Today there are many labels on an egg carton meant to steer one to the best, most nutritious choice. But do these labels accurately describe what’s really in your eggs?
“Free-Range” or “Cage-Free” is a popular term meant to connote chickens living off the land with ample space to move about, plenty of sunshine, and fresh air. (more…)
It turns out Mom was right.
If broccoli or Brussels sprouts were frequently the last bits left on your plate as a child, Mom had good reason to encourage you to clean your plate and eat your vegetables.
Broccoli and Brussels sprouts belong to the Brassica or cruciferous family, which also includes cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, arugula, horseradish, radish, wasabi, and watercress. This family of bitter greens and roots is quickly becoming the focus of scientists and cancer specialists alike due to the high amounts of glucosinolates that it contains. (more…)
Numerous studies are linking the intake of omega-3 oils with improvements in cognitive function, visual acuity, and overall brain development. Our western culture has introduced processed vegetable oils and man-made fats that are inflaming and retard normal brain growth. Increasing high quality, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is a critical staple to supporting healthy brain function.
A new study conducted by the Swiss has demonstrated that certain forms of meditation may help patients with MS. The particular type of meditation known as “mindfulness” is where patients simply train their mind to focus more on the moment rather than the past or future. It is precisely described as “nonjudgmental awareness of moment-to-moment experience.”
The 8 week study conducted at the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland randomly assigned 150 patients to either take part in the 8 week study or continue on standard medical care. Those who performed the meditation reported lower levels of fatigue and depression for upwards of 6 months as opposed to those who received the standard medical treatments. Fatigue is often a major problem for MS sufferers with up to 50% saying that it is their most disabling symptom. (more…)
Systemic inflammation is a significant factor known to accelerate the aging process and is an underlying mechanism behind most chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Low grade inflammation increases body temperature and initiates degradation of the delicate endothelial lining of the vascular system. This process is known to cause metabolic instability and is linked with the proliferation of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. Polyphenols from extra virgin olive oil have been shown to significantly reduce the expression of genes that trigger systemic inflammation and can be used along with natural diet to lower the risks from cardiovascular disease.
Olive Oil and Greens Lower Risk of Heart Disease by More Than 40% (more…)
If you`re an acne sufferer, then you know the frustration of searching for an acne product that actually helps your skin. Chances are you`ve tried everything on the market and were left less than satisfied (and with a much lighter wallet!). The mainstream commercial products you`ve tried may work for a while, but the harsh chemicals in these products tend to make skin worse over time. Tea tree oil offers an alternative remedy for acne, and more than one study has demonstrated its effectiveness.
One study at the Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia revealed tea tree oil`s ability to perform just as well as a common over-the-counter acne treatment, without the side effects. Researchers wrote: (more…)
Besides protecting from cancer, obesity, autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular problems, vitamin D helps build strong bones. And scientists have found this health building vitamin has a remarkable impact on the immune system, too. Vitamin D, it turns out, is necessary for the production of anti-microbial peptides, substances that fight off infection-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses when these pathogens try to move into organs and through mucous membranes.
In fact, previous research has shown adequate vitamin D can help prevent colds and flu as well as serious lung infections, including tuberculosis. Now Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm have evidence that higher vitamin D levels offer especially strong protection against another common health problem — urinary tract infections (UTIs). (more…)
Ask someone what disease they fear the most and many will answer type 2 diabetes…and for good reason.
One out of every 10 Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and millions more are walking around undiagnosed every day.
And if the disease isn’t bad enough, there are the terrifying complications, including:
- * Blindness
- * Kidney disease
- * Heart attack
- * Stroke
- * Peripheral artery disease
- * Diabetic ulcers
- * Amputation
- * Death
Several studies published this month offer a new understanding and hope to those suffering from the ringing in the ears known as tinnitus. This condition affects up to 40 million Americans, including 10% of senior citizens and 40% of military veterans. While tinnitus has been associated with previous injury to the hearing apparatus, that appears to be only part of the problem. The source of the problem for many may lie within nerves, where improvement is possible. (more…)
The lack of omega 3 fatty acids, such as DHA, in the diets of pregnant mothers1 has been associated with poor neurologic function and mood issues in the offspring. Researchers have now pinpointed in an animal study that a lack of omega 3 fatty acids at this critical time of development causes brain plasticity to not form correctly in key areas of the brain affecting reward, motivation, emotional regulation, and general nerve transmission.