Health Notes

February's Health Genie: Romantic Valentines

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

I want to make a romantic Valentines Day for my significant other.  What are some foods, flavors or fragrances that are appropriate for the occasion?

Co-op Cupid

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Wild Greens

Wild Nettles and Miner's Lettuce

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Robert Luby, MD

Mother Nature has a way of taking care of our nutritional needs year-round. After the winter root cellar is bare and before the summer vegetables abound, where can we turn to find fresh local foods brimming with vitamins, minerals, and fiber? After the citrus season has waned and before the summer fruits and berries burst onto the scene, where can we find fresh local sources of polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidants? The answer is greens: spring greens, bitter greens, and wild greens.

May's Health Genie: Green Tea

Green Tea

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

I have heard that green tea is a healthy alternative to coffee. How is green tea different from black or white tea, and with so many types of tea available, how does one go about choosing which tea to buy?

Signed,
Jasmine T.

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Warming Foods for Winter

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Robert Luby, MD

Advances in agriculture, transportation, and the food industry have made it possible for Vermonters to consume nearly any food from any part of the world year-round. But is this optimal for our health? While conventional western nutritional sciences concern themselves primarily with nutrient quantities and ratios, the principles of non-western medical paradigms, most notably Chinese medicine, place a high priority on eating optimally for the season.

Phytonutrients

By Robert Luby, MD

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

The term “phytonutrients” simply refers to natural chemicals found in plants that act as nutrients for human physiology.  A common distinction made between vitamins/minerals and phytonutrients is the following:  vitamins and minerals are essential for life.  While not essential to sustain life, phytonutrients promote optimal health.  There are more than 25,000 known phytonutrients, an estimated 10,000 of which may prevent disease.

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