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Shiitake Mushrooms: Anti-Cancer, Anti-Aging, and More

Shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes), once little-known outside of East Asia, is a frequent sight these days in the produce section of Western supermarkets. While prized for its texture and flavor, it is shiitake’s health benefits that render this fungus priceless.


AMPK Helps Reduce Abdominal Fat

In their search for natural compounds to extend the human lifespan, scientists have focused on ways to activate an enzyme called AMPK.

AMPK is found inside every cell and serves as a master energy sensor. Its activity level influences body fat composition and how long you’ll live.

During their investigations, scientists discovered that boosting AMPK resulted in an unexpected benefit: the reduction of abdominal fat.


Chlorophyll is the pigment synthesized with the use of sunlight by plants, and which gives them their green color. Anytime you eat green vegetables, you're consuming chlorophyll.

A similar compound, chlorophyllin is a water-soluble derivative of chlorophyll that is often included in nutritional supplements due to its greater stability in comparison with naturally occurring chlorophyll.

A review published in 2015 noted, "Chlorophyllin has been shown to exhibit potent antigenotoxic, anti-oxidant, and anticancer effects."1


It’s the beginning of a brand-new year! As the parties, countdowns and fireworks fade off, you might be left with your thinking box, figuring out the goals that you would like to achieve for this year.

A brighter year starts from a better you, and of course, better health status. If you've decided to change a habit - whether it's quitting smoking, lowering your blood pressure, becoming more active, or doing something else to improve your health - congratulations! Making that decision is the first step toward making a change. However, have you been planning goals that you found overwhelming and hard to achieve? Or have you ever given up on the new year resolutions that you excitedly set for yourself?


Pea Protein

With age, people often unwittingly fail to ingest sufficient protein in their diets.

Protein is a major building block in our body. It is especially important to help preserve muscle mass.

If you are not already ingesting excess calories, an easy way to ensure against protein insufficiency is a concentrated powder made from high-quality organic peas.


The Special Benefits of Vitamin K

Because vitamin K is made by the human body, experts had long believed there was no need to supplement with it.

However, we now know that the amount we manufacture, while in some cases sufficient, is at other times less than optimal.


 	A Healthier Twist to Festive Foods (Part II)

In the previous article, we have discussed some interesting and healthier modifications to commonly prepared holiday dishes. Since Christmas is around the corner, that can only mean a line-up of feastings. While we immerse in the traditional joyous ambience, let’s explore healthier yet fun ways of preparing the festive favourites!


A Healthier Twist to Festive Foods (Part I)

It’s December, the last month of the year, where families and friends will gather over festive foods to celebrate the holidays and look forward to a new year! However, with all the foods and parties, we risk losing the health level that we have worked hard to achieve.

Are there ways to make the lovely foods healthier? We discussed about how to eat mindfully in the previous article, let us now look at how we can modify some festive recipes into healthier, “less sinful” dishes.


Vitamin K Reverses Arterial Stiffness

Healthy arteries expand and contract smoothly with each heartbeat.

With age, soft tissues such as arteries stiffen and lose youthful flexibility.

The phrase “hardening of the arteries” describes loss of arterial elasticity and obstructed blood flow. This “hardening” is an important predictor of heart attack and stroke.1-3


Skin Nutrition: 6 Skin Care Ingredients from Food and Vitamins - Life Extension Blog

Nature has provided us with everything we need to nourish our body, and scientists discover which nutrients are best for specific purposes.

We’ve done our research to find out exactly which nutrients have been researched and shown to work for common skin health concerns.


You Should Consume These 10 Probiotic Foods if You Want a Healthy Gut

Our digestive system is home to roughly 100 trillion bacteria. A balance between good and bad gut bacteria in the intestine is important for health. Recent studies found that the imbalance of gut bacteria types may play a role in the development of obesity, metabolic syndrome, certain cancers or even some mental disorders! Probiotics are live microorganisms that give health benefits when they are at the right place. Bacteria that are beneficial on our skin might be harmful when they are in our gut. Now, let’s take a look at the 10 common food sources that can transport the good bacteria into our gut.


An Innovative Approach to Stopping Colds and Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 56,000 people a year die from flu-related illnesses.1 During the 2015-2016 flu season 310,000 people were hospitalized due to flu-related illnesses.2

Colds and the flu are often treated with a variety of medications designed to reduce symptoms but that have no ability to activate the body’s own immune response to fend off invading bacteria or viruses.

Scientists wanted to find a way to stop the common cold and flu before they take hold.


9 Simple Tips for Effective Exercise

When your doctor tells you to exercise, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If it’s a negative thought or bad memory, you’re pretty much setting yourself up to fail.

If this sounds familiar, you may need to do a complete 180 on how you think about exercise, or simply just tweak a few things.

To help you set a new course, here are some helpful tips to get you moving, grooving and re-inspired.


How to Eat When Battling Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is probably just about the scariest news anyone could ever receive in their life. It can also be very confusing. There’s tons of information to weed through and it’s very easy to become overwhelmed, scared, and discouraged.

As such, here’s an attempt to simplify the basics of a critical component for anyone following a cancer diagnosis — your nutrition.

A healthy, nutritious diet is really important when you’re being treated for cancer. It can make a big impact on the outcome of your treatments and your quality of life. So, it’s essential that you take your diet very seriously during this time.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, we really hope this helps to take some of the guesswork out of the equation.

 


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