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34 New Beneficial Compounds Discovered in Maple Syrup
March 31, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram has discovered 34 new beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup and confirmed that 20 compounds discovered last year in preliminary research play a key role in human health.


How Cranberries Boost Heart Health
March 30, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Polyphenol-rich cranberry juice may boost heart health by alleviating arterial stiffness, says a new study from the Boston and Tufts Universities.


Do You Need To Supplement With Copper?
March 30, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Copper is an essential trace mineral, present in all body tissues, which plays a role in the formation of connective tissue, and in the normal functioning of muscles, the nervous system and the immune system.


Walnuts: A Top Superfood That Prevents Heart Disease
March 29, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Walnuts are top of the tree when it comes to heart-healthy superfoods, research has shown.


Will Nutrition's Potential Be Achieved Via Epigenetics?
March 28, 2011 | Nutrition | 
Understanding and achieving nutrition's potential to maintain health and prevent disease may lie with the study of epigenetics, according to a new review.


A Taste of What's To Come: Food Sovereignty Declared in U.S. City
March 24, 2011 | Sustainability | 
Sedgwick, Maine has done what no other town in the United States has done. The town unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right "to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing." This includes raw milk, locally slaughtered meats, and just about anything else you can imagine. It's also a decided bucking of state and federal laws.


The Antioxidant Power of Smoothies
March 24, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Earlier research has suggested that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols found in apples help prevent colon cancer, but to be useful they must not be absorbed by the small intestine. Instead, they need to get to the colon where they can be effective. This study found that smoothies delivered significantly more polyphenols and quinic acid to the colon than apple juice or cider.


Study Demonstrates Why Fiber Is So Important Between The Ages of 20 and 60
March 23, 2011 | Nutrition | 
A new study from Northwestern Medicine shows a high-fiber diet could be a critical heart-healthy lifestyle change young and middle-aged adults can make. The study found adults between 20 and 59 years old with the highest fiber intake had a significantly lower estimated lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease compared to those with the lowest fiber intake.


Stress Affects The Balance of Natural Bacteria in Your Gut
March 23, 2011 | Immunity | 
Stress can change the balance of bacteria that naturally live in the gut, according to research published this month in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.


Don't Panic: Natural And Very Effective Alternatives To Potassium Iodide Are Everywhere
March 18, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
The Japanese nuclear disaster has everybody on edge and people are panicking. Potassium Iodide has flown off the shelves at a rate where stockpiles could not meet demands. What most people don't realize is that there are literally hundreds of other foods and supplements that protect the entire body and organ systems (not just the thyroid) and they're typically safer and far more effective than potassium iodide.


Elderberry Extract Inhibits Growth of Pathogenic Bacteria By 70 Percent
March 16, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
A liquid extract from black elderberry may inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria by upwards of 70 percent, suggest new data from cell studies from Justus-Liebig University in Germany.


Why Daylight Savings Time Negatively Affects Our Health
March 15, 2011 | Sunlight | 
The practice of advancing our clocks kicked in again this past weekend adding sleep loss, disrupted biorhythms, accidents and disease to perhaps many millions of people who live in nations who employ daylight saving time (DST). So why do we do it?


Optimal Vitamin D Levels Detox The Body and May Render Many Medications Useless
March 11, 2011 | Sunlight | 
Exposure to sunlight and vitamin D has been shown to effectively deal with toxins including medications. A study rom the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet has shown that the body's ability to break down medicines may be closely related to exposure to sunlight, and thus may vary with the seasons.


Olive Leaves Just As Effective As Drugs In Lowering Blood Pressure, Except They're Natural
March 11, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Olive leaf extract is just as effective in lowering blood pressure as other common medical treatments for hypertension, according to a new clinical trial sponsored by Frutarom and Dexa Medica.


Understanding the Omega 3 Rich Diet of the Greenland Inuit
March 8, 2011 | Nutrition | 
Almost 60 percent of the diet of the Inuit people consists of fats.Surprisingly, the incidences of cardiovascular and inflammatory disorders among the Greenland Eskimos are low.Such paradox can be attributed to their Omega 3 rich diet.


What Two Fruits Pack The Biggest Antioxidant Punch For Disease Prevention and Longevity?
March 4, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
While eating an apple a day could keeps the undertaker away, a cooked tomato may be the biggest source of a powerful antioxidant to prevent disease.


Increasing Vitamin Bs May Ease PMS Symptoms By 35 Percent
March 4, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Higher intakes of the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin from the diet may reduce the incidence of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by about 35 percent, suggest new findings.


It Only Takes A Half Hour For Table Salt To Significantly Impair Your Arteries
March 3, 2011 | Nutrition | 
It takes just half an hour for one salty meal to significantly impair the arteries' ability to pump blood around the body, alarming research shows.


Antioxidants in Pecans Prevent Heart Disease
March 2, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention, according to new research.


Ashwagandha for Better Sleep
March 1, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb from the roots of Withania somnifera, a plant in the nightshade family. It has long been prized for its ability to help the body deal with stress. It has also been used traditionally for pain relief and to treat skin diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and epilepsy.



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