According to a recent small clinical trial, either 9g of freeze-dried cranberry powder or 100g fresh cranberries a day can significantly improve flow-mediated dilation, which shows how good blood vessels react on the increase of blood flow. An improved dilation is a sign of improved cardiovascular health. At least in healthy 45 male participants of […]
According to a recent Danish study, a sustainable diet lowers the risk of bleeding or blood clots in the brain. To come to this conclusion, the researchers analyzed the data from 55.016 adults aged between 50 and 64 during a period of 15 years.
We know that accumulation of amyloid-beta proteins in the brain is one of the main features of Alzheimer’s. But did you know that the same proteins are also present in other (periphereral) organs and that there is a possibility that these proteins are interrelated with each other?
Our brain doesn’t have enough place to store energy. When it needs supply of energy for its increased activity, the brain gives a sign to blood vessels for extra blood and then directs it to specific brain regions. While reading this, you might ask: how exactly does the brain communicate to blood vessels and how […]
We already know that, in general, women with menopause at an earlier age have a higher risk of heart disease. But what is ‘an earlier’ age and how early-life menopause is related to the heart disease?
If you have sleep problems, how do you know that these are related to your REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep? The main characterics of REM sleep disorder is an abnormal behavior during REM sleep with sudden arms and legs movements and vocal sounds as a reaction to vivid dreams.
What can you do to reduce the risk of developing dementia? The general advice is: eating healthy, keeping active, reducing alcohol intake and stopping smoking. But what about people with an increased risk for dementia, such as people with diabetes type II? Will this general advice be enough to keep them away from this devastating […]
Have you ever thought of household physical activities as a type of exercise? They help not only maintain your life and living surroundings, but also seem to contribute to your brain health.
We know that mental stress has a negative effect on our body, in particular on our blood vessels. If you are under stress, your heart rate together with your blood pressure immediatly go up, and the function of your blood vessels is temporary impaired. That is why too much stress in your life significantly increases […]
At this moment the blood pressure “120/90” is considered to be normal both for men and women. But according to a recent study, there is a necessity to separate the normal ranges for men and for women. The study found out that women have a lower “normal” blood pressure range compared to men.