A hormone that helps you sleep may also help you calm high blood pressure. Research has shown that people who have high blood pressure often produce low levels of the sleep hormone melatonin at night. Now a small study of 16 men with high blood pressure finds those who took an evening dose of melatonin had lower blood pressure readings at night compared to those who got a placebo. In addition, the melatonin group also recorded better sleep patterns. The men in the study all had high blood pressure that wasn't linked to a medical cause, like obesity.
Researchers, which included a team from Harvard, note that melatonin helps regulate the body's biological clock, saying their findings suggest our body clock may also help regulate blood pressure. The study was led by Brigham and Women's Hospital and at Harvard Medical School's division of sleep medicine and conducted the study at the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research in Amsterdam and is published in Hypertension Journal of the American Heart Association.
A daily dose of Vitamin E and C may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease. That's according to a Johns Hopkins study. Researchers studied the vitamin habits of nearly 5,000 men and women, 65 and older. The men and women who took both Vitamin E and C were much less likely to develop Alzheimer's compared to their peers who did not take the supplements. Researchers note the benefit was only seen in people who took separate supplements for Vitamin E and C, not among those who took a multi-vitamin. The theory is that E and C protect the brain against damage caused by free radicals and other cell by-products that are thought to lead to Alzheimer's.
Multivitamins typically contain the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E (22 IU or 15 mg) and vitamin C (75-90 mg), while individual supplements contain doses up to 1,000 IU of vitamin E and 500-1,000 mg or more of Vitamin C. The study was conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other institutions is published in the January 2004, issue of the Journal Archives of Neurology.
January 22nd welcomes the Chinese New Year, and 4,701 years of delicious and healthy dining. You can celebrate the year of the monkey with a healthy fish selection, or sweeten your new year with oranges, a traditional treat. And, you can ensure your longevity by eating the long noodles in Lo Mein, especially if you have lots of veggies with the pasta. Pour a cup of antioxidant-rich tea and learn more about Chinese new year and good luck foods by (clicking here).