Begin the New Year on a luxury cruise

first_imgBegin the New Year on a luxury cruiseBegin the New Year on a luxury cruiseIndulge in the serenity of the sea, relish the luxury of Crystal, and marvel at mysterious Easter Island as you make your way to the idyllic isles of Polynesia. Departing February 19, 2019, Crystal Symphony will transport guests from Valparaíso, Chile, through the South Pacific Ocean into a paradise of island exploration. The 16-night luxury cruise will visit Fakarava, French Polynesia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a snorkeller’s dream locale, before travelling to Moorea, Society Islands, with its crystalline lagoons, fjord-like bays, azure waters and velvety mountain peaks. Bora Bora in the Society Islands will captivate guests as the ultimate island paradise before Crystal Symphony calls into Papeete, Tahiti, for an overnight stay before guests disembark.This luxurious itinerary includes a ‘Jazz Days & Cabaret Nights’ Experiences of Discovery theme; a multi-layered exploration into the world of jazz with enriching lectures and live musical performances by some of the genre’s best artists.Onboard, Crystal’s all-inclusive features include beverages such as select fine wines, Champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa’s sea-going restaurants (with additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee); 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access; enrichment workshop series featuring lectures by renowned authors, ambassadors, celebrities and destination experts; fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates; and much more.Book by 31 December, 2018TERMS & CONDITIONS: *Fares are cruise-only, per person, in US dollars, based on double occupancy, apply to new bookings only, and include taxes, fees and port charges. Fare quoted applies to category D on voyage OCS190219-16, including Book Now Savings. Book by 31 December, 2018. Solo Traveller Fares available on request. Optional dining in the Vintage Room attracts an additional fee. Cruise-only fare does not include land programs. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares, itineraries, programs, policies and shore excursions are subject to change and correct at time of printing. Restrictions apply.For complete Terms & Conditions, visit crystalcruises.com/legal. ©2018 Crystal Cruises, LLC. Ships’ registry: The Bahamas.Source = Crystal Cruiseslast_img read more

August 12 2009 This is the fourth installment in

first_imgAugust 12, 2009 This is the fourth installment in a series of reports with the most recent 3D renderings of “SOLARE The Lean Linear City”. Excerpts from BEYOND GRIDLOCK Paolo Soleri’s Lean Linear City by Tomiaki Tamura, Cosanti Foundation, August 2009. [Waste Management] SOLARE’s urban structures certainly make waste material collection more efficient. The linear transportation system also provides easier access to processing and recycling locations, and to waste disposal sites. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] The biologically processed (composting) materials fill the landscaping and garden soil enrichment needs. The energy recovery system in forms of solid, liquid and gaseous materials can also be adopted. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] Perhaps the largest contribution to waste management in SOLARE is the reduction in the absolute amount of material consumption; redefining the “quality of life” by giving its residents pedestrian access to many amenities, so that each resident does not have to own everything (but can share), therefore creating an environment in which less materials are needed. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] [Agriculture/Greenhouse] Sustainable agriculture may be a somewhat elusive concept, especially with the complexity of varied and shifting environmental conditions, and socio-economic needs of the communities that produce and consume the goods involved in the process. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] However, humanity’s attempt to reduce the ecological footprint that supports our lifestyle necessitates bringing agricultural activities much closer to the habitat where the consumption occurs. SOLARE explores urban agriculture in the adjacent open field (close proximity to the human habitat) and vertical farm built into the structure where applicable. Another unique feature of SOLARE is the terraced greenhouse unit (Energy Apron) intended to extend the growing season and provide diversified horticulture and floriculture practices within its stratified micro-climatic conditions. This glazed productive environment substantially reduces the amount of water usage, while diverting excess heat to upper structures for space heating when needed. This report continues on 8/14/2009. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura]last_img read more

