June 9, 2013

Benefit Not As Great for Women

1 Vegetarian Men May Live Longer

Vegetarians, particularly men, are less likely to die from any cause compared to meat eaters, concludes a five-year study. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the research found that vegetarians were 12 percent less likely to die from any cause when compared to their counterparts who ate meat. Researchers report that the benefit was stronger for men than women. The study wasn't designed to answer the question of why vegetarians may live longer, but experts speculate that the survival edge lies in higher fiber consumption. Vegetarians may consume more fiber, not just from fruits and vegetables, but also from whole grains. Lifestyle factors, such as abstaining from alcohol and smoking, may have played a part in the longevity of the vegetarians in the study.

More at WebMD | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

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Tags: Vegetarian Diets, Vegetarians Live Longer, Benefits of Fiber, JAMA Internal Medicine, Reasons to Go Vegetarian

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Behold Mighty Asparagus

2 Asparagus Lowered Blood Pressure in Rats

Asparagus has been proven to lower blood pressure in rats. In the study, rats with high blood pressure were fed a diet made up of 5 percent asparagus. After 10 weeks on the diet, the asparagus-fed rats had lower blood pressure than rats fed a standard asparagus-free rat diet. Researchers at the Kagawa Nutrition University in Japan report that the asparagus-fed rats also had less protein in their urine, which means their kidneys are healthier. The study showed that the rats that were fed asparagus also had less activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme, or ACE. Hypertension drugs reduce ACE activity in humans. It's possible that 2"-hydroxynicotianamine, found in asparagus, inhibited ACE activity in the rats, but researchers don't know if it would also inhibit ACE activity in humans.

More at NPR | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

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Tags: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Health Benefits Asparagus, Hydroxynicotianamine, Inhibiting ACE Activity

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