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Do You Remember the Top Health News of 2016?

Every year, research uncovers new health and nutrition information, and 2016 was no exception! Keeping up on the latest findings is a good way to ensure a healthy, happy New Year.

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5 Top Health Findings in 2016

  1. Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea has been shown to significantly decrease concentration of glycogen and serum insulin levels, as well as reduce insulin resistance. Chamomile tea also increases antioxidant activity, reducing damage from free radicals. Those looking to lower their blood sugar might try adding chamomile tea to their diet, especially because the mild taste of chamomile tea can be easily enjoyed without adding sweeteners.
  2. Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) or Mediterranean (MED) Diet: The DASH and MED diets have been shown to reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women. Those following the MED diet showed up to an 80% lower risk of GDM, while those following the DASH diet demonstrated up to a 71% reduced risk. Evidence also suggests that these diets offer similar protection against type-2 diabetes.
  3. Vitamin D: Vitamin D supplementation of patients with major depressive disorder resulted in significant reduction in symptoms of depression, showing improvement on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) as well as the indicators of glucose homeostasis and oxidative stress. Vitamin D has been shown to aid in many body functions, including nervous system function, bone development and immunity. Read more about 6 signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.
  4. Bone Broth: Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, glucosamine, chondroitin and other minerals, bone broth is easily digested, as well as easy and inexpensive to make. Bone broth has been shown to reduce the effects of arthritis and joint pain and aid in reducing degenerative joint disease by helping to support the connective tissue in the body. It also helps keep hair and fingernails strong.
  5. Fermented Foods: Foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and kefir are fermented, a process in which the natural bacteria are allowed to feed on the sugars and starches in the foods, preserving the food and creating beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and various probiotics that aid in digestion. Not only do fermented foods contain high levels of probiotics, they also are partially broken down, making digestion easier.

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Izadi, V.; Tehrani, H.; Haghighatdoost, F.; Dehghan, A.; Surkan, P.J.; Azadbakht, L. (2016). Adherence to the DASH and Mediterranean diets is associated with decreased risk for gestational diabetes mellitus. Nutrition. 32(10):1092-6. Retrieved on 12/20/16 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27189908.

Leech, J. (2016). 9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Kefir. Authority Nutrition. Retrieved on 12/20/16 from https://authoritynutrition.com/9-health-benefits-of-kefir/.

Marie Claire. (2016). Move over quinoa: The all new superfoods you need to try in 2016. Retrieved on 12/20/16 from http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/uncategorised/2016-new-superfoods-44304#gQ8SSbSty5Lhvg6H.99.

Nourished Kitchen. (2016). The benefits of bone broth. Nourished Kitchen. Retrieved on 12/20/16 from http://nourishedkitchen.com/bone-broth/.

Sepehrmanesh, Z.; Kolahdooz, F.; Abedi, F.; Mazroii, N.; Assarian, A.; Asemi, Z.; Esmaillzedeh, A. (2016). Vitamin D Supplementation Affects the Beck Depression Inventory, Insulin Resistance, and Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial. J Nutr. 146(2):243-8. Retrieved on 12/20/16 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26609167.

Zemestani, M.; Rafraf, M.; Asghari-Jafarabadi, M. (2016). Chamomile tea improves glycemic indices and antioxidants status in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutrition. 32(1):66-72. Retrieved on 12/20/16 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26437613/.

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