Celery Can Boost Intelligence, says Study


Most people experience a decline in brain function as they age. Fortunately, new research suggests they might be able to boost intelligence by reversing this process with celery and other foods rich in a specific plant compound.

Reducing Age-related Brain Damage

According to researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, luteolin helps to reduce age-related memory deficits in the brain. Found in celery and a few other healthy fruits and vegetables, the natural plant compound appears to do this by suppressing the release of inflammatory molecules, which are known to damage brain neurons as we get older.

Appearing in the Journal of Nutrition, the study focused on microglial cells, which play a key role in immune function within the brain and spinal cord. Under normal circumstances, infections stimulate microglia to make cytokines, which spark an array of chemical changes in the brain. Over time, however, microglial cells can become dysregulated, causing increased inflammation which can spur all sorts of troublesome issues, including loss of appetite, sleepiness, depressive behaviors and memory deficits.

Past research has shown that this process contributes to cognitive aging, while also playing a role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, researchers were able to preserve brain neurons from inflammatory damage by first exposing microglia to luteolin.

What’s more, when they provided older subjects with more dietary luteolin, they demonstrated improved working memory, which rivaled that seen in younger subjects.

Should You Eat More Luteolin?

While this study focused on mice, researchers believe luteolin should have similar positive benefits on human brains. This study further supports other evidence that healthy diets can promote better cognitive health by providing anti-inflammatory effects.

If you would like to increase your luteolin intake but aren’t a big fan of celery, have no fear. Luteolin is also found in carrots, peppers, peppermint, olive oil, rosemary and chamomile.

5 Cool Book Covers that Scream “Read Me Now!”

You really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Unless, of course, the cover is really cool.

The following five books feature unique covers that make you want to tear them open to see what’s inside.

Click one to get it now at Amazon.

Odd News – Weird Story of Man with Two Penises

A man with an incredible condition called diphallia has written a tell-all memoir, documenting his weird story. Chock full of painful medical emergencies and wild exploits, “Double Header,” gives profound insight into the life of a two penis man, who uses his fully-functioning appendages, well, just like most men.

Going by the name the Dyphallic Dude, the author gained notoriety some time ago, when he appeared on Reddit‘s “Ask Me Anything Thread.” Once the questions started flowing, it became clear the Dyphallic Dude had a story to tell. Among the most noteworthy revelations included:

  1. Yes, both penises work.
  2. He does have sex with both men and women, the latter of which he describes as “difficult.”
  3. He’s won over straight men using his two well-proportioned appendages.
  4. Puberty wasn’t as bad as you might think; in fact, it was relatively uneventful.
  5. He has to separate them over each leg to fit inside his underwear.
  6. Doctors tend to bring their coworkers in for closer looks.
  7. He suffers painful prostate inflammation if he doesn’t masturbate enough.
  8. He has a preference for the right one.
  9. He can urinate and ejaculate out of each penis.
  10. Each registers at ten inches when erect, which is pretty much the only time that matters.

According to the D-Dude, who is currently in his twenties, he often considered having surgery to remove one of his members; however, his mother and father talked him out of it, saying he would be the same person either way. He also says he’s very glad to be living today, when acceptance is more common and freak shows are a thing of the past.

Without giving away too much of the Dyphallic Dude’s odd news story, you can do a google search for proof. You can also learn more about this fascinating individual’s life by reading his memoir, available for download at Amazon.

5 Big Mistakes Brides-To-Be Make When Planning a Wedding

(Street Proposal photo by Prayitn)

The big moment finally arrived and you are bouncing off the walls. After all this time – or maybe just the right amount of time – he finally proposed and your mind is buzzing with all sorts of big plans. It’s time to start working, but before you let your enthusiasm get the best of you, make sure to avoid these common wedding planning blunders.


Don’t Start Inviting People Just Yet

Once you invite someone to your wedding, you can’t really un-invite them. Without knowing your budget or the groom’s guest list, you might be setting yourself up for disaster. Plan your finances and get on the same page before you start making calls.

Don’t Give Your Parents Too Much Power

Too often, brides are quick to make promises to their parents that later result in regrets. You’re excited. They’re excited. But, ultimately, you’re bound to butt heads with the people who raised you. It’s difficult to take back promises once they’ve been made, so think hard and talk to your partner before delegating any responsibilities to your folks.

