Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New stomach shrinking procedure helps patients lose weight

A new experimental stomach shrinking procedure is helping obese patients lose weight, without bands, staples, or implants.
Reporter: Maureen McFadden

A new experimental stomach shrinking procedure is helping obese patients lose weight, without bands, staples or implants.

Every year, Americans spend $30 billion a year on diets, weight loss products and other weight loss services. Now, more than 200,000 people a year are going even further than pills or diets, and turning to surgery.

Teresa Flowers, a 54-year-old lifelong dieter, has tried numerous diets which all have failed. With a job that keeps her sitting eight hours a day, Flowers was ready to try something big.

"It's very frustrating to be obese and feel like your back is up against a wall and there's basically no hope,” says Flowers.

She became one of the first patients in the U.S. to undergo a new experimental weight loss surgery called gastric imbrication.

Gastric imbrication is a procedure that shrinks the volume of the stomach by 90-percent by folding and stitching it into a small, narrow tube.

Sunil Sharma, a doctor at the University of Florida’s Weight Loss Surgery Institute, says, “That translates into easy filling of the stomach, but eating less quantity of food."

"The fact that my stomach is only ten-percent the size that it was, it makes me make a conscious effort to not eat, and to eat wisely,” says Flowers.

The minimally invasive procedure is performed through several small incisions in the abdomen, or one cut through the belly button.

A pilot study in India on 30 patients showed participants losing 40-percent of their excess weight within the first year after surgery, all along with quicker recovery and fewer complications.

Two weeks after having the surgery, Teresa Flowers already had lost 23 pounds.

“I started at 313. I'd love to be down to about a hundred fifty pounds,” says Flowers.

Although at least two U.S. studies are now underway, gastric imbrication is still considered experimental and is not covered by insurance.

However, Sharma says that because it is less invasive than other bariatric procedures as well as not requiring the removal of any stomach tissue, the cost is much lower.

Gastric imbrication costing $12,500, compared to as much as $16,000 for lap band surgery and $19,000 for gastric bypass.

The process can be adjusted or even reversed as a result of the non-dissolvable sutures used in the procedure.

RESEARCH SUMMARY
TOPIC: SHRINKING STOMACHS...A NEW WAY
REPORT: MB #3228

BACKGROUND: There are a number of stomach-shrinking procedures that offer surgical solutions to bariatric complications. The most common is the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedure, wherein the patient's stomach size can be decreased by surgically segmenting it into two parts, using surgical stables or a plastic band. The top part is formed into a small, golf ball sized pouch, which is then connected to a section of the small intestine, bypassing about five feet of intestine before reconnecting. The small pouch allows the patient to feel full after consuming only one to two ounces of food, and the bypassed intestine prevents the patient from absorbing additional calories. The next procedure is called Gastric-Band Surgery, where an inflated, silicone band is wrapped and tightened around the upper area of the stomach to create a pouch which only allows about an ounce of food to enter. Saline is used to inflate the band, and is fed into a plastic tube, which is attached to the band. During Gastric Sleeve Surgery, anywhere from 60-75% of the stomach is actually removed, leaving a sleeve-shaped formation which can receive and break down food. Also known as a gastrectomy, or "Sleeve gastrectomy," this procedure naturally limits caloric intake. (SOURCE: University of Florida Weight Loss Institute and webmd.com)

GASTRIC IMBRICATION: Also called Gastric Plication Surgery, this reversible procedure is accomplished without removing any portions of the stomach, re-routing the small intestine, or using any stapling or cutting. During this procedure, the bulging portion of the stomach is folded onto its other half, and held in place with non-absorptive sutures. The stomach's size is therefore decreased to a gastric sleeve proportion, but without using any of the potentially harmful, foreign objects to do so. Unlike Gastric Bypass, Gastric Imbrication does pose the risk of malabsorption, and is in fact considered to be a low-risk and low-cost procedure with a quick recovery. The procedure is certainly promising, but there are no long-term results reported at this point. (SOURCE: University of Florida Weight Loss Institute, Weight Loss Surgery News)

OBESITY STATISTICS: An August, 2010 obesity reports called "Vital Signs: State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults -- United States, 2009," found that in 2007, no state had met the 2001 Surgeon General-issued obesity goals, published as the Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity. These goals aimed to reduce the presence of obesity amongst American adults to only 15%. The overall self-reported figure was in fact 26.7%, varying over many characteristics. The highest numbers were found in adults aged 50-59, 31.1%, 60-69, 30.9%, non-Hispanic blacks, 36.8%, (non-Hispanic black women in particular, 41.9%), Hispanics, 30.7% and Midwestern and Southern residents, 28.2% and 28.4% respectively. In all, men measured at 22.9% and women at 18.6%, with the largest group of them being found in the group without a high school degree and the smallest in the group with a college degree.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Sunil K. Sharma, MD
University of Florida
Weight Loss Institute
(904) 633 -0834
sunil.sharma@jax.ufl.edu

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Do Free Radicals Really Cause Aging?

By Jessica Marshall


These much maligned molecules may not be entirely harmful after all. In fact, a new study suggests they could help us live longer.

THE GIST
  • Free radicals are an important part of our body's normal functioning and may even be good for us in certain doses.
  • Worms that made extra free radicals lived longer than typical worms, but the effect was reversed when they were treated with antioxidants.
  • Research does not support taking more antioxidants than we consume via diet, researchers say. 


Conventional wisdom has held for decades that free radicals cause aging, and that antioxidants, which squelch the reactivity of these highly reactive molecules, are a way to slow the process. But new work adds to a growing body of research that suggests the story is not so simple.

In the new study published in PLoS Biology, worms that made more free radicals or that were treated with a free-radical-producing herbicide actually lived longer than normal worms.

What's more, when the longer-lived mutant worms were given antioxidants, the effects were reversed, and the worms had a conventional worm lifespan. The finding flies in the face of the idea that antioxidants battle the effects of aging.

