Hemp oil can refer to a full-spectrum oil from the Cannabis sativa plant or hemp seed oil, which is oil that comes from just the seeds of the hemp plant. There is very little risk of intoxication from hemp oil as all forms of hemp oil come from food-grain strains of hemp. The authors of
Fresh research offers further information on the potential for diet drinks — that is, beverages sweetened with artificial sugar substitutes — to harm cardiovascular health. Artificially sweetened soft drinks may raise the risk of heart disease and death in postmenopausal women. A study that followed tens of thousands of postmenopausal women for more than 10
Urine consists of excess water and waste products that the kidneys filter from the blood. It can range from pale yellow to dark amber depending on the ratio of water to waste products. Many things can affect the color of urine. Most of these are harmless, but a change in color can sometimes signal a
New research finds that estrogen improves insulin sensitivity and details the mechanism behind this effect. The findings have a “profound impact on our understanding of obesity and diabetes, as well as potential dietary interventions,” say the researchers. The female sex hormone may have significant metabolic benefits. About 84 million people in the United States are
Dogs have a different digestive system from humans. This means that some foods that are safe for people can be harmful or even very dangerous for dogs. However, many human foods are also safe for dogs and can provide important nutrients and health benefits. Here, we look at which people foods are safe for dogs
Keeping blood glucose at a healthy level reduces the risk of developing diabetes. But until now, reducing high glucose levels has focused on limiting carb and calorie intake, rather than on how individuals respond to different foods. How blood sugar levels respond to different foods varies from person to person. The number of people in
Eating more fruit is an excellent way to improve overall health and reduce the risk of disease. Fruits are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, and they are high in fiber. Fruits also provide a wide range of health-boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables can reduce a
According to a recent study, the so-called Western diet could help explain why sepsis affects some people more severely than others. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 people who die in the hospital has sepsis. Sepsis, although not a household name, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This
Diarrhea can be highly uncomfortable, but most people can effectively treat it with rest and home remedies. Diarrhea is a digestive problem that causes loose, watery bowel movements. It can be uncomfortable for a few hours or days, after which the symptoms should improve. In some instances, they last longer. While diarrhea often goes away
People taking the blood thinning medication warfarin may need to moderate vitamin K levels in their diets. Vitamin K may interfere with the effectiveness of warfarin. A doctor may prescribe warfarin to someone who has had a blood clot in the past, as they are at a higher risk of blood clots in the future.
The paleo diet is an eating plan that mimics how prehistoric humans may have eaten. It involves eating whole foods that people could theoretically hunt or gather. Advocates of the paleo diet reject modern diets that are full of processed foods. They believe that returning to how hunter-gatherers ate may cause fewer health problems. The
One new study finds no evidence to suggest that eating the first meal of the day may help with weight loss. How important is eating breakfast for people trying to lose weight? Every single day, people around the world sit at the table to enjoy what many consider to be “the most important meal of
New research, now published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, investigates whether the order in which we drink beer and wine has any impact on the severity of our hangover. Does it make a difference to our hangover if we drink beer before wine? Many people — from all around the world — will
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes pimples and other skin lesions. Some vitamins and minerals may help treat and prevent acne. Acne is a common condition that can affect anyone, but it often occurs during puberty. It develops when glands on the skin produce too much oil and become clogged with bacteria and
Iron deficiency is when there is not enough iron in the blood. It can lead to symptoms such as fatigue and dizziness, among many others. Iron is a mineral that is vital for many bodily functions. It supports the transportation of oxygen in the blood. It is also essential for the correct development and functioning
A healthful diet can ‘significantly reduce’ symptoms of depression. That’s the definitive conclusion from a meta-analysis of existing randomized, clinical trials. Adding more vegetables to your diet can significantly boost mood, especially for women, a new study concludes. Researchers have long suspected that a poor diet can lead to poor mental health. Although the underpinnings
Pregnancy causes a lot of changes in the body, and pregnant women should consider adjusting their eating habits to adapt to these changes. Diet is one of the most important factors that can affect a pregnant woman’s overall health and the health of her child. Important foods to avoid include raw shellfish and undercooked eggs.
Passion fruit is an exotic purple fruit with a healthful nutritional profile and a range of health benefits. Passion fruit is a flowering tropical vine, known as Passiflora, that grows in warm climates, including South America, Australia, South Africa, and India. Passion fruit contains a soft pulp and lots of seeds inside a hard rind.
Fast-food outlets are abundant and, while fast food has a reputation for being unhealthful, a growing number of the big chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus. Outlets that allow greater customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more nutritious choices. However, there are healthful options on the menu of most
Flaxseed has many culinary uses, most commonly in granola and smoothies. It is a popular add-on in foods because research has suggested that it has many health benefits, including improving cholesterol. Now, a new study in an animal model shows how flaxseed can impact obesity markers. How can flaxseed improve health and guard against obesity?