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Going Vegan Can Save Millions

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According to researchers at Oxford University, worldwide veganism can save anywhere from $700 billion to $1 trillion per year on health care costs and reduce food-related emissions by 70 percent.

The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and they mark the first time that researchers have looked into the impact of a worldwide vegan diet on health and climate change.

Recent analyses highlight health and environmental benefits of reducing the consumption of animal-sourced foods. The abstract from the study states that transitioning toward more plant-based diets that are in line with standard dietary guidelines could reduce global mortality by 6–10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29 – 70% by 2050.

The study report states that the food system that supports the consumption of animal products is responsible for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, unhealthy diets and high body weight are among the greatest contributors to premature mortality. Therefore, researchers project that health would improve and climate change would be minimized when more people significantly lower the amount of animal-sourced foods they consume in their diets.

For more on the study, click here.

Black Seeds

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Black seeds

Black seeds

Black seeds come from a plant called Nigella sativa. It is often called black cumin and is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to south and southwest Asia. However, the earliest black seeds have been found in Kemet (Egypt).

Nigella sativa grows to 20–30 cm tall, with finely divided, linear leaves. This shrub produces fruits that have tiny black seeds that have been used in remedies for thousands of years emphasizing their importance in history for healing and protection. They’re also used in cooking to add flavor to breads, curries, and pickles. When eaten, the seeds have a bitter flavor that is often compared to cumin or oregano.

Some additional names for black seed oil include: black caraway, black cumin, black onion seed and kalonji.

Black seed oil has been used to treat high blood pressure and asthma. It also shows strong antifungal activity against Candida albicans, which is yeast that can overgrow in the body and lead to candidiasis. Other health benefits of black seed oil include the following:

Reduction of high blood pressure: It has been demonstrated that taking black cumin seed extract for two months reduces high blood pressure in people whose blood pressure is mildly elevated.

Reduction of high cholesterol: It has been demonstrated that taking black seed oil reduces high cholesterol. It is high in healthy fatty acids that can help you maintain healthier cholesterol levels. These fatty acids include linoleic acids and oleic acid. The amount of oil can vary depending on where the black seeds are grown. People can also realize results when they consume the crushed seeds.

Improvement of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: Taking oral black seed oil can help to reduce symptoms of inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis.

Decreasing of asthma symptoms: This is due to the anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil. Its effect in reducing inflammation in the airways can also help with bronchitis symptoms.

Calming of upset stomach: Eating black seeds or taking black seed oil is associated with the relief of stomach pain and cramps. The oil can also help to reduce gas, stomach bloating and the incidence of ulcers.

Anti-Carcinogenic: Black seed oil is also thought to have anticancer properties. It may help fight against skin cancers when applied topically. Portions of black seed oil known as thymoquinone and other seed potions were able to reduce the growth of tumors in lab rats. The oil also may help to reduce the tissue damaging effects of radiation that are used to kill cancer cells. But these results haven’t been studied in humans. Black seed oil shouldn’t be used as a substitute for conventional cancer treatments.

Black seed oil has several applications and benefits for problematic skin conditions. The oil is found in many health foods stores and pharmacies. Examples of applications for beauty and skin include:

Healthy Skin: According to the Journal of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, applying a lotion prepared with 10 percent black seed oil significantly reduced the incidence of acne after two months. Those who participated in the study reported 67 percent satisfaction.

Hydration of hair: Black seed oil can be applied to human hair to soften it and promote shine.

Reduction of Psoriasis: Applying black seed oil has been shown to reduce the incidence of psoriasis plaques.

Softening skin: Black seed oil has been added to oils and moisturizers to improve skin moisture and hydration.

Healing of Wounds: Application of black seed oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and the presence of bacteria to aid in wound healing. While it doesn’t seem to be helpful in growing new collagen fibers, it does stimulate other growth factors to help the body create new, healthy skin.

Black seed oil can help liver function, but taking too much black seed oil can also be harmful to your liver and kidneys. If you have problems with either of these organs, talk to your doctor to determine a safe dose (if any). Also, topical black seed oil can cause allergic reactions. Therefore it is recommended that a patch test is performed before applying it to a large area on your skin.

Black seed oil shouldn’t replace prescription treatments that a doctor may give you. But it does have some beauty benefits that can work in addition to these treatments to enhance your skin.

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Soda Consumption In the US Plunges to a 31-Year Low

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Soda consumption in the United States fell to a 31-year low in 2016, according to Beverage-Digest. That decline can mainly be attributed to waning demand among health-conscious consumers.

For more on soda’s waning popularity, click here.

How Running Helps You Lose Weight

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Running is one of the best types of exercise to help you lose weight and it is linked to many health benefits. With appropriate diet, attitude, and equipment, running can serve in advancing and maintaining healthy lifestyles for decades.

There are many different styles of running, each with their own unique purpose and benefits.

According to authoritynutrition.com, these are the most popular types:

Base runs: What most people would call a “normal” run. They are short-to-moderate length runs around 6 miles (10 km) and done at your natural pace.

Long runs: Longer versions of base runs done at the same pace but over a greater distance of around 10–12 miles (15–20 km). They help improve your overall fitness and endurance.

Interval runs: Short, intense runs repeated several times with short breaks in between. For example, 5 x 0.5 mile runs with 1/4 mile (400 meters) light jogging between each interval. These runs train your running power and speed.

Hill repeats: Similar to interval runs but done uphill. For example, 10 x 1-minute hill repeats. They train your running power and speed while improving stamina.

Recovery runs: Slow runs done after harder runs like hill repeats to add extra distance to your overall run. For example, a 4-minute run at a comfortable pace after a harder run.

Progression runs: These mimic competition-style runs by starting slow and finishing at a faster pace. They build endurance, speed and reduce fatigue. For example, 5 miles (8 km) at a natural pace, then 1 mile (1.5 km) at a fast pace.

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