Is the Flu Just a Simple Deficiency of Vitamin D?

There has been an age old question that scientists could not answer: Why is the flu most prevalent in winter? The conventional wisdom has always been that the flu occurs in the colder months because viruses flourish in the colder weather. Not so! The evidence has been around for many years, but, as with so many truths, no one was willing to give it credence until they were willing to look at another theory. Dr. R. Edgar Hope-Simpson, a British M.D., did some record keeping and connected flu outbreaks with the shortest day in the year, which varies depending on how far, north or south you are. In the tropics, the shortest days are usually in their rainy season with overcast skies. He postulated:  Is it possible that the lack of sunshine caused a shortage of vitamin D, which was connected to a vulnerability to the flu? A fascinating new theory (Read More)

The Spice That Boosts Memory

Known as the ‘golden spice’ of India, turmeric could just be one of the most effective and powerful nutritional supplements on the planet. There are literally dozens of high quality published studies showing it has incredible benefits for the brain and body. In case you didn’t already know, turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and it has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids. The most active form is called curcumin and as you’ll soon find out it has some very powerful anti-aging health benefits. An active compound found in the Indian spice turmeric could help improve memory and ease depression among those with age-related mental decline, new research suggests. Scientists at UCLA gathered 40 volunteers between 50 and 90 years old, all with some memory complaints but none with dementia. Each person was randomly assigned (Read More)