According to study author Siegfried Hekimi of McGill University in Montreal and others, what is emerging from this and other experiments is a view of free radicals -- or, more precisely, reactive oxygen species -- as a normal part of the body's stress response, with beneficial effects at certain levels.

"Maybe the reason why free radicals and aging are correlated is because free radical production in the mitochondria (part of the cell) is a stress reaction to the damage of aging," Hekimi said. "The organism tries to counter with free radical production."

Hekimi and others point out that part of exercise's benefit may be because exercise causes mild increases in the levels of reactive oxygen species that are actually good for us.

The emerging view casts a pall on the idea of popping antioxidant pills in hopes of slowing the aging process or protecting against disease.

"When clinical trials have been done with antioxidants, they have not shown benefits," Hekimi said.

"If we're right that reactive oxygen species are fundamental to maintain normal fitness and also adaptation to stress, then you don't want to take too many antioxidants," said Navdeep Chandel of Northwestern Medical School in Chicago.

Indeed, Chandel suspects that the beneficial effects of limited alcohol consumption come not from antioxidants in red wine but from the mild oxidative stress the alcohol provides.

"Who am I to say if you should take antioxidants or not," he added. "All I would say is there is no evidence that taking more antioxidants than you get through diet is needed."

Free radicals do cause damage, Hekimi said, but at normal levels their beneficial effects are perhaps more important. If the stress of aging or disease increases sufficiently, he said, the damage caused by the free radicals might overwhelm their positive effects.

"You cannot live without them, nor should you wish to, but they will probably help to kill you in the end," agreed Barry Halliwell of the National University of Singapore, of reactive oxygen species. "Learning how to stop the latter whilst preserving the useful functions of reactive oxygen species should be a major research priority in the next few years."

Halliwell said that evidence supports that reactive oxygen species probably contribute to the progression of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, despite having beneficial effects at lower levels. They also probably cause skin wrinkling, he added.

Hekimi hopes further experiments will determine exactly how reactive oxygen species increase lifespan in the worms.

He and his colleagues used the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, an organism used widely in lab studies, but Hekimi believes the findings will translate into higher organisms like mice and humans, because these systems are so fundamental.

Halliwell noted, though, that C. elegans can not be used to study the effect of free radicals on stem cells, which evidence suggests may be important. Also, the study only shows the effects of free radicals on longevity, and can say nothing about quality of life.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

How to increase metabolism and lose weight faster--without dieting

Learning how to increase metabolism can lead to weight loss up to five times faster.

By using effective weight management strategies, people can avoid health effects of obesity and being overweight; they can lead to chronic diseases as well as premature death. Obese individuals have a greater risk of having cancer, diabetes, stroke and other health problems.


Dieting and long workouts are not required to improve metabolism. Dieting usually doesn’t lead to lasting weight loss, especially when it involves starvation, because it slows down metabolism.

Inactivity also leads to a slower metabolism and weight gain.  Some people participate in lower levels of activity, but this usually does not lead to any significant effect on weight loss. High level activity can boost metabolism and lead to faster weight loss.

According to a new study by Arlene Hankinson, M.D. and her team, maintaining high levels of activity was associated with smaller gains in body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference compared with low activity levels. Lower levels of activity had little effect on preventing weight gain. High level activity was the only kind that made a significant difference on weight gain prevention in the study. High-level activities included basketball, running, an exercise class and brisk walking.

This study was published in the December issue of Journal of the American Medical Association.

What they did: A prospective longitudinal study of habitual activity of 3554 men and women aged 18 to 30 years at baseline was done. Habitual activity was defined as maintaining high, moderate and low activity levels. Follow-up of participants was done for 20 years. The relationship between habitual activity levels and changes in body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference was evaluated for over 20 years.

Results from the study suggest that people will gain significantly less weight by middle age -- especially women -- if they engage in high activity levels through young adulthood. Weight gain in participants of the study was evaluated for over 20 years.

What is the biggest roadblock for most people trying to increase their metabolism?

Most people are too busy and time-starved to participate in long workouts.

What’s the solution?

Here’s the good news for people who are too busy to carve out a 30-minute block of time to work out:  Exercise research studies have shown that shorter workouts can boost metabolism higher and lead to greater fat burning compared to longer workouts. The secret is interval exercise.

Researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales and the Garvan Institute found that interval exercise burn three times as much fat as running twice as long at a moderately hard, steady pace.

They studied 45 overweight women over 15 weeks. They went through a 20-minute cycling regime in which they sprinted on a stationary bike for eight seconds followed by 12 seconds of cycling lightly. They lost three times more weight as other women who exercised at a continuous, regular pace for 40 minutes.
       
Results from this study can also be applied to swimming, rowing, running and walking.
Many Americans are overweight or obese and they’re not able to participate in high-level activities. Walking is an ideal workout for most people. Even overweight and obese individuals can participate in a walking exercise program.

The problem is that walking for 60 minutes, seven times a week does not result in much fat loss for most people. The solution for a lot of overweight people is interval walking.

Starting even with just 10 minutes a day and increasing to 30 minutes of interval walking can boost metabolism and increase weight loss.

A study done at the University of Virginia showed that women who did three shorter, fast-paced walks a week ( in addition to two longer, moderate-paced walks) lost 5 times more belly that those who strolled at a moderate speed 5 days a week -- without dieting!

Multiple studies show that shorter workouts, such as interval walking or cycling, can increase metabolism and lead to weight loss faster -- even without dieting.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, many cities have walking trails. Local parks, beaches, lakes and even shopping malls can be great for walking.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cheryl Cole’s Weight Loss Goal

by Erin Martin on Dec 18th, 2010

Shes the nations sweetheart and has ditched her cheating husband.  She has a body that most red blooded males want to hold and that most females want to have.
Shes Cheryl Cole and despite her being adored by millions, her diet has been criticised by health experts as the unhealthiest diet of the year.

The X Factor judge, 27, is rumoured to undertake the Blood Group diet.  This diet is when the dieters choose food according to their blood type.

