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University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram, who specialises in medicinal plant research, has found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup from Canada that have been linked to human health, and 13 of these compounds are newly discovered.
In addition, eight of the compounds have been found in the Acer (maple) family for the first time.
Several of these anti-oxidant compounds newly identified in maple syrup are also reported to have anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-diabetic properties.
Serge Beaulieu, president of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, said Seeram’s lab is but one in an expanding multi-national network of research facilities dedicated to the study of maple products from Canada.
“We are proud that our producers are generously supporting this research, bringing to light a greater understanding of the gastronomic and health benefits of maple products. It is not just for Canada, but for the welfare of consumers around the world,” said Beaulieu.

Wearing a pedometer improves health
Simple, low-cost steps like wearing a pedometer to encourage walking or meditating for a few minutes every day can enhance adolescents’ health, say researchers.
According to Dr Vernon Barnes, Georgia Prevention Institute, these types of side-effect-free steps can quickly help lower blood pressure, heart rate and even weight, neutralising today’s unhealthy, upward trends among young people.
Dr Barnes said a positive attitude and family environment increases the effectiveness of the interventions. The research comparing breathing awareness meditation to health education and life-skills training discovered that all methods improved blood pressure.
Dr Barnes, who has studied the effect of mediation on cardiovascular health for over a decade, has documented the improved stress reactivity in black adolescents with high normal blood pressures as well as lower blood pressures in black, inner-city adolescents who meditate twice daily.

Meditation also sharpens the mind for education.
Dr Barnes said: “When you come to school with a stressed mind, you can’t do as well. The benefit of calming your mind is preparing it to learn.”
Infertile men at higher prostate cancer risk
Infertility increases a man’s risk of prostate cancer, a new research has found.
The study showed that infertile men have an increased risk of developing high-grade prostate cancer, which is more likely to grow and spread quickly.
The study’s results suggest that because infertility may be an identifiable risk factor for prostate cancer, early screening may be warranted in infertile men. Research focusing on the number of children a man has have pointed to male fertility’s potential associated with risk for prostate cancer.
However, studies on the topic have generated conflicting results: some have found that men with children had a higher risk than childless men; some have found that men with fewer children had a higher risk than men with more children; still others failed to identify any association between the number of children fathered and a man’s risk for prostate cancer.

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