Enjoy that morning cup of coffee
I’ve been a coffee drinker my entire adult life.
A couple cups of coffee in the morning make me more alert and ready to start the day.
And I enjoy hanging out in coffee shops and inhaling the fragrance of freshly-ground beans.
Over the years there have been many small studies showing coffee in moderation can be good for you.
More recently …
read on A healthy diet shouldn’t be confusing
There are a lot of fad diets out there, and even more nutritional supplements being marketed to improve health.
It can be confusing to know what to eat, what to avoid, and whether supplements are good for us or not.
A new study, however, suggests that the best diet is relatively simple: Eat everything, but aim for a lower-than-average salt intake. And skip … read on Here’s another post in honor of June being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.
We know that the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, can help
prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease, such as someone who has already had a heart attack, or who smokes and has high blood pressure.
(It’s less clear if statins are helpful in healthy individuals with no risk factors for heart disease other …
read on June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.
For years I’ve heard that blueberries are good for brain health. Which is great, because I love blueberries and try to work them into my diet several times a week.
And there is
some evidence to support the connection between blueberries and the human brain.
Most blueberry studies to date have been performed on animals, but more recent studies—funded in part by …
read on For years one of my family members has had to have multiple skin cancers—basal cell and squamous—removed from his face.
He heard that the supplement niacinamide might help prevent these skin cancers, so I volunteered to do a little research into the research. 😄
Vitamin B3, niacin, niacinamide & nicotinamide
First I had to educate myself about the multiple and confusing names in this group of supplements!
Vitamin B3 is … read on I love eggs, but I’m never quite sure if they’re really good for me or not.
Eggs seem to be one of those foods that go in and out of favor, depending on what the most recent research shows.
So I thought I’d spend a little time doing my own research and determine what are, if any, the health benefits of eggs.
Eggs are packed full of nutrients
First the …
read on Even better, don’t use them at all unless your doctor tells you to.
You’ll save money, and you’ll probably be healthier.
I posted a few years ago that
. Earlier this month Healthy adults don’t need multivitamins a new study was published that showed not only do we (healthy adults) not need supplemental vitamins and minerals, some may actually cause harm. What the study showed
The study was funded by …
read on Noise and sleep—help!
A friend recently asked me about white noise machines, and if I knew whether they helped with sleep or not.
I’ve never used one, and honestly didn’t know anything about them.
In theory, white noise masks more irritating noises, such as traffic, airplanes, barking dogs, talking, television and random household sounds.
For sensitive individuals, or shift workers or partners of snorers, noise can be a major sleep …
read on Tanning beds are dangerous to your health
It’s mid-winter, and that’s when tanning beds are most popular.
Either people want a little artificial sunshine to help them cope with the weather, or they’re heading off on a tropical holiday and want a bit of color before they go.
But be warned: Tanning beds not only increase your risk of melanoma, they also increase the likelihood of a recurrence.
For years …
read on Save your money on omega-3 supplements
This isn’t a new topic for me; I’ve written twice about
and fish oil supplements . In both posts, I presented evidence that the heart health benefits (little to none) aren’t worth the price. omega 3-enriched foods last week confirms this. A new review from Cochrane
The researchers conclude:
The review provides good evidence that taking long-chain omega 3 (fish oil, EPA or DHA)