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Are You Absent-Minded or Easily Distracted? You May Have A Better Working Memory
March 29, 2012 | Memory | A.McCarthy
Do you zone out a lot at work, school or anytime for that matter? We all do it. We've all been disciplined for not paying attention at one time or another. Although some of us more than others, and I'll admit I fall into this category. A new study investigating the mental processes underlying a wandering mind reports a role for working memory, a sort of a mental workspace that allows you to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously.

Cranberry, Lingonberry and Blackcurrant Juices Increase Heart Health
March 28, 2012 | Antioxidants | A.McCarthy
Among other benefits such as reducing metabolic disorders, new data suggests lingonberry, cranberry and blackcurrant juices may play a role in reducing hardening of the arteries.

Is Popcorn The Perfect Snack Food: Scientists Report It's Very High In Antioxidants
March 26, 2012 | Antioxidants | N.Longo
It's crunchy, delicious and very satisfying. Popcorn's reputation as a snack food is gaining more credibility as scientists recently reported that it contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called "polyphenols" than fruits and vegetables. Just be sure to stick to the organic varieties since most of world's corn is genetically modified.

Curcumin Outperforms Pharmaceuticals and Prevents Disease Without Side Effects
March 21, 2012 | Antioxidants | M.Torres
Adding to the wealth of research confirming that high antioxidant spices protect the body and prevent disease more effectively than drug based treatments, a Michigan State University researcher has found that curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is proving effective at preventing clumping of a protein involved in Parkinson's disease.

Wild Blackberries Prove Superior Than Conventional Varieties In Antioxidant Power
March 21, 2012 | Antioxidants | Editor
Further evidence from research in the UK and Portugal shows that there is a difference in antioxidant potential between conventional blackberries and their wild counterparts. While adding extracts from wild blackberries protects brain cells from oxidative stress, commercial berry extracts were ineffective.

Your Organs Are Desperate For These Foods - Make Them Happy
March 19, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
Water, vitamins, minerals, and cholesterol all need to be absorbed into the organs and tissues for their proper functioning. Foods can confer health benefits beyond their nutritional value. For example, fiber helps prevent colon cancer, and cranberries and blueberries promote urinary tract health. Organs also crave specific nutrients and your food cravings are often a sign of where your deficiency lies.

Switching From White Rice To Brown Rice Dramatically Improves Blood Sugar
March 18, 2012 | Nutrition | N.Longo
Fitness and nutrition experts have been touting it for years. There is a distinct advantage of eating brown rice over white. White rice is also joining the growing list of refined carbohydrates with links to a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes if eaten regularly.

Strong Scientific Evidence Suggests We Need Berries For Our Brain As We Age
March 15, 2012 | Antioxidants | Editor
A diet rich in phytochemicals from berries could help improve brain health in several ways, such as improving communication pathways and protecting against oxidative stress, say researchers.

Increase Carotenoid Containing Fruits and Veggies To Improve Your Skin In 6 Weeks
March 13, 2012 | Antioxidants | Editor
Thinking about improving your skin with plastic surgery. Skip it. Increased consumption of carotenoid containing fruit and vegetables is associated with measurable and perceptibly beneficial effects on skin appearance within six weeks, say researchers.

New Research Shows Consuming Red Meat Increases Mortality Up To 20 Percent
March 13, 2012 | Nutrition | Editor
Meat has been getting a battering in the media lately, but it's difficult to deny the facts of how current meat industry practices and consumption are negatively impacting public health. A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers has found that red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of total, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality. The results also showed that substituting other healthy protein sources, such as fish, nuts, and legumes, was associated with a lower risk of mortality.

Once Valued More Precious Than Gold, Cinnamon Is The Epitome of Natural Medicine
March 12, 2012 | Antioxidants | N.Longo
Valued in ancient times as currency and once considered more precious than gold, cinnamon -- one of the world's oldest known spices -- has one of the highest antioxidant values of all foods and its use in medicine treats everything from nausea to menstruation and energy to diabetes.

Palliative Nurse Shares The Top Five Life Regrets From Her Dying Patients
March 9, 2012 | Happiness | M.Forrester
It is the only certainty we have in life, but when we get there, we would like to think we've accomplished all of our goals. Those goals change from decade to decade, but in the last 12 weeks of our lives, what really matters to us most is not sex, money, possessions or trips around the world. A nurse in palliative who has counseled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives.

Forget Prescription Drugs: Two Glasses of Cranberry Juice Prevents Hardening of Arteries
March 8, 2012 | Antioxidants | Editor
Statins have severe adverse effects, yet they are standard method of treatment used to treat millions with hardening arteries. Health experts suggest a much easier and natural route...cranberries. Two glasses of cranberry juice a day protects against the development of hardening of the arteries, according to a new study by scientists at the Mayo Clinic and College of Medicine.

Why You Need To Add Strawberries To Your Daily Diet
March 5, 2012 | Antioxidants | 
Full of antioxidants, strawberries are perfect for curbing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and delaying aging. In fact, studies suggest that the high antioxidant levels in strawberries can help neutralize the negative effects of free radicals in your system.

Amazing Cinnamon Popcorn Recipe
March 4, 2012 | Nutrition | 
To those who can digest and enjoy popcorn, it is a wonderful treat. It can also be completely guilt-free if you stick to natural ingredients and healthy cooking methods. Try this delicious cinnamon popcorn recipe that will surely be a hit at any gathering.

Black Tea Reduces Stroke and Heart Disease Risk by Up To 50 Percent
March 1, 2012 | Antioxidants | 
Green tea is often lauded for the many amazing health benefits that it touts. However, black tea drinkers should rejoice after a a team of Australian scientists found that its daily consumption could help to reduce the risk of heart disease in the general population by reducing blood pressure.


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