When it comes to health concerns, cancer is at the top of the list for most people. Some risk factors for cancer are beyond your control; for example, your inherited genetic makeup may predispose you to certain types of cancer. However, you can take action to address some common risk
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Whether you’re suffering from tendonitis or bronchitis, inflammation can make you feel awful. You pop an NSAID (like ibuprofen or aspirin), but it doesn’t seem to touch your pain. Plus, now you’re suffering from its side-effects—nausea, vomiting, constipation and headaches. If only there was something you could do (or take)
Q: Are there any foods that have been proven to prevent cancer?
A: There is no “superfood” that will prevent cancer on its own, but there are many foods that have cancer-fighting properties.
Cancer-fighting foods include cruciferous vegetables and berries. These foods are rich in antioxidants, substances that prohibit oxidation at the
You know that a healthy, balanced diet includes protein, healthy fats, and fiber—but did you know that these valuable nutrients, along with many others, are packed into some of the tiniest items you eat?
Along with protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat, seeds provide essential minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and
Q. I take fish oil for heart health, but some of what I read in the health press says fish oil doesn’t do much. Should I stop taking it?
A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers:
This medication will lower your LDL cholesterol. That drug may reduce your risk of heart attacks. Another one will reduce your triglycerides.
Whatever medications you see advertised on air or in print, they all have one thing in common: They should augment the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make to manage
Have you heard the claim that the best omega-3 supplement is a vegetarian omega-3? The fish oil vs. flaxseed oil debate has been going on for years but recently came to the forefront again. Some well-known natural health experts say that it’s better to get your long-chain omega-3 fatty acids
At one time, low-fat diets were believed to be healthy. Now, findings from hundreds of studies have revealed that it’s not the amount of fat; it’s the type of fat that’s most important.
You need an adequate amount of fat—about 45 to 75 grams per day on average—in your diet to help you absorb nutrients, increase your
Moderation in all things, the proverb advises—except fruits and vegetables. You’d be hard-pressed to find a nutritionist who speaks ill of plant foods. They are the bedrock of a heart-healthy diet, whatever its form. And the more the better, with few exceptions. If you want to live a longer, healthier
While the most important nutritional protection you can give your brain involves eating an overall healthy dietary pattern, it’s also true that certain specific foods and food groups seem to be especially important for brain health (see Box 4-1, “Brain Food”). Fortunately, these brain-healthy choices are also good for your