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Senior couple growing stressed plants in their organic garden
Aging

Should You Eat Stressed Plants to Stay Healthy?

Stressed plants grown without fertilizer or pesticides produce their own defensive compounds. Eating them may also benefit our own biology.

Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of Bad Food Bible
Podcasts

Show 1200: Making Sense of Changing Nutritional Guidelines

Is fish oil helpful or useless? Does eating red meat make any difference for heart health? Can you keep up with changing nutritional guidelines?

a bowl with rice and natto, fermented beans linked to longer life in Japan
Aging

Is Soy the Secret to Longer Life in Japan?

Scientists suggest that fermented soy products such as natto or miso might help explain longer life in Japan.

Cocoa pod being harvested as source of cocoa flavanols
Cognitive Dysfunction

What Is the Evidence That Cocoa Flavanols Improve Health?

A number of studies lead to the conclusion that cocoa flavanols improve health. But that doesn't make chocolate bars health food.

market display of apples, eggplants, peppers, grapes, green beans, colorful vegetables
Aging

Colorful Fruits and Veggies to Protect Your Brain

Scientists find that older people who consume lots of fruits and veggies rich in flavonol compounds are less prone to Alzheimer dementia.

multiple purple eggplants
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Using Eggplant to Lower Your Blood Pressure

One reader found that using eggplant for dinner, browned in olive oil with herbs, is a tasty approach to lowering blood pressure. Research confirms this.

Cup of black coffee and two squares of dark chocolate on a tray
Diabetes

What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee and Chocolate?

There are health benefits of coffee and chocolate as well as tea. You don't have to feel guilty about your beverage!

cluster of red Montmorency Michigan cherries on the tree.
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure With Cherries?

Researchers have found that people can lower their blood pressure with cherries, specifically 60 ml of tart cherry concentrate daily.

Fresh organic artichokes at a farmers market
Aging

What Is the Best Diet?

The best diet, according to researchers, is rich in produce, whole grains and unsaturated fats. Levels of fat and carbohydrate don't matter much.

pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds
Home Remedies

Pomegranate Juice Is Good for Your Brain, Based on Science

There is growing evidence that pomegranate juice can help control inflammation in the body. That could mean that pomegranate juice is good for your brain.

Green tea leaves on plant
Heart Attack

Will You Live Longer If You Sip Green Tea?

A large study in China monitored people's tea-drinking habits and their health. Those who sip green tea several times a week seem to live longer.

Friends having fun while preparing fresh vegetables
Home Remedies

What Should You Eat to Sleep Better?

A large study shows that diet makes a difference at bedtime. Will you change what you eat to sleep better, even if it means fewer snacks and desserts?

Hot soup with vegetables, pasta and chile pepper
Home Remedies

Can You Prevent Leg Cramps With Hot Soup?

Enjoying a bowl of spicy hot soup might be just the ticket to prevent bothersome nighttime leg cramps. The pungent flavors could be responsible.

Hand holding some red chili peppers in a vegetable garden.
Heart Attack

Will Chile Peppers Extend Your Life? Hot Peppers vs. Heart Disease!

People all over the world love hot peppers. New research suggests that chile peppers can help you live longer and reduce the risk of a heart attack.

two apples
High Cholesterol

Will Two Apples a Day Keep Your Heart Healthy?

Researchers report that people eating two apples a day, everything except the core, lowered their total and LDL cholesterol modestly.

coconut cookies for Crohn's
Home Remedies

Do You Know About Cookies for Crohn’s?

Many readers report benefit from coconut macaroon cookies for Crohn's disease. Including these grain-free cookies in the diet may reduce inflammation.

Acid Reflux

How a Little Girl Overcame Her Constipation

A mother describes how her young daughter overcame her constipation by following a diet full of fiber-rich vegetables and fruits.

chicken soup for a cold
Colds

Why You Should Sip Chicken Soup for a Cold

Have you tried chicken soup for a cold? Put in plenty of vegetables and herbs like thyme to make it extra delicious and healthful.

airplane passengers
Home Remedies

Don’t Count on Airlines for Healthy Food

Airlines have made some positive changes to their meal options, but it is still a challenge to find a healthful meal in the air.

holiday gifts, Christmas stocking & presents
Home Remedies

Give the Best Gift This Holiday: Better Health for 2020!

Would you like to avoid last minute shopping for family and friends? How about something really meaningful? Give the best gift: the gift of good health?