Tagged: inflammation

Do spicy foods cause ulcers?

Years ago it was accepted as fact that spicy foods were the culprits behind many peptic ulcers. Doctors’ advice was to avoid curries, salsas, hot peppers, and anything else that “burned,” the theory being that...

Can garcinia help you lose weight?

If only weight loss were as easy as popping a dietary supplement that’s natural and safe. Garcinia cambogia has long been touted as that panacea. This tropical fruit, grown in Africa and Asia, contains...

How does asthma work?

More than 300 million people around the world suffer from asthma, and around 250,000 people die from it each year. But why do people get asthma, and how can this disease be deadly? Christopher...

Health benefits of turmeric

Bright colors in fruits and vegetables generally indicate high levels of nutrients and other healthful compounds, including the pigments themselves (such as beta carotene in carrots). Strong, sharp flavors of plant-derived foods and spices...

Should you try cupping?

If you watched the Summer Olympics in Rio this past August, you undoubtedly saw quite a few high-profile athletes—most famously Michael Phelps—sporting large purple circles on their backs, shoulders, and other body parts, the...

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Balancing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats

Most people know about omega-3 fatty acids, the polyunsaturated fats in fish (and some plants) that help protect the heart and may have other benefits. Some research suggests, however, that it isn’t just the...

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Hepatitis A, B, and C: How They Differ

Types of hepatitis Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. It impairs the ability of the liver to carry out its normal functions and, if it becomes chronic, can lead to cirrhosis (extensive scarring) of...