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December 22, 2010

What is the best way to select and prepare sea vegetables?
When purchasing sea vegetables, look for ones that are sold in tightly sealed packages, avoiding those that have evidence of excessive moisture. Some sea vegetables are sold in different forms, so you can choose the type that will best suit your culinary needs.

What is bioavailability?
"Bioavailability" is the ease with which any nutrient can make its way from the food you eat into your body. The bioavailability "journey" that every nutrient takes is the same.

December 21, 2010

Cooking Healthy with Avocados
Having spent so many years in the southwestern United States and now living in the tropics where avocados are literally falling off the trees around me, I have long enjoyed them frequently in my diet; yet avocados remain one of those treasure foods that deliver a delicious experience each time I eat one.

What is the best time of day to eat fruit?
When to eat fruit is an often-debated question. Although there is no research evidence to support the following position, many individuals (and healthcare practitioners) find that it's best to consume fruit between meals as they report better digestion when fruits are eaten in this way.

December 20, 2010

Low Grades in U.S. for Eating Fruits and Veggies
Five years after the launch of a national initiative aimed at getting us to eat more fruits and vegetables, Americans are barely getting a passing grade.

Swiss Chard for Good Nutrition
Recent research has shown that chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including kaempferol, the cardioprotective flavonoid that's also found in broccoli, kale, strawberries, and other foods.

December 17, 2010

Bad Economy, Bad Health?
Many Americans with chronic illnesses feel the economic downturn has had a negative impact on their health, raising their stress levels and costing them money they can ill afford not to sock away for the future.

10 Flat Belly Tips: How to Beat Bloating
You'd love to have a flat belly for the party tonight, but thanks to one too many sodas or that basket of tortilla chips, zipping your pants is a real struggle. Abdominal bloating not only looks bad, but can cause physical discomfort. The good news? Experts say stomach bloating is a condition you can avoid pretty easily.

December 15, 2010

10 Ways to Improve Your Day in Just 5 Minutes
In our busy 24/7 universe, it often seems like there's not enough time to do everything you want in a day. But take five and try these 10 simple ways to lower stress and boost your mood and energy levels. They may just help you find the extra spark you need to meet the challenges of the day.

Children's Belly Fat Affects Heart Risk
Children with higher levels of belly fat have higher pulse pressures, which puts them at risk for heart-related disorders, a new study finds.

December 14, 2010

Musical Exercise Program Cuts Falls in Elderly
Exercising to piano music may help improve balance and prevent falls among the elderly. A new study shows older men and women who participated in a piano-music-based exercise program were less likely to suffer a fall than those who didn't.

Exercise and Weight Loss: 5 Truths
You've heard it time and again -- to lose weight, you need to exercise and watch your diet, so that your calories burned exceed your calories consumed.

December 10, 2010

Binge Drinking Increases Heart Disease Risk
Heavy drinking or binge drinking a couple of days a week may be worse for the heart than drinking a moderate amount of alcohol throughout the week, new research indicates.

Beyond Dieting: Alternative Approaches to Weight Loss
To lose weight, some people look beyond diet and exercise. Would methods like hypnosis, acupuncture, meditation, prayer, and traditional Eastern methods help budge the pounds?

December 9, 2010

Your Quit-Smoking Fears Debunked
You know you should quit smoking for your health's sake. So what's holding you back? Maybe you’re afraid of the weight gain, that it will wreck your mood, or that it won't work. But what if that wasn't necessarily so?

Diabetes Epidemic Will Hit Half of U.S. by 2020
More than half of all Americans may develop diabetes or prediabetes by 2020, unless prevention strategies aimed at weight loss and increased physical activity are widely implemented, according to a new analysis.

December 7, 2010

More Fruit and Veggies Now, Better Arteries Later
Children who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables have healthier, less stiff arteries as young adults compared to children who don't load up on fruit and veggies, according to a new study.

Eating Disorders on the Rise in Children
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia are on the rise in children and adolescents, and doctors should be on the lookout for signs in their young patients, a new report says.

December 6, 2010

Light Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis
Light exercises such as walking and bowling and avoidance of knee-bending activities such as climbing and squatting may protect against osteoarthritis of the knee in at-risk people, researchers report.

Walking May Cut Alzheimer's Risk
Walking a little over three-fourths of a mile a day may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers report. Among people who already have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), walking a similar amount may slow the brain degeneration and memory loss associated with the condition

December 3, 2010

New Vitamin D and Calcium Recommendations: Experts Weigh In
The Institute of Medicine has set new dietary intake levels for vitamin D and calcium for their role in bone health -- but says more research is needed to confirm other possible health benefits.

Guidelines Call for Increase in Vitamin D
New guidelines for vitamin D  call for increasing the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin D to 600 international units (IU) for everyone aged 1-70, and raising it to 800 IU for adults older than 70 to optimize bone health.

December 1, 2010

Employer wellness programs could benefit families
Employers are in a potentially powerful position to help employees and their families make healthier choices, hints a new study conducted by the IBM Corporation.

Health Tip: Cut Down on Sodium
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests how to cut down on sodium in your diet.

November 30, 2010

Walnuts, Walnut Oil, Improve Reaction to Stress
A diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress, according to a team of Penn State researchers who looked at how these foods, which contain polyunsaturated fats, influence blood pressure at rest and under stress.

Memory Impairment Common in People With a History of Cancer
People with a history of cancer have a 40 percent greater likelihood of experiencing memory problems that interfere with daily functioning, compared with those who have not had cancer, according to results of a new, large study.

November 29, 2010

Depression and Distress Is Not Detected in the Majority of Patients Seen by Nurses, Study Suggests
New research from the University of Leicester reveals that nursing staff have 'considerable difficulty' detecting depression and distress in patients.

Researchers Call for a Price Cap on Cigarette Profits
An independent regulatory agency is needed to cap the excessive profits made by cigarette manufacturers, say researchers from the University of Bath.

November 18, 2010

Cooking Healthy with Sea Vegetables
Look for sea vegetables that are sold in tightly sealed packages. Avoid those that have evidence of excessive moisture. Some types of sea vegetables are sold in different forms.

Is popcorn a healthy snack?
Popcorn can be a healthy snack depending upon how it's prepared.

November 17, 2010

Eat a Variety of Grains
One of the concerns regarding the current intake of grains is that most people's diet overemphasizes wheat. Adverse and allergic reaction to wheat lies near the top of most food allergy studies.

Collard Greens for Optimal Health
The cholesterol-lowering ability of collard greens may be the greatest of all commonly eaten cruciferous vegetables. We also get unique health benefits from collard greens in the form of cancer protection.

November 12, 2010

Risk Factors In Type 2 Diabetes Improve With Lifestyle Intervention
An intensive lifestyle intervention program designed to achieve and maintain weight loss improves diabetes control and cardiovascular disease risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to four-year results of the Look AHEAD study.

Vigorous Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk In African-American Women
Vigorous exercise of more than two hours per week reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal African-American women by 64 percent, compared to women of the same race who do not exercise, according to researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

November 11, 2010

Children, Males And Blacks Are At Increased Risk For Food Allergies
A new study estimates that 2.5 percent of the United States population, or about 7.6 million Americans, have food allergies.

Vitamin D Levels Lower In African-Americans
African-American women had lower vitamin D levels than white women, and vitamin D deficiency was associated with a greater likelihood for aggressive breast cancer, according to data presented at the Third AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities.

November 10, 2010

Celebrity Chef: “If you want the best, eat organic”
Celebrity chef and National Organic Week (NOW) Ambassador, Tobie Puttock, has urged all Australians to switch to an organic lifestyle and “make a difference” as Australia’s largest celebration of organics - NOW 2010 (Friday 1 to Sunday 10 October) - gathers momentum.

Buy local over imported vegetables
BUYING local is the answer to curbing Australia's appetite for imported vegetables, according to Tweed Richmond Organic Producers Organisation committee member Dave Roby.

November 9, 2010

The Rise of the Power Vegans
Steve Wynn, Russell Simmons, Bill Clinton and a comparable cast of heavies are now using tempeh to assert their superiority. A look at what gives...

World Heart Day 2010: Encouraging workplace heart wellness
Another reason for the world to unite and ignite a candle which said ‘I Work with Heart’ was recently instigated. This was the slogan of World Heart Day, 2010 initiated by WHO in partnership with World Heart Federation.

