5 healthy plants to add to your diet (1/7)

New research has found that compounds from plants can lower your cancer risk, prevent cardiovascular disease and even boost your brainpower. Here are five powerful plants to add to your diet

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The health benefits of plants

From the blueberries indigenous to North America to green tea in Japan and turmeric in South Asia, certain plants have long been prized by ancient cultures for their health benefits. Now, there’s a growing body of modern scien­tific evidence that affirms these benefits—and suggests we all have much to gain from tapping the powers of plants. “It’s an exciting area of research because these nutrients have the potential to prevent or help treat a variety of health conditions,” says Dr. Michael R. Lyon, an adjunct professor in the food, nutrition and health program at the University of British Columbia and the director of the Canadian Centre for Functional Medicine, an independent research institute.

 

We scoured the latest research to get the lowdown on five important plant compounds.

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News: Tracking Nutrition Trends report reveals Canadians’ habits

Kate Comeau is a registered dietitian and manager of public relations and media for Dietitians of Canada.I got a chance to speak with her about the results of the Tracking Nutrition Trends survey for 2013. The report, which will only be available for purchase, is the longest standing nutrition tracking study of its kind and […]

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The travelling chef: Adventures in Puglia

Best Health contributor and fresh food chef, Paul Finkelstein, is currently on a culinary adventure in Italy with a group of high school students from across Canada. When he’s not cooking and eating his way through various regions of the food-loving country, he’ll be sharing the highlights of his pilgrimage with us here on the […]

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Store Opening: Footwear brand Vince Camuto opens Toronto flagship

  This morning, I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the new Vince Camuto store at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The footwear designer, who was co-founder and former-creative director and CEO of Nine West, launched his namesake line in 2005. This flagship is first Vince Camuto store in Canada, and the brand […]