Health & Wellness

Longevity Benefits of Olive Oil

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of Olive Oil

Reviewed By: R.Scott Siewert Health/Wellness

A large volume of published data has emerged in support of the wide ranging health benefits of including lots of olive oil in one’s diet.

Olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fat, is a main component of the Mediterranean Diet, which consistently supports longevity benefits in human population.

Not only does olive oil reduce vascular risks (heart attacks, strokes and hypertension) but compelling evidence indicates that it may also reduce incidence of several forms of cancer. While olive oil rich in monounsaturated fats, it also contains polyphenols that have shownunique health benefits.

A notable recent study included 7,216 men and women at high risk for cardiovascular disease who were randomized into various diet groups. After a median follow up of only 4.8 years and adjustments for other risk factors, those who consumed the most extra virgin olive oil enjoyed 39% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and 35% reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality.

For each 10 gram per day increase of extra virgin olive oil consumption, there was a 7% decreased risk of cardiovascular mortality.

Note: Owen RW, Haubner R. Wurtele G, al. Olives and olive oil in cancer prevention. Filomeno M. Bosetti Cbidoli E, Mediterranean diet and risk of endometrial cancer. A pool of analysis of three Italian case controlled studies.

Guasch-Ferre M,Hu FB. Martinez-Gonzalez MA, et al. Olive oil intake and risk of cardiovascular disease and motility in the PREDIMED study.


Too Busy this Season To Focus on Your Health?

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Too Busy This Season To Focus on Your Health

By R.Scott Siewert / Health & Wellness Director

In my writings I usually discuss so much about supplements that can be added to our Diets. How about some discussion on activities to get us moving.

If you're in your 60's and struggling with:

LOW ENERGY : Drink a glass of water. Even a slight drop in our hydration levels can cause fatigue, according to scientist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. How much fluid do you need, In General?

  1. men requires around 3 liters (six 16.9 ounce bottles)per day,  DON'T PANIC you'll be visiting the bathroom more often.
  2. women require around 2.2 liters (about 4 16.9 ounce bottles)per day

EXCESS WEIGHT : Chew a stick of gum. Folks who chewed sugar less gum throughout the morning consumed 67 fewer calories at lunch and didn't make up for the deficit for the rest of the day/ University of Rhode Island researchers found in one study.

GO FOR A SPIN : if you've been blowing off the gym because you don't have time for it, take heart. Researchers at Ontario's McMaster University Medical School showed that just 10 minutes of intense cycling on a stationary bike three times a week significantly boosted fitness. No access to a bike? Ten minutes of stair climbing burns 100 calories.

HEAD TO THE SUPERMARKET : As long as you avoid the free samples, a 30 minute visit to the supermarket can burn between 100-150 calories. If grocery shopping is not on your list, washing your car or mopping the floors can knock off 150-200 calories.

HEART DISEASE : Walk with vigor. You don't have to train for a marathon to keep your heart fit. It turns out that walking at a brisk pace is just as effective at lowering blood pressure and cholesterol as running is, according to research findings.


City Poor Active Lifestyle

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Study ranks Toledo near worst for sports amenities

By Blade staff writer

Reviewed By R.Scott Siewert, / Health & Wellness Director

If you want to engage in healthy physical activity, then some might
say you shouldn't move to Toledo. WalletHub , a Web-based personal finance company, ranked Toledo as the eighth  worst locale out of 100 most populated cities nationwide.
The study considered 30 key metrics to identify what would encourage and accommodate  residents to stick to health goals .
For example , the city was the fifth worst in the country for
residence engaging in any physical activity ( 26 % said they were regular physical active ) Also Toledo was 98th among cities in the number of  sports clubs per 100,000 people .The city was 93rd in miles dedicated to running and hiking trails .Some of the other considerations were: golf courses , baseball fields ,tennis courts , playgrounds , basketball hoops ,swimming pools , little leagues .
Because the rankings were based on the city proper and not what’s
available throughout the area, these amenities  were not factored into the study. However, Eric Zgodzinski , commissioner of the Toledo-Lucas county Health Department, said obesity is among the health problems that places Lucas County 73rd place out of 88 counties in health outcomes for  local residence. He said promoting healthy lifestyles by including physical activity is part of a long term strategic plan to improve the health of the community. Having a place to be active is important.


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Omega -3 Associated with Improved Memory Function in Older Adults

Reviewed by: R.Scott Siewert, Director of Health and Wellness


Results of a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicated better object location recall among older men and women who supplemented with omego-3 fatty acids.

The study utilized from a previously reported doubled–blind trial involving healthy men and women between the ages of 50 and 80 years who received 2,200mg per day of omega-3 fatty acid or a placebo daily for 26 weeks. The 44 subjects included in the current investigation received test that accessed object location memory before and after the treatment period.

At the end of the study, red blood cell membrane proportions of omega-3 fatty acids were significantly higher in the treatment group compared with those who received a placebo. While object location recall performance at the beginning of the study was comparable, omega-3 supplemented participants experienced an average of 13.2% versus 3.5% in the placebo group. Improvement.


How CURCUMIN Targats Cancer

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Reviewed By: R. Scott  Siewert,  Health Wellness Director

CURCUMIN is a natural compound extracted from the spice turmeric. An accumulation of evidence indicates its cancer preventive effects, leading one scientist to call the compound: “An ideal chemo preventive agent with its low toxicity, affordability, and easy accessibility”.

For those who have been diagnosed with cancer, it can seem as though the cancer is a lengthy process that may take years to play out. The initiation and progression of a cell into a malignancy involves many steps. At each step there is a disruption in at least one pathway that controls normal cellular growth. The good news about this complex process is that it represents a potential point of intervention to delay or prevent a malignancy from forming.

CURCUMIN has now been shown to have an impact on virtually all of the major targets involved in the cancer development process. These effects give curcumin potent preventive and therapeutic properties against many different kind of cancers.

In general, chemopreventive substances (those used to delay or reverse cancer development ) are grouped by their general mechanism: those that slow the elevation of cancer cells, those that reduce oxidative stress, and those that block carcinogens,, from paralleled  cancer fighting abilities.

CLINICAL TRIALS show promising lab and animal studies paving the way for human studies investigating curcumin chemopreventive properties.

  1. Studies of curcumin for treatment of existing cancers
  2. Studies of curcumins  for reducing side effects of chemo or radiation therapy
  3. Studies of curcumis for preventing new cancers
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