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10/4/04

HealthWise at 5 From 10.4

  • Lycopene and Heart Disease

Antioxidant rich tomatoes and tomato products have been touted for their cancer preventive qualities. Now, researchers say the lycopene that lends the red color to tomatoes and other produce may be helpful to women's hearts. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that women in the study who had the highest levels of lycopene in their blood also had about a 50% reduced risk for heart disease.

  • Sunglasses and Kids

Most adults automatically pop on their sunglasses when they're outside. But kids are less likely to, and that has some doctors concerned. Eye specialists at the University of Texas in Houston say young kids are particularly susceptible to the damaging rays of the sun. In children, the lens of the eye remains clear until they're about 10-years-old. The clearness of the lens leaves kids open to more UV ray damage. Doctors say sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection should be worn to keep kids' peepers protected.

  • Century of Iced Tea

If you were around back in 1904, you might have enjoyed the first iced tea. And who knew 100 years ago that the refreshing drink was also packed with healthy perks. The Tea Council of the USA says research supports tea's benefits to the immune and cardiovascular systems. And compounds in tea can also inhibit bacteria that causes bad breath. After 100 years we really have proof that tea is tea-riffic.

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