When thinking about the health issues that we struggle with and worry about most in North America, cancer and dementia are likely near the top of the list. Even though heart disease is a major threat, it’s the thought of us or someone we know getting cancer or Alzheimer’s that seems to be a major preoccupation. These two diseases are front and center in the media day after day. Continue reading
A seemingly humble herb, mint offers a variety of exceptional health enhancing features. Research has shown that certain varieties of mint have properties that help defend against cancer and damaging radiation. Not only does this herb offer protective benefit, but it also provides those who suffer from irritable bowl syndrome much needed relief. Continue reading
Today’s health advice comes in the form of an herbal cream. Calendula, or pot marigold, is a hardy annual herb. These plants have brightly colored flowers and you are likely familiar with them. They are a staple in many front- yard gardens. The petals of the flowers are actually edible and can be used either fresh or dry to add color to rice and salads. Continue reading
Here’s a health secret you may not know about: shilajit.
Shilajit is a natural substance found mostly in the
Himalayas. Continue reading
Nuts are usually considered a healthy snack (provided they aren’t loaded with salt!) compared to something like potato chips, let’s say, they really deserve much more credit than that. Nuts are one of those foods that definitely deserve a special place when it comes to healing foods. Continue reading
Though winter’s best known for colds and flu, it’s also a time to protect your heart. Dim, wintry sunlight means less vitamin D and more depression, risk factors for heart problems. Comfort food, holiday treats and less exercise can lead to heart-threatening body fat. So ’tis the season to melt your cold, cold heart and make simple but powerful lifestyle changes that boost cardio wellness and may save your life. Continue reading
Meet the new brain food — citrus fruit! This latest health news comes on the heels of a new study that says citrus fruits contain special nutrients that could protect your brain from damage. It all has to do with citrus’ ability to act as an antioxidant. Continue reading
Garlic oil may be used to release natural chemicals that protect heart tissue after a heart attack, during heart surgery or as part of the treatment for heart failure. Scientists at the Emory University School of Medicine have found that a component of garlic oil, called diallyl trisulfide, may be a safe and effective tool for limiting cardiac damage. Continue reading
A huge piece of health news has added further weight to the argument that coffee may be a food cure. Researchers found that caffeine could be at the heart of a reduced risk for basal cell carcinoma risk due to consumption of coffee. Continue reading
Really, what can’t exercise do? Hand-in-hand with a nutritious diet, exercise is the golden ticket to a healthy life and disease prevention. The amount of health advice flowing from exercise is enormous. In a new bit of health news, we find that physical activity may protect your vision. Continue reading
n an experiment on rats, European researchers have proved that eating strawberries reduces the harm that alcohol can cause to the stomach mucous membrane. Published in the open access journal Plos One, the study may contribute to improving the treatment of stomach ulcers. Continue reading
Antioxidants are seemingly in the health news every day — and for good reason. They are extremely important when it comes to safeguarding your good health. Antioxidants help you to fight off foreign invaders in your body. They also slow down the aging process. They break down toxins and protect your body from oxidative stress. Eating foods high in antioxidants is clearly a smart thing to do. What is one of the best foods to eat when it comes to boosting your antioxidant levels? Try adding a little papaya. Continue reading
Anti-caking agents in powdered products may hasten degradation of vitamin C instead of doing what they are supposed to do: protect the nutrient from moisture.
Lisa Mauer, a Purdue University professor of food science; Lynne Taylor, a professor of industrial and physical pharmacy; and graduate student Rebecca Lipasek study deliquescence, a reaction in which humidity causes a crystalline solid to dissolve. They wanted to understand how anti-caking agents protect substances such as vitamin C from humidity.
In Mauer’s laboratory, different anti-caking agents were blended with powdered sodium ascorbate, a common form of vitamin C, Continue reading
In a single year, as many as 350,000 Americans may find themselves suffering from a broken hip. It is estimated that, 90% of the time, these fractures are due to a fall. Residents in nursing homes seem particularly vulnerable. Up to 50% of residents fall each year(!).
In the past decade, companies have developed pads that can be worn on the hip. It was thought that these pads would offer enough cushioning to the hip to prevent a fracture. But, according to a new study performed at the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, the latest health news is that hip protectors don’t necessarily work.
The research team conducted a randomized, controlled trial with 234 participants. Continue reading
As many of us have been painfully aware, this summer has been abnormally hot in much of the country. There has been precious little rain or other relief and plenty of alerts advising us to stay indoors as much as possible. High heat can be dangerous and even deadly – and that goes for our pets too. As we head into August, often the hottest month of the summer, it is important to protect our beloved pets from these soaring temperatures.
Dogs should be kept indoors during times of excessive heat. When left outside, dogs should have proper protection from the heat and plenty of fresh, cool water. It is important to note that doghouses do not provide protection from heat, especially if they are exposed to the sun. Continue reading