Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): An essential fatty acid that, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belongs to a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is found in some plant foods and oils, such as flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts, and oils extracted from these foods. (See: Omega-3
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
Eat Better, Save Money
A common misconception about trying to eat food that is more nutritious is that improving your diet has to cost more. “Healthy food is not necessarily expensive,” says Parke Wilde, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School who previously worked for the USDA’s Economic Research Service.
How Diet Makes a Difference
We all know that eating a healthy diet is important for growing children, and the obesity epidemic and soaring rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases dramatically demonstrate the need to eat right from young adulthood into middle age. But does what you eat
Why You Need Water
Without water, you can live only a few days. No other nutrient is as essential to the body. Between 45 and 75 percent of a person’s body weight is water. Water plays critical roles in your body, such as transporting nutrients, lubricating joints and body tissues, facilitating
Aging Strong and Gracefully
If you’re concerned about how old you look or how old you feel, you might be tempted to search for the fountain of youth in anti-aging supplements, face creams, or spa treatments. In truth, two of the most effective—and inexpensive—things you can do to hold on to
MEDITERRANEAN DIET PREVENTS BRAIN ATROPHY
Recent research provides evidence for yet another brain benefit of the healthy Mediterranean diet—an eating style which involves the consumption of plentiful amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, and beans, limited amounts of fish, dairy products, and wine, and occasional servings of
You’ve likely heard of antioxidants, even if you’re not sure what they do. They’re frequently touted on food packages, such as nutrition bars and breakfast cereals, not to mention in promotions of the latest “superfoods” and a host of dietary supplements. The marketing of such products, however, is a bit
Hardly a day goes by without headlines touting the health benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet, which has been linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and possible brain protection. Now, a recent study suggests this style of eating may also help protect women against breast cancer.
The study compared breast-cancer risk
The migraine headache is one of the top 20 most debilitating disorders in developed countries. It is caused by a complicated interplay between predisposing genetic variants and environmental factors. How to overcome migraines? There are all kinds of treatments that can help, including natural remedies discussed below.
First, consider that migraines