Many top Dietitians have issued warning that these type of diets could lead to health problems due to the fact that dieters are advised to eliminate food groups such as red meat or dairy in their entirety.

Hollywood favourite: The Maple Syrup diet was also criticised by The British Dietetic Association.  The Maple Syrup diet is said to be popular with celebrities such as Beyonce and Naomi Campbell.

Cheryl Cole is allegedly trying to lose more weight before she launches her career in the USA.  The Geordie temptress is moving to LA to be a judge on the US X Factor but some of her friends say she wants to lose about 8 or 9lbs to look her best.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Weight Loss Drinks For Quick Slimming Up

Suparna Chakraborty

 Everyone wants to be lean, slim, beautiful and with an extra kilo, the world comes to an end. What are the ways of weight loss? Diet, exercise, yoga, gym etc. With an hectic schedule it's human tendency to forget or to not be able to strictly follow the steps. Thus, you need to have another alternative effortless way that would add on to your effort of getting slim. Weight loss drinks are one such easy way to down. Here are few weight loss drinks -

1.Vegetable Stalk – Drink two glasses of vegetable stalk before lunch. This weight loss drink is a high source of fiber and full of nutrition. The fiber make you feel full and thus you end up eating less of calories. According to researchers of University of Penn, drinking vegetable stalk before lunch can help cut down on 135 less calories. Vegetable stalk is also very good for skin.

2.Drink Ice Cold Water – Drinking ice cold water can help you burn 200 calories. When you drink cold water, your body calories to rink that water to body temperature. Cold water also increases metabolism. This, leads to burning of calories and loosing weight.

3.Fruit Smoothies – Fruit smoothies workout your digestive system. This means no undigested food is left in the stomach, which is leading to fat content. Smoothies detoxifies the body, cleansing your body. It is best to have a glass of smoothies along with lunch. Don't add extra sugar or honey to the weight loss drink.

4.Green Tea – Green tea is famous for it's slimming capabilities. It boosts metabolism and regulates digestive process. It also is a source of antioxidants. Drink green tea after every meal for best results.

5.Milk – Milk is a good source of calcium which breakdown fat into fat cells. Thus, prevent it to accumulate in the body causing ugly flab. Two glasses of milk in a day is enough for an adult.

6.Protein Drink – Protein intake turns fat into lean muscles, thus preventing fat accumulation. The more your muscles are formed, the more calories are burned. Thus, prevent accumulation of fat.

These six weight loss drinks also work wonders on your immune system and blood purification. This leads to greater strength, lesser number of sick leaves and glowing skin.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Green Tea Beauty Benefits

By Sheena M. Brockington on November 29, 2010

Green tea is a natural, drinkable beauty solution that women of all ages can luxuriate in, whether as a cup of tea in the morning or as applied directly to the skin. Beauty product manufacturers embrace the beauty benefits of green tea by adding it to their products. Green tea and green tea extracts can be found in everything from eye cream and lotion to toner and face wash.

Green tea is a natural, drinkable beauty solution that women of all ages can luxuriate in, whether as a cup of tea in the morning or as applied directly to the skin. Beauty product manufacturers embrace the beauty benefits of green tea by adding it to their products. Green tea and green tea extracts can be found in everything from eye cream and lotion to toner and face wash.

Ease Your Sunburn Sting

The beaming sun during summer months can cause unsightly and painful sunburn. Green tea can help soothe the skin if applied directly to the affected areas. The Women Fitness website suggests preparing a pot of green tea, allowing it to chill and then using a cloth to apply the green tea to the sunburned areas of the skin. Avoid rubbing; use the cloth as you would a cold compress.

Refresh Your Skin

If your current skincare regimen includes a toner, consider using green tea as an all-natural replacement to your current toner. Green tea contains natural antioxidants that are known to act as anti-inflammatory agents and have a soothing effect on the skin, according to Web MD. Whether you have dry, combination or sensitive skin, you can create your own toner at home using a recipe from Canadian Living website. Combine 1 cup spring water, 4 tsp. tea leaves and 1 tsp. mint leaves. Start by boiling the water; once it's ready, add the tea leaves to create an infusion. Let it stand for at least 10 minutes, strain and allow to cool completely before placing the mixture in a glass or plastic storage container. The Plant Green website offers an alternative suggestion for creating a green tea toner at home. Brew green tea, freeze it into ice cubes and use slightly melted cubes as toner for your skin.

Lose and Maintain Weight

Start your morning with a cup of green tea and take advantage of its fat-burning benefits. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that when caffeine, polyphenols and catechins, all properties of green tea, team up, they can be used for weight loss. While the combination won't cause you to instantly shed pounds, it can help you maintain your current weight and possibly improve your weight loss results.

Say "Goodbye" to Free Radical Damage

You are exposed daily to potential free radical damage from pollution inside and outside. Free radical damage can cause disease and increase the visible effects of aging. Antioxidants in foods and drinks, such as green tea, step in and help your skin win the war against free radical damage. The Women Fitness website reports that the antioxidant level in green tea is more powerful than vitamin C.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Forget the eggnog — load up on healthy green tea

ALEX HANDYSIDE THE GREY ZONE
Mon, Dec 13 - 4:53 AM

I’M A HUGE fan of green tea, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I think you should. It’s packed full of anti-oxidants. These are naturally occurring good biochemicals that mop up other naturally occurring nasties called free radicals.

Many experts believe free radicals are a major factor in the development of coronary artery disease, blood clots, macular degeneration, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and many cancers. I’ve always liked my fruit and veggies — after all, they are high in anti-oxidants. Then I discovered that green tea contains 10 times more antioxidants than antioxidant-rich blueberries, pomegranates and cranberries. And because green teas are minimally processed (its leaves are withered and steamed), its antioxidants are about twice as concentrated as those in black teas (whose leaves are crushed and fermented).

