health briefs Rosemary Lowers the Blues,

Aids Sleep and Memory In a double-blind, randomized study at Iran’s Kerman University of Medical Sciences, 68 university students took either 500 milligrams of rosemary or a placebo each day for one month. Those taking the rosemary saw their levels of anxiety and depression significantly reduced and their memory scores boosted by 14 percent; students reporting nights of good sleep rose from 47 percent to 62 percent.

Expecting Moms Need

to Relax at Holidays South Korean women in their first trimester of pregnancy during the country’s stress-producing new year’s holiday had babies that were a third of an ounce lighter on average, discovered an Australian study of nearly 8.6 million mothers covering 17 years. The extent of the birth weight reduction was similar to reduced birth weights found among babies from mothers in Columbia, after they had experienced area landmine explosions during their first trimester.


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Dark Chocolate Proven Healthier

than Ever Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two new studies from Loma Linda University, in California. Ten participants ate a 48-gram

bar of dark chocolate at the beginning of each study and then ate a piece of dark chocolate every two hours when they were awake for several days. Blood tests revealed the chocolate heightened sense perception and nervous system responsiveness and increased both anti-inflammatory agents and infection-fighting cells. Gamma waves recorded by an electroencephalogram (EEG) suggested the treat could positively impact cognitive function and creativity even two hours after eating it.

Too Much Sitting

Thins the Brain Sitting too much thins the medial temporal lobe (MTL), the part of the brain known for forming new memories, reports a study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers questioned 35 people of ages 45 to 75 about how much time they spent sitting and exercising, then gave each participant a high-resolution MRI scan. Sedentary behavior was significantly linked to thinning of the MTL. Even increased levels of physical activity did not offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods, according to the research.

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