- October 1st, 2013
Traditional salad ingredients increasingly appear in creams, masks, and other facial products. Dermatologists Ranella Hirsch, MD, of Boston and Jeanette Jacknin, MD, of Phoenix say there’s more to the trend than companies juicing products with buzzworthy ingredients. There is now scientific proof that cucumber reduces puffiness around the eyes—and maybe more.A salad fit for your skinBy Josie Garthwaite
- September 1st, 2013
For some kids, eating a beet could be considered a form of torture. Maybe if they knew just how good beets are for you—or that astronauts on Apollo 18 served them to their Russian comrades in a traditional borscht meal—they would be more willing to let beets into their lives.Use this venerated vegetable to benefit your well-beingBy Amy Vergin
- July 1st, 2013
If you look at longevity of a species—mice, humans, horses, and so on—and you measure the amount of glutathione it produces, the more glutathione a species produces, the longer it lives.
—Joe Pizzorno, NDBy Adam Swenson
- June 4th, 2013
Anyone who has grown up with the cartoon Popeye has an image seared into their brain of Popeye defending Olive Oyl’s honor, his superhuman strength fueled by a can of spinach. While the cartoon’s nutritional depiction is, well, cartoonish, spinach is still a food your body desperately needs.
I yam what I yam …Popeye’s secret weapon, working for your bodyBy Amy Vergin
- June 1st, 2013
Though it has a bad reputation, inflammation is not always a bad thing. When the body is injured or invaded by pathogens, inflammation is one of the first lines of defense. The pain, swelling, and redness that are the hallmarks of inflammation are also the body’s ways of healing itself.Eliminating risk factors and embracing a healthier lifestyleBy Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
- June 1st, 2013
Strawberries are one of summer’s most beloved fruits, hitting peak season from April to July. The wild strawberry has existed for over 2,000 years. Now there are over 600 varieties, all differing in flavor, size, and texture. The most commonly cultivated species is Fragaria ananassa.
- May 1st, 2013
Plants are antioxidant-generating machines. Commercially, the biggest return-generating plant extract is green tea. There are other plant-based antioxidants—bilberry, grape seed, ginkgo biloba—but green tea dominates at this stage. About 50 percent of products launched in 2012 bearing an antioxidant claim contained green tea, according to market analysts.
- April 1st, 2013
WHAT IT IS: Vitamin E is a group of eight fat-soluble compounds that contain antioxidant properties. Two of the compounds are tocopherols and tocotrienols. With many forms of vitamin E, the alpha-tocopherol is considered the only form that meets human requirements—but avoid the synthetic version.What it is, why you need it, and where to find it.
- March 1st, 2013
Used coffee grounds are already pressed into service for plant food, insect repellent, and other homespun uses, and scientists are adding another application as used grounds may be a valuable resource for production of dietary supplements. According to a new report in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, used coffee grounds are a rich source of healthful antioxidant substances.
- March 1st, 2013
Instead of growing chia pets, Janie Hoffman makes chia drinks. Hoffman—CEO and founder of Mamma Chia—burst onto the beverage industry scene in 2011 by launching the first organic chia seed beverage in the marketplace. It turns out that “ch-ch-ch-chia!” is good for more than just growing those grassy animal-shaped figurines.Mamma Chia reinvigorates an old favoriteBy Cara Lucas