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Nutrient-Rich Diet Beneficial to Heart Failure Patients.

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An examination of data regarding 246 heart failure patients found that 44% of patients with deficiencies in seven or more micronutrients—the most common being calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins C, D, and E—were hospitalized or died within the next year, compared with only 25% of patients who had fewer or no nutrient deficiencies.

Journal of the American Heart Association, September 2018

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Whole Grains Help Prevent Diabetes.

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After monitoring the health of 55,000 adults for 15 years, researchers report that participants with the highest wholegrain intake had a lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes (34% for men and 22% for women) than those with the lowest wholegrain intake.

Journal of Nutrition, September 2018

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Amazonian Fruit May Help Prevent Obesity.

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In this study, researchers found that consuming camu camu—a fruit native to the Amazon— improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and reduced blood endotoxins and metabolic inflammation in mice that were fed a high-sugar, high-fat diet. The findings suggest that camu camu phytochemicals may play a role in the fight against obesity and metabolic disease, but further studies are needed to determine if such benefits would extend to humans.

Gut, July 2018

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Folic Acid Supplementation in Pregnancy Helps Children of Women with Epilepsy.

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Common medications taken during pregnancy to prevent epileptic seizures can increase the risk of language delays in children, but a new study that included data from over 100,000 participants suggests that taking a folic acid supplement can cut that risk by up to 66%. Researcher Dr. Elisabeth Synnove Nilsen Husebye writes, “These results are important for women with epilepsy all over the world because many epilepsy drugs interact with the way folate is metabolized by the body, so we are ...

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Caffeine Not Helpful to Dieters.

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Caffeine is often found in weight-loss aids, claiming to curb appetite and speed up metabolism, but new research suggests otherwise. In a study involving 50 healthy adults, researchers observed that participants ate 70 fewer calories in the morning after drinking a small amount of caffeine equivalent to 4 ounces of coffee; however, the participants tended to eat more later in the day, suggesting that caffeine had no effect on total calorie consumption. Study co-author Dr. Carol DeNysschen writes, “[This study] ...

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