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  1. Discovered: Magnesium Keeps Your Body Clocks Running on Time

    Discovered: Magnesium Keeps Your Body Clocks Running on Time

    Although we often associate vitamin deficiencies with past eras, they are a modern epidemic as well. While most people today generally get enough vitamins in their diet to prevent serious diseases such as rickets and scurvy, many still live with sub-clinical levels that aren't sufficient for optimal cellular function. This can lead to vague symptoms such as fatigue, malaise and sleep...
  2. Resveratrol and Heart Disease: Helping the Heart Via the Gut

    Resveratrol and Heart Disease: Helping the Heart Via the Gut

    Resveratrol is present in red wine, berries, grapes and a variety of healthy foods. It has become a popular supplement in the last several years. Believed to have powerful antioxidant properties which promote healthy aging, this plant compound is being linked to a variety of positive health effects in studies. A new study looking at resveratrol and heart disease shows...
  3. Melatonin and Depression: Exploring the Connection Between Mood and the Circadian Rhythm

    Melatonin and Depression: Exploring the Connection Between Mood and the Circadian Rhythm

    Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the developed world and one that takes a huge toll on both sufferers and their loved ones. Depression also costs the nation as a whole, with its economic impact estimated at more than $50 billion a year in the United States alone. New research on the link between melatonin and depression suggests...
  4. Timing of Food Intake is Crucial for Weight Loss

    Timing of Food Intake is Crucial for Weight Loss

    With over half of Americans considered overweight, many people engage in the battle of the bulge on a daily basis. There are so many factors involved in weight loss beyond "calories in, minus calories out" that people can continue to gain even while making difficult lifestyle changes. Several studies have examined non-dietary factors that contribute to weight loss and found...
  5. Vitamin D Deficiency and Pregnancy: The Serious Consequences for Mother and Baby

    Vitamin D Deficiency and Pregnancy: The Serious Consequences for Mother and Baby

    Vitamin D is a crucial vitamin for a variety of cell processes. Many modern people don't get enough of this essential nutrient, a situation which can have serious health effects. New research suggests that the effects of vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy can be especially devastating and links low vitamin D levels to lifelong health problems for the fetus, including...
  6. Omega-3 Supplementation Linked to Healthier Mood and Better Cognitive Function

    Omega-3 Supplementation Linked to Healthier Mood and Better Cognitive Function

    Low-fat diets are all the rage in the Western world, with many trying to follow medical advice to keep fat consumption low and avoid fried foods. However, there is one fat that many people actually need to consume more of: omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are important to brain and joint function and play a vital role in almost...
  7. How Sleep Restriction Can Sabotage Your Health

    How Sleep Restriction Can Sabotage Your Health

    How do you feel when you don't get enough sleep? If you are like most people, you feel fatigued, achy, out of sorts and a bit duller than usual. As much as sleep restriction obviously affects your health and mood, it can have even more severe effects on your hormone levels, cell metabolism and other less visible aspects of health...
  8. Good Bacteria and Digestive Health Determine Disease Risk

    Good Bacteria and Digestive Health Determine Disease Risk

    Inside your intestines live billions of bacteria and other microorganisms. These are not parasites, but rather an important part of your body and your health. New research has found that these microorganisms are integral in disease prevention, emotional health and other areas. However, we live in a world filled with antibiotics and antimicrobials that may be affecting the important functions...
  9. Circadian Clock in the Liver Found to Regulate Hunger and Metabolism

    Circadian Clock in the Liver Found to Regulate Hunger and Metabolism

    When we talk about the circadian rhythm, most people think about the brain. However, every organ has its own internal biological clock. The liver's innate 24-hour rhythm is especially important to your metabolism and even affects the central circadian clock in your brain. New studies suggest that the liver’s circadian clock may even regulate hunger, digestion and a variety of...
  10. Broccoli and Cancer: The Low-Down on Why You Should Eat Your Veggies

    Broccoli and Cancer: The Low-Down on Why You Should Eat Your Veggies

    Most people remember the "good old days" when parents made kids clean their plates, which included finishing their veggies. Unfortunately, many give up these healthy habits when they grow up and can make their own dietary decisions. This can have a huge negative health impact, as vegetables are a vital part of a healthy diet. In fact, a new study...

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