The European subscription videoondemand SVOD m

first_imgThe European subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market is due to reach revenues of US$6.8 billion in 2022, up from US$3.9 billion in 2017, according to Kagan research.The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group said that Netflix’s localised presence throughout Europe was one of the “main factors” contributing to this growth.Other cited factors were the expansion of Amazon Prime Video as a stand-alone service, the debut of international OTT services like Naspers’ Showmax, and the strengthening of offerings from local media providers such as Sky’s Now TV and ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s Maxdome.According to Kagan estimates, total paid subscriptions to online video services across 14 European markets will grow from 39.3 million in 2017 to 60.8 million in 2022, a compound annual growth rate of 9.1%.SVOD services were found to be especially popular in the Nordics, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden ranking as the countries with the highest penetration rates – ranging from 76.2% to 86.1% in 2017.Kagan said this can be attributed to the countries’ high percentage of English-speakers as well as disposable incomes higher than the European average.The UK was found to have Europe’s highest number of SVOD subscriptions, more than double those in Germany in 2017. The report said it expects this to continue over the next five years.Russia, Spain and Portugal were the three least SVOD-penetrated markets in Europe, according to the report.The study looked at 14 European markets – Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Poland and Russia.last_img read more

Gold stocks just had their best day since the fina

first_imgGold stocks just had their best day since the financial crisis… On Friday, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which holds some of the world’s largest gold miners, surged 11.2%. It was its best day since October 2008. As you may know, gold miners are leveraged to the price of gold. A small jump in gold can cause gold stocks to soar. On Friday, the price of gold spiked 2.8%, which sparked the rally in gold stocks. Today, we’ll look at what caused this big jump… As you’ll see, it’s the latest sign that the U.S. economy may be headed for a recession… And it’s yet another reason you absolutely need to dedicate a portion of your portfolio to gold and gold stocks right now… • Last month, the economy added its fewest amount of new jobs in six years… According to the U.S. Labor Department, the economy created just 38,000 jobs in May—the fewest in one month over the past six years. According to Bloomberg Markets, economists expected 160,000 new jobs. Gold and gold stocks spiked on the news. The U.S. dollar fell 1.7%. And the S&P 500 closed Friday down 0.29%. • Jobs are getting more scarce… Bloomberg Markets reported on Friday: The report showed a broad hiring slowdown, including declines in payrolls in construction, manufacturing and mining. Job growth at private service producers slowed, with employment climbing by just 61,000… Friday’s report showed employment in the information sector dropped by 34,000. Millions of Americans have picked up part-time jobs to make ends meet. Bloomberg Markets added: Americans who are working part-time though would rather have a full-time position, or the measure known as part-time for economic reasons, climbed to 6.4 million in May, the highest since August, from 6 million a month earlier. And underneath the surface, other indicators are suggesting the economy is in bad shape… • The number of folks employed by “temp” agencies fell by 21,000 last month… Temp agencies place workers into temporary job assignments, such as seasonal work. Temp agencies are often the first to hire workers when the economy is growing. When the economy slows, they’re often the first companies to lay off workers. That’s why a surge in temp layoffs can be an early sign that the economy is struggling. • Temp agencies have laid off more workers than they’ve hired in four of the past five months… Today, the industry employs 64,000 fewer workers than it did at the start of the year. David Rosenberg, chief economist at wealth management firm Gluskin Sheff + Associates, warned that this is a major problem. He wrote in Business Insider: [T]his type of weakness over such a stretch, again not to sound like an alarmist, occurred just prior to economic recessions in the past, without exception and with no “head fakes”. Yes, it typically is not good news when the headhunters are the ones to start chopping off heads — this is a leading indicator. So I may not want to sound alarmist, but the answer is yes … I am worried. He continued: I don’t want to alarm anyone but the facts are the facts, and the fact here is simply that this is precisely the sort of rundown we saw in November 1969, May 1974, December 1979, October 1989, November 2000 and May 2007. Each one of these periods presaged a recession just a few months later — the average being five months. If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know the U.S. economy is barely limping along. The current “recovery” is