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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

Cocoa again shown to boost brain health

Image Wikimedia Commons . If you’re looking for an easy and literally sweet way to keep your brain healthy and sharp with aging, keep drinking cocoa. Scientists reported this week in the journal Neurology that the popular beverage boosts brain performance, though the mechanism is not entirely clear yet.  This time researchers gave elderly study participants two cups of cocoa a day to see if the chocolate drink could help cognitive performance. Past studies have focused on the health benefits of dark chocolate.  Harvard scientists also studied cocoa's benefit for the brain in 2008, finding the drink improved blood vessel health to the brain. In the Harvard study, there was an 8 percent increase in blood flow after one week of consuming the beverage.  Another study, published by Dutch researchers in 2006 , found chocolate in all forms, including cocoa, lowers blood pressure. The authors for the Dutch study concluded 2.11 grams of chocolate that was the average d

Mom’s fat and sugar diet during pregnancy linked to offspring’s taste for drugs, alcohol

Rat study suggests too much fat and sugar during pregnancy could lead to addictive behaviors for offspring. Eating a high sugar and fat diet during pregnancy was found in animal studies to raise the chances of drug and alcohol abuse for offspring. According to psychologists, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse could start in the womb as a result of diet during pregnancy. The finding is one more addition to a string of research that shows lifelong health starts in the womb. Nicole Avena, PhD, a research neuroscientist with the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute studied rats to reach the conclusion. Dr. Avena explains most women of child-bearing age in the U.S. are already overweight. She suggests there may be a correlation between rates of obesity among women and the high number of youth who are also obese and abuse drugs and alcohol. “The rise in prenatal and childhood obesity and the rise in number of youths abusing alcohol and drugs merits lookin

How stress in the womb can lead to chronic disease

Stress in the uterus can lead to chronic disease from gene disruption New research shows stress in the womb could lead to chronic disease that comes from disruption of gene expression. The type of stress that comes from mother's inadequate diet, smoking or exposure to chemicals that disrupt hormones such as BPA are all suggested to lead to human disease based on a new study finding published in the August. 2013 issue of the FASEB journal.  Researchers from Harvard explored epigenetic changes that can lead to cancer and other childhood diseases to find out what kind of stressors in the womb can harm health prior to birth.  For their study Karin Michels, Sc.D., Ph.D and colleagues looked at patterns of genes that are needed for growth and development by analyzing cord blood of more than 100 infants. They then looked at gene methylation – the process that turns our genes off. Methylated genes that protect us from disease are those that are turned off. The resu