Archive for: July, 2013

Can Food Be Addictive?

Used as both a food and medicine for nearly 4,000 years, turmeric–the spice that gives curry its golden hue–may have mood-boosting effects comparable to those of prescription medication–without the adverse effects, a new study published in Phytotherapy Research suggests. Sixty patients suffering from major depressive mood disorder were randomly divided into three groups. One group received the antidepressant fluoxetine (a generic form of Prozac), the second group was given curcumin … Continue reading “Turmeric: The Golden Spice of Life and Happiness”

Foods That Help You Beat the Heat

Certain eating habits, including meals served in front of the TV, can lead to higher cholesterol levels in preschoolers, potentially putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease as adults, according to a new study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. The researchers analyzed the eating behaviors and lipid levels of 1,076 kids, ages 3 to 5, and found that the less healthy the youngsters’ eating habits were, the higher their … Continue reading “Study: Poor Eating Habits–Not Just Diet–Jeopardize Kids’ Health”

Are Tart Cherries the Ultimate Antioxidant?

With a scary new study linking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)–pain relievers like ibuprofen–to higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from cardiovascular causes–as well as GI problems–you are probably wondering if there’s a safer way to sooth your aches. The wonderful news is that some scrumptious, healthy foods actually pack as much pain-fighting power as some pain relieving drugs–without the worrisome side effects, according to recent studies. Here’s a … Continue reading “Delicious Foods That Fight Pain”

Celebrate Summer with Farmers’ Market Feasts

What would it take to motivate you to work out regularly–even when you don’t feel like it? For years, medical providers and public health experts have been trying to entice people to move more by listing such benefits as weight loss, a sexier figure, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduced risk for heart attacks, diabetes and cancer. Yet 80 percent of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of … Continue reading “Why Exercise Puts a Smile on Your Face”