the slowest since World War II. And it’s not just the U.S… Other major economies are in rough shape too. China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is growing at its slowest pace since 1990. Japan’s economy, the third biggest, hasn’t grown in two decades. • But perhaps the most concerning number comes from South Korea—the “canary in the coal mine” for the global economy… South Korea is one of the first countries in the world to report export data. And with more than 40% of its exports going to the U.S., China, and Japan, a significant drop in South Korean exports is often an early warning sign of trouble in the global economy. South Korean exports fell 6.0% in May. It was the 17th consecutive month in which exports have dropped. The sharp decline follows an 11.2% drop in April. You’ll Be SHOCKED if You Haven’t Seen This… If you haven’t seen this raw footage yet, we’re not sure why. In fact, we’d be shocked if you haven’t at least heard about it. That said, it is simply too important for you to miss. So just to be 100% sure you have a chance to see it… Please click here to view it now. • Over the last few months, we’ve covered lots of reasons why you should invest very cautiously right now… Corporate profits are tanking. The S&P 500 hasn’t set a new high in over a year. Some of America’s most iconic businesses are closing stores and laying off workers by the thousands. We’ve also been urging you to maintain a “defensive” portfolio—one that can withstand an economic shock like a stock market crash. That’s why E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, has been encouraging readers to own a significant amount of physical gold. Gold is one of the only assets that can do well during a financial crisis or recession. And as we often point out, gold is real money. It’s held its value for centuries because it has a unique set of qualities: It’s easily divisible, easy to transport, and durable. No matter where you go in the world, folks recognize its value. Gold is up 18% already this year. And as we’ve mentioned, it’s set to soar much higher in the months ahead. • For a limited time, Casey readers can get in on the cheapest way to buy gold coins we’ve ever found… Last month, E.B. worked out an exclusive deal with Gainesville Coins, one of the largest U.S. coin dealers. The company offers exceptional service and some of the industry’s lowest premiums…especially if you’re a Casey Research reader. If you’ve bought a gold coin, you know the “premium” is the fee gold sellers charge above the market price. Premiums vary from one gold dealer to another. The lower the premium, the better the deal. Now, for a limited time, you have an opportunity to purchase these coins at a HUGE discount to what other major brokers charge—including a one-ounce South African Gold Krugerrand for just $20 over the “spot” price of gold. Click here to see the full selection of special prices. Again, this offer is only for Casey readers, so make sure to take advantage while you still can. (Keep in mind, Gainesville Coins is not paying us a commission to recommend them. Instead of collecting a commission, we asked Gainesville to give Casey readers a special discount on gold coins.) • To increase your profits from investing in gold, consider buying gold stocks… E.B. expects gold to go much higher in the coming years. To profit from higher gold prices, he recommended two gold stocks earlier this year. One is up 47% since March. The other is up 34% since April. Those are huge gains for such short periods of time. And if gold continues to move higher as E.B. expects, these stocks should soar much higher. The average gold stock gained 602% during the 2000–2003 bull market. The best ones soared 1,000% or more. You should know that gold stocks aren’t for everyone. They’re incredibly volatile. As we saw on Friday, it’s common for gold stocks to move 10% or more in a day. But if you’re OK with taking on some extra risk, owning gold stocks is a great way to potentially earn big 2x or 3x profits in a short period of time. You can learn E.B.’s two favorite gold stocks by taking a risk-free trial to The Casey Report. By clicking this link, you’ll also get a chance to watch a short, free video where E.B. explains a huge threat looming in the American economy…and what you can do (in addition to buying gold) to protect your money. Watch it here. Chart of the Day U.S. companies are hiring at the slowest rate in years… Today’s chart shows how many jobs were created each month since February. As you can see, the number of new jobs has plummeted by around 200,000. This is not a sign of a healthy economy. If you don’t own gold yet, we recommend you buy some today. Another ugly jobs report could cause the price of gold to skyrocket. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida June 6, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Man Responsible for Video Warning Americans Returns to DC for Interview After his video detailing the truth about the Obama economy went nearly viral last year, this Maryland father of six was asked to come to DC to talk about it.  But what he said changes everything…center_img – — Recommended Linkslast_img read more

