By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 20 Comments
    How to Brew Green Tea for Maximum Benefit

    You can brew green tea simply by plopping a tea bag in a cup and pouring hot water over it. Or you can make it into a complex ritual as a Japanese tea ceremony. When it comes to getting the most ph…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 7 Comments
    Did Eating Olives Really Make Warts Disappear?

    We have been collecting wart remedies for over 40 years. Some of our favorites include banana peel, bacon fat, duct tape, garlic, Listerine, potato, turmeric and vinegar. We have never heard of olives…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Use Cinnamon to Lower Your Cholesterol

    Most people who don't have diabetes don't worry about keeping their blood sugar under control, at least not until the doctor points out that it's been creeping up into the range of pre-diabetes. Chole…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 3 Comments
    You Can Make Your Own Natural Cough Syrup with T…

    Wouldn't it be great to know how to make your own simple medicines? You could easily make a remedy for heartburn or a natural cough syrup. One reader did exactly that: Natural Cough Syrup with Thym…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 7 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice for High Blood Pressure

    Should people with high blood pressure start sipping pomegranate juice? That might not be a bad idea, according to a recent study. Juice Lowers Elevated Blood Pressure: A meta-analysis of eight place…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 6 Comments
    What Diet Can Help Control Hemochromatosis?

    Usually, people wonder if they are getting enough iron. But those with hemochromatosis need to be concerned about getting too much iron. This condition leads to iron build-up in organs such as the li…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Hot Peppers Really Harm Your Taste Buds?

    A reader wrote to us recently asking whether it is true that eating hot peppers can dull the taste buds. As pepper lovers ourselves, we found the question compelling. Scientists have not focused much…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 15 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Really Soothe Gout Pain?

    People who have had one episode of gout are usually anxious to learn how they can avoid another attack. The pain is so intense that even the light touch of a sheet on the affected joint may be unbear…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2017 27 Comments
    Why Should You Put Cocoa in Your Coffee?

    Is there an advantage to putting cocoa in your coffee? Recent research suggests that people consuming this flavorful combination improve their performance on certain cognitive tasks. The study was dou…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Kiwi Fruit Make Canker Sores Disappear?

    Canker sores, technically known as aphthous ulcers, are frequently confused with cold sores, though they are not the same thing at all. Cold sores are caused by an outbreak of herpes virus 1. Canker …

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 1 Comments
    Do You Worry That Hot Peppers Will Dull Your Tas…

    Hot peppers are a staple in our kitchen. We are always pleased when we read about their benefits. Often, research focuses on the topical application of this substance to ease pain (Chung & Campbel…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Solve the Pretzel Mystery?

    People prone to hypertension are often advised to cut as much salt from their diet as they possibly can. This step would reduce their sodium intake and presumably lower their risk of cardiovascular…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 16 Comments
    Is Coconut Oil Good or Bad for Your Health?

    Some topics seem to generate ongoing confusion. One of these areas of contention is whether or not coconut oil is harmful or beneficial for health. If you search online, you'll find a wide range of op…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 7 Comments
    How to Help Your Heartburn with Persimmon Tea

    Heartburn is an ongoing problem for many people. Gastroenterologists may prescribe a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) or p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Will a Whiff of Garlic Stop a Stubborn Cough?

    How do you calm a cough? We've heard about numerous home remedies for this common problem. One reader surprised us recently with a way to stop a stubborn cough that we had never encountered before. T…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 13 Comments
    Why Is Olive Oil So Good for Your Heart?

    The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention, but scientists haven't known exactly why it works. A new analysis of data from a randomized trial shows why olive oil is so protective. The PREDI…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Help You Get to Sleep?

    Do you have trouble falling asleep? Many people do. Some folks overcome their insomnia with prescription medication, but the side effects discourage many from taking drugs like zolpidem (Ambien) or es…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 3 Comments
    How Could Spicy Soup Stop Your Migraine?

    People who suffer from repeated migraine headaches are usually very eager to find a way to prevent or abort them. There are prescription medications such as sumatriptan, of course. These can be very h…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Strong Bones?

