The Health Secret “They” Don’t Want You to Know

If you are like most Americans, you are not following this critical health practice.  Who is “they”?  In this case, people peddling the latest complicated fad diet.

The secret is not-so-secret:  eat your veggies.  I have written previously that one of the simplest things we can do to improve our health and longevity is to ensure that we’re eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Just Say NO to High Blood Pressure!

It has long been known that compounds known as nitrates have
a beneficial effect for the cardiovascular system.  The most common example of this is
nitroglycerin, a drug that is used for angina (chest pain due to spasm of blood
vessels).  Nitrates are transformed by
bacteria in the mouth to nitrites,

Are “Superfoods” Really that Super?

You’ve probably heard of phytonutrients, those beneficial compounds in plant-based foods that help protect us against chronic diseases.  In particular, some foods, such as broccoli and blueberries, are so packed with these phytonutrients (such as polyphenols) that they’ve been dubbed “superfoods.”

New research out of Kingston University in London has challenged this notion,

Why I’m Still Eating Organic Foods

A study about organic food published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine (1) made big headlines, mostly along the lines of “organic food is no better for you than conventionally grown food.”  As usual, the headlines tend to gloss over the details of the research that was conducted.  Several points are worth noting,