Consumers today know that it is healthier—and far more cost-efficient—to prevent the development of chronic conditions in the first place rather than treating them as they come. Along with physical activity, a healthy diet is one of the most powerful weapons in this fight. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fats and other substances in certain foods and drinks can help maintain optimal function for the human body.
Certain items in the kitchen may be more nutrient-packed than others. Here are five of the most beneficial. (more…)
By Michael A. Smith, MD
The “French Paradox” was coined by Dr. Serge Renaud and introduced to Americans on TV in 1991 during a 60 Minutes segment. Explaining his research, Renaud noted a profound lifestyle difference between Americans and the French — red wine consumption.
The two cultures ate the same kinds of food, yet more Americans were dying from heart attacks than the French. He proposed the theory that red wine provided some sort of cardio-protective benefit to the French despite all of the butter and fat that they ate.
Although the theory is still debated, it’s believed that red wine’s polyphenol content provides the benefit.
The red wine ingredient resveratrol mimicked the metabolic effects of dieting and exercising in obese men, a small study found.
Although it didn’t lead to weight loss, a daily 150-milligram dose of resveratrol lowered blood pressure as well as blood glucose levels and liver fat in obese men after 30 days, Dutch researchers reported today in the journal Cell Metabolism. (more…)
Two new studies suggest that substances usually associated with dulling the mind — marijuana and red wine — may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related memory loss. Their addition comes as another study dethrones folk remedy ginkgo biloba as proof against the disease.
At a November meeting of the Society of Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., researchers from Ohio State University reported that THC, the main psychoactive substance in the cannabis plant, may reduce inflammation in the brain and even stimulate the formation of new brain cells. (more…)