In a recent study, researchers randomly assigned healthy middle-aged individuals to receive one of three study drinks once daily for 30 days. The first group received a dark chocolate drink containing 500 milligrams of cocoa polyphenols (antioxidants found in chocolate), the second group received a drink containing 250 milligrams of cocoa polyphenols, and the third group received a placebo drink containing 0 milligrams of cocoa polyphenols. Mood was evaluated with the Bond-Lader Visual Analogue Scale and brain function was measured with the Cognitive Drug Research system.
The researchers found that individuals who consumed the drink with the most cocoa polyphenols reported significant increases in feeling calm and content when compared to those who consumed the placebo drink. Changes in cognitive function were lacking.
The authors concluded that chocolate consumption may improve mood in healthy individuals; however, further research is warranted to assess its potential affect on people with anxiety or depression.
In addition to enhanced mood, many health benefits associated with cocoa products have been examined clinically. Chocolate flavonoids, found in the highest amounts in dark chocolate, exhibit antioxidative and cardioprotective properties, as well as blood thinning activity. Cocoa formulations have also been studied for their therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, skin conditions, vascular disorders, and constipation in children, as well their ability to heal wounds, repel insects and lower blood pressure.
New research on humans shows that daily vitamin D3 supplements can help lower body fat. Obese subjects showed significant improvements in body fat levels. Read more
New research shows that statins, drugs which lower cholesterol, cause heart disease. These drugs cause calcified plaques to form in coronary arteries in humans, thus causing or worsening heart disease.
Rationale, aims and objectives Many clinical guidelines for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention contain risk estimation charts/calculators. These have shown a tendency to overestimate risk, which indicates that there might be theoretical flaws in the algorithms. Total cholesterol is a frequently used variable in the risk estimates. Some studies indicate that the predictive properties of cholesterol might not be as straightforward as widely assumed. Our aim was to document the strength and validity of total cholesterol as a risk factor for mortality in a well-defined, general Norwegian population without known CVD at baseline.
Methods We assessed the association of total serum cholesterol with total mortality, as well as mortality from CVD and ischaemic heart disease (IHD), using Cox proportional hazard models. The study population comprises 52 087 Norwegians, aged 20–74, who participated in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT 2, 1995–1997) and were followed-up on cause-specific mortality for 10 years (510 297 person-years in total).
Results Among women, cholesterol had an inverse association with all-cause mortality [hazard ratio (HR): 0.94; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.89–0.99 per 1.0 mmol L−1 increase] as well as CVD mortality (HR: 0.97; 95% CI: 0.88–1.07). The association with IHD mortality (HR: 1.07; 95% CI: 0.92–1.24) was not linear but seemed to follow a ‘U-shaped’ curve, with the highest mortality <5.0 and ≥7.0 mmol L−1. Among men, the association of cholesterol with mortality from CVD (HR: 1.06; 95% CI: 0.98–1.15) and in total (HR: 0.98; 95% CI: 0.93–1.03) followed a ‘U-shaped’ pattern.
Conclusion Our study provides an updated epidemiological indication of possible errors in the CVD risk algorithms of many clinical guidelines. If our findings are generalizable, clinical and public health recommendations regarding the ‘dangers’ of cholesterol should be revised. This is especially true for women, for whom moderately elevated cholesterol (by current standards) may prove to be not only harmless but even beneficial.
If cholesterol levels are too low, it could endanger your health, especially if you're a woman.
Cholesterol is required for proper physical and psychological health.
Check back here for a complete report on this subject as I discuss the medical evidence against low cholesterol.
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New research shows that virtually every electronic device can cause toxic EMFs and endanger our health. Computers, LEDs, and any device that's plugged in to an electrical outlet is a serious cause for concern. Keep them as far away from you as possible, at least 7 feet away, and unplug any electronic device when not in use. Check back here as I will provide the new data on EMFs and how to protect yourself from them.
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FDA Sued for Withholding Data on Antibiotic Use in Food Animals
US and Canadian products are implicated. USE ONLY ORGANIC, ANTIBIOTIC FREE meats, OR YOU'RE RISKING YOUR LIFE.
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What do you do when your boss is a bitch or bastard?
A new study says work stress causes heart problems.
Several nutrition and psychological prevention tips will be posted here to counteract this problem. But some include the use of 1 gram of vitamin C per day to lower cortisol, dark chocolate, and meditation.
Les Québécois ont signalé, cette année, un nombre record d'enfants battus à la Direction de la protection de la jeunesse (DPJ) du Québec. En un an, le nombre de signalements retenus a augmenté de 10%. Cette hausse pèse sur le système de protection de la jeunesse, déjà aux prises avec des situations familiales de plus en plus complexes.
La Presse a appris que, du 1er avril 2011 au 31 mars 2012, 6889 signalements ont été jugés suffisamment fondés pour susciter une évaluation approfondie. Ce sont 641 signalements de plus que l'an dernier et plus d'un millier de plus qu'il y a 3 ans.
There were also more total calls to Child Protection Services for other mistreatment.
Would capital punishment prevent this?
What do you think?
I also think smoking in front of kids is a crime and those who do that should be punished.
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Probiotics can help prevent upper respiratory infections (URTIs), which include the common cold, and improve the response to flu vaccines, according to new clinical trials.
Read article at http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/332824