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

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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

E-newsletter Features: 

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.

November's Health Genie: Sleep

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Dear Health Genie,

What tips can you give me for healthy sleep? Sometimes I experience a night when I feel restless or do not sleep very deeply most of the night even though I am tired. It frustrates me throughout the night and my lack of sleep drags me down the next day.  

Sleepless in Shelburne

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Warding Off the Cold and Flu

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Purple Coneflower

Dear Health Genie,

I am back in school and the weather is quickly turning.  Most of my friends are sick with the cold or flu and I want to avoid catching what they have, especially before my first round of exams.  What can I do to decrease my likelihood of getting sick?

Thank you,

Allison T.

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