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Here are the Archived entries for 03 2008

Ramadan and Your health

ramadanRamadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. It is during this month that Muslims observe the Fast of Ramadan. Lasting for the entire month, Muslims fast during the daylight hours and in the evening eat small meals and visit with friends and family. It is a time of worship and contemplation. A time to strengthen family and community ties.

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African Mango Cure for Obesity?
A new study suggests that an extract derived from African mango, a fruit commonly eaten in West Africa (Irvingia Gabonensis) may inhibit body fat production and lower cholesterol levels. Lab research has shown that extracts from the plant's seed effects certain genes and enzymes that regulate metabolism and seems to inhibit the actual production of body fat.The University of Yaounde in Cameroon undertook the study with over 100 overweight adult volunteers. They gave some of the group the extract and some a placebo, with neither group following any specified diet or exercise plan, yet by the end of a 10 week period, the group which had been taking the extract had lost an average of roughly 28 pounds and they showed declines in unhealthy LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels, where as the other group showed almost no change.

This was the first well-controlled clinical trial of the extract's effectiveness as a weight-loss aid but with the problems of obesity increasing world wide, should provide impetus for much larger clinical trials.

March 09
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