Nutrition Articles

Ask the doctor: Why am I getting shorter?

After age 40, people lose a little less than half an inch in height with each decade. One can try to avoid losing height by eating foods with calcium, getting enough vitamin D, and staying physically active. (Locked) More »

Getting Enough Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is vital for the body to produce healthy red blood cells. It also is needed for proper nerve function and DNA synthesis. More people are at risk for vitamin b12 deficiency. Here's why. More »

An avocado a day may keep cholesterol at bay

Eating a cholesterol-lowering diet that includes one avocado per day may lower levels of undesirable LDL cholesterol. The monounsaturated fats, as well as fiber and other compounds found in avocados, likely contribute to this beneficial effect. (Locked) More »

Feeling young at heart may help you live longer

Feeling younger psychologically might lead to better health. When people feel younger psychologically, they’re more likely to pursue physical exercise, even if it’s challenging. If people feel young, they may have more of a futuristic orientation that leads them to eat with future health in mind. People who report feeling older than they are may be suffering from depression, which, in turn, increases the risk of heart disease. They may also simply have an accurate assessment of their state of health. (Locked) More »

Reaping gains from grains

Whole-grain foods offer nutritional benefits beyond just the fiber from the outer layer. They also provide a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, good fats, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients from all parts of the grain. These nutrients and compounds have a wide range of health benefits in terms of lowering blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol and reducing chronic inflammation. Eating more whole-grain food has also been linked to longer life and lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. More »

A wake-up call on coffee

Straight coffee minus the cream and sugar is a nearly calorie-free beverage brimming with antioxidants. It might ease artery-damaging inflammation and deliver substances that help the body regulate blood sugar. However, super-sweet coffee drinks can pack on the pounds and do more harm than good.  More »

Plant-based diet: Nuts, seeds, and legumes can help get you there

Eating nuts, seeds, and legumes (such as beans) supports the plant-based diet thought to be healthy in a variety of ways. Nuts and seeds are rich in healthy plant oils, but this emans they are also dense with calories. For that reason, moderate portions are best. People who are not accustomed to eating many nuts, seeds, and legumes in their normal diet could add them gradually to foods they already like to eat, including main courses and salads. More »

Important nutrients you could be missing

Nutritional deficiencies become more common as women get older. Vitamins B12 and D, iron, and calcium are among the most common deficiencies that occur with age. In some cases, women need to take supplements. Although quite rare, taking certain medicines, such as antiseizure drugs, diuretics, or antacids, can contribute to nutritional deficiencies. In some cases it may be useful for women to be checked for deficiencies, and to take a supplement if needed. (Locked) More »