As I excitedly pointed out last week, I was in Men’s Health for the first time. While the articles can be a little hit or miss for me, overall it is far and away the best mainstream source of fitness information out there. They have great guys like Bill Hartman, Mike Robertson and more writing for them, which certainly helps their cause.
However, the best part of the magazine for me are the research bulletins in the beginning. They discuss really cool new findings that I love reading about. While I am sure plenty of you read the magazine, for those that don’t I wanted to outline a few of those new findings, as I thought they were really interesting.
Interestingly a new study from Harvard found that people who consume the most anthocyanins, the phytonutrients that give berries their deep colors, had a 12% lower risk of developing hypertension. While this doesn’t directly show that consuming berries will prevent hypertension, it sure doesn’t hurt.
I wrote a while back about my love for waking up to my dawn simulating alarm clock, there is some new research to actually prove how beneficial it is. A new study in the Journal of Sleep Research found that when sleeping people were awakened by a slowly increasing light for 30 minutes prior to waking (just like an actual sunrise) they felt more alert upon waking. I am a huge fan of the Biobrite Dawn Simulating Alarm Clock.
The effects of air pollution may be contributing to your waistline. Recent research at Ohio State found that when mice were exposed to air pollution they developed more abdominal fat, higher blood sugar, and increased insulin resistance than mice who were not exposed.
In addition, though I can’t remember where I read it, there was some other research showing that air pollution can also raise systemic inflammation levels and increase risk of some cancers and other health issues. A simple HEPA filter can drastically reduce air pollution in your home, and is something that I am definitely going to be looking into. I don’t want my baby girl breathing polluted air!
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