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Posted On: 2012-05-10 01:49:03 ; Read: 2397 time(s)
While certain nutritional needs can change, some nutrients remain particularly important throughout a woman’s life. By eating well, women can get much of what they need, such as protein and fibre, but many can benefit from taking supplements to ensure they get enough of certain essential vitamins and minerals that the diet doesn’t always provide in sufficient amounts, such as calcium, vitamin D, and zinc. A happy family For starters, it’s a good idea for every woman to take a daily multivitamin to get a family of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C (200 to 1,000 mg per day) and the B-complex vitamins. The B vitamins that are part of this complex are thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin or niacinamide (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), biotin, folic acid, and cobalamin (vitamin B12). Most multivitamins will also contain beneficial zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin E for healthy skin and immune function, and to protect against a wide variety of diseases.
Posted On: 2012-05-10 01:46:13 ; Read: 3217 time(s)
Having a family history of diabetes, being overweight or obese, and lack of physical activity all figure intotype 2 diabetes risk. Now we can add eating patterns—how many times per day a person eats, snacking habits, and eating breakfast—as something to address to lower our own diabetes risk. Break the fast, diminish diabetes To study connections between eating patterns and type 2 diabetes, researchers collected information on diet and health habits from 29,206 men. The group, with an average age of 58 years, was followed for 16 years to determine who developed diabetes. After adjusting for other things that can affect risk—body mass index, other dietary habits, smoking, and exercise—the researchers found that:
Posted On: 2012-05-10 01:44:22 ; Read: 2105 time(s)
Trading in the morning cup of coffee for a glass of Concord grape juice just might protect the aging brain, says a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The study found that older people with mild age-related memory decline made fewer memory errors of a certain type, and had more activity in memory-related parts of the brain, after drinking grape juice regularly for four months. Giving older people purple grape juice The study included 21 people, age 68 and older, diagnosed with mild age-related memory decline and not meeting the criteria for dementia. They were randomly assigned to receive either 100% Concord grape juice or a placebo drink every day for 16 weeks. The total amount of juice consumed per day (444 to 621 ml, or 14 to 21 ounces) was determined by each person’s body weight. Concord grapes are deep blue to purple due to their high content of pigments known as polyphenols. Polyphenols are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which may account for some of their previously demonstrated health benefits.
Posted On: 2012-05-10 01:41:49 ; Read: 2662 time(s)
Embarking on a weight-loss diet can be a challenge as you exchange old habits for a new eating routine. As you shift your eating patterns, don’t let vital nutrients slip through the cracks. Cutting back doesn’t have to mean a nutritional nosedive. Remember to seek a doctor’s advice prior to kicking off your diet. Don't skimp on fat Many diets encourage decreasing fat consumption. By all means avoid saturated fat, but say yes—in moderation—to poly- and monounsaturated fats—the good guys. Fat helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It’s also a concentrated source of energy, and the essential fatty acids in some fats are vital for many important body functions. Reach for foods rich inomega-3—an important polyunsaturated fat. Good sources are linseed and its oil; walnuts; oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna; and hemp oil.
Posted On: 2011-11-22 13:44:16 ; Read: 3272 time(s)
Strength training can help people of all ages build muscle and reduce body fat, reducing the risk of heart disease and improving overall physical ability. As we age, our ability to build muscle diminishes, so getting the most out of a workout becomes an increasingly important goal. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that senior women taking a fish oil supplement benefited more from a strength-training programme than women who didn’t take fish oil.
Posted On: 2011-11-22 15:06:09 ; Read: 1003 time(s)
If there was ever such a thing as a “popular” vitamin, then vitamin D surely qualifies. After a flurry of scientific studies showed a link between vitamin D deficiency and increased risk of a few chronic diseases, it captured widespread interest. Here are the basics to know about this compelling nutrient. What does D do in the body? Vitamin D helps maintain blood levels of calcium, so it increases bone strength. It also works with calcium to prevent falls in older people. But vitamin D is more than just calcium’s sidekick. Intervention studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin D may provide modest benefits in helping you kick the winter blues and tamp down high blood pressure—and, if you have diabetes—balancing blood sugar. Population studies have uncovered a link between a lack of this vitamin and increased risk of cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, osteoarthritis and multiple sclerosis.