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Being overweight is an established risk factor for multiple diseases, and is now known to dramatically increase the risk of several cancers. Research from the University of Bergen found that being overweight before the age of 40 increased specific cancer risks, and researchers now suggest that preventing weight gain early in life may help reduce the risk of a cancer diagnosis
The microbiota of the digestive system plays a fundamental role in the function of the human immune response. Researchers found that the use of antibiotics, long known to disrupt the gut microbiome and increase inflammation in the body, may impact the effectiveness of vaccinations such as the flu vaccine
Plant-derived flavonoids, compounds that have multiple biological actions affecting various age-associated changes in the brain, have been hailed for their potential to assist in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
While cellphone use has raised concerns about health implications before, research suggests that cellphones may be causing prominent bony projections to grow in the back of young adult heads
For middle-aged women, the onset of menopause can arrive in the form of hot flashes, insomnia, mood changes, muscle pain and memory fog. Researchers have investigated the effects of black mulberry leaf on sufferers of these symptoms and found favorable effects
High blood pressure is considered a "silent killer" that needs consistent treatment and is best addressed even before it begins. A study reveals that grape seed extract may be an effective natural therapy in lowering the blood pressure of men with prehypertension
Kava, a plant native to the South Pacific islands, has been valued for its calming properties since ancient times. Sipping on traditional kava tea may reduce tension while kava extract has been linked to increased cheerful mood, anxiety relief and more
Periodontal disease affects structures around your teeth, including your gums, making it painful to chew food and increasing your risk of systemic diseases. Studies have shown that natural compounds such as green tea and kiwi fruit can help alleviate the symptoms of this common dental challenge
Intake of coffee and other foods that contain chlorogenic acids has an inverse association with obesity-related chronic diseases. New evidence also shows that these phenolic compounds may also reduce the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a trigger for feelings of depression and anxiety, and you also need to manage pain. But mental health conditions may not only increase opioid use but also risk of death. Learn how this common pain medication may become deadly when you're depressed
Hot yoga is more than a sweaty fitness trend: it can help people with high blood pressure shift in a calm, soothing direction -- away from high blood pressure and heart disease
1 out of 3 Americans suffer from high blood pressure, a precursor to many forms of cardiovascular disease. Researchers believe cinnamon may be a novel and therapeutic approach to the management of high blood pressure
Natural therapies support athletic performance and provide sustained benefits for exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One study vouches for the combination of L-citrulline and L-arginine in powering up collegiate soccer players' cycling performance
A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study finds flaxseed oil equally beneficial to fish oil supplementation in reducing myocardial disease risk in patients with Type 2 diabetes. This research is beneficial for those looking for plant-based supplements with benefits similar to the well-studied benefits of fish oil
Flawed Assumptions Behind GMO Golden Rice Despite decades of development, genetically engineered Golden Rice hasn't yet been approved for commercial sale, but even if it is, the rice may not reach the vitamin-A-deficient children it's intended for due to flawed assumptions over farmers' willingness to plant it
Benign thyroid nodules are one of the most common endocrine disorders and may respond to a combination of natural extracts including spirulina, curcumin and Boswellia
You're likely already aware that global plastic pollution has reached an all-time high, but did you know you're eating it, too? Research concludes that, on average, you're consuming a credit card's worth of plastic each week
Scurvy is a devastating disease caused by not enough vitamin C in your body. While it’s often associated with pirates and seafarers from long ago, the disease is making a comeback in the modern day, even in developed countries where, theoretically, scurvy should no longer exist
Sufferers of Type 2 diabetes must be careful about eating a healthy diet and also about taking care of their feet. Now, science has shown that taking a simple curcumin supplement each day may help relieve the discomfort associated with numb, tingling feet
Social distancing requirements could have counterintuitive outcomes, according to one study, which suggests the behavioral changes triggered by social distancing could ultimately worsen the disease outcome and increase the size of the final epidemic
You may know that magnesium is in your multivitamin, but did you know that getting adequate magnesium in your diet can help you guard against heart disease, cancer and diabetes?
