Papain is a powerful digestive enzyme commonly found and extracted from the papaya fruit (Carica papaya) , it is also referred to as papaya proteinase. The papaya enzyme papain plays a key role in digestive processes involving breaking down tough protein fibers. For this reason, it has been commonly used in its native South America … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Papain
Most of us do our best to limit the amount of non-nutritional junk sitting around the house, especially those of us with kids. Instead of sugary sodas, many smart parents will usually reach for a healthier alternative, such as apple juice. Sadly, new findings out of Florida suggest that every time you pour your child … Continue reading Are You Giving Your Children Poisonous Apple Juice?
Many children enjoy drinking apple or grape juice and many parents see juice as a healthy alternative to soda and artificially flavored fruit punch. New research, however, suggests these juices are not as innocent as we’re led to believe. In fact, if a recent Consumer Reports investigation is correct, they could be slowly poisoning hundreds of … Continue reading Arsenic in Apple and Grape Juice Poses Health Risks
If you’re trying to lose weight (and even if you’re not), it’s imperative your diet is in check. That means lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are a must and making smoothies can be a great way to ingest them. What are Smoothies? Smoothies usually contain blended or puréed fruits and/or vegetables. Sometimes ice … Continue reading Want to Lose Weight? Drink a Smoothie!
Consuming Hot Dogs Can Be Harmful to Your Health Multiple studies have determined that consumption of hot dogs can be a risk factor for childhood cancer. Peters et al studied the relationship between the intake of certain foods and the risk of leukemia in children from birth to age 10 in Los Angeles County between … Continue reading Hot Dogs: Questions and Answers
A vegan or vegetarian diet has long been promoted as a healthy lifestyle choice thanks to a mountain of evidence available to back it up. And now, there’s even more quantitative evidence. A recent report from University College of London reveals that eating seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day is linked to reduced … Continue reading Report: Eating Fruits and Vegetables Reduces Risk of Death
Earlier this year, the American Heart Association (AHA) called for a nationwide reduction in daily salt intake, along with tighter government and industry regulations regarding the levels of standard table salt (Sodium Chloride) found in everyday foods. The AHA’s previous suggestion – set forth in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans back in 2005 – called for … Continue reading Reducing Daily Salt Intake Recommended for Improved Health
Your body needs sodium, regardless of what you’ve probably heard your whole life. Many “experts” have demonized this mineral because excess dietary sodium can lead to health issues, but the fact remains that without enough sodium your body’s systems will not operate as they should. Symptoms of low sodium, also called hyponatremia, include muscle spasms or cramps, frequent … Continue reading Health Tips: Take Control of Your Daily Sodium Intake
Selenium (Se) is a trace mineral with a very important role in human nutrition. Many of the human body’s normal physiological functions require a small, but vital, amount of selenium.Selenium rich foods are fairly common, so obtaining a sufficient amount from diet alone is not a challenge for most people. However, supplements are popular for those … Continue reading The Selenium Element and Its Role in Human Nutrition
Mustard seeds may not look like anything special but they are actually loaded with nutrients and can be exceptionally beneficial for the human body. Mustard seeds are important for a variety of reasons and it’s used all across the globe for a variety of purposes – many of which are related directly to health and … Continue reading The Mustard Seed: Humble Herb or Powerful Superfood?