Women frequently list cancer as one of their top health concerns. While some risk factors, such as a genetic predisposition to certain types of cancer, are beyond your control, a growing body of research indicates that choosing a healthy dietary pattern can help protect you. There is no “superfood” that
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You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably
Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet
Q: I’ve read in your newsletter about the benefits of nuts and “seeded” fruits such as blueberries, but I have diverticulitis. Do I need to avoid these healthy foods because of their effects on diverticulitis?
A: Katelyn Castro, a dietetic intern at Tufts’ Frances Stern Nutrition Center, and Joel Mason, MD,
A study of older Dutch men provides new insight into why tea and cocoa protect against heart disease, showing for the first time that a compound called epicatechin is associated with reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease. The 25-year study followed nearly 800 men, all initially over age 65. Higher levels
Don’t count on green-tea pills to help you lose weight or keep your bones strong. A new clinical trial testing year-long supplementation of green-tea extract reports no difference between the pills and placebo in changes in body mass index, total fat mass or percentage of body fat, or bone-mineral density.
If you’re worried about high blood pressure, a new systematic review of scientific evidence has good news: Changing your diet really can make a difference. Not surprisingly, the most effective diet for reducing hypertension was one designed specifically for that purpose—the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan. But other
Bergamot benefits include raising the HDL (good) cholesterol levels significantly! But in addition to lipid control benefits, bergamot reduces anxiety in a natural way when used in aromatherapy.
A cool glass of water is calorie-free, readily available, and refreshing. Without water, you could live only a few days. Between 45 and 75 percent of a person’s body weight is water. Water is necessary for transporting nutrients, facilitating digestion, lubricating joints and body tissues, maintaining blood pressure and circulation,
The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”