New Study: Plant-Based Omega-3’s as Good as Fish-Based Ones

Fish-based omega-3 fatty acids have long overshadowed their plant-based counterparts, but a new study out of Penn State has found that alpha-linolenic acid–the omega fatty acid derived from flax and other plants–is just as effective at preventing heart disease as its fishy counterpart. Omega-3’s cannot be produced by the body and must be consumed through foods or dietaryContinue reading “New Study: Plant-Based Omega-3’s as Good as Fish-Based Ones”

Carotenoids Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk and Recurrence

The next time you’re at the supermarket, you may want to spend a bit more time browsing the produce section. A new long-term study published in the American Journal  of Clinical Nutrition found that high concentrations of  carotenoids in the blood, specifically beta and alpha carotene and lycopene, were linked to an 18-28% reduction in breast cancer risk.Continue reading “Carotenoids Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk and Recurrence”

An Overview of the Health Benefits Associated with Probiotics

Probiotics are living microorganisms that regulate the movement of food through the digestive system and are often used to supplement the treatment of several digestive diseases. Additionally, probiotics help balance intestinal pH and keep unfriendly and unwanted bacteria populations from thriving. Our gut flora does a number of  other beneficial bodily tasks like producing B vitamins,Continue reading “An Overview of the Health Benefits Associated with Probiotics”

A Shiitake Mushroom a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

If you recall your Super Mario Brothers video game, Mario, a plumber, and his brother, Luigi, (also in the plumbing profession) grew stronger and bigger whenever they ate red and yellow mushrooms  hidden inside bricks that they headbutted apart. Although that sounds like the most insane thing ever–video game logic skews towards absurdity–there is a nugget ofContinue reading “A Shiitake Mushroom a Day May Keep the Doctor Away”

New Study: Sulforaphane May Provide Protection Against Cancers of the Head and Neck

A head of broccoli may protect the head of you from various cancers, according to a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are good sources of a powerful antioxidant known as sulforaphane.  This substance is thought to haveContinue reading “New Study: Sulforaphane May Provide Protection Against Cancers of the Head and Neck”

Happy Tummy, Happy Mind

Even before there was any science to back it up, we’ve been trusting our guts to help us make important decisions. TV detectives have been using their guts to solve mysteries. Heroes often go with their guts in order to trust that suspicious side character who used to work for the villain. Some people in theContinue reading “Happy Tummy, Happy Mind”

Oligofructose May Aid in Weight Management

A study out of a Canada published in Obesity journal found that oligofructose (aka fructooligosaccharide), a prebiotic fiber commonly found in food sources like chicory, onion and oat, may aid in weight management. The researchers put two groups of rats on a strict high-fat, high-sugar diet, but one faction was also fed oligofructose, and guess what? Even though bothContinue reading “Oligofructose May Aid in Weight Management”

New Study: Magnesium Shows Promise for Improving Diabetes-Related Health Outcomes

Magnesium plays a huge role in the day-to-day functions of the body. It strengthens your bones. It helps your heart to beat. It assists in the conversion of food to energy, and it also does a few hundred other things.  It’s very important, and yet the majority of mankind is deficient. (Somewhere between 60-80%).  Recently low levelsContinue reading “New Study: Magnesium Shows Promise for Improving Diabetes-Related Health Outcomes”