What Are Antioxidants?

Oxygen is essential for life, but it also contributes to the formation of free radicals — molecules that destroy cell membranes and speed up the aging process. Fortunately, we have antioxidants — molecules designed to keep free-radical damage in check. Antioxidants help us stay young in mind and body, boost our immune system, and are easily incorporated into our diets, as they are found in everything from fresh produce to wine and chocolate.

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Is Your Diet SAD?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on September 29, 2015 in Inner Source
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Is This the Best Reason to Finally Start Doing Yoga?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 02, 2015 in Urban Survival
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Your Brain on Chocolate

Chocolate, a fermented extract of the seed pods of the Theobroma cacao plant, is one of the world’s most popular foods. Given the active caffeine, theobromides, and rich number of flavanols in chocolate, it’s no surprise that cocoa has been used as a medicine for at least 3000 years. Could it have beneficial effects on the brain?

A Simple Way of Reducing Long-Term Stress in Dogs?

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When patients say they are "allergic" to something, they do not necessarily mean the same thing that doctors have in mind when they use the word. And vice versa.

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By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in Memory Medic
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Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder: SAD in the Summer

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on January 14, 2015 in Brain Babble
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Dark Chocolate is beneficial to brain health!

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By Max Lugavere on October 08, 2014 in The Optimalist
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By Mitchell L. Gaynor M.D. on October 02, 2014 in Your Genetic Destiny
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Is Organic Food Healthier? Who Can Tell With All the Spin?

As risk issues grow more and more complex we need more and more trustworthy information to figure them out. But some scientists are not neutral. Advocates use the internet and social media to spin and distort. And the modern news media oversimplify and shorten–and leave things out–as never before.

Healthy Summer Cookouts in 12 Easy Steps

By Conner Middelmann-Whitney on July 03, 2014 in Nourish
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Why You Should Probably Go to Bed Right Now

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 18, 2014 in Sleep Newzzz
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Lipoic Acid: The Little Supplement that Could

Do you become overwhelmed when you’re in the supplement aisle? Do you ever feel like you're shoving a fistful of pills into your mouth every day and can no longer remember why you’re taking what? For these reasons and more, it's helpful to be aware of potent agents that serve multiple roles. Meet lipoic acid, the little supplement that packs a powerful punch.