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4 Science-backed benefits of dark chocolate for the brain

People may be surprised to learn that chocolate is considered a healthy superfood. After all, chocolate has a bad rap for being a sugary, highly processed snack that can cause food addiction. According to studies, foods that are rich in refined carbohydrates and/or added fats are like tobacco, meaning they trigger strong urges or cravings due to their effects on the brain. ...

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Drinking coffee can help reduce your risk of depression, according to studies

Coffee can help boost alertness and focus. Studies show that drinking coffee can also do wonders for your mental health. In fact, multiple meta-analyses suggest that drinking coffee in moderate amounts could help reduce your risk of depression. Coffee consumption protects against depression Many of the beneficial effects of coffee are directly linked to caffeine, the bitter-tasting chemical that’s naturally present in ...

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Prevent urinary tract infections naturally with this antioxidant-rich superfood

Cranberries are a great addition to a healthy diet. These small, red wetland fruits grow on trailing vines, or lowbushes, and are farmed on 58,000 acres of land across the Northern United States, Canada and Chile. Like their close cousin the blueberry, cranberries are considered “false berries” owing to the fact that they grow beneath flowers instead of from the flowers themselves. True ...

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Here’s how GINGER helps ease anxiety (recipes included)

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is often added to savory dishes for its sharp taste. It is also brewed into a tea and imbibed for its digestive benefits. However, this rhizome has been proven to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. A study published July 2017 in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research outlined the anxiety-reducing effects of ginger in ...

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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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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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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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