natural healing: consuming watercress blunts training damage
Men who ate watercress experienced less oxidative DNA damage — an inevitable by-product of hard training— than a control group in a new study.
Research authors say fat-soluble antioxidant levels increased in subjects who ate about three ounces a day. Watercress is also high in calcium, folic acid, and vitamins A and C. Add some to a soup or salad, or throw some in the blender with your next shake.
In other health news:
Fast Break Periodic Fasting Can Help Fight Fat
The old saying “You are what you eat” may need to be changed to “You are when you eat.” In a recent study, researchers fed mice a high-fat diet and divided them into two groups: a group that could graze for 24 hours a day, and a group whose feedings were limited to an eight-hour window. Despite the fact that both groups consumed the same amount of daily calories, only the 24-hour group experienced adverse effects—weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and liver damage. The study authors say it’s evidence that fasting serves a metabolic purpose that frequent eating can disrupt.
Nix the Booze
A new study from Oxford University says current recommendations for alcohol consumption are far too high. the researchers found alcohol’s health benefits top out at a meager 1/4 of a regular drink. Previous studies recommended drinking more for heart health, but the new research found it increases risk for other chronic diseases like cancer and cirrhosis.