Running may improve your brain power

Running may inspire surges in creativity that could make you a better problem-solver and a better manager, according to Joan Gondola, associate professor of physical education at Baruch College in New York City. "Running can induce a relaxed brain state," Gondola says. "Your thoughts are thrown together randomly, and new ideas can emerge. You actually begin to process information differently."

Women: Bone up on tea
The isoflavonoids in tea may mimic the hormone estrogen, which can slow bone-mineral loss in post-menopausal women. The bones of regular tea drinkers were on average 5 percent stronger than the bones of non-tea drinkers, regardless of their smoking, milk drinking and other habits, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Oil down your blood pressure
The antioxidant polyphenols in olive oil may lower blood pressure. Italian researchers asked 23 people with high blood pressure to switch from a 34 percent fat diet to a 26 percent fat diet. Half of the patients focused on monounsaturated fats in extra virgin olive oil while the other half focused on polyunsaturated fats in sunflower oil. After a year, those who consumed more olive oil had lower resting blood pressures than those who consumed sunflower oil.

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