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Health Options: Can you ‘beet’ high blood pressure?

Beets and beetroot juice have been anointed with “superfood” status due to a substantial amount of research focusing on the beneficial effects of beetroot juice on exercise performance and blood pressure reduction. Read more

Health Options: Personalized nutrition is the future

As we learn more and more about how specific types of gene variants interact with nutrients, it is becoming more possible to use this information to generate diet recommendations customized to an individual’s genetic makeup. Read more

How social media is hijacking your health

Social media resources can have a great deal of influence on the information we access — and in turn what we believe. Read more

Magnesium deficiency is common, can be dangerous

All essential nutrients are important for health. Magnesium, not to be confused with manganese, is an essential mineral that gets too little appreciation. Read more

Staying hydrated takes more than water

As the temperature heats up and we’re spending more time outside, it gets much easier to become dehydrated. Read more

Kratom shows what happens when dietary supplements go wrong

A relatively new dietary supplement has shown up that has its own benefits and risks. This became vividly clear with a recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandatory recall of the supplement called kratom. Read more

October bursting with nutritional power of orange

If there is a color that symbolizes October, it would have to be orange. On the mainland, leaves turn orange, signaling the beginning of fall and harvest time for orange foods such as pumpkins and persimmons. And, of course, October goes hand in hand with Halloween and pumpkins. Read more

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