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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

Tiny vitamin in milk found to have remarkable health benefits

Image credit: Morguefile Researchers have discovered a small,  hidden vitamin in milk that has remarkable health benefits. The finding comes from mouse studies. Scientists discovered  that high doses of a novel form of vitamin B3  that is present in small quantities in milk, and possibly other foods, makes mice stronger, faster and leaner without dieting and without exercise. Hidden milk vitamin could prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes Though the researchers aren’t sure about the human effects of the form of vitamin B3 - nicotinamide riboside or NR  - which is a cousin to a precursor of the B vitamin Niacin, they now understand there are some potential benefits for preventing obesity and even type 2 diabetes. In the mouse study, nicotinamide riboside offered the same benefits for health as eating a low-calorie diet and exercise, but the mice didn’t have to do either. Dr. Anthony Sauve, associate professor of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medical College where

How sleep deprivation alters the brain to raise anxiety

Too little sleep can lead to high anxiety Image credit: Bing New information from sleep experts links too little sleep to higher anxiety levels. People who are already nervous have trouble sleeping. Conversely, lack of sleep can make already nervous people even more anxious, supercharging emotional responses from altered brain processes. Lack of sleep triggers emotional brain centers Researchers from the   Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley  used MRI's of the brain to find how lack of sleep triggers emotional centers in the brain; in particular, the amygdala that reacts to unpleasant events. For the study, investigators performed functional MRI (fMRI) on 16 subjects: once after sleep deprivation and once after a good night’s sleep. They were shown either an unpleasant or neutral image while scientists looked at what happened in the brain. For some of the study participants, sleep deprivation increased the anticipation o

Ginseng gives cancer patients an energy boost in Mayo Clinic study (VIDEO)

Image credit Wikimedia Commons Ginseng boost energy for cancer patients in Mayo Clinic findings Ginseng has long been used in Chinese medicine to boost energy. Now researchers at Mayo Clinic have found high doses of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) can give cancer patients suffering from fatigue that accompanies chemotherapy an energy boost. For their study, the researchers tested primarily breast cancer patients (60 percent of participants).  Included were 340 patients who were either receiving cancer treatment or who had completed therapy. Ginseng improves cancer patient's fatigue after 8 weeks The study groups either received a placebo or 2,000mg of pure American ginseng root, which is an important note for women being treated for breast cancer. Debra Barton, Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center explained in a press release that ‘off the shelf’ ginseng is often processed with ethanol; giving it estrogen like properties that could pose dangers