November 8, 2010

Multivitamins May Improve Women's Heart Health, Study Shows
Multivitamins may improve women's heart health and reduce their risk of heart attack, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Women can escape heart disease, if they are regular to dentist
Women, who pay regular visits to dentist, can curb their visits to cardiac surgeon, as a new study states that if a woman takes proper dental care, she's at reduced risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problem by at least one-third.

October 29, 2010

Cholesterol testing may benefit kidney patients
Individuals who are being treated for chronic kidney disease may want to consider seeking a cholesterol test. A recent study has found that high levels may indicate further problems that could harm their chances of successful treatment.

Garlic oil shows promise to cure heart disease linked to diabetes
Garlic has been in use for centuries all over the world. Apart from adding flavor to food, garlic is highly beneficial for health.  For instance, my mother use to eat one clove of garlic to alleviate her gastric problems.  Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems due to its antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation.

October 28, 2010

Special Report: How to get a better breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, helping you reach your full quota of daily vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients while also helping to control cholesterol and triglyceride levels. 

Garlic May Prevent Heart Disease in People with Diabetes
Many studies have explored the health benefits of garlic, but few have looked at its impact on a form of heart disease that affects people who have diabetes. Now the results of a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry indicate that garlic has “significant potential” for preventing diabetic cardiomyopathy.

October 27, 2010

Color Psychology: How to Make Your Home Feel Good
Home decor is often viewed as simply a matter of aesthetics -- what looks attractive. But proponents of color psychology believe that the colors you use to decorate your home can have a profound effect on the emotional well-being of you and your family.

Breast cancer risk factors you can control
For the vast majority of women who worry about their breast cancer risk but are wary of taking medicine, researchers and breast cancer specialists can dispense some helpful but ultimately limited advice.

October 26, 2010

Caffeine and Bladder Problems Linked
Excess caffeine increases the likelihood of urinary incontinence in women, according to a new study that echoes the findings of previous research.

Health Evaluations When You’re Buying a Home
Putting an offer on a new home is exciting. There’s so much promise, and so many plans to make. But before you dream too big you need to do some basic research on the safety of your coveted cottage.

October 25, 2010

School Germs and Your Child’s Health
In the winter, schools are transformed into hothouses for nasty germs. For the kids cooped up inside, that can mean an onslaught of viruses -- colds, flu, and stomach bugs.

Air Pollution Linked to Risk of Diabetes
New research shows a strong link between diabetes rates and exposure to auto exhaust, industrial smoke, and other types of fine particulate air pollution.

October 22, 2010

Should I refrigerate my bananas?
Any decision about refrigeration or non-refrigeration of bananas should depend on their degree of ripeness. If a banana is not yet ripe, refrigeration will cause chill injury and disrupt the ripening process.

Beets for Optimal Health
Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.

October 21, 2010

Best sources of Vitamin E

What can high-vitamin E foods do for you?
  • Protect your skin from ultraviolet light
  • Prevent cell damage from free radicals
  • Allow your cells to communicate effectively
  • Help protect against prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease

Cooking Healthy with Leeks
Like other allium family members, such as garlic, leeks are known for their cleansing and detoxifying properties. Less pungent that most other allium vegetables, leeks have a delicate flavor that lends itself nicely to light dishes.

October 20, 2010

Cinnamon Extracts May Reduce Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease, Study Suggests
A study led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist Richard Anderson suggests that a water soluble extract of cinnamon, which contains antioxidative compounds, could help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease.


Kale for Optimal Health
Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming.

October 19, 2010

Adequate Zinc Eases Pneumonia In Elderly
A high proportion of nursing facility residents were found to have low serum (blood) zinc concentrations during an observational study funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute on Aging.

Nicotine Can Fuel Breast Cancer, Study Suggests
Nicotine may directly promote the development of breast cancer by binding to a certain cell receptor.

October 18, 2010

Grapes for Optimal Health
The combination of crunchy texture and dry, sweet, tart flavor has made grapes an ever popular between meal snack as well as a refreshing addition to both fruit and vegetable salads.

Brain Connections Break Down As We Age
It's unavoidable: breakdowns in brain connections slow down our physical response times as we age, a new study suggests.

October 15, 2010

Cucumbers for health and wellness
Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same family as watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin, and other types of squash.

Is juicing your greens as healthy as eating them?
No, juicing your greens is not nearly as healthy as eating them, provided that you use healthy cooking methods when you prepare the greens.

October 14, 2010

Is purple rice (referred to as "forbidden rice") better for you than brown rice?
I have tried to find a journal-published nutritional analysis of purple rice and have not been able to do so. All that I have been able to find is information from the Nutrient Facts panel of a purple rice package on the website of a supplier of this rice.

Is spelt related to wheat?
Spelt is an ancient strain of a grain that is very closely related to present-day wheat.

October 13, 2010

Cabbage for Optimal Health
Cabbage can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming.

Best sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin
What can foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin do for you?

  • Defend your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals
  • Protect the eyes from developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts

October 12, 2010

NOP Strategic Plan Now Published
MISSION: The NOP facilitates trade and ensures integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world.

Hearing Loss in Teens Is on the Rise
Hearing loss in teens has gone up, with one in five U.S. adolescents showing some degree of hearing loss in 2005-2006, according to a new study.

October 11, 2010

Study Confirms Organic Strawberries Are Healthier
Our findings show that the organic strawberry farms produced higher quality fruit and that their
higher quality soils may have greater microbial functional capability and resilience to stress.

Truth, Rumors, and Consumer Opinion on Organics
Have you heard the news? Organic food is dangerous. At least that’s according to various articles, studies and statements that have hijacked headlines over the past few years. While such misleading rumors are easy to laugh off, it gets hard when shoppers start believing them.

October 8, 2010

Obesity, Smoking Linked to Teen Migraines
Teens are more likely to have chronic headaches or migraines when they are overweight, smoke cigarettes, or get little or no exercise, new research shows.

Overweight Kids Risk Weak Bones, Diabetes
Overweight children who are at risk for developing diabetes before puberty also face greater odds for having weak bones, a new study indicates.

October 7, 2010

Green Leafy Veggies May Cut Diabetes Risk
People who add more green leafy vegetables to their diet may significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study says. 

Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia
Just 12 weeks of tai chi -- the slow-motion Chinese martial art -- relieved longstanding fibromyalgia symptoms and improved quality of life in a clinical trial.

October 6, 2010

Pesticide Exposure Linked to ADHD Risk
Exposure in the womb to pesticides known as organophosphates may increase the chance that children, especially boys, will develop attention problems by age 5, a study shows.

Are Movies Prompting Youngsters to Smoke?
When movies show actors lighting up a cigarette, it increases the likelihood that young people will start smoking, the CDC said today in a special report and briefing.

October 5, 2010

Study: Diet Sodas May Raise Risk of Preterm Delivery
Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks may be at increased risk for preterm delivery, a study shows.

Even Low Tobacco Smoke Exposure Is Risky
Even low levels of tobacco smoke exposure pose a risk to lung health, triggering potentially hazardous genetic changes, according to a new study.

October 4, 2010

Water May Be Secret Weapon in Weight Loss
Drinking water before each meal has been shown to help promote weight loss, according to a new study.

Rectal Cancer on the Rise in Young People
The incidence of rectal cancer increased 3.8% per year between 1984 and 2005 among people 40 and younger, according to a new study.

September 30, 2010

Cranberry Juice Fights Urinary Tract Infections Quickly
Scientists report that within eight hours of drinking cranberry juice, the juice could help prevent bacteria from developing into an infection in the urinary tract.

Berries May Slow Mental Decline From Aging
Compounds found in various berries and possibly in walnuts may slow down natural aging processes in the brain, new research indicates.

September 29, 2010

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
There is now biologic evidence to back up the belief that vitamin D may protect against autoimmune diseases and certain cancers.

Egg Recall: Trail Leads to Iowa Firm
2 Egg Production Facilities Are the Focus of Salmonella Investigation. As the nation's largest egg recall continues, the FDA investigation is focusing on the huge egg farms in Iowa owned by Austin "Jack" DeCoster.

