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  1. Parkinson's Starts in the Gut, Suggests New Study

    Parkinson's Starts in the Gut, Suggests New Study

    A new study from John Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that Parkinson's starts in the gut. These recent findings further support the theory that the gut microbiome strongly influences brain health. Study Finds That Parkinson's Starts in the Gut Research conducted recently at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine sought to confirm the theory that Parkinson's disease first develops...
  2. Common Antibacterial Chemical Linked to Osteoporosis

    Common Antibacterial Chemical Linked to Osteoporosis

    Throughout your lifetime, your body produces bone in order to maintain high bone density. However, with age, this process slows and bone loss can begin to outpace healthy bone production, resulting in a condition called osteoporosis. This condition can affect men, but it primarily affects older women as decreased levels of estrogen that accompany menopause contribute to the process. In...
  3. 9 Surprising Things That Affect Heart Health

    9 Surprising Things That Affect Heart Health

    When it comes to optimizing overall health, taking care of your cardiovascular system should be one of your most pressing concerns. However, even if you have already adopted a healthier way of living, you may not be aware of some little-known things that affect heart health. For good or for ill, these lifestyle habits can have a bigger impact on...
  4. Gut Bacteria and Cancer: An Unhealthy Gut Microbiome May Drive the Spread of Breast Cancer

    Gut Bacteria and Cancer: An Unhealthy Gut Microbiome May Drive the Spread of Breast Cancer

    While your body is comprised of trillions of human cells, it's also home to trillions of fungi, bacteria and other foreign microbes. A large portion of these reside in the large intestine, and scientists refer to this community as the "gut microbiome." Until fairly recently, little attention was paid to this realm, but we now recognize that the microbes housed...
  5. Artificial Sweeteners Toxic to Gut Bacteria, Harm Digestive Health

    Artificial Sweeteners Toxic to Gut Bacteria, Harm Digestive Health

    In recent years, continued discoveries relating to the importance of the gut microbiome have brought to light the extent to which we rely on the bacteria thriving in our body to determine how we fight off disease. The bacteria in the large intestine are responsible for influencing genetic responses to a number of external factors. We actually have more microbes...
  6. Vitamins and Aging: Can Taking Vitamins Reduce Disease Risk?

    Vitamins and Aging: Can Taking Vitamins Reduce Disease Risk?

    Recent research has found that increasing vitamin intake may reduce the risk of chronic disease as we age. Whether by consuming a more diverse diet or by taking a high-quality dietary supplement, ingesting sufficient amounts of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the chances of developing myocardial infarction, stroke and other medical disorders. Similarly, getting enough of other important vitamins has been shown...
  7. Can Anthocyanins in Blueberries Protect Heart Health and More?

    Can Anthocyanins in Blueberries Protect Heart Health and More?

    We already know that blueberries are packed with vitamins and nutrients that provide a vast array of health benefits. According to a new study, certain compounds found in blueberries protect heart health and and may even help prolong life. New Study Finds Blueberries Protect Heart Health A joint project, which brought together researchers from the U.K.'s University of East Anglia...
  8. Gut Bacteria and Autism: Could Supporting a Healthy Gut Microbiome Help?

    Gut Bacteria and Autism: Could Supporting a Healthy Gut Microbiome Help?

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects one's ability to communicate effectively and/or interact with others. Symptoms of ASD typically appear in childhood and may vary in severity from person to person, thus it is often considered a "spectrum" disorder.  A new study has uncovered a link between gut bacteria and autism, suggesting that taking a probiotic...
  9. Can Diversity in Gut Bacteria Promote Healthy Aging?

    Can Diversity in Gut Bacteria Promote Healthy Aging?

    It's common knowledge that our bodies are comprised of cells, however most people are unaware that we also rely heavily on the presence of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes. In fact, these microbes are just as common as human cells. Each person's body is comprised of up to 40 trillion human cells and up to 38 trillion microbial cells...
  10. New Research Reveals How Resveratrol Lowers Blood Pressure

    New Research Reveals How Resveratrol Lowers Blood Pressure

    Resveratrol is a natural compound found in a variety of healthy foods, such as blueberries, peanuts and red grapes, that has been proven to offer a variety of health benefits. Since red grapes contain a high concentration of the compound, it is also found in red wine. Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound, meaning it contains polyphenols, plant constituents with strong...

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