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Magnesium for Healthy Heart and Mind?
Created on 2/10/2012

A recent study suggests that getting adequate amounts of magnesium from food may help to prevent strokes.

Prior research showed that adequate dietary intake of magnesium may protect against heart disease and diabetes.

We don’t have enough data to suggest that supplementing with magnesium long-term would offer the same effect, or even be safe in all circumstances.

Eat plenty of whole grains and leafy grains to get your daily dose of magnesium.

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Of Brine and Salt
Created on 12/3/2010
Brining was once a kitchen mainstay to help preserve meats, but now it's a technique used more often to add moisture and taste to meats.

Sounds good, but a big part of brining involves salt / sodium. ADDED salt / sodium.

That's an issue, especially for people with high blood pressure, heart failure or kidney problems, but really for each of us.

Bottom line? Enjoy brined foods, but only on occasion. Read More>>
Hold the Calcium Pill?
Created on 7/30/2010
The best way to get your nutrients is through a healthy diet, no question, but there are times when supplementing your diet makes good sense.

Calcium has been one of the nutrients often supplemented, especially in older women, to help prevent osteoporosis.

A newly published study suggests, however, that calcium taken without other forms of treatment against osteoporosis, including vitamin D, may increase the risk of heart attack. Eating calcium-rich foods appears safe.

Certainly more study needs to be done, but if you are currently taking calcium you should ask your doctor if you are doing so safely. Read More>>
What's the Scoop on Organics?
Created on 5/28/2010
A recently published study about organic produce concludes that conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain just as many nutrients.

Thus, what's the benefit of organic produce?

Most data have suggested that both conventional and organic produce provide ample nutrients, that's not new - but organic foods are grown with fewer or no chemicals.

The good news about the study is that it again emphasizes the imprtance of eating a variety of produce! Read More>>
Calcium Options
Created on 5/22/2009
While there's a debate raging about how much calcium we need in our diets, there's no debating the importance of calcium to health. Dairy products are a good source of calcium, and not the only one - other considerations include dried figs, salmon, white beans and spinach.

To get all the nutrients you need, including calcium, eat a wide variety of foods with extra emphasis on boldly colored vegetables and fruit, and cold water fish. Read More>>
How much salt / sodium?
Created on 8/8/2008
Recommendations to gently increase dietary potassium intake are typically paired with advice to lower sodium intake. P asks just how much daily sodium is medically acceptable? Most experts recommend no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, but some are expressing the need to reduce this number closer to 1,500 mg per day, perhaps even lower. Since the majority of dietary salt intake comes from processed foods, reading food labels is extremely important to maintaining safe sodium intake. Speak to your doctor about your own unique circumstances, because the presence of certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart failure, typically mandates attention to lowering your sodium intake. Read More>>
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