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Turmeric compound could boost memory and mood

I have eaten and enjoyed Indian food back in the late 1970’s when I lived in London and didn’t eat meat. Those days are long gone, but I do keep hearing good things about turmeric. Here is a nice rundown from Medical News Today on it.

Not a lover of Indian food? A new study might change your mind. Researchers have found that a compound in turmeric — the spice that gives curry its golden color — could help to improve the mood and memory of older adults.


Turmeric has been linked to a wealth of health benefits. Last year, for example, Medical News Today reported on a study suggesting that turmeric could help to treat pancreatic cancer, while other research claims the popular spice may help to treat stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading


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Health Benefits of Honey

The healing powers of honey are not overstated. The Waikato Honey Research Unit provides details about the world-wide research that is being carried out on the benefits of honey in medicine. Furthermore, BBC reported in July of 2006 that doctors at the Christie Hospital in Didsbury, Manchester are planning to use honey for faster recovery of cancer patients after surgery. Such research will provide scientific evidence for the so-called “beliefs” held by honey lovers all over the world and will help in propagating the benefits of honey to more people.

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Honey has been used by countless cultures all around the world over the past 2,500 years. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important element of traditional medicines such as Ayurvedic treatments, scientists are also researching the benefits of honey in relation to modern medicine, particularly in the healing of wounds.

It is known as Honig in German, Miele in Italian, Shahad in Hindi, Miel in French and Spanish, Mel in Portuguese, мед in Russian, Honing in Dutch, and μελι in Greek; there is almost no part in the world where honey is not widely used and celebrated as a part of the cultural diet.

But what makes honey so popular? Most likely, it is the ease with which it can be consumed. One can eat honey directly, put it on bread like a jam, mix it with juice or any drink instead of sugar, or…

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How Healthy are Sweet Potatoes? – Infographic

Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.


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Why CoQ10 Is A Super Powerful Antioxidant: A Cardiologist Explains

CoQ10 is made by the human body and may be the most abundant antioxidant in cells producing energy like the heart and brain. In fact, CoQ10 is concentrated right in the mitochondria to counter the free oxygen radicals (rust) produced during energy production.

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Let’s go back to 1981, Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am sitting in a large auditorium in the medical school basement trying to stay awake. The room is warm and there is no ventilation. The lecturer is reviewing the pathways by which the body, and parts of cells, called mitochondria, make energy. I hear Krebs Cycle and electron chain transport and almost doze. ATP, ADP, phosphorylation and then CoQ10 (short for CoenzymeQ 10). A few weeks, there was an exam and I moved on to clinical rotations.

All that biochemistry faded into distant memory for about 25 years.

Fast forward to 2006, and I am browsing the Internet, reading about ways to treat a patient’s advanced congestive heart failure and…..deja vu. A cardiologist was writing about boosting ATP production by using targeted vitamins that made mitochondria run more efficiently.

I read several papers, then…

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Get More Vitamin C With This Summer Fruit Salad

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img_1724[1]For most of us, summer is the perfect time to get fruits that are less than readily available out-of-season.  And eating more fruit is a great way to increase your vitamin C intake.

Studies show that vitamin C is a powerful and effective antioxidant that offers a wide array of important health benefits, including:

  • lowers blood pressure and stroke risk
  • regulates nitric oxide levels
  • improves peripheral blood flow
  • aids in cellular repair
  • strengthens immune system
  • improves cardiac health
  • helps avoid degenerative diseases
  • improves eye health

To ensure that you get at least the recommended 90 mg per day, eat a 1 cup serving of a fruit salad made from any combination of oranges, strawberries, papaya, kiwi, and mango.  If you have another favorite, toss it in there, too (I like watermelon — a good source of vitamin C and more lycopene than tomatoes).  All these fruits are…

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What Are Eight Health Benefits of Cherries? – Infographic

Warm weather is here if not the official first day of summer. So, it’s time to think about some of the seasonal fresh fruits and veggies we will be enjoying. Here is a fun and informative infographic on cherries.


Please keep in mind that you can have too much of a good thing. I posted about eating too many cherries.



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9 Amazing Health Benefits of Strawberries

Who knew this sweet little fruit could pack so much nutritional punch! Shopping tip: choose medium-sized berries that are firm, plump and deep red; once picked, they don’t ripen further. As you’re estimating your serving size, keep in mind that eight large strawberries count as 1 cup.

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Magda Rod      May 30, 2014

Yes it’s that time of year again, when the berries are ripe for the picking and enjoying. Although they have become increasingly available year-round, they are at the peak of their season from April through July when they are the most delicious and most abundant. Some people mark June with the Full Strawberry Moon, which got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a sign to gather ripening fruit.

Fragrant and sweet, strawberries are one of the most popular types of berry in the world — and for good reason. Read below to learn how these little sweet hearts can benefit the organ they resemble — the heart — and more.

  •     Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, women who eat three or more servings of strawberries a week have a lower…

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