Latest research shows vitamin C benefits include brain health and weight loss

For decades vitamin C has been lauded as the “go to” nutrient to ward off the seasonal cold and flu threat. Well, move over cough protection… a new study from New Zealand has demonstrated that vitamin C also provides brain protection and weight loss support. In the study, published in Nutrients, more than 400 participants […]

Iron and your body

Iron and your body have a very close and important relationship. And if you don’t have enough of that essential mineral you may get winded easily, feel tired all the time—and just downright lack energy. Iron deficiency is just one of the nutritional deficits we are suffering because of depleted soil and depleted processed food. Scientists have […]

Vitamin C ‘as effective as exercise’ for supporting vascular health of overweight people

A new study has demonstrated that vitamin C may mimic some of the effects of exercise in overweight and obese individuals. The small study was conducted on 35 participants and focused on how vitamin C affects constriction of blood vessels. The protein endothelin-1 (ET-1) has a constricting action on small blood vessels. This activity is […]

New study demonstrates immune benefits of high-dose vitamin C

Higher-dose vitamin C supplementation could help maintain immune functions in aging people. So says new research conducted on mice in Japan. Japanese researchers supplemented the diet of vitamin C-deficient mice with either the recommended 20 mg of vitamin C per day OR a high dose of 200 mg per day. After one year the researchers […]

Try natural treatments for chronic pain

Aspirin, Tylenol and other over-the-counter pain relievers can be helpful, but only if you resort to them occasionally. Steady use of these chemical medicines may do more harm than good and  cause side effects such as liver damage, intestinal failure and even sometimes death. There are alternative solutions that often treat underlying causes, relieve pain and […]

The incredible pineapple

A recent post described how yellow fruits and vegetables are some of your gut’s most valuable friends.  Then I ran across a history of the pineapple and discovered that the greatest value of this food lies in its digestive power. Primitives knew this centuries or more ago. Now we know more about the secret of this power. And that […]

Healthy food scraps we shouldn’t waste

Did you know that most of the nutrients in carrots and potatoes, such as vitamin C and potassium are in the skin, along with abundant fiber? You may be surprised to find that those vegetables consumed with the skin intact are even more flavorful. Scrub them well and go for it! Like potato and carrot skins, broccoli stalks are […]

Ancient and modern cooling foods for summer

An important aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the consumption of appropriate foods for the season. And now that summer has hit many regions with a vengeance, we are in the time of the TCM element ‘yang,’ which signifies heat, fire and maximum activity expansion. It is the season when the sun’s rays reach out […]

As we age, we need more vitamin C

Vitamin C is so crucial to living creatures that nearly all mammals produce it in their own cells. However, humans, gorillas, chimps, bats, guinea pigs and birds cannot make it inside their own bodies and need to ingest it daily. No matter what age we are, we all require this critical nutrient every day. The […]

Vitamin C, zinc and pine bark prove to be a powerful combination for fighting colds

A combination supplement containing vitamin C, zinc and an extract from French Maritime Pine bark is effective in shortening the duration of the common cold. So says a small study of  269 patients carried out by Italian researchers and reported in the journal Otorinolaringologia. In addition, it appears this combination of nutrients also lessens the […]