Blueberries improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients, according to two studies presented last week at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The studies were funded by the National Institute on Aging, along with the blueberry industry. Researchers analyzed data from MRI scans of 47 participants with cognitive impairment. Those who ingested blueberry powder showed signs of cognitive improvement and increased brain activity, compared with those who received a placebo powder. An additional study included 94 participants with memory loss. Those who consumed the blueberry powder experienced some improvement when compared to those who consumed fish oil or a placebo. These findings suggest anthocyanins, flavonoids found in blueberries, may effectively treat cognitive impairments in those with more severe problems.
Krikorian R. Blueberry fruit supplementation in human cognitive aging. Abstract presented at: 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS); March 13-17, 2016; San Diego, CA.
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The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more—and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.
The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The 15 leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn’t have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger’s advice, all of it backed up by peer-reviewed scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.
History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk and add flaxseed to your diet. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug—and without the side effects. What about liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (our #1 killer)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to help prevent the disease, but arrest and even reverse it.
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Meat, eggs, and dairy have been removed from the MUSE school, where students grow their own fresh veggies and soda is swapped for tea.
MUSE, a private school in Calabasas, CA is believed to be the first in the nation to adopt an entirely plant-based meal program. Co-founded by sisters Rebecca Amis and Suzy Amis Cameron, the early childhood-through-12th grade school was built upon a commitment to sustainability, reducing impact on the environment, and inspiring students to be stewards of the earth. The school’s 140 students learn about solar paneling and participate in a seed-to-table program in which they grow fresh produce for their cafeteria. “MUSE is an environmental school, and we walk our walk in every other respect,” Amis Cameron told Ecorazzi. “This was just one of those ah-ha moments which made us realize we aren’t walking our walk 100 percent if we’re still serving animal products.” MUSE joins the ranks of other US schools makingmore compassionate choices and adopting healthier, veg menus.
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