Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

Cinnamon: Safe to Use for Blood Pressure?

Cinnamon lowers blood pressure, so says the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. There are a number of types of cinnamon. The botanical names differ and one of them translates to “true cinnamon,” but this does not mean that other types are “fake” cinnamon. Alll cinnamons are effective and helpful. The active ingredients in cinnamon are cinnamaldehyde, flavonoids, and coumarin. Cinnamaldehyde is the substance that gives cinnamon its flavor and wonderful smell, flavonoids are good antioxidants, and coumarin is an anticoagulant. Cinnamon also seems to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and…

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Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

The Surprising Thing No One Has Told You about Garlic

Most people think garlic is nothing more than an herb that can be added to food to help make bland food even tastier. But did you know that it’s actually one of the most powerful foods known to man? In a recent study conducted by researchers it was even found that garlic has the incredible ability to help fight antibiotic resistant MRSA ( a type of staph infection). The reason garlic is so potent is because it contains a number of  compounds that are known as both antioxidants and immune-enhancers.…

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Health Studies Natural Remedies 

New Research Confirms Safe, Effective, Natural Alternative to Anti-depressants

According to the most recent depression statistics from the CDC, 1 in 20 Americans age 12 and older report current depression. The pharmaceutical industry claims that more than 20 percent of Americans take some sort of prescribed mood or mind-altering medication. Two new studies have revealed very good evidence that the spice, saffron, may offer an effective alternative to anti-depressants. A report published this year analyzed data from six different studies that all tested saffron for use with depression. This “meta-analysis” reported promising results: “In the placebo-comparison trials, saffron had…

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Diet Healthy Foods 

Making Sense of Advice about Tea and Diabetes

Should you drink tea if you have diabetes? What if you don’t have diabetes, but you’re concerned that you may be at-risk? The advice can be confusing. European studies that compared tea consumption with the incidence of Type 2 diabetes found that populations that drink 4 cups of tea a day are up to 20% less likely to have Type 2 diabetes. But what kind of tea is best? One report on the site, Europe PubMed Central, called “Having a Promising Efficacy on Type II Diabetes, It’s Definitely a Green…

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Healthy Foods 

The Untold Truth about Himalayan Pink Salt

There have been some wild health claims made about certain kinds of foods that really have no basis. Part of that is because the average American is so gullible, and the other is because many health claims aren’t regulated and that means people can say just about whatever they want and get away with it. Which brings the topic to Himalayan pink salt. Now Himalayan pink salt is no cure-all. There are additional health benefits to Himalayan pink salt, but don’t expect it to radically change your life. On that note,…

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Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

How to Make Sure Your Echinacea Really Works

If you use herbal cures, echinacea is probably one of your go-to items. A National Center for Health Statistics survey found that echinacea was the most popular natural product on the market. If you’ve heard that echinacea doesn’t work, it may be because it wasn’t being used for the right thing. For example, an often touted study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, said that Echinacea didn’t work any better than a placebo, but the study looked at how well echinacea could prevent a person from contracting a…

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Diet Wellness 

New Evidence that Fasting has Unexpected Benefits

According to Science Daily, the University of Southern California has published a new research report that contains the first evidence that fasting may trigger “stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system.” According to the report, fasting for two to four days at a time over the course of six months lowered white blood cell counts in both mice and humans. Researchers are still seeking more evidence for benefits in humans, but, for the mice, it also appeared that the mice “flipped a regenerative switch.” Fasting mice showed evidence of…

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Wellness 

Read This Before You Do a Detox

Recently, the Guardian reported that the hugely profitable detox industry that claims to clean out unnamed “toxins,” is at best, ineffective, and, at worst, a scam. The Guardian quotes emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, Edzard Ernst: “Let’s be clear, there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” Ernst confirms that medical treatment, commonly referred to as “detoxing” that begins the treatment of life-threatening drug addictions is valid and necessary, but he has strong opinions against the more popular use of “detoxing.” “The…

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Diet Digestion 

Why Gluten Free Might Not Work to Cure IBS, And the Weird Thing That Could

For about a decade now people have been encouraged to go “gluten free’ in an attempt to manage annoying, and sometimes catastrophic stomach ailments. For many people IBS has ruined their lives. And a good portion of those suffering from IBS have found relief in going gluten free. But not all of them. And that’s caused quite a bit of frustration for people who have given up their favorite foods only to find out it didn’t help manage their discomfort and pain. Research has shown the reason many people who…

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