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  • Jul 2018

    Omega-3-derived cannabinoid may stop cancer

    A cannabinoid that occurs naturally in our bodies as a result of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism is found to have anticancer properties.

  • Jul 2018

    Fats or carbs: What causes obesity?

    Researchers have been debating for a long time whether it is fat or carb intake that leads to obesity. A new study claims it may have settled the issue.

  • Jul 2018

    What causes malabsorption?

    Malabsorption occurs when the body is unable to absorb nutrients from the diet. There is a variety of malabsorption disorders that have different causes, including lactose intolerance. Symptoms might include bloating, diarrhea, and fatigue. Treatment is essential and depends on what is causing the malabsorption.

  • Jul 2018

    Cinnamon may help battle infections

    With antibiotic resistance only getting worse, we need new ways to attack bacteria. A recent study asks whether cinnamon might provide assistance.

  • Jul 2018

    Why does the stomach bloat when starved?

    When the body is starved, it undergoes many changes. One of these may be a bloated stomach and retained fluid, which can make a person look plump. This condition is known as kwashiorkor and is caused by a lack of protein in the diet. Kwashiorkor can be fixed by slowly eating more protein and calories. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Full-fat dairy may actually benefit heart health

    New research challenges the widely held belief that full-fat dairy must be avoided. In fact, some types of dairy may even prevent stroke, says the study.

  • Jul 2018

    Vitamin D offers no protection against Alzheimer's

    Systematic review of clinical studies finds no robust evidence that vitamin D protects the brain against diseases such as Alzheimer's, MS, and Parkinson's.

  • Jul 2018

    Asthma: A healthful diet may prevent symptoms

    A new study shows that a balanced diet may help people with asthma better manage their condition and reduce the severity of their symptoms.

  • Jul 2018

    What is maltodextrin and is it safe?

    Maltodextrin is a powder that manufacturers add to many foods to improve their texture, taste, or shelf-life. The FDA consider it safe, but it can cause spikes in blood glucose levels, so people with diabetes may wish to avoid it. Here, we look at which foods contain maltodextrin, and its uses, benefits, and risks.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the health benefits of wild yam?

    Traditional medicine practitioners use wild yam to treat a variety of conditions, including menopause symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and muscular cramps. In this article, we examine the evidence supporting these medicinal uses as well as how to take wild yam and its safety and side effects.

  • Jul 2018

    Osteoporosis: Mediterranean diet may slow bone loss

    A 1-year trial found that a Mediterranean-like diet plus vitamin D-3 had no effect on normal bone density but slowed rate of hip bone loss in osteoporosis.

  • Jul 2018

    How to boost serotonin and improve mood

    Foods that contain tryptophan can help the body produce serotonin, which may improve mood. Here, we look at eight foods that boost serotonin, including salmon, eggs, spinach, and seeds. We also cover the difference between serotonin and tryptophan, the importance of carbohydrates, and other tips for improving mood.

  • Jul 2018

    The best foods for boosting your immune system

    A strong immune system helps a person stay healthy by fighting off bacteria and viruses. In this article, we look at foods that can help to boost the immune system, including turmeric, ginger, garlic, kefir, green tea, and blueberries. We also cover the scientific reasons why these foods promote immune system health.

  • Jul 2018

    Multivitamins 'of no benefit' to heart health

    A review of 18 studies of 2 million people over an average of 12 years finds no evidence that multivitamin and mineral supplements protect heart health.

  • Jul 2018

    Intermittent fasting may benefit people with MS

    Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition with no known cure, so appropriate symptom management is crucial. Could intermittent fasting help?

  • Jul 2018

    Keto diet could make cancer therapy more effective

    A new study suggests that the ketogenic diet, which is very low in carbohydrates but high in fats, may give cancer therapy a much-needed boost.

  • Jul 2018

    A savory starter could help you to make better food choices

    Umami, or savory, is the fifth basic taste that we can perceive, alongside sweet, bitter, salty, and sour. Can umami foods influence our eating choices?

  • Jul 2018

    Does a nut-rich diet lead to better sperm quality?

    With male fertility on the decline, it is important to understand how to improve reproductive health. A new study suggests that eating more nuts may help.

  • Jul 2018

    Which foods are good for constipation?

    Constipation is a very common complaint, and a person’s lifestyle and diet often play a role. Eating foods such as yogurt, pulses, wheat bran, and prunes can increase the frequency of bowel movements and relieve symptoms. Here, we explore the causes and treatments of constipation and look at 14 foods that can help.

  • Jul 2018

    What should you eat while taking antibiotics?

    Antibiotics attack and destroy bacteria in the body. They can get rid of an infection, but they can also harm the beneficial bacteria in the gut. In this article, learn which foods can reduce the side effects of antibiotics, promote healing, and restore the balance in the gut microbiome.

  • Jul 2018

    Is time-restricted eating effective for weight loss?

    Time-restricted eating is a diet plan that requires people to limit themselves to only eating during specific hours of the day and then fasting outside of this period. Here, we look at what time-restricted eating is, whether or not it works, and what effect it has on muscle gain. We also provide tips for beginners.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the signs of having a girl?

    There are many myths about how to predict the sex of an unborn baby. But do stress levels, morning sickness, sugar cravings, and other factors really indicate that the baby is a girl? In this article, we look at the science behind these claims to see if there are any real signs during pregnancy of having a girl.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the benefits of chlorophyll?

    Chlorophyll is a natural pigment that occurs in many green vegetables. It has many potential health benefits due to its deodorant, anti-aging, wound-healing, and blood-building properties. We examine the evidence supporting these potential benefits and explain how to include chlorophyll in the diet.

  • Jul 2018

    How to naturally lose weight fast

    Being a healthy weight offers many health benefits, as well as a feeling of wellbeing. Fast weight loss is rarely easy, but it is possible to lose weight safely and efficiently by eating a healthful diet and adopting strategies that maximize the body’s potential to burn calories. Learn how to lose weight fast here.

  • Jul 2018

    Foods and meal plans for iron deficiency

    Anemia occurs when the body lacks red blood cells. A person may have a condition that destroys these cells, or the body may not produce enough. Adding iron-rich foods to the diet can help. Here, learn which foods contain high levels of iron and which make absorbing it harder. We also give some meal plan ideas and more.