September 28, 2010

Air Pollution Linked to Sleep Breathing Problems
Air pollution has long been known to have a negative effect on health, says researcher Antonella Zanobetti, PhD, a senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. "With this study, we found air pollution also increases the risk of poor sleep," she says.

Does Exercise Help Depression? Energy, Motivation, and More
Depression is draining. It can make any type of exertion -- going to the grocery store, cleaning up the yard, or exercising -- seem daunting. "Energy loss is one of the key characteristics of depression. Some people feel that it’s the key characteristic of depression," says Robert E. Thayer, PhD

September 27, 2010

Cartoon Characters Sell Kids on Unhealthy Foods
Popular cartoon characters are influencing the taste preferences of very young children, and not in a positive way, a new study suggests.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pets
Holistic veterinarians say they believe in what they do, despite a lack of scientific evidence that the tools of their trade -- acupuncture, herbal medicines, homeopathy, and other complementary/alternative therapies  -- prevent or cure illness in pets.

September 21, 2010

‘Junk Food’ Sugar May Help Some Fat Cells Proliferate
New research suggests that the ubiquitous sugar known as fructose may cause certain fat cells in children to multiply faster, which might play a key role in childhood and adult obesity.

Breast Milk Reduces Infections in Babies
Breast-feeding seems to provide an immune system boost to infants, helping to prevent respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses in babies, according to new research.

September 17, 2010

Oil Spill Health Effects To Be Explored
Scientists and government agencies are struggling to predict the potential health consequences of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for those living and working near the region.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Poor Diabetes Control
Vitamin D deficiency, long suspected to be a risk factor for glucose intolerance, is commonly found in people with poor diabetes control, according to a new study.

September 16, 2010

Obesity Can Take Toll on Sex Life
Obesity is tied to reduced sexual activity and poorer sexual health, according to new research from France.

Close Relationships May Suffer If Cell Phone Used While Driving
Warnings about the dangers of distracted driving while using a cell phone are prevalent these days, but cell phone use while driving may also put family relationships in jeopardy.

September 14, 2010

Quitting Smoking Before Pregnancy Could Save Babies' Lives
If more women quit smoking before they became pregnant, it would save infant lives, concludes a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Quitting smoking helps after serious heart attack damage
It's never too late for smokers to do their hearts good by kicking the habit -- even after a heart attack has left them with significant damage to the organ's main pumping chamber, a new study suggests.

September 13, 2010

Adults take their physical activity on the road
New public health research by a Purdue University professor could help shed light on how the environment can influence physical activity, especially when it comes to where people live.

Want To Quit Smoking? Study Seeks Adult Smokers Nationwide For A Free, Online Smoking Cessation Study
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced that it is launching a new online study to help people quit smoking.

September 10, 2010

Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Optimal Health
Anyone coming from the Mediterranean region of the world would tell you about the health benefits, as well as the wonderful flavor, of a good dose of olive oil on salads, pasta, fish and almost anything else.


How can my diet help protect me from sunburn?
You might be thinking that the best way to avoid sunburn is to stay out of the sun for too long. If so, you are correct! Staying out of the sun is the best way to avoid sunburn. However, moderate amounts of sunlight can be important as it provides our bodies with vitamin D, a vitamin essential for maintaining proper calcium levels that promote strong teeth and bones.

September 8, 2010

Cauliflower for Optimal Health
You'll want to include cauliflower as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family.

How does honeydew compare to cantaloupe?
Cantaloupe and honeydew share similar nutritional profiles, except for two main differences-vitamin C and beta-carotene.

September 7, 2010

Summer Squash for Optimal Nutrition
The delicate flavor, soft shell and creamy white flesh of summer squash is a perfect addition to any summer meal. Once only available in the summer, they are now available throughout the year.

Best Sources of Potassium

What can high-potassium foods do for you?
  • Help your muscles and nerves function properly
  • Maintain the proper electrolyte and acid-base balance in your body
  • Help lower your risk of high blood pressure

September 3, 2010

Early Consumption Of Soda Indicator Of Unhealthy Diet
Young girls who drink soda have less healthy diets through adolescence than their peers who do not drink soda, according to a Penn State study.

Healthy Diet Could Slow Or Reverse Early Effects Of Alzheimer's Disease
Patients in the early to moderate stages of Alzheimer's Disease could have their cognitive impairment slowed or even reversed by switching to a healthier diet, according to researchers at Temple University.

September 2, 2010

Walk Your Dog to Unleash Better Health
Walking your dog not only can help keep you physically fit and at a healthy weight, but also may help ward off high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Changing Young People's Eating Habits
A thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reveals how school initiatives are succeeding in getting the message across to young people, but also points out that food advertisements are using health arguments to market unhealthy products.

September 1, 2010

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Which Is Better?
Replacing white rice in your diet with brown rice may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

Foods to Avoid When You're Pregnant
When you’re expecting, what you eat and drink influences your child’s health, possibly forever.   Everyday foods and beverages take on new meaning, as some may present a danger to your developing baby.

August 31, 2010

Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Cancer
A group of medications commonly used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and kidney damage caused by diabetes have been linked to a small increase in the risk of developing cancer....

What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. 

August 30, 2010

Obesity and Early Puberty: What's the Risk?
About 1 in 5,000 children experience early puberty. Studies suggest that, on average, kids are starting puberty earlier than they once did. Could the rise in obesity be playing a role? Many experts think so, at least when it comes to girls.

High Blood Pressure Risk Looms for Teen Boys
Adolescent boys with normal blood pressure are three to four times more likely than girls to develop high blood pressure, a large study has found.

August 25, 2010

Healthy Cholesterol May Lower Cancer Risk
Maintaining a healthy cholesterol level may help protect you against cancer, according to a new study.

Limiting TV Time Makes Kids Active
Children whose parents set limits on the time their kids are allowed to watch television or spend on a computer are more likely to engage in physical activity than youngsters who are glued to screens without restriction, new research suggests.

August 23, 2010

Vitamin B6 Linked to Lower Lung Cancer Risk
Having higher blood levels of vitamin B6 and the amino acid methionine both appear to reduce lung cancer risk in smokers and nonsmokers alike, according to a new study.

Proposed Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Obesity
By encouraging Americans to slash their salt intake, eat a plant-based diet, and increase physical activity, the newly proposed 2010 Dietary Guidelines take aim at the obesity epidemic.

August 20, 2010

Cooking Healthy with Basil
The World's Healthiest Food, basil is probably the most popular and versatile fresh herb used today in cooking. Even those who typically rely on dried herbs seem to gravitate to fresh basil.

Best Sources of Enzymes
Virtually all living things - including those we cook and eat - contain enzymes. Enzymes, which act as the spark plugs for the vast majority of chemical reactions that make life possible, are a sine qua non for life.

August 19, 2010

Does olive oil make you fat?
No, using olive oil in your diet does not automatically cause fat buildup in your body. Weight gain (including the accumulation of body fat) occurs when we intake more calories than we expend.

Does reusing veggie oil in a deep fryer make hydrogenated oils?
No, frying does not cause hydrogenation to occur in cooking oil. Hydrogenation is the process of bubbling hydrogen gas up into an oil to make it more heat stable, including stable during frying.

August 18, 2010

Does soaking nuts increase their digestibility?
Many raw food proponents and certain healthcare traditions (such as Ayurveda) recommend that raw nuts be soaked for many hours, or overnight, as a way to help increase their digestibility.

Strawberries -- the Super Berries
The fragrantly sweet juiciness and deep red color of strawberries can brighten up both the taste and aesthetics of any meal; it is no wonder they are the most popular berry fruit in the world.

August 17, 2010

Spinach & Nutrition
Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach with its delicate texture and jade green color provide more nutrients than any other food.

Best sources of Folate
What can high-folate foods do for you?

  • Support red blood cell production and help prevent anemia
  • Help prevent homocysteine build-up in your blood
  • Support cell production, especially in your skin
  • Allow nerves to function properly
  • Help prevent osteoporosis-related bone fractures
  • Help prevent dementias including Alzheimer's disease

August 16, 2010

The Power of Shitake Mushrooms
Long a symbol of longevity in Asia because of their health-promoting properties, shiitake mushrooms have been used medicinally by the Chinese for more than 6,000 years.

How can I get more lycopene in my diet?
Lycopene is a member of the carotenoid family of phytonutrients and is one of the natural pigments responsible for the deep red color of fruits such as tomatoes, apricots, guava, watermelon, & pink grapefruit.

August 10, 2010

Do it Faster: Get Over a Grudge
A friend ticked you off? Here’s how to move past it, suggests Philip H. Friedman, PhD, author of The Forgiveness Solution.

Fun in the Sun Workout
Remember spending every summer outside when you were a kid, playing with all kinds of fun toys? We’ve found an ingenious way to use your favorite beach playthings to create the ultimate body-slimming workout.

August 9, 2010

Fit People Release More Fat-Burning Molecules During Exercise
A new study provides tantalizing clues about how exercise helps ward off heart disease and other ills: Fit people have more fat-burning molecules in their blood than less fit people after exercise.

4 Cool Uses for Aloe
This houseplant is great for relieving sunburn—and that’s just the beginning of its health and beauty superpowers. View the slideshow

August 5, 2010

New Guidelines on Kids' Drowning Prevention
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued new policy guidelines calling for children as young as age 1 to receive swimming lessons, depending on how often they are exposed to water and judgments made by parents about their maturity.

Does Perfume Have Hidden Health Risks?
That fragrance you wear, perhaps named after a celebrity, may make you feel sexy and irresistible, but chances are the label isn't telling you everything that's in it, according to a new report.

August 4, 2010

9 Ways to Get Your Energy Back
You’re only as old as you feel, the saying goes. But what if you feel old, tired, and rundown? Fatigue is a common complaint, especially after people hit middle age. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to boost energy. Here’s how to refill your tank when your energy levels sputter.

Brain Injuries May Lead to Sleep Problems
People with traumatic brain injuries may produce reduced amounts of melatonin, causing sleep problems, a new study suggests.

August 2, 2010

Cut Back on Sodas to Lower Blood Pressure
Cutting back on sugary sodas and other sweet beverages may help lower blood pressure, according to new research in Circulation.

A Little Gratitude Keeps Relationships Strong
A new study suggests small thoughtful gestures and a little everyday gratitude toward one's partner can yield a great deal of happiness and help strengthen relationships.

July 30, 2010

Food Manufacturers Trimming the Trans Fat
Fears that supermarkets and restaurants were substituting trans fat in their products with other high-fat ingredients can be put aside, researchers say.

Chronic Pain: Does Vitamin D Help?
Over the past 10 years, several researchers have found an association between extremely low vitamin D levels and chronic, general pain that doesn’t respond to treatment.

July 29, 2010

11 top causes of dry skin
A dry skin problem can be uncomfortable and even maddening.  Your skin might feel tight and painful; it might look dull or red or flaky.  Worst of all is the itchiness -- the sort of overwhelming itchiness that makes you feel like you're infested with fleas, that keeps you awake at night, miserably raking your skin with a back scratcher.

Brushing Teeth May Keep Away Heart Disease
Study Shows People Who Brush Teeth Less Frequently Are at Higher Risk for Heart Disease

July 27, 2010

Hay Fever Linked to Depression
Study Shows People With Depression, Bipolar Disorder Have Worse Depression During Allergy Season.

FDA Warns of Fracture Risk From Acid Reflux Drugs
Popular PPI antacids -- Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Vimovo, and Zegerid -- raise the risk of bone fracture, especially when used for a year or more or at high doses, the FDA warns.

July 26, 2010

Washington, D.C., Clings to Title of Fittest City
The nation’s capital has claimed the top spot in the American College of Sports Medicine’s list of America’s fittest cities for the third straight year.

Tanning Beds Triple Melanoma Risk
Regular use of tanning beds triples or even quadruples the risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, new research finds. 

July 23, 2010

Fibromyalgia and Diet: 7 Foods to Avoid
Fibromyalgia consists of a complex array of symptoms that include widespread muscle and joint pain along with overwhelming fatigue. And none of it goes away, no matter how much rest you get.

99,000 Die Yearly From Preventable Hospital Infections
As some 99,000 Americans die yearly from hospital-acquired infections, state laws are finally forcing hospitals to report the infections.

July 22, 2010

Mercury is higher in some tuna species
Mercury levels differ among some species of tuna than others, U.S. researchers found.

Tart Cherries Appear to Reduce Inflammation in Lab Studies
In a study involving rats, tart cherries appeared to reduce inflammation and lessen heart disease risk.

July 21, 2010

Better produce variety may prevent illness
Americans could decrease their risk of chronic diseases if they increase their choices of fruits and vegetables, U.S. researchers suggest.

Added sugar can increase heart attack risk
Added sugars -- especially in processed foods and beverages -- may increase heart disease risk factors, U.S. researchers said.

July 14, 2010

Folic acid may help spinal, brain trauma
A study of rodents found folic acid might help promote healing of brain and spinal cord injuries.

Phosphate in soda may accelerate aging
High levels of phosphates -- found in sodas and processed food -- may accelerate signs of aging.

July 13, 2010

Exercise good for the brain
A U.S. researcher says regular aerobic exercise may speed learning and help blood flow to the brain.

Smoking, fructose may worsen liver disease
Smoking and eating fructose can worsen non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, U.S. researchers suggest.

July 8, 2010

Baby swimmers get lasting benefits
Children who are given swimming lessons in Iceland as infants have better balance and better grasp at age 5 than non-swimmers, researchers said

Exercise may slow osteoporosis
U.S. researchers say exercise helps to forestall osteoporosis in women.

July 7, 2010

Surgeon General Urges Exercise for Optimal Health
Watch this video presentation from the U.S. Surgeon General in which she talks about the obesity epidemic and the need for Americans to exercise!

Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
While a decade of efforts to reduce air pollution in the United States has improved air quality in many cities in the Northeast and Midwest, 175 million people are still exposed to dangerous levels of smog and soot.

July 6, 2010

Watch Your Cholesterol, Your Blood Pressure … and This Enzyme?
An enzyme linked to inflammation boosts the risk of heart disease as much as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a new study suggests.

Vitamin E Helps Treat Common Liver Disease
A new study has identified vitamin E as a treatment that can provide relief for many of the estimated 10 million Americans who have the most common chronic liver disease.

June 28, 2010

Substantial smoothies
Smoothies are a wonderful way to enjoy fruits of all kinds — not just the bananas and berries we’re used to throwing in a blender but also more unusual choices, like nutrient-dense kiwis.

Obese Kids More Vulnerable to Bullies
Children in grades three through six who are obese are more likely to be bullied than their normal-weight peers, a new study has found.

June 25, 2010

Vegetarian diets are associated with healthy mood states
Features of the vegetarian diet profile such as higher intake of total polyunsaturated fat and negligible arachidonic acid intake may help explain the favorable mood profile observed with vegetarian diets. Future research exploring the effect of dietary fat modifications on omnivore mental health may have public health importance. [Bragg Director of Nutrition, Dr. John Westerdahl, contributed to this report.]

FDA calls for salt cutbacks
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a gradual but potentially far-reaching effort to reduce the amount of salt Americans consume in a bid to combat high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, and other health problems that have soared to near-epidemic proportions.

June 23, 2010

Many doctors don't discuss diet with obese patients
With the nation's high rates of obesity and the low odds of weight loss, perhaps weary doctors are just giving up. National statistics show that only about half of obese Americans were advised by their doctors to cut down on fatty foods.

Omega-3 fatty acids: How much is enough?
So how many omega-3 fatty acids are enough — and how should you get them? That likely depends on your age and your specific health concerns.

June 21, 2010

Milk, soft drinks and bone strength
Want strong bones? Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, get plenty of exercise — and steer clear of soda.

Get your lower body in shape for summer
Here's a simple yet challenging way to firm and tighten your buttocks and thighs. If you start to incorporate this move into your exercise routine now, you can help get your lower body in shape for the summer.

June 18, 2010

In the green of health: Just 5 minutes of 'green exercise' optimal for good mental health
How much "green exercise" produces the greatest improvement in mood and sense of personal well-being? A new study in the American Chemical Society's semi-monthly journal Environmental Science & Technology has a surprising answer.

Low Vitamin D Levels Are Related to MS Brain Atrophy, Cognitive Function, Studies Show
Low vitamin D levels may be associated with more advanced physical disability and cognitive impairment in persons with multiple sclerosis, studies conducted by neurologists at the University at Buffalo have shown.

