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Fruit of known invasive weed found to boost collagen production, prevent skin aging

The sight of weeds in a garden may stress out a gardener, but in a recent study, researchers discovered that the fruit of cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium), an invasive weed, can boost collagen synthesis and even prevent early signs of skin aging. Cocklebur commonly grows in backyards in the United States. According to the study, the weed’s spiky fruit could not only help reduce damage ...

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Study shows cherries can promote weight loss, boost heart health and treat gout

Cherries are a delicious fruit, and studies found that they also offer several health benefits. According to studies, cherries can promote weight loss and even protect against gout. Health profile of cherries Cherries come in both sweet and sour (tart) varieties. The fruit is full of a potent and beneficial antioxidant called anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigments that, depending on their ...

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Adding milk to coffee can help fight inflammation, suggests study

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages around the world. And while some people like drinking it with other ingredients like creamer, sugar or flavored syrups, others prefer drinking black coffee. But according to a study, drinking coffee with milk can help protect against inflammation. In a preliminary study of isolated cells, researchers found that the specific combination of coffee ...

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Research suggests curcumin from turmeric can help with IBD symptoms

Digestive issues like bloating and cramping are common, but if you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), your symptoms are more severe. IBD symptoms can even be life-threatening. There is no mainstream cure for IBD, and treatment options range from pharmaceuticals like steroids and immunosuppressants. Following specialized diets and taking herbal nutraceuticals can help if you have IBD. According to data presented ...

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Beetroot juice found to “significantly increase muscle force during exercise”

New research published in the journal Acta Physiologica has identified beetroot juice as a powerful workout-boosting food that “significantly increases muscle force during exercise.” Researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom teamed up to test the effects of beetroot juice on a group of healthy men in their early 20s. The men were given 4.7 ounces of the ...

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Here are 4 good reasons to eat bananas every day

Bananas are a staple for more than 400 million people in many tropical and subtropical countries and vital in a well-balanced diet, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science. Here are some reasons that will make you eat bananas every day. (Related: Bananas aren’t just for monkeys – Discover 25 powerful reasons to eat [organic] bananas.) ...

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Try this “reverse juicing” trick to boost your antioxidant intake from berries

Nutrition experts recommend berries as part of a balanced diet because these tart, juicy fruits are full of beneficial antioxidants like polyphenols. Polyphenols offer several health benefits and one expert has a unique tip to help you get the most antioxidants when juicing berries. What are polyphenols? Polyphenols are a subgroup of antioxidants. These potent phytonutrients, or plant-based nutrients, are linked to many health ...

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Promote gut health with these 4 powerful spices

A healthy gut is key to your well-being. According to ancient medical systems, all health outcomes begin in the gut. This may seem like an oversimplification, but many studies suggest that there is some truth to the belief that gut health is crucial for your overall health. If you want to achieve optimal gut health, eat nutritious foods and incorporate gut health-boosting ...

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Positive lifestyle changes can help reduce cancer risk and boost the overall health of cancer survivors

Studies show that following a balanced diet, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight are key to reducing your risk of developing some common cancers and improving the well-being of cancer survivors. These good habits can also protect against other chronic diseases like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. However, making changes can be difficult if you are used to an unhealthy ...

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