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Improve Immune Function and Blood Sugar Regulation with Zinc

Improve Immune Function and Blood Sugar Regulation with Zinc

February 6, 2013 | by

Research has indicated that zinc, a powerful trace element responsible for more than 300 enzyme functions, can counteract the negative effects of diabetes mellitus. According to study results, zinc improves glycemic control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Zinc naturally encourages insulin secretion and may help improve blood glucose levels. But zinc may play a role for additionally, lesser known reasons as well.

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Lack of Sleep Shown to Lower Man’s Sex Drive

Lack of Sleep Shown to Lower Man’s Sex Drive

February 5, 2013 | by

Lack of adequate sleep causes a number of serious complications including what some studies have noted as poor sex drive in men. Irregular sleep patterns seem to result in lower levels of testosterone which in turn reduces sex drive.

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Early Puberty in Girls Linked to BPA, Dangerous Chemicals

Early Puberty in Girls Linked to BPA, Dangerous Chemicals

February 4, 2013 | by

In addition to obesity and other factors, did you know that chemicals in cans or bottles are responsible for girls maturing earlier than ever? What’s more, these same chemicals may cause an increased risk of developing cancer and diabetes. The chemical classes in question are phthalates, phytoestrogens and phenols – which includes the well-known chemical bisphenol-A.

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Olive Oil Could Help Fight Breast Cancer Naturally

Olive Oil Could Help Fight Breast Cancer Naturally

February 3, 2013 | by

Olive oil has a rich and flavorful history that is interwoven with the story of mankind. The first use of the pitted fruit is thought to have begun in the southwest Mediterranean. Prized for its culinary and medicinal uses, olive oil is the center of much health research – the oil has even been shown to fight breast cancer naturally.

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Popular Plastic Chemical BPA Linked to Wheezing in Children

Popular Plastic Chemical BPA Linked to Wheezing in Children

February 1, 2013 | by

Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A during early pregnancy may be associated with wheezing in children, according to a Penn State College of Medicine researcher. Bisphenol A, or BPA is a chemical found in many consumer products, including plastic water bottles and food containers. It is present in more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, suggesting widespread exposure. Experimental research suggests that prenatal BPA exposure causes asthma in mice, but no data exists for humans.

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Vitamin E Protects the Lungs from Deadly Diseases Like COPD

Vitamin E Protects the Lungs from Deadly Diseases Like COPD

January 31, 2013 | by

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious condition that interferes with proper breathing. Diseases associated with COPD actually block airflow as you exhale and make it hard to breath. One study found that vitamin E may serve as a protectant for the lungs and also help prevent against COPD.

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Sleep is Essential for Academic Success

Sleep is Essential for Academic Success

January 29, 2013 | by

Sleep is very important, especially for young children who are in school. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) say that 3-5 year olds need 11-13 hours of sleep each night, while 5-12 year olds need at least 10-11 hours.

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Having Relationships and Being Highly Social Cuts Dementia Risk by 70%

Having Relationships and Being Highly Social Cuts Dementia Risk by 70%

January 28, 2013 | by

Although we may not always feel like being social, it is good for us to interact with other people. Humans are relational, and it is this relational part of us that makes socializing so important when it comes to health. One study demonstrated that the rate of cognitive decline in social seniors was 70% slower than that of their non-social peers. In other words, an active social life appears to be extremely healthy for our brains.

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Diabetes Could Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

Diabetes Could Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

January 25, 2013 | by

Diabetes is linked to a number of very serious health conditions such as heart disease, nerve and kidney damage. Now, researchers from Japan are finding the condition also negatively impacts the brain, causing cognitive decline and dementia.

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How Regular Exercise can Help with Diabetes

How Regular Exercise can Help with Diabetes

January 24, 2013 | by

Regular exercise could be a natural and effective way to help treat diabetes. A study conducted with diabetic Hispanic men and women undergoing a strength training routine found that within 16 weeks there was dramatic improvement with their sugar control.

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