Artichokes benefits and side effects

artichokesAn artichoke is a species of thistle that is cultivated for its large, edible flower head.

The flower head is high in fiber content and antioxidants, and are usually ready for consumption after being boiled or steamed.

In their natural form, they are known as cardoon and their scientific name is cynara cardunculus. [click to continue…]

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Honey benefits and side effects

honeyHoney is a whole, natural sweetener with a high nutritional profile.

While some dismiss it as unhealthy because it contains fructose, the nutritional profile of this traditional food may surprise you.

Like with every food, including honey, there’s more to offer than individual nutrients, because scientists can isolate separate nutrients and tell us how they affect health, but some substances in all foods are still unknown. [click to continue…]

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Dong quai benefits and side effects

dong-quaiAngelica gigas, commonly known as dong quai, is a root that has been used to cure a variety of feminine health issues in traditional Chinese and East Asian herbal medicine for almost a millennium.

In recent years, this supposed ‘‘ginseng for women’’ has been gaining in popularity worldwide.

However, as with many other such ‘miracle roots’, there is little actual proof of effectiveness among the general population and the beneficial properties of dong quai are mostly a product of word-of-mouth. [click to continue…]

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Arachidonic acid benefits and side effects

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Arachidonic acid is a fatty acid most commonly found in peanut oil that is responsible for muscle tissue inflammation.

It is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that includes an organic chain of 20 carbons atoms and is also found inside the human body, particularly in the muscles, liver, and brain.

Due to its muscle inflammation properties, arachidonic acid is most widely sold as a beneficial bodybuilding supplement in order to speed up muscle gain (1). In other cases, it is sold as a treatment for depression in the form of fish oils (2). [click to continue…]

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Ranking the best olive oils of 2017

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Olive oil is one of the healthiest cupboard basics of all time.

You probably don’t think about it like a supplement, but just because it’s great on a salad doesn’t mean there aren’t powerful biologically active compounds in it.  

Worried whether your olive oil is legit? We tracked down the best brands so you don’t have to worry about adulterated or impure olive oil masquerading as “extra virgin.” [click to continue…]

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Ranking the best conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplements of 2017

Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA for short, is a weight loss and health-promoting supplement that’s derived from a type of protein that’s in dairy and meat.  

It’s safe, biologically active, and popular among both weight loss and body-building enthusiasts.  

We researched the best CLA supplements on the market and here’s what we came up with. [click to continue…]

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Ranking the best apple cider vinegars of 2017

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It’s more sour than sweet, but apple cider vinegar is making big headlines as a weight loss supplement and as a solution for blood sugar.

It can be baffling to try to sort through all the apple cider vinegar options out there, so our research team did the legwork for you.  Here are the best ones on the market. [click to continue…]

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Ranking the best turmeric supplements of 2017

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Turmeric is trending because it has been researched as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and protective agent against chronic diseases. 

All this from the yellow root of an Asian rainforest plant.

If you want to work in a super healthy supplement to hedge your on-the-go lifestyle, turmeric is one of the best.

Because of the popularity of turmeric, there are hundreds of supplements on the market. Our research team has found the best. [click to continue…]

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