June 16, 2010

Reports Highlight the Benefits of an Organic Diet
Exposure to organophosphates has been associated with adverse effects on neurodevelopment, such as behavioral problems and lower cognitive function.

Dietary habits of teenagers could be better
Adolescents, especially those who are not very physically active, eat too much sweet and fatty foods and not enough fruits and vegetables.

June 14, 2010

Olive Oil may protect against Bowel Disease
Increasing your intake of olive oil may help protect against ulcerative colitis, a new study finds.

Male obesity linked to low testosterone levels, study shows
Results of a study published online ahead of print in the journal Diabetes Care, conducted by University at Buffalo endocrinologists, showed that 40 percent of obese participants involved in the Hypogonadism in Males (HIM) study had lower-than-normal testosterone readings.

June 10, 2010

Best Sources of Vitamin K
What can high-vitamin K foods do for you?

  • Allow your blood to clot normally
  • Help protect your bones from fracture
  • Help prevent postmenopausal bone loss
  • Help prevent calcification of your arteries
  • Provide possible protection against liver and prostate cancer

Do sprouts have special health benefits?
In general, sprouts are often more concentrated in certain nutrients-including some key antioxidants-when compared with fully mature plants.

June 8, 2010

Biotin for Optimal Nutrition
What can high-biotin foods do for you?

  • Support healthy skin through proper fat production
  • Help your body make efficient use of sugar
  • Maintain an energy supply in your nerve cells

Five Uses of Tofu
If you follow health and nutrition news, you are no doubt aware of the amazing health benefits of soy products.

June 7, 2010

Garbanzo Beans for Optimal Health
Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) have a delicious nutlike taste and buttery texture. They provide a good source of protein that can be enjoyed year-round and are available either dried or canned.

School Lunchbox Ideas
Many parents say that one of the biggest challenges of parenthood is getting their kids to eat enough of the right kinds of foods.

June 4, 2010

Organic Snackers Underestimate Calories, Study Shows
Could organic labels lead you to overeat? These labels certainly appear to make people think their organic snack has a lot fewer calories than it really does.

Less Is More When Restraining Calories Boosts Immunity
Scientists funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that volunteers who followed a low-calorie diet or a very low-calorie diet not only lost weight, but also significantly enhanced their immune response.

June 3, 2010

Young Americans Too Fat To Fight
The proportion of young Americans that are too fat to fight or serve in the military is so high that it poses a threat to US national security, according to a group of retired military leaders who are calling on Congress to pass new child nutrition legislation to address the problem.

School Nutrition Association Recognizes Professionals Who Serve Healthy Meals
Preparing healthy school meals, teaching good nutrition habits, and offering a friendly greeting are all in a day's work for more than 250,000 child nutrition employees in the nation's 99,000 school cafeterias.

June 2, 2010

What a Bad Lifestyle Does to Your Life Span
People who smoke, don’t exercise, eat poorly, and drink alcohol are three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and nearly four times more likely to die of cancer, a new study finds.

How to Cut Your Risk of Osteoporosis
More than half of Americans over 50 develop osteoporosis, and it’s four times more common in women than men. Once your bones become thinner and more fragile, you’re more apt to suffer fractures. If you’re elderly, this can be fatal. A 65-year-old woman who breaks her hip has a 1 in 7 chance of dying as a result.

June 1, 2010

Many in U.S. Have at Least 1 Heart Risk Factor
Nearly half of the U.S. population has at least one of three diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic conditions -- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes -- all major risk factors for heart disease, the leading cause of death among Americans, according to a new CDC study.

More Chocolate Means More Depression, or Vice Versa
Indulging in chocolate may help lift one’s mood, but a new study has found that people who eat the most chocolate have a greater likelihood of depression.

May 28, 2010

Laughter Affects Appetite Much Like a Workout Does
A hearty laugh and a moderate workout may have more in common than anyone thought. Both affect appetite hormones in much the same way, says Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, director of the molecular research laboratory at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and a longtime researcher on the benefits of laughter.

Mediterranean Diet May Save Brainpower
Eat more like a Greek, and less like a typical American, and you may be doing your brain a favor, new research suggests. Older adults who adhere to the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet -- rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, fish, and moderate amounts of wine -- appear to have less mental decline.

May 26, 2010

Obesity May Raise Risk of Fibromyalgia
Overweight and obese women -- especially those who do not exercise at all or exercise for less than an hour a week -- are at higher risk for developing the widespread pain disorder fibromyalgia.

Eat Hot Peppers to Burn Extra Calories, Fat
Adding some spicy hot peppers to a healthy meal isn't a magic bullet, but it may help you burn a few extra calories and a bit more fat, according to a new study.

May 19, 2010

Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
New research suggests exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides, commonly found on berries, celery and other produce, could raise the odds for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Foods That Fight Alzheimer's Disease
A low-fat diet with a lot of salad dressing, nuts, poultry, and certain fruits and vegetables may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

May 17, 2010

B Vitamins Reduce Stroke, Heart Disease Deaths
Foods rich in B vitamins such as folate and B-6 may reduce the risk of death from stroke and heart problems, Japanese researchers say.

Teen Drinking Linked to Benign Breast Disease
Teenage and adolescent girls who regularly consume alcohol may be at greater risk for developing benign breast disease in their 20s than their teetotaling counterparts,

May 13, 2010

Smokeless Tobacco a Poisonous Lure for Kids
A new study shows 13,705 poisoning cases were reported from 61 regional poison control centers in the U.S. from 2006 to 2008 involving accidental ingestion of tobacco products in children under age 6. More than 70% of these poisonings involved infants less than 1 year of age.

Low Vitamin D Level Tied to Cognitive Decline
Two new studies add to evidence that older people with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to suffer from cognitive impairment. The hope is that vitamin D supplements may be able to slow mental decline -- an intervention that one research team plans to put to the test this summer.

May 11, 2010

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Chronic Sinusitis
Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to as many as 40% of the roughly 30 million cases of chronic sinusitis among adults in the U.S., a new study shows.

Computer Use, Exercise May Save Memory
A combination of moderate physical exercise and computer use late in life may help protect against the memory loss of mild cognitive impairment, a new study suggests.

May 7, 2010

6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees
Whether you're a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior, or totally laid-back when it comes to exercise, knowing how to protect your knees from damage can mean the difference between a fulfilling lifestyle and longterm, strained mobility.

Multivitamins May Cut Breast Cancer Risk
In a study of more than 700 women, taking multivitamin tablets in the past five years was associated with 31% lower odds of having breast cancer. The use of calcium supplements was linked to a 40% reduced risk.

May 3, 2010

15 Ways to Be a Natural Beauty
You don’t need harsh chemicals—or tons of time—to get shiny, healthy hair and smoother skin. Just steal these gentle, back-to-basics moves to start looking your best.

High-Sugar Diet Linked to Cholesterol
The average American eats the equivalent of about 21 teaspoons of added sugar a day -- about 2 1/2 to 3 times more than new heart disease prevention guidelines say they should.

April 30, 2010

Women More Likely To Report Poor Health
In the UK, women are more likely to report poor health than men, but this is not reflected in the rates of death among the sexes later on, according to a new national study.

Better Sleep Quality In Older Adults Who Maintain Regular Daily Routines
A study in the April 1 issue of the journal Sleep found that the maintenance of daily routines was associated with a reduced rate of insomnia and improved quality of sleep in older adults living in a retirement community.

April 26, 2010

Walk a Little, Lose a Lot
Ah, springtime, when you long to … sweat it out in a gym? We didn’t think so. Take it outside with our exclusive park-based walking-and-strengthening workout.

Why It’s Time to Demand Organics
It’s always made sense to me to choose organic foods and products. After all, who wants a side of toxic pesticides with her luscious spring strawberries?

April21, 2010

12 Ways to Stop Work Related Back Pain
Hunching over a computer is a leading reason why four in five women end up with crippling back pain at some point in their lives.

How to Run Faster
Sticking to the same running routine can really slow you down. To get faster: Alter your weekly regimen to include two short, easy-paced runs; one hour-plus, easy-paced run; and the three super strengtheners below—then watch your speed surge in just six weeks.

April 20, 2010

Asparagus - The Healthy Elegant Vegetable
The fleshy green spears of asparagus are both succulent and tender and have been considered a delicacy since ancient times. This highly prized vegetable arrives with the coming of spring.

