Learning from experienced gardeners can help you make a good start on your own backyard plot. Dr. Weil provides some quick tips, including how to identify ripe fruits and vegetables that are ready for harvest.
A recent Q&A discussed drinking buttered coffee: Should I Drink Bulletproof Coffee? Check out the article and tell us if you would ever drink "bulletproof" buttered coffee!
If avocados are a regular part of your diet, you may be in good company, nutritionally speaking. A new analysis of data gathered from a national nutrition survey suggests that eating avocados is linked to lower body weight. Those who enjoyed avocados also had a lower body mass index (BMI), smaller waist circumference, a lower intake of added sugars, higher HDL (the “good” cholesterol) and a 50 percent lower risk of metabolic syndrome than those survey participants who did not report eating avocados. The survey showed that of the 17,567 adults who participants in the survey, the 347 who reported eating any amount of avocados during a 24-hour dietary recording period had significantly better overall nutrient intake levels than those who did not report eating avocados: 36 percent more fiber, 23 percent more vitamin E, 13 percent more magnesium, 16 percent more potassium and 48 percent more vitamin K from their diets. Among those who reported eating avocados, average daily consumption was about one half of a medium avocado, with men consuming a bit more than women. The study was supported by the Hass Avocado Board and published in the January 2013 issue of Nutrition Journal.
A new study from Italy suggests that some male fertility problems may be linked to the amount of stress the men are under or chronic anxiety they may be experiencing. Investigators at Rome’s European Hospital compared semen samples provided by 179 men with the scores the participants achieved on surveys that measure current stress and long-term anxiety.
A group of Canadian researchers has demonstrated that lifelong exposure to omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent breast cancer, at least in mice. The investigators worked with mice bred to develop aggressive breast tumors and genetically engineered to produce their own omega-3 fatty acids. They compared their growth with a control group of mice bred to produce only the tumors. They found that the omega-3 mice developed only two-thirds as many breast cancers as the controls and that the tumors that did occur in this group were 30 percent smaller than those observed in the controls.
Living a long and healthy life is what many people strive for on a daily basis. Dr. Weil describes two ideas that can contribute to the longevity and successful healthy aging in today's culture.
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A recent Q&A discussed the effects of sleep on memory: Does Poor Sleep Lead to Memory Loss? Check out the article and tell us how you would describe your memory!