Can Chili Peppers Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes?

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  • Chili pepper consumption may significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is known to help with a variety of health issues from digestion and inflammation to weight management and even cancer
  • Chili pepper consumption is not a one-stop solution, however, and it may not be the best choice for everyone. Consult with your doctor for the course of treatment that’s right for you 

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Asafoetida: Why This Stinky Herb Is so Beneficial

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  • The Indian cooking spice asafoetida is a gum obtained from a type of giant fennel. It has an offensive smell akin to that of rotting garlic and sweaty feet, but an appetizing savory, umami taste
  • With its onion-garlic flavor, you can use it as a substitute for either of those ingredients. Many recommend using it in bean-based dishes, as it helps prevent gassiness
  • Asafoetida has antibacterial, antiparasitic and antiviral properties. In 2009, researchers discovered certain compounds in the herb were more effective at killing the H1N1 influenza virus than the commercial antiviral drug amantadine
  • Asafoetida also has antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, laxative and sedative properties, just to name a few. Historical uses include the treatment of nervous conditions, bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough and more
  • This smelly herb can also be useful for the prevention and treatment of various gut ailments, and for feminine health issues such as sterility, premature labor, painful and excessive menstruation and leucorrhoea 

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Incredible ‘Heslington Brain’ Resists Rotting for 2,600 Years. Here’s How.

Here’s how the famous Iron Age ‘Heslington brain’ got preserved. Continue reading

New Proof the Ketogenic Diet Plan Fights Cancer

Since ancient times, healers have known that food can be medicine – even if our conventional medical establishment has stubbornly resisted this fact. Continue reading

Studies Prove Optimists are Less Likely to Get Dementia

From ‘you’re as young as you feel’ to ‘age is just a number,’ our culture provides us with a wealth of adages urging us to take a positive attitude toward aging. Continue reading

Real Risk of a Sneaky Deficiency for Vegans and Vegetarians

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  • Although there are several reasons people choose to stop eating meat, experts warn it’s important to understand your nutritional needs and include a vitamin B12 supplement to reduce real and permanent risks linked to deficiency
  • Moving into a new year more people consider lifestyle changes to affect physical, mental and emotional health. January has been dubbed “Veganuary,” as the number who choose to be vegetarians grows dramatically after the first of the year
  • There are some plant sources of active B12, but they also have B12 analogues blocking the uptake of true B12, potentially lowering your vitamin levels even further
  • Other conditions placing you at risk for deficiency are eating or absorption disorders, regular alcohol consumption, diabetes and long-term antacid use
  • Your heart and nervous system are dependent on vitamin B12. Consider using a quality supplement with the naturally occurring methylcobalamin form of the vitamin

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Documentary: High Mowing Organic Seeds for a New Food System

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  • High Mowing Organic Seeds has become one of the only companies producing organic seeds from organically grown plants
  • Their mission is to grow organic seeds that came from an organic source that have high disease and insect resistance, high yield and that produce high-flavor crops
  • They now grow over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid seeds, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, for home gardeners and commercial growers
  • Ninety-five percent of the acreage of organic vegetable farms are planted with conventional seeds
  • Choosing organic seeds is important for avoiding pesticides and growing the heartiest, most resilient plants

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Dark Energy Is Real, Despite Claim to the Contrary

A new study suggests that dark energy might not be real after all. But other scientists have found major flaws with this bold claim. Continue reading

Newfound Cannabis Compound May Be 30 Times More Potent Than THC

Two newfound cannabinoids have been discovered in the glands of the Cannabis plant, and one of them may be at least 30 times as potent as the high-inducing compound THC. Continue reading

Does a Study Change What We Know About Blue Light?

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  • Evidence from a small study found that blue light helped mice sleep better — but before we change the way we think about blue light’s effect on humans, studies need to be done on humans, at least one researcher says
  • Blue light is linked to many well-documented health risks, including sleep problems
  • The use of blue light-emitting smartphones, computers, tablets and e-readers before bedtime is linked to sleep disturbances
  • Whether future research shows blue light disturbs sleep or not, it’s best to avoid it and let your natural circadian rhythm work 

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Vigorous Exercise Leads to Lower Mortality for Women

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  • Heart disease and cancer are the two top reasons people die in the U.S.; data show women who can exercise vigorously have a reduced risk of mortality from heart disease, cancer and other causes
  • Women who have high cardiovascular fitness also enjoy a reduced risk of dementia, which may be related to higher levels of a protein responsible for improving mitochondrial biogenesis
  • Combining intermittent fasting with the ketogenic diet plan may boost the health benefits and improve mitochondrial health. This includes not eating within three hours of going to bed to reduce free radical damage
  • Lack of exercise is globally responsible for nearly 5 million deaths each year; the more you move and exercise the lower the potential rate of death. Aim to sit as little as possible during the day 

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New science proves that vaccines SPREAD infectious disease, causing up to 15 times MORE infections among fully vaccinated children

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A new peer-reviewed scientific paper published in the journal Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines has found that the DTaP vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) is causing children who receive it to become more prone to contracting whooping cough later on in life. Continue reading