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Could eating chili peppers actually help you live longer?

If you’re a fan of spicy foods, you’re in luck: Research from the University of Vermont indicates that consuming red chili peppers may just help you live longer.

15 foods that contain zinc, an essential mineral

Zinc is an essential mineral – the human body needs enough zinc so the immune system can fight off different kinds of bacteria and viruses.

Adding probiotics to your fruit salad is a delicious way to enjoy a nutrient-dense meal

If you swear by eating fruits, you’re in luck: According to researchers from Brazil, you can add probiotics to your fruit salad to make a delicious and nutrient-packed alternative to functional foods. In their study, published in Food Science and Technology, the team investigated the potