While it’s the sunflower’s big, bright yellow petals that make us smile, it's the plant's seeds at the center of the flower-head that are the sunflower's real story. Each of the oil-packed seeds is a treasure trove of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, all able to provide a variety of health benefits — everything from better cardio to boosted immunity. Read on and get the full sunflower oil story.
For centuries, the thick amber colored resin oozing from the bark of Northeast Africa’s acacia trees has been collected and ground into powders and pastes for use in traditional medicine as well as for everyday applications. Researchers around the world are now taking a deeper look at the healing properties and health benefits of the legendary acacia gum, which is now proven clinically effective for everything from polishing teeth to assisting weight loss to fighting free radicals.
Do you ever find yourself cutting evening plans short so you can race home while it’s still light outside? As we get older our eyes change, and the moonlit drives you once enjoyed may now fill you with anxiety. A variety of factors can cause night blindness, but it’s possible that your diet may be lacking vitamin A. Find out how vitamin A affects your eyes and what you can do to get enough of it.
Over 220 million Americans take supplements every day despite scientific evidence that they are poorly absorbed. To help fill the micronutrient gaps in your diet, you can try these eight pro tips from Dr. Vincent Giampapa, MD, and Elizabeth Candela, RDN, to boost vitamin and mineral absorption from the supplements you’re taking and the foods in your diet.
One of the dietary fibers attracting increasing interest among researchers and nutrition aficionados is the soluble dietary fiber beta glucan, found in oats, brown rice, barley, baker’s yeast and medicinal mushrooms like maitake and shiitake. Beta glucan acts as a soluble fiber prebiotic (food for your probiotics) in your gastrointestinal tract, assisting your gut’s probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in functioning optimally, and it has so many other benefits.
Probiotic supplements and probiotic-rich foods are at the top of many health-conscious shopping lists for a good reason! Probiotics offer a myriad of health benefits by adding friendly bacteria to your gut. But the increased buzz around prebiotics and their health benefits has led to the question: What is the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic, and which is more important? The truth is, both work synergistically and both are important for improved health. If you want to improve digestive health, spur weight loss, or support your immune system, understanding the differences between prebiotic vs. probiotic supplements and foods is vital.
According to the Food Allergy Research & Education group FARE, an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. have food allergies, including 1 in 13 children. Because allergic reactions to foods can be life-altering and potentially life-threatening, it’s crucial that the many signs of food allergies be known and their underlying causes well-understood. It’s also important that signs of food allergies not be confused with food sensitivity symptoms — the unpleasant physical reactions triggered by the digestive system’s inability to fully break down and absorb certain foods or their components.