Nutrition

Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) tea is a red herbal tea that comes from the fermented leaves of the Aspalathus linearis shrub, a plant native to South Africa. Many people enjoy it as an alternative to green or black tea. Unfermented green rooibos tea is also available. Rooibos tea has a sweet, delicate, and earthy flavor. It
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Body mass index, or BMI, is one way a person can check if their weight is healthy or not. BMI takes both height and weight into consideration. Carrying too much or too little weight can increase a person’s risk of health problems, either now or in the future. BMI is not the only factor that
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According to new evidence, anthocyanin — a pigment present in a variety of fruits and vegetables — could help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease when ingested in high quantities. A plant pigment may help keep cardiovascular problems at bay, find the authors of a recent systematic review. Cardiovascular diseases affect the well-being of many
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Grapefruit is a healthy source of nutrients, but it also contains compounds that can affect the way some medications work. However, there is currently no evidence to suggest that eating grapefruit can affect the use of metformin. Doctors prescribe metformin as a first-line treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. Metformin works by helping to
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Intermittent fasting refers to an eating cycle that includes periods of fasting of around 12–36 hours. Many proponents of intermittent fasting report improved weight management. Scientists are conducting many intermittent fasting studies in animals, but some benefits may also apply to humans. Research links intermittent fasting to benefits including: weight loss improved markers of health
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Scientists have now proved that drinking certain types of coffee can be beneficial to brain health, but how does this popular brew support cognitive function? A new study identifies some of the mechanisms that allow coffee to keep mental decline at bay. What makes coffee an ally of brain health? According to data from the
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Symptoms of Crohn’s disease often flare up suddenly. Eating the right foods can help manage and relieve these flare-ups. Crohn’s disease (CD) is a lifelong condition that causes inflammation and irritation along parts of the digestive tract. Like ulcerative colitis (UC), CD is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A CD flare-up can trigger
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Two new studies suggest that a small daily serving of nuts may benefit overall metabolic health and keep off the weight we tend to gain as we enter adulthood. A daily serving of nuts may prevent weight gain and improve metabolic health in the long run, two new studies suggest. From providing cardiovascular benefits to
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Practicing good oral hygiene is the most important action that a person can take to prevent and treat gum disease. Most people tend to overlook their gums when it comes to oral health and focus on getting a bright, white smile instead. However, healthy teeth require healthy gums. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
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Many experts have debated the effect of dairy on cardiovascular health. A recent study in Finland has shown that consuming a particular type of dairy, namely fermented dairy, may actually have a protective effect against heart disease. How does fermented dairy, in particular, affect heart health? Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a condition in which
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New research, published in the journal Nature Immunology, now shows how a high intake of salt may cause inflammation in multiple sclerosis. One recent study reveals how excessive salt consumption may trigger inflammation in people with MS. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system destroys the protective coating around
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The ketogenic diet aims to induce ketosis to burn more body fat. Knowing the signs of ketosis can help a person determine whether or not the diet is working. Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs when the body begins to burn fat for energy because it does not have enough carbohydrates to burn. During
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The potential benefits of eating a plant-based diet have expanded once again. A new paper concludes that, for people with diabetes, cutting out animal products improves glucose control and well-being in addition to boosting weight loss. A new analysis finds more benefits of a plant-based diet. Over recent years, vegetarianism and veganism have steadily moved
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There are various reasons why a person may wish to avoid or eat less wheat bread. Fortunately, there are many healthful wheat-free alternatives to choose from. People who may wish to avoid wheat-based bread include: Those with celiac disease, an autoimmune condition causing digestive symptoms in reaction to eating foods containing gluten, such as wheat-based
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As the popularity of probiotics grows, scientists are turning more of their attention to these tiny particles. With the spotlight intensifying, some researchers suspect that their impact may not be beneficial for everyone. A new study investigates the interaction between the immune system, gut bacteria, and inflammation. In brief, probiotics are living microorganisms that people
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