Volunteering for Better Health. Plus, 5 More Trends Affecting Your Health

Today, I have another edition of Uncommon Wisdom Daily’s health research roundup for you.

We’ll look at some of the most important and groundbreaking medical, health and fitness research from around the world.

This is my way of helping you keep up on recent natural-health findings through some of the most-impactful stories around. And in the coming weeks, we’ll look to delve deeper into some of these topics and other natural ways to boost your health. (Here’s a link to our most-recent roundup.)

I’ve provided some excerpts below. Click on the links to learn more. Enjoy!

Volunteers are in better health than non-volunteers

Ghent University researchers in Belgium analyzed data on volunteering. Specifically, how it relates to the health and employment of more than 40,000 European citizens.

Their results, just published in PLOS ONE, show a connection between volunteering and better health and employment outcomes.

In fact, the research suggests that volunteers are as healthy as non-volunteers who are five years younger!

People who trust their doctor tend to feel better

Confidence in doctors, therapists and nursing staff leads to an improvement in subjectively perceived complaints, satisfaction and quality of life in patients. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis by psychologists at the University of Basel, published in the journal PLOS ONE.

How your neighborhood may impact your health

How physically active are you? It might depend, in part, on what type of neighborhood you live in, says Adriana Zuniga-Teran, a postdoctoral research associate in the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.

Related story: Your immune system’s missing ingredient: a serious helping of bugs

Super-sized memory is trainable and long-lasting

The ability to perform astonishing feats of memory, such as remembering lists of several dozen words, can be learned, Radboud researchers report in Neuron on March 8.

After 40 days of daily 30-minute training sessions using a strategic memory-improvement technique, individuals who had typical memory skills at the start … and no previous memory training … more than doubled their memory capacity, going from recalling an average of 26 words from a list of 72 to remembering 62. Four months later, without continued training, recall performance remained high.

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study

A new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. The study, a participant data meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials including more than 11,000 participants, has been published online in The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal).

"Most people understand that vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health," said Carlos Camargo of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the study’s senior author. "Our analysis has also found that it helps the body fight acute respiratory infection, which is responsible for millions of deaths globally each year.

Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people

In the study, healthy people aged 65-77 who drank concentrated blueberry juice every day showed improvements in cognitive function, blood flow to the brain and activation of the brain while carrying out cognitive tests.

There was also evidence suggesting improvement in working memory.

Blueberries are rich in flavonoids, which possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dr. Joanna Bowtell, head of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter in the UK, said: "Our cognitive function tends to decline as we get older, but previous research has shown that cognitive function is better preserved in healthy older adults with a diet rich in plant-based foods."

Related story: Why All Fruits Aren’t Created Equal

Did you enjoy this health research roundup?

What other types of topics would you like us to include in future issues? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Happy and healthy investing,
Brad

Your thoughts on “Volunteering for Better Health. Plus, 5 More Trends Affecting Your Health”

  1. Love and appreciate your weekend natural health updates! Here’s to eating more berries!

  2. How do my wife & I maintain our sexual abilities after the age of 75 ?
    We are both 76 years “young” (we prefer, rather than old)

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