California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Drivers Seats

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Officials in California proposed new rules on Friday that would let companies test autonomous cars on public roads with no human driver present.The proposal is a significant update to the state’s self-driving car regulations adopted in 2014, which allow testing on public roads only if a driver is inside the vehicle. With the new rules, companies that want to test cars without human drivers will have to apply for a special permit and meet federal standards defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.To be approved for the permit, companies will also have to obtain written support from the jurisdiction that they want to test in, which suggests that local governments could object to testing on their streets.According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, 21 companies are currently testing autonomous vehicles in the state. Among them are tech companies such as Waymo, which took over Google’s self-driving project last year, as well as traditional automakers such as Toyota and BMW.”California has more manufacturers testing autonomous vehicles than any other state and today’s rules continue our leadership with this emerging technology,” California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a statement. The state’s updated regulations will now enter a 45-day public comment period before they are adopted.Although California is a hotbed of autonomous vehicle research, it is not the only state that is working on regulations to govern the industry. In December, Michigan adopted new laws that establish comprehensive self-driving car regulations and made it the first state to allow completely autonomous ride-sharing fleets.   Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Cars 56shares Next Article Image credit: Mark Wilson | Getty Images California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver’s Seats Add to Queuecenter_img Proposed regulations would let companies test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver present. News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read March 13, 2017 Tom Brant Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes

first_imgCannabis Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our Free Android App Guest Writer –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs? Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes. A region of the Keystone State impoverished by industrial decline and ravaged by opioid addiction sees a future in medical cannabis. Next Article Add to Queue March 28, 2017 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The promise of big profits and job creation continues to draw communities to the legal marijuana industry, particularly in places where the economy has long suffered.Nowhere is this more apparent than in southwestern Pennsylvania. City leaders in Braddock, located east of Pittsburgh, have submitted an application with the state in hopes to land a license that will allow for a new cannabis cultivation facility. The goal is for legal medical marijuana to bring back jobs lost over the past decades by the decline in the steel industry.They have partnered with a company that includes a Pennsylvania legend among its top executives: Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, who played for the Pittsburg Steelers. The company has a goal of his own: finding out if marijuana can become an effective pain management medicine that replaces opioids.Related: 5 Routes the Cannabis Industry Could Take to Get Around Federal Banking RestrictionsTough TimesIn many places, such as in California and Colorado, businesses and communities vie against each other to win potentially lucrative licenses from the state for creating and operating marijuana cultivation centers and retail outlets. However, in a place such as Braddock, leaders see it as a means of survival.Braddock has been decimated by the jobs lost with cutbacks in the steel industry since the late 1980s. The city’s economic state landed it on the Pennsylvania Act 47 roll of financially distressed cities. Braddock has been on the list since 1988.In numerous media appearances, Mayor John Fetterman thinks a large medical marijuana cultivation center can change the town’s fortunes. As many as 70 new jobs would be created at the outset, and the city would reap the tax benefits of having the facility in town.“It’s a great story to have with a community that’s been kind of left behind by an industry in decline like steel to be resurrected financially from a brand new industry that didn’t even exist in Pennsylvania six months ago,” Fetterman said in a Facebook Live interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.State lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf approved medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in 2016.Braddock already faces competition for the license from nearby McKeesport, which also plans to submit an application. The state has said it will only allow a limited number of facilities within six different regions of the state.Related: Colorado Takes Aim at the Marijuana Black MarketLaurel Green MedicalHarris is chairman of Laurel Green Medical, which would run the facility in Braddock if the project wins the state permit.On its website, the company said its cultivation center “will use sustainable growing techniques to facilitate the best species of the plant. We will oversee the production of our medicine from seed to sale; this allows us to offer more affordable prices to our patients across-the-board.”Harris became interested in medical marijuana through fellow former and current NFL players who told him that using opioids to manage pain sometimes led to addiction to the drug, according to the Post-Gazette. He also noted that Pennsylvania has been one of the states hit hardest by the opioid addiction crisis.Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?Research into the uses of medical marijuana is “something that’s very much need,” Harris said.Permit applications were sent to the state in March. The state is expected to grant permits within the next several months, with the businesses beginning operation by mid-2017.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Image credit: Oliver Contreras | The Washington Post | Getty Images dispensaries.com Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community.last_img read more

