.

The number of regular users has dropped by about three millions people since 2008, found market research firm Mintel, with the proportion of adults declining from 41 per cent to 35 per cent today.

Analysts at the firm also concluded that the vitamins and health supplements market had a “lacklustre” future.

More people now see them as a luxury in today’s financial climate, said Alexandra Richmond, a consumer analyst at Mintel, who cited “cautious consumer spending” as one explanation for “hampered elevated growth rates”. [Read more...]

Study: Vitamins Don’t Lower Heart Risks In Men

Multivitamins might help lower the risk for cancer in healthy older men but do not affect their chances of developing heart disease, new research suggests.

Two other studies found fish oil didn’t work for an irregular heartbeat condition called atrial fibrillation, even though it is thought to help certain people with heart disease or high levels of fats called triglycerides in their blood.

The bottom line: Dietary supplements have varied effects and whether one is right for you may depend on your personal health profile, diet and lifestyle.

“Many people take vitamin supplements as a crutch,” said study leader Dr. Howard Sesso of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “They’re no substitute for a heart-healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, keeping your weight down,” especially for lowering heart risks. [Read more...]

Walnuts Are Good For You

Not only are walnuts delicious to eat but also good for your heart and your skin.

They are one of the best plant sources of protein. Here are some health benefits of walnuts we bet you didn’t know about:

- Walnuts are a rich source of omega-3 fats and alpha linoleic acid (ALA) that are known to improve artery function.

- They contain anti-oxidant properties that help in preventing cancer. [Read more...]

The Dried Fruit Way To Health

Easy to eat on the run, dried fruit can be good for your health too. Here’s what to choose for your body:

OSTEOPOROSIS: Raisins

Raisins are one of the richest sources of boron, a mineral documented to reduce bone loss in post-menopausal women. Sprinkle a handful into calcium-rich yoghurt for optimum bone-benefits and add pecans, another food rich in boron.

Average boron intake is 1-2mg a day, but a minimum of 3mg (and maximum of 10mg daily) is probably healthier. [Read more...]

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

The importance of eating a diet with a variety of nutrient-rich wholefoods is increasingly being recognised for its benefits on our health and wellbeing.

LET food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food – with these words spoken way back in the fifth century BC, Hippocrates, the father of Western medicines recognised the value of eating well, and the potential of certain foods for good health.

Wholefoods are generally defined as foods that are largely unprocessed and unrefined, and are rich in essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Vegetables, fruits, unpolished grains and legumes are examples of wholefoods. [Read more...]