Tagged: inflammation

How aspirin was discovered

4000 years ago, the ancient Sumerians made a surprising discovery: if they scraped the bark off a particular kind of tree and ate it, their pain disappeared. Little did they know that what they’d...

Algal oil for omega-3s?

Are algal oil supplements a good alternative to standard omega-3 (fish oil) supplements? They seem to be. Derived from various types of micro-algae, algal oil is gaining popularity among vegans and other people who want...

8 questions about peripheral neuropathy

All of us have had that sensation of numbness or “pins and needles” in our arms and legs at some point—perhaps after sitting the wrong way or sleeping in a funny position, causing the...

Inflammation trains the skin to heal faster

Scars may fade, but the skin remembers. New research from The Rockefeller University reveals that wounds or other harmful, inflammation-provoking experiences impart long-lasting memories to stem cells residing in the skin, teaching them to...

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...

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...