Does Weather Affect Your Arthritis Pain?

One common question patients often ask themselves is if cold weather actually makes their arthritic joints ache?  Is there any scientific merit behind what many either consider just a wives’ tale or simply common sense? According to various research studies, I’m not alone.  Studies suggest that people who have arthritis often assert that weather conditions… Read More

What Impact Does Weight Loss Have on Arthritis Symptoms?

Based on the current available evidence, we’re smack-dab in the middle of an obesity epidemic. Rates of obesity are skyrocketing in the United States, in particular. Researchers currently believe that obesity itself is probably the single most important risk factor for developing osteoarthritis of the knee. As to why obesity increases your risk of arthritis… Read More

Natural Remedies For the Common Cold

For those of us in colder climates, many of us have already battled the common cold this season.  Though generally not a serious illness for those who’re otherwise healthy, the common cold can be a nuisance. Keep reading to find out some natural cold remedies that have been evaluated in randomized controlled trials. What Are… Read More

Can You Lower Your Cholesterol Levels by Eating Pistachio Nuts?

Elevated levels of serum cholesterol represent a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. In fact, there’s actually a direct relationship between not only plasma levels of total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and coronary heart disease, but also coronary mortality. In Canada, the current guidelines recommend screening of men over 40 and women over… Read More

Does Dietary Nitrate from Beetroot Juice Improve Athletic Performance?

Competitive athletes are always looking for an edge. As someone who used to compete in sports such as bicycle racing, swimming, and cross-country skiing, I used to spend countless hours reading about nutrition and ergogenic supplements. Though there can be certain risks associated with it and I wouldn’t recommend it… Read More

Study: Blueberries Decrease Cardiovascular Risk Factors

For those who have a family history of heart disease or who struggle with weight issues, you may be interested to know that eating blueberries themselves can have potentially beneficial effects on your cardiovascular health. Previous research studies suggest that consuming blueberries may exert protective effects on your brain and cognitive functioning.  Polyphenolic compounds which… Read More

Cinnamon Supplements Improve Blood Sugar Control?

For today’s post, I happened to find an interesting article that was just recently published in the medical journal, Diabetic Medicine:  A Journal of the British Diabetic Association regarding the health benefits of cinnamon supplementation.  No, I’m not talking about Cinnamon toast, or the cereal called Cinnamon Toast Crunch either… Researchers in London conducted a… Read More