85 degrees last Sunday, 32 degrees yesterday, supposed to be 90 next Sunday- gotta love spring time in the Rockies! We hope all of you moms had a great Mother’s Day. Here is this week’s 1-Page Health News…
Diet: Green Tomatoes Could be the Answer to Bigger, Stronger Muscles.
Tomatidine, a compound in green tomatoes, appears to stimulate muscle growth and improve muscle strength and endurance in mice. If their findings translate to human subjects, investigators believe tomatidine may be used as part of a treatment for age-, illness-, and injury-related muscle atrophy.
The Journal of Biological Chemistry, April 2014Diet: Green Tea May Help Reduce Blood Sugar Spikes.
Research involving mice subjects reveals that specimens fed corn starch in addition to an antioxidant found in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) had a much smaller post-meal blood sugar spike than mice fed corn starch alone. According to the researchers, the amount of EGCG fed to the mice is equivalent to what you’d consume in 1.5 cups of green tea and if forthcoming studies on humans confirm their findings, it could help individuals better control their blood glucose levels following a meal.
Molecular Nutrition and Research, November 2012
Exercise: Women’s Exercise Performance Can Improve After Taking Iron.
Investigators at the University of Melbourne found that women who were iron deficient or anemic experienced significant fitness improvements after taking an iron supplement.
Journal of Nutrition, April 2014
Chiropractic: Expert Recommended.
After assessing the available evidence on risks and benefits, an expert panel recommended spinal manipulation of the neck as an appropriate treatment for patients with neck pain.
Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders, 2008
Wellness/Prevention: Smartphone App Helps with Jet Lag?
A new Smartphone app called Entrain can help fight the frustrating issue of jet lag while traveling to different time zones. The app lets a user know when they need to be exposed to the brightest light possible and when they need to shelter in a dark environment in order to help regulate the body’s internal clock. Its developers hope their app can also help improve the health and quality of life for pilots and flight attendants, as well as shift workers.
PLOS Computational Biology, April 2014