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Bountiful Beautiful Beneficial Berries

Berries come in a variety of colours, shapes, and sizes but are typically small, round and either blue, red, or purple. They can range from being sweet to sour in taste and are often used in desserts, jams, and preserves.  Most berries tends to have a very good nutritional profile, and are typically high in vitamin C, fiber, and anti-aging antioxidant polyphenols. Besides supplying a splash of vibrant colour and yummy taste, incorporating more berries into your diet may help to prevent and reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases.  Blueberries are among the popular choices of berries for many reasons such as being a great source of vitamin K and antioxidant anthocyanin polyphenols. One cup of blueberries contains 84...

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Walnuts show protection against ulcerative colitis in early study

08-16-19 Walnut consumption may offer protection against ulcerative colitis, according to a new study by researchers at UConn Health and Texas A&M University. Through their complex array of natural compounds and phytochemicals, walnuts have been shown to provide a multitude of health benefits, including protection against inflammation and colon cancer. The latest findings from a study of mice, published in the journal Nutrients, found that walnut consumption also offered protection against experimentally-induced ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. In 2015, an estimated 3 million U.S. adults reported being diagnosed with IBD — either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The current study, led by Dr. Daniel Rosenberg,...

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The Inflammation Guide: Definition, Process, Treatment, and More

There are large white blood cells in the human body called Macrophages. Among several tasks, these “big eaters” (Greek) are responsible for both triggering inflammation as an immune response, and causing an anti-inflammatory response for repairs. But what is inflammation? What does it look like when systemic inflammation goes unchecked? We’ll look at the types of inflammation, how it works, where it is found to influence other conditions and ways to fight it. Table of Contents Inflammation 101 Types of Inflammation Acute vs Chronic Inflammation Cell signaling Cytokines Four Measurable Markers Inflammatory Response Arachidonic Acid Pathway Cardiovascular Inflammation Digestive Inflammation Metabolic Inflammation Brain Inflammation AD and Parkinson’s Link to Depression Other Disorders Cancer and Inflammation Inflammation promotes cancer Inflammation and...

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There is no secret to losing weight

Decades have passed with the continual cycle of the latest fad diet or “weight loss pill” bursting into public awareness then fading away in a few years. Breathless testimonies of amazing results then silence. Super secret diet details claiming to finally have cracked the code to weight loss. Those desperate to lose 10, 20, 50 pounds spending hard earned money to access this “miracle” breakthrough. Secret ingredients, water pills, paid pre-planned delivery programs, slimming pills, exclusion diets, fat burners, special food combinations.   If it seems confusing, that is not an accident. Only by telling you the answer to weight loss is outside your control, can they sell you their product or program. The reality is that the answer to...

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Immune Senescence – or how your aging immune cells put you at risk

Immune Senescence is the decline of effectiveness of our immune system as we age. This puts us at greatly increased risks of chronic diseases of aging such as cancer, autoimmunity and chronic infections. Aging brings decreased levels and activity of T cells and Natural Killer Cells. Production of these crucial white blood cells from our bone marrow slows, and our Thymus gland, where T cells mature, shrinks as we age until it basically stops functioning by the time we are in our 70’s. So we have immune cells that are less vigilant and less effective. This is one of the reason latent virus infections can re-emerge in late life, such as the varicella-zoster virus, which caused chicken pox as a...

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