Feb 2017 – Research News

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Which Berries Are Best Ones for Your Brain – Fresh, Dried, or Frozenz?

Berries contain antioxidants and vitamins that support brain function. I know you’re wondering if fresh berries are better than dried or frozen. There’s good news – all of them have the same antioxidant content.  However, watch out for added sugar or additives in processed products.

Lohachoompol, V, Srzednicki, G, and Craske, J. (2004.) The change of total anthocyanins in blueberries and their antioxidant effect after drying and freezing. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, 2004(5): 248-52

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Did You Know that Brushing and Flossing Maintains a Healthy Brain?

Some scientists believe there’s a connection between poor dental hygiene and brain health. They think that periodontal bacteria may lead to increased inflammation in the body and brain—which could affect brain areas related to memory.

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Can We Learn to Handle Stress Better?

A rigorously designed, NIH-sponsored clinical trial led by a Georgetown University Medical Center researcher has found objective physiological evidence that mindfulness meditation combats anxiety.

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Georgetown University Medical Center. “Mindfulness meditation training lowers biomarkers of stress response in anxiety disorder: Hormonal, inflammatory reactions to stress were reduced after meditation training, in rigorous NIH-sponsored trial.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 January 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170124111354.htm>.



Has the Taste Been Drained Out of Supermarket Tomatoes?

Dr. Harry J. Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida, used traditional breeding to create a better tasting tomato. They measured different chemicals in various varieties and sequenced the full genome of 400 varieties.

A special note for home gardeners:  a version is available, a cross between the best-tasting heirlooms and a modern variety.  In exchange for a donation of $10 or more, Dr. Klee’s laboratory will send a packet of seeds.

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For Information about Seeds:  See:  http://hos.ufl.edu/kleeweb/newcultivars.html



If You Have a Sunny Outlook, Will You Live Longer?
Data from over 70,000 women in a recent study found being optimistic towards life and challenges is correlated with a longer life. They also had lower incidences of stroke, infection, heart disease, and cancer

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