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Do Beets Lower Blood Pressure?
Boosting intake of fresh beets is an excellent way to help lower blood pressure. Beets are high in nitrates, which the body turns into a gas called nitric oxide, a compound that acts to widen coronary arteries, in turn reducing blood pressure.
Nitric oxide also has an anti-platelet effect that stops heart attack-inducing blood clots. Beets have this effect whether used raw, cooked, or even juiced.
But be aware that beets can turn your urine and stool red. This is harmless, but often alarms people, who think they are bleeding.
(Crandall M.D. 2017)

What Alternatives to Antidepressants?
Several supplements have been shown to help with depression, Fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids have improved mood in patients with major depression. S-adenodyl-L-methionine or SAMe, as well as St. John's wort, also improve mood symptoms better than placebo in depressed patients.

Quick Tip Thursday:
Why Am I So Sensitive to Sound?
This phenomenon is known as misophonia, or selective sound sensitivity syndrome. Why some people react and others do not likely reflects biological differences in brain structure and function. Neuroscientists have linked the condition to an increase in the neural connections between the brain's auditory system and emotional centers in the limbic system. People with misophonia may also suffer from post-traumatic stress or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Avoiding the offending sounds can be effective in reducing the symptoms. Other approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches patients to distract themselves or to focus on other sounds.
Sometimes, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants can reduce symptoms as well.

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Lies Desensitize Your Brain
Nearly everyone has told an untruth at some point, often to avoid hurting another person's feelings. A new study suggests that those small fibs can lead to bigger lies and can even alter your brain's neural circuitry.
Researchers at the University College London reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience on this slippery slope from minor fibs to bigger untruths as well as how lying changes brain function.
They placed paid volunteers in a functional MRI scanner and measured activity levels of the brain's amygdala (an area that regulates emotion) while showing them images of various glass jars containing different amounts of pennies. The subjects were told to describe how much money was in each jar. The results indicated that the more the volunteers lied, the less activity they had in the amygdala on the MRI scan. The additional monetary reward helped reinforce the lying, which appeared to desensitize their emotional brain activity.

Quick Tip Thursday:
Your January To-Do List
Three things to do this month for better heart health.
1. Boost magnesium. Eat more foods high in this mineral: leafy greens, fish, nuts, and beans or take 400 to 800 mg in supplement form.
2. Avoid secondhand smoke. Exposure to tobacco smoke -- even if you're not the one smoking -- raises heart disease risk by up to 30 percent.
3. Drink your coffee straight. Wean yourself off sugar by adding less each day.

CT Scans May Reveal Stroke Risk
Researchers have created computer models of the "shape" of blood flow through the heart's upper left chamber that someday may help predict stroke risk. A team from Johns Hopkins Medicine used scans of a normal heart and a diseased heart to create computer models of the "shape" of blood flow as it travels through the heart.
Their computer visualizations found that blood in the diseased heart failed to flow in corkscrew "eddies" that most effectively moved blood out of the left atrium in the healthy heart and show exactly how this motion would increase the risk of developing a blood clot.
More than 1.6 million Americans each year are diagnosed with symptoms of atrial fibrillation that put them at risk for strokes caused by blood that pools in the heart and forms a clot, then travels to the brain, statistics show.
The ability to better assess stroke risk and intervene earlier could save many lives from stroke, which causes 140,000 deaths a year and is the largest cause of preventable disability in the U.S.

Optimism Lowers Stroke Risk
Optimism—the expectation that more good things, rather than bad, will happen—may lower your rick of having a stroke, according to a study of more than 6,000 Americans over age 50, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers found that the higher the level of a person’s optimism, the lower his or her risk of stroke. Earlier studies had also found that a generally positive outlook leads to better heart health and a stronger immune system.
In addition to lowering stroke risk, optimism leads people to make healthier choices, such as taking vitamins, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.
This finding is particularly important for older people, who tend to be less optimistic than younger individuals.
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