Breakthrough: This fermented Japanese superfood can inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infections, researchers find

Natto, a fermented soybean dish typically served for breakfast in Japan, can inhibit the ability of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — to infect healthy cells, according to a study by Japanese researchers. Published Tuesday, July 13, in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, the study showed that unheated natto extract degraded the receptor-binding domain (RBD), … Continue reading Breakthrough: This fermented Japanese superfood can inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infections, researchers find

Researchers discover that Kefir (fermented yogurt) can halt cytokine storms observed during SARS-CoV-2 infections

One of the most important areas of scientific research for combating SARS-CoV-2 involves understanding cytokines and mitigating cytokine storm. Cytokines are cell signaling molecules that facilitate immune responses. These molecules communicate between cells to stimulate the movement of immune responsive cells toward sites of inflammation and infection. Israeli scientists have found that yogurt (kefir) can halt … Continue reading Researchers discover that Kefir (fermented yogurt) can halt cytokine storms observed during SARS-CoV-2 infections

Eating probiotic foods helps improve bone health in women

In 2001, a group of international scientists working on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed to change the definition of probiotics. What they came up with became the most widely accepted definition of probiotics — that is, “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health … Continue reading Eating probiotic foods helps improve bone health in women

Here’s another reason to love blueberries: They protect against inflammation

Blueberries are among the most well-known and best-loved superfoods on the planet. Aside from being a delicious and versatile food ingredient, blueberries also provide plenty of essential nutrients and disease-fighting phytonutrients. For instance, research suggests that blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all plant-based foods. Antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress, a harmful event that has … Continue reading Here’s another reason to love blueberries: They protect against inflammation

Kombucha and probiotics: Why is this fizzy drink good for you?

Kombucha is a rising star in the realm of health foods. But make no mistake. This fermented, carbonated drink is more than just a food fad. In fact, scientists are turning to kombucha in an attempt to understand the relationships among microbial communities. In a recent article published in PeerJ, scientists from Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of New … Continue reading Kombucha and probiotics: Why is this fizzy drink good for you?

The sweet and the sour: Health benefits of honey and apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar starts life as an apple juice. It is then fermented twice with yeast. It is most notable for its strong, sour flavor, which is due to its main ingredient acetic acid. In turn, this substance is said to be responsible for the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Meanwhile, honey is a sweet and viscous substance … Continue reading The sweet and the sour: Health benefits of honey and apple cider vinegar

The gut-healing wonder drink: How to make your own water kefir

Kombucha is a popular health drink, but it may put people off because of its intense vinegary smell. If you’re looking for a gut health-boosting drink that’s easier on the stomach, try water kefir. Kombucha and water kefir: What’s the difference? Both kombucha and water kefir are fermented drinks that can be brewed at home and infused with different … Continue reading The gut-healing wonder drink: How to make your own water kefir

Blueberries offer a variety of health benefits — add heart-healthy to the list

Blueberries are some of the healthiest fruits you can eat. According to a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating blueberries helps improve cardiometabolic function. Researchers looked at the benefits of regular blueberry consumption and found that eating a one-cup serving of the fruit daily helped relax stiff arteries, reduce cholesterol levels and minimize the risk of coronary … Continue reading Blueberries offer a variety of health benefits — add heart-healthy to the list

Reduce inflammation and improve your mood with these healthy, fermented foods

Did you know that probiotics or “good” bacteria can do more than boost your digestive health? If you suffer from inflammation, you can ease your condition by consuming certain kinds of fermented foods. According to Ali Miller, a registered dietitian and author of “The Anti-Anxiety Diet,” you can improve your gut health and mood and energy levels … Continue reading Reduce inflammation and improve your mood with these healthy, fermented foods

From kimchi to kefir, these are the best anti-aging foods you’ll find anywhere

The key to having a healthy mind and body is eating nutritious foods like fruits, nuts and seeds, vegetables, and lean meat. But did you know that certain superfoods even offer anti-aging benefits? Data suggest that diet significantly affects a person’s lifespan. Make positive lifestyle changes and consume more of these delicious and highly nutritious superfoods … Continue reading From kimchi to kefir, these are the best anti-aging foods you’ll find anywhere