green tea protects elderly against Alzheimer's and cognitive impairment

Can simply drinking tea fortify your mind against the effects of aging?

This new study looked at how much tea 957 elderly people drank in order to see if drinking tea protected them at all from neurocognitive disorders (NCD) like cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. . . .

chocolate prevents stroke in women

Here’s great news for women who love chocolate: it just might save your life. Chocolate is not only good for Valentine’s hearts: it turns out, it’s great for your heart too. Eating chocolate can prevent you from having a stroke. . . .

Part of the reason that the Mediterranean diet is so good for your heart is because of the abundance of olives and olive oil in the diet. What is little discussed, though, is that the olive leaves are actually much higher in the phenolic constituents that give it its value.

So, researchers set out to see what the immediate benefit of olive leaf extract might be on the heart by testing its effect on blood vessels function and inflammation in a double-blind study. . . .

Nuts have always had a reputation for being fattening, because it is still a hard sell that there is a large and crucial difference between unhealthy saturated fats and healthy unsaturated fats. The truth, as we have written often on this blog, is that nuts give you all of their health benefits without giving you extra pounds.

Now yet another study—this time on walnuts—uncovers the weight gain free health benefits of nuts . . . .

We have been writing a lot lately about the ineffectiveness and serious risks of using painkillers like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) because there have been a lot of important studies lately on the ineffectiveness and dangers of pain killers. And now, yet another study has added even more weight that painkillers can be dangerous for your heart. . . .

There are few things in nature more beautiful and calming than a purple field of lavender flowers. There is a long tradition of using lavender for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, depression and anxiety.

Several studies have now shown that lavender and lavender essential oil can contribute to feelings of well being and decreased anxiety. For a discussion of these studies, see the chapter on lavender in our book Healthy Herbs: Your Everyday Guide to Medicinal Herbs & Their Use.

And now, a new study has added more evidence for the use of lavender essential oil to ease anxiety. . . .

 You see a lot of information on natural health for all parts of your body and mind. But you see very little on natural health for your gums and teeth. But natural health has a lot to offer dentistry.

Prevention and removal of dental plaque is an important part of oral hygiene. One of the most commonly used mouthwashes for preventing bacterial growth and plaque formation is chlorhexidine gluconate.

Chlorhexidine gluconate is a germicidal mouthwash. It cannot be swallowed, and it can cause severe irritation or chemical burns in young children. It has several common side effects, including staining your teeth, increasing tartar build up on your teeth and changing your sense of taste. It may also cause mouth irritation, swollen glands and irritation to the tip of the tongue.

Clearly a safe, natural alternative would be very welcome. Several studies have shown that aloe vera juice is as effective as chlorhexidine while being safer. And now another new study makes the evidence even more compelling. . . .

Use of over-the-counter painkillers is staggeringly common. At least 175 million adults in the United States take OTC painkillers. That makes evaluating their effectiveness and safety crucial. But, it has been a very bad few years in painkiller research. Important recent studies have cast serious doubt on their effectiveness and their safety. . . . .

The cruelest lie ever told in modern medicine is that you can’t take antioxidants when you are on chemo. Because of this lie cancer patients continue to suffer from hair loss, nausea, severe mouth sores, hearing loss, tingling fingers and toes and kidney toxicity.

Not only is the theory behind the prescription highly questionable, but it is consistently refuted by the research. Now, a new study has shown that the antioxidant powers of coenzyme Q10 can prevent hearing damage caused by the chemo drug, cisplatin. . . .

A just published study has found that nearly half (45%) of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes are caused by diet. That means that, in the United States alone, 318,656 people could have been saved by dietary changes alone. Knowing those dietary changes could save your life. . .

 

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