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grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juiceArthritisJoe Graedon - June 26, 2022 - 29 comments

Juice-Vinegar-Pectin Mixture Eased Joint Pain

Drugs to ease joint pain come with a long list of serious side effects. Remedies from the kitchen like a juice-vinegar combo may help.

Terry Graedon - May 19, 2022

Will Spices Help Protect Your Memory?

Terry Graedon - May 12, 2022

Is It Safe to Drink Cinnamon Tea Every Day?

chicken livers belong in a diet rich in ALA
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 9, 2022

Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

Might you control neuropathy by consuming a diet rich in ALA (alpha lipoic acid)? One reader reports better success with diet than supplements.

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Blood ClotsTerry Graedon - May 5, 2022

What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

Our underwriter, CocoaVia, offers a 20% discount on its CardioHealth products at Amazon, just in time for Mother's Day.

cup of green tea on top of green tea leaves
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - May 4, 2022

Will You Live Longer If You Sip Green Tea?

A large study in China monitored people's tea-drinking habits and their health. Those who sip green tea several times a week seem to live longer.

a jar of pickles provides pickle juice to treat muscle cramps
Cramps (hands, legs)Terry Graedon - May 2, 2022

Pickle Juice to the Rescue

Some readers sip pickle juice to treat muscle cramps. It sounds strange, but research supports it as helpful.

cluster of red Montmorency Michigan tart cherries on the tree.
PodcastsTerry Graedon - April 21, 2022

Show 1298: The Health Benefits of Tart Cherries

This week we interview two scientists who describe the benefits of tart cherries for mental alertness and physical stamina.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisTerry Graedon - April 11, 2022

Pectin and Grape Juice to Ease Sore Joints

Some people use home remedies such as pectin and grape juice instead of pain relievers to ease sore joints. Readers offer their own variations on the remedy.

closeup of a broccoli floret
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - April 11, 2022

Why Grandma Was Right About Vegetables

People who consume the most vegetables, apples, tea and cocoa tend to have lower blood pressure and less atherosclerosis.

a cluster of wild blueberries hangs from a twig with leaves
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - April 7, 2022

Extract from Wild Blueberries May Help Wounds Heal

A preliminary study shows that a phenol-rich extract of wild blueberries could help speed wound healing. More research is needed to confirm.

pitaya is the source of dragon fruit juice
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Terry Graedon - April 4, 2022

Will Drinking Dragon Fruit Juice Improve your Health?

Does dragon fruit juice have health benefits? One study shows it improves blood vessel flexibility, but we need more research.

a bunch of oregano, source of oil of oregano
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 27, 2022

Can You Use Oil of Oregano With Confidence?

A reader wonders whether oil of oregano is contaminated with heavy metals as the dried herb often is. We too would like to know.

Man with type 2 diabetes checks blood sugar on glucometer to manage diabetes
DiabetesTerry Graedon - March 27, 2022

Diet and Exercise Can Help You Manage Diabetes

Many people can manage diabetes that appears later in life through careful attention to what they eat and their physical activity.

Spinach leaves in a rustic wooden bowl.
AgingTerry Graedon - March 24, 2022

What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia?

Studies suggest produce rich in flavonoids and folate are among the foods you should eat to reduce your risk for dementia.

test tube of blood labeled LDL-C Test
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - March 24, 2022

What Is the Best Diet to Lower Cholesterol?

If you focus on vegetables, fruits and whole grains and avoid processed foods, you're on a good diet to lower cholesterol.

Box of golden raisins next to bottle of gin
ArthritisJoe Graedon - March 21, 2022

How to Make Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

Step-by-step instructions for preparing and using gin-soaked raisins, a longtime reader-favorite home remedy for arthritis and joint pain.

Cocoa pod being harvested as source of cocoa flavanols
Cognitive DysfunctionTerry Graedon - March 17, 2022

What Is the Evidence That Cocoa Flavanols Improve Health?

The COSMOS trial and other studies lead to the conclusion that cocoa flavanols improve health.

will colorful fresh beets benefit eyesight?
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - March 14, 2022

Can Eating Beets Benefit Eyesight as Well as Blood Pressure?

