Youths, Anxiety, & Vit B6

According to a new study, researchers from the University of Reading found that young adults who took high-dose vitamin B6 supplements for a month reported feeling less anxious and depressed.  “Vitamin B6 helps the body produce a specific chemical messenger that inhibits impulses in the brain, and our study links this calming effect with reduced…

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The Cocoa Trials

It looks like chocolate may be the secret to stopping heart disease.  Well, kind of.  A new study has found that a key extract in cocoa significantly reduces the chances of dying from cardiovascular problems. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that consuming cocoa flavanols lowered the risk of cardiovascular death by 27 percent. The findings…

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is no joke. It is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that can cause psoriatic lesions on the elbows, knees, trunk, and scalp.  Unfortunately, stress and psoriasis seem to be closely linked. Psoriasis patients often report that their condition worsens when under a lot of emotional stress. At the same time, psoriasis can also take…

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Food is Medicine

It’s always fun when modern research confirms what we already knew. If you follow us, this won’t be a surprise: eating healthy may be the fastest way to lower cholesterol.  Shocking, right? A new study done by Mayo Clinic and the University of Manitoba found eating a “Step One” Foods product twice per day effectively…

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Food Guilt

The Christmas season is in full swing! And we all know that the past two years have been a rollercoaster, and we’re all ready to get back to our “normal” (whatever they may look like now) Christmas traditions.  Usually, that means family and friend gatherings and LOTS of food.  A lot of us have already…

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Tiny Marvels

Probiotics are pretty darn cool little buggers. They are still a bit of a mystery, but they have gained a ton of attention over the last few years, and rightfully so. These tiny marvels have a profound impact on a huge number of body systems, all while living in your gut! They help take care of…

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Order Extra Guac

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that we’re really big on gut health around here. A happy gut leads to a happy, healthy immune system. And you know what makes your gut happy?  Avocados.  The Hass Avocado Board funded a new study at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where researchers found…

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Eat Your Fungus!

Why did the mushroom get invited to so many parties? Because he’s such a fun guy! *ahem* Do you like mushrooms? You may want to get to know them better after reading this.  A study published in Food Science & Nutrition found that adding just a half-cup of mushrooms to your diet can significantly increase…

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A Threat to National Security

Here’s an odd question: Other than the obvious (terrorism, foreign countries, Covid-19), what else do you think constitutes a serious threat to our national security? If you said “poor diet,” you’d be correct. According to a formal report published Monday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, diet-related illnesses are worsening health disparities and impacting…

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Depressed? Eat smarter.

Chalk another one up for eating a healthy diet. As if we didn’t already know it, but there’s new evidence that suggests eating a diet which includes a bunch of fruits and veggies — and limiting highly processed foods — helps reduce symptoms of depression. Of course, it’s not surprising, but it’s a timely reminder,…

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