How Western diet of junk food and soda 'increases your risk of Alzheimer's'

A Western diet of sweet and fatty junk food increases your risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study warns.
Americans have a higher average risk than most other nationalities of developing the degenerative brain disorder, and have done for years. That is likely due to their dietary pattern, which drives up cholesterol and Alzheimer's-influencing proteins that create blockages in the brain.

This is according to Dr William Grant, the lead author of a landmark review of international data tracking Alzheimer's disease and its causes.He said: 'Mounting evidence from ecological and observational studies indicates that the Western dietary pattern—especially the large amount of meat in that diet—is strongly associated with risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Although the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with about half the risk for Alzheimer's disease of the Western diet, the traditional diets of countries such as India, Japan, and Nigeria, with very low meat consumption, are associated with an additional 50 per cent reduction in risk of Alzheimer's disease.'

Dr Grant, of San Francisco's Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, looked at a host of peer-reviewed studies to draw his conclusion, which is published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Source  - Daily Mail

Mediterranean diet better than statins at combatting heart disease

Heart disease is better treated with a Mediterranean diet than cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study has claimed.  Experts concluded that a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils can cut the chances of early death in heart patients by 37 per cent.

The study followed 1,200 people who had a history of heart disease and found those who most closely followed a typically Mediterranean diet were less likely to die. Professor Giovanni de Gaetano, head of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Italy, said diet had a powerful effect and doctors should consider tackling food intake before resorting to drugs.

"The Mediterranean diet is widely recognised as one of the healthier nutrition habits in the world,” he said. "In fact, many scientific studies have shown that a traditional Mediterranean lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of various chronic diseases and, more importantly, of death from any cause."

Source - BBC

Why those warnings to 'keep hydrated' are hogwash!

You might assume the advice 'carry a bottle of water with you' is directed at intrepid souls about to cross a barren wasteland, or en route to some far-flung place where water is hard to find. But no, it is the warning to commuters from strike-hit Southern rail.
And they aren't the only nanny bossing us to take water with us every time we leave the house. Chivvied by preachy reminders, millions of us are now paranoid about suffering a plague of ills if we don't carry extortionately priced bottles of water at all times.

You see the results of this mania every day in streets, shops, offices and on public transport. Adults are dutifully sipping from plastic bottles with stoppers that resemble baby bottle teats. Since the turn of the millennium, bottled water consumption in the UK has doubled. 

Last year, we each drank an average 44 litres — a total of almost 3.3 billion litres, predicted to grow to 4.8 billion by 2020, and worth £2.5 billion a year to the industry. 

Source  - Daily Mail

Expert reveals why seafood really is a superfood

From avocados and kale, to berries and seeds, the list of superfoods has never been bigger. 
Many of us spend much of our hard-earned cash buying the latest en trend food in a bid to be healthy. But by sticking to dry land, we may be overlooking a number of natural sources with 'super' properties.

From improving complexion to keeping bones and teeth healthy, dietitian Juliette Kellow explains how eating seafood can be key to maintaining good health. She has worked with Seafish, the UK authority on the fishing industry, to put together a definitive top 10 list of ‘superfish’  as well as the ultimate super fish dish. 

It doesn’t appear in our diet very often, but protein and nutrient-rich crab is the ultimate superfish.  In particular, the brown meat is packed with calcium, which is important for bone health.  The brown meat also contains iron for making red blood cells and preventing tiredness.  Both brown and white meat are exceptionally high in copper – a 140g serving white meat provides more than enough (and brown meat even more).

Source  - Daily Mail

Can supplements really make us more beautiful?

Beauty pills all contain ingredients which are believed to have a positive effect on the skin.
But the 'perfect dosage' can't be agreed upon by experts, and many warn that collagen doesn't work when taken orally.  However, some supplements do help to keep your skin young while there are many that don't work at all.
Here, in a piece for The Hippocratic Post, medical journalist Thea Jourdan reveals what the main pills are to avoid.

The market for OTC anti-ageing 'beauty' nutritional supplements is growing but can you really expect to pop a pill and see the results in the mirror?  All beauty pills contain active ingredients that they say have a positive effect on the skin. 
Ones you may expect to work – like those containing collagen for example – are actually pretty useless when taken by mouth since they don't survive the digestive process. 
Others may surprise you, like those which have lycopene in their ingredients list, which is quite effective.  Experts can't agree perfect dosages and individual response to these supplements is very variable. 

Source  - Daily Mail

So do cell phones give you cancer?

It is a question any mobile phone user would be keen to have answered – and science does offer some clues. 
In 2011, for example, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified mobile phone radiation as a possible human carcinogen, group 2B. The classification was based predominantly on evidence from population studies. 

A study by the European Union-funded INTERPHONE group and another led by L. Hardell, a Swedish epidemiologist, showed an increased risk (40-170 per cent) of developing glioma, a malignant brain cancer, in people who used a mobile phone for 30 minutes a day over ten years.

The idea of mobile phone radiation increasing the risk of cancer was strengthened by two other studies.  The Cerenat study, published in 2013, confirmed observations of the INTERPHONE and Hardell studies.  And an animal study in 2015 showed cell phone radiation enhanced the carcinogenic effects of chemicals.
This evidence indicates that mobile phone radiation might indeed be 'possibly carcinogenic' (IARC's group 2B) or even 'probably carcinogenic' (IARC's group 2A) to humans.

Source  - Daily Mail

Could this be the end of painful kidney stones?

Painful kidney stones could be dissolved by a natural citrus fruit extract, suggests new research.
The study showed that the compound - hydroxycitrate (HCA) - is able to inhibit the growth of kidney stones - and even dissolve the crystals. The discovery marks the first advance in kidney stones treatment in more than three decades.
Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that build up inside the kidneys, affecting around 12 per cent of men and 7 per cent of women.

They are composed predominantly of calcium oxalate crystals and are more prevalent in those with high blood-pressure, diabetes or obesity - and are on the rise. But the researchers found HCA was effective in slowing the build-up of calcium oxalate under certain conditions. HCA is naturally found in the Garcinia Cambogia fruit, used widely in south east Asia. 
The study, published online by the journal Nature, revealed 'very promising' results in a study of people who took HCA supplements over a three-day period.

Source  - Daily Mail

Do you take dietary supplements? Beware!

Millions of people take dietary supplements to get stronger bones, smoother skin, or glossier hair. 
But pill-poppers beware: some of these capsules could have a devastating impact on your health. And yet, they do not need FDA approval. 
In particular, there are 15 herbal products that you should avoid, according to a new study by Consumer ReportsAn independent panel of doctors analyzed the products to assess their safety levels.  It depends on your well-being, any existing medical conditions, how much you take, and how long you were exposed to it. 

The dangers include liver damage, nausea, heart problems, inflammation, or even death.   From vitamins and probiotics to weight-loss and anti-anxiety boosters, these are the most dangerous products on the list. 

A plant that comes in root form. People consume it orally. It can also be taken as a sugar pill developed by a homeopath. 
WHAT IT'S MEANT TO DO: Reduces inflammation, joint pain, gout
DANGERS: Nausea, vomiting, weakness, paralysis, breathing and heart problems, possibly death