Fennel Seeds for a Nitrate Boost

Dozens of studies now suggest that the nitrates in vegetables, such as beets and green leafy vegetables, may help not only sick people “as a low-cost prevention and treatment intervention for patients suffering from blood flow disorders” like high blood pressure and peripheral vascular disease, but also healthy people as an effective, natural performance-enhancing aid for athletes.

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Spending Money on Others Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

According to a new study, "prosocial spending" may be as good for your blood pressure as a healthy diet and exercise.

Many of us believe that the way to become happier and healthier is by spending money on ourselves. We put in extra hours at work and save up money to be able to buy the things that we believe will bring us happiness. But what if spending money on ourselves isn’t the best way to become happier? ​

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

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Yellow fennel seeds in a pile on white background.
09/21/2018
Dozens of studies now suggest that the nitrates in vegetables, such as beets and green leafy vegetables, may help not only sick people “as a low-cost prevention and treatment intervention... read more
Blood pressure cuff and gauge on white background
01/11/2017
According to a new study, "prosocial spending" may be as good for your blood pressure as a healthy diet and exercise. Many of us believe that the way to become happier and healthier is by spending... read more
Yellow fennel seeds in a pile on white background.
09/21/2018
Dozens of studies now suggest that the nitrates in vegetables, such as beets and green leafy vegetables, may help not only sick people “as a low-cost prevention and treatment intervention... read more
Blood pressure cuff and gauge on white background
01/11/2017
According to a new study, "prosocial spending" may be as good for your blood pressure as a healthy diet and exercise. Many of us believe that the way to become happier and healthier is by spending... read more