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 […]

Onions–a dynamite health booster

Forget the tears and eat those onions daily for a truck load of health benefits. Here are just a few of the protective nutrients they contain: * tremendous source of fructo-oligosaccharides, which stimulate the growth of ‘good’ bacteria and suppress the growth of ‘bad’ bacteria * contain numerous sulfides which lower blood lipids and blood pressure, […]

Lose weight and relieve pain with chili peppers

Chili peppers—jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, cayennes, poblanos and many others are indigenous to the Americas, and their remains from thousands of years back have been found in ancient ruins in Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela and Ecuador. The spicy little goodies that add tang and flavor to many a dish began spreading through the rest of the world by the 16th […]

New research confirms Vitamin C is beneficial against the common cold

In case you’re one of those people who are still suspicious about whether vitamin C does any good for warding off colds, the year 2013 seems to be another banner year in reporting positive results for vitamin C studies. According to an updated Cochrane Review on vitamin C and the common cold, vitamin C seems […]

Grapeseed extract shown to stop growth of cancer cells

Researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center found that doses of grapeseed extract outperformed chemotherapy at stopping the growth of colorectal cancer cells. What’s more, they discovered that the more aggressive the cells, the more effective the extract. Molly Derry, a doctoral candidate in the center’s lab of Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, said that while doses of […]

Vitamins and minerals can enhance mood, energy

Healthy intake of vitamins and minerals can lower dependence on psychiatric drugs Nutritional supplements can enhance mental energy and well-being not only for healthy adults but for those prone to anxiety and depression, according to a July 15 panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. According to […]

CDC admits 2012-2013 flu shot a dismal failure

The Associated Press is reporting that this year’s flu shot is doing a ‘startlingly dismal job’ of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season. This information is from the […]

More evidence supporting Vitamin C for fighting the common cold

Most people need no convincing that Vitamin C is helpful in preventing, and shortening, bouts of the common cold. However, for those who are not convinced, the addition of six recent studies may provide enough evidence to bring them over to the “pro-Vitamin C” camp. In five randomized trials of participants with heavy short-term physical […]

The Superfruit Sassamanash AKA: Cranberry

A THM Feature Article Native Americans of the U.S. Northeast were the first people in this country to eat the fruit we know as cranberry. Wikipedia says they probably introduced them to the starving English settlers in Massachusetts, who then incorporated the berries into traditional Thanksgiving feasts. Sassamanash, or cranberries, were an important ingredient in […]

Modern farming depleting nutrients from vegetables

Modern farming methods make supplementing with essential nutrients even more critical Recent corporate financed studies may suggest that there is no difference in the nutritional content of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Don’t believe them. A comprehensive study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry […]