torsdag 30 december 2010

Blueberry Improves Insulin Sensitivity

T NATION | High Performance Foods: Blueberry Bioactives:

"A recent study showed that dietary supplementation with the bioactives from whole blueberries improved insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant individuals. Basically, researchers gave fat (but non-diabetic) participants two blueberry smoothies per day for six weeks. At the end of the study, 67% showed a 10% or greater improvement in their insulin sensitivity."

Turmeric Extract Suppresses Fat Gain

Turmeric Extract Suppresses Fat - Tufts University:

"Curcumin, the major polyphenol found in turmeric, appears to reduce weight gain in mice and suppress the growth of fat tissue in mice and cell models. Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (USDA HNRCA) studied mice fed high fat diets supplemented with curcumin and cell cultures incubated with curcumin."

"But, the addition of curcumin does not just inhibit the production of fat tissue, as you can see in the table below. The amount of free fatty acids, triglycerides and cholesterol in the animals’ blood indicates that curcumin also accelerates fat metabolism."

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Biological Activities Of Curcumin

Biological activities of curcumin and its analogue... [Biochem Pharmacol. 2008] - PubMed result:

"Curcumin, a yellow pigment present in the Indian spice turmeric (associated with curry powder), has been linked with suppression of inflammation; angiogenesis; tumorigenesis; diabetes; diseases of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neurological systems, of skin, and of liver; loss of bone and muscle; depression; chronic fatigue; and neuropathic pain."

måndag 8 november 2010

Grapefruit Juice

T NATION | Nutsack-Rated Nutrition:

"If, however, you're a supplement kamikaze and what to maximize the effects of your supps, take them with 8-12 ounces of grapefruit juice. I urge you not to do this with your prescription meds, though, as grapefruit juice might raise the level of the drugs in your bloodstream to unsafe levels."

lördag 25 september 2010

Eliminate Man Boobs

T NATION | How to Eliminate Love Handles, Man Boobs, or Jelly Belly:

"Lastly, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, broccaflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy contain a phytochemical� (Indole-3-Carbinol) that reduces estrogen levels."

onsdag 30 juni 2010

Cruciferous Vegetables Reduce Oxidative Stress

The Super-Veggies: Cruciferous Vegetables: "In a study funded by the National Cancer Institute, 20 participants were
encouraged to eat 1 to 2 cups of cruciferous vegetables a day. After three weeks, the amount of oxidative stress in their body was measured. Then, after a
three-week wash-out period, the study participants were told to take a multivitamin with fiber. Again, the oxidative stress was measured three weeks later.
And the results? Oxidative stress in the subjects' bodies dropped 22% during the period when they were eating lots of cruciferous vegetables. But the change during the multivitamin segment was negligible (0.2%),"

onsdag 19 maj 2010

Dietary vitamin K reduced risk of incident and fatal cancer

Dietary vitamin K intake in relation to cancer incidence and mortality: results from the Heidelberg cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition:

"These findings suggest that dietary intake of menaquinones, which is highly determined by the consumption of cheese, is associated with a reduced risk of incident and fatal cancer"

tisdag 18 maj 2010

Eating Hamburger, Steak Don't Raise Heart-Disease Risk, Study Says

Eating Hamburger, Steak Don't Raise Heart-Disease Risk, Study Says -

"A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that the heart risk long associated with red meat comes mostly from processed varieties such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts—and not from steak, hamburgers and other non-processed cuts."

onsdag 5 maj 2010

Health Benefits of Green Peas

Health Benefits of Green Peas:

Lectins may not be all bad.

"Green Peas has the ability to dissolve clumps of red blood cells that are destined to become clots eventually. This clot prevention is due to the presence of special plant protein called lectins."

måndag 12 april 2010

High-GI Carbohydrate Help You Fall In Sleep

High-glycemic-index carbohydrate meals shorten sleep onset:

"Conclusions: We showed that a carbohydrate-based high-GI meal resulted in a significant shortening of SOL in healthy sleepers compared with a low-GI meal and was most effective when consumed 4 h before bedtime. The relevance of these findings to persons with sleep disturbance should be determined in future trials."

