An Extract from Spinach May Boost Athletic Performance

A new study from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, found that an extract from spinach may work as an enhancer of athletic performance.An Extract from Spinach May Boost Athletic Performance

The team of researchers conducted a double-blind study with 46 athletes. The participants were divided into two groups, one of which took spinach extract, and another took a placebo during 10 weeks.

Within the study period, the researchers took blood and urine samples to analyze them for ecdysterone and potential biomarkers of performance enhancement.

Results showed that the athletes receiving ecdysterone had significantly higher increases in muscle mass, and in vitro experiments replicated the findings.

The tests also showed significant increases in one-repetition bench press performance. At the same time, blood and urine tests didn’t reveal any signs of liver or kidney toxicity.

Regular Aerobic Exercise Can Make Your Brain 10 Years Younger

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Recent research from the Columbia University finds that regular aerobic exercise can boost essential gray matter in all adults boosting memory and thinking skills.

For the study, a team of researchers followed 132 participants whose age was between 20 and 67 years. All participants were assigned to 6 months of either aerobic exercise or stretching and toning 4 times per week.

Study author Professor Yaakov Stern, of the Taub Institute for the Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University in New York, comments: “Since thinking skills at the start of the study were poorer for participants who were older, our findings suggest that aerobic exercise is more likely to improve age-related declines in thinking skills rather than improve performance in those without a decline.”

Drinking Soda after a Workout May Interfere with Kidney Function

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The latest research from the University at Buffalo in New York finds that drinking soda after exercise can cause dehydration and affect the kidney function.

For the study, 12 healthy and physically fit adults whose average age was 24 years were recruited by the scientists. The participants completed 30 minutes on the treadmill. After the exercise, they were completing tasks that mimicked the physical work on an agriculture site.

After physical activity of this kind, all of them relaxed for 15 minutes and received either high-fructose caffeinated soft drink or water. The researchers measured heart rate, body temperature, body weight, and pressure before, immediately after, and hours after the session of physical activity.

Analysis of the received data showed that participants who drank soft drinks were mildly dehydrated and had higher levels of vasopressin, a hormone that increases the blood pressure.

Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years Younger

A new study from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, finds that senior people who exercise regularly have their hearts, lungs, and muscles in equivalent shape to people in their forties.regular exercise keeps your body younger

In the study, the three types of participants have been involved: seven women and 21 men in their 70s who exercised regularly, 10 women and 10 men in their 70s who led sedentary lifestyles, and 10 women and 10 men in their 20s, who were all healthy and who exercised regularly.

Lead researcher Scott Trappe, director of the Human Performance Laboratory, explains: “Exercise wins’ is the take-home message. We saw that people who exercise regularly year after year have better overall health. These 75-year-olds — men and women — have similar cardiovascular health to a 40–45-year-old.”

Even Extreme Levels of Aerobic Exercise Increase Your Lifespan

A large-scale study by scientists from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio finds that even large amounts of aerobic exercise still increase the lifespan, especially in older people.extreme levels of aerobic exercise still increase the lifespan

For the study, a team of researchers led by Dr. Wael Jaber who is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic has analyzed the data from 122,007 people who participated in exercise treadmill testing from January 1, 1991, to December 31, 2014. The scientists paid the special attention to the link between aerobic exercises and lifespan.

Having analyzed the received data, the researchers concluded that higher levels of aerobic fitness were associated directly with the lower risk of long-term mortality.

Dr. Wael Jaber explains: “Aerobic fitness is something that most patients can control. And we found in our study there is no limit to how much exercise is too much […] Everyone should be encouraged to achieve and maintain high fitness levels.”

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