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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

New curry spice health benefit found from curcumin in turmeric

Indian curry spice boosts immunity Image credit: Wikimedia commons Researchers have found a new health benefit associated with eating Indian spices; specifically from curcumin, found in turmeric.  In the study, researchers discovered turmeric naturally boosts immunity by activating a protein in the body that helps fight infection. Curcumin has a previously unknown benefit for health. Curcumin could protect against infection from bacteria, fungus The study that comes from the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU , published in the  Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry , shows curcumin could protect humans from bacteria, viruses and fungus. Turmeric has been shown to have potential medicinal applications for fighting cancer, reducing pain from arthritis and neuropathy, enhancing the effect of chemotherapy in head and neck cancers , combating obesity and protecting from diabetes. In the new study, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health and included r

What obesity does to adolescent hearts

Children who are overweight or obese are found in a new study to already have heart damage, even before symptoms appear in adulthood. The finding makes it even more important than to take measures to curb childhood obesity that is already known to adversely affect health decades later.  New findings show teens who are obese have heart damage Heart function abnormal in overweight, obese adolescents The findings, presented at the   Heart Failure Congress 2012 , showed obese adolescents without symptoms of heart disease had thickened heart muscles in the lower chambers, or ventricles and other heart damage.    The study included 97 adolescents who had their weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference measured.   The researchers divided the adolescents into 3 groups based on body mass index (BMI) – lean, overweight and obese. There were 32 participants in the lean and obese group and 33 in the overweight group. The adolescents had echoca