On Valentine’s Day, chocolates are often exchanged as gifts of the heart. From a health perspective, however, chocolates may truly be regarded gifts for the heart. Cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, are rich in nutrients known as flavonoids. These natural chemicals—found in many other plant foods, from fruits and vegetables to nuts and seeds—function as antioxidants, or protective agents that work to defend the body’s cells from free radical damage.
I’m a woman getting to be around the age where I care about my bones. The irony? Lactose intolerance appears to be another milestone that comes with this age! It’s not so bad that I can never have dairy, but let’s just say that if I ever do anything to offend you, you can seek your revenge by sending me an extra-cheese pizza. Recovering from a case of the milk ‘urps from my breakfast latte, in fact, I was very happy to see non-dairy sources of calcium covered on my favorite TV doctor show today.
Q: What is maca?
A: Maca is a root vegetable that grows wild in South American countries, including Peru, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. It’s in the same family as radishes and turnips. Native Peruvians living in the Andean highlands have been growing and consuming maca for approximately 5,000 years. Maca is considered to be a modern-day superfood and is an excellent source of various vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Read more →
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family of plants and is well known for its use in curries and other Eastern dishes. Its bright yellow color makes it useful for dyeing fabric, and it’s also used in decorative body work, particularly at Indian weddings, where the bride is often treated to a bridal mask. As part of this traditional practice, turmeric and milk are mixed together and applied to skin the night before the wedding—creating a golden glow that’s not only beautiful but said to ward off evil spirits.
Q: What exactly is fish oil?
A: We’re glad you asked! Fish oil is derived from the tissues of oily fish. The oil acts as a carrier for fatty acids, such as the ever-so-important omega-3s. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are two of types of omega-3s, which are considered essential fatty acids. What makes them “essential” is the fact that our bodies don’t produce these nutrients and can only obtain them from food or supplements. Read more →
We’ve all been there—hunting for misplaced keys, trying to recall the name of a person we just met, walking into a room and wondering why we entered in the first place. Forgetfulness happens. It comes with being busy, stressed or tired. It also naturally picks up as we get older.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I hate to sound like some kind of old-fashioned 1950s housewife TV character, but I’m not really sure I’m gonna be in the mood for romance (sorry, sweetie!) because it feels like someone is squishing my head. With pointy pliers. While playing heavy metal music. It’s just not very sexy.
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