Many studies have looked at how green tea battles cancer: one Japanese study of nearly 500 Japanese women with Stage I and Stage II breast cancer found that drinking green tea before and after surgery was associated with lower recurrence of the cancers. Studies in China have shown the more green tea that participants drank, the less the risk of developing stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer. A recent analysis of 22 studies that investigated the correlation between high tea consumption and reduced risk for lung cancer concluded that increasing your intake of green (but not black) tea by two cups per day may reduce the risk of developing lung cancer by 18 per cent.
With regard to green tea and heart health, it’s known that lifestyle and overall diet are far more critical than any one food group. Green tea’s antioxidants are dilators that will certainly improve the flexibility of blood vessels and make them less vulnerable to clogging.

A Dutch study of more than 3,000 men and women did find that the more tea consumed, the less severe the clogging of the heart’s blood vessels, especially in women.

Green tea has also been linked to weight loss, but the evidence is less clear. Green tea and its extract have been shown to fight lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and obesity, two risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. In one Japanese study, 240 men and women were given varying amounts of green tea extract. Those who got the highest amount of extract lost the most fat and weight and had lower blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol.

Besides being calorie-free, green tea appears to stimulate weight loss through the action of plant-based compounds called phytochemicals that temporarily cause the body to burn more calories and melt fat. The benefit lasts only a few hours, so researchers concluded it may help to drink green tea at least twice a day.

So how much is enough? Research shows that regular tea drinkers (two or more cups a day), have less heart disease and stroke, lower cholesterol, and that they recover from heart attacks faster. In a study that involved 500 Japanese men and women, researchers found that drinking at least four cups of green tea every day may be related to the reduced severity of coronary heart disease among male participants. Personally, I drink six to eight cups per day in place of the recommended six to eight glasses of water.

One area that most experts do agree on is that the effect green tea extracts and supplements have on the body is unknown and may actually cause damage. If you’re going to reap the many rewards of green tea, drink it straight-up: no pills, powders, pipes or potions.

So this season lay off that ‘liquid heart-attack’ called eggnog and just enjoy a really nice hot cuppa with your Yuletide turkey!

Alex Handyside is a Certified Senior Adviser and the owner-operator of ScotiaCare Homecare & Caregivers.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Boost Your Metabolism By Drinking Green Tea

For thousands of years, people in Asia have been drinking green tea for medicinal reasons. Culled from the leaves of an evergreen shrub named Camella Sinensis, researchers still continue to analyze the properties of green tea.

More recently many Americans have begun adding green tea to their weight loss or fitness regimes. According to some studies, green tea contains natural components which enable more rapid calorie burn as well as loss of fat, particularly the type which tends to build up around the midsection of the body.

Although playfully referred to as "love handles," fat which targets this area is considered a potential health danger. It is often linked to many serious illnesses, including heart ailments, blood clots and diabetes.

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., renowned expert on natural health and nutrition, is a huge fan of green tea. In his essay, "My Life With Tea," Dr. Weil speaks of this drink with great conviction: "Green tea is perhaps the most healthful beverage human beings can consume. Studies either strongly suggest or confirm that the antioxidants in green tea can reduce LDL cholesterol, promote fat burning, reduce the risk of several forms of cancer and alleviate depression."

And it tastes really, really good.

Green tea may be something of a medical marvel, but it also comes in a dizzying multitude of flavors. A cup of green tea gives off a richly soothing scent. Hot or cold, regular or decaffeinated, green tea can be chugged over ice before a workout for an extra boost of energy, or sipped quietly at the end of a long day.

At the Harmony Tea Room in Westwood, tea parties are not just the domain of imaginative little girls. This inviting locale is perfect for parties, book club gatherings or lunches. Along with soups, sandwiches and other tasty treats, owner MaryAnn Bassett offers three uniquely flavorful types of tea:
  • Sencha green, of Japanese origin, is made from leaves which are steamed, rolled into oblong curls, then dried.
  • Genmaicha green, also from Japan, is made with roasted brown rice. Nicknamed "popcorn tea" because after drying, the rice kernels resemble popcorn.
  • Jasmine green from Taiwan is lushly fragrant with jasmine blossoms.
Starbucks in Westwood serves it up hot, cold or blended. Choose from China Green, Chai Green Latte, Green Tea Lemonade or Zen Green Tea (sweetly blended with lemongrass and spearmint). Iced green tea is first brewed hot on the premises, then freshly iced and shaken by hand.

Nina Owens, owner of The Nature of Things in Westwood, keeps a selection of boxed green tea on hand to keep up with the demand of regular customers. "One gentleman always comes in after working out for our Yogi brand Muscle Recovery Green Tea," she said. "Other customers who are into exercise like the Yogi Energy Green Tea." The Nature of Things also carries LongLife's handmade organic green and green decaf, a nice alternative to mass produced teas.

Trader Joe's in Westwood offers seasonal Candy Cane Green Tea in bags, as well as Super Antioxidant, Jasmine and Cranberry Green. Trader Joe's Kettle Brewed Unsweetened Green & White Tea (with a hint of mint!) is a year round favorite. This perfect mixture of green and white tea has a fresh, light taste. Unlike some prepared teas, this one is unsweetened and has zero calories. Sold by the gallon jug, keep it in the fridge and drink freely.

The quaintly charming atmosphere at the Rolling Pin CafĂ© in Westwood is a perfect place to sip their naturally delicious Ginger Green tea. Served by the pot, sit-down cup or if you must, take it to go.
For many people green tea is more than a healthy habit. It is a gratifying ritual that begins or ends each day. The act of preparing tea is a calming one.

Expensive cups, tableware or teapots are not needed to properly enjoy your own relaxing tea-time. LN Grand/True Value Hardware in Westwood is an old-fashioned "general store" that sells a variety of charming teapots and cups at very reasonable prices.

Green tea is remarkably flexible. It can rev up the metabolism or soothe jangled nerves.
But whether you drink green tea for pleasure or purpose, most of all be certain to enjoy it!

