l-Citrulline, an amino acid shown in previous studies to reduce muscle soreness, is found abundantly in watermelons, as well as certain squashes, cucumbers, and other melons. Martha P. Tarazona-Díaz, from the Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena (Spain), and colleagues found thatthat: “watermelon juices helped to reduce the recovery heart rate and muscle soreness in athletes after 24 h.”
In a recent article researchers from Ireland demonstrated that signs of inflammation are associated with high incidence heart and other medical problems in both obese and nonobese patients.
"Favorable inflammatory status is positively associated with metabolic health in obese and nonobese individuals. These findings are of public health and clinical significance in terms of screening and stratification based on metabolic health phenotype to identify those at greatest cardiometabolic risk for whom appropriate therapeutic or intervention strategies should be developed" concluded the authors.
The best way to keep inflammation down is by eating plenty of foods known to reduce inflammation and to include mogerate physical activities in your daily routine. (See VIDEO on INFLAMMATION) SILA Foods provide plenty of anti-inflammatory nutrients when you do not have time to shop and prepare your own meals. Check out our latest Newsletter.
A new study further strengthens the notion that what you eat can have an impact on your genetic risk for disease.The research, published in the journal Diabetes Care, shows that for people who carry two copies of a specific gene variant known to raise disease risk, eating a Mediterranean diet seems to lower their risk of developing stroke -- to the level of someone who possesses just one copy, or no copies, of the gene variant. A Mediterranean diet is one that is high in olive oil, fish and produce.On the other hand, for people who carry two copies of this gene variant and eat a low-fat diet, their risk of stroke is nearly three times higher than people with one or no copies of the gene variant.
A form of mind-body exercise that originated in ancient China, tai chi combines slow motion exercise and mind concentration to focus on movement. Xianglan Zhang, from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Tennessee, USA), and colleagues studied data collected on over 61,000 middle-aged and elderly men in Shanghai, China. Researchers tracked their health and lifestyle for more than five years: nearly 22,000 participants reported that they exercised at least once a week, and the rest were considered non-exercisers. Factoring in the men's age, health conditions and whether they smoked, exercise was tied to a 20% lower likelihood of dying.
Numerous epidemiologic studies have documented the health benefits of the Medierranean Diet. A well designed, controlled clinical study published last week in The New Engand Journal of Medicine adds even more evidence that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest diet in the Western world. All SILA recipes are based on the Mediterranean Diet which includes a lot of vegetables and legumes. SILA products provide the "Mediterranean Diet in a jar." In fact the SILA Antioxidant has been referred to as "ratatouille in a jar".