A reader reports the experience that beets benefit eyesight. Medical research has not shown that, but beets do help the heart.

garlic bulbs
ColdsTerry Graedon - March 14, 2022

Taking Garlic at the First Sign of a Cold

Is there a way to stop a cold in its tracks? One reader recommends taking garlic at the first sign of a cold.

Microscope view of mens health Prostate Cancer cells in tissue culture showing walls nucleus and organelles
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - March 10, 2022

Will a Plant-Based Diet Lower the Likelihood of Prostate Cancer?

The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study shows that men who eat more plants and less meat have a reduced likelihood of prostate cancer.

colorful salad platter for people who skip meat
Breast CancerTerry Graedon - March 3, 2022

Do People Who Skip Meat Have a Lower Chance of Cancer?

People who skip meat in favor of fish, dairy or vegetable protein seem less likely to develop cancer of the breast, prostate or colon.

high blood pressure remedy–bottles of beet juice, Biotta and Brownwood Acres brands
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Terry Graedon - February 27, 2022

Can Beet Juice Really Lower High Blood Pressure?

Drinking beet root juice may help lower high blood pressure, along with other non-drug approaches to control hypertension.

Lisa Gill of Consumer Reports, expert on saving money on medicines
PodcastsTerry Graedon - February 24, 2022

Show 1291: Which Cooking Spices Are Contaminated?

A Consumer Reports analysis found about one-third of cooking spices are contaminated. How can you find out which ones are safe?

a cup of coffee made with a filter is not bad for you
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - February 24, 2022

Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

Studies show that coffee drinkers are less likely to get heart failure or die of heart disease. Unfiltered coffee, though, is bad for you.

sunflower seeds; drivers chew them to stay alert
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - February 21, 2022

Do Sunflower Seeds Keep You Alert Behind the Wheel?

Consuming sunflower seeds in the shell may help drivers stay alert. Have you ever tried this tactic on a long drive?

Irregular ventricular heart rhythm on ECG
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - February 21, 2022

Too Much Potassium Poses Danger

When blood tests show too much potassium, you are at risk for heart rhythm changes. Figuring the cause may require some detective work.

Senior couple growing stressed plants in their organic garden. Eating vegetables helps them age more slowly.
AgingTerry Graedon - February 17, 2022

Will You Age More Slowly If You Eat a DASH Diet?

A study shows that a DASH diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits could help us age more slowly. It lowers epigenetic markers of aging.

yellow mustard squeezing out of a bottle
BurnsTerry Graedon - February 14, 2022

Cold Yellow Mustard Relieves Burn

The pain of a household burn can be eased by applying cold yellow mustard after the immediate first aid of cold water.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisTerry Graedon - February 14, 2022

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

Drinking a concoction of the liquid pectin Certo and grape juice appears to ease knee, shoulder or hip pain for many people. Will it help you?

coconut macaroons are home remedy for irritable bowel, diarrhea
ColitisTerry Graedon - February 14, 2022

Coconut Cookies Help Control Diarrhea from Colitis or Crohn’s Disease

Colitis can be an extremely challenging condition to deal with. The diarrhea from colitis can strike suddenly. Can coconut be helpful?

cold cherry juice in a glass and pitcher on wooden table with ripe berries in wicker basket
Cognitive DysfunctionTerry Graedon - February 10, 2022

Should You Drink Cherry Juice for Your Brain?

According to a study, older people who drink cherry juice score better on tests of cognitive function after three months.

pouring olive oil onto spoon over a slice of bread
Heart AttackJoe Graedon - January 13, 2022

Amazing Benefits from Half a Tablespoon of Olive Oil

The evidence keeps accumulating that as little as half a tablespoon of olive oil a day can have huge health benefits. Are you getting enough?

pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds
Cancer DietJoe Graedon - December 20, 2021

Power of Pomegranate to Promote Health

How do you describe the taste of pomegranate? Tart, sweet or both? Is this exotic fruit healthy? You will be amazed at the many benefits!