Cranberry Juice: Does it prevent recurrent urinary tract infection?

Question of the week: What is the health benefit of Cranberry Juice in addition to its Vitamin C content?
Answer: In a recent study, cranberry juice that was widely believed to have protective effect on recurrent UTIs has been disputed. It was a placebo-controlled trial among women with recent UTIs and the statement reads: “twice-daily cranberry juice did not decrease the incidence of recurrence.”

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Glassware not plastic container in the microwave!

Question of the week: Is there any health benefit in using glasswares than plastic containers?
Ans: It has been observed that using plastic containers in the microwave (especially at high temperatures) could be an important source of contaminants like PCBs and POPs reaching our systems. The advice now is to use glassware instead of plastic containers in the microwave to avoid chemicals from the plastic from contaminating the food.

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Good news for Chocoholics: Chocolate Consumption Linked to Lower BMI

Frequent chocolate consumption was associated with lower BMI in a cross-sectional study published in the
Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers assessed the chocolate intake of roughly 1000 healthy adults via food-frequency questionnaires. Although more frequent chocolate consumption was associated with higher intake of calories and saturated fat relative to less frequent consumption, chocolate intake was linked to lower BMI — even after adjustment for mood scores, activity, calories, and saturated fat.
Based on rodent studies, the authors speculate that catechins, derived from cocoa, may increase mitochondrial biogenesis and capillarity, muscle performance, and lean muscle mass. They conclude: “A randomized trial of chocolate for metabolic benefits in humans may be merited.”

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How much salt is too much?

Question of the week: I was listening to a radio program on healthy living and the presenter made mention of too much salt can kill. My worry here is how much salt is too much?
Answer: Salt can be harmful, so eat less than 2300 mg of sodium daily. If you fall within any of the following:
• Hypertensive,
• Middle-aged or
• African American,
then consume less than 1500mg of sodium daily.
Furthermore, always go for more fibre: vegetables, fruits and grains; these are great sources of fibre that may help lower risk of heart disease.
This is a suggestion by the Centre for Disease Control Atlanta, USA (CDC).

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Always beat Aging far ahead of time!

Question of the week: Please advice me on basic ways to beat aging far ahead of time
Answer: Aging is a natural un-avoidable process which occurs at a certain age in life. It often starts manifesting at the age of 40. It is advisable to eat fresh foods eg vegetables, food rich in vitamin A, avoid fries, drink enough fluid, mild to moderate daily exercise, avoid stress, avoid alcoholic beverages, start using anti-aging formulations at the age of 30, use good products especially those that contains retinoids or AHA etc.
You can read more on ways to avoid aging early at Healthcare Magic.

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Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus: how to beat it

Question of the week: I read in one of the daily newspapers on the increase rate of Obesity and Diabetes but have not discussed ways to beat the two. Could you please add more light on that?
Answer: Several literatures have linked Obesity to type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Obesity is often seen in those who run a sedentary lifestyle and in those with inactivity, a situation often seen in children and young men/women in their first decade of lives hence the reason why type 2 diabetes is on the rise in those within that age bracket.
Increasing veggies, fluid intake, avoiding excess salt in diets, cutting on simple carbohydrates (eg sweets, chocos, ice cream etc), avoiding cholesterol diets and undergoing casual exercise are measures to adopt if someone truly wants to beat obesity and thus type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Conclusively it is advisable to have routine bi-annual glucose test done especially if one has multiple of these risk factors.

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Brocolli and its health benefits!

Question of the week: What are the health benefits of Brocolli?
Answer: scientific research by scientists has uncovered a potential biochemical basis for the apparent cancer-fighting ability of broccoli and its veggie cousins. They found out for the first time that certain substances in the vegetables appear to target and block a defective gene associated with cancer.
Fung-Lung Chung and colleagues showed in previous experiments that substances called isothiocyanates (or ITCs) — found in broccoli, cauliflower, watercress, and other cruciferous vegetables — appear to stop the growth of cancer. Read more on this from: Science Daily.

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