The Five Best Benefits of Ginseng

One great herbal cure comes to us in the form of ginseng. Taken from Chinese medicine, it is a balancing herb, with both Yin and Yang natures. There are links to ginseng boosting the immune system, strengthening the mind, and improving impotence, quality of life and perhaps diabetes. Let’s take a closer look.

Within ginseng are ginsenosides, the chemicals largely responsible for its health effects. If you buy supplements, be sure that they are standardized to contain around four to seven percent ginsenosides.

Here are the main ways ginseng will work for you:

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The Four Micro greens for the Best Health

The folks at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland have recently made an important discovery about some healing foods. These foods are special, because they contain extra doses of disease- fighting antioxidants and healing phytonutrients. They’re called “micro greens” and are the seedlings of vegetables and Continue reading

The Best Fatty Acids for a Healthy Heart

Many people are confused about the consumption of fat when it comes to heart health. Too much fat raises cholesterol levels and ups your risk for heart disease. Not enough fat, however, has negative health effects, too. Your body needs healthy fat to give you energy and insulate you against heat loss. Every cell membrane contains fat. And fat is a component of myelin, Continue reading

The Pigments That Best Prevent Cancer

Carotenoids are back in the news again. These are the naturally occurring, fat-soluble pigments that provide the bright colors you see in certain plants and even animals. They are responsible for the red, yellow, and orange color of fruits and vegetables, and are also found in many dark green vegetables. Continue reading

Which Foods Are Best for the Brain?

Diet is inextricably linked to conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. However, what we consume also seems to have significant implications for the brain: Unhealthy diets may increase risk for psychiatric and neurologic conditions, such as depression and dementia, whereas healthy diets may be protective.

Make for Malta in Depression, Stroke, and Dementia

A 2009 study published in Archives of General Psychiatry found that people who follow Mediterranean dietary patterns — that is, a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and unsaturated fat (common in olive and other plant oils) — are up to 30% less likely to develop depression than those who typically consume meatier, dairy-heavy fare.[1] The olive oil-inclined also show a lower risk for ischemic stroke[2,3] and are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer disease, particularly when they engage in higher levels of physical activity.[4,5] Continue reading

Potatoes Offer you the best Potassium Punch

Everyone’s favorite starch source has hit the news, and an unusual finding has emerged. An important aspect of nutrition the world over, the stately potato is now believed to have the largest and most affordable source of potassium in the world.

As fruits and vegetables rise in price, news like this is significant. Potassium is a critical electrolyte mineral heavily involved in many bodily processes. At a recent American Dietetic Association expo, researchers explained that potatoes are one of the best nutritional values in the produce department, providing significantly better nutritional value per dollar than most other raw vegetables. They beat out all veggies and fruit for the most inexpensive source of potassium.

The study blended nutrient data from several large national studies, Continue reading