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More Doubt About Benefits of Vitamin D and Omega-3 Supplements

Vitamin D and omega-3 (fish oil) supplements have been touted to protect against a wide array of conditions, including osteoporosis, colorectal polyps, systemic inflammation, heart failure, and diabetic kidney disease. Based on accumulating findings from the landmark VITAL study and other trials, it’s looking less and less likely that the benefits that have been promoted will…

Rev Up Your Workouts with HIIT: Gym Membership Not Required

Government guidelines recommend at least 150 to 300 minutes each week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercises like brisk walking or fast dancing, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercises like running or hiking uphill. A shortcut method called high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may offer similar health benefits in less time than moderate-intensity exercise. And, it’s achievable for…

Is Your Olive Oil Heart Healthy?

Olive oil has a deservedly good reputation as a healthful oil, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (specifically oleic acid) and compounds called polyphenols. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, notably improved cardiovascular health, are attributed in part to the inclusion of less-processed, high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil. But since claims of “fake” olive oil abound,…

Can Echinacea Boost Your Immune System?

Ads and product labels claim that echinacea prevents or reduces the duration and severity of colds; boosts immunity; and has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial effects. Various species of the plant have been extensively studied, but with conflicting results. Here’s what you need to know before you buy it.

Is CBD a Cure-All or a Snake Oil or Something In Between?

CBD—short for cannabidiol—is a compound extracted from the marijuana plant that’s touted in ads as a way to relieve everything from chronic pain to anxiety to insomnia. A dizzying array of products that contain CBD is now on sale in convenience stores and other retailers or online. Research is ongoing, but in the meantime, here’s why…

Kombucha: A Brew to Consider?

Kombucha is everywhere these days, from small city bodegas to hip cafés to mall food courts. Some grocery stores stocks dozens of varieties of this fermented tea beverage. But what exactly is in that bottle of kombucha you might pick up—and does it offer any health benefits as some claim?

Antibiotic Resistance: 5 Steps You Can Take to Curb This Growing Threat

Antibiotics were heralded as wonder drugs when they first came along many decades ago and with good reason. But today, experts warn, we’re running out of effective antibiotics as the bacteria they target become increasingly resistant. And some bacterial agents have evolved into “superbugs,” resistant to virtually every drug doctors throw at them. While researchers around…

Another Reason to Skip Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Here’s another reason to think twice before you reach for that sweet soda or sports drink. A recent study in Circulation reports that people who frequently drink sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and sports drinks, are at increased risk for premature death from cardiovascular disease. The increased mortality risk was also seen, to a lesser extent,…

Candida Auris: Here’s What You Should Know About This Deadly New Superbug

Superbugs get their name from their ability to resist antimicrobial drugs that are designed to destroy them. The most recent superbug emerging as a threat is known as Candida auris, or C. auris for short. Fortunately, healthy people are at little risk of developing a C. auris-related infection. However, the, fungus can live for up to…

How Evening Exercise Affects Your Sleep

Standard sleep advice says you shouldn’t exercise moderately or vigorously within a few hours of bedtime. But most studies have found that early evening exercise does not impair sleep quality. Keep in mind, though, that a variety of factors, including age and the intensity of the workout, can affect how exercise impacts your sleep.