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Veg juice can help fill the ‘vegetable gap’

Although vegetable intake is known to provide significant health benefits, still eight out of 10 people worldwide fall short of the daily recommendation. Now, a new study has revealed that addition of vegetable juice in daily intake can help cover the gap.
Researchers from University of California-Davis revealed that addition of vegetable juice in people’s diets was a successful strategy to help them reach the vegetable guidelines (at least 4 servings per day).

The addition of a portable drink was more successful than an approach that focused solely on nutrition education, or offering dietary counselling on ways to increase vegetable intake.

For the study, the team recruited adults aged 40-65 years, who drank at least two cups of vegetable juice.

It showed that those with borderline high blood pressure who drank one to two servings of juice lowered their blood pressure significantly.
The vegetable juice drinkers said they enjoyed the juice and felt like they were doing something good for themselves by drinking it.

Exercise best bet for knee pain

Supervised exercise therapy is more effective at reducing pain and improving function than usual care for patients with severe knee pain, according to a new study.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition in which pain occurs at the front of the knee during or after exercise and is a common reason to visit the doctor. Women are more likely to be affected than men, and symptoms usually start during adolescence when participation in sporting activities is high.

To reach the conclusion, researchers based in the Netherlands investigated the effectiveness of supervised exercise therapy compared with usual care in 131 patients aged between 14 and 40 years with patellofemoral pain syndrome.

UK Indians’ alcohol related problems

Experts have raised concerns over the alcohol use in Indian men living in the UK.
Although men born in India reportedly drank less than the general UK population, they were more vulnerable to alcohol-related problems.

The research team led by Dr Rashid Zaman studied the people from Sri Lanka, East Africa, West Asia, North Africa, West Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, and the West Indies.

Though Indian men reportedly drink less than the general population, yet they have higher rates of alcohol related admission to hospital in England than do British white men.

Differences in religion, culture, history, and socioeconomic position all play a part, while differences between generations and increased alcohol consumption from acculturation further complicate the picture.

White wine can rot your teeth

Too much white wine can rot your teeth, dental experts have warned. The experts claimed that wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling are more likely to wear away protective tooth enamel than reds like Rioja and Merlot.
According to the docs from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, prolonged contact with white wine erodes the calcium layer on teeth more quickly than red wines.

To reach the conclusion, scientists compared the erosive effects of eight red and white wines from Germany, France, Italy and Spain on the enamel surface of extracted human teeth.

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