There's mounting evidence of the multiple healing properties of turmeric against pain and common ailments such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Now, a study reveals that this miracle herb can help alleviate asthma among children and adolescents
The swelling of joints in the hands and feet, often a case of rheumatoid arthritis, can cause significant pain among sufferers. Studies reveal that ginger can be used to help alleviate rheumatoid arthritis' persistent symptoms
Cigarette smoking is known to lead to many different kinds of cardiovascular diseases. What can be done to prevent this? Quitting smoking is best, but a study shows that drinking noni juice may reduce the risk for this top killer among smokers
Research reveals that topical use of chamomile oil may have positive effects for those experiencing pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. As a natural and easily obtained substance, chamomile oil could prove to be an inexpensive option for those suffering from this common ailment
The adverse effects of smoking tobacco are well known. Here are 70 natural substances proven to alleviate or improve tobacco effects
If you care about aging gracefully, you will want to learn how to protect your telomeres. Like the plastic tip on the ends of your shoelaces, telomeres keep DNA strands from unravelling -- and eating walnuts is a great way to keep telomeres laced up tight
Natural antiviral substances have been used for centuries to fight common infections, but interest has recently grown around elderberries, a purple berry long used for its cold and flu-reducing properties. Researchers believe elderberry’s antiviral properties may be valuable in the widespread prevention and treatment of influenza and other viral illnesses
You may love a cup of warm green tea in the morning, but did you know it may also set you up for a calmer, less anxious mood throughout your day? Research shows your coffee substitute may be a mood-booster as well
The World Health Organization's (WHO) Director-General shared five tips to look after your physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The suggestions may not only protect your health in the long-term but could also help you fight COVID-19 if you become ill
If you are one of the millions of women who have suffered from a painful urinary tract infection, a common cause of cystitis, make sure you have green tea in your kitchen cabinet. Science has yielded proof that this delicious drink can help you heal faster and ensure that the antibiotics are effective
Millions of unnecessary pelvic exams and Pap tests have been performed in women prior to the U.S. recommended screening age of 21, despite concerns of adverse effects
The opioid-related death rate is growing in the U.S., and health officials surmise that cannabis may reduce the necessity of opioid prescriptions
While media reports have put the COVID-19 death rate as high as 4.5%, a study at the disease's epicenter in Wuhan found it's actually much lower. The fatality rate of people who develop symptoms of COVID-19 is about 1.4%, and even lower among certain age groups
Serious doubts about the accuracy of COVID-19 testing methods, results, mortality rates, and the supposedly unique and extreme lethality of this virus are starting to appear, even within mainstream media reporting. A recent Italian study found that nearly everyone who was pronounced dead from COVID-19 was elderly and already struggling with serious chronic disease(s).
While the world, at present, appears to be in an accelerating tailspin around the coronavirus outbreak, with very little if any hope provided through conventional medical approaches, the reality is there are natural alternatives worth investigating.
Regenerative fitness is a foundational program that will empower you with simple tools and practices that can be applied to instantly improve health and vitality
Ginger supplements may be the natural substance researchers have been searching for in the prevention and treatment of common inflammatory bowel diseases
To date, the U.S. has experienced unprecedented outbreaks of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury and new research has linked synthetic vitamin E, a thickening agent added to vaping products, to lung injuries
High doses of vitamin C led to improved ventricular function and reduced duration of ICU stay among patients who had just undergone coronary artery bypass surgery, adding more support for vitamin C’s heart-protective potential
If you suffer from ulcerative colitis, hear this: a simple natural food supplement has been shown to significantly enhance well-being and reduce the difficulty of bathroom urgency that often comes along with ulcerative colitis
You’ve heard a lot about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, but did you know that a diet rich in these natural foods can be key to having a healthy pregnancy?
A study finds that Curcuma longa, more popularly known as turmeric, can alleviate certain symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, namely arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction, that can contribute to cardiovascular disease. The findings strengthen scientific evidence that turmeric, used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, has an important place in wellness and healing today
One study highlights the efficacy of Ayahuasca, a native Amazonian plant, as a powerful antidepressant in treatment-resistant depression
Natural remedies can do wonders in treating painful mouth ulcers, stomach inflammation, wounds and infections. When it comes to dealing with these cases, honey is a time-tested treatment to alleviate symptoms and provide relief for patients, whether young or old
Antidepressant medication has been linked to a number of side effects, including sexual dysfunction. Researchers from Slovakia highlighted the potential of the extract from the bark of pine trees -- specifically Pycnogenol, a patented extract from the French maritime pine tree -- as a solution to common bedroom woes
Got a sweet tooth that you just can't squash? Relax! Nature has provided a healthy way to satisfy your sugar cravings. Put down the toxic white stuff and pick up a jar of pure, raw honey. Your heart will thank you for it
In a long-term study, Chinese researchers find that conventional options may not be the only effective treatment for and prevention of gastric cancer. Eradicating Helicobacter pylori -- a known risk factor for this form of cancer -- as well as supplementing with vitamins and garlic emerged as sound therapies to protect against the disease
While Parkinson's disease has no known cause or cure, a number of critical risk factors have been identified and advances have been made in alternative treatment options. Ultimately, increasing quality of life for those with Parkinson's disease is the goal
Researchers discover that ginger, an ancient herbal remedy used for cooking and medicinal purposes, supports the regeneration of cellular mitochondria and may reduce the effects of mitochondrial dysfunction
U.S. health officials find a strong link between early instances of childhood trauma and adult chronic diseases ranging from heart disease and asthma to kidney disease and depression
Research has concluded that a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory natural substances can increase longevity and improve the aging process
If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from polycystic ovaries, there is evidence supporting a simple, natural and delicious remedy: a glass of sweetly tart pomegranate juice, infused with a live probiotic. It’s simple, effective and yielding serious results
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating degenerative brain condition that affects millions of people in the U.S. While pharmaceutical treatments have long lists of side effects, there is a natural food-based intervention that has proven effective in improving key brain functions. The best part is, it's probably in your food pantry right now

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