Health Tips

7/5/05
 
Brimming with Health…
 
Black or green, tea is brimming with heart-healthy benefits.

Compounds in green and black teas have a healthful impact on several markers of heart disease risk, but debate continues as to which kind of tea is healthiest. Recent research suggests it may be a dead heat. In a study, green and black tea appeared equally protective against fatty arterial plaque buildup.

 
 
6/27/05
 
Insomnia???
 
 
If you have trouble drifting off, the right bedtime snack may help promote a more restful night’s sleep.

In a study, a tryptophan-enriched snack before bed helped study participants sleep better and promoted morning alertness. Foods that provide a dose of tryptophan include bananas, dairy, nuts, eggs, soybeans, tuna, and chicken. Keep the serving size small and have your snack about an hour before bed. 

 
6/28/05
 
Forget Stress..
 
Don’t let stress hormones hamper your brain activity.

High levels of stress hormones muddle memory in people of all ages by impairing brain areas involved in cognitive processing, a recent study concludes. Keep your memory sharp by fighting stress with regular exercise, social interactions with supportive people, and deep-breathing exercises. 

 
 
6/29/05
 

Folic Acid for Memory

 

Lost your keys again?  Forgot a friend’s name?  Memory problems do happen as we grow older, but you don’t need to forget what it’s like to think clearly!  A new study shows Folic Acid supplements may help.

The study, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on June 18th, found that Folic Acid supplements boosted memory test scores and improved mental and physical skills.

Older adults (aged 50-70) who took Folic Acid supplements for three years had memory test scores of someone five-and-a-half years younger.  Muscle skills and information processing improved too – the Folic-Acid group had the skills of someone two years younger than them.

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About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place".
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