Exercise Boosts Tumor Shrinking Effects of Chemotherapy
Although a recent report from The American Cancer Society indicates that they expect the rates of death from cancer to fall in 2014, it’s still estimated that nearly 586,000 deaths will occur in the United States this year from all forms of cancer. Chemotherapy drugs are one of the primary means of treatment for fighting cancer, but damaging side effects of the drugs often times bring unexpected consequences such as increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
Psilocybin Helps Smokers Quit For Good
Psilocybin is the active hallucinogen in what’s common referred to as magic mushrooms, or shrooms. Although psilocybin has been considered a controlled substance single the 1960’s, experimental uses of the drug in clinical settings have discovered a number of pharmacological benefits, and have the determined that the drug itself is not addictive. A recent study conducted by John’ Hopkins University, that was published in the Journal of Physcopharmocolgy, found that psilocybin is nearly three times as effective at getting long-time smokers to quit permanently than standard prescription drugs, or nicotine patches and gums.
Train Strong and Live Long
We may not have the ability to prevent aging, but we do have a say in determining how we age. Thousands of studies provide evidence detailing the ability of diet and exercise to be able to improve our quality of life during our golden years and help us fight back against father time. Now, a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has found that a lifetime of healthy living may be the key to allowing us to age gracefully. The study tracked participants identified as elite level senior athletes (65 and above) who regularly exercised or participated in endurance competitions throughout their lives to determine what factors of aging could be mitigated by prolonged healthy lifestyle choices
Physically Fit Kids Have Better Learning Capacity
It's not exactly a well guarded secret that the benefits of regular physical activity extend far beyond just being fit. In fact, there is a great deal of evidence to support the use of exercise to help fight off the effects of cognitive decline in the elderly. However, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois has found that not only does being physically fit improve children's ability to learn, they've also discovered how. Researchers found that children who were more physically fit actually have more white matter in their brains then do children who tend to be more sedentary.
Skipping Breakfast Has No Impact on Weight Gain
For decades one of the most common doctrines that flew from the mouth of “nutrition experts” was the idea that eating a balanced, healthy breakfast was the most important meal of the day. However the rise in popularity of alternative dieting methods such as intermittent fasting, along with other scientific data have empirically disproved the age old myth. Now, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has examined the impact that eating or skipping breakfast has on weight loss in overweight but otherwise healthy individuals.
Whey Protein Concentrate Controls Blood Sugar In Diabetics
The muscle building and body fat reducing properties of whey protein have been well documented and well known by bodybuilders for decades. However, in addition to its ergogenic properties, whey protein has also been shown to have a number of health promoting benefits such as: blunting cortisol, elevating levels of brain serotonin, and boosting immune function as well. Now a new study published in the journal Diabetologia has found that whey protein concentrate has the ability to regulate blood glucose better than prescription diabetes drugs.
Garlic Decreases Risk of Developing Heart Disease
Garlic has been used a remedy in Eastern medicine for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Allicin, the active ingredient in garlic, has been shown to have positive benefits for impacting blood sugar levels, treat stomach ulcers, and also has potent antioxidant qualities as well. A new study that was published in the journal Atherosclerosis is reporting that garlic also appears to be able to reduce risk factors associated with heart disease as well. For the study researchers took 152 men and women who had previously been diagnosed with atherosclerosis and have them either 900mgs of supplemental garlic powder or a placebo and then monitored their levels of atherosclerosis at the start of the study, and again at 16, 36, and 48 months.
Probiotic Therapy May Prevent Obesity
The health of our internal flora, or gut bacteria, has been an area of intense study and research over the past decade as scientist search for ways to combat the growing obesity epidemic. Previous studies have linked inadequate gut bacteria to chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. However, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has found that probiotic therapy has the ability to prevent diabetes and weight gain in a mouse model study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University.