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RealAge.com advises that a study carried out over the Fall and Winter of 2009-2010 revealed that those that took Vitamin D supplements and thus had higher levels of D in their systems were half as likely to catch the flu bug or any other viral infection of the respiratory tract. And if any in the high-D group did get sick, they were out of commission for fewer days than those who had lower Vitamin D levels in their systems.
A recent Chinese study found that people who had 3 or more cups of green or oolong tea/day had 5 years less wear & tear on their cells. Specifically telomeres were studied - they're the protective end caps on DNA strands & they shorten everytime a cell divides - the shorter the telomeres the more aged your cells are. The most avid tea drinkers had significantly longer telomeres than the people who drank less than a cup/day. It's thought the antioxidants in tea help keep them long.
according to recent research is with your largest meal of the day as it is better absorbed into your system and higher serum levels of 25(OH)D are achieved which you want since the many benefits of Vit. D include lower blood pressure, stronger bones, better immunity, and possibly even a lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Orange juice helps keep your arteries squeaky clean. In a study of men, those with a high intake of vitamin C -- as well as berries and other fresh fruit -- experienced significantly less thickening of their carotid arteries compared with the low fruit-and-C group. From RealAge.com.
In a recent study, older adults who had the highest levels of Vit. D had a 33% lower risk of developing heart disease.
Turning off the water while brushing your teeth saves up to 3 gallons of water per minute so wet your toothbrush, turn the faucet off, brush & then turn water back on only to rinse!
Stop eating before you feel completely full.
2 to 3 servings/day of soy protein; 2 servings/day of plant stanols or sterols found in products such as Benecol & Take Control margarine and lots of fiber especially from oat bran, psyllium & barley - can each lower LDL by up to 10%.
In one trial, 40% of people who started a 6 mon walking program lowered their systolic BP into the normal range. And the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet which is high in fruits, whole grains & low fat dairy products & low in sodium can drop BP as much as prescription drugs.