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Fruits, Veggies May Help Slow ALS

Antioxidant nutrients and carotenoids are key

(Newser) - "It appears that nutrition plays a role both in triggering the disease and why it progresses." So says the lead researcher of a study out of Columbia University that per a press release is "among the first" to look at the interplay between diet and ALS near... More »

Science Just Made Milk Chocolate Healthy Like Dark Chocolate

And without altering milk chocolate's supremely sweet taste, scientists say

(Newser) - The virtues of noshing on dark chocolate have long been extolled , but its more milquetoast cousin may now be able to capitalize on its health benefits—and it's all thanks to peanuts, the Independent reports. In a study published in the journal Food Science , scientists from North Carolina State... More »

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Chocolate Healthier

It involves the not-so-tasty-sounding pulp preconditioning

(Newser) - One of your vices could one day be a little more virtuous: Scientists are today announcing that they've figured out how to make chocolate healthier. The findings will be detailed by researchers from Belgium's Ghent University and the University of Ghana at the national meeting of the American... More »

Tasty Solution to Senior Moments: Chocolate

Its antioxidants drastically improve scores on memory tests: study

(Newser) - A new study—conveniently timed around Halloween—points to a tasty way to improve our memories. For three months, study subjects ages 50 to 69 consumed a drink full of cocoa flavanols, which are antioxidants. On a memory test, the subjects scored about 25% higher than did another group whose... More »

Meet the Purple Tomato

It's got blueberry-like health benefits: researchers

(Newser) - Finally: the health benefits of a blueberry in the shape of a tomato. That's how researchers are billing a genetically-modified purple tomato that may soon be available to shoppers. "With these purple tomatoes you can get the same compounds that are present in blueberries and cranberries that give... More »

Even Sun-Dodging Redheads Face High Cancer Risk

Pigment behind their coloring may be melanoma threat

(Newser) - Staying covered up may not be enough. Redheads face a higher risk of melanoma even if they stay out of the sun, a study suggests. That's because the pigment that causes red hair may itself contribute to the deadliest type of skin cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

To Load Up on Antioxidants, Eat ... Popcorn?

Who needs fruit?

(Newser) - Good news for snackers: Looks like popcorn is healthier than previously believed. Experts knew it was rich in fiber and low in calories, but it turns out it's full of antioxidants, too, Health.com reports. By simulating the body's breakdown of the food, researchers have found that it'... More »

Chocolate Lovers Are ... Leaner

Compounds may fight weight gain

(Newser) - Sweet news: People who regularly eat chocolate tend to be thinner, scientists have discovered. Of 1,000 subjects studied, those who ate chocolate a few times a week were on average slimmer than those who only ate it occasionally, reports the BBC . Frequency of eating chocolate appeared to be more... More »

Dark Chocolate Healthier Than Juice ...Says Hershey

Call it a 'super-fruit,' researchers say

(Newser) - Chocolate lovers, rejoice: Your beloved treat may actually be healthier than fruit juice. A comparison of cocoa products to fruit juice powders suggests dark chocolate has more antioxidant power than juices, as well as more of certain chemicals that are good for your heart, the New York Daily News reports.... More »

Taking Too Many Vitamins Raises Cancer Risk

Antioxidants aren't as good for you as advertised

(Newser) - If you're one of the “worried well” chowing down on Vitamin C and E supplements because you think antioxidants are good for you, think again. A new study suggests that abnormally high levels of antioxidants might actually increase your cancer risk. Stem cell researchers discovered the danger by accident,... More »

Chocolate Cuts Risk of 2nd Heart Attack

(Newser) - Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate after recovering are much less likely to suffer a recurrence than people who abstain, AFP reports. People who eat at least two servings a week are three times less likely to die from heart disease than those who don’t consume chocolate. And the... More »

Coffee Each Day May Keep Alzheimer's Away

3-5 cups per day seen to reduce chance of Alzheimer's by up to 65%: study

(Newser) - Researchers don’t quite know why, but a new study suggests that moderate coffee intake dramatically reduces the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease, AFP reports. A 20-year Finnish study of 1,409 subjects shows middle-aged people who drink 3-5 cups a day are 60% to 65% less likely to contract... More »

Going Global Juices Cranberry Biz

Farmers raking it in after successful campaign to sell US berry to the world

(Newser) - America's cranberry farmers have turned sour times around with a push to bring the berry to the world, the New York Times reports. Eight years ago, farmers were faced with a glut of berries, but now, with almost a third of the crop being exported to nations who have been... More »

Going Green Could Help Your Heart

Dump the Earl Grey: substance in beverage protects blood vessels

(Newser) - Drinking green tea may help keep blood vessels elastic and healthy, a new study suggests. The flavonoids in green tea that work as antioxidants also produce the relaxing effect, which could also help prevent clots. Participants received the equivalent of three to four cups of the tea each day and... More »

Coffee May Cut Heart Attacks

Women who drank 3 cups daily suffered 25% fewer fatal episodes

(Newser) - Regular coffee drinking has been linked to a reduced risk of fatal heart attacks, according to a new study of the health effects of coffee. Women who regularly drank three cups of coffee a day had a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease than women who didn't... More »

Vitamins Can Kill, Warns Shocking New Study

'No benefit' found in antioxidants

(Newser) - Antioxidant vitamin supplements do not improve health or prevent disease—and may even cause death, according to new research. In a stunning blow to millions who take vitamins, a review of 67 studies involving 230,000 users showed "no convincing evidence" that antioxidants had any benefit, and linked vitamin... More »

Green Veggies May Fight Alzheimer's

Study links low folate levels, elevated dementia risk

(Newser) - Folic acid, already known to help prevent birth defects, may play a role in the development of dementia, the BBC reports. Elderly subjects with low levels of folate in their blood were three times more likely than people with normal levels to develop dementia, a South Korean study found . But... More »

Jumpy and Distracted? Drink Tea

Improved focus joins long list of tea's health benefits

(Newser) - New hope for the twitchy and distracted has arrived in the form of an ancient brew—tea makes people feel more alert and at the same time more relaxed, new research suggests. The findings add another possible benefit to a beverage already vaunted as a preventer of heart attacks, diabetes,... More »

Dark Chocolate Gets Sweeter Every Day

Milk chocolate's healthier sibling grows more popular than ever

(Newser) - Overall chocolate sales are down, but Americans are increasingly indulging their sweet tooth with dark chocolate. The bitter, coffee-flavored treat is on the rise: Last year, dark chocolate sales surged 15% while sales of more popular milk chocolate dipped 5.5%. And boosted by claims of health benefits, dark chocolate... More »

Drinking Coffee May Fight Colon Cancer

Japanese study finds benefits of 3 cups a day apply only to women

(Newser) - Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day can cut the risk of colon cancer in half—but the benefit manifests itself only in women. What's more, Reuters reports, the research was conducted in Japan, where men drink and smoke so much that scientists had trouble controlling for those... More »

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