Blue corn is a-MAIZE-ing! New study suggests that blue corn may help prevent heart disease. Metabolic syndrome is the term for a group of risk factors that raise your chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. So it’s no wonder why doctors are trying to learn more about how to prevent the development of this condition. In a recent study, rats with high cholesterol and blood sugar (like we would see in metabolic syndrome), were given blue corn extract. After four weeks, the rats had lower LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, and abdominal fat—all markers of cardiovascular disease. These unBLUElievable results hold promise for the future of metabolic syndrome treatment. Try substituting your corn for the blue stuff and add it to your favorite recipes like this one. (MEDNEWS)
Dear heart disease, catch me if you cayenne! Recent study links hot peppers and longer life. Many people can’t get enough spicy food, especially George from Seinfeld. And now new research is showing that it might help ward off premature death. In a study published this week in PLoS ONE, scientists evaluated information from 16,000 patients who participated in the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) III. They found that people who enjoyed red hot chili peppers (the food, not the band) had a 13-percent decrease in mortality rates—meaning they lived longer than those who passed on peppers. There was even a slight decrease in death from heart disease, the leading killer in the U.S. Even though we don’t know the exact reason why these peppers are helpful, it’s never too late to start chowing down on some! Try some of Dr. Oz’s favorite spicy foods like this one. (SCIENCEDAILY)
When your joints hurt, you KNEEd to move! New study suggests that 45 minutes of exercise a week may be enough for patients with osteoarthritis. Arthritis is described as joint inflammation and the most common type is called osteoarthritis—the kind that comes from wear and tear of a joint over time. It’s a painful diagnosis that can even be debilitating if severe enough, and we’ve known for a long time that exercise can help improve joint function; the question is: How much? Researchers at Northwestern University sought out the answer. By evaluating activity data from 1,629 patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis, the authors found that the minimum amount of exercise needed to get significant improvements in walking speed and joint function was as little as 45 minutes a week! As long as the participants committed to the 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise, they saw improvements regardless of BMI, sex, age, and even their degree of knee damage! Check out Dr. Oz’s favorite tips for healthier joints today! (MEDNEWS)
Warm up during the winter months with this hearty brisket. Get the recipe.
Researchers turn common surgical masks into weapons in the fight against SARS. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a potentially devastating infectious disease that is transmitted by viruses that get into the air. Some people wear masks to protect from the virus but while these masks may prevent the wearer from inhaling infectious particles, viruses can live on surfaces for a long time. That’s why a team of researchers covered cheap surgical masks with salt crystals that “deactivates” the viruses. Well, please pass the salt! Check out the Oz Blog to learn more about the first line of defense against viruses – hand washing! (EUREKA)
If you don’t want to sleep is that resisting a –rest? New study reveals that napping may help with memory. Researchers examined nearly 3,000 Chinese adults all 65 years or older and asked them about their sleeping habits. Most of them (about 60%) reported napping after lunch between 30 and 90 minutes. Then, the participants were asked to do several mental status assessments. The authors found that those who got a little extra shut eye scored higher on the memory tests with the best results in those who slept close to an hour. So get some Z’s, it might help you to stay sharp! Learn more about the power of the power nap here! (EUREKA)
Timing of meals may impact weight loss. Recent evidence has shown that losing weight doesn’t simply come down to what you are putting on your plate, but when you are consuming it. Participants who finished eating the bulk of their meals by the early afternoon actually burned more fat than those who ate throughout the day, and also had fewer hunger pangs. While more research is still required, these results indicate that timing really can make all the difference. Ready to lose a few extra pounds? Try the 21 Day Weight Loss Breakthrough Diet. (TODAY)
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Botox and fillers. They’re often called “minimally invasive cosmetic procedures,” but if you go to a sketchy provider, they can cause majorly invasive problems—from lumps under your skin to drooping eyelids to even death. That’s why we’ve compiled this advice for finding a trustworthy pro to do these beauty procedures for you.
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Barbecue sauce is delicious, but has a tendency to be very high in sugar. This alternative recipe takes the sugar out and leaves the flavor in. Get the recipe.
