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What You Eat Could Lower Your Risk of Cataracts

Posted on 01/3/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTo help your aging eyes, think about improving what you eat. A new Swedish study has found that women age 49 and older who ate a diet rich in disease-fighting antioxidants had a lower risk of developing cataracts. The team of Swedish researchers looked at the diets of more than 30,000 women ages 49 to 83 and found those with the highest total intake of antioxidants had about a 13 percent lower risk of developing cataracts than women who consumed …

4 New Ways to Boost Food’s Anticancer Properties

Posted on 11/8/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCancer researchers have long known that certain vegetables contain powerful anticancer compounds, but whether our bodies get the full dose of these substances often depends on how we cook the vegetables and even what other foods we eat along with them. This week, at the annual conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research, scientists presented new research on how to get the most cancer-preventive properties out of certain vegetables we eat. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Here’s …

Eat to Sleep: Which Foods Help Your Zzz’s?

Posted on 07/22/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDoes what you eat affect how well you sleep? The answer appears to be yes, and we’re not just talking about midnight snacking. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that a more varied diet — including five nutrients in particular — could improve people’s sleep. The research was published online in May in the journal Appetite. The researchers were interested in the diet-sleep link because too little sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive …

Can Spaghetti Sauce Prevent a Stroke?

Posted on 10/9/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthGood news, Italian-food lovers: A new study finds that eating lots of tomatoes and tomato-based foods like spaghetti sauce is associated with a lower risk of stroke. Tomatoes, you might remember, are high in the antioxidant lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red color. The study of 1,031 older men in Finland found that those who had the highest amount of lycopene in their blood were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than those with the lowest amounts. The …