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Coffee bean extracts contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can help fight chronic disease

Coffee bean extract contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help fight chronic health problems, according to a study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Autonomous University of Madrid treated fat cells of mice with water-based extracts from coffee bean skins. The researchers found that the phenolic compounds, protocatechuic acid and gallic acid, reduced fat-induced ...

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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 State ...

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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 of ...

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The tangy, peppery superfood: 7 Reasons to eat more arugula

Arugula is a green leafy vegetable used in salads, pizza and other popular dishes. The bitter vegetable, also known as garden rocket or roquette, is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and widely used in France and Italy. These days, the plant is also found in dishes in the U.S., where its peppery flavor enhances the taste of pasta, sandwiches and ...

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6 Supplements for natural stress relief

Stress is a natural part of life. People experience stress when juggling personal and professional responsibilities and navigating sudden problems like job loss or the death of a loved one. But stress isn’t meant to stick around. Elevated levels of stress hormones like cortisol can lead to various health problems, such as high blood pressure, poor immune health and increased ...

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Turmeric may be the key to preventing diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

British and German researchers may have found the key to defeating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and preventing the diseases they cause. In their study, which appeared in the journal ACS Applied Bio Materials, the researchers said that their newly developed tiny capsules loaded with curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — can treat infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains of Helicobacter pylori. “[This] novel formulation, consisting of ...

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Go nuts for nuts: Long-term nut consumption can reduce your risk of obesity and reduce weight gain

Nutritionists have been hyping the health benefits of eating nuts for years — and for good reason. Numerous studies have found strong evidence of the ability of nuts (and seeds) to lower the risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Besides disease prevention, nuts also provide plenty of nutrients which the body needs to stay healthy. In ...

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Don’t let the name fool you: Skunkbush sumac is a potent medicinal plant with anti-cancer properties

In the fields of science and medicine, plants are not only valued because of their capacity to prevent and treat diseases, but also because they produce active compounds that have the potential to be developed into new medicines. A large number of drugs sold on the market today and used as clinical treatments were developed directly from plants. Some examples include the anti-malaria ...

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Nature’s antivirals: Top 5 antiviral agents that help boost immune health

Scientists are scrambling to fast-track a cure for COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease that’s still currently spreading throughout the globe. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been conducting clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 drug since April, but to no effect. Based on recent reports, the international clinical trial team tasked to develop an effective treatment for COVID-19 ...

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