Artichokes are kind of like the lobster of the vegetable community—you have to really work to get at the good parts. The part that contains the meat is called the “heart,” even though it’s technically the bottom of the plant. And it takes some digging to get there. Is it worth it? Definitely. Here’s why…Continue reading Artichokes: Choke Out Chronic Illness With This Superfood
Avocados are an amazing food. But until recently, you’d never know it. Avocados were almost a casualty of the fat-phobia that swept the nation back in the 80’s. That fat-phobia has not yet died its much-deserved death, but there are promising signs that it’s sputtering out. Which is good news for those of us trying to redeem the reputation of this (and other) glorious high-fat foods that are really, really good for your health. Here’s why avocados deserve to reclaim their place at the top of the pantheon of superfoods…Continue reading Avocados: The Perfect Fuel for your Fat-Burning Metabolism
Deep below the ocean, a razor-toothed creature lurks, waiting for the next unlucky swimmer or surfer… in other words, dinner. That’s the premise of many a horror film, from the classic Jaws to more recent B-movies like Sharknado. It certainly doesn’t sound like the basis for a healing remedy, does it? Yet these aquatic beasts – known not just for their killer appetite but also their speed and intelligence – have become the source of a supplement that can supposedly benefit health. At least, that’s the claim of marketers, who swear that this product can prevent and even cure a […]Continue reading Shark Cartilage: A Fish Supplement That Doesn’t Work?
Could the cure for many major diseases be found in a tiny bottle of liquid? That’s the bold claim of proponents who believe that ingesting this precious metal or applying it to your skin can eradicate a laundry list of health problems, from allergies to chronic fatigue syndrome to cancer. In fact, they say that this purportedly potent elixir is more powerful than prescription antibiotics at killing bacteria and treating infections. Is there anything this magical metal can’t do? Well, here’s the unfortunate truth: Not only is this product ineffective, but it also has some potentially horrifying side effects. In […]Continue reading Colloidal Silver: A “Metal” That’s Actually Healthy for You?
Would you eat a dog biscuit just because your pup enjoys Milk Bones? It’s a ridiculous question, to be sure. Yet one supplement combination has become a popular treatment for people in part based on its success in treating canine health. See, these two supplements appear to help ease the pain of arthritis in dogs and other animals. Veterinarians have been recommending them for years. Some studies suggest they may have similar benefits for humans – a fact that’s made this combination one of the top-selling supplements in the United States. But is what’s good for Fido really what’s best […]Continue reading Glucosamine-Chondroitin: A Powerful One-Two Punch Against Joint Pain
When you think of rotten eggs, the last thing that probably comes to mind is good health. Their distinctive, pungent scent alone – the same odor we associate with natural gas – is enough to turn you off to any potential benefits. But the compound responsible for that stinky smell actually plays an important role in human health. Far more than just another element on the periodic table, it helps drive a wide range of biological actions in the body. In fact, proponents claim that a specific supplement containing this remarkable compound can treat everything from cancer to stretch marks. […]Continue reading MSM: Banish Stiff, Achy Joints with THIS…
If you’re over age 30, you may not be thinking about chronic, age-related diseases yet – but you’ve probably already started worrying about the appearance of your skin. It’s difficult not to focus on the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and so-called age spots. In our appearance-obsessed culture, there’s no shortage of magazine articles, advertisements, and TV commercials touting the latest, greatest way to achieve healthy, youthful skin. And those concerns lead many of us straight to the skin-care aisle of our local drugstore or supermarket, determined to uncover the very best products to keep us looking young. But just […]Continue reading Vitamin C: Erase Wrinkles and Improve Your Skin With This
For millennia, people have been hunting for the fabled Fountain of Youth, a mythical spring that could supposedly restore youth and fight aging. In the 1500s, the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of this legendary locale. (He discovered Florida instead.) These days, you’re more likely to find marketers touting the anti-aging properties of the latest, greatest natural product: smoother skin, longer life, and fewer chronic diseases. But is the Fountain of Youth really as close as the supplement aisle of your local health-food store? Or is one of the most popular anti-aging products really […]Continue reading DHEA: NIH Says This Anti-aging Remedy Doesn’t Work?
Mom was right when she urged you to eat your broccoli. Sure, we already knew that this vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse that should have a place on everyone’s plate. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, K, and many B vitamins – just to name a few nutrients. But broccoli also contains another compound that appears to show promise in protecting against certain cancers, specifically those that involve the hormone estrogen. Even more exciting, this substance is also available in supplement form. So, if you’re like former President George Bush – and countless kindergartners – and just can’t stand the […]Continue reading DIM: Cancer-Fighting Supplement Doesn’t Work (Try These Foods Instead)
The quest for new, natural approaches has taken herbalists to the corners of the earth in search of plant-based treatments for disease. As it turns out, one such remedy may have been under their feet the whole time. Found deep within in the shady forests of the Far East, this plant has been a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. And now, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that it may help improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. So just what is this powerful plant-based product?Continue reading Huperzine A: A Natural Fix for Alzheimer’s?