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Green Leafy Veggies, Coloured Fruits Boost Vision - 0 views

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    "Carotenoids, found in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits, boost visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases, says a new study.

    The study has been published in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists.

    To reach the conclusion, authors from the University of Georgia compiled the results of multiple studies on the effects of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin on visual performance. These carotenoids play an important role in human vision, including a positive impact on the retina.

    After reviewing the various studies, the authors concluded that macular pigments, such as lutein and zeaxanthin do have an effect on visual performance. Lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce disability and discomfort from glare, enhance contrast, and reduce photostress recovery times. They can also reduce glare from light absorption and increase the visual range. "
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Eat Fruits And Vegetable For Better Vision - 0 views

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    "Carotenoids, found in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits, have been found to increase visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists. Authors from the University of Georgia compiled the results of multiple studies on the effects of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin on visual performance. These carotenoids play an important role in human vision, including a positive impact on the retina.

    After reviewing the various studies, the authors concluded that rmacular pigments, such as lutein and zeaxanthin do have an effect on visual performance. Lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce disability and discomfort from glare, enhance contrast, and reduce photostress recovery times. They can also reduce glare from light absorption and increase the visual range.

    Lead author Dr. Billy R. Hammond Jr. noted that the research of the effects of lutein and zeazanthin are important because "it is clear that they could potentially improve vision through biological means. For example, a study conducted in 2008 suggests that the pigments protect the retina and lens and perhaps even help prevent age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataract"
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Vegetables, Nuts And Mediterranean Diet Better For Heart, Research Review - 0 views

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    Scientists in Canada reviewing the research so far on links between different diets and heart disease found strong evidence that diets high in vegetables and nuts, and those that follow a Mediterranean pattern rich in fruit, vegetables and fish were strongly associated with lower heart disease risk than those that rely on food with a high glycemic index or high in trans-fatty acids. High glycemic index food includes rice, pasta and refined carbohydrates like white bread, and foods high in trans-fatty acids include fried foods, baked goods and snacks.
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How could changes in diet explain changes in coronary heart disease mortality in Spain?... - 0 views

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    How could changes in diet explain changes in coronary heart disease mortality in Spain? The Spanish paradox.
    Serra-Majem L, Ribas L, Tresserras R, Ngo J, Salleras L.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 1995 Jun;61(6 Suppl):1351S-1359S.
    PMID: 7754987

    We review and compare trends in coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke mortality in Spain from 1966 to 1990 and changes in food consumption at national and regional levels. Since 1976, a decrease in cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality in males and females has been observed, and standardized CHD mortality rates have fallen. Stroke mortality decreased during the same period. Trends in food consumption show increases in intakes of meat, dairy products, fish, and fruit, but decreases in consumption of olive oil, sugar, and all foods rich in carbohydrates. Although fat and saturated fat intakes increased, these changes were not accompanied by an increase in CHD mortality rates. This paradoxical situation can be explained by expanded access to clinical care, increased consumption of fruit and fish, improved control of hypertension, and a reduction in cigarette smoking. Diet appears to have an important role in this paradox, but it may not be as critical as other factors. Nevertheless, we suggest dietary guidelines for prevention of CHD in Spain.
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Guava - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 0 views

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    "Guavas are plants in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium, which contains about 100 species of tropical shrubs and small trees. They are native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Most likely naturally spreading (by means of ocean drifting) to parts of the Caribbean and some parts of North Africa, guavas are now cultivated and naturalized throughout the tropics, and due to growing demand they are also grown in some subtropical regions."
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Açaí Palm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 0 views

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    The açaí palm or aqai (Euterpe oleracea) is a species of palm tree in the genus Euterpe cultivated for their fruit and superior hearts of palm. Its name comes from the European adaptation of the Tupian word ïwasa'i, '[fruit that] cries or expels water'. Global demand for the fruit has expanded rapidly in recent years, and açaí is now cultivated for that purpose primarily. The closely-related species Euterpe edulis (jucara) is now predominantly used for hearts of palm.[citation needed]

    Eight species are native to Central and South America, from Belize southward to Brazil and Peru, growing mainly in swamps and floodplains. Açaí palms are tall, slender palms growing to 15-30 meters, with pinnate leaves up to 3 meters long.
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The Polyp Prevention Trial-Continued Follow-up Study: No Effect of a Low-Fat, High-Fibe... - 0 views

