Artichokes Promote Healthy Diet

Artichokes are somewhat of a super food. They are known to help with liver and gallbladder conditions, as well as  holding properties that clean the bladder and blood. Artichokes contain very high sources of calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and fiber. The vegetable also helps the body wash out excess water while moving toxins out of the body, lowering blood sugar levels, and has proved to have a positive effect on poor liver functions. Artichokes are an ideal food for maintaining a healthy diet. More here

Research Casts Doubt On Health Claims Of Super Foods

Foods such as broccoli and blueberries contain high levels of polyphenols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of the high concentration of polyphenols, these fruits and vegetables are often referred to as super foods and recommended as a part of a healthy diet. But, according to a new report,the health benefits of these foods may be overstated. Dr. Lucy Jones, deputy dean of Kingston University’s faculty of science, engineering, and computing, said polyphenols may work well when cells are directly exposed to them in a laboratory but their effectiveness when consumed as part of a food needs to be established. The study tested these compounds to see if they were able to pass through the stomach’s membrane or if the polyphenols have an effect in the stomach itself but don’t pass on to the rest of the body. More here.

Exercise Closely Tied To Better Health In Old Age

Seniors who exercise regularly are more likely to say they are in excellent or very good health. In a recent Gallup poll, 51 percent of older adults who exercised frequently said they were in excellent health while only 34 percent of seniors who do not exercise said the same. But while healthy eating habits increase with age, exercise habits fall off as we get older. Nearly 60 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 report exercising at least 30 minutes three or more days during the week. That number falls to 45 percent among those over the age of 90. By comparison, 91 percent of respondents over the age of 90 said they ate a healthy diet all day yesterday, while just 54 percent of Americans between the age of 18 and 24 said the same. In short, seniors who maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and visit the dentist are more likely to report good health than those that don’t. More here.