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Time Restricted Eating in Humans Has Anti-Aging and Anti-Obesity Effects

Would you believe that by limiting the number of hours in a day that you eat you could lose weight, slow the aging process, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower your risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer?

That’s exactly what modern research is telling us.

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The journal Cell in an article entitled Promoting Health and Longevity through Diet: From Model Organisms to Humans tells us that limiting daily food intake to a 5 to 7 hr time window while consuming the normal number of calories can improve health when compared with a standard three to five meals per day.

Another journal, Cell Metabolism, presents the article Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges. It describes experiments done on mice, which are near enough to humans to tell us what will be effective for us.

The experimenters tested various conditions including time restricted feeding (with 8-9 hours food access) seven days a week, and time restricted feeding only five days a week. Time restrictions only 5 days a week is of particular interest because it reflects a more relaxed feeding schedule we normally use on the weekends.

They tested diets that were high in fat, and diets that were high in both fat and fructose. You probably know that fructose is particularly important since it is being added to almost all manufactured and processed foods found in the grocery store. Consuming a high fructose diet can cause glucose intolerance and fatty liver disease.

They found that the benefits of time restricted feeding were proportion to the fasting duration. That is, the longer the mice went each day without food, the more healthy the mice become. So even though they consumed the same number of calories, the duration of the fasting interval were the controlling factor.

For mice on a high fructose diet, they found that when they increased the availability of food from 9, to 12, to 15 hours a day, the percentage of fat mass increased in a linear fashion. The longer the mice had to eat their allotted food, the fatter they became.

The journal Nutrition Reviews presented an article Time-restricted feeding and risk of metabolic disease: a review of human and animal studies. This article indicated that animal studies of time restricted feeding have shown “reductions in body weight, total cholesterol, and concentrations of triglycerides, glucose, insulin, interleukin, and tumor necrosis factor-α as well as with improvements in insulin sensitivity.” They go on to indicate that human studies confirm these results.

Time restricted eating may just be the key you are looking for in your weight loss journey. After all, the longer your body goes without consuming sugars, the longer your body will be forced to burn fat. And, that’s what will provide long lasting health to an overweight generation.

Time-Restricted Eating May Reverse Diabetes & Obesity

Prof. Satchin Panda, Amandine Chaix, and Amir Zarrinpar of the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute explain their discovery that time-restricted eating shows signs of reversing the effects of obesity and diabetes in mice. For more info: http://www.salk.edu/news/pressrelease_details.php?press_id=2062
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Discover the Health Benefits of Turmeric

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is an inexpensive, tasty, yellow spice used extensively in Asian food. It is also used as a dye for saris and Buddhist monk’s robes. Turmeric is a perennial plant that is native to South and Southeast Asia. It requires warm temperatures (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit) and a rainy environment.

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It has a long history of use spanning thousands of years in both India and China as a cure for many ailments. Turmeric has played a part in Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. More recently western researchers have investigated turmeric and have discovered evidence of many health benefits. One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has shown its power for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. More than a billion people regularly consume curcumin in their diet.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

One key to health involves preventing free radical damage throughout your body. Free radicals are atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons that cause chemical reactions (oxidative damage) with cells in your body. They can damage lipids, proteins, DNA, or cell membranes. Free radical damage prevents the body from functioning normally and often causes inflammation or even cell death.

Unfortunately, there are many things in our environment that can create free radicals. Free radicals can be generated by the foods we eat, various drugs and medicines, air and water pollutants, pesticides and exercise to name a few. Oxidative damage caused by free radicals has been associated with various chronic diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases as well as aging.

To the rescue come antioxidants. These free radical scavengers either prevent free radicals from forming or react with existing free radicals to neutralize them and make them safe. By reducing damage, any inflammation to aid in repairing cell damage is less necessary.

Curcumin has a “potent anti-inflammatory property” that helps keep free radical contained. It’s antioxidant property is 5 to 10 times stronger than vitamins C and E.

But, you should not consider curcumin as a medicine to be taken when you become ill. It is best used daily to help contain free radicals and reduce inflammation. It is a key nutrient that you should take every day.

What Free Radical Damage Diseases Can Turmeric and Curcumin Help Prevent?

Oxidative stress has been a known factor in many diseases such as:

  • cancer
  • autoimmune disorders
  • aging
  • cataract
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • cardiovascular disease
  • neurodegenerative diseases

Subash C. Gupta, Sridevi Patchva, and Bharat B. Aggarwal in their article Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials in American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Journal citing half a century of research on curcumin indicated:

Some promising effects have been observed in patients with various pro-inflammatory diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, uveitis, ulcerative proctitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, tropical pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, idiopathic orbital inflammatory pseudotumor, oral lichen planus, gastric inflammation, vitiligo, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic microangiopathy, lupus nephritis, renal conditions, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, β-thalassemia, biliary dyskinesia, Dejerine-Sottas disease, cholecystitis, and chronic bacterial prostatitis.

Clinical trials of turmeric and curcumin are ongoing. Some clinical trials are looking various types of cancers (breast, prostate, pancreatic, lung and colorectal), type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, dermatitis, cognitive impairments and depression.

Bio-Availability Problem

Clinical trials show that when consumed, the bioavailability of curcumin is relatively low. The liver rapidly clenses the bloodstream of curcumin, quickly making it ineffective.

Several studies has shown that both black pepper and fats greatly help the absorption and retention of curcumin. So, it’s best not to take curcumin on an empty stomach, but rather with a meal including some fats and black pepper.

How to get the most of Curcumin. Should you take pills or whole turmeric? How do you increase the bioavailabilty of curcumin? What other foods should you eat with turmeric? These questions and much more are answered in this video!
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