Dr. Ann

Eat more beans! I consider beans the most underutilized and under-appreciated economical superfood. Here are some tips to help you succeed in eating more of them. Keep them “top of mind” with the goal of including a serving each day. Know that canned beans are just as nutritious (and often more convenient!) than dried, fresh […]

Plant-based diets are all the rage and deservedly so. Studies continue to pour in supporting the power they bestow to keep us healthy and disease free. This month we have two new, big ones to add to the list. In the first, scientists followed the diets and health status of over 10,000 US adults from […]

Mushrooms are great for you! They’re super low in calories (20 calories per ½ cup), but high in key nutrients, including B vitamins, copper, potassium, and selenium – it’s wise to get into the health habit of including them regularly in your diet. A little known fact is that mushrooms are also filled with powerful […]

All standard teas from the Camellias Sinensis will have caffeine in them.  Contrary to what people think, all varieties including black, green white and oolong have similar amounts. Bag teas generally have a little less than loose leaf.  Unfortunately, the decaffeination process destroys most of the beneficial catechins. For those sensitive to caffeine that still want […]

Thanks to Vanderbilt researchers, the sparkling reputation of green tea is shining even brighter. In a study that included 75,000 middle-aged and older Chinese women, consuming green tea was associated with significant cancer protection. Those who reported regular green tea consumption (defined as at least 3 times a week) for at least 20 years were […]

In a first of its kind evaluation, scientists have determined that resistance exercise, like lifting weights, may offer profound health benefits, particularly for the heart. For this evaluation, researchers closely followed the exercise habits and health status of 13,000 adults as part of the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. Study subjects who lifted weights using either […]

All nuts are exceptional foods for promoting wellness and vitality, but walnuts may be the cream of the crop for brain health. In an exciting series of laboratory experiments, researchers found that fortifying the diets of lab mice with a daily dose of walnuts resulted in several significant brain-based benefits. The mice fed the human equivalent […]

Mushrooms are great for you! Super low in calories (20 calories per ½ cup), but high in key nutrients, including B vitamins, copper, potassium, and selenium – it’s wise to get into the healthy habit of including them regularly in your diet.  A little-known fact is that mushrooms are also filled with powerful antioxidant chemicals. […]

If you’re looking for an easy, daily habit to lower your risk of cognitive decline, drinking tea may be just what the doctor ordered. According to a study that followed the tea consumption of 957 Chinese seniors from 2003 to 2005, as well as their cognitive function thru 2010, daily tea drinkers were 50 percent […]

This refreshing herb provides vitamin A, potassium, calcium, vitamin C and can boast a higher concentration of flavonoids than any other food! Flavonoids are powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that provide cardiovascular protection, cancer protection and hinder the aging process. Enjoy tabouli regularly – you can make your own or buy it prepackaged. Cedar`s brand […]

1. Dark chocolate is a highly concentrated source of exceedingly potent antioxidants called flavanols and ranks as one of the most potent of all antioxidant foods. 2. As treats go, dark chocolate is a surprisingly good source of fiber. In fact, if you choose the right dark chocolate, for every gram of sugar in your “healthy” dark […]

Thanks to a new scientific analysis, it appears that coconut water can rightly claim its reputation as Mother Nature’s sports drink. Coconut water is the clear liquid harvested from young green coconuts and is now available at many grocery outlets and health food stores. Researchers analyzed the components in coconut water relative to those in […]