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5/22/02

HealthWise at 5 From 5.22

  • Health Benefits of Honey

Bees apparently know best when it comes to battling bad chloesterol. New findings out of the University of Illinois show that honey slows the oxidation of LDL. A process that can lead to plaque buildup in your blood vessels. Researchers measured the antioxidant levels in seven different types of honey, including clover, fireweed, and buck wheta honeys. They found that gram for gram, the honeys packed roughly the same antioxidant punch as many common fruits and vegetables and the darker the honey, the higher it scored on the antioxidant scale.

  • Jogging is Good for Your health and Your Brain

Staying fit may help keep more than your muscles from sagging. A new study adds to the growing evidence that getting your heart rate up may lower your risk of Alzheimer's. Hit the track and help your body and your brain. A new study brings new insight into the link between exercise and memory.

The study in lab animals suggests regular exercise helps control the activity of genes in an area of the brain important for memory. The animals that got exercise had increased activity of some genes responsible for helping the brain respond to stress, learning and a wide range of other outside influences. The scientists say earlier studies have linked exercise to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's, but this research shows how a workout helps protect the brain.

They say the findings will help them figure out how much and what types of exercise may help reduce the risk of memory problems and perhaps Alzheimer's disease. Researchers say they started to see positive changes in the study rat's brains after just three weeks of exercise.

The study was conducted at UC Irvine's College of Medicine and is published in the June issue of Trends in Neurosciences. To view info online ( click here).

  • Super Soap

Scientists have developed technology they say takes antibacterial soaps to a new level. The technology is called microbial anti-attachment technology or MAT. It combines three ingredients used in many cosmetics that prevent bacteria from sticking to the skin.

Along with removing bacteria, researchers say the super soap creates a film that helps prevent new bacteria from sticking to the skin. Testing showed hands washed with the new soap picked up half as many germs as hands washed with a standard antibacterial soap. The technology was developed by Colgate and is already being marketed in Latin America.

The results are being presented at the 102nd general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology and was developed at the Colgate-Palmolive Technology Center in Piscataway New Jersey. 

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