Fasting diet lowers disease risk and biological age, new research finds

Cycles of a fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) may reduce insulin resistance, liver fat, immune system aging, and biological aging, according to new research conducted at the University of Southern California (USC), US. The FMD, developed by Valter Longo, professor of gerontology and biological sciences at USC, is a five-day diet high in unsaturated fat and low […]

AI may help to predict how patients respond to antidepressant treatment

Artificial intelligence (AI) may help psychiatrists predict whether antidepressants will be effective, according to a new study, which could save time for patients and improve their psychiatric care. While antidepressants can be prescribed to treat moderate to severe depression, health professionals have to wait six to eight weeks to see if there’s an improvement and […]

Smoking’s effects on the immune system can last years, study finds

Smoking tobacco is so harmful to the body that it changes a person’s immune system, leaving them vulnerable to more disease and infection even years after they’ve quit, a new study found. Although smoking rates have been declining since the 1960s, it’s still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths each […]

What’s My Ideal Running Heart Rate?

Your target running heart rate may vary depending on your age and fitness level. Other factors like heat, humidity, and stress levels can also affect your heart rate. Your heart rate, or pulse, is measured in beats per minute (bpm). During aerobic exercise like running, your heart rate increases. As your pace and work rate […]

The Rise of Functional Beverages

Functional beverages are among the fastest-growing functional food segments. This is partly due to their perceived benefits for overall health and chronic disease prevention. Introduction to functional beverages A functional beverage can be defined as “any non-alcoholic drink that provides additional health benefits due to the inclusion of any bioactive component from a plant, animal, […]

Yes, everyone is sick right now. So what can you do about it?

Does it feel like everyone you know is sick right now? It’s not your imagination: It’s been a particularly fierce season for all kinds of respiratory infections, from mild colds to more serious bugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care visits for coughs and sore throats with fever were “above baseline” […]

New research highlights health and wellness potential of Chaga mushrooms

Canadian researchers have assessed available research on the health benefits and composition of the Chaga mushroom, Inonotus obliquus. With a long history of traditional use for medicinal purposes and resulting research on pharmaceutical benefits, the review suggests additional potential of the mushroom in nutrition for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antitumor potential. The research team laments […]

Latest research confirms multivitamins can enhance cognitive health in seniors

The third COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) underscores the potential of daily cocoa extract and multivitamin supplements in improving memory and slowing cognitive aging in older adults. This research included 5,000 participants, of whom 573 were subject to in-person assessments over two years, and was conducted by Mass General Brigham, the US non-profit […]

Gluten: dietary villain or innocent bystander?

Gluten is a complex mix of proteins, mainly gliadin and glutenin, found in wheat, and collectively refers to similar proteins that also exist in barley, rye, and wheat-contaminated oats. Widespread application of a gluten-free diet has been fuelled by celebrity and media endorsements and presumed benefits for cognitive function and weight loss. The term non-coeliac […]

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