Its Bring Your Dog to Work Day What You Need to Know

first_img Danielle Bernal, D.V.M. bring your dog June 22, 2018 Next Article Add to Queue Today, June 22, is Bring Your Dog to Work Day! So, tell Fido what a good boy he is as he chills under your desk. And celebrate the day, because bringing your furry friend to work is certainly a nice perk.Related: Bring Your Dog to Work Day Is Every Day for These 8 CompaniesHow important are pets in the workplace to pet parents overall? New research from Wellness Natural Pet Food answers that question, proving the power of a pet-friendly workplace when it comes to attracting and retaining employees.Specifically, of 1,100 pet owners, ages 18 to 65, whom a research company surveyed nationally, 51 percent said they would consider a career change for a pet-friendly workplace. And 37 percent of the pet parents polled said they would sacrifice benefits like vacation time or work from home days in order to enjoy a pet-friendly workplace.Of course, not everyone has to make sacrifices to bring their pooches to work. Some workplaces, like Harpoon Brewery and Zoosk, allow pets in the office year-round, saying that that move gives their employees more flexibility, improves their mood (and productivity!) in the office, and allows employees to bring their full attention to work.And the frosting on the cake, or the extra meat on the dog bone, is that those employees can also give their pets a level of companionship that the animals might otherwise not have during the workday. What’s more, allowing pets in the office has human health benefits, too! Studies have found that pets can help lower our blood pressure, lessen anxiety and increase physical activity.So, if you’re thinking about making the leap to introduce pets into your workplace, here are some considerations for building out a pet-friendly office policy to ensure successful workdays for pet and pet parent alike: Get the all-clear.First and foremost, ensure that your landlord or building management allows pets in the office. You should also check with your team to make sure everyone is on board, to avoid any surprises or upsets. Some people may have allergies, phobias or other concerns about dogs in the office, and you’ll want to give them an opportunity to weigh in.Survey your office layout.Whether your workplace consists of cubicles, private offices or an open layout, a plan for where pets will spend their time is essential. Ask yourself: Is there enough space near employees’ desks to accommodate a bed or crate? Do we have enough space to designate a special “pet area” sectioned off by doors, gates or other boundaries? And: Are there readily accessible outdoor areas for bathroom breaks? Should we require owners to “pick up” after their animals?The goal is to make pets and their owners as well as non-owners as comfortable as possible, and defining special boundaries can help accomplish this. You may also want to consider designating a pet-free section of the office for employees with allergies or a dislike or fear of dogs. Glassdoor, for instance, has found this kind of policy very helpful in its office.Begin drafting your pet policy.Now, you’re ready to begin drafting your pet-friendly office policy. Putting pen to paper helps formalize the policy and sets clear expectations for existing employees. Again, make sure to get input from both employees who will be bringing their dogs in and those who won’t, to ensure the policy is fair and balanced.Your policy should outline what types of pets are allowed in the office. It should detail how pets will be “interviewed” for acceptance (healthy and up to date on vaccinations, trained to some extent — certainly housebroken — and able to get along with other pets and people). Further, the policy should include how behavioral issues, damage to company equipment or non-compliance with the policy will be handled.Will pets be allowed in conference rooms and meetings? Are (annoying) squeaky toys a no-go? What supplies will your company provide and what should employees bring on their own? All things that should be included in your policy! You may also consider incorporating additional pet-centric benefits like “paw-ternity” leave — Massachusetts-based Zogics, for example, gives new pet parents an extra week of paid time off to spend with their new family member!Related: Who Let the Dogs Out? Hooray! Friday Is ‘National Bring Your Dog to Work Day.’Prep your office.Just as we pet-proof our homes, your office will require similar planning to ensure safety for pets and pet parents alike. Loose wires should be secured, equipment and cleaning supplies should be placed out of any paw’s reach; and you may want to invest in garbage bins with lids to avoid trash spills. If you’ll be designating certain spaces as off-limits, make sure that they are properly secured or blocked off.Pets in the office will also require some new office supplies, as well. If a pet has an accident (because even the best house-trained pups can get over-excited in a new space) carpet cleaner is essential, and baby gates or pens may also be necessary depending upon your office layout and policy.If you plan to designate an area specifically for pets, the way BissellHomecare does with its “pet spot,” it may be helpful to outfit that space with items such as water bowls, beds, treats, toys, poop bags and spare leashes. Try stocking the office with grain-free, natural treats that most dogs do well on; that way, employees can treat their dog-office mates without the guilt less healthy or fattening snacks might prompt. Also, don’t forget some lint rollers for the fur that will soon be flying around!Plan for your furry new ’employee’s’ first day.All employees have a transition period when starting a new job, and a pet is no exception! Before implementing your pet policy, give your employees plenty of time to review the rules so everyone is on the same page. Keep in mind that transitions take time. Designating a portion of the morning, perhaps on a Friday, to welcoming pets to your workplace can help with this transition and give everyone the time needed to successfully integrate without interruption.Pets should be introduced to their new space and one other slowly, and if possible, in an outdoor area because some animals may become stressed or agitated meeting in an enclosed space. If you don’t have green space around your office, a patio space similar to that of pet-friendly O.H.S.O. Brewery is a great substitute! Owners should keep an eye out for signs of stress in their pet and plan to spend the rest of the day working from home if their dog does not take to the office.Related: It’s ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’: Have You Thanked Fido Today?Whether you’re looking to build a business from the ground up, or seeking to grow your startup, having a pet along for the journey can not only help attract new employees, but also positively impact the work environment for those already on the team.Plenty of companies across the country have happily integrated pets into the workplace, proving that a pet-friendly workplace is one benefit worth serious consideration. You may be surprised at how dogs’ presence can translate into success for your business and a harmonious office environment for your employees. 7 min read Ever hear of ‘paw-ternity’ leave, when employees get new pets? Something new to consider for your pet-friendly office. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Staff Veterinarian, Wellness Natural Pet Food It’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day! What You Need to Know to Make Your Office Pet-Friendly. Image credit: Frank van Delft | Getty Images Register Now » Guest Writer –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Eating leafy green vegetables may help maintain muscle strength and mobility

