I try to buy organic when I can, but sometimes it can be difficult to find all the produce I’m looking for in the organic sections at my local grocery stores. And when I do find what I’m looking for, it often comes with a price tag that makes me
Study challenges long-held hypothesis that iron promotes atherosclerosis
A UCLA research team has found no evidence of an association between iron levels in the body and the risk of atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries that leads to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in the U.S. The discovery,
Q: My hands shake sometimes and I am concerned that it might be Parkinson’s disease. What are some other telltale signs?
A: Tremors or shaking in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and even the face are common motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Other motor symptoms include stiffness in the arms, legs and
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
The very air we breathe might be adding to our risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a study published online Sept. 5, 2016 in the journal PNAS. The researchers autopsied the brains of 37 older city dwellers and discovered abnormally high concentrations of magnetite, an iron oxide found in
A healthy brain is an adaptable brain—one that can respond to new information and circumstances, withstand the harmful effects of injury, disease, and stress, and repair itself following damage to, or loss of, brain cells and/or their connections. This capacity, called neuroplasticity, is essential to staying sharp in older age.
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”