Mushrooms boost immunity, suggests research
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, April 16, 2016
A new University of Florida study shows increased immunity in people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks. In a study led by Human Nutrition Professor Sue Percival, 52 healthy adults, age 21 to 41, researchers gave them a four-week supply of dry shiitake mushrooms. Then they ate one, 4-ounce serving of mushrooms each day during the experiment. Through blood tests before and after the experiment, researchers saw better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins. "If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial," said Percival. "We're enhancing the immune system, but we're also reducing the inflammation that the immune system produces."
Vital nutrient has key role in keeping body clocks running on time
University of Edinburgh, April 13, 2022
An essential mineral in our diets has an unexpected role in helping living things remain adapted to the rhythms of night and day, scientists have found. Magnesium - a nutrient found in many foods - helps control how cells keep their own form of time to cope with the natural environmental cycle of day and night. The discovery in cells is expected to be linked to whole body clocks which influence daily cycles - or circadian rhythms - of sleeping and waking, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions in people. Scientists found that this oscillation was critical to sustain the 24-hour clock in cells. They were surprised to discover that it also had an enormous impact on metabolism in cells - how fast cells can convert nutrients into energy - throughout the course of a day.
Walking Barefoot Can Improve Your Health And There Is Science To Back It Up
University of California at Irvine, April 16, 2022
A paper published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health highlighted how absorbing electrons from the planet can improve one’s health. Patients suffering from chronic pain used grounded carbon fiber mattresses and were observed to have better sleep and fewer pains. Another study discovered that walking barefoot altered the electrical activity of the brain, as measured by EEG. Other benefits that were observed included skin conductivity, moderated heart rate variability, improved glucose regulation, reduced stress, and supported immune function. We have presented some potential benefits in detail:
1: Better Sleep
2: Can Reduce Inflammation
3: Can Regulate Your Heart’s Health - synchronize your heartbeat.
4: Increases the surface charge of red blood cells. These cells then avoid clumping which then decreases blood viscosity.
Add nature, art and religion to life's best anti-inflammatories
University of California at Berkeley, April 13, 2020
Taking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert's "Ave Maria" may give a boost to the body's defense system, according to new research from UC Berkeley. Researchers have linked positive emotions – especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art and spirituality – with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are proteins that signal the immune system to work harder. The findings demonstrate that positive emotions are associated with the markers of good health such as amusement, awe, compassion, contentment, joy, love and pride. That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions – a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art – has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.
Study: Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil Decreased Plaque and Gingivitis
Kannur Dental College (India) April 15, 2022
A new study looked at the effect of “oil pulling” with coconut oil on plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis. Oil pulling is a technique that has become popular where one takes a spoonful of coconut oil and swishes it around in their mouth (without swallowing) for 15 minutes or so. Many health benefits are claimed from following such a practice, but so far published research has only documented the dental benefits. Even “mainstream” dentists in the United States are reporting benefits they are seeing in their patient’s dental health among those who regularly practice oil pulling. In the current study, 60 young adults between the age of 16 and 18 who had plaque induced gingivitis participated in the study. The study found: A statistically significant decrease in the plaque and gingival indices was noticed from day 7 and the scores continued to decrease during the period of study.
Mushrooms: My friends, who have travelled to the Yunnan province in China, mention how there some of the most prized edibles are the wide varieties of mushrooms. Where an average, un-health-conscious American would find his or her greatest culinary delight in choosing between cuts of steak, the Yunnan citizen is delicately discriminating between different mushrooms. A wealth of growing peer-reviewed science, which would recommend the Yunnan culinary emphasis, shows that many edible mushrooms are among the more important immune builders in the plant kingdom. In particular, medicinal mushrooms inhibit tumor growth, have anti-pathogenic and blood-sugar-lowering activities, and strengthen immunity. Among approximately 200 different varieties whose health-enhancing skills have been noted are the chaga, cordyceps, maitake, oyster, portobello, reishi, shiitake, and turkey tail mushrooms. Although it is possible to find all of these in fresh or dried form, at the moment in the US the shiitake mushrooms are the easiest to obtain. A list of the benefits obtained from mushrooms would have to mention their antiviral and antibacterial properties, which in different mushrooms have shown some effectiveness against a wide spread of pathogens, including those from polio, hepatitis B, influenza, candida, Epstein-Barr virus, streptococcus, and tuberculosis. The mutagenic benefits of mushrooms that one can read about in the scientific literature note how mushrooms can be enlisted in the fight against leukemia, sarcoma, and the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, prostate, and stomach cancers, even in advanced stages.