Worms act like millennials! New research suggests developing worms may be as defiant as your teenage kids. Maybe they don’t cry to Dashboard Confessional but a new study shows that young worms go through an unruly stage of development just like today’s youth. Scientists from the Salk Institute observed roundworms and found that when presented with food, the teenagers would meander around before eating, while the adults made a beeline straight to the meal. Interestingly, when presented with stinky chemicals, both adults AND younger worms scurried away. So it’s not like the younger worms are less developed –they probably just don’t want to do what they’re told! Many scientists consider the brain to be the final frontier and hopefully studies like this one can help us learn more about neural development. Wondering how healthy your brain is? Take this quiz! (SALK)
Dear Mediterranean diet, olive you so much! Study suggest that Mediterranean diet may improve brain health. Rich in fruits, veggies, and olive oil – the Mediterranean diet has been touted as one of the best diets for your heart. Now researchers say that incorporating these lifestyle changes may also help your brain. The authors of the study surveyed nearly one thousand people close to 70 years old who did not have dementia. They asked about dietary habits and then looked at images of their brains. Turns out those participants who followed a Mediterranean diet had larger brains compared to those who did not. The researchers speculate that eating habits may have a larger impact on our brain health than previously thought but further studies need to be done to confirm these results. Check out Dr. Oz’s favorite Mediterranean foods for inspiration! (AAN)
Clinical trial on male contraceptive show promise. A recent clinical trial on the injectable male contraceptive, Jab was found to be nearly 96% effective at reducing sperm counts and out of almost 300 men tested, there were only 4 reported accidental pregnancies! The down side is that about 5% of the men were unable to regain their ability to make new sperm. While further experiments are needed to learn more about Jab, the potential is exciting and researchers will surely keep studying this medication. (BBC)
In May 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an update to the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods and introduced a new section on the label for added sugars. Many foods contain naturally-occurring sugars but this label addition breaks down the amount and type of extra sugars that are included in processed foods.
Added sugars can appear in various forms including:
- Single sugars or monosaccharides such as fructose, galactose, or glucose (also called dextrose)
- Double sugars or disaccharides that contain two molecules of sugars such as lactose, maltose, or sucrose
- Sugars from syrups and honey such as cane invert syrup, corn syrup, or high fructose corn syrup
- Sugars from concentrated fruit or vegetable juices that are “in excess of what would be expected from the same volume of 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice of the same type”
More: Decoding Sugar Names
Sugars are often added to foods for flavor, to enhance texture, and preserve foods. You can find added sugars in an assortment of foods from frozen desserts to sweetened beverages. Although sugar can be broken down in the body into energy, a majority of Americans tend to consume sugar in excess. According to the FDA, the typical American eats up to 270 calories or 13% of total calories in added sugars per day. Many of these added sugars come from packaged desserts, drinks, and sweet treats that offer little to no nutritional value and can increase the risk of developing diseases. The federal dietary guidelines recommend that an individual consume a maximum of 10% of total calories from added sugars, or 150 calories if you were following a 1,500 calorie per day diet.
If you suspect you may be eating too much sugar, take the quiz to find out if you need to cut back on the sweet stuff and follow this 14-day plan to cut down on your sugar intake.
Watch: Why Quitting Sugar Is Good For Your Heart
According to a recent Doctor Oz poll, there is not a lot of consensus on how long you should use a towel for. Some (16%) say they wash their towels daily, while most people say they do so less often, with 33% washing their towels two or three times per week, 40% once a week, and 11% said they wash their towels only every 2 weeks or more.
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Did you know that every 66 seconds a brain develops Alzheimer’s disease? Maria Shriver has made it her mission to find out why this happens, ever since her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed with this disease 13 years ago. As the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Shriver has dedicated herself to research in the hopes that a cure will one day be found.
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Lauren Conrad announces pregnancy. The former star of MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” celebrated the start of a new year by sharing some good news with her Instagram following. On Monday, the 30-year-old celebrity posted a photo of her sonogram with a note: “I have a feeling 2017 is going to be the best year yet.” Lauren Conrad and husband, William Tell who were married in September 2014, will welcome their first child together this year. Planning to conceive and want to clean up your diet in preparation? Try eating more of these superfoods. (USATODAY)
Oldest man in the world celebrates his 146th birthday. When it comes to longevity, Mbah Gotho, who was born in 1870, is clearly doing something right. Since he has outlived his 10 siblings, four wives, and children, he had his grandchildren gathered around to celebrate his recent birthday. This Indonesian man, from the Central Java province, gives credit to patience when asked how he has managed to live for this long. Back in 1992, he claims to have started readying himself for death by having a gravestone made, but over two decades later he is still going strong. Want to learn more about living a long and healthy life? Check out Dr. Oz’s longevity checklist. (INDEPENDENT)
Sauna visits may lower dementia risk in men. At the University of Eastern Finland, researchers have found that men who visit the sauna 4-7 times a week had a significant 66% less chance of developing dementia, in relation to the men studied who took sauna baths once a week. Following 20 years of research, this study uncovers a fascinating new glimpse into potential dementia prevention. These 10 foods can help stave off Alzheimer’s as well. (TECHTIMES)