• Alcohol and the Heart

    Alcohol and the Heart

    “God in His goodness sent the grape to cheer both great and small. Little fools drink too much and great fools none at all.” — Anonymous Ask a doctor about preventing heart disease, and you’ll hear a lot of clear-cut advice. Saturated and trans fat: bad. Smoking: very bad. Exercise: excellent. Ask a doctor about

  • Aloe Vera

    Aloe Vera

    What is aloe vera? The aloe vera plant (Aloe barbadensis) is the source of two very different herbal products: aloe gel and aloe juice (also called aloe latex). Although you may hear the terms juice and gel used interchangeably, it’s important to know the difference. Aloe gel, the clear, jellylike stuff that oozes from a

  • B Vitamins: Folate, B-6 and B-12

    B Vitamins: Folate, B-6 and B-12

    Why do I need B vitamins? B vitamins are an important class of vitamins that help support your red blood cells and your nervous system. Some of the benefits are already well known. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant need plenty of folic acid — also known as vitamin B-9, or folate

  • Bilberry


    Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus ), the European blueberry, first caught the attention of the medical community during World War II, when British Royal Air Force pilots who snacked on bread and bilberry jam before their night missions started hitting their targets more often. Today, the fruit is widely used in Europe to relieve eyestrain. What is

  • Caffeine


    What is caffeine? If it weren’t for caffeine, lots of people around the world would find it hard to get their day started. Caffeine is mild stimulant that occurs naturally in over 60 kinds of plants, most notably coffee, cocoa beans, and tea leaves. It’s unlikely to cause any long-term health problems, but coffee fanatics

  • Calcium


    Why do I need calcium? For all of the attention and acclaim calcium gets as a bone builder, that’s just one of its jobs throughout the body. Among other things, the mineral plays a crucial role for the nerves and the heart. Recent studies have shown that calcium can help lower blood pressure, and there’s

  • Chamomile


    Chamomile (Matricaria recutita ) is a fragrant herb known for its apple-like taste and scent. In fact, this relative of the daisy gets its name from the Greek words “kamai’melon,” or “ground apple.” For thousands of years, people all over the world have been brewing chamomile’s fine leaves and small white flowers into teas to

  • Chromium Picolinate

    Chromium Picolinate

    What is chromium? It’s a metal that’s much more valuable in your body than on your car. Chromium, found in tiny amounts in most foods, works like a key to unlock insulin. Without this nutrient, insulin is much less effective at controlling blood sugar, building proteins, or performing any of its other jobs. If you

  • Coenzyme Q10

    Coenzyme Q10

    Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, also called ubiquinone) is a vitamin-like substance that’s present in foods and is also produced by your cells to help convert food into energy. The Japanese were the first to start taking it in supplement form, and it’s still commonly used in Japan to treat heart-failure patients. During the 1980s, CoQ10 gained

  • Cookbooks for People with Diabetes

    Cookbooks for People with Diabetes

    When shopping for a cookbook, people with diabetes should think about what kinds of foods they really like to eat