Archive for April, 2009

Some Practical Tips to Help You Pick the Freshest of Fruits and Vegetables

April 10th, 2009

Fresh Fruits

If you have decided to live and eat healthy, you may find this guide useful when you push your cart along the aisles of your grocery or when you rush to the farmers market every weekend.

You get the best of fruits and vegetables when you get those which are at their best condition. Here are some useful tips:

Raspberries and Blackberries

Go for raspberries and blackberries that have that shine without any discoloration or molds. If you will not eat it right away, you can put it in a plastic container and refrigerate. They’ll be good for around 2 days. Don’t forget to wash them before consumption. They will be great with if you are baking some stuff or just in addition to those yummy dishes.

Plums, Apricots, Peaches

Go for the cleanest of skin, meaning, no bruises or wrinkles. The fruit should also be taut and firm to touch. You can ripen these fruits at room temperature and refrigerate them once they are ripe. You can serve plums, peaches, or apricots with dishes of pork, chicken, or duck. Read more…

Dieting, Food , , ,

High Blood Pressure Traced Back to a Gene Variant

April 1st, 2009

HyperTensionIt must be with the genes. True enough high blood pressure may be traced back to a gene that serves as framework on how the kidney will process salt. The discovery will help in developing new approaches to treat the condition.

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine traced that people with the common variant of STK39 are prone to have higher blood pressure. Presence of that gene also predisposes one to a full blown hypertension.

The conclusion of the study was made after analyzing the genes of five groups of people from the United States and Europe. One fifth of the subject population had a copy or duplicates of the STK39.

The gene on spotlight is involved in the production of a protein which affects how the kidney processes salt in the human body. How this kidney processes go on play a vital role in one’s blood pressure.

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Genetics, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension