Tag: folate

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Are Becoming More Mainstream

If you think you’ll be missing out on a host of nutrients if you eat vegetarian or vegan, think again: Vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful and nutritionally adequate if they are appropriately planned, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans tend to

Ask the Experts: Alzheimer’s Diagnosis; Blood Groups; Kefir

Q. Our father’s doctor has told us our father is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He hasn’t told our father, and we’re unsure if we should, since it’s such upsetting news. Can you advise us on the best way to proceed?
A. I sympathize with your dilemma, and understand

Are You Tired All the Time?

Are You Tired All the Time?

If you find yourself tired all the time, you may suspect a sleep disorder. And while that’s a good place to start, there may be other reasons for your daytime tiredness. “Fatigue and sleepiness are two different things,” explains clinical psychologist Jennifer Martin, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at

Gluten-Free Baking: The Essence of the Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten-Free Baking: The Essence of the Gluten-Free Diet

Mike and Mary are young marrieds who share more than a household. Mike has celiac disease and Mary has both gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance.

But they have more in common than just an aversion to gluten and their gluten-free diet regimen.

“We absolutely crave bread,” says Mary from her prim domicile

Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affects Both Mood and Cognition

Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affects Both Mood and Cognition

The importance of the neurotransmitter serotonin in affecting mood has been widely acknowledged in numerous studies linking low brain levels of this key chemical with depression, anxiety, and irritability. Now, scientists are reporting another significant role the neurotransmitter plays in the brain—that of promoting memory and cognition.

Inadequate brain levels of

Take a Look at Leeks

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

The Pluses of Pulses

Evidence supporting the fighting power of pulses is stronger than ever. Pulses are an excellent source of fiber and plant-based protein and deliver folate, magnesium, iron and other important vitamins and minerals. Dried beans, peas and lentils have a low carbon footprint making them an eco-friendly food choice.

The Health Benefits

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

The statistics on vitamin and other dietary supplement use in the United States are staggering, and the numbers appear to be on the rise. A 2016 CRN Consumer Survey showed the percentage of Americans taking dietary supplements—everything from multi-vitamins to “brain vitamins” to calcium pills to weight-loss supplements—to be at

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