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

12 Simple ways to reduce your risk of chronic inflammation

Inflammation is a key part of your body’s immune response. It’s an indication that your body is trying to protect itself from harmful agents, such as bacteria, viruses and toxins. Without inflammation, wounds would fester and simple infections would become deadly. Acute inflammation, which occurs in response to tissue injury, is a type of inflammation that resolves in weeks. … Continue reading 12 Simple ways to reduce your risk of chronic inflammation

Pomegranate may help reduce the risk of certain cancers – study

A review conducted to explore the anti-cancer properties of pomegranate has found sufficient evidence that supports its use for the prevention of certain cancers. The review looked at cell culture and animal studies, as well as human clinical trials on the use of pomegranate against certain types of cancers. After compiling and analyzing all the data, the team confirmed that pomegranate could help reduce … Continue reading Pomegranate may help reduce the risk of certain cancers – study

Researchers study preventing cancer and diabetes with the Chilean maqui berry

Aristotelia chilensis, also known as maqui berry or Chilean wineberry, is a fruit-bearing shrub native to South America, particularly in Chile and Argentina. It is popular among locals as a source of food, natural food coloring and medicine. The maqui tree is also widely grown as an ornamental in gardens and is said to have potential as … Continue reading Researchers study preventing cancer and diabetes with the Chilean maqui berry

Food for the brain: Review examines the link between diet and mental health

A review published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology shows that a person’s diet can improve or worsen his mental health, depending on the quality of the foods that he eats. European researchers arrived at this conclusion after reviewing past studies that examined the potential link between nutrition and mental health. The researchers found strong evidence that the Mediterranean diet, which is … Continue reading Food for the brain: Review examines the link between diet and mental health

Prevent aging-related changes and oxidative stress with antioxidant walnuts and chokeberries

Juglans regia, commonly known as walnut, is one of the most widely used culinary nuts in modern kitchens. Although many people consider walnuts to be nuts, they are actually the seeds of stone fruits (drupes) produced by the J. regia tree. Walnuts originated in the Mediterranean region and in Central Asia, but because of their many uses, they are now cultivated around … Continue reading Prevent aging-related changes and oxidative stress with antioxidant walnuts and chokeberries

Study finds that consuming more edible mushrooms lowers cancer risk

  Many people, especially those following a vegan diet, usually consume edible mushrooms to fulfill their bodies’ protein needs. However, a study from March 2021 found another benefit of including mushrooms in the daily diet. A team of scientists discovered that consuming more mushrooms is associated with a lower risk of cancer. Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University and Penn … Continue reading Study finds that consuming more edible mushrooms lowers cancer risk

Itch relief: 10 Natural remedies for itchy and swollen bug bites

Bug bites are no fun for anyone who likes to go out and bask in the sun. Though they typically go away on their own, fresh bites leave itchy, swollen marks that can keep you scratching your skin all day. Try one of the following natural remedies to relieve itch and swelling: (h/t to CommonSenseHome.com) 1. … Continue reading Itch relief: 10 Natural remedies for itchy and swollen bug bites

Superfruits and plant compounds: Fat molecule in avocados may be key to reversing diabetes

Researchers from the University of Guelph in Canada have discovered that a fat molecule unique to avocado may help treat diabetes. In a study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, the researchers found that avocatin B (AvoB) reduced insulin resistance in diabetic mice and promoted weight loss in humans. Avocado compound improves insulin sensitivity AvoB is a mixture … Continue reading Superfruits and plant compounds: Fat molecule in avocados may be key to reversing diabetes

A high-fiber diet may help reduce inflammation linked to COVID-19, study suggests

Up to 50 percent of patients with COVID-19 report experiencing gastrointestinal problems, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Research also shows that patients tend to have lower levels of gut bacteria that make short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) by fermenting fiber from foods. SCFAs play a key role in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal barrier. They … Continue reading A high-fiber diet may help reduce inflammation linked to COVID-19, study suggests