The bookworm addiction

The bookworm addiction, or bibliophilia, may be one addiction that is good for your overall health and well-being. A new study suggests that people who read books regularly may add two years to their lives. Researchers at Yale University examined the reading habits of 3,635 people over 50 and found that the ones who buried their […]

Brains of obese people age faster?

A recent study in Great Britain indicates that the brains of obese people age faster than those of their lean counterparts. Research conducted by a team of University of Cambridge scientists found that beginning in middle age, the brains of obese people display differences in white matter similar to lean individuals 10 years older. White matter […]

Cooking with aluminum foil contributes to toxic overload, study concludes

Don’t cook with aluminum foil—is the advice of a recent study published in the International Journal of Electrochemical Science. Some of that foil wrapping will leach into your food. “Aluminum foil used in cooking provides an easy channel for metal to enter the human body,” concludes the study. The body is wired to excrete small amounts of […]

Vitamin D supplementing extends life ‘on par with exercising’

In 1822 a Polish physician was the first to highlight the important role of vitamin D by claiming exposure to sunlight could cure rickets. His research was ignored by mainstream medicine… to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of people over the next 100 years. Finally, a century later, vitamin D importance became “mainstream.” So […]

Seniors are overdosing on meds

There is increasing concern that seniors are overdosing on meds, often causing family members to mistake med side effect symptoms for the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, says Dr. Harry Haroutunian, as quoted in AlterNet. In a culture where taking multiple prescription drugs has become normalized for most senior citizens, non-dementia related symptoms such as dizziness, falling, strange […]

Foods and nutrients to help sustain health during the holiday season

We all tend to over-indulge during the winter holiday season and gatherings with friends and family. Here are just a few tips about foods and nutrients you may want to double up on to help preserve health during the rush of Christmas and New Year get-togethers. Coconut oil contains a rich supply of lauric acid, which attacks viruses, […]

Vitamin K intake slows cognitive decline

In recent years B-vitamins, essential fatty acids, folate and vitamin D have been linked to preventing cognitive decline. Now, for the first time, vitamin K has also been linked to preventing the dreaded condition. According to research  published in Science Daily, something as easy as “adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to your […]

Magnesium shown to be important in prevention of pancreatic cancer

A long-term study of 66,806 men and women has found that magnesium is an important nutrient in the prevention of pancreatic cancer. The participants were aged 50–76 years at the beginning of the Vitamins And Lifestyle Study (VITAL) which commenced in 2000. Participants were followed from 2000 to 2008. During an average of 6.8-year follow-up, 151 […]

Glutathione: the mighty antioxidant you may not know about

Glutathione slows aging, supports immune function, detoxifies the liver and cells, improves mental clarity, increases energy, reduces the effects of stress, alleviates muscle and joint discomfort and improves sleep quality. But what is this miracle substance that Joe Martino, writing in ( refers to as “the mother of all antioxidants,” and how do we get […]

Peanut—the heart-healthy nut that isn’t a nut

The groundnut, or peanut (Arachis hypogaea), native to Peru and Brazil, is actually not a nut at all, but a legume, cousin to peas, lentils and beans. Its flowers bend after fertilization and push underground where the seeds ripen in brittle, papery shells. Peanuts were cultivated extensively in antiquity by the Incas and Mayans. Spanish […]