November 2010

- Bursts of cold water during a shower increases oxygen flow around the body, according to Humboldt University in Berlin.

- A glass of milk a day lowers the risk of hypertension, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

- A glass of cranberry juice a day increases the level of HDL (good) cholesterol by 8.6%, according to Laval University in Canada.

- Foods high in potassium, such as bananas, reduce the symptoms of arthritis by up to 40%, according to the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Therapies.

- Eating onions, leeks, garlic and chives halves the risk of cancer in your mid-section, according to the University of North Carolina.

MULTIVITAMINS

- High humidity can make multivitamins less effective, according to Purdue University.

- Multivitamins can help replenish energy reserves and boost muscle repair, according to Nutritional Supplements in Sports and Exercise.

TURMERIC

- Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric – used in many Indian dishes – helps reduce the risk of dementia, according to Duke University, North Carolina.

- Turmeric eases liver damage, according to the journal Gut.

DIABETES

- High-fibre cereal helps regulate blood-sugar and reduces calorie intake, which helps lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

- Vitamin C reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine.

TESTOSTERONE

- Vitamin D bolsters testosterone by up to 90%, according to Graz Medical University in Austria. A can of tuna contains 100% of your recommended daily allowance.

- Men with high intakes of monounsaturated fats – found in avocado, nuts and vegetable oils – have more testosterone, according to Penn State University.

- 47% of impotent men found their condition improved after a daily glass of pomegranate juice, according to the International Journal of Impotence Research.

WEIGHT-LOSS

- Men who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be obese compared with those who do not, according to the American Survey of Obesity.

- Eating slowly makes you three times less likely to be overweight, according to the British Medical Journal.

- Increased protein in your diet suppresses hormones that stimulate hunger, according to Washington University.

- Drinking green tea results in a 4% higher calorie burn over 24 hours, according to the University of Geneva.

COLD / FLU

- Less than seven hours sleep makes you three times more likely to develop a cold, according to the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

- Mushrooms increase production of antiviral proteins that fight flu, according to Tufts University in the US.

- A slice of pro-biotic cheese contains bacteria that boosts your immune system, according to the University of Turku in Finland.

- 100g of Brazil nuts a day reduces the risk of viral infections, according to the University of Liverpool.

- 60-80 minutes of vigorous exercise per week reduces a man’s risk of respiratory infections by 34%, according to the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

- Fresh garlic can help prevent colds, according to Cardiff University’s Common Cold Centre.