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Weekly Wellness News Wrap - 11/12/2022

Lower Dose of Boswellia, Curcumin and Sesame Oil Combo May Help Joints and Muscles

A previous study found that a single dose of 1,000 mg of Rhuleave-K, a blend of boswellia serrate, turmeric, and sesame oil, may help exercise-induced muscle discomfort. Now a new study has found that 500 mg of Rhuleave-K may also provide benefits

For this study, the researchers recruited 40 healthy adults who experienced acute musculoskeletal discomfort following physical exercise. They received 500 mg of Rhuleave-K or a placebo. The Numerical Rating Scale was used to evaluate the intensity of discomfort after 6 hours. Total joint and muscle relief was evaluated every 30 minutes for 6 hours.

Participants in the Rhuleave-K group saw a significant improvement in the intensity of discomfort compared to the placebo group. They also saw a much greater improvement in joint and muscle discomfort compared to the placebo group.

On average benefits from the supplement were significantly better starting after 4.5 hours.  In the previous study, with the 1,000mg dose, results were seen in less time – typically under 3 hours.   

It should be also noted that this study was much smaller than the previous study, which involved 232 adults.

The study was conducted by researchers from Pushpanjali Hospital and Research Centre. It was published in the June, 2022 issue of the Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences.

Probiotics May Provide Metabolic Health MarkersProbiotics May Help Support Metabolic Health

Research is finding probiotics may help other parts of the body in addition to supporting digestion and immune health.  According to a new study, probiotics may provide heart and blood sugar health benefits for people classified as prediabetic.

The researchers used data from 7 previous studies that included 460 participants with prediabetes. The studies evaluated the effect of probiotics on metabolic health markers such as fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, insulin resistance, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

Probiotics were found to help improve HbA1c, total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and insulin sensitivity. No significant changes were seen in fasting blood glucose, insulin resistance, or HDL cholesterol.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. It was published online ahead of print on November 2, 2022 in the Journal of Translational Medicine.

A previous study found that an intensified exercise program may provide blood sugar benefits to prediabetics.

High Consumption of Low Protein Foods May Lead to Higher Calorie IntakeHigh Consumption of Low Protein Foods May Lead to Higher Calorie Intake

Protein is found throughout the body—in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue. Highly processed foods are typically low in protein, but high in saturated fats, sugar, and salt. A recent study has found that a diet high in processed foods may lead to higher caloric intake as the body tries to satisfy its protein needs.

Data from the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey was used for this study. The survey included 9,341 adults. A 24-hour food recall questionnaire was used to determine sources of caloric intake. Average caloric intake consisted of 18.4% protein, 43.5% carbohydrates, 30.9% fat, 4.3% alcohol, and 2/2% fiber.

The researchers found that participants who consumed the greatest amount of highly processed foods consumed more high calorie foods that contained greater amounts of saturated fats, sugars, salt, or alcohol.

Participants who consumed lower amounts of protein in the first meal of the day increased overall food intake in subsequent meals. Those who ate the recommended amount of protein in the first meal consumed less food throughout the day.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney. It was published online ahead of print on November 2, 2022 in the journal Obesity.

Increasing protein intake while dieting was found to lead to healthier food choices in a previous study.

Magnesium Supplementation May Provide Blood Sugar BenefitsMagnesium May Support Healthy Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure

Magnesium plays many important roles in the body, such as supporting muscle and nerve function and energy production. Good food sources of magnesium include nuts, seeds, whole grains, leafy vegetables, and milk. A recent review of published studies suggests that magnesium supplementation may be helpful for supporting  healthy blood sugar and blood pressure.

The study included data from 24 randomized controlled trials with 1,325 participants who were struggling with blood sugar health.. The trials examined the effect of magnesium supplementation on blood glucose levels, circulating lipids, and blood pressure.

Participants who were taking magnesium supplements saw improvements in the fasting blood sugar and HbA1c markers. Benefits were also observed for systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels.

The researchers found that taking between 279 mg and 429mg daily of magnesium appeared to be optimal.  Notable results were generally achieved after 90 to 120 days.

The study was conducted by researchers from Zhejiang University School of Medicine. It was published online ahead of print on November 9, 2022 in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.

In a previous study, high dose folic acid supplementation may help support blood sugar health.

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