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    The polyp prevention trial continued follow-up study: no effect of a low-fat, high-fiber, high-fruit, and -vegetable diet on adenoma recurrence eight years after randomization.
    Lanza E, Yu B, Murphy G, Albert PS, Caan B, Marshall JR, Lance P, Paskett ED, Weissfeld J, Slattery M, Burt R, Iber F, Shike M, Kikendall JW, Brewer BK, Schatzkin A; Polyp Prevention Trial Study Group.
    Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2007 Sep;16(9):1745-52.
    PubMed PMID: 17855692
    doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-07-0127

    his study failed to show any effect of a low-fat, high-fiber, high-fruit and -vegetable eating pattern on adenoma recurrence even with 8 years of follow-up.
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JAMA -- Influence of a Diet Very High in Vegetables, Fruit, and Fiber and Low in Fat on... - 0 views

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    Influence of a diet very high in vegetables, fruit, and fiber and low in fat on prognosis following treatment for breast cancer: the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) randomized trial.
    Pierce JP, Natarajan L, Caan BJ, Parker BA, Greenberg ER, Flatt SW, Rock CL, Kealey S, Al-Delaimy WK, Bardwell WA, Carlson RW, Emond JA, Faerber S, Gold EB, Hajek RA, Hollenbach K, Jones LA, Karanja N, Madlensky L, Marshall J, Newman VA, Ritenbaugh C, Thomson CA, Wasserman L, Stefanick ML.
    JAMA. 2007 Jul 18;298(3):289-98.
    PMID: 17635889

    Conclusion Among survivors of early stage breast cancer, adoption of a diet that was very high in vegetables, fruit, and fiber and low in fat did not reduce additional breast cancer events or mortality during a 7.3-year follow-up period.
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Food Choices and Coronary Heart Disease: A Population Based Cohort Study of Rural Swedi... - 0 views

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    Food Choices and Coronary Heart Disease: A Population Based Cohort Study of Rural Swedish Men with 12 Years of Follow-up.
    Sara Holmberg, Anders Thelin and Eva-Lena Stiernström.
    Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(10), 2626-2638; doi:10.3390/ijerph6102626 - published online 12 October 2009

    Coronary heart disease is associated with diet. Nutritional recommendations are frequently provided, but few long term studies on the effect of food choices on heart disease are available. We followed coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality in a cohort of rural men (N = 1,752) participating in a prospective observational study. Dietary choices were assessed at baseline with a 15-item food questionnaire. 138 men were hospitalized or deceased owing to coronary heart disease during the 12 year follow-up. Daily intake of fruit and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease when combined with a high dairy fat consumption (odds ratio 0.39, 95% CI 0.21-0.73), but not when combined with a low dairy fat consumption (odds ratio 1.70, 95% CI 0.97-2.98). Choosing wholemeal bread or eating fish at least twice a week showed no association with the outcome.
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The Balance of Bone Health: Tipping the Scales in Favor of Potassium-Rich, Bicarbonate-... - 0 views

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    The balance of bone health: tipping the scales in favor of potassium-rich, bicarbonate-rich foods.
    Lanham-New SA.
    J Nutr. 2008 Jan;138(1):172S-177S. Review.
    PMID: 18156420
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Dietary influences on bone mass and bone metabolism: further evidence of a positive lin... - 0 views

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    Dietary influences on bone mass and bone metabolism: further evidence of a positive link between fruit and vegetable consumption and bone health?
    New SA, Robins SP, Campbell MK, Martin JC, Garton MJ, Bolton-Smith C, Grubb DA, Lee SJ, Reid DM.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 2000 Jan;71(1):142-51.
    PMID: 10617959

    Conclusion: The BMD results confirm our previous work (but at peripheral bone mass sites), and our findings associating bone resorption with dietary factors provide further evidence of a positive link between fruit and vegetable consumption and bone health.
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Fruit and vegetable consumption and bone mineral density: the Northern Ireland Young He... - 0 views

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    Fruit and vegetable consumption and bone mineral density: the Northern Ireland Young Hearts Project.
    McGartland CP, Robson PJ, Murray LJ, Cran GW, Savage MJ, Watkins DC, Rooney MM, Boreham CA.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Oct;80(4):1019-23.
    PMID: 15447914

