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Wild Blueberries Tackle Inflammatory Responses Associated With High-Fat Diets
Eating wild blueberries diminishes the adverse effects of a high-fat diet, according to a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. For the first time, wild blueberries were shown to have beneficial effects on both blood pressure and nutrition-derived inflammatory responses.


Two Types of Ingredients In Over 95 Percent of All Processed Foods Fuel Over-Consumption Of Those Same Foods
If you guessed refined sugars and processed oils, give yourself a gold star. Diets that lead to obesity -- specifically diets high in refined sugars and processed oils may cause changes to the brains of obese people that in turn may fuel over-consumption of those same foods and make weight loss more challenging. The problem is that the body exerts a strong defense against undernutrition and weight loss, but applies a much weaker resistance to over-consumption and weight gain -- a human behavior food industry scientists have learned to exploit in their favor.


Pine Bark Extract Reduces Cold Symptoms And Decreases Severity
Researchers have found new evidence that explains how some aspects of our personality may affect our health and wellbeing, supporting long-observed associations between aspects of human character, physical health and longevity.


The Overwhelming Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Show It Helps Improve Metabolism, Burn Fat and Weight Loss
Coconut oil has long received criticism because groups of nutritionists and scientists had incorrectly labeled it as a promoter of LDL cholesterol, which has since been exposed as not being "bad" at all. In truth, it never did increase LDL cholesterol, but it did increase HDL or good cholesterol. That distinction was never corrected in the mainstream press and the misconception still continues to this day. More research has now brought to light that coconut oil not only burns stubborn abdominal fat, but it also increases thyroid function, improves metabolic markers and is associated with considerable weight loss.


The 11 Most Significant Factors Guaranteed To Depress Your Immune System
From our environment, to our food, medicine and lifestyle, we are surrounded by things that depress our immune system. Knowing the culprits can make a big difference in how long and how often you encounter illness.


Citrus Juices Found To Contain Antioxidant Capacities Ten Times Higher Than Previously Measured
The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued. A new technique developed by researchers from the University of Granada for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. The results suggest that tables on the antioxidant capacities of food products that dieticians and health authorities use must be revised.


Vitamin E Deficiency Widespread And A Significant Risk To Brain Health and Pregnant Women
Adequate levels of vitamin E, an essential micronutrient, are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant. Deficiency of the vitamin is occurring at an alarming frequency, and the effects of this are less obvious in the short-term affecting everything from fertility to Alzheimers.


Vitamin D Reduces Lung Disease By More Than 40 Percent
People with the worst vitamin D deficiency are highly susceptible to illness and suffer respiratory infections than those with sufficient levels. Vitamin D supplementation could reduce flare-ups of lung disease by more than 40% in patients who are deficient, say researchers.


Do You Know What Barbie Would Look Like If She Was Based On Reality?
Is there a connection between barbie and a woman's body image? Since the average American girl between the ages of three and ten owns several Barbie dolls, the effects of Barbie and body image run deeper than just a doll owned by millions of girls. There is a large and growing body of literature that shows the negative impact these toys have on developing children.


These 9 Spices Decrease Triglyceride Levels By 30 Percent
Antioxidant-rich spices and herbs could help to improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to new research.


Disease Does Not Stand A Chance Against Black Cumin
Nigella sativa, also known as black cumin, black seed, kalonji and haba al-barakah (Arabic name) has been proven with countless peer reviews to effectively treat cancer. More than cancer, Nigella Sativa seeds have been proven to be a treatment for more than 100 diseases.


Raw Veggie Pumpkin Pesto Recipe
There are way too many people out there who haven't experienced the excitement of raw food. Many feel it is boring or tasteless. It's anything but. This is a wonderful recipe for any skill level for those interested in trying raw food dishes. Toss this pumpkin seed pesto with your favorite veggie and I dare you to tell me it's tasteless.


If You Want To Be Healthy, Stop Counting Calories
Following a diet that includes fruit, vegetables, nuts and olive oil is better than a low-fat diet for sustained weight loss, said a research team writing in Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ).


12 Convincing Herbs That Will Help Reduce Your Dependence On Cholesterol Drugs
Our dependence on drug therapy to reduce cholesterol is staggering and approximately 15% of the top prescribed medications in the world are generic statins. The are NO scientific studies ever documented which have proved through causation that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents disease. It's more important to manage your cholesterol with dietary herbs than it is to lower cholesterol with any statin drugs.


Once And For All, Baking Soda Does Not Contain Aluminum
It's the myth that just won't die. People to this day confuse baking soda with baking powder and the presence of aluminum. Baking soda has never had aluminum. Never has, never will. Marketing tactics have convinced millions of the opposite at the expense of common sense when it comes to simple chemistry. In fact, almost any grocery store baking soda can be as safe, economical, pure and convenient a source of sodium bicarbonate as other expensive brands that claim to be aluminum free.


You Only Crave Foods For One Reason
Cravings can inspire you or consume you. They can lead you down the path of ill health or encourage change in what and how you eat. Once we are tuned into all the the foods that jive with our intestinal, hormonal and physiological health, we can learn to and tweak our diet to satisfy something larger that our body requirements. Defeating recurring cravings is all a matter of matching a nutrient deficiency with a healthy bioavailable source.



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