Purple corn extracts lower blood sugar levels and inflammation in diabetic persons A research team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who worked with collaborators at Northeast Agricultural University and Zhejiang University, both in China, found that the complex phytochemicals in a variety of new purple corn strains can reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity. Generally, Corn is not recommended food for diabetic persons. According to researchers, Outer layer of the corn kernels (called the pericarp) extract has pigments and phytochemicals. The purple corn extracts have a powerful inhibitory effect on enzyme alpha-amylase which plays a key role in the breaking down of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. Such inhibitory effect of the extract lowers blood sugar levels and inflammation in people with diabetes. Strengthening daily biological rhythms by intermittent fasting improves health According to recent investigation by a group of scientists at the University of California, Irvine, intermittent fasting that involves eating nothing for extended periods of time, benefits health by strengthening circadian rhythms. Daily sleep–wake cycles, or circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles which include metabolic, physiological, and behavioral changes that influence every tissue of the body. Prof. Sassone-Corsi said that “fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefitting health and protecting against aging-associated diseases." Excessive vitamin D intake harms elder people Scientists at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, suggest that excessive intake of vitamin D, can cause risks. Excessive intake of the vitamin slower reaction times and increase the risk of falling among older people. It reduces older adults' ability to walk or catch balance to avoid a fall. Sue Shapses, senior study of the author says "The slower reaction time may have other negative outcomes such as potentially increasing the risk of falling and fractures". Protection of the brain from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s by a blood pressure drug According to Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health in China, the hypertension drug felodipine is effective against neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's. Felodipine enhances the removal of disease-causing toxic proteins in brain cells, or neurons by a cellular recycling process. Thus this drug can slow down the progression of devastating conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's. Being active throughout the day reduces mortality risk   Scientists at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm have found that by increasing the physical activity of any type, regardless of age, sex, and fitness level, people can live longer. According to them, overall mortality risk can be reduced not only by exercise but also by simply adding more movement throughout the day. Overall health of a person can be benefited by adding up of a little more movement here and there.  Circadian clock affects the body's response to physical exercise New research by Gad Asher of the Department of Biomolecular Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science confirms that the circadian clock is an important factor in the physical exercise. In humans, late morning exercise has the most beneficial effect on the metabolism than that of evening. They found that a protein called hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha which is responsible for oxygen levels in the tissues, is activated by exercise particularly during day time. Snoring causes injuries in the upper airways ‘Recurrent vibrations caused by snoring can lead to injuries in the upper airways of people who snore heavily’ says Associate Professor Per Stål, research leader at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology at Umeå University.  Besides the disturbing effects, constant snoring can be a significant health risk.   he injuries can be seen at both the structural and molecular level. Researchers could also observe a correlation between snoring and swallowing dysfunction as well as a relation between nerve damage and obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by repeated collapse of the upper respiratory tract, leading to respiratory arrest during sleep, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the study but the recurrent snoring vibrations prevent proper healing. Walnuts may help lower blood pressure for those at risk of heart disease When combined with a diet low in saturated fats, eating walnuts may help lower blood pressure in people at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new Penn State study.  In a randomized, controlled trial, researchers examined the effects of replacing some of the saturated fats in participants' diets with walnuts. They found that when participants ate whole walnuts daily in combination with lower overall amounts of saturated fat, they had lower central blood pressure. Blood test may predict cardiovascular disease New research suggests that a simple blood test, which doctors currently use to diagnose heart attacks, may be useful in predicting the risk of cardiovascular disease. Troponins are proteins that signal heart muscle damage. The research found that high levels of troponin correlated strongly with "increased global CVD incidence in the general population independent of traditional risk factors."  If the first time you find out that you're at risk for heart failure is when you actually start getting short of breath and you end up in the hospital, you probably have advanced heart disease already, and it is going to be harder to treat than if that person took steps years earlier." Dr. C. Ballantyne, quoted the author,  cardiology chief at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  Health Scan News
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