About this column:

Westwood Wellness offers a look at what to do in the area as far as health and wellness is concerned. Andrea Kahn delves into a variety of wellness issues, including diet and exercise options. Want to see something in particular? E-mail michelle.sartor@patch.com.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Green Ttea Boost

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Charlyn Fargo, Contributor

Can green tea really help people lose weight? Some studies suggest that two to four cups of green tea daily could provide some extra help when you cut calorie consumption and boost your activity to lose weight, but don't expect it to produce a major loss. Natural compounds in green tea, especially a polyphenol known as EGCG, may support weight loss. Studies that do show an effect of green tea or isolated EGCG show an average of about an extra one to three pounds of weight loss over several months, especially among those who are moderately obese.

Some vitamin supplements or products that claim to promote weight loss list EGCG or green-tea extract content, but they may contain an amount well below levels linked with weight loss in controlled studies.

If you enjoy green tea, drinking two or three 8-ounce mugs or three to four 6-ounce cups freshly brewed (not bottled) each day provides levels of EGCG associated with these modest improvements in weight loss. Extracts or isolated EGCG in appropriate amounts may help, too, but when you get these compounds from drinking tea, you may end up with additional help towards your weight-loss goal.
- American Institute for Cancer Research

Fat children

The latest statistics show that 32 per cent of children (two to 19 years old) are overweight or obese. And the same data confirm that obese children are more likely to develop adverse health outcomes later in life, according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, October 2010. The article urges all of us to push strategies to reverse the trend.

The key is to lower calories consumed in the form of snacks and desserts. The researchers identify many of those snacks and desserts as empty calories, full of 'solid fats' and added sugars. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the highest contributors to the sugar intake in children followed by desserts - cookies, cake and pie. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends substituting nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and non-fat dairy.

The ADA leads a consortium of groups to end childhood obesity within a generation. Here are their recommendations:

Increase access to and consumption of affordable and appealing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats in and out of school.

Stimulate children and youth to be more physically active for 60 minutes every day in and out of school.
Boost resources (financial/rewards/incentives/training/technical assistance) to schools in order to improve physical fitness and nutrition programmes.

Educate and motivate children and youth to eat the recommended daily servings of nutrient-rich foods and beverages.

Empower children and youth to take action at their school and at home to develop their own pathways to better fitness and nutrition for life.

Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian at Creators Syndicate www.creators.com.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Green tea may increase post-meal satiety: Study

By Nathan Gray, 03-Dec-2010


Drinking green tea after a meal might boost satiety levels, but has very little effect on blood glucose levels or glycemic index, according to a new study.

The research, published in the Nutrition Journal, suggests that the antioxidant-rich beverage could boost feelings of fullness, but found no evidence to support previous suggestions that it may moderate insulin sensitivity or glucose levels.

The researchers, led by Dr Julija Josic from Lund University, Sweden, said the overall sensation of satiety was boosted more after a meal accompanied by green tea than after a reference meal accompanied by water.
They said their conclusions that green tea significantly boosted satiety were supported by the fact that “not only was satiety increased, but also the feeling of fullness and the feeling of having had enough to consume.”
 
Green tea
 
The compounds thought to contribute to the health-promoting effects ascribed to green tea are polyphenolic compounds called catechins, which have been the focus of many previous studies on green tea, due to their anti-oxidative properties and their potential role in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease.
But some research has also suggested a possible link between green tea consumption and diabetes risk, reporting that tea drinking could bring modest benefits for glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity.

There are four major catechins in green tea: epicatechin (EC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), epigallocatechin (EGC) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), of which EGCG is the most abundant.

The authors said that intervention studies with green tea extract in healthy rodents and humans have demonstrated increased insulin sensitivity after an oral glucose tolerance test with EGCG was found to have most insulin-enhancing activity in animal in vitro studies.

However,H several studies have observed that neither green tea extracts nor EGCG have any effect on fasting glucose, insulin sensitivity or glucose levels.

“To our best knowledge, this is the first study to examine the effect of green tea on both the glucose metabolism and satiety, after the ingestion of a regular meal,” said the researchers.

“The primary objective of this study was to determine whether ingestion of a regular meal and green tea lower postprandial [post-meal] plasma glucose levels, glycemic index, and insulin levels. The secondary objective, was to establish whether consumption of a regular meal including green tea increase the satiety,” they added.

Study details
 
No significant differences in serum insulin levels or insulin were reported between the green tea meal and a reference meal during a 120 min post-meal observation period.

Josic and colleagues also observed no difference in glucose levels, with 120 min glucose value found to be higher following the green tea meal, and there was no significant difference found in mean glycemic index between the green tea and reference meal.

After the reference meal, the subjects reported finding it more pleasant to eat another mouthful of the same food than after the green tea meal, again confirming the increased feeling of satiety.

Josic and co workers said that differences in taste perception between the green tea and control water drink may have been responsible for the satiety-promoting effects, and so contributed to a stronger satiety sensation after the green tea meal than after the reference meal. They noted that measurements of taste perception during the meals would have provided additional information about this potential confounder.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gargling Green Tea Can Fight Flu

Gargle green tea to fight off flu bugs

Could gargling with green tea prevent flu? It contains compounds called catechins, which have been shown, in lab research, to prevent the ­infection.

One small Japanese study at the University of Shizuoka showed that nursing home residents who gargled with green tea three times a day for three months were less likely to get flu than those who did not.

Larger clinical trials are now under way, involving more than 600 teenagers. Young people were chosen because flu spreads quickly and easily among students.

Researchers have yet to discover exactly how catechins work, but it is believed they have a general anti-viral effect. Gargling is thought to be a more ­effective way to tackle viruses than drinking, because this way the bugs are exposed to the liquid for longer.


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tava Tea: An Amazing Weight Loss Tea

 You may have heard a lot of controversy regarding weight loss supplements. Inferior quality of ingredients, which may work against your health, are the main reason behind these controversies.

Tava Tea

Long established and respectable weight loss product uses high quality blend and unprocessed ingredients, makes it far superior from its competitors. Its countless health benefits are experienced by drinkers of this amazing tea.



