Have You Added Quinoa To Your Diet?

 

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Quinoa was a staple food for thousands of years in the Andes region of South America as one of just a few crops the ancient Incas cultivated at such high altitude. Today, it is still generally agreed to be an ancient grain and is cultivated the same way now that is was millennia ago. While Read More

 


A Superfood: More Lettuce Facts That May Surprise You

 

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Lettuce Start At The Beginning It started out as a lowly weed in ancient Egypt until some brilliant Egyptian horticulturist started using the seeds to produce oil. Today, lettuce is a staple of salads throughout Europe and North America. The word lettuce is derived from the Latin word lactuca, which means milk. This is appropriate Read More

 


The Benefits Of Light-Intensity Exercise

 

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A recent Oregon State University study – published in the current issue of American Journal of Health Promotion – reveals that light-intensity exercise for older adults such as easy walks and household chores can be nearly as effective as moderate or vigorous exercise if enough of that activity is done. Specifically, the research indicates that Read More

 


Is Weighing Yourself Daily A Good Idea?

 

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If you want to lose weight and keep it off, a simple strategy is to step on a scale every day and track the results, researchers say. A new two-year Cornell study has found that frequent self-weighing and tracking results on a chart are effective for losing weight and keeping it off. For the study Read More

 


Strong Teeth: Nanostructures Under Stress Make Teeth Crack Resistant

 

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Human teeth have to serve for a lifetime, despite being subjected to huge forces. But the high failure resistance of dentin in teeth is not fully understood. An interdisciplinary team led by scientists of Charite Universitaetsmedizin Berlin has now analyzed the complex structure of dentin, and they could reveal that the mineral particles are precompressed. Read More

 


Dental Researchers Find Some Immune Cells Change To Prolong Inflammation

 

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Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have unraveled one of the mysteries of how a small group of immune cells work: That some inflammation-fighting immune cells may actually convert into cells that trigger disease. Their findings, recently reported in the journal Pathogens, could lead to advances in fighting diseases, said the Read More

 


Slaying Disease With Dragon Fruit

 

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Dragon fruit – now there’s a moniker that conjures up a ferocious mental picture, and rightly so. Fresh dragon fruit with its pinkish-red or yellow skin and spiky green leaves, looks like a monstrous curiosity. Also called, pitaya, dragon fruit grows on cacti which originated in Mexico. It’s now heavily cultivated throughout southern Asia, especially Read More

 


25 Tips To Prevent, Fight And Treat Gum Disease

 

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Maintaining the health of your teeth and gums is extremely important. Gum disease not only causes great pain and discomfort, but also affects the other areas of life. Dental health care is essential for a healthy life and it is ideal to learn a few tips and tricks to help you in your fight against Read More

 


The Link Between Pears And Diabetes

 

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New research is praising the potential health benefits of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts and North Dakota State University, Fargo studied to find out if the peel, pulp and juice of pears can impact the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which plays Read More

 


Natural Histamines: Serenity In The Woods

 

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“I think that I shall never see / A poem as lovely as a tree.” No doubt when the great poet Joyce Kilmer wrote this timeless poem, he had no idea that he was probably feeding on the phytoncides in the forest he beheld with such rhapsodic awe.   Phytoncides are nature’s antihistamines – okay, Read More

 


Lettuce Color Determines Antioxidant Effects

 

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Lettuce – most often grown as a leaf vegetable but sometimes for its stem and seeds – is a good source of vitamin A and potassium as well as a minor source for several other vitamins and nutrients. Another reason lettuce greatly benefits health is because of its antioxidants. Not all varieties of lettuce have Read More

 


The Link Between Multi-Tasking And Exercise

 

20000803 bsn gym 01 At The Gym on South St.  Joanne Baker reads while cycling.  photo by Craig T. Kojima

A new University of Florida study reports that multi-tasking may not cause one or both activities to suffer. The study – of older adults who completed cognitive tasks while cycling on a stationary bike – revealed that the participants’ cycling speed improved while multi-tasking with no loss to their cognitive performance.   The discovery turned Read More

 


The Link Between Eggs And Vegetables

 

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New research from Purdue University reveals that adding eggs to a salad that also contains a variety of raw vegetables is an effective way to improve the absorption of carotenoids. Carotenoids are fat-soluble nutrients that help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.   For the study – published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – Read More

 


June Is Alzheimer’s And Brain Awareness Month

 

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Let’s say it takes you 67 seconds to read this article. In that time, another American will become a new Alzheimer’s patient. And in the next 67 seconds, there’ll be another one. Startling isn’t it? It’s an alarming statistic of which most people aren’t aware. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and we want Read More

 


Can Sitting Too Long Be Bad For Your Health?

 

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Eighty percent of Americans do not complete the recommended amount of exercise they need – two-and-a-half hours of moderate activity each week. And previous studies show that sitting for extended periods of time each day leads to increased risk for early death, diabetes, heart disease and other heart conditions. A new study – published in Read More