Top Foods to Eat When You’re Pregnant

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If you’re pregnant or planning to be, focus on minimizing processed foods while increasing your intake of vegetables, healthy fats, and high-quality sources of protein

Vitamin D is also crucial for a healthy pregnancy and Continue reading

Study: Pregnant Women Aren’t Getting Enough Omega-3

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The majority of pregnant and breastfeeding women do not get recommended amounts of omega-3 fats

Only 27 percent of pregnant women are getting recommended amounts of the omega-3 fat DHA Continue reading

What You Eat May Be Ruining Your Sleep

Today’s health news concerns a certain waste product produced by your body when you digest foods. It’s called uric acid, and it’s formed when your body breaks down purine—a substance found in organ meats and some types of fish. Normally, uric acid is carried in your blood, passes through your kidneys, Continue reading

Vitamin D Revealed to Be Miracle Anti-Cancer ‘Drug’ with Astonishing Chemical Properties

A new study published this month finds that the hormonally active form of vitamin D, Calcitriol 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3), inhibits the growth of many kinds of cancerous cells, including breast cancer, indicating that vitamin D3 can be useful in treating and even preventing a variety of cancers. Authors of the study said that cancer cell growth is inhibited by “anticancer actions including cell cycle arrest, promotion of apoptosis and inhibition of invasion, metastasis, and angiogenesis.” Continue reading

5 Foods That Slow Down Your Body’s Aging Process

agingDid you Know…… that the nucleic acids in fish, fruits, beans, legumes, and chlorella have powerful rejuvenating properties that slow down the aging process?When one thinks of vital nutrients … vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids may come to mind, but rarely do nucleic acids top the list.  Continue reading

Calcium Intake: More Is Not Better

Hello, this is Dr. JoAnn Manson, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I would like to talk with you today about calcium intake and the increasing evidence that more is not better when it comes to optimal health.

Calcium has been in the news a lot lately. You probably have heard about the studies linking calcium supplements to an increased risk for cardiovascular events, vascular calcification, and kidney stones in the Women’s Health Initiative Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation Study.[1] Now a large prospective study from Sweden published in the British Medical Journal [2] indicates that even when it comes to bone health, more is not better for calcium intake. Continue reading

The Little Piggies Are Back

Oh, I always knew I had feet.  I remember as a kid running and using them.  They always seem to be going in my direction, but my issue was I could not actually see them.  Well, I did see them occasionally popping up in front of me, slightly within my line of sight, and somewhere below me.

An undiscovered explorer once said, “Sight is best when you can see.”  The reason I had no sight of my feet was a bellow like protuberance riding before me on my chest, and blocking the sight of the earth under me and directly in front of me.  This distention of skin contained a 60-pound larder of epicurean delights: dozens of mousse au chocolat, numerous terrine de canard,   abundant pastries, gobs of Danish butter and copious loaves of succulent breads.  A well feted larder of grand proportions.

The larder remained near me at all times.  Continue reading

Pregnant Women on Fish Omega Rich Diet Can Prevent Preterm Births

A new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology seems to confirm the notion that fish-based omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in proper fetal development. Dr. Mark A. Klebanoff from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and his team found that pregnant women who eat two-to-three servings of fatty fish a week are about 40 percent less likely to deliver early than women who eat less than one serving of fatty fish a month.

For the study, Klebanoff and his team evaluated 852 women who were already at high risk of delivering early. Seventy percent of the women said they ate at least one half-serving of fish per week during the first four or five months of pregnancy, while the rest said they ate fish no more than once a month during pregnancy. Thirty-six percent of the half-serving-minimum group ended up delivering early, while 49 percent of the once-monthly-or-less group delivered early. Continue reading

Less Age-Related Vision Loss Linked to Omega-3s

Women who get lots of omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease affecting millions of older adults in the U.S.

That’s the conclusion of a new study, which jibes with earlier research linking fish consumption to slower progression of AMD. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA and EPA include salmon, trout, sardines, herring and tuna.

AMD is caused by abnormal blood vessel growth behind the retina or breakdown of light-sensitive cells within the retina itself, both of which can cause serious vision impairment. Some 1.7 million Americans have severe vision loss due to the disease, making it the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Continue reading