Chemicals contribute to health

One problem with getting fit is that people often choose one method and find difficulty sticking with it, says celebrity trainer Greg Isaacs. Maintaining balance between fitness and nutrition is what you need to get in shape. Isaacs has seen excellent results when people combine strength, cardio and circuit training with a balanced diet and conjugated linoleic acid, which aids in weight management. In combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise, 3 grams of CLA daily can aid in reducing fat and building lean muscle mass in eight to 12 weeks.

At a recent conference, sponsored by the Center for Food and Nutrition Policy at Virginia Technical Institute, in Washington, D.C., researchers reported more health benefits of lycopene, a pigment that gives many fruits and vegetables their red color. Previous research has found that the benefits of lycopene appear to affect parts of the body where lycopene concentration is highest, such as in the prostate gland.

New research suggests a potential benefit for bone and skin health and male infertility. Lycopene readily is available in tomatoes, tomato sauces, watermelon, and other red fruits and vegetables. Lycopene absorption is enhanced when tomatoes are heated, especially in combination with olive oil or other fats, making processed tomato products like tomato sauce and paste excellent sources of the nutrient. Lycopene is also available as a dietary supplement in a single-nutrient form and some multivitamins.