Does curry alleviate Alzheimer's disease? Studies in animals suggest that it might have a powerful protective effect.
The composition of the gut microbiota influences the likelihood of severe strokes. A healthy digestive ecology also reduces the risk of AD.
English walnuts may have the advantage for heart health, but black walnuts appear to have anticancer activity.
Can you cure your heartburn with baking soda or vinegar? Changing the way you eat might be a more effective approach to calming reflux long term.
Pickle juice is a classic home remedy for painful leg cramps, but pickle relish is an acceptable substitute and may be more readily available.
Cramps (hands, legs)
The quinine in tonic water can activate TRPM7, a transient receptor potential channel, to ease or eliminate muscle cramp pain.
Researchers discovered that a low-salt DASH diet can protect your heart three ways, lowering measures of strain, injury and inflammation.
Hiccups often disappear when a home remedy is applied; an astonishing range of remedies will work.
Plant-based diets similar to a DASH diet reduced chronic kidney disease among study volunteers. Eating this way might help your kidneys, too.
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
Beet juice drunk daily has been shown to lower blood pressure even in people with hypertension. Don't like beets? How about beet lemonade?
The banana peel remedy for poison ivy has been popular for decades. First, remove the invisible resin with soap. If you miss a spot, consider banana peel.
The natural sugar substitute xylitol doesn't raise blood sugar or insulin, but it may cause diarrhea and is toxic to dogs.
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A study of older Americans show that people who eat nuts live longer. However, peanut butter eaters get no advantage.
Many people can manage diabetes that appears later in life through careful attention to what they eat and their physical activity.
We never thought we would see one of our favorite home remedies in the NYT. We've been writing about gin-steeped raisins for decades!
One reader discovered that adding walnuts, blueberries, flaxseed and cinnamon made Cheerios the best breakfast to lower cholesterol.
One reader found that drinking dark cocoa eased post-operative constipation. Scientists agree that cocoa compounds can improve bowel habits.
Certo and grape juice (the purple pectin remedy) can lower cholesterol, make arteries more flexible and ease arthritis pain.
One reader found that following an allergen-free diet without dairy, eggs or gluten eliminated joint pain. Will it work for you?
Archway has changed hands several times, and the current owner does not seem to be making Archway coconut cookies. You can make your own!
There are many sources of vitamin C in food other than citrus fruits. Are you getting enough to keep your immune system strong?
A green Mediterranean diet relying on plant protein instead of meat or fish lowers LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin resistance.
People who stick to a vegan or vegetarian diet appear to be more likely to suffer a broken hip over the next decade.
Many physicians prescribe drugs to lower LDL cholesterol and inflammation. Walnuts are also good at lowering cholesterol and inflammation.
A number of natural remedies for constipation work very well. You may not have heard of eating two kiwifruit a day.
When you choose what to eat for a healthy heart, pick vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and avoid highly processed fried foods and sugar.
Acne Rosacea (rosacea)
Rosacea can be a stubborn skin problem. One reader found that a change in diet made a significant difference.
There is a possibility that eating foods rich in arginine could make shingles worse. We offer a list of what you might avoid.
A dose of baking soda in water signals the spleen to produce anti-inflammatory immune cells. This may help reduce swelling.
Using virgin olive oil in your diet can increase your good HDL cholesterol and possibly lower your risk of heart problems.