Adding cheap lentils to meals could combat high blood pressure

Lentils could combat high blood pressure, research suggests.

An 'amazing' trial on rats revealed the pulse, used in curries and soups can slash blood pressure that rises with age, according to Daily Mail.

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is a silent killer and can lead to strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.

But the study offered hope of a cheap and easy way of combating high blood pressure.

The scientists also discovered eating lentils can reverse declines in blood vessel health.

Muscle loss in old age linked to fewer nerve signals

Researchers say they may have worked out why there is a natural loss of muscle in the legs as people age - and that it is due to a loss of nerves.
In tests on 168 men, they found that nerves controlling the legs decreased by around 30% by the age of 75, according to BBC.
This made muscles waste away, but in older fitter athletes there was a better chance of them being 'rescued' by nerves re-connecting.

Fish oil supplements in pregnancy 'may reduce allergies'

Taking a daily fish oil capsule during pregnancy and the first few months of breastfeeding may reduce a baby's risk of food allergy, research suggests.

According to a large analysis of past trials by Imperial College London, this led to a 30% reduction in egg allergy risk by the age of one, according to BBC.

Fish oil contains a special kind of fat called omega-3 that has a positive, anti-inflammatory effect.

Cueing newly learned information in sleep improves memory, and here's how

Scientists have long known that sleep plays an important role in the formation and retention of new memories. That process of memory consolidation is associated with sudden bursts of oscillatory brain activity, called sleep spindles, which can be visualized and measured on an electroencephalogram (EEG). Now researchers have found that sleep spindles also play a role in strengthening new memories when newly learned information is played back to a person as they sleep, according to Science Daily.

The findings provide new insight into the process of memory consolidation during sleep. They may also suggest new ways to help people remember things better, according to the researchers.

Healthy eating does not offset the damage caused by a high-salt diet, study finds

Healthy eating does not offset a high-salt diet, new research suggests, according to Daily Mail.

Overseasoning food raises people's blood pressure regardless of how many fruit and vegetables they eat, a study found today.

Consuming more than the average person's daily salt intake of 8.5 grams causes the heart to work significantly harder to pump blood around the body, putting people at risk of life-threatening strokes, the research adds.

Lead author Dr Queenie Chan, said: 'We currently have a global epidemic of high salt intake and high blood pressure. This research shows there are no cheats when it comes to reducing blood pressure.