Love your Leeks

18% Less Osteoarthritis with Allium Veggies, One Study Found

  We love leeks, garlic, onions, shallots and other allium vegetables for the pungent flavor they lend to so many recipes -- but recent research suggests another reason to load up on allium vegetables: possible protection against osteoarthritis. 


Nuts for your nerves

Walnut Omega-3s May Help Body Better Handle Stress

Eating foods that support rather than undermine the body's ability to respond to stress can make a big difference, as scientists are currently discovering. 

For example, Penn State researchers looked into how a diet rich in walnuts (including walnut oil) might affect stress markers. Twenty-two adults with high cholesterol were fed various amounts of walnuts over the course of six weeks, then were measured for blood pressure responses to stress -- in this case they were either required to give a speech or had their feet plunged into ice water (almost as bad as Tax Day!). The result: The walnut munchers enjoyed a milder stress reaction, as measured by a smaller change in blood pressure and heart rate.


Chill Out, Burn More

Boost Metabolism by Braving Cool Temperatures

With the start of winter not too far away, chilly temperatures are not far away around the country. While it’s tempting to crank up the heat, a bit of restraint not only reduces energy bills – it could help you lose weight.

An analysis from the University College London noted that Americans and Britons have been raising the temperature of their homes over the past several decades – correlating with the rise in obesity. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health decided to drill down on this correlation to examine just how temperature impacts calorie burning. 


Zinc happy thoughts

 Sample Image Oysters, Crab, Beans Among Top Sources of Mood-Balancing Mineral

Maybe there's actually some nutrition basis to the belief that oysters are an aphrodisiac -- they're  the top source of zinc, a mineral which may help reduce hostility and depression, new research suggests. Japanese researchers recruited 30 young women (average age 19 years old) and had half the group increase their zinc intake by 7 mg.  


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