If sipping on a hot cup of coffee in the morning is one of your simple pleasures, you’ll be happy to learn that coffee may also add years to your life. People who live on the Greek Island of Ikaria are known for their long life expectancies, and researchers have been studying the islanders to learn the reason why.
According to a recent reportpublished in the New York Times, one explanation may be the coffee they drink. This boiled coffee appears to produce antioxidants and they found that the older islanders who drank the boiled coffee had better functioning endothelial cells (cells line the interior surface of blood vessels throughout the circulatory system).
However, it is important to note that coffee is only one factor that may be contributing to the islanders’ longevity. Researchers plan to conduct further studies to discover how the island’s water, minerals and air quality might also be playing a role.
Sugar-sweetened beverages may be the number one cause of adult-onset diabetes. Do you think ‘gallon-sized $1 drinks’ give you more or less for your money? How does a diet that includes sugary drinks affect your overall health? How does a diet that includes sugary drinks affect your overall health? Read this New York Times article and let us know what you think: In Fight Against Obesity, Drink Sizes Matter.
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If you’re having a procedure or surgery, you’ll want to maximize your chances of a great recovery. And, you may have heard that vitamin K is instrumental in that. Here are the top five natural sources of vitamin K:
3. collard greens
4. turnip greens
5. swiss chard
Have you ever noticed that people’s toenails thicken with age, even though fingernails don’t? Why is that? If you thought it was all caused by toe fungus, you’d be wrong! Read what Dr. Richard K. Scher, head of the nail section at Weill Cornell Medical College, has to say about the changes that happen to toenails over time in this interesting NY Times article, Toenails and Time, long-term trauma, impaired circulation, stress are the culprits!
There are many different factors that can cause hearing loss, but you may be surprised to learn that the medication you’re taking could be contributing to the problem.
According to a recent study, researchers found that the more often a woman took ibuprofen or acetaminophen, the higher her risk for hearing loss.
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Bob Marley may be on to something…! We know red wine makes us feel good, but recent medical studies reinforce just how good it is for you. Read this article from the New York Times to find out more: Without Alcohol, Red Wine is still Beneficial.