Good results in pilot studies lead to larger experiements. Here are some of the most promising recent findings.
Scientists first discovered antioxidants in green coffee beans in 1988 but worried that roasting could destroy them. Researchers in this study found that roasting, aging, grinding, and brewing coffee produces a different class of antioxidants that appear to be beneficial as well.
In a group of 710 college students taking an introductory psychology course, doctors measured the diets, including fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, pickles, tempeh, and kimchi. Students who got the most fermented foods reported having less social anxiety, with students who suffered from neurosis reporting the greatest relief.
Tree nuts and peanuts
Men and women who eat at least 10 grams (about 1/3 ounce) of tree nuts or peanuts per day are less likely to die from several major diseases compared to those who don’t eat nuts. Doctors saw the largest benefit for respiratory and brain diseases, diabetes, followed by cancer and cardiovascular disease. The benefits were evident for peanuts, but not peanut butter.
Reference: PLOS ONE; 2015, Vol. 10, No. 4, Published Online
Natural Insights for Well Being November 2015
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