Heath Information – More Health News From Around the World (Part 2,...

Heath Information – More Health News From Around the World (Part 2, final)

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Oranges Prevent Cancer

Eating one orange every day can decrease the risk of stroke 19 percent and reduce the risk of stomach, mouth and larynx cancer by 40-50 percent, according to a study conducted by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

“It is likely that the benefits come from the concentrated amounts of nutrients such as vitamin C, folic acid and antioxidants,” the study said.

Oranges contain the highest levels of antioxidants among fruits. Oranges contain over 170 types of phytochemicals, including more than 60 flavonoids. When choosing oranges, look for fruits that feel heavy for their size. (From Men’s Health, U.S.A.)

Can Tropical Fruits Inhibit Mercury Levels?

Tropical fruits may be the ideal accompaniment to fish dishes as high levels of mercury in tuna, swordfish, shark and kinmedai (Golden eye snapper) have become a concern in recent years.

According to a recently released study, phytochemicals and fiber in mangoes, pineapples, papaya and other tropical fruits have been proven to inhibit the quantity of mercury absorbed by the body. (From ZEST, U.S.A.)

Too Many Carbonated Drinks are Bad for Teeth

Drinking too many carbonated beverages is the main cause for the increase in dental erosion among teenagers, says a study published in the British Dental Journal. Drinking carbonated beverages increase the risk of dental erosion in 12-year-olds by 59 percent and 220 percent in 14-year-olds. The risk increases to 252 percent for 12-year-olds and as high as 513 percent among 14-year-olds who drink at least four glasses per day.

The study was conducted on more than 1,000 children. Two-thirds of the 12-year-olds and more than 92 percent of the 14-year-olds said they drank carbonated beverages. In both groups, over 40 percent said they drank more than three cups per day.

Dr. Peter Rock, of Birmingham University, who conducted the study, said that even one carbonated drink a day significantly increases the changes of suffering dental erosion, while more frequent consumption increases the changes of dental erosion even further.

Tooth decay is caused by eating too many sweets while dental erosion is caused by acids in foods. Tooth decay occurs when sugars in the foods we eat react with bacteria in plaque. Dental erosion, on the other hand, is the result of acidic substances eroding away tooth enamel. (From BBC News, United Kingdom)

(The information provided should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Consult your physician before attempting any new program. Readers who fail to consult appropriate health authorities assume the risk of developing serious medical conditions.)

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