The Double-Edged Sword of Constipation

pearsConstipation is uncomfortable-physically and even just talking about it. Let’s just say it’s not high on the list of topics people want to discuss. It is, however, a problem that 63 million Americans will encounter.

The problem is exacerbated for seniors, who often experience higher rates of constipation. Continue reading

Add Acerola to your Diet

Did You Know…

… that the acerola fruit can help you lose weight, protect against cancer and heart disease, and boost your immune system with more vitamin C power than an orange?

     Similar in appearance to a red cherry, the acerola fruit originates from Mexico and from Central and South America.  Continue reading

Could Eating More Fat Save Your Life?

We’re always hearing how we should eat less fat-cut the fat here, get the lean cut, buy the non-fat version. Most of the time, this is great information. The problem, however, is that cutting out the wrong fats can do more harm than good.

A study by Harvard University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a lack of omega-3 fat in a person’s diet can have devastating health effects. In fact, the results were so profound that Continue reading

Diet’s Role in Lowering Risk of Repeat Heart Attacks

Patients with heart disease frequently assume that medication is enough to forestall a repeat heart attack or stroke, but a large new study shows the preventive power of a healthy diet. Continue reading

Natural Lemon Extract is Cytotoxic to Breast Cancer Cells

A new study has shown for the first time how limonoids, natural compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruit, impede both ER+ and ER- breast cancer cell growth. This sheds new light on the importance of citrus fruit for breast cancer prevention and supports past studies which showed fruit Continue reading

Introducing the “Happiness Foods”

It seems right that good mental health follows good nutrition. Well, an intriguing bit of health news qualifies that perfectly, with researchers finding that happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Economists and public health researchers studied Continue reading

Can Eating Tomatoes Lower the Risk of Stroke?

tomaEating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke, according to new research published in the October 9, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene.

The study found that people with the highest amounts of lycopene in Continue reading

An Ancient Eating Secret for Great Health

Health secrets reign in the land of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an amazing path to healing. At its root is the concept of Tao. What does this mean to you, and how can you keep a diet like a Taoist? Read on!

Aside from its likeness to our notion of karma, Taoism is like being at one with nature. Its essence, Continue reading

With Friends Like These

As Will Rogers once said, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

And if those facts weren’t so infuriating, maybe they would be funny.

Consider the latest bad joke our own FDA is playing on us. They now consider a fruit eaten for millennia — Continue reading

The Amazing Healing Powers of This Fruit

It’s great when a food is not only healthy but also delicious. Such is the case with kiwifruit. This tasty fruit has become a well-known staple in North American grocery stores — which is a lucky thing for you! Kiwis are full of super- charged nutrients. They’re high in vitamins C and E, flavonoids, and carotenoids, as well as other beneficial compounds. Continue reading

More Evidence Showing the Benefits of Fiber

When thinking about the preventable health epidemics of our generation, obesity and diabetes surely top the list. For most people, both obesity and type 2 diabetes can be managed and even eliminated by following a healthier lifestyle. And if this sounds complicated, it’s not. Adopting healthier eating habits and getting some exercise are not hard to do. The best approach is Continue reading

The Delicious Fruit That Also Sharpens Your Memory

It’s no secret that we would all like to preserve our cognitive abilities, especially as we age. Being able to reason, to remember instructions and names, and to perform tasks in an intelligent sequence are all invaluable skills that greatly enhance the quality of our lives as we get older. But for many, these skills seem to slowly fade away. Changes happen in the brain — signals aren’t passed from one neuron Continue reading

How Diabetes Could Rob You of Your Hearing

One of the big problems with diabetes is that it can trigger complications that affect certain areas of the body. A new study has delivered health news having to do with hearing: diabetes, if not controlled well, boosts your risk of hearing loss.

The health breakthrough came when examining women between 60 and 75 years of age. Researchers found that those with well-controlled diabetes had better hearing than women with poorly-controlled diabetes. They also found far worse hearing in women younger than 60 who have diabetes.

(Strangely enough, men had worse hearing loss compared to women, regardless of age or if they were diabetic.)

The normal process of aging includes a certain degree of hearing loss. But it is often accelerated in patients with diabetes — especially if blood-glucose levels are not under control with diet and medication. Their study was published last week in Miami at a medical conference.

This study Continue reading

Why Obese Adults Should Eat Differently

The way one’s body looks isn’t the only issue at play for overweight adults. Far more important are the chronic diseases that overweight and obese people face. For that reason, an important piece of health news has identified the best way to eat: the disease-prevention diet filled with healing foods.

The study found that a diet rich in slowly digested carbohydrates, such as whole grains, legumes, and other high- fiber foods, significantly reduces inflammation associated with chronic disease. This is known as a “low-glycemic-load” diet, which does not cause blood glucose levels to spike. It also increases a hormone that helps regulate how you break down fat and sugar.

The controlled study involved 80 healthy adults, Continue reading

Mangosteen Benefits May Become a Revolutionary Natural Health Option For Many Illnesses

Some of the most powerful antioxidants in the world might come from the rind of a tropical fruit called mangosteen—with its benefits and extraordinary potential against ailments ranging from infection …to cancer…to mental health issues?

Despite the similarities in name, the mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is not related to the mango. Once you discover the extent of the mangosteen’s curative and preventative powers, you’ll never confuse the two again!

The mangosteen is a dark purple fruit that thrives in the hot, humid climates of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The flesh of the mangosteen has a sweet, tangy flavor, but it’s the hard pericarp—or rind, Continue reading