Some of the benefits you get from drinking Tava Tea

Good ource of antioxidants
Excellent anti-aging remedy
Shed excess pounds effectively
Beautifies your skin

Main Ingredients of Tava Tea

Green Puerh

This ingredient can rid you of unpleasant problems such as bloating and flatulence. It keeps your cholesterol levels in check and at the same time boosts your metabolism.

Oolong

One of the remarkable properties of oolong tea is that it heals skin problems such as acne, clears your complexion eliminates some skin problems like eczema. It also strengthens your teeth.

Green Sencha

We encounter stress everyday and green sencha is very good at regulating blood pressure and reducing stress levels. It has great anti-bacterial properties and will lower your risk of suffering from cancer.

Combine these three ingredients in the right proportion and you'll get something that far surpasses other tea blends.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fruits and Vegetables May Prolong Your Life

Study Shows Foods Rich in Antioxidants May Reduce the Risk of Death


By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health News

 Nov. 22, 2010 -- Eat your veggies and you may live longer, a study suggests.

The study shows that eating foods rich in antioxidants, like vegetables and fruits, fights disease and may prolong life.

Researchers found that people with the highest levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene in their blood had a 39% lower risk of death from any cause, including heart disease and cancer, than those who had the lowest levels of the antioxidant during the 14-year study.

"These findings support increasing fruit and vegetable consumption as a means of preventing premature death," write researcher Chaoyang Li, MD, PhD, of the CDC and colleagues in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Alpha-carotene is part of a group of antioxidants known as carotenoids, which also includes beta-carotene and lycopene. Vegetables particularly high in alpha-carotene include yellow-orange vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash, and dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, green beans, green peas, spinach, turnip greens, collards, and lettuce.

Although previous studies have suggested eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of disease, studies have not shown that taking beta-carotene supplements reduces the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer.

Researchers wanted to see if other carotenoids may also play a role in reducing the risk of disease.

Reduced Risk of Death

In this study, researchers looked at the relationship between blood levels of alpha-carotene and the risk of death in 15,318 adults who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Follow-up Study.

The participants provided blood samples between 1988 and 1994 and were followed through 2006.

The results showed the risk of dying during the follow-up period was consistently lower in people with higher levels of alpha-carotene in the blood. The protective effect of alpha-carotene also increased as blood levels of the antioxidant increased.

For example, compared with people with the lowest levels of alpha-carotene (between 0 and 1 microgram per deciliter) the risk of death was 23% lower among those who had concentrations of between 2 and 3 micrograms per deciliter. The risk of death was 39% lower among those with the highest levels of alpha-carotene in their blood (9 micrograms per deciliter or higher).

Researchers say higher levels of the antioxidant were also linked to a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer as well as from any other cause.

They say alpha-carotene is chemically similar to beta-carotene but may be more effective at protecting cells in the brain, liver and skin.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Coke: Antioxidants will be replaced by 'polyphenols'

By Shane Starling, 05-Nov-2010

With antioxidants failing to impress European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists and the term itself therefore likely to soon become an unauthorised health claim in the EU, antioxidant forms like polyphenols are filling the marketing void, a Coca-Cola spokesperson has said.

Antioxidants as a marketing term hangs in the balance
Antioxidants as a marketing term hangs in the balance
Michele Kellerhals, Coke’s Belgium-based research and innovation director told the Fresenius Functional Food conference last week that the world’s biggest beverage company had been watching the EU health claims situation very closely and noted developments in the area of antioxidants.

In a Q&A session on the first day of the two-day conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Kellerhals commented on the vast rejection of article 13, generic antioxidant claims by EFSA’s health claims panel to date.
“Industry will build the term polyphenols over time,” he said after a presentation outlining Coke’s approach to healthy beverages. “There is no doubt there has been some level of impact for us but others have been impacted more. The problem we all have now is how to translate what is happening into consumer-friendly messaging.”
 

“It is something we are working on. When you talk to some marketing people they think a claim is the easy way out. But when you talk to consumers, that is not the case. But we see this process an opportunity for the industry.”
 

Antioxidants inside
 
EFSA’s health claims panel has stated: “…no evidence has been provided to establish that having antioxidant activity/content and/or antioxidant properties is a beneficial physiological effect.”

But just two weeks ago, in the third batch of article 13.1 opinions, the panel concluded of vitamin E, that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the dietary intake of vitamin E and protection of DNA, protein and lipids from oxidative damage.”
 
So the panel has acknowledged an antioxidant effect in that instance as it has done with vitamin C. It is now down to the European Commission and member states to interpret these opinions before adoption, rejection or amendment, and the use of terms like ‘polyphenol’ or ‘flavonol’ that are relevant to them.
But this won’t happen until at least the end of next year.


Funcitonal Foods conference
 
While the conference had a scientific bent with many academics presenting updates on areas such as fibre (Dr Fred Brouns, Maastricht University, the Netherlands), pro- and prebiotics (Dr Kristin Verbeke, University Leuven, Belgium), brain health (Dr Louise Dye, University of Leeds, UK) and diabetes (Dr Gabriele Riccardi, Frederico II University, Italy) the Q&A sessions revealed how primary the EU health claim situation had become.

All four pointed to emerging and promising science but noted in many cases the kind of evidence EFSA sought was not fully in existence, and it may take some time before that was the case, if ever.

Sam Waterfall, from the UK-based Healthy Marketing Team, a firm that consults functional food brands, responded to a question about probiotic claims by saying regardless of EFSA mass rejecting them so far, the ‘probiotic health story’ was so strong that consumers didn’t care.

He likened it the Popeye-spinach story, where consumers had constructed a health halo around the vegetable even if research indicated that the iron in regular spinach showed poor bioavailability.

“But there are contingency plans in place because obviously changes are occurring in what can and can’t be said about these kinds of products,” Waterfall said.

