Chocolate as sun-block?
Yes, but chocolate science is more than skin-deep.
German researchers gave 24 healthy women 3 ounces of a high flavanol cocoa (326 milligrams) or low flavanol (27 milligrams) cocoa as a powdered drink for 12 weeks.
UV light caused less skin sensitivity in the high flavanol group. And that group had more subcutaneous blood flow, higher skin density by 16 per cent, skin thickness by 12 per cent and skin hydration by 28 per cent.
Low flavanol chocolate didn’t make a diffence.
Why? Because the flavonols in cocoa are polyphenols.
And polyphenols likely absorb light in the skin, as they do free radical compounds in the body. And they perhaps signal other molecules to do the same work.
polyphenols from wine, cocoa and tea, are known to improve your blood pressure, and how your arteries flex and react to stress.
And polyphenols reduce oxidation of LDL (lousy) cholesterol, which injures arteries and can lead to heart attack and impotence.
Where to find flavanol rich chcolate?
Try CocoaVia or for a high-flavanol gourmet chocolate try artisan vere chocolate.
Chocolate as sun-block?
Posted in: Child Obesity, Common Conditions, Obesity and Weight Loss
Scientists Diabetes is a Genetic Disease. Well, of course. And many of us carry the genes for it–up to almost 1/2 of all people.
But all genes do is make protein, and control other genes. Genes are not destiny or fate.
You can change the way genes work–what proteins they make and how tightly they control other genes–with what you eat, how you take care of your body, and how you handle stress.
Whether you get diabetes, and if you have it, whether you prevent heart disease, stroke, memory loss and impotence is something you can control.
International Journal of Obesity – /`Adventure therapy/' combined with cognitive-behavioral treatment for overweight adolescents
Posted in: Child Obesity, Obesity and Weight Loss
Adventure therapy for overweight adolescents is a new twist on an old idea.
It’s Outward Bound for 13 – 16 year olds who need a new way to make physical activity a part of their lives….and improve their self-concept and locus of control.
And it seems to work, especially for 15 and 16 year olds, much better than aerobic exercise: this study from Brown University shows 18 pounds of weight loss in 16 weeks, with weekly, biweekly and in between meetings, with and without parents.
Essential topics covered included “self-monitoring, motivation for weight loss, goal setting, the importance of physical activity, implementation of stimulus control strategies, use of parent–teen contracts to support nutrition and physical activity goals, social influences on diet and exercise, the relationship between stress and eating, and relapse prevention.”
These are the same issues adults who lose weight and keep it off face…though usually after they have lost it.
And overweight kids reduce their activity levels earlier in life than healthy weight kids, and they don’t even realize it.
New drugs on the horizon for obesity and diabetes include rimonabant, or the munchie drug–also in clinical trials right now to reduce drinking.
But it will be expensive, have unanticipated effects (probably not desirable ones) and will not help you change your lifestyle.
Lifestyle change is twice as effective as metformin (glucophage) in preventing diabetes.
Chronic inflammation from a spare tire, thunder thighs and love handles underlies insulin resistance. And insulin resistance is at the core of diabetes.
There is a worldwide diabetes epidemic.
In 1985, 30 million people worldwide had diabetes. By 1995, 135 million. By 2005, estimated 217 million. Predicted: 366 million by 2030.
Here are all of the 2005 NY Times diabetes articles.
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A new randomized study of 45 people with heart disease subjected to stress shows that 8.5 ounces of pomegranate juice improved cardiac blood flow…while being stressed. That’s 140 calories extra, daily, for 3 months.
So, more PJ, less angina. If you can find a place to cut 140 calories—say from starches or sugars or meat/poultry, assuming you’re at your healthy weight–go ahead. It’s a nutritional bargain.
Pomegranates are filled with antioxidant polyphenols (e.g., tannins, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins–which are what makes pomegranates red). Other research suggests lowered LDL, and lowered blood pressure.