Bacteriocin-producing bacteria present in commercial foodstuffs

In this study, researchers at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in India investigated the prevalence of bacteriocin-producing, food spoilage- and bovine mastitis-causing bacteria in commercial foodstuff. Their findings were published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy. A total of 389 commercial food samples were selected for the study, including meat products, fish products, milk and dairy products, … Continue reading Bacteriocin-producing bacteria present in commercial foodstuffs

Fatty fish free of environmental pollutants helps prevent Type 2 diabetes: Study

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that fatty fish free of environmental pollutants may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Researchers based in Sweden and Finland assessed the diet of study participants using a novel technique called mass spectrometry-based metabolomics. This allowed them to investigate the effects of fatty fish independent of compounding factors … Continue reading Fatty fish free of environmental pollutants helps prevent Type 2 diabetes: Study

3 Morning smoothies that can give you a healthy energy boost to start the day

Fruits and vegetables are essential to a balanced diet. Even if you’re always in a hurry to beat the rush hour in the morning, you can still start your day with an energy-boosting breakfast that contains a variety of superfoods. All you need to do is whip up a simple yet tasty smoothie using nutritious ingredients like kale, blueberries, … Continue reading 3 Morning smoothies that can give you a healthy energy boost to start the day

Shake up your indoor gardening by planting these 8 fruits in buckets

Putting that green thumb to good use is easier said than done if there is no outdoor space for a garden in the first place–or so people think. Little to no access to an outdoor area shouldn’t rule out the idea of starting a garden. Megan Falk, a gardening enthusiast and an editorial assistant at Shape magazine, explains that … Continue reading Shake up your indoor gardening by planting these 8 fruits in buckets

How safe are urban gardening crops?

As more people learn about their benefits, urban gardens have increased in number across the United States. However, there are several issues surrounding food production in urban areas, like soil contamination, that are thought to pose risks to human health. In a recent breakthrough, a team of researchers from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain conducted a probabilistic risk assessment … Continue reading How safe are urban gardening crops?

Battle of the melons: What are the differences between cantaloupes and honeydews?

Melons are fruits typically enjoyed during the summer months because of their water and sugar content. A slice of this juicy fruit, whether it’s cantaloupe, watermelon or honeydew, means relief on a hot day. No matter what kind of melon you eat, it is prudent to include them alongside other fruits in one’s diet. Melons contain … Continue reading Battle of the melons: What are the differences between cantaloupes and honeydews?

10 Best herbs to plant on your kitchen windowsill

Despite its health and economical benefits, gardening might be neither practical nor doable for most people in cities and urban neighborhoods. These places just offer little to no space for green gardens – or so people think. Lack of outdoor space shouldn’t rule out a garden, at least not in the traditional sense. Old plant … Continue reading 10 Best herbs to plant on your kitchen windowsill

5 Health benefits of mangoes (as well as 3 healthy recipes)

Mangoes are one of the most popular fruits in the world. Their sweet and tangy taste makes them a favorite ingredient for desserts, smoothies and salsas while its juice is refreshing for the summer. Although they’re one of the sweeter fruits, mangoes have several varieties that can be more sour than sweet and more green or orange than yellow. Despite their differences, … Continue reading 5 Health benefits of mangoes (as well as 3 healthy recipes)

Green tea, turmeric and more: 12 Supplements and herbs that can naturally relieve pain caused by arthritis

Arthritis refers to a group of degenerative conditions that target the joints and the tissues that surround the joints. Common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Although each type is influenced by unique factors, arthritis is generally characterized by pain, stiffness and inflammation in the hands, hips and knees. Medicinal herbs, vitamins and supplements for … Continue reading Green tea, turmeric and more: 12 Supplements and herbs that can naturally relieve pain caused by arthritis

Experts: A balanced, optimal immune system is key to avoiding coronavirus

With COVID-19 still ravaging the entire world, medical experts have emphasized the importance of not just social distancing and proper hygiene, but also of a healthy, balanced immune system. The latter is especially important, according to Rafael Máñez, head of the intensive care unit at Bellvitge University Hospital, near Barcelona, Spain, because of COVID-19’s “severe” phase, which happens … Continue reading Experts: A balanced, optimal immune system is key to avoiding coronavirus