For Your Health

A new study shows moderate wine drinking may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Researchers say this could be due to wine's antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties:

"The researchers say that drinking wine, 'but not beer and spirits, was positively associated with cognitive function in women, whereas both beer and wine consumption was associated with better cognitive test scores in men.'

"They also say that 'light-to-moderate wine consumption in women and light-to-moderate wine and beer consumption in men were associated with better scores on cognitive tests, compared with those with a low intake of alcohol.'"

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A word of warning for college students: The Mayo Clinic says healthy young people who gain as little as 9 pounds in the abdomen are at risk of damaging cells that regulate blood flow, leading to heart disease:

"Dr. Virend Somers studied a group of healthy young adults for endothelial cell dysfunction. Endothelial cells line the blood vessels and control the ability of the vessels to expand and contract.

"'The condition has long been associated with an increased risk for coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events,' Dr. Somers explained."

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A garlic tablet a day may help keep high blood pressure at bay. Australian doctors saw a "significant" drop in levels after 12 weeks of patients taking the supplements along with prescribed medication:

"In the trial, researchers from the university's general practice department gave capsules containing 960mg of aged garlic extract to patients with high blood pressure."

"Those who took the supplements every day had much lower readings after 12 weeks."

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