You knew fruits and vegetables could make you healthier, but did you know they could make you happier? . . .

Several years ago, the herb kava kava was banned in Canada. Kava is simply the best treatment for anxiety out there, whether natural or pharmaceutical. The herb was banned by Health Canada allegedly for possible liver toxicity.

Now a new study adds to the already consistent and overwhelming evidence that kava is not dangerous for your liver or for anything. This kava safety study was placebo-controlled and double-blinded. It included 58 people with DSM-IV general anxiety disorder (GAD). The six week study gave either a placebo or kava kava providing 120mg of kavalactones. The dose was increased to 240mg a day if there was no responce by week three. . . .

Like nuts, avacados are often thought of as fattening, but, like nuts, it turns out they are not only not fattening, but really good for you. . . .

The prevalence of diabetes has more than doubled in the past three decades. Diabetes now affects nearly 10% of adults worldwide. There are probably a number of reasons for this increase in diabetes. But new research suggests--not surprisingly--that sugar is one of them. . . .

If you are worried about catching the cold or flu, should you get a flu vaccine or take the immunity herb echinacea?

In order to address that question, researchers conducted a pilot study . . . 

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemically commonly found in hard, clear plastic bottles and in the lining of cans used for canned food. BPA mimics estrogen in the body and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, male and female infertility and poycystic ovarian syndrome.

Bisphenol S (BPS) has been considered a safe alternative to BPA. . . . 

Forty-two people who were suffering from major depression and who had low or borderline-low levels of vitamin D were given either Prozac plus 1,500 IU of vitamin D or Prozac and a placebo for eight weeks. . . .

It's  been a fertile little while for fertility studies. Though fertility always brings the female partner to mind, the cause of the infertility lies in the man as often as in the woman. So these two studies, which show that both diet and supplements can help men improve the odds, can bring hope to frustrated couples. . . .

When we first started researching natural health, one of the first recommendations for cholesterol problems was garlic. Then the research pendulum swung, suggesting that garlic didn't help cholesterol problems at all. Recently, though, the pendulum has corrected itself, and research, and meta-analysis of the research, that looked only at people who actually had problems with their cholesterol and blood pressure has shown, once again, that garlic is a valuable herb for people with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. . . .

A just released report has revealed that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the largest association of nutrition professionals, has compromising ties with processed food giants. . . . 

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