Fermented foods and drinks are quite literally alive with flavor and nutrition, and are more common than you may realize. Cultured foods’ flavors tend to be strong and pronounced. Think of stinky aged cheeses; tangy sauerkraut; rich, earthy miso; smooth, sublime wines. Humans have always appreciated the flavors resulting from the transformative power of microscopic bacteria and fungi.
Archive for August, 2013
Daily supplements containing extracts of Magnolia (Magnolia officinalis) and Phellodendron (Phellodendron amurense) barks – branded as Relora – may reduce stress in moderately stressed healthy subjects, says a new study.
A daily dose of red yeast rice safely reduces elevated cholesterol levels, decreases a marker of inflammation, and lowers markers of vascular remodeling, says a new study from Italy that further supports the safety and efficacy of the supplement.
Drinking wine in moderation may be associated with a lower risk of developing depression, according to research published in Biomed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine. The reported findings by the PREDIMED research Network suggest that the moderate amounts of alcohol consumed may have similar protective effects on depression to those that have been observed for coronary heart disease.
Vitamin D has been in the spotlight for a number of years with evidence stacking up that the majority of all chronic, degenerative diseases are worsened by low levels of vitamin D. Research recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism evaluated nearly 2000 people aged 55 years and older for the relationship between their physical performance abilities and vitamin D levels in their blood.
Almost everyone has experienced at least one or two headaches in a lifetime. Some have to put up with several headaches over time, especially those who experience migraine or cluster headaches. Migraine headaches are often debilitating with their intensity. They also often have other symptoms to accompany the painful head throbbing, such as intense nausea and dizziness. But most headaches arise from muscular and nervous tension.
It’s a fact that anxiety and depression affect millions worldwide. It’s also true that many still pick medication over meditation for one simple reason – the latter works in a way that (seemingly) can’t be explained by science. Well, that should no longer be a valid reason to avoid meditation. Scientific experts from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center managed to discover how the mind fights inner turmoil.
“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” sang Mary Poppins. Sounds good, right? Wrong, says holistic nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos. She says that you can use food as medicine – and there’s no sugar needed!
According to new research published in The FASEB Journal, a drop in blood zinc levels does not directly harm the blood vessel cells. Rather, zinc regulates the production of a small molecular compound, which then circulates in the blood and causes harmful blood vessel cell effects. Additionally, not only will having adequate amounts of zinc prevent the creation of this compound, but it can protect you when the compound is circulating in your blood.
When a beating heart slips into an irregular, life-threatening rhythm, the treatment is well known: deliver a burst of electric current from a pacemaker or defibrillator. But because the electricity itself can cause pain, tissue damage and other serious side-effects, a Johns Hopkins-led research team wants to replace these jolts with a kinder, gentler remedy: light.