    Conclusion: High intakes of fruit may be important for bone health in girls. It is possible that fruit's alkaline-forming properties mediate the body's acid-base balance. However, intervention studies are required to confirm the findings of this observational study.
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Urine pH is an indicator of dietary acid-base load, fruit and vegetables and meat intak... - 0 views

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    Urine pH is an indicator of dietary acid-base load, fruit and vegetables and meat intakes: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Norfolk population study.
    Welch AA, Mulligan A, Bingham SA, Khaw KT.
    Br J Nutr. 2008 Jun;99(6):1335-43. Epub 2007 Nov 28.
    PMID: 18042305

    In conclusion, a more alkaline diet, higher fruit and vegetable and lower meat intake were related to more alkaline urine with a magnitude similar to intervention studies. As urine pH relates to dietary acid-base load its use to monitor change in consumption of fruit and vegetables, in individuals, warrants further investigation.
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Amount and type of protein influences bone health -- Heaney and Layman 87 (5): 1567S --... - 0 views

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    Amount and type of protein influences bone health.
    Heaney RP, Layman DK.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 May;87(5):1567S-1570S. Review.
    PMID: 18469289
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The acid-base hypothesis: diet and bone in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study. - [Eur J ... - 0 views

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    The acid-base hypothesis: diet and bone in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study.
    Tucker KL, Hannan MT, Kiel DP.
    Eur J Nutr. 2001 Oct;40(5):231-7.
    PMID: 11842948

    RESULTS: As hypothesized, magnesium, potassium, fruit and vegetable intakes were significantly associated with bone mineral density at baseline and among men, with lower bone loss over four years. In contrast to the hypothesis, higher rather than lower protein intakes were associated with lower bone loss. CONCLUSION: Together these results support the role of base forming foods and nutrients in bone maintenance. The role of protein appears to be complex and is probably dependent on the presence of other nutrients available in a mixed diet. A balanced diet with ample fruit and vegetables and adequate protein appears to be important to bone mineral density.
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Dietary Acid-Base Balance, Bone Resorption, and Calcium Excretion -- Jajoo et al. 25 (3... - 0 views

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    Dietary acid-base balance, bone resorption, and calcium excretion.
    Jajoo R, Song L, Rasmussen H, Harris SS, Dawson-Hughes B.
    J Am Coll Nutr. 2006 Jun;25(3):224-30.
    PMID: 16766781

    Conclusions: Diet changes that increase renal NAE are associated with increases in serum PTH, bone resorption, and calcium excretion over a 60-day period.
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Exercise, Eating Plant-Based Diet Could Be Key To Cancer Prevention, Medical Experts Sa... - 0 views

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    But, she said, the institute has identified three steps people could take to dramatically affect the chances of developing cancer:

    - Eat a mostly plant-based diet.
    - Maintain a healthy weight.
    - Exercise regularly.

    "The data is pretty clear that we can make a significant drop in the cancer rate with these three changes," Collins said. "We can prevent about one-third of cancers with these changes. And if you add tobacco prevention, which reduces about 30 percent of cancers, over half of today's cancers could be prevented."
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Mangoes one of the Healthiest Foods on the Planet | Good Deal Hunting - 0 views

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    According to Dole Nutrition Institute (run by Dole Food Company Inc., one of the largest sellers of organic fruits and vegetables) mangoes are one of the 33 healthiest foods on the planet. Mangoes, the King of fruit, are known to support immunity, lower bad cholesterol and regulate homocysteine to protect the arteries.

    One of the best sources of beta carotene, quercetin and astragalin, mangoes provide powerful antioxidants that help preserve the body's antioxidant enzymes and prevent free radical damage
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A Systematic Review of the Evidence Supporting a Causal Link Between Dietary Factors an... - 0 views

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    A systematic review of the evidence supporting a causal link between dietary factors and coronary heart disease.
    Mente A, de Koning L, Shannon HS, Anand SS.
    Arch Intern Med. 2009 Apr 13;169(7):659-69.
    PMID: 19364995
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50 Foods That Give You the Most Nutrition Bang for Your Buck | Masters in Health Care - 0 views

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    Eating healthy sounds like a good idea in theory, but when sticking to your budget is as important as it is during this economic crisis, it's often easier to pick up the cheapest foods at the store. These 50 foods, however, prove that nutrition doesn't have to be as expensive as you think.
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