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Jaime Filer

Jaime Filer graduated with a kinesiology degree from York University, where she was a varsity athlete. She’s also a former competitive bodybuilder who competed in drug-tested events throughout North America. If something new is trending in fitness, chances are Jaime’s already tried it!

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Ginkgo Biloba: For Memory and Muscles

For decades, aging North Americans have been taking ginkgo for its positive effect on memory and enhancing mental function. According to a study published in the Public Library of Science journal, another benefit of taking it as you get older is that it reverses the catabolic aging process of muscle tissue (by protecting muscle tissue from the degeneration that naturally happens with age). They hypothesized that ginkgo is useful in an aging population because it can preserve muscle tissue, lower creatine kinase level, and help develop more muscle strength.

Yet Another Reason to Take Fish Oil

When someone experiences psychosis, the brain short circuits and brain cells make unusual connections. This leads to people hearing, seeing, smelling, and feeling things that aren’t there. A huge population of people either suffers from a psychosis or has a risk of developing one. Scientists at a Viennese psychiatric clinic wanted to test whether omega-3s had a preventative effect on the “at-risk” group. Thirty-eight men and women were given 700 milligrams of EPA, 480 milligrams of DHA, and 220 milligrams of other fatty acids, for a total of 1,400 milligrams of omega-3s. After a year, only two of the group of subjects taking omega-3s developed a psychosis. In the placebo group, 11 did. So take omega-3s to keep your brain sharp!

It Tastes Awful, but It Works!

A lot of people have been taking apple cider vinegar for years because they’ve been told it has slimming properties, but the mechanism responsible for how it does remains relatively unknown. Researchers at the University of Arizona gave participants two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed; when they rose, their blood glucose levels were reduced by 4 percent. This is huge for people who want to lose fat! The scientists surmised that the acetic acid in vinegar inhibits the process of glycolysis slightly, meaning that glucose isn’t converted into energy but is instead stored as glycogen. If glucose is stored, then fat is used for fuel.