New Evidence that a Mediterranean Diet May Lead to a Longer Life

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 8, 2015

Researchers have found that sticking to a Mediterranean diet may lead to a longer life.

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have found that sticking to a Mediterranean diet may lead to a longer life.

The findings are based on the study of telomeres, the repetitive DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes. These chromosome tips get shorter every time a cell divides, and their length is a reliable biomarker (biological indicator) of aging in humans. Shorter telomeres have been associated with an increased risk of aging-related diseases (particularly cardiovascular diseases) and a decrease in life expectancy, while longer telomeres, correspondingly, have been linked with longevity.

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When the “Blues” Are Good for Your Health

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital July 23, 2013

Blueberries are packed with nutrients.

Summer is officially upon us, and that means it’s time to stock up on fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are a summer favorite and packed with a ton of nutrients for their small size. In fact, they are often referred to as a “superfood” due to their unique health benefits.

For starters, blueberries are naturally low in calories (just 80 calories per cup) and high in fiber, which make them an outstanding food for your waistline as well as your heart.  In addition, they are an excellent source of bone-healthy vitamin K and manganese.

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