By: Joe Graedon January 13, 2022 6 Comments
    Amazing Benefits from Half a Tablespoon of Olive…

    We have been writing about the health benefits of olive oil for decades. A study in the January 18, 2022 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) suggests that as little as ha…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2021 6 Comments
    Are Plant-Based Spreads Better Than Butter?

    Ask a nutritionist if you should be eating a plant-based diet, and the answer is likely to be yes. Consuming more vegetables, more fruits, more nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains–it's all good fo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2021 15 Comments
    Power of Pomegranate to Promote Health

    The clock is counting down! That’s because pomegranate season is almost over. In the US, this ancient fruit is available roughly between October and December. That means we may have another week or …

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2021 32 Comments
    Onion Cough Remedy

    Every winter, we hear from people who'd like to share their favorite family remedies for coughs, colds and flu. We haven't conducted research on any of these, but one that keeps cropping up year after…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2021 122 Comments
    Cinnamon Offers Health Benefits but Also Carries…

    For a spice that has a history going back over 4,000 years, you would think that there wouldn't be much controversy or confusion. Au contraire. Cinnamon offers health benefits, to be sure, but the pro…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2021 13 Comments
    Can Grape Juice with Pectin Ease Your Joint Pain…

    Arthritis and joint pain are extremely common problems as we grow older. The pain itself can interfere greatly with your quality of life. On the other hand, because people suffer from joint pain frequ…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2021 33 Comments
    Can Beet Juice Really Lower High Blood Pressure?

    If you have hypertension, your doctor has probably prescribed medicine to lower high blood pressure. You may have gone through quite an extensive period of trial and error to find a drug that works wi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2021 4 Comments
    Do Walnuts Really Interfere with Synthroid Effec…

    Doctors prescribe the thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid) for people whose own thyroid glands do not make enough of this hormone. However, too often they don't prov…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2021 21 Comments
    Just How Scary Is Saturated Fat?

    Have you ever heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? It's not true. Many old dogs learn new tricks with the right training and motivation. It turns out that it could be a lot harder…

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2021 23 Comments
    What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain…

    Java lovers appear to enjoy a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, Australian scientists discovered that coffee dri…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2021 8 Comments
    Study Shows No Need to Shun Coffee to Keep Heart…

    Coffee has a bad reputation when it comes to irregular heart rhythms. Doctors often tell patients to avoid caffeinated coffee to keep their heart rhythm regular. A few recent studies contradict that c…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2021 58 Comments
    Certo and Grape Juice Loosened Stiff Knee

    People with arthritis know that most remedies have a trade-off. Pain relievers like naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) might help a stiff knee, but they could also boost blood pressure o…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 9 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice For Chronic Diarrhea

    Chronic diarrhea is debilitating. Even if there is no serious medical condition causing liquidity, this condition can interfere with both work and leisure activity. In fact, people often tell us they …

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2021 79 Comments
    Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

    Health professionals just can’t seem to make up their minds about coffee. Is it good or really bad for you? They have been arguing about the pros and cons of coffee drinking for at least half a cent…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2021 5 Comments
    For Preventing Stroke, Type of Fat Matters More …

    The type of fat in your diet is far more important than the amount, according to a new analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (AHA Scientific Ses…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2021 4 Comments
    Does Eating Avocados Actually Strengthen Your Fi…

    Our readers alert us to a lot of potentially terrific remedy. We don't always know how–or even if–they work, especially at first. But we are intrigued by this reader making a connection between ea…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2021 28 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    People with sore joints face a terrible dilemma. Pain interferes with quality of life. On the other hand, medications like diclofenac and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can make p…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2021 12 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

    Do you think of chocolate as a sinful snack or a healthy bite? Chocolate candy itself probably should be considered sinful. It usually contains too much sugar to count as health food. The cocoa flavan…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2021 0 Comments
    Are the Health Benefits of Buttermilk Like Those…

    Do you consume dairy products, or do you try to avoid them? Many people find that the lactose in milk makes them uncomfortable. Scientists report, however, that probiotic products can reduce those sig…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2021 10 Comments
    If You Are a Vegan or Vegetarian, Are Your Bones…

    Many people choose not to eat meat because of environmental, ethical or health considerations. At least one study has shown, for example, that people on a vegan diet have lower levels of inflammation …

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2021 20 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Sugar with Cinnamon?

