The Folklore. Native to the Mediterranean and the Near East, leeks have been cultivated for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Romans used them for food, and medicinally, for nosebleeds and sore throat. Roman Emperor Nero ate them to improve his singing voice, earning him the nickname Porophagus, or leek
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Herbs and spices have long been used for culinary purposes as well as medicinal reasons. But one herb in particular ranks high above the rest when it comes to lowering cholesterol naturally: oregano.
Oregano was first used by the ancient Greek physicians who prescribed it for a variety of ailments. In
Fresh, tart, and full of flavor, citrus fruits are a healthy option to turn to in the winter.
Some fish oil foes would like you to believe fish oil dangers outweigh its benefits. Is fish oil bad for you? Find out what the dispute is about and what you should really believe by examining the research.
The Folklore. The dill pickle may be its claim to fame, but dill weed’s historical, culinary, and medicinal roles may steal the spotlight for this sprite-sized herb. This native to the Mediterranean region made its first mark as a medicinal herb about 5,000 years ago. Ancient Greeks covered soldiers’ wounds
Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems
Wine drinkers may be less likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee, while drinking beer is associated with greater risk of osteoarthritis in both the knee and hip. Writing in Arthritis Research & Therapy, British researchers reported those findings from an analysis of nearly 3,000 participants in the Genetics of
Q: How much calcium can I absorb at one time from a supplement?
A: Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Bone Metabolism Laboratory, says: “For maximal absorption of calcium from supplements, no more than 500 to 600 milligrams (mg) of elemental calcium should be taken as a single dose. For
Q: I’ve been reading in your newsletter about the downsides of consuming too many starchy foods. Since corn is a starchy food, does that apply to popcorn, which I’ve been eating thinking it’s a healthy snack?
A: Nicola M. McKeown, PhD, director of the Friedman School’s Nutritional Epidemiology Program and a