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Organics Boast More Nutrients, Fewer Toxins

Conventionally grown foods contain pesticide residues that are three to four times higher than those found in organic foods (traces may be due to atmospheric drift from other fields or soils), according to a review of 343 research studies published last June in the British Journal of Nutrition. The review, which included studies of food grown in different regions and ... Read More »

The BioPhotonic Scanner

Innovative Health Assessment Technology by Angie Kiger The BioPhotonic Scanner is a unique nutritional testing tool that gives an accurate, quantifiable and objective measurement of antioxidant levels in the body. Antioxidant levels are a critical biomarker, an indicator of general health similar to monitoring cholesterol levels or checking blood pressure. Antioxidants are molecular compounds that help protect our cells from ... Read More »

Apples Get An A+

It’s a Nutritional Superstar by Tania Melkonian Nutrient density—an acknowledged characteristic of apples—is considered the most significant qualification for a superfood. “It’s one of the healthiest foods,” advises Case Adams, from Morro Bay, California, a naturopathic doctor with a Ph.D. in natural health sciences. Apples’ antioxidant power alone could elevate it to status as a superior superfood. Eating apples could ... Read More »

Yoga Practices Pump Up Detoxifying Antioxidants

Indian researchers recruited 64 physically fit males from the Indian Air Force Academy for a three-month study of yoga’s effect on detoxification. For three months, 34 of the volunteers practiced hatha yoga with pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. The other 30 volunteers underwent physical training exercises. At the end of the study, blood tests found significantly higher levels of antioxidants, ... Read More »

Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Potent Spices and Veggies Fend Off Disease by Bushra Bajwa Vegetarians seeking flavorful variations can turn to 9,000 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi grocery stores nationwide. “We are now seeing 20 percent non-Indian customers in our store,” says Vipul Patel, owner of the Louisville, Kentucky, branch of Patel Brothers, the largest Indian U.S. grocery store chain. “Usually, new customers come in ... Read More »

Antioxidant Supplements Improve Eye Health

Eye health may be improved by taking certain antioxidant supplements, according to researchers at Austria’s Medical University of Vienna. They studied 40 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 split into two groups, giving a control group a placebo pill and the other a supplement containing vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, copper, selenium, gingko biloba, flavonoids, ... Read More »

Building Immunity for a Lifetime

Simple Ways to Boost a Child’s Long-Term Health by Lisa Turner We’d love it if our kids had fewer sick days away from school, but what if by bolstering their immune systems now, we could also protect them from serious diseases going forward? “During childhood, when the immune system is still developing, there’s a great opportunity to set the stage ... Read More »

Runner’s Hi

Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport by Debra Melani Whether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing fierce competition and personal bests, these runners are focusing on social bonding and overall ... Read More »

Medicinal Mushrooms Boost Athletic Performance

Research from Italy’s Pavia University found two medicinal mushroom species—cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) and reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)—significantly increase race performance and recovery times among competitive cyclists. The researchers studied seven male cyclists that had competitively raced for more than 10 years. For one month they were given placebo supplements, after which the researchers tested their performance and recovery during races and ... Read More »

Ginger and Turmeric Protect Skin from Sun

Scientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin that can be damaged ... Read More »

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