    You've no doubt heard that type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in this country and many others. That means that millions more people have pre-diabetes, blood sugar that is headed in the wron…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2021 19 Comments
    What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

    Nuts are not the dietary demons doctors once thought. There was a time when we were warned to stay away from nuts because they are high in both fat and calories. But nutrition researchers have found …

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2021 1 Comments
    Diet with Mushrooms May Protect You from Depress…

    Mushroom lovers, rejoice! A diet with mushrooms appears to offer you a lower risk of developing depression and other mental illness. Advantages of a Diet with Mushrooms: Penn State scientists evaluate…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2021 0 Comments
    Eating Fruits and Veggies Boosts Children’…

    A study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health analyzed the impact of nutritional factors on mental wellbeing in kids (BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, Sept. 27, 2021). The researc…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 8 Comments
    How to Make Your Blood Fats Healthier

    Total cholesterol has probably been overemphasized as a single risk factor for heart disease. On the other hand, the fats that circulate in our blood vessels do have an impact on our heart health. Whi…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2021 11 Comments
    Will an Elimination Diet Help You Avoid Migraine…

    The FDA has approved several medications, starting with Aimovig (erenumab), to prevent migraine headaches. Readers are also curious about other approaches to prevention.  One reader asked about t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 8 Comments
    Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint P…

    Have you heard of using gin-soaked golden raisins to ease joint pain? People have been sharing this home remedy with their friends and family members for decades. We have no idea where it comes from o…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2021 39 Comments
    What Is Granuloma Annulare And How Can I Get Rid…

    Don't you love it when doctors characterize a condition as "idiopathic?" That is a fancy medical term for "we haven't got a clue as to what causes this." That's the case with granuloma annulare. If yo…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2021 12 Comments
    Green Tea Calmed Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is an often uncomfortable condition in which the immune system attacks the skin. As cells turn over more quickly, they may stack up on the skin as itchy silvery plaques over tender reddish a…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2021 3 Comments
    Why Should You Eat Colorful Veggies?

    Your mother and possibly your grandmother probably told you to eat your vegetables. But did they tell you to relish colorful veggies most? We now have more information on their benefits and exactly ho…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2021 6 Comments
    Are Pecans Good for Your Heart?

    Have you ever wondered whether your favorite food is good for your heart? If your favorite foods include ice cream and cookies, you don't have to wonder. The answer is a clear no. If you love oatmeal …

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2021 0 Comments
    Where Do American Children and Teens Get Most of…

    Nutrition experts express the importance of eating plenty of unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains. A new study shows, however, that American children and teens get tw…

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2021 0 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Cancer Survivors?

    Does it matter what you eat after you’ve been treated for cancer? A new study of 1400 German people who had survived colorectal cancer treatment has clarified the best diet for cancer survivors. Fin…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2021 29 Comments
    Are There Natural Remedies for Constipation?

    Constipation is a very common complaint. While doctors rarely become concerned about constipation unless the patient seems to have obstructed bowels, sufferers find that this problem really affects th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 19, 2021 44 Comments
    How Often Do You Get Up to Pee at Night?

    Do you have to get up to pee several times a night? Many people report that this is a problem, especially as they grow older. Having to urinate several times during the night is a major factor interfe…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2021 3 Comments
    Does a Daily Cup of Coffee Reduce Your Risk for …

    Last summer, you were probably wondering how to reduce your risk for COVID. What we could offer back then were the most obvious tactics: stay at home as much as possible, don't be indoors with lots of…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2021 26 Comments
    How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

    Nutrition experts have long been advising us to eat whole grains, and epidemiologists have evidence that getting three servings of whole grains daily can reduce the chance of an early death. In fact, …

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2021 32 Comments
    Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explan…

    We have been writing about strong flavors for combatting muscle cramps for more than 30 years. Initially, we were told that the quinine in tonic water was the best strategy for overcoming these painfu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2021 3 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Help Your Psoriasis?

    Following a Mediterranean style diet with lots of vegetables, extra-virgin olive oil, whole grains and fruit is good for your heart and your metabolism. A French study suggested this way of eating mig…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2021 13 Comments
    Will Curry Alleviate Alzheimer’s?

    Could natural foods have an impact on cognitive capacity? Most specifically, could curry alleviate Alzheimer's disease? There are numerous spices in various curry dishes, but turmeric is a constant. S…