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Consumption of Avocados May Reduce Adult Weight Gain but Depend on Initial Body Mass Index

Avocados (Persea americana, Lauraceae) are nutrient-dense and medium-caloric food. They provide dietary fiber, phytochemicals, mannoheptulose, and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). In vivo studies indicate an association between lower body weight and avocado consumption. However, according to the authors, very few studies have examined the relationship between avocado intake and adiposity in humans, with inconsistent results. The authors state that no

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Cinnamon Supplementation Lessens the Severity of Menstrual Pain

Primary dysmenorrhea, or menstrual pain, can disrupt a woman’s daily activities. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used to control the symptoms of dysmenorrhea; however, they can produce adverse effects when used over a long period of time. Several medicinal plants have been shown to benefit dysmenorrhea. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Lauraceae) bark, which has antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, is used to treat

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Ceylon Cinnamon Reduces Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol in Healthy Adults

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum syn. C. zeylanicum, Lauraceae; CV), a well-known spice derived from the inner bark of the tree, is indigenous to Sri Lanka and parts of India. Cinnamon is used in Ayurvedic medicine and marketed as a treatment for various ailments, including metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and arthritis. Compared to cassia cinnamon (C. aromaticum syn. C. cassia), CV has a

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Systematic Review/Meta-analysis Finds Cinnamon Significantly Lowers Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides, but Not Low-Density Lipoprotein or High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

When plaques build up in the coronary arteries depriving the heart of oxygen-rich blood, coronary heart disease results. This lack of oxygen-rich blood can damage the heart and lead to a heart attack, angina, arrhythmia, and heart failure. Blood lipids, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides (TG), have been associated with coronary disease outcomes. Low

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