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Fitness Factoids: Volume 78


Curry Spcurryice May Aid in Brain Repair


Plant based medicines have been synthesized and practiced for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Curcumin, one of the primary components of curry, has been found in numerous studies to have anti-inflammatory properties that can significantly help reduce inflammation in the body with proper supplementation. However, new research published in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy shows that one of curry’s lesser known compounds might have the ability to help regenerate brain cells. The compound is called aromatic-tumerone, and researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany have found that it has the ability to help the brain regenerate stem cells in a study conducted on rats. Researchers injected rats with the compound and then scanned their brains. Upon examination they found increased activity in parts attributed to nerve growth, and also found that neural stem cell growth was increased as well. Because stem cells have the ability to become any type of cell, the increase of stems cells in the brain could help regenerate in areas where brain matter has died off. However, further research is required to determine if the same effect can be duplicated in humans.


http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29361351

 

 


Insecure Prelationshipeople Post More About Their Relationships


We all know people who post incessant nauseating statuses about their relationship, or their significant other all over social media. And while the common thought may be that publicly professing one’s love for another via social media is a sign of endearment, new research says that might not quite be the case. A study published online ahead of print has determined that the people who tend to post the most about their significant other tend to be the most insecure about themselves, or their partners feelings. However, on the contrary, those who tend to publicly make light of their personal relationships the least often report feeling the least anxious or contentious about their relationship. It finally appears that science has found the answer to why both male and female athletes in the bodybuilding industry feel the need to endlessly bombard social media with their shirtless selfie’s – because deep down we’re all a little bit insecure.


http://psp.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/09/15/0146167214549944

 

 

Exercise Protects the Brain From Stress Related Depression

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There’s no denying the wide array of physiological achieved from exercise, but there are also a number of physiological benefits as well. Exercise is an effective was improve our mood and distress from the troubles of everyday life. A new study published in the journal Cell is reporting that researchers have now determined how the relationship works between exercise and stress related depression. According to the study during exercise the muscles produce a protein known PGC-1a1. PGC-1a1 inhibits a substance produced in the body during times of stress known as kyurenine that’s been shown to cause damage to the brain. Under normal circumstances kyurenine is able to cross the blood brain barrier, however, when PGC-1a1 is present in the blood it blocks kyurenine from crossing into the brain, thus preventing the stress related damage. Researchers are looking to determine if there is a possible way to harness the effects of PGC-1a1 and use it as a means of treating depression, which is estimated to effect nearly 350 million people worldwide.


http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/ki-hpe092214.php

 

People Drink More on the Days They Exercise

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Have you ever thought about washing down your post-workout whey isolate with a stiff rum and Coke to get your “post-workout carbs” in? Nope? Me either, but apparently people drink more on the days that they exercise according to a new study published in the journal Health Psychology. Researchers found that when they studied people’s behavior and evaluated both their exercise and drinking habits, that astoundingly people tend to drink more on the days they hit the gym. This groundbreaking new research might explain the explosion of treadmill related catastrophes that have made their way into countless YouTube “Epic Gym Fail” montages.


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140922181339.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Ffitness+%28Fitness+News+--+ScienceDaily%29

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted peanut butterPeanuts More Likely To Cause Allergic Reaction


The contest season is beginning to wind down and that means most calorie restricted competitors that have lived the last few months of their life in a state of chronic hunger and fatigue will finally once again have a chance to enjoy some “normal food” for a while. And that means the America’s consumption of peanut butter is a about to take a sudden spike as athletes across the country hit grocery stores with bad intentions and scoop of Jiffy and Nutella by the cart full. However, before taking in your favorite nut butter by the shovel-full, be careful of the dangers of suddenly developed nut allergies. A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Immunology has found that roasting peanuts and exposing them to high temperatures actually increases the amount of fatal allergic reactions according to Oxford University scientists. Researchers say that roasting the nuts releases chemicals in the food that ramp up the allergic response from the body’s immune system. So, before you make a midnight run to the grocery store to pick up that two pound tub of chocolate peanut butter swirl that you plan on topping off with an entire bag of snack-size Reese’s Cups, just remember to proceed with caution.


http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29280451

 

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