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Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
December 16, 2013
File under: Diet, Eggs, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating

About two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer, but that’s better than dying from prostate cancer. Catching it when the cancer is localized and five-year survival is practically guaranteed, but once the cancer begins to spread the chances drop to one in three.

Harvard researchers took more than a thousand men with early stage prostate cancer and followed them for a couple years to see if there was anything in their diet associated with a resurgence of the cancer, such as spreading to the bone.

Compared to men who hardly ate any eggs, those men who ate even less than a single egg a day had a significant two-fold increase in the risk of prostate cancer progression.

The only thing worse was poultry consumption, which showed up to four times the risk of progression among high-risk men. Researchers believe that the higher risk might be caused by the carcinogens (heterocyclic amines) in cooked meat that build up more in chicken and turkey muscle than in other kinds of meat. …read more of Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression here

 
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Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
August 9, 2013
File under: Alternative Therapies, Natural Alternatives, Natural Remedies

The spice fenugreek appears to improve muscle strength and weight lifting power output significantly, while possessing anti-cancer properties in vitro.

In this two-minute video Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds, I profile a study entitled, “The effects of a commercially available botanical supplement on strength, body composition, power output, and hormonal profiles in resistance-trained males.”

Something had a “significant impact on both upper and lower-body strength and body composition in comparison to placebo in a double blind controlled trial.

These changes were obtained with no clinical side effects. Something allowed these men to leg press an extra hundred pounds compared to those given the placebo.

And what was the magical substance? Powdered fenugreek! And it is a spice that may very well double as an anti-cancer agent. …read more of Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek here

 
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The Anti-Wrinkle Diet

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 27, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Skin Care

 

The skin is the largest organ in the body, about 20 square feet and the most vulnerable organ in the body. It is exposed to both the oxidizing effects of UV radiation from the sun and the oxidizing effects of oxygen in the air and oxidant stress can take a toll.

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and more easily damaged and loses volume and elasticity.  These age-related factors are what cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. So what can we do about it?

Three things contribute to the aging of the skin, oxidative stress induced by sun-damage, inflammation and ischemia or lack of adequate blood flow.

Oxidative stress means we need antioxidants so one might predict plant foods would help (see Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods). …read more of The Anti-Wrinkle Diet here

 
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Are Microgreens Healthier?

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 5, 2013
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a study assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available microgreens, seedlings of vegetables and herbs that have gained popularity in upscale markets and restaurants.[1]

Just a few inches tall, these microgreens boast intense flavors and vivid colors, but what about their nutritional content? No one knew until now.

For instance, we’ve known for quite some time that baby spinach leaves have higher levels of phytonutrients than mature spinach leaves.[2] What about really baby spinach that may be just a week or two old? …read more of Are Microgreens Healthier? here

 
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Aspartame: Fibromyalgia and Preterm Birth

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
May 13, 2013
File under: Diet, Drinks, Health Concerns

 

Aspartame may be the reason that diet soda consumption during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth.

When we learned how bad butter was for us, the food industry responded by giving us margarine, which turned out to be even worse.

When the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) dietary guidelines directed us to lower our fat intake in hopes that we would pick up an apple, the food industry gave us fudge drizzled Snackwell cookies.

That is precisely reasoning like this that has led to the billion-dollar diet soda industry. …read more of Aspartame: Fibromyalgia and Preterm Birth here

 
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