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Fitness Factoids: Volume 61

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Low Carbohydrate Diets Reduce Inflammation

A state of chronic systemic inflammation is one of the calling cards of disease. Having chronically high levels of inflammation can wreak havoc on the body, eventually leading to a whole host of ailments such as the destruction of joints and connective tissue and even heart disease. A new study conducted by Linkoping University has found that low carbohydrate, not low fat, diets reduce inflammation in people diagnosed with type-2 diabetes

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Fitness Factoids: Volume 60

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Fitness Level Impacts Memory

Establishing the mind muscle connection may be more important than you think according to new research conducted by Michigan State University. Researchers conducted a study to determine the effect that aerobic fitness has on long-term memory. For they study researchers asked participants to study groups of words that included related pairs, then asked them to come back a day later to take a test on the learned material.

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Fitness Factoids: Volume #59

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Dietary Fiber Regulates Appetite in the Brain

The benefits of including significant amounts of whole food dietary fiber have been shown to impart a number of benefits such as a reduction in levels of blood cholesterol and increased production of health promoting short-chain fatty acids in the gut. A new study published in the online edition of the journal Nature has found that consuming high amounts of dietary fiber appears to have the ability to regulate appetite sensors in the brain according to a recent study conducted on mice. For the study scientists fed a group of mice a form of fermentable fiber that’s known to produce short-chain fatty acids in the gut. Scientists then tracked chemical reactions as the fiber made its way through the digestive system and found that not only did evidence of the short-chain fatty acids appear in the gut, but they also appeared in the hypothalamus as well.

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Fitness Factoids: Volume 58

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Essential Fatty Acids Improve Acne

Acne is a skin condition that effects millions of teenagers and adults across the country. Although there are various over the counter and prescription remedies available, in severe cases even strong topical treatments aren’t enough to win the battle against this common skin condition. However, a recent clinical trial has revealed that supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may be able to help bring relief to acne sufferers.

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Fitness Factoids: Volume 57

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Extract From Green Tomatoes Reverses Muscle Atrophy

A new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has found that a substance may people will find growing in their backyard gardens has the ability to reverse muscle atrophy – green tomatoes. A team of researchers from Iowa State University has identified a compounds in green tomatoes, known as tomatidine that has shown the ability to reverse muscle atrophy and trigger muscle growth in laboratory studies. 

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Fitness Factoids: Volume 56

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Watermelon Lowers Blood Pressure

Watermelon, one of everyone’s favorite summer time treats, may serve a greater purpose than just being a tasty treat. According to a new study published in The American Journal of Hypertension, watermelon may have the ability to lower blood pressure in overweight and obese individuals according to Florida State Researchers. A team headed by associate professor of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences Arturo Figueroa conducted a twelve week study that tracked the effects of the amino acids l-citrulline and l-arginine, two components of watermelon extract, on the blood pressure and cardiac function of thirteen participants; each of which were considered obese and had high blood pressure. 

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Fitness Factoids: Volume 55

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Calcium Linked to Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risk

Although the benefits of supplemental calcium have been previously called into question due to concerns about the efficiency of absorption, a new study published in the International Journal of Cancer may refute those claims. A meta-analysis conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health has found that there may be a correlation between calcium intake and reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers analyzed twenty studies that included a total of 1,415,597 participants, 12,305 of which were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

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Fitness Factoids: Volume #54

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Sodium Speeds Cellular Aging in Overweight People

It’s well-known that conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes are associated with chronic inflammation and decreased lifespan. However, new research presented at the American Heart Association’s meeting in San Francisco reveals that high sodium intake may speed cellular aging in overweight individuals. The study, which was conducted by Georgia Regents University, tracked 766 teenagers that were split into groups according to their sodium intake.

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