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Coffee nap: The brain benefits of combining caffeine with sleep

July 19, 2023 -

What's in a cup of joe

Coffee is the most abundant source of caffeine in the human diet. Caffeine is a bitter-tasting chemical that's naturally found in more than 60 different plants, and it's what gives coffee its stimulant effects.

One cup of coffee contains 95 to 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, and it's enough to increase your alertness, improve your focus and make you feel energized. Caffeine reaches its peak levels in your blood one hour after drinking coffee, and ...

Science-backed health benefits of acupuncture

January 11, 2023 -

Researchers have attributed acupuncture's rise in popularity to scientific studies and patient testimonials that have proven its safety and efficacy. Professional practitioners in naturopathic medicine are championing efforts to inform and educate the public about acupuncture and its widespread application.

Here are some health benefits of acupuncture according to research:Acupuncture helps treat anxiety and depression

A 2018 study published in the journal Complementary ...

11 Amazing health benefits of avocado leaves

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But aside from the fruit, the leaves of the avocado plant also have much to offer health-wise. According to a study published in the journal Molecules, avocado leaves contain an abundance of bioactive compounds with many health-supporting and medicinal properties. In fact, avocado leaves have been used for centuries as a traditional medicine for a wide variety of ailments.

After analyzing the chemical components of avocado leaves from Mexican cultivars, the researchers identified ...

8 Science-backed health benefits of eating walnuts

April 13, 2023 -

Dr. Joe Vinson from the University of Scranton discovered that a handful of walnuts contain twice as many antioxidants as a handful of any other commonly eaten nut. This makes walnuts excellent sources of beneficial, naturally occurring chemicals that can fight oxidative stress.

Here are eight more reasons why you should eat walnuts every day.Walnuts support liver detoxification

Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, the master antioxidant glutathione and the amino acid ...

8 Science-based health benefits of olive oil

March 07, 2023 -

When incorporated into a balanced diet, olive oil can offer many benefits, such as supporting gut health and protecting against heart disease.Beneficial compounds in olive oil

Olive oil is a type of fat that comes from olives. There are different types of olive oil, but all of them are made through a process that involves washing, crushing, milling and pitting olives to extract their oil.

The finished product contains a combination of beneficial compounds such as ...

8 Science-backed health benefits of eating kiwi

February 08, 2023 -

Supports immune health

A study published in the journal Advances in Food and Nutrition Research indicated that kiwifruit contains vitamins C and E, folate, carotenoids, polyphenols and dietary fiber that provide immuno-nutrition by modulating your immune responses in a positive way and mitigating symptoms of infection.

Another study published in the same journal indicated that the kiwi fruit is one of the premier dietary sources of vitamin C, and one serving (3.5 ounces ...

8 Science-backed health benefits of vitamin K

February 01, 2023 -

Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is the primary dietary form found in leafy greens like broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, collard, kale, lettuce and spinach; and in fruits like avocado, banana, grape, kiwi and prune.

Vitamin K2, or menaquinone, is found in small amounts in high-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows and egg yolks; liver and other organ meats; and fermented foods like cheese miso, natto and sauerkraut. (Related: What are the best food sources of vitamin ...

State of insomnia: Study ranks California as the No. 1 most sleep-deprived state

July 27, 2023 -

Sleep experts from Amerisleep recently went on the hunt to find the most sleep-deprived states, reported Sleepopolis. Using the Google Keyword Planner, they compiled a list of 96 terms relating to sleeping disorders and sleep, analyzed them and calculated a monthly search volume per 100,000 residents in each state over the last year.

The study illustrated that people are searching for causes or symptoms of various sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea and sleep ...

Black pepper: 7 Science-backed health benefits of the “king of spices”

April 19, 2023 -

During the Middle Ages, black pepper was rare, expensive, incredibly in demand and so highly-priced that in 410 A.D., Visigoths demanded 3,000 pounds of black pepper as part of their ransom for the city of Rome.

Dubbed the "king of spices," black pepper was a valuable commodity that served as a tribute in the Middle Ages. It powered economies and was considered one of the driving forces of the spice trade. Yet now, that pepper is never far away from our fingertips in the ...

3 Health benefits of cranberries, a Thanksgiving staple (recipes included)

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Cranberries have also been linked to a number of impressive health benefits as they can help do the following:Reduce inflammation

Cranberries are packed with antioxidants. In fact, when it comes to fruits, they rank just below blueberries, the so-called king of antioxidants, in antioxidant potency. Those antioxidants help reduce chronic inflammation, which contributes to the development of several chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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4 Science-backed benefits of dark chocolate for the brain

August 15, 2023 -

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. In fact, highly processed foods like white and milk chocolate have been found to cause the release of dopamine, the brain chemical associated with rewards and pleasure, at levels similar to nicotine and alcohol.

However, out of the many different types of chocolate (e.g., milk chocolate, ...

The healing gold: 5 Health benefits of supplementing with berberine

December 14, 2022 -

Here are five reasons to take this healing gold every day. (Related: The health benefits of berberine, a staple in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.)Berberine supports gut health

A study published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology found that berberine supports gut health by helping increase the proportion of good bacteria. The study authors also found that berberine inhibits the growth of certain harmful bacteria found in the gut.

Moreover, ...

Study finds INSUFFICIENT SLEEP negatively impacts cardiovascular health

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This was the finding of a study published in Scientific Reports. "Sleep restriction is associated with increased cardiovascular risk," the study authors wrote, noting that "more than a third of U.S. adults sleep less than recommended seven to eight hours per night.

According to the researchers, female study participants who had a bad night's sleep had abundant amounts of free radicals in the cells lining the inside of their blood vessels. Compared to participants who had ...

3 Reasons why Americans suffer from sleep disorders

March 22, 2023 -

Sadly, many Americans have poor sleep patterns. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Statista Consumer Insights showed that 39 percent of Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, such as problems falling asleep or staying asleep, insomnia and others. The respondents were asked if they experienced those problems in the 12 months prior to the survey.

Here are three of the main reasons why Americans suffer from sleep disorders.Electronic devices

Laptops, personal computers, ...

Enjoy that cup of joe: Here are some science-backed health benefits of CAFFEINE

June 13, 2023 -

Caffeine contributes to pain relief

A brief literature review published March 2016 in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine found that caffeine helps address migraine when used as an adjuvant treatment. The paper's authors noted that caffeine acts on adenosine receptors that are involved in pain sensations, and the substance is present in some over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. It noted that caffeine possesses potential to address hypnic headache and postdural puncture headache....

Health benefits of switching to a natural sweetener like monk fruit

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Based on 93 literary sources, a review published in the Chinese Journal of Medicine summarized the advances in chemistry, biological effects and toxicity research of monk fruit during the past 30 years. Several different classes of phytochemicals have been detected and isolated from various parts of monk fruit: mainly triterpenoids, flavonoids, polysaccharides, amino acids and essential oils.

Monk fruit extracts have exhibited anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, ...

9 Science-backed health and nutrition benefits of eating sweet potatoes

September 03, 2023 -

Regular potatoes come in shades of brown, yellow, and red, and have white or yellow flesh. Sweet potatoes typically have brown skin and orange flesh, but also come in purple, yellow, and red varieties.

In the United States and some other countries, sweet potatoes are often called yams, even though they’re different species. There's a very good chance that if you're buying "yams" at an American grocery store, they are actually sweet potatoes.

Quick tip for you ...

Plant-based power: The science-backed health benefits of pine nuts

April 24, 2023 -

There are 20 species of pine trees that produce pine seeds. Pines, like most conifers, may not produce edible pine nuts until they are 10 or 15 years old and significantly longer for production to reach its peak, according to Michigan State University.

Pine nuts, then need to be extracted as seeds and the second shells must be removed before they’re ready to eat. (Related: Did you know pine trees can be used as food, medicine and survival equipment?)

Here are eight ...

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny discusses the benefits of external counterpulsation therapy – Brighteon.TV

March 15, 2023 -

ECP therapy uses pressure cuffs to the calves, thighs and pelvis that pump counter to the normal heart beat. This special pumping cycle sends blood back to the heart at the time when it normally receives blood. The resulting ECP increases the blood supply and reduces the amount of work the heart must do to circulate blood throughout the body.

According to Tenpenny, the treatment has been around since 1953. In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved its use for ...

6 Primary types of tea and their science-backed health benefits

December 12, 2022 -

Tea experts explain that the differences between the types of teas are primarily due to where the tea is grown, the climate, soil conditions and how the leaves are processed after they are picked. Altogether, these factors determine the flavor characteristics of tea.

Numerous studies have shown that many tea varieties can boost your immune system and fight inflammation, cancer and heart disease. While some brews provide more healthful advantages than others, evidence suggest ...

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