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Vitamin E supplements have not been shown to improve health, and beta-carotene pills carry risks.

Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene Supplements Not Recommended

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a draft report stating that the risks of beta-carotene supplementation outweigh the benefits for prevention of cardiovascular...
Fermented foods appear to be good at nourishing a gut microbiome that may decrease inflammation.

Fermented Foods Can Support Health

The microbes that live in our intestines help break down food, and they create byproducts that can impact the immune system and inflammation. A study...
Researchers have demonstrated that whole grain intake is linked to better cardiometabolic health.

Switch from Refined Grains to Whole to Improve Cardiometabolic Health

Greater whole grain consumption is known to be associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. A recent study by Tufts researchers looked at the...
Simply counting steps may help you get more of them.

Step Counters and Fitness Trackers May Boost Activity Levels

A study that analyzed data from 38 randomized clinical trials involving over 4,200 participants concluded that activity trackers do improve physical activity levels among...
The gut wall controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. A loosening of this barrier could potentially have negative health effects.

Food Choices May Increase Inflammatory Gut Microbes

The bacteria that live in our gut have a critical role in helping or hurting our health. A new study found intake of some...
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Blood metabolites could predict your risk for cardiovascular disease

It turns out the old saying is true: you are what you eat. Foods we consume are digested and absorbed, and then broken down...

Coffee Consumption Associated with Lower Risk for Kidney Disease

  A European study published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases provides evidence that drinking coffee is associated with healthy kidney function. Data on...

Middle-aged Muscle Mass Associated with Future CVD Risk in Men

A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found an association between muscle mass in healthy men and 10-year risk of fatal or non-fatal heart attack or stroke. Men with the highest levels of lean muscle at the start of the study period had an 81 percent lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years then those with the lowest levels.

Healthy Diet Likely Associated with Less Hearing Loss in Women

A study recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found an association between diet and acquired hearing loss. This prospective cohort study included 3,135 U.S. women (mean age 59 years) enrolled in the Nurses Health Study II.

Vitamin D Supplementation Does Not Improve Insulin Action

While observational studies have suggested that low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a clinical trial recently published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that supplementation with vitamin D3 had no effect on insulin action in people with prediabetes.