Infographic: How Astaxanthin Fights Inflammation and Promotes Health

It may surprise you but inflammation is the connection between your good health and many terrible illnesses.

One super-powerful antioxidant can help you gain control over the silent killer of inflammation.

You can reduce inflammation with carotenoids and flavonoids, which are both potent antioxidants. Arguably one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant is the little known astaxanthin.

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Stop looking for the latest superfood and eat a chili pepper

A hot lesson in nutritional studies.

“Tears in Eyes” is a Sichuan dish of soft rice noodles covered in a spicy sauce made of dried, fresh, and pickled chili peppers, chili oil, and, of course, the iconic Sichuan peppercorn. It more than lives up to its name. The dish’s capsaicin content (capsaicin is what gives chilis their bite) is so intense that as tears stream down your face, you start to believe that you’re doing irreversible damage to your tongue.

It is also delicious. But could Tears in Eyes actually be healthy?

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Time to rethink your vegetable oil

The risk of heart disease and diabetes may be lowered by a diet higher in a lipid found in grapeseed and other oils, but not olive oil, a recent study suggests.

Researchers at The Ohio State University found that men and women with higher linoleic acid levels tended to have less heart- threatening fat nestled between their vital organs, more lean body mass and less inflammation. And higher linoleic acid levels also meant a lower likelihood of insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

This finding could have obvious implications in preventing heart disease and diabetes, but also could be important for older adults because higher lean body mass can contribute to a longer life with more independence, said Ohio State’s Martha Belury, a professor of human nutrition who led the research.

But there’s a catch. Low-cost cooking oils rich in linoleic acid have been disappearing from grocery shelves, fueled by industry’s push for plants that have been modified to produce oils higher in oleic acid.

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We’re Just Now Learning How Hormones Affect Our Brains

If you’ve ever found yourself freaking out before a meeting, you’ve experienced shifts in cortisol, the “fight or flight” hormone which plays an important role in general stress regulation (studies have found that burnout and complex grief, for example, have been associated with high cortisol levels).

Mood and energy shifts are likely due to changing levels of progesterone and estrogen, the two primary female sex hormones that also influence mood, cognitive functions, and libido.

When you feel a sense of satisfaction from a meal, that’s elevated dopamine, the brain chemical for reward-driven learning, pleasure, and satisfaction.

If you hug someone and feel more connected to themoxytocin -the neurotransmitter and hormone of love, responsible for social connection and bonding as well as trust, herd mentality, and social conformity -has increased.

That gut feeling you keep experiencing? It’s likely serotonin -a hormone regulating mood and social behavior that’s found in the intestine -speaking.

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What happens in the brain during anxiety? Study sheds light

New research has uncovered brain cells that become activated in response to uncertain outcomes.

We all get anxious from time to time, but what happens in the brain when this dreaded feeling looms? New research helps to answer this question.

In a study of monkeys, Ilya Monosov, Ph.D., of the Departments of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, discovered specific cells in the brain that are activated in response to anxiety.

The researcher recently published his findings in the journal Nature Communications.

In simple terms, anxiety is defined as feelings of worry, nervousness, or fear about an event or situation that could yield an unpleasant outcome, such as a job interview or an exam.

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