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Friday Roundup: Antioxidants May Not Ward off Strokes, Cancer-Fighting Foods, and More

admin - May 3, 2013

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Are you looking to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Headlines include a new study with findings that suggest antioxidants may not ward off strokes, 5 cancer-fighting foods, cold sores and memory loss, and more.

New Study: Antioxidants May Not Ward off Strokes

Previous evidence has linked specific vitamins to a protective effect in the brain, potentially reducing stroke risk. One new study found, however, this may not be the case with antioxidants.

Researchers found that people who ate or drank foods containing high amounts of antioxidants, such as red wine, tea, oranges, or coffee, were just as likely to develop neurological problems as those who did not consume antioxidant-rich foods.

The study looked at about 5,400 participants over the age of 55 for a period of 14 years. During the study, 599 were diagnosed with dementia, and 601 had a stroke. There was no difference in stroke or dementia risk among those who consumed large amounts of antioxidants, and those who did not.

Read more about the study here:

5 Cancer-Fighting Foods

The power of prevention is unquestionable, even with diseases like cancer. There are things you can do to lower cancer risk, including eating certain cancer-fighting foods. These foods contain nutrients and vitamins linked directly to lower risk for certain types of cancers.

Carrots, for example, contain an antioxidant that has been found to help prevent rectal cancer. Other foods like spinach and kale have a similar effect. Grains that include breads and cereals which contain folic acid can help lower risk of colon cancer.

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Cold Sores and Memory Loss

Are you prone to painful, unattractive cold sores? New research shows that the virus responsible for cold sores may actually increase risk of cognitive decline.

The study involved the examination of the antibodies to common infectious agents in the blood of 1,625 participants. This created an “infectious burden index”. Results showed that participants who ranked higher on the infectious burden index had a higher likelihood of having worse cognitive abilities.

This study by Columbia University researchers was published in the journal Neurology and provides a link between cognitive decline and herpesviridae viral infections, which have also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and stroke in past studies.

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You can get involved with the health and nutrition discussions going on right now at Here’s what’s trending:

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