Simply eating a cup of blueberries a day is enough to notably reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness (cardiovascular disease associations), according to recent research from Florida State University.
To be specific — the new research found that daily consumption of freeze-dried blueberry powder over an eight-week period improved blood pressure and arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women with pre- and stage 1-hypertension.
“Our findings suggest that regular consumption of blueberries could potentially delay the progression of prehypertension to hypertension, therefore reducing cardiovascular disease risk,” explained Sarah A Johnson, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University. Continue reading
A simple and effective way to control aphids — often one of the most significant pests in fruit orchards — has been developed by researchers at Washington State University. All it takes to control the aphid population…. are flowers.
The researchers at WSU discovered that simply by planting sweet alyssum flowers that fruit growers can effectively control the aphid population — via increased numbers of aphid predators attracted by the flowers. The researchers think that the discovery is a boon not only for organic growers but conventional too, because of how effective it is, especially with regards to costs.
Dementia and other neurological diseases are affecting more and more people, earlier and earlier in their life, according to new research. The rapid rise cannot be attributed to longer lifespans, and is almost definitely as a result of environmental changes/pollution and societal/lifestyle changes, according to the researchers.
The new research has found “that the sharp rise of dementia and other neurological deaths in people under 74 cannot be put down to the fact that we are living longer. The rise is because a higher proportion of old people are being affected by such conditions — and what is really alarming, it is starting earlier and affecting people under 55 years.”
The presence of a healthy population of earthworms in a garden’s soil works very effectively to protect plant leaves from being eaten by slugs, new research from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna has found.
Even though the earthworms don’t have direct contact with the slugs or the plant growth above, they seem to very effectively protect the plants via increased nitrogen content in the plants, as a result of the earthworms being present. The researchers also found that with increased plant diversity the amount of damage that the slugs did to individual plants was greatly lessened.
Grapes work to reduce the heart failure that is often associated with chronic high blood pressure via an increased activation of several genes that are responsible for antioxidant defense in heart tissue, new research has found.
It has been known for some time that grapes are a significant natural source of antioxidants and polyphenols, which are theorized to be the compounds behind many of the beneficial health effects that are observed when grapes are added to a diet.
And now, the new research, done at the University of Michigan Health System, has “uncovered a novel way that grapes exert beneficial effects in the heart: influencing gene activities and metabolic pathways that improve the levels of glutathione, the most abundant cellular antioxidant in the heart.”