Monday, June 05, 2017

To Your Health: Tea, carrots, olives and -- chocolate!

Drink this, live forever.
From all over:

Drink your tea, ladies. For women, drinking tea frequently may help suppress tumor growth and decrease bodily inflammation just by triggering a genetic “off switch.” Coffee was not found to have the same effect, and tea did not have the same effect on male tea drinkers.

Eat your carrots, men. Chinese epidemiologists found that the more often men ate carrots, and the greater the amount of carrots eaten, the less likely they were to get prostate cancer. They even came up with some definitive numbers: For every 10 grams of carrots consumed each day, men reduced their risk of developing prostate cancer by 5%.

Consume olive oil, everyone. A compound found in olive oil may help to prevent cancer developing in the brain. Research into oleic acid -- the primary ingredient in olive oil -- has shown how it can help prevent cancer-causing genes from functioning in cells. The oily substance -- one of a group of nutrients known as fatty acids -- stimulates the production of a cell molecule whose function is to prevent cancer-causing proteins from forming.

Just not late at night. New research suggests that eating late at night could be more dangerous than you think. Compared to eating earlier in the day, prolonged delayed eating can increase weight, insulin and cholesterol levels, and negatively affect fat metabolism, and hormonal markers implicated in heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.

Do wash your hands. A new study found that cool water removes the same amount of harmful bacteria as hot. "People need to feel comfortable when they are washing their hands but as far as effectiveness, this study shows us that the temperature of the water used didn't matter," said a professor of food science.

And don't forget the chocolate! Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to a lower risk of developing the heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter. The associations seemed to be strongest for 1 weekly serving for women and between 2 and 6 weekly servings for men.

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