Speaking of Our Diet – Wine & Dementia Risk

There is volumes of research demonstrating the positive health benefits of moderate wine consumption. It is important to note that Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes. Malbec has a thick skin and contains much resveratrol. Vine grapes grown in cooler climates have higher resveratrol levels than those from warmer climes (such as California and Spain). The varieties with most resveratrol in the wine include malbec, petite sirah, st. laurent and pinot noir.

An Apple a Day Does Keep the Doctor Away?

Of course there are a number of other health benefits derived from apples. Did you know that French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin (only found in apples) may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density? Other studies have found a beneficial link in assisting the body in the prevention of Alzheimers, lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and liver cancer.

Healthy Superbowl Eats

The Superbowl is almost here – and whether you’re hosting a party or attending a potluck, it’s important to stay on track of your health goals. Don’t let the excuse of, “That’s all that was offered,” get the best of you. Be proactive and bring a dish or two that fits in your eating plan. Whether you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, Broncos or Cardinals, we have an option for you! We surfed through some of our favorite health bloggers for recipes that would be perfect for this Superbowl.   Mini Meatballs Blog: Just Jessie B This recipe comes from one of our favorite health food bloggers, Just Jessie B. These bite-sized treats are gluten free, dairy free and 100% Paleo-friendly. The recipe below yields approximately 50 mini meatballs. Ingredients: 1 lb grass-fed ground beef 8 oz gluten free pork sausage 1 cup cashew meal 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk 2 eggs 2 cloves garlic, (Read More)

Sleeping Pills Linked to Death and Cancer

Did You Know 
Sleeping pill sales increased by 23% from 2006-2010 and generated about $2 billion in annual sales. Sleeping pills (including Ambien and Restoril) are linked to a 4.6 times higher risk of death and a significant increase in cancer. Among patients who were prescribed just 1-18 sleeping pills per year, the risk of death was 3.6 times higher. Rates of new cancers were 35% higher among patients who were prescribed at least 132 doses a year, compared with those who did not receive prescriptions.

Omega-3 Deficiency Causes 96,000 Deaths a Year

The science behind omega-3 fatty acids is more compelling than ever. How critical is our need for enough omega-3 fatty acids? Extremely critical, according to a report in the Public Library of Science Medicine Journal. Harvard researchers looked at twelve dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors such as tobacco smoking and high blood pressure and used a mathematical model to determine how many fatalities could have been prevented if people took control of their health.

Mental Attitude: Less Distress If Active!

Researchers found that older adults who experienced any level of psychological distress were more likely to experience physical functional limitations than those who did not. Psychological distress scores indicated that 8.4% of all older adult participants experienced some level of psychological distress and older adults who experienced even a moderate level of psychological distress were the most likely group to experience a functional limitation – almost seven times more likely than those who did not report any psychological distress! Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, April 2012

Low Vitamin D Linked to Mobility Loss and Potential Disabilities

Despite what traditional medicine has preached for years, emerging science has removed all doubt that regular, unfiltered sunlight exposure, which helps promote and maintain optimal blood levels of vitamin D, plays a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention. And a recent study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science further confirms this, having found that inadequate blood levels of vitamin D can lead to decreased mobility and even disablement, particularly among the elderly.