The chemical properties of coffee are what produce its waking-up effects.
Drinking a cup of coffee means ingesting a complex mixture of chemicals. Research has given us mixed messaging about whether coffee is beneficial or harmful.
Consuming an ample supply of fresh fruits and vegetables is still a tried and true way of getting vitamins and minerals and achieving lasting health benefits.
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Despite the popular belief that vitamin E and beta carotene supplements help prevent heart disease and cancer, the latest research suggests they do not – but the supplements do have potential risks.
Maple syrup contains bioactive molecules whose benefits go far beyond the simple pleasure of a sweet treat.
Apart from being a jewel of Canada’s culinary heritage, maple syrup has a complex chemical constitution.
Zebrafish are genetically similar to humans.
Zebrafish are ideal for drug discovery especially in the context of neurological and inflammatory conditions.
Refreshing in the scientific-medical sense, not just the pints-after-work sense.
Remove the alcohol and calories, and it turns out beer is a drink that has many qualities found in health drinks.
The tiny floating duckweed plant is uniquely suited to meet the nutritional needs of astronauts.
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Duckweed is the perfect space food: small, fast-growing and nutritious. By studying how light levels changed the production of radiation-fighting antioxidants, researchers made it even better.
Exercise has many benefits, including boosting defenses against complications that occur during SARS-CoV-2 infections.
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The health benefits of exercise for our mind and body are well documented. But did you know that exercise could lower the risks of the most dangerous COVID-19 complication?
Health fads have come and gone over the decades. Is CBD another one?
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CBD may not be a panacea for your aches and pains – and it certainly isn’t for COVID-19.
Through the wonders of chemistry, molecules can be rearranged to completely transform color.
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A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.
From drip coffee to pourovers to stovetop espresso, the variations in coffee-based drinks are plenty.
How does one of the most popular drinks in the world actually work on our bodies?
Eating healthy foods doesn’t just improve our physical health. It can benefit our mental health, too.
Many chronic diseases increase our risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This link between our bodies and our brains means certain healthy choices could protect our cognitive function.
Turns out taking antioxidant supplements after exercise doesn’t do much to help reduce muscle soreness after all.
Six scientists on the supplements they take every day and why they take them.
Despite the marketing hype, antioxidants can be harmful when consumed in excess.
Antioxidants are meant to be good for us, but not all antioxidants are equal.
Shifting your diet away from processed foods and towards fruits and vegetables can reduce symptoms of asthma.
Upping your intake of vegetables and fruits can do more than just reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer – it could also help you breathe easier.
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We hear about the benefits of antioxidants, but who knows what they really do? Actually, quite a lot. They repair cellular damage caused by trouble-making free radicals.
It’s known that Montmorency cherry juice improves sleep, gout symptoms and muscle recovery after exercise. The latest research shows that it can also reduce blood pressure.
Free radicals - misunderstood?
New research suggests that far from helping treatment, antioxidants can change cancer cells to make them spread more quickly.
While nutrient supplementation can have a role in treating certain psychiatric disorders, all kinds of nutrients should, in the first instance, be consumed as part of a balanced wholefood diet.
A growing body of research points to the detrimental effect of unhealthy diets and the protective value of healthy diets – along with select nutritional supplements as required – for maintaining and promoting mental health.
Maybe not so good?
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If the antioxidants that occur naturally in food are good for us, that must mean antioxidant supplements are also good for us, right? Not quite.