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2/22/02

HealthWise at 5 From 2.22

  • Flaxseed Facts

If you're looking for a way to increase your fiber intake, lower blood pressure, and cholesterol and protect yourself against cancer, then you may want to focus on the tiny flaxseed. Experts at the Mayo Clinic say flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are packed with nutrients and potential health benefits. You can sprinkle the nutty tasting seeds over salads, soups, yogurt, or cereal. By doing so, you'll boost your intake of fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, and plant estrogens that may help fight breast and uterine cancer. Flaxseed can also have a laxative effect so use it in moderation.

  • Preemies and Light

A daily dose of light may be the perfect prescription for premature infants. Right now, most hospitals keep premature infants in near darkness to simulate the mother's womb. Constant bright light has been shown to be too stressful. Until now, there's been no research looking into the benefit of cycled light, which mimics day and night. Now, researchers at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say they exposed preemies to light cycles and found it helped them grow faster than just keeping them in constant low light. The study is in this month's issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

  • Better Sports Bra

A man in the boxing business is the brains behind something new for women -- a plastic bra. It's called the Exoflex Sports Bra. It not only supports a woman, but the plastic also protects her. The cups are made of a flexible plastic that resists direct impact while fitting comfortably -- at least that's what the package says. The bra sizes range from 32 to 38 with cup sizes in small, medium, large, and extra large. The Exoflex is available right now and is expected to be in stores by spring. For more information, you can (click here).

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