Conference chair, Nigel Baldwin, from the consultancy Cantox International, noted the panel had expressed a, “dislike of the term ‘immunity',” and future submissions should be aware of that.
Other speakers at the event included Barbara Klaus from the legal firm Meyer Meisterernst in Italy; Deiderick Meyer from Sensus; Gerd Harzer from Kraft Foods R&D and Gerrit Smit and Elke Trautwein from Unilever R&D.

NutraIngredients health claims 2010
 
These matters and more will be discussed at the second NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010 conference to be held in Brussels on December 1. The conference will deconstruct the latest article 13.1 claim opinions, hear first-hand experience from players like Kellogg’s and Martek, outline regulation-coping marketing strategies, and feature comparison with the US claims system from leading industry figures, Dr Andrew Shao and Jonathan Emord.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pomegranate Juice: Beyond Antioxidants, Potential Benefits For Dialysis Patients

Pomegranate juice reduces damage to tissues, inflammation and infections

Studies in recent years have claimed multiple health benefits of pomegranate juice, including that it is a good source of antioxidants and lowers both cholesterol and blood pressure, especially in diabetic and hypertensive patients. A preliminary study now suggests that it can ward off a number of complications in kidney disease patients on dialysis, including the high morbidity rate due to infections and cardiovascular events, according to a paper being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in Denver, CO.

Batya Kristal, MD, FASN (Western Galilee Hospital, in Nahariya, Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel), PhD candidate, Lilach Shema, and colleagues studied 101 dialysis patients who received either pomegranate juice or another placebo drink at the beginning of each dialysis session, three times a week for one year.


Laboratory tests showed that patients who drank pomegranate juice experienced reduced inflammation and the damage of oxidative stress caused by free radicals, was minimized. Furthermore, pomegranate juice drinkers were less likely to be hospitalized due to infections. These findings support other studies that suggest pomegranate juice has potent antioxidant properties.

Recent analyses of data not included in this abstract, revealed that those who drank pomegranate juice also showed an improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, such as reduced blood pressure, improvement in lipid profile and fewer cardiovascular events, suggesting that they had better heart health. These results are in agreement with other studied populations and particularly important for hemodialysis patients, because most kidney disease patients die either from cardiovascular-related causes or infections.

The authors say their findings suggest that drinking a controlled amount of pomegranate juice with a safe and monitored content of potassium may help reduce the complications that often occur in dialysis patients. It is important to consider the risk involved in potassium overload, especially in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with dietary potassium restriction.

"Considering the expected epidemic of CKD in the next decade, further clinical trials using pomegranate juice aimed at reducing the high cardiovascular morbidity of CKD patients and their deterioration to end-stage renal disease should be conducted," said Dr. Kristal.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Green tea and pimples

 Green tea has proved to be anti-bacterial that reduces inflammation, decreases hormone activity, capable of killing the potentially deadly Staphylococcus Aureus and the bacteria that cause Bacterium acne.

Green tea’s antioxidants have been shown to be highly beneficial to acne prevention. These antioxidants help your body to fight against free radicals that cause damage to cells and tissues in your body. Green tea therapy is less toxic and has fewer or no side effects as compare to other drug based products. Simply putting green tea bags on the face can work quite rapidly.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Free Radical Damage reduced by Antioxidants

As we age we are susceptible to free radical damage and the best way to repair this damage is through a healthy dose of antioxidants. Free radicals, also known simply as radicals, are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable, therefore they look to bond with other molecules, destroying their vigor and causing them to change structure. In nature, this is a normal process. If a car is left in a field, over a period of time it will rust and this is known as oxidative stress. Inside the body, this stress caused by free radicals damages the body on a cellular level and leaves it vulnerable to attacks from diseases. Cancer and other degenerative diseases are linked to free radicals in this way.

Antioxidants are the best source of defense against free radicals. Present in many foods, antioxidants are molecules that prevent free radicals from harming healthy tissue and can strengthen the cells to resist damage. They bind together with dangerous free radicals and decrease their destructive power. It is difficult today to find food with the right amount of antioxidants in them and the best choices for antioxidant-rich foods are found in dark green leafy vegetables. Items high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene are believed to be the most beneficial. These nutrients are commonly found in fruits and vegetables, those with the strongest colors being healthiest. Orange and red peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and carrots are examples. Since it is hard to get a full supply of antioxidants from food, a good, high-grade, supplement is a must to help protect the body from free radical damage.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Organic Veggies Don't Have Healthy Antioxidants

Organically grown onions, carrots, and potatoes generally do not have higher levels of healthful antioxidants and related substances than vegetables> grown with traditional fertilizers and pesticides, scientists have reported.

In the study, Pia Knuthsen and colleagues point out that there are many reasons to pay a premium for organic food products. The most important reasons for the popularity of organic food products include improved animal welfare, environmental protection, better taste, and possible health benefits. However, the health benefits of organic food consumption are still controversial and not considered scientifically well documented.

The scientists describe experiments in which they analyzed antioxidants termed 'polyphenols' from onions, carrots and potatoes grown using conventional and organic methods. They found no differences in polyphenol content for organic vs. traditional methods of growth.

"On the basis of the present study carried out under well controlled conditions, it cannot be concluded that organically grown onions, carrots, and potatoes generally have higher contents of health-promoting secondary metabolites in comparison with the conventionally cultivated ones," the report stated.

Their study has been published in ACS' bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.


Read more: Organic veggies don't have healthy antioxidants - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Organic-veggies-dont-have-healthy-antioxidants/articleshow/6870680.cms#ixzz15Dslxe4W

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Green Tea May Help Fight Alzheimers Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month, bringing attention to the 5.3 million Americans who are affected by this disease. With the baby boomer generation rapidly aging, Alzheimer’s will continue to affect millions more lives. Green Tea has a popular reputation for its health benefits and is known for benefiting conditions such as cancer, high cholesterol and cardiovascular problems.

Green tea has once again proved itself as a ‘super’ tea. An antioxidant in green tea (a flavonoid found in plants) may fight the memory robbing effects seen with plaque deposits in Alzheimer’s.

