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Low-Salt Diet Good for Heart Health

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The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet emphasizes eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy while limiting the intake of salt, red meat, sweets, and sweetened beverages. An analysis of blood samples collected from clinical trial participants revealed that greater adherence to a low-sodium DASH diet is associated with a decline in biomarkers linked to cardiac damage, inflammation, and stress. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, May 2021

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Testosterone Deficiency in Men May Be Linked to Diet

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According to a study that included 4,100 males, a pro-inflammatory diet—an eating pattern characterized by a high intake of red and processed meat, high-fat dairy products, and refined grains—is associated with an elevated risk for testosterone deficiency, particularly among obese men. Journal of Urology, April 2021

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Diet May Be Important for Long-Term Survival in Breast Cancer Patients

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Among a group of 3,660 female breast cancer patients, researchers observed that a healthy eating pattern, such as the Mediterranean diet or the DASH diet, was associated with up to a 27% reduced risk of death during the following decade. JNCI Cancer Spectrum, March 2021

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Mediterranean Diet May Protect the Brain

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According to a study that reviewed brain imaging and cerebrospinal fluid samples, greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet—an eating pattern focused on eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil, and whole grains while avoiding red and processed meats, dairy, saturated fats, and refined sugars—is associated with less build-up of amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain, which are often observed in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Neurology, May 2021

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Eating Mushrooms May Help Lower Risk of Cancer

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Based on a review of data from 17 cancer studies, researchers estimate that consuming 18 grams of mushroom per day can reduce one’s risk for cancer by up to 45%. Advances in Nutrition, April 2021

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