Chocolate Can be Healthy, as Long as it is the Right Kind

Can chocolate have negative effects on a person’s health? Absolutely, if it’s not the right kind of chocolate. Sure, the chocolate candies you might find in the supermarket can induce weight gain, increase diabetes risk, and cause many other problems, but not all chocolate is bad. In fact, chocolate can be really good for you as long as it’s pure, and at least 70% cacao.


Irregular Sleep Tied to Increased Fat Around Organs

Sleep is vital not only for surviving, but also for thriving. Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine revealed that irregular sleep patterns can lead to unhealthy fat deposits around vital organs. This dangerous fat accumulates around the middle region of the body and is extremely dangerous.


Cranberries Effective Against Urinary Tract Infections

The ability of cranberry proanthocyanidins (PACs) is dependent on the dose, with higher doses significantly more effective at maintaining urinary health, says a new study. The study supports levels outlined by a French health claim, issued in 2004, for the North American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) with at least 36 milligrams of proanthocyanidins (PAC) to “help reduce the adhesion of certain E. coli bacteria to the urinary tract walls”, and subsequently fight urinary tract infections (UTIs).


Too Much or too Little Sleep may Accelerate Cognitive Aging

Too much or too little sleep in mid life appears to have a negative impact on cognitive function later in life according to a study conducted by the University College London Medical School Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. The findings in this particular study indicate that men and women who started sleeping more or less than 6 to 8 hours each night experienced a drop in cognitive ability that was equivalent to four to seven years of aging.


Omega-3’s Deliver a Double Punch Against Anxiety and Inflammation

A new study gauging the impact of consuming more fish oil showed a marked reduction both in inflammation and, surprisingly, in anxiety among a cohort of healthy young people. The findings suggest that if young participants can get such improvements from specific dietary supplements, then the elderly and people at high risk for certain diseases might benefit even more. The findings by a team of researchers at Ohio State University were just published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.


Mother’s Obesity May Lead to Infertility in the Next Generation

Research shows that obese women are at a much greater risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers including breast and ovarian and coronary artery disease, but that isn’t all. Being overweight could even lead to infertility in offspring.


Extra Weight Linked to Dementia Risk, Sluggish Brain Function

While there are many different diseases that can lead to dementia, including stroke, and Alzheimer’s, researchers also fear that an expanding waistline during middle age could lead to problems with dementia later in life as well. A Swedish study that followed almost 9000 twins for 30 years found convincing evidence linking excess body fat with increased dementia risk.


Blueberries Found to Help Build Stronger Bones

Blueberries may be small, but they have serious nutritional value. Research has found that these powerful fruit are also capable of promoting bone strength, likely due to being rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. One research project led by Jin-Ran Chen suggests that blueberries may facilitate the growth of strong bones in humans as it did in lab rats.


Hearing Loss in Teens Linked to Secondhand Smoke

There is no shortage of medical evidence regarding the dangers of secondhand smoke, ranging from low birthweight and birth defects to respiratory tract infections and lung cancer. What’s more, researchers have found a possible link between exposure to smoke from others and hearing loss in non smoking teenagers, specifically at low frequencies.


Algae: Both a Superfood and Renewable Energy Resource

You may view algae as ‘the green stuff’ floating on a still body of water or gathering on the sides of pool or fish tanks, but it is so much more. While it is somewhat unsightly, this single celled plant is packed with nutrition and other amazing properties. There are more than 30,000 different forms of algae, including those types that make-up chlorella and spirulina – both of which have gained a mighty reputation among superfoods.


Air Pollution Tied to Breast Cancer Development

Both long and short-term impacts of air pollution exposure have been reported. Among these include such things as upper respiratory infections, allergic reactions, bronchitis, heart disease, damage to nerves, kidneys and liver. What’s more, research is showing that air pollution could be the cause of DNA alternations in women, thereby increasing breast cancer risk.


New Link Between Mother’s Pregnancy Diet and Offspring’s Chances of Obesity Found

We have heard it said for some time now ”you are what you eat.” Meaning, if you consume foods that are not healthful, your health will ultimately be compromised. Mothers should take note that their children will also be “ what their mother ate.” Meaning, if mom eats poorly during pregnancy, her child’s health may suffer.


Pregnant Women’s Electromagnetic Exposure Linked to Children’s Asthma

Mothers who are in close contact with electromagnetic fields while pregnant could have children with an increased risk of developing asthma, state U.S. scientists. Such devices examined in the study included microwaves ovens, hair dryers and vacuum cleaners.


Vitamin D Deficiencies Linked to Muscle Injuries and Alzheimer’s

Research has found even more links between between vitamin D deficiency and compromised health. The researchers concluded that lower than normal vitamin D levels can lead to muscle-related injuries in athletes and the eradication of plaque build-up on the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.


Replenish ‘Good’ Bacteria to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection, also known as cystitis, is a painful bacterial condition that can begin anywhere in the urinary system. Women are far more likely to develop a urinary tract infection than men. Infections, caused by a lack of vaginal lactobacilli (good bacteria), often reoccur and must be treated repeatedly. But replacing diminished lactobacilli may help keep urinary tract infections at bay.


Glass Half-Full or Glass Half-Empty: Defeating Negative Thoughts

Many times when we tell someone or even ourselves that we should think positively, we do not really consider the impact that this has on our mental and physical health. Everyone experiences life changes and events that produce stress and negativity – perhaps a job loss, a relationship struggle, a health issue or even a natural disaster. It is easy to fall into a dark hole and develop very damaging thoughts.


The Blues: Levels of Depression in Women Skyrocket Since ’70s

More and more women are exiting the home to work and are feeling the impact of trying to handle family and outside job responsibilities. The result of juggling home life with work life seems to be feelings of unhappiness and depression, as depression levels for women have reportedly skyrocketed over the last few decades.