first_imgEating leafy green vegetables like spinach could help maintain muscle strength into old age.Researchers from Edith Cowan University tracked the diets of 1420 West Australian women aged over 70 and found that those who ate more nitrate-rich vegetables like spinach, rocket and lettuce had significantly better muscle strength and physical function.Measuring musclesMuscle strength was assessed by measuring participant’s grip strength. Physical function was quantified using the timed-up-and-go (TUG) test, which measures how long it takes to rise from a chair, walk three meters then return to the chair to sit down.Related StoriesNew drug provides hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy’Text neck’ may be causing bone spurs in young peopleStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskLead researcher Dr Marc Sim from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences said a decline in muscle strength and physical function are associated with greater risk of disability and even premature death.He says previous research in older populations has shown that a 1 kg decline over 12 months in grip strength is associated with a 33 per cent increased mortality risk. Every one second slower TUG time increases mortality risk by eight per cent over three years.“Poor strength and function are also associated with other adverse outcomes such as falls and fractures, which substantially compromise an individual’s independence,” he said.“In our study we found that eating one cup of spinach, rocket or lettuce a day may increase grip strength by up to 2 kg and improve TUG time by up to 1.6 seconds.”Nitrate and blood flowDr Sim said while it was unclear exactly how nitrate positively influences muscle function, one possible mechanism could be improved vascular function and blood flow.“We know from previous research that nitric oxide is a vasodilator, which means that it widens your blood vessels, potentially allowing greater blood flow to your muscles. In fact, nitrate supplements are used by athletes to improve endurance and performance.“It could be that higher daily nitrate intake consistently increases muscle blood flow, thereby facilitating musculoskeletal health,” he said.The study follows on from previous ECU research that found a link between eating nitrate-rich vegetables and a lower risk of death from stroke and heart disease.Where to next?Dr Sim said the next step would be to conduct an intervention study to test precisely how nitrate-rich vegetable consumption influences muscle function.Confirmation of the health benefits of dietary nitrate would be used to inform future dietary recommendations. Mar 25 2019Popeye was on to something. Eating just one cup of leafy green vegetables like spinach each day may help maintain muscle strength and mobility into old age. Source:https://www.ecu.edu.au/features/postgraduate/leafy-greens-key-to-maintaining-muscleslast_img read more