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Health - the level of functional and metabolic efficiency of a living organism, specifically of a human being.

  • Fruits and Vegetables for Healthier Arteries in Later Life

    Women who reported consuming the most fruits and vegetables (8 to 9 servings a day for a 2,000-calorie diet) in their 20s were 40% less likely to have calcified plaque in their arteries in their 40s compared with those who ate the least amount (3 to 4 servings a day) during the same time period.

    This association persisted even after researchers accounted for other lifestyle behaviors, as well as for their current-day diets, further demonstrating the role dietary patterns at younger ages may play.

  • Vegetables and Fresh and Dry Fruit and Longer Life

    Consumption of vegetables, salad and fresh or dried fruit is robustly associated with decreased mortality.

    A robust inverse association exists between fruit and vegetable consumption and mortality, with benefits seen in up to 7+ portions daily.

  • Resveratrol in Red Wine is Not Healthy

    The lowest rates of heart disease were in people with the lowest levels of resveratrol. Resveratrol - a substance found in red wine, grapes and chocolate - may not add years to your life, and it doesn't appear to reduce the risk for heart disease or cancer either, according to new research.

    Resveratrol has been credited as being responsible for the so-called "French paradox," in which even a diet high in cholesterol and fat can be healthy if it is accompanied with red wine, the researchers explained. For the study, Semba's team followed nearly 800 men and women 65 years or older who were part of the Aging in the Chianti Region study from 1998 to 2009 in two villages in Italy.

    Researchers found no significant differences in the rate of death from those with the lowest levels of resveratrol to the highest.

  • Whole Nuts Reduce Cancer Risk But Not Oils

    Whole nuts - walnuts, pecans, peanuts, almonds - not the oils, may reduce cancer risk - another reason to add some nuts to your diet.

    Try to find uncracked nuts to reduce risk of consuming contaminated food.

  • Whole Fruits Prevent Diabetes But Not Juice

    People who ate at least two servings each week of certain whole fruits - particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples - reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by 23% in comparison to those who ate less than one serving per month.

    Those who consumed one or more servings of fruit juice each day increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 21%.

  • White Fruits Like Apples and Pears Against Stroke

    One big apple or pear a day should reduce your risk of having stroke by 45%, almost by half.

    Stroke is the second leading cause of death in the world. Dutch scientists found that eating fruit and vegetables with white edible portions was associated with a 52% lower stroke risk. Apples and pears were the majority of the fruits consumed in the study, and other foods in the white category were bananas, cauliflower, chicory and cucumber. Each 25 gram per day increase in white fruits and vegetable consumption was associated with a 9% lower risk of stroke.

  • Fresh Fruits to Live Longer

    To live longer, eat 7+ pieces of fresh fruits or vegetables a day, but not canned or frozen.

    People who ate at least 7 portions of fruit and vegetables each day were 42% less likely to die from any cause.

    It was shown in a recent European study that followed more than 65 thousands participants over 12 years. People with the highest intakes were also 25% less likely to die from cancer and 31% less likely to die from heart disease. Analyzing studies like this, we need to remember that term “vegetables” usually include non-sweet fruits in botanical sense, like tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, squashes, and many others. See VegetablesFruits.

    But canned and frozen fruit increased the risk of dying by 17%, and fruit juice was found to have no significant benefit.

    The lead author of this study, Dr. Oyinlola Oyebode of department of epidemiology and public health in UCL, said:

    “The clear message here is that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age. My advice would be however much you are eating now, eat more.” 

  • Children Want to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

    Little kids (3-5) who learned about fruits and vegetables were more likely to identify them as healthy and want to eat them.

  • Fresh Fruit Against Cardiovascular Diseases

    The more fresh fruit people ate, the more their risk of cardiovascular disease declined, including stroke.

    Those who ate fruit daily cut their heart disease risks by 25-40%, and cut their overall risk of death by 32%.

  • 70 Percent Antibiotics in US are for Farm Animals

    70% Of all antibiotics sold in the US are used for farm animals. Sales of antibiotics for agriculture climbed 16% in 3 years between 2009 and 2012.

Plutarch

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.

Nitrogen Balance

Nitrogen balance is a measure of nitrogen input minus nitrogen output

Nitrogen Balance = Nitrogen intake - Nitrogen loss

Nitrogen is a fundamental component of amino acids, which are the molecular building blocks of protein. Measuring nitrogen inputs and losses can be used to study protein metabolism. 

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