Food & Fitness After 50: Research Roundup

New research from Dr. Rosenbloom’s blog: blueberries can help your BP as much as meds, pomegranate juice improves visual learning and memory, and making sure you’re not vitamin D deficient is good for brain health

Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, FAND

Each day dozens of research studies appear in my inbox, peaking this old college professor’s interest. Last week, there were three studies that made me want to take a closer look: one published in an aging journal, one presented at an annual scientific conference, and one animal study in the journal Brain Structure and Function.  Let’s briefly talk about each one and how it might translates from the page to your plate.

Blueberries for Blood Pressure

1200-136890271-blueberriesThe blue color in blueberries is due to the presence of anthocyanins (pronounced ann-though-sigh-a-nins), a sub-group of plant chemicals knows as polyphenols. Fruits and veggies that are deeply colored red, blue, and purple are especially rich in anthocyanins. The study published in the Journals of Gerontology (gerontology is the study of aging) found that eating about a cup of blueberries twice a day lowered blood pressure similar to the lowering from taking…

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the HAES® files: Recovering Abundantly in a One-Size-Fits-All World

This is a different kind of success story than the usual ones I post. But a success story nonetheless. Congratulations to Erin for her new healthy way of eating and accepting the size it turned out to give her.
The predictions of her medical team, despite precise measurements, were significantly off about her final weight, showing this is less an exact science than most of us think. But kudos to them for congratulating her on the healthy outcome and not getting fixated on the weight.

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by Erin Harrop

When I began my recovery journey from an eating disorder 13 years ago, I had a certain set of expectations about how the recovery process would go. Healthcare professionals told me to expect several things. They reassured me that as I learned to eat a broader variety of foods that my anxiety around eating would go down. What?! They said the more I faced my fears, the more comfortable I would feel.

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Update on “Tips For Those That Need a Hip Replacement”

Emma Hayes, a physiotherapist and fellow blogger at MYTRAVELBUGBITE, brought up some important points about my post "Tips For Those That Need a Hip Replacement". I didn't want this to get lost in the comments so I will revise the post. For those of you that read it already, the first issue is that in … Continue reading Update on “Tips For Those That Need a Hip Replacement”