Health Notes

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.

December's Health Genie: Elderberry

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,

Elderberry is very popular among my friends. I have noticed that City Market offers a few different brands of Elderberry syrup.  How and why does one use it?

Thank you,
Curious Customer

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Food Allergy, Sensitivity, and Intolerance

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By Robert Luby, MD

It’s easy to get confused when it comes to adverse reactions to foods as the medical community itself is laden with controversy in this area. The terms “allergy”, “sensitivity”, and “intolerance” are too often used interchangeably or without precision. This article will attempt to clarify what has become a very perplexing situation.

Cooling Foods for Summer Eating

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Cooling Foods for Summer Eating

By Robert Luby, MD

In western cultures, when we think of the energy contained in a food, we tend to think quantitatively and consider how many calories it contains. However, in traditional Chinese medicine and other ancient medical practices, the energy in a food is also considered from a qualitative perspective.

Finding Friends in Nature: Summer Herb Walks

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.

Jewelweed

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator

Throughout the summer, City Market will be offering free herb walks, where you can learn to identify common edible and medicinal plants. No matter what type of outdoor activity you enjoy, knowing the plants that surround you can be quite useful.

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