    Is there a connection between diet and osteoporosis? Women who want to keep their bones strong might wish to follow the best diet, which is an anti-inflammatory diet. What Is the Link Between Diet and…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Your Cough with Cayenne Pepper

    In the winter, when colds and flu viruses are common, one of the most common complaints is a cough that lingers long after the infection has cleared up. Of course, the congestion, sneezing and general…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Calm a Cough with Thyme Tea

    After a cold or the flu, a cough may linger for weeks. What do you do to calm a cough like this? Drinking Thyme Tea to Calm a Cough: Q. I had the flu four weeks ago and still have a cough despite taki…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Hot Pepper Lovers Live Longer So Fire Up Your Ta…

    Ok, I admit it. I cannot be neutral about this topic since I am a confirmed "chile-head." I love hot peppers. I'm not the only one. Salsa sales are soaring. The market for hot sauce swelled more than …

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 13 Comments
    Is Ceylon Cinnamon Better Than Cassia Cinnamon?

    We get excited when we learn about natural products that have health benefits. Consequently, we were intrigued 13 years ago when we first heard that cinnamon might help control blood sugar (Diabetes …

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 11 Comments
    Why Is a Magnesium-Rich Diet So Good for You?

    Following a magnesium-rich diet may be an often-overlooked path to good health. That is the conclusion of a new study. It found that people who eat foods that are good sources of magnesium are less l…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Drinking Tea to Lower Blood Pressure Make Y…

    Many people would love to find a simple, natural approach to getting their blood pressure under control. There is an appeal to avoiding medications with multiple side effects. While you may have to wo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 12 Comments
    What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

    Nuts are not the dietary demons doctors once thought. There was a time when we were warned to stay away from nuts because they are high in both fat and calories. But there is new evidence on nuts and …

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Herbs Prevent a Recurrence of Prostate Cance…

    A few decades ago, any suggestion that herbs might reduce the risk for cancer would have been greeted with suspicion. As researchers scramble to find out what natural products might be helpful, they …

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2016 10 Comments
    Why Do So Many Physicians Pooh-Pooh Home Remedie…

    A physician once told us that he had been chastised by a medical colleague for sharing something perceived as implausible. The skeptic was reported to have said: "I wouldn't believe it even if it were…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 11 Comments
    Is It Risky to Rely on Sea Salt?

    Over the past decade or two, many people have come to believe that sea salt has significant health benefits over the common table salt that has long been familiar in salt shakers. Sea salt is produc…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2016 22 Comments
    Homemade Muscle Cramp Remedy: Ginger, Cinnamon a…

    If you have ever experienced a muscle cramp you know how distressing it can be, especially if the spasm wakes you out of a sound sleep. We recently talked to Bruce Bean, PhD, of Harvard. This neurosci…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Daughter Risking Her Life Eating Bananas?

    Unbalanced diets that overemphasize a single food are rarely desirable, but the concerns that may circulate online about such regimens may be unfounded. One such fuss is about eating bananas. Can you …

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2016 14 Comments
    Is It Safe to Drink Cinnamon Tea Every Day?

    There is increasing interest in the power of spices for promoting health. Research on spices has also been growing, with scientists documenting their value in blood sugar control, for example (Food C…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Lower Your Cholesterol with Oat Fiber

    Scientists have known for years that consuming oats can lower your cholesterol. In fact, the first study showing that oat bread instead of white bread reduced LDL cholesterol was published in 1963. Ne…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2016 19 Comments
    Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explan…

    We have been writing about strong flavors for combatting muscle cramps for more than 30 years. Initially, we were told that the quinine in tonic water was the best strategy for overcoming these painul…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 0 Comments
    How Do You Make These Yummy Lentil Dishes?

    We recently spoke with nutrition experts about how to follow a plant-based diet. You can listen to the interview here (Show 1051: How Can Vegetarians Get All the Nutrients They Need?). During that in…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Raisins at Bedtime Reduce Bathroom Visits?

    Anyone who has to get up many times during the night to urinate knows these interruptions can disrupt sleep. So when readers started reporting that eating a few raisins before bed could reduce bathr…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 7 Comments
    Overcoming Insomnia with Tart Cherry Juice

    Do you often toss and turn for hours? Wouldn't it be great to have a remedy that could help you overcome insomnia, preferably without next-day drowsiness or other undesirable side effects? Some scient…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2016 4 Comments
    Was Popeye Right to Eat Spinach?

    Maybe the cartoon character Popeye who swallowed spinach before flexing his muscles had a good idea. Watch for spinach, kale and beet greens that supply nitrate in the diet to star on sports trainin…

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2016 27 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure with Hibiscus Tea

    Blood pressure control is essential to maintain good kidney health and reduce the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. But it can be difficult to find blood pressure medication that does not have …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Reduce Inflammation by Nibbling Nuts

    Research has suggested that people who eat nuts may be at lower risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks. Could eating nuts reduce inflammation? Does Your Diet Red…