Saturday, May 10, 2008


  1. People who are taking warfarin (Coumadin), should go easy on the avocados. Though scientists aren’t sure why, the natural oil in avocado seems to prevent the drug from working, at least in some people.

  2. Even though it’s generally a good idea to cut back on fats, there is one type that you should consider including in an antiarthritis diet. The omega 3 fatty acids, found in cold-water fish, reduce the body’s production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, both substances that contribute to inflammation.

  3. Bioavailability refers to how well our bodies absorb the nutrients we eat. There are two forms of iron with vastly different levels of bioavailability. The iron found in meat, fish and shellfish, called heme iron is readily absorbable. The iron found in plant foods, called nonheme iron, is less so.

  4. Long before there was Peptobismol, the ancient Greeks sipped wine as a digestive aid. Scientists today are finding that just might work for traveler’s diarrhea as well.

  5. Licorice root and peppermint are natural anti-inflammatory that can relieve irritation in the bowel in people with IBS.

  6. Once herpes sore shows up, it can seem like an eternity before it goes away. You can hurry it along applying a milk compress to a cold sore to help it heal more quickly.

  7. Even though herbs are often gentler than modern medicines, they can cause side effects, such as upset stomach. It’s a good idea to take healing herbs with meals rather than on an empty stomach.

  8. Central to the headache-food equation is a feel-good brain chemical called serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are often associated with headaches so raising its levels can ease headaches or even prevent them entirely. One way to boost serotonin in the brain is to increase the amount of complex carbohydrates in your diet.

  9. Vit B6 has been shown to keep the nervous system healthy, relieve premenstrual discomfort and bolster the immune system, and if that weren’t enough, studies also suggest that it may help relieve migraines.

  10. Melons are a great source of folate and B vitamin both necessary to low the risk of birth defects and heart disease.

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