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Cinnamon: A Super-Spice With Potent Health Benefits

Ahhh…the sweet smell of cinnamon.  Its distinct aroma never fails to conjure fond memories of home and hearth, and of course, delicious desserts. Our brains automatically associate cinnamon with cakes, cookies, pastries and pies. But did you know that cinnamon is also a powerful medicinal agent? That’s right. Cinnamon isn’t just a tasty baking spice. It provides an impressive list of healing … [Read more...]

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Is a Gluten Allergy Affecting YOUR Health? (3 Easy Ways to Tell)

You've seen stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston touting the benefits. You've noticed dozens of new products lining the shelves of your local grocer. And you've probably even seen gluten free options popping up on restaurant menus and in bakeries. And with all this fanfare, you may wonder if "going gluten free" is just another food fad... or if it could be a path to … [Read more...]

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The Health Benefits of Macadamia Nut Oil

If you’re eating grass-fed beef and wild seafood (from a reputable source), you’re doing a great deal to ensure that the fats you eat are the right kinds of fats for a lean, disease-proof body. But there’s a common mistake many people make that can undo all of those healthy benefits. And that’s using the wrong cooking oil. The type of oil you use in your cooking may not immediately come to … [Read more...]

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Do You Know Your CRP?

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a tiny inflammatory factor that plays a big role in your risk of heart disease. Because CRP is stimulated by blood sugar, keeping your blood sugar low is important in preventing heart-harming events. In fact, the higher your blood sugar level, the more C-reactive protein produced in the body and the greater the risk of cardiovascular complications. CRP: A Key … [Read more...]

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Oregano: The Pizza Spice with Amazing Health Benefits

The nostalgic smell you associate with your family's spaghetti dinners may make you feel like a kid again. And research shows that indulging in this culinary tradition could truly turn back the hands of time. That's because oregano - the predominant herb in Italian food - is a chart-topper when it comes to fighting free radicals. Dried oregano, often called the "pizza herb," weighs in with an … [Read more...]

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Walnuts Reduce Inflammation

New research suggests walnuts' ability to reduce cholesterol may only be one of the many ways these nuts help to protect the heart. A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition included overweight men and menopausal women ranging in age from 30 to 65 with elevated cholesterol levels. Each participant was assigned to one of the three diets: the average American diet (control diet), a … [Read more...]

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Walnuts: Choose This “Brainy Nut” For Health

According to recent research, walnuts are everything they’re cracked up to be... and more. Initially nicknamed the “brain nut” for their unique shape, we now know their nutrient composition is quite brainy, as well. In fact, walnuts are the only tree nut that is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)—an essential fat that’s important for brain health, blood sugar balance, a healthy heart and … [Read more...]

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Strawberries Reduce Inflammation (And The Only Kind to Pick!)

In another Healing Gourmet article, you learned how how fiber can help slash CRP - a marker of inflammation and a predictor of future heart disease and diabetes. Now new research shows that enjoying juicy, delicious strawberries reduce inflammation too. How Strawberries Reduce Inflammation In the Women’s Health Study, researchers examined the relationship between eating strawberries and the risk … [Read more...]

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Rosemary Fights Cancer (And How to Get More in Your Diet)

Most gourmands would agree with the old adage “spice is nice”.  And now scientists do too. Inside your kitchen cabinet there are probably dozens of spices and herbs you should be using more liberally…and more often. Rosemary is one of them. Rosemary Fights Cancer and Protects Against Inflammation and Oxidation Recent research published in Oncology Reports found that rosemary has potent … [Read more...]

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Reduce Inflammation with a Low Glycemic Diet

Need another reason to choose low glycemic foods? How about to reduce inflammation - a cornerstone of chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Reduce Inflammation Enjoying Delicious, Healthy Foods The Nurses' Health Study evaluated the diets of 732 healthy women using a food frequency questionnaire. The study compared women consuming a “Prudent” pattern diet- higher intakes … [Read more...]

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