Don’t Offer to Pay Expenses

Good intentions often lead to angry wedding parties. If a friend agrees to be in your bridal party, because you offered to pay for shoes, makeup, a dress, travel or lodging, she’s going to be plenty mad if you can’t come through. Again, take a deep breath and think about what you and your partner will be able to manage.

Don’t Skimp on Photography

It’s quite common for brides to focus on the actual ceremony without giving much thought to the aftermath. According to photographer, Arnaud Brichet, who owns the Punta Cana wedding photography company HDC Photo, many times, this results in serious disappointment.

“As memories fade, your photos will be the key link to your big day.” he said. “It’s important to use a professional wedding photographer who has the equipment and know-how to capture the true essence of your wedding, while painting you and your guests in a flattering light.”

Your wedding is big deal, so don’t let a friend or family member convince you they have the ability to photographer your wedding.

Don’t Choose the First Dress You See

It’s quite a thrill to see yourself in a wedding gown for the first time. In fact, the sight can be so powerful, you might feel tempted to purchase the first dress you try on. Unfortunately, over the next several weeks or months, you’re apt to see dresses that put that one to shame. Take your time when choosing your wedding dress. After all, you don’t really need to finalize this task until the big day approaches.

Struggling to Get a Mortgage? Here’s Some Help


The real estate market has been struggling for a while for a variety of reasons, leading to plummeting home values and a lot of empty properties. There’s growing belief that rising rental prices will lead to an upsurge in homebuying; however, numerous Americans are struggling to get a mortgage, because they cannot meet the modern demands of picky lenders. If you’re planning to apply for a home loan, be aware of the following:

Times Have Changed

Before the real estate crisis, banks gave loans to almost anyone. These days, that’s not the case. To get a mortgage in today’s market, you will need to meet some strict requirements. This means you will probably need to have a very good credit score, a solid job and enough money to put toward a hefty down payment. Most importantly, you must prove that you can afford the loan, or you will have no chance for approval.

Some Important Tips

Often, when prospective buyers approach a lender, they have no idea what they are getting into. Before you do anything, it’s important to get a free copy of your credit report to check for inaccuracies. If you find any, get them corrected. You should also use a mortgage calculator to figure out what you can actually afford. This will help ensure that you aren’t declined for applying for a loan that’s out of your reach.

Once you get involved with the loan process, don’t do anything that could hurt your chances. Don’t apply for any form of new credit; this can throw off your debt-to-income ratio and make you look bad in the eyes of lenders. Also, don’t change jobs, even if the new opportunity pays more. Banks want a long, stable history of employment and shiver at the thought of instability.

Finally, if you are struggling to get a mortgage, check out local and federal first time buyer programs. Their requirements are far more lenient than those imposed by private lenders. Many also offer second mortgages which can be used to pay for down payments and closing costs.

How Does Diet Soda Prevent Weight Loss?


For years, weight loss centered on simple math: if you burned more calories than you ate, you would inevitably shed unwanted fat. While this basic principle may still be true, recent studies have demonstrated that getting and keeping a lean body could be more complicated than once thought. Most of these studies focus on how certain foods affect the body’s metabolism. Now research suggests even zero-calorie diet soda may prevent weight loss for this reason.

Diet Soda Prevents Weight Loss: Study

According to a research paper published in Obesity Reviews, scientists believe that artificial sweeteners may prompt gut flora to adapt in unhealthy ways which promote weight gain. The study found that this adaptation could cause the body’s metabolism to slow down, which may lead it to burn fewer calories. Additionally, a slower metabolism can lead to unexplained fatigue and an increased appetite, all of which tend to promote weight gain.

This latest study is especially interesting, especially since past studies have also found that probiotics may have the ability to enhance stomach fat loss by balancing the body’s natural gut flora.

Healthy Weight Loss Takes Time

This latest study is just another in a long line proving there’s no shortcut to weight loss. Although sugar substitutes may drastically reduce the amount of calories a dieter consumes on any given day, research suggests they still promote weight gain by slowing the body’s metabolism.

If you want to successfully lose unwanted fat and keep it off, you should focus on eating healthy natural foods that speed the metabolism, while providing plenty of energy to help fuel exercise. This includes lots of lean meats, fibrous vegetables and whole grains, as well as foods rich in healthy omega fatty acids. In the end, because diet soda has shown a propensity to prevent weight loss, dieters are likely to see much better results when they stick to drinking boring old water.