Practitioner Dr. Martha Howard, MD recommends drinking green tea to help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s for the following three reasons.
  1. The antioxidant known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) significantly reduces the formation of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain. An abnormal buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain is implicated in the nerve damage and memory loss seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Tea inhibits the activity of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) which breaks down the chemical messenger or neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. Alzheimer’s is characterized by a drop in acetylcholine.
  3. Green tea hinders the activity of the enzyme butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE). Green tea has Catechins in which half is made up of EGCG, which is 20 times more powerful than vitamin C as an antioxidant.
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Green tea: Does it work miracles?

By Amanda Putz
aputz@uccs.edu
Published: Monday, October 4, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Green tea is society's current "it" product and can be found in diet pills, drinks, beauty supplies and even our beloved ice cream. It is an integral ingredient because it contains antioxidants that fight free radicals and help decrease chances of certain health problems. The green tea antioxidants are called catechins; these antioxidants search for free radicals in the body that contribute to cancers, the aging process, diabetes and blood clots.


Originating in China, the tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Many countries, China included, have used green tea in their diets for centuries and have experienced its subsequent health effects. These benefits, however, are only achieved when coupled with a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.


According to Jackie Berning, a professor in the Biology Department, "If you want to have a cup of green tea in the morning that's fine, but you also need to incorporate more fruits and vegetables and watch the amount of fast food you're putting in your body."


The main difference between green tea and the other Chinese teas like black and oolong, is its method of processing. The green tea process is more delicate, and instead of being fermented, green tea leaves are steamed. By steaming the leaves, the green tea catechins, the most prominent being epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), becomes more concentrated. In this form EGCG can assist in the reduction of cancer tumors and has other therapeutic properties as well.


Another major health benefit of green tea is its aid in weight loss; research shows that green tea boosts a user's metabolism, decreases appetite and will inhibit fat absorption. Consequently, there are approximately 20 weight loss products with green tea as a prominent ingredient. The most effective of these contain caffeinated green tea. Diet pills in general contain caffeine because it increases the user's heart rate, making it easier to lose weight when he or she exercises.


While green tea is beneficial, it is not the cure-all supplement. Eating healthfully will ensure positive green tea results. Also, being aware of the health dangers of consuming vast amounts of caffeine on a daily basis is important to consider. Studies advise three to five cups of green tea daily, but if this is too difficult, green tea extract, green tea pills or a green tea patch are available options.

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Green tea may delay onset of type-1 diabetes

ISLAMABAD: A powerful antioxidant in green tea may prevent or delay the onset of type-1 diabetes, according to a study.

Researchers were testing EGCG, green tea’s predominant anti-oxidant, on a lab mouse with type-1 diabetes and primary Sjogren’s syndrome, which damages moisture-producing glands, causing dry mouth and eyes.
"Our study focused on Sjogren’s syndrome, so learning that EGCG also can prevent and delay insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes was a big surprise," said Stephen Hsu, molecular cell biologist at the School of Dentistry, Medical College of Georgia (MCG). The study was published Friday in Life Sciences.

In the mouse, EGCG reduced the severity and delayed onset of salivary gland damage associated with Sjogren’s syndrome, which has no known cure.

"EGCG modulates several important genes, so it suppresses the abnormality at the molecular level in the salivary gland. It also significantly lowered the serum auto-antibodies, reducing the severity of Sjogren’s syndrome-like symptoms," Hsu said. Auto-antibodies are antibodies the body makes against itself.

Both type-1 diabetes and Sjogren’s syndrome are autoimmune diseases, which cause the body to attack itself. Autoimmune disorders are the third most common group of diseases in US and affect about eight percent of the population, an MCG press release, quoting Hsu, said.

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A Japanese study shows green tea consumption does not help protect a person from the risk of breast cancer.
Previous research regarding the intake of the green tea suggested its potential to protect a person from obtaining breast cancer. However, the latest study of Japanese researchers found no connection between green tea and breast cancer protection among Japanese women subjects.

The finding’s report is published in the Breast Cancer Research journal.

Lead researcher Dr. Motoki Iwasaki, at the Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, said that their team found no association between the protection from the risk of breast cancer from habitual intake of green tea by large number of Japanese women.

He added on their finding that the habitual drinking of green tea among those women does not reduce the risk of acquiring the illness.

According to Iwasaki, one factor regarding the strength of their new study was its potential, the data and information they have was gathered before the acquisition of the breast cancer illness.

Experts studied 53,793 individuals, between 1995 and 1998. These women were asked about the amount of green tea they consumed.

Researchers asked the question at the start of their study, and after five years, they took another survey, questioning participants regarding two different kind of green tea, Bancha/Genmaicha and Sencha.

On the study, 12 percent of these women drink less than a cup of green tea a week, while almost 27 percent drink more than five cups a day and others drinks up to ten cups daily.

After 14 years of follow-up on their research, 350 women were diagnosed to have breast cancer. Still, researchers found no links between green tea intake and the possible development of breast cancer to  a person.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Secret to look attractive

A study into why some people are more attractive than others has found that it may all be due to oxidative stress and antioxidants.

Psychologists have discovered that men who were rated as the most physically attractive by women have the lowest levels of markers of oxidative stress.

"These findings have several important implications," the Independent quoted psychologist Dr Steven Gangestad, who led the study, as saying.

"They fit in with the idea that women evolved to find particular features attractive because those features are related to low levels of oxidative stress," he stated.

Researchers found that it is not a chosen trait but one that is inborn, and which has evolved over time as a way of distinguishing the virile from the weak.

As cells use oxygen to make energy, they can create free radicals. These are unstable molecules that can have chemical reactions with other molecules, causing the cell damage known as oxidative stress.

Free radicals can be kept in check by antioxidants, but if there is an overabundance of radicals, the resulting oxidative stress can damage DNA and tissue.

Oxidative stress is thought to be a major cause of mutations and to play a part in ageing and a host of diseases, including cancer.

The findings have been published in the journal Animal Behaviour .

Source:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/beauty/Secret-to-look-attractive/articleshow/6808740.cms

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