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Do Avocados and Olive Oil Increase Your Intelligence?
Consumption of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), found in olive oil, avocados and nuts, is linked to general intelligence according to a recent study in Neuroimage.


Here's Why Forgetting Things Actually Makes You Smarter
You're probably thinking you're a genius right? Well, you know those people who always boast about having a perfect memory? Maybe they shouldn't, because having total recall is totally overrated. That's according to a new paper in the journal Neuron, which concludes that forgetting things is not just normal, it actually makes us smarter.


The People's Power Could Cut Electric Bills By 50 Percent
Millions of people already sell electricity from solar panels back into the grid. New battery technology makes it increasingly practical for neighbors to store and share electricity.


Cardiovascular Failure 12 Times More Prevalent In Those With Vitamin D Deficiency
More trials are needed to test vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of heart disease, say researchers behind a new study showing heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency.


Contrary To Popular Belief, Dietary Calcium Does Not Prevent Bone Loss
Dairy products, specifically milk is one of the beverages still aggressively pushed as a health promoting food, especially relating to strong bones. However, Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and rates of bone loss showed no association with dietary calcium intake in men, according to a recent study in British Journal of Nutrition.


Walnuts Keep You Feeling Full By Lighting Up The Brain
Perhaps their brain-like shape should have been a giveaway. Scientists in Boston have shown that eating walnuts lights up a part of the brain associated with hunger and cravings. The good news is that instead of making us crave calories, walnuts appear to help make us feel full.


To Restore Soils We Need To Feed The Microbes
Our soils are in trouble. Over the past century, we've abused them with plowing, tilling and too much fertilizer. What many think of as "just dirt" is actually an incredibly complex mixture of rock-derived minerals, plant-derived organic matter, dissolved nutrients, gases and a rich food web of interacting organisms.


Higher Amounts of Sugar, Salt and Fat In Gluten-Free Products Over Conventional
A new study has found gluten-free products are often not as healthy as their conventional counterparts.


Natural Antioxidant Prevents Severe Flu
Microbes that live in the gut don't just digest food. They also have far-reaching effects on the immune system. Now, a new study shows that a particular gut microbe can prevent severe flu infections, likely by breaking down naturally occurring compounds -- called flavonoids -- commonly found in foods such as black tea, red wine and blueberries.


Consuming Walnuts Boost Good Bacteria
Walnut consumption may increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut, according to a recent animal study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.


Drinking Coffee Could Lead To A Longer Life
Here’s another reason to start the day with a cup of joe: Scientists have found that people who drink coffee appear to live longer.


Are You An Emotional Eater? The 7 Types of Eaters
Reaching out for that bar of chocolate or potato chips when you're feeling low, upset or tired is a situation that most of us are familiar with. Emotional eaters tend to lose the least amount of weight and have the hardest time keeping it off. Food has the uncanny ability to make us feel better but to depending on it for emotional support does more harm than good in the long run. Whether you're a diet junkie, a comfort eater or a binger, most people fall under one of these categories. Here's how to snap out of your problematic patterns and find the right solution that works for you.


Blood Test Determines Which Diet Works Best
Researchers presented new data demonstrating that blood sugar (glucose) and/or fasting insulin should be used to select the right diet, particularly for people with prediabetes and diabetes.


The Sun's Benefits Go Way Beyond Vitamin D
The sun has got his hat on, our moods feel lighter and we are gripped by a desire to soak up some solar rays. But no, we keep being told: the threat of skin cancer makes this potentially lethal.


Pediatricians Say Scrap The Fruit Juice
Fruit juice has been marketed (and in some cases, recommended by physicians) as a healthy, natural source of vitamins and calcium. Kids like the way it tastes -- in fact, children and adolescents continue to be the highest consumers of fruit juice and juice drinks, but nutritional benefits are very questionable.


Cannabis Prevents Brain Aging
Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these aging processes in the brain. Low doses of the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, has the opposite effect on the elderly, reversing brain aging and restoring learning and memory.



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