SOL - sleep onset latency

lördag 10 april 2010

Choline And Betaine Reduces Inflammation

WHFoods: Eggs:

"Eggs' Choline Reduces Inflammation

People whose diets supplied the highest average intake of choline (found in egg yolk and soybeans), and its metabolite betaine (found naturally in vegetables such as beets and spinach), have levels of inflammatory markers at least 20% lower than subjects with the lowest average intakes, report Greek researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Detopoulou P, Panagiotakos DB, et al.)"

fredag 2 april 2010

Selenium Could Help Prevent Diabetes

French study shows selenium could help prevent diabetes:

"French researchers have found that selenium, known for its cancer-preventing power and anti-aging benefits, may also have another crucial application: The prevention of diabetes."

torsdag 1 april 2010

DIM From Broccoli And Other Brassica Vegetables Prevents Metastasis In Mice

DIM From Broccoli And Other Brassica Vegetables Prevents Metastasis In Mice - Food for Breast Cancer:

"This study extends the result of a previous 2005 study which found that DIM inhibited the growth of transplanted human breast cancer cells in mice. Numerous other studies have found that DIM reduces the growth, proliferation and migration of human breast cancer cells in the laboratory"

torsdag 18 mars 2010

Green tea protect against oxidative damage

Consumption of green tea favorably affects oxidative stress markers in weight-trained men:

Consumption of GT (Green tea), a beverage rich in polyphenols, may offer protection against the oxidative damage caused by exercise.

måndag 1 mars 2010

Lifespan Essential Foods

Lifespan Essential Foods:

Professor Gary Williamson highlight twenty 'lifespan essential foods', vital for living as long and healthy a life as possible. All these foods are high in polyphenols.

According to Gary Williamson the top 20 Lifespan Essential Foods are:

black tea
cereal bran
cherry tomatoes
dark chocolate
green tea
red grapes
red onions

torsdag 28 januari 2010

Antioxidants Can Impair Muscle Function

Some Antioxidants Reduce Vasodilators:

"Antioxidant therapies that reduce levels of vasodilators will reduce oxygen delivery to muscle.

'We're now learning that if antioxidant therapy takes away hydrogen peroxide – or other naturally occurring vasodilators, which are compounds that help open blood vessels – you impair the body's ability to deliver oxygen to the muscle so that it doesn't work properly,' Poole said.

The body produces free radicals to serve signaling functions. Unfortunately these same free radicals damage us."

måndag 25 januari 2010

Vitamin C and E Supplementation And Insulin Sensitivity

Four Ways to Jack Up Insulin Sensitivity:

Vitamin C and E supplementation post-workout may not be a good idea.

"In this study, 40 young men exercised five days a week (50 minute sessions including cycling and circuit training) for four weeks. The addition of vitamin C and E supplementation in that group completely eliminated the beneficial insulin-sensitizing effects of exercise!

With further investigation it seems that the post-workout increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) — which is blunted by C and E supplementation — is a necessary phenomenon for increasing insulin sensitivity. The argument for the temporal benefit of ROS post-workout is strengthened by the fact that long term antioxidant supplementation has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity."

tisdag 12 januari 2010

Cholesterol-rich Foods Help You Gain Muscle

Seven Things You Need to Know About Fats:

"They fed older guys (in their 60's) extra cholesterol-rich foods and had them train with weights. Those who had higher cholesterol diets gained more lean mass than those who trained but didn't eat the cholesterol-rich foods."

Cholesterol it is not bad it is necessary. It's converted into Vitamin D by sunlight, and it's the precursor for steroid hormones like testosterone.

söndag 10 januari 2010

Calcium Supplementation Increase Testosterone Levels

Testosterone levels in athletes at rest and exhaustion: effects of calcium supplementation[Biol Trace Elem Res. 2009] - PubMed result:

Calcium boosts testosterone.

"Our results show that training results in increased testosterone levels in athletes and that the increase is greater if accompanied by calcium supplementation, which may be useful for increasing overall athletic performance."