Signs Of Aging Accelerated By Phosphorous In Sodas And Processed Foods

Here’s another reason to kick the soda habit. New research published online in the FASEB Journal shows that high levels of phosphates may add more “pop” to sodas and processed foods than once thought. That’s because researchers found that the high levels of phosphates accelerate signs of aging. High phosphate levels may also increase the prevalence and severity of age-related complications, such as chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular calcification, and can also induce severe muscle and skin atrophy.

“Humans need a healthy diet and keeping the balance of phosphate in the diet may be important for a healthy life and longevity,” said M. Shawkat Razzaque, M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. “Avoid phosphate toxicity and enjoy a healthy life.”

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Chili Compound May Help Weight Loss

A compound extracted from chilli peppers may boost energy expenditure and aid weight loss, according to new findings from the University of California, Los Angeles.

While this is not the first time that researchers have linked chilli compounds with weight loss, previous reports have focussed on the compound capsaicin, known to the give red pepper its heat. However, new data presented at the Experimental Biology 2010 meeting in Anaheim indicates that a non-burning version of capsaicin called dihydrocapsiate (DCT) may also aid weight loss.

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