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  • Xenohormesis: What Doesn’t Kill Plants May Make Us Stronger
    Xenohormesis: What Doesn’t Kill Plants May Make Us Stronger
    A new concept in biology tries to explain why the consumption of certain natural compounds in plants may mimic the lifespan-enhancing benefits of caloric restriction.
  • Appropriating Plant Defenses
    Appropriating Plant Defenses
    Plants and animal share similar biochemical pathways and signaling systems, which may explain why so many phytonutrients are beneficial to our physiology.
  • Is Liquid Smoke Flavoring Carcinogenic?
    Is Liquid Smoke Flavoring Carcinogenic?
    Different brands of liquid smoke flavorings have been tested for DNA-damaging potential, p53 activation, and levels of known carcinogens. Smoked foods such as ham, turkey, barbeque chicken, herring,...
  • Preserving Immune Function in Athletes With Nutritional Yeast
    Preserving Immune Function in Athletes With Nutritional Yeast
    Athletes who overtrain may put excessive stress on their bodies and become more susceptible to respiratory infections, but the fiber found in nutritional and brewer's yeast may prevent this immune...
  • Herbal Tea Update: Rooibos & Nettle
    Herbal Tea Update: Rooibos & Nettle
    Rooibos (red) tea may reduce stress levels by suppressing adrenal gland function. Nettle tea is mineral rich but may have estrogenic side effects.
  • Ractopamine in Pork
    Ractopamine in Pork
    BREAKING NEWS video: An analysis of yesterday's Consumer Reports finding that 1 in 5 samples of retail pork tested positive for the growth-promoting drug ractopamine. Tomorrow, I will cover their...
  • Wake Up and Smell the Saffron
    Wake Up and Smell the Saffron
    Even the scent of the spice saffron may reduce stress hormone levels and ease the psychological symptoms of PMS.
  • Slimming the Gecko
    Slimming the Gecko
    A workplace dietary intervention study at GEICO corporate headquarters demonstrates the power of plant-based eating.
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