Category Archives: Nutrition

Water Fluoridation For Tooth Decay?

Recently, some experts have questioned the need for water fluoridation for tooth decay and suggested the need to assess the possible health risks associated with this practice. For instance, a 2007 analysis from the British Medical Journal makes the following points: 1) water fluoridation is highly controversial; 2) evidence is often misused or misinterpreted and uncertainties glossed over… Read More »

Zinc deficiency in children and adults

Adequate zinc nutrition is essential for human health because of zinc’s critical structural and functional roles in multiple enzyme systems that are involved in gene expression, cell division and growth, and immunologic and reproductive functions. Zinc deficiency is an important driver of undernutrition in children under 5 years of age and is associated with growth stunting, lower respiratory infections and diarrhea. It is known that even a… Read More »

Better diet quality at midlife related to better health when older

The way women eat in their 50s and early 60s may have some connection to how well they age later on, according to a new study. Most health conditions develop slowly over many years. So, midlife lifestyle practices are thought to be particularly important. According to a recent study in Annals of Internal Medicine, better mid-life diet is… Read More »

Milk Consumption Guidelines Questioned

Federal dietary guidelines recommending that Americans of all ages consume three cups per day of reduced fat milk or other dairy products may be influenced more by lobbying from the dairy industry than by scientific evidence, according to a new commentary co-authored by Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He and… Read More »

Probiotics: cold and flu defense

The common cold and influenza are two of the most common respiratory tract infections.  Though the causative factor in these two distinct cases is viral, they are often treated with antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance, which is in large part attributed to antibiotic overuse, has encouraged investigators to seek for alternative methods for either preventing or treating the common cold… Read More »

Diet and Prostate Cancer

There is now increasing evidence that diet and lifestyle play a critical role in prostate cancer biology and tumor development. Many nutrients and herbs also show significant promise in helping to treat prostate cancer by slowing progression and reducing recurrence, ultimately reducing the risk of morbidity and mortality from the disease. Furthermore, for all grades of prostate cancer,… Read More »

Nutrition in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure

High blood pressure is the most common primary diagnosis in America and is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death. Nutrient deficiencies are very common and may be even more common in patients with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease due to genetic and environmental causes… Read More »

Optimum Nutrition for Kidney Stones

Changing your diet can reduce the risk of stone recurrence. Although an individualized dietary prescription needs to be tailored according to stone type or urinary risk factors, almost all stone-formers should benefit from increased fluid intake and a diet containing 800 to 1200 mg of calcium; reduced amounts of sodium and animal protein; and higher intake of fruits, vegetables,… Read More »

Migraine Headaches and Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral and has been recognized as a cofactor for greater than 300 metabolic reactions in the body. It has been reported that about 60% of adults in the United States do not consume the RDA for magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has been associated with a number of chronic diseases, including migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s diseases,… Read More »

Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes

Once in a while, people suggest that fruits are ‘bad’ if you have type 2 diabetes. On the contrary, it seems that eating whole fruits as opposed to fruit juices have a beneficial effect on diabetes. Fruits are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that may have beneficial health effects. Evidence strongly suggests that consuming more fruits and… Read More »