Best sources of Potassium

What can high-potassium foods do for you?
  • Help your muscles and nerves function properly
  • Maintain the proper electrolyte and acid-base balance in your body
  • Help lower your risk of high blood pressure
What events can indicate a need for more high-potassium foods?
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Heart problems
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Regular, intense exercise
  • Use of certain diuretics

April 19, 2010

Best Sources of Vitamin A

What can high-vitamin A foods do for you?
  • Preserve and improve your eyesight
  • Help you fight off viral infections
What events can indicate a need for more high-vitamin A foods?
  • Frequent viral infections
  • Night blindness
  • Goose bump-like appearance of the skin

Do darker colored fruits and vegetables have more nutrients than lighter colored ones?
No, the darkness of a fruit or vegetable's color (called hue) is not necessarily related to its nutrient diversity or nutrient density. The reason is very simple...

April 16, 2010

Flaxseed Lowers High Cholesterol In Men: Iowa State NWRC Study
A new study from Iowa State University's Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC) may give men a way to combat high cholesterol without drugs -- if they don't mind sprinkling some flaxseed into their daily diet.

Curbing Consumption Of Soda By Children Requires More Than Small Soda Taxes
Small sales taxes on soft drinks in the range currently in force in some states are insufficient to reduce consumption of soda or curb obesity among children, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Green Peas for Good Health
Nature packages green peas in several different forms all of which have a vibrantly delicious flavor, wonderful texture and a wealth of health-promoting nutrients.

April 15, 2010

Exercise 1 Hour a Day to Avoid Weight Gain
Weight gain with age is common. But middle-aged women who start out at a healthy weight and get in an hour of moderate activity every day can avoid weight gain, according to a new study.

Smoking, Obesity’s Toll on Life Span
Smoking, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and obesity -- four preventable risk factors -- are robbing years from the lives of Americans.

Flavonoids In Orange Juice Suppress Oxidative Stress From High-Fat, High-Carb Meal
Eating foods containing flavonoids -- orange juice, in this case -- along with a high-fat, high-carbohydrate fast-food meal neutralizes the oxidative and inflammatory stress generated by the unhealthy food and helps prevent blood vessel damage, a new study by University at Buffalo endocrinologists shows.

April 14, 2010

Acupuncture Puts Nervous Dental Patients at Ease
Acupuncture needles stuck into two strategic spots on the head may reduce anxiety levels of highly nervous dental patients, new research indicates.

Supplement May Give Older Athletes an Edge
Cyclists who are 50 and older may be able to ride farther and faster if they take a commercially available supplement containing the amino acid arginine and antioxidants that help boost the body’s natural exercise capabilities, according to new research in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Talking Early to Babies Helps the Brain
Words may have special meaning for babies long before they are able to speak. A new study suggests talking to babies as young as 3 months old influences their cognitive development and helps the brain learn to form new categories.

April 13, 2010

Words Really Do Hurt
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can hurt you too, according to new research. A new study suggests merely saying, "This may hurt a bit," before receiving a shot may be enough to trigger a pain response in the brain long before any actual pain is felt.

Daily Routines Help Seniors Sleep Better
Maintaining regular daily routines reduces insomnia and improves sleep quality in older people who live in retirement communities, a new study suggests.

Pregnant Women Don't Get Enough Exercise
Three out of four pregnant women in the U.S. do not get enough exercise, according to a new study.

April 12, 2010

Exercising Just Got Easier For Busy People, Study Shows
If you're the type of person who invokes the "not enough time" clause when it comes to exercising, it's time to find a new excuse. Researchers who have been studying interval training have found that it not only takes less time than what is typically recommended, but the regimen does not have to be "all out" to be effective...

Risk Of Developing Cataracts Increased By Anti-Depressants
Some anti-depressant drugs are associated with an increased chance of developing cataracts, according to a new statistical study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and McGill University.

First lady to food makers: Hurry up on healthy food
Food manufacturers need to work faster to re-formulate and re-package food so that it is healthier for kids, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama said on Tuesday.

April 9, 2010

Meat And Colorectal Cancer Risk: Scientists Suggest Potential Mechanisms
Scientists in the US who undertook a large study to investigate what biological mechanisms might be behind the already established link between colorectal cancer and consumption of red and processed meat, confirmed that such a link exists and suggested the main players are three compounds: heme iron, nitrate/nitrite, and heterocyclic amines.

Low-Income Women Living In Small Cities Have Higher Chance Of Obesity
A recent Kansas State University study found that the availability of supermarkets -- rather than the lack of them -- increased the risk of obesity for low-income women living in small cities.

Feeling Lonely Increases Blood Pressure For People 50 And Older
Chronic feelings of loneliness take a toll on blood pressure over time, causing a marked increase after four years, according to a new study at the University of Chicago.

April 7, 2010

Treating Vitamin D Deficiency Significantly Reduces Heart Disease Risk
Preventing and treating heart disease in some patients could be as simple as supplementing their diet with extra vitamin D, according to two new studies at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, Utah.

Lifestyle And Diet Still Best Ways To Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers looking at whether using a drug that lowers blood pressure (Valsartan) or a drug that lowers blood glucose levels (Nateglinide) could prevent Type 2 diabetes from developing found no great difference in the number of people who went on to develop the condition when prescribed either drug compared with the people who were prescribed a dummy pill.

Seaweed Extract May Hold Promise For Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Treatment
Seaweed extract may eventually emerge as a lymphoma treatment, according to laboratory research presented at the second AACR Dead Sea International Conference on Advances in Cancer Research.

April 6, 2010

Adding Heart Healthy Omega-3s To US Diet
A new heart-healthy, essential omega-3 fatty acid is about to improve an American pantry staple: soybean oil.

Cloves Are The Best Natural Antioxidant
Using spices eaten in the Mediterranean diet as natural antioxidants is a good way forward for the food industry, given the beneficial health effects of these products.

What's Mom's Influence On Baby's Obesity Risk?
Aspiring moms may be advised to achieve a healthy weight before they become pregnant, and to gain only the recommended amount of weight during their pregnancy.

April 5, 2010

Link Between Low Levels Of Vitamin D And Higher Rates Of Asthma In African American Children
Researchers at Children's National Medical Center have discovered that African American children with asthma in metropolitan Washington, DC, are significantly more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than healthy African American children.

Study Finds Link Between Healthy Diets, Length Of Ovarian Cancer Survival
Diets full of fruits, vegetables and healthy grains may be associated with higher rates of ovarian cancer survival, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the Los Angeles Times' "Booster Shots" reports.

Only 1 In 10 Get Their 5 A Day! UK
While increasing fruit and vegetable consumption remains a national priority, a new international survey has revealed the extent to which people are not meeting government guidelines on diet and nutrition in the UK.

April 2, 2010

All About Amaranth
Amaranth has always had a place near and dear to my heart. Years ago, I heard about amaranth, the grain that had once been a staple in the diets of pre-Columbian Aztecs.

High Soluble Fiber Foods
As a group, beans and legumes are some of the most concentrated soluble fiber food sources.

School Nutrition Association Announces Four New "Districts Of Excellence"
The School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Foundation announced that Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, Polk County Public Schools in Bartow, Florida, Willamina School District in Willamina, Oregon, and El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas have received the District of Excellence in School Nutrition distinction.

April 1, 2010

Sleep Well, Stay Healthy
"A good night's sleep" has long been the intention of millions of people suffering from sleep disorders around the world. However, this objective is scarcely met with ease.

Avacados for Optimal Health
Although the creamy rich Hass avocados are generally available throughout the year, they are the most abundant and at their best during the spring and summer in California and in October in Florida.

Sources of Niacin - Vitamin B3

What can foods high in vitamin B3 do for you?
  • Help lower cholesterol levels
  • Stabilize your blood sugar
  • Support genetic processes in your cells
  • Help your body process fats

March 31, 2010

Kids Not Only Obese, They're Extremely Obese
Extreme obesity has reached ''alarming'' levels among children, according to a new study that looked at the weights and heights of more than 710,000 children aged 2 to 19.

Good and Bad Health Habits in U.S
Regular drinkers outnumber regular exercisers, says a new report on health behaviors in the U.S.

Vitamin D linked to lower heart disease risk
Raising the amount of vitamin D in the blood appears to help some people -- at least those deficient in the vitamin -- reduce their risk of heart disease by about 30%, researchers announced Monday.

March 30, 2010

Dietary Factors Influence Ovarian Cancer Survival Rates
2009 estimates projected that in the United States alone 21,550 new cases of ovarian cancer would be diagnosed and 14,600 women would die of the disease.

Stress Affects Brain Function In Older People With Type 2 Diabetes
According to research from Edinburgh University, stress increases the risk of memory loss and cognitive decline in older people with Type 2 diabetes.

FDA Expands Ban on Tobacco Sales, Ads for KidsFDA Expands Ban on Tobacco Sales, Ads for Kids
A new FDA rule greatly expands current restrictions on the sale and advertising of tobacco products to children and teens.

March 29, 2010

Total Fat, Trans Fat Linked To Higher Incidence Of Ischemic Stroke
Post-menopausal women who reported consuming the most daily dietary fat had a 40 percent higher incidence of clot-caused strokes compared to women who ate the least amount.

Don't Worry, Be Happy! Positive Emotions Protect Against Heart Disease
People who are usually happy, enthusiastic and content are less likely to develop heart disease than those who tend not to be happy, according to a major new study.

Another Serious Eye Disease, Uveitis, Linked to Smoking
Smoking is already a known risk factor for age-related macular degeneration, cataract and thyroid eye disease. Now, the first study to specifically examine the impact of smoking on uveitis-inflammation of the eye's middle layer of tissue-indicates tobacco smoke likely plays a role in this serious eye disease, as well.

March 25, 2010

Can a Midday Nap Make You Smarter?
Devote your lunch hour to a restful nap, and you may perform and learn better in the afternoon.

Garlic for Optimal Health
Although garlic may not always bring good luck, protect against evil or ward off vampires, it is guaranteed to transform any meal into a bold, aromatic and healthy culinary experience.

Spinach - the Healthy Green
Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach with its delicate texture and jade green color provide more nutrients than any other food.

March 24, 2010

Middle-Aged Women 3 Times as Likely to Have Had a Stroke Than Men
The midlife gender gap in stroke rates continues to widen, with women aged 45 to 54 now three times more likely than men in that age group to report having had a stroke.

Strokes Are Increasing Among Young
Strokes are on the rise among younger people, a group not traditionally considered at high risk for the debilitating condition, researchers report.

Acupuncture Eases Depression in Pregnancy
Many pregnant women who have symptoms of depression worry that taking antidepressants might harm their unborn babies -- so they stop taking their medications, say researchers.

March 19, 2010

Dangerous Cocktail: Energy Drinks + Alcohol
College-age drinkers who swill alcoholic energy-drink cocktails are three times more likely than alcohol-only drinkers to leave a bar drunk.

Vitamin D May Ease Asthma
Not getting enough vitamin D may make asthma worse, according to a new study.

High Levels Of Vitamin D In Older People Can Reduce Heart Disease And Diabetes
Middle aged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43%.

March 18, 2010

Study: Happiness Good for the Heart
Positive People Have Less Heart Disease. Whether you view the glass as half empty or half full may help determine your risk for heart disease.

Rise in Chronic Childhood Health Problems
Chronic childhood health problems such as obesity, asthma, and learning and behavioral problems are on the rise, more than doubling over a 12-year period, according to a new study.

Cigars, Pipes No Safer Than Cigarettes
Switching from cigarettes to cigars or pipes isn’t going to do your lungs any favors. A new study suggests that pipe and cigar smoking may be more harmful than thought.

March 17, 2010

Brussels Sprouts for Optimal Health
It's no surprise that Brussel sprouts look like perfect miniature versions of cabbage since they are closely related, both belong to the Brassica family of vegetables.

Can I eat whole grains if I have diabetes?
Yes, whole grains can make an excellent contribution to your Healthiest Way of Eating if you have been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

March 15, 2010

Mediterranean Diet May Prevent Stroke-Related Brain Damage
Avoiding potentially dangerous silent strokes may be another health benefit of following a Mediterranean diet.

Nearly 1 in 3 Overweight Teens in Denial
A new study shows that nearly a third of adolescents who would be classified in medical terms as overweight do not think they are overweight.

March 1, 2010

New Bill Repeals Key Sections of Dietary Supplement Health
Food: New Bill Repeals Key Sections of Dietary Supplement Health Senator McCain Files New Bill American College for Advancement in Medecine

Movies Butter Up to Kids Via Junk Food
Children are blasted with images of non-nutritious foods and beverages when they go to the movies....

Milk for Mom May Lower Baby’s MS Risk
Pregnant women who drink plenty of milk may be protecting their child from developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in the future.

February 22, 2010

Obese Children Twice as Likely to Die Young?
Childhood obesity more than doubles the risk of dying before age 55, according to a new long-term study that followed nearly 5,000 children.

Percentage of Overweight, Obese Americans Swells
More Americans are becoming overweight or obese, exercising less, and eating unhealthy foods.

Dry Cleaning Chemical 'Likely' Causes Cancer
PERC really is a "likely human carcinogen," the National Academy of Sciences says. PERC is a chemical known as perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene. It's the solvent used by about 85% of U.S. dry cleaners, but is also used as a metal degreaser and in the production of many other chemicals.

February 16, 2010

Blueberry Juice May Boost Memory
A new study shows that drinking a daily dose of wild blueberry juice improved the memory of older adults with age-related memory problems.

How to Energize Your Cereal
Adding a handful of almonds to your bowl of fortified bran cereal can give you loads of energy (and help lower your cholesterol, too).

Listing Calories on Fast-Food Menus Cuts Kids’ Intake
When nutritional information is available on fast-food restaurant menus, parents are more apt to pick lower-calorie foods for their kids, new research finds.

February 12, 2010

Michelle Obama celebrates her 46th birthday at Nora an organic food restaurant
Michelle Obama celebrates her 46th Sunday, and her husband Barack took her out last night to Nora, an organic food restaurant. Nora is located in Washington DC and they are the first certified organic food restaurant US; 95% of the food served is organic.

Using a chair can help abdominal crunches
Have you ever thought of using a folding chair when performing abdominal crunches? Try it. You'll find that it's a comfortable way to focus on contracting your abs without feeling pressure on your back.

Cutting Salt as Good as Quitting Smoking
Cutting U.S. salt intake by just half a teaspoon a day would prevent up to 92,000 deaths, 99,000 heart attacks, and 66,000 strokes -- a benefit as big as smoking cessation.

February 11, 2010

Vitamin D may reduce nursing home falls
Falls, a leading cause of death and disability in the elderly, may be reduced by vitamin D supplementation in nursing homes, Australian researchers say.

Huntington beef products recalled
Huntington Meat Packing Inc., of Montebello, Calif., is recalling about 864,000 pounds of beef that may be tainted with E. coli, inspectors said.

Oprah’s Trainer Spills the Secret to Long-Term Weight Loss
Almost any woman who’s got serious pounds to drop has thought, “If I were a celebrity with a personal trainer, I could do it too!” Last month, I had my chance.

February 9, 2010

Patients often unaware of radiation risks
Americans are receiving more medical radiation than ever before, experts say, but while it saves countless lives, serious, even fatal mistakes can happen.

Vitamin D reduces colon cancer in Europe
A study of more than 520,000 people in 10 Western European nations found levels of vitamin D correlate with lower colon cancer risk, researchers say.

Meat linked to urinary tract infections
A Canadian researcher says she has discovered strong evidence of a link between eating contaminated chicken and the E. coli that cause urinary tract infection.

February 8, 2010

Prolonged Sitting Boosts Bad Health
A new editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that people who sit still for prolonged periods of time -- such as desk workers or couch potatoes -- have a higher risk of disease than those who move a muscle every now and then in a non-exercise manner, such as walking up the stairs to grab a cup of coffee. 

Omega-3s May Slow Aging in Heart Patients
Heart disease patients with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids appear to age more slowly than those with the lowest blood levels, according to a new study.

Are We as Fat as We Can Get?
U.S. obesity rates are leveling off for most kids and adults, new CDC figures suggest. It does not mean we are getting thinner, although it may mean we're nearly as fat as we can get.

February 3, 2010

Are Americans Backing Off Exercise?
There is a lot of talk about exercise this time of year, as out-of-shape Americans turn over new leaves, make New Year’s resolutions, and plunk down cash for gym memberships. But don’t let the talk fool you. Only about half of Americans exercise regularly (at least three sessions a week for 30 minutes at a time), and the percentage of exercisers declined last year compared to 2008.

Pancreatic Cancer Detected by Blood Test
Researchers say they have developed a blood test that can spot pancreatic cancer earlier, when it is more curable. The test uses an antibody that works like a heat-seeking missile...

7 Steps for a Healthy Heart
The American Heart Association has identified seven "simple" steps you can take for a healthy heart. But the road to better cardiovascular health will take some work.

February 2, 2010

An Apple A Day ... Friendly Bacteria Love The Humble Apple
Why does an apple a day keep the doctor away? New research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology contributes to our understanding of why eating apples is good for you.

Smokers With Lung Cancer: Not Too Late to Quit
Smokers with lung cancer who have asked "Why quit now, I'm already sick?" may find new motivation in this answer: Doing so could double their odds of survival over five years.

1 in 5 Teens Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels
One in five American teens has unhealthy cholesterol levels, putting them on the fast track for heart disease, according to a new CDC report.

February 1, 2010

Blacks With Diabetes Urged to Cut Calories, Salt
Blacks with diabetes who consume too many calories and too much sodium increase their risk for eye disease, a new study finds.

First Evidence That Blueberry Juice Improves Memory In Older Adults
Scientists are reporting the first evidence from human research that blueberries - one of the richest sources of healthful antioxidants and other so-called phytochemicals - improve memory.

Diet May Protect Against Lung Cancer In Smokers
Leafy green vegetables, folate, and some multivitamins could serve as protective factors against lung cancer in current and former smokers.

January 29, 2010

Study: Cutting Salt Intake Would Boost Nation’s Health
If Americans cut their salt intake by just half a teaspoon per day, it would produce public health benefits on par with reducing high cholesterol, smoking, or obesity, a new study has found.

U.S. Children Spend Too Much Time Using Media
The amount of time American children and teens spend watching TV, playing video games or surfing the Internet has increased dramatically, to almost eight hours a day, a new report finds.

Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Most French fries served in U.S. restaurants are immersed in corn-based oil — usually considered the worst oil for human health — before they’re fried, according to the authors of a new study.

January 28, 2010

As Obesity Increases, So Does Stroke Risk
The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to have a stroke, a new study reports.

Smokers More Prone to Long-Term Prescription Painkiller Use
Smoking, as well as the medicinal use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, are independent predictors of longer-term opioid pain medication use among patients with chronic back pain caused by lumbar spine conditions, a new U.S. study finds.

Blood Test Spots Colon Cancer, Polyps
The first blood test to reliably detect early-stage colorectal cancer and polyps may help identify patients who would gain most from colonoscopy, say Israeli researchers who developed the screen.

January 26, 2010

Are colored potatoes healthier than white potatoes?
The differences in color between varieties of potatoes are basically differences in carotenoid and flavonoid content. Virtually all types of potatoes provide significant amounts of approximately seven to ten nutrients.

Are flaxseeds still nutritious even after they are heated or baked?
While flaxseed oil should not be heated because it can easily oxidize, it seems that heat doesn't have the same effect on whole flaxseeds.

Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
Chemicals found in carpeting, non-stick cookware and fabrics are linked to an increase in thyroid disease, new research suggests.

January 25, 2010

Global Tobacco Report Outlines 21 Challenges for 21st Century
A new American Cancer Society report outlines 21 challenges and needs for global tobacco control, covering the wide range of issues to be addressed and expertise needed to reduce the rising tide of tobacco use worldwide, particularly in low- and middle-income nations that are targets of a multinational tobacco industry. 

High Vitamin D Levels Linked to Lower Risk of Colon Cancer
High blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower risk of colon cancer, finds a large European study published online in the British Medical Journal.

Lung Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Double Their Survival Chances
People diagnosed with early stage lung cancer can double their chances of survival over five years if they stop smoking compared with those who continue to smoke.

January 20, 2010

Why do you need to eat vegetables everyday?
You need to eat vegetables everyday because you simply cannot find another food group that is as perfectly matched to our everyday human needs as vegetables!

Dietary estrogens have little effect on cancer risk
Dietary "phytoestrogens" -- plant substances that have weak estrogen-like activity -- have little impact on the risks of developing hormone-sensitive cancers like breast and prostate cancer or colorectal cancers, new research suggests.

January 19, 2010

Which is healthier: red cabbage or green cabbage?
Both red and green cabbages are incredibly rich in nutrients and I view both types of cabbage as unique foods that can make outstanding contributions to your Healthiest Way of Eating.

Why is chewing such an important part of digestion?
Chewing is an extremely important, yet oftentimes overlooked, part of healthy digestion.

Why do some foods (like beans) give you intestinal gas?
Flatulence (intestinal gas) is usually the result of many combined factors-not simply a food all by itself.

January 18, 2010

Eat your Garbanzo beans
Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) have a delicious nutlike taste and buttery texture. They provide a good source of protein that can be enjoyed year-round and are available either dried or canned.

Best sources of Lycopene -- What can high-lycopene foods do for you?

  • Protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals
  • Help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, thereby slowing the development of atherosclerosis

Which is better: flaxseeds or flaxseed oil?
Flaxseeds are a whole food; flaxseed oil is not. Therefore, from my perspective, flaxseeds are superior when it comes to choosing a food that provides a host of different benefits.

January 15, 2010

Herb May Treat Chemotherapy Liver Damage
Substances in the milk thistle plant may help treat inflammation of the liver in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, a new study shows.

LDL Rises Around Time of Menopause
Blood levels of LDL, or "bad", cholesterol increase dramatically in women around the time of menopause, and the rise is not related to aging, new research confirms.

Broccoli for Optimal Health
Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, and is closely related to cauliflower. Its cultivation originated in Italy. Broccolo, its Italian name, means "cabbage sprout."

January 14, 2010

Fruits, Leafy Greens Are Good for the Eyes
Carrots may be good for the eyes, but so are leafy green vegetables and colored fruits, University of Georgia scientists report.

Weight and Smoking Linked to Skin Aging
Smoking and weight are tied to sun damage and aging of skin on the face, a new study shows.

Spices May Prevent Breast Cancer
A new study suggests that compounds found in black pepper and curry powder help halt the growth of stem cells that give rise to breast cancer.

January 12, 2010

Quitting Smoking Carries Diabetes Risk
Researchers say people who quit smoking typically gain weight, which may explain the temporary period of increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked to obesity.

Earlier Bedtimes May Fight Teen Depression
Adolescents whose parents set earlier bedtimes are significantly less likely to suffer from depression or have suicidal thoughts compared to youngsters who hit the sack later, new research indicates.

Heart Risk of Obesity Greater Than Thought
The link between obesity and death from heart disease may be even worse than previously thought, but health problems associated with being underweight  may have been exaggerated, a new study shows.

January 11, 2010

Vitamin D May Protect Blacks Against Cardiac Death
US researchers investigating the disparity between blacks and whites in heart and stroke-related deaths have suggested that vitamin D deficiency may be partly responsible.

Obesity Rise Hurts Health More Than Smoking
America's obesity epidemic now poses an equal or greater threat to health-related quality of life than smoking, according to a new study.

Pomegranates May Fight Breast Cancer
A new study shows a group of phytochemicals called ellagitannins found in abundance in pomegranates inhibited the growth of estrogen-responsive breast cancer in laboratory tests.

January 5, 2010

Breastfeeding May Reduce Diabetes Risk
There is more evidence that breastfeeding benefits moms as well as their babies.

Is Your Home's Air Unhealthy? Try Plants
Certain plants can remove dangerous airborne contaminants commonly found in homes.

Breast Ultrasounds Spot More Cancers
Adding ultrasound to annual mammograms improves the detection of early-stage breast cancer in women who are at high risk for the disease, researchers say.

January 4, 2010

Food of the Week: Green Beans
Commonly referred to as string beans, the string that once was their trademark can seldom be found in modern varieties.

Best sources of Zeaxanthin
What can foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin do for you?

What's the problem with refined grains?
Extensive processing of grains can leave very little in the way of nutritional value.

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