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.

Keeping Physically Active or Becoming More Active Helps Live Longer

 A large study from the United Kingdom, published in The BMJ, suggests that maintaining physical activity or achieving higher levels of it in the middle and older age linked to a lower risk of death, regardless of past activity levels or existing health conditions.Keeping Physically Active or Becoming More Active Helps Live Longer

The researchers took data from 14,599 men and women aged between 40 and 79 from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Norfolk (EPIC-Norfolk) study, who participated in this study between 1993 and 1997.

Participants were assessed at the baseline and then 3 times over 7.6 years, on average, along with other risk factors up to 2004. From this point, mortality was assessed up to 2016, for 12.5 years, averagely, of follow-up.

The researchers write in their paper: “These results are encouraging, not least for middle-aged and older adults with existing cardiovascular disease and cancer, who can still gain substantial longevity benefits by becoming more active, lending further support to the broad public health benefits of physical activity.”

Leisurely Physical Activity Weekly May Cut the Death Risk

According to a new international study, leisurely physical activity, which includes dancing, gardening, or walking, on a weekly basis may cut the risk of death from multiple causes in adults aged 40 and over.leisurely physical activity cuts the death risk

The team included researchers from the Shandong University in Jinan, China, the University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA.

The researchers examined information gathered in 1997–2008 from 88,140 adults in the US whose age was from 40 to 85 years. The analysis of the received data showed that people who performed 10–59 minutes of moderate, leisurely activity per week had 18% lower risk of death from all causes.

Just 10 Minutes of Light Physical Activity May Boost Memory

A new study, performed by an international team of researchers from the University of California, Irvine, USA, and the University of Tsukuba, Japan, suggests that only 10 minutes of light physical activity may boost your memory.10 minuts of light physical activity boost memory

To check their hypothesis, the researchers asked 36 healthy adult participants to carry out only 10 minutes of light exercise. After that, the scientists used high-resolution functional MRI to measure changes in brain activity.

Michael Yassa, a project co-leader, says: “What we observed is that these 10-minute periods of exercise showed results immediately afterward.” Yassa and his team are planning to continue investigating. Next, they are going to run longer-term studies in older adults who have the higher risk of cognitive decline.

Regular Walking May Reduce Stroke Severity

A new study, conducted by the scientists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, finds that light and moderate physical activity, for example walking and swimming, may help reduce the stroke severity.walking reduce stroke severity

The study included approximately data from 1,000 individuals who had had a stroke. Having performed the given data, the researchers concluded that those who had been doing several hours of light or moderate physical exercises had less severe strokes compared to those who hadn’t been performing any exercises.

Katharina S. Sunnerhagen, the author of the study, says: “There is a growing body of evidence that physical activity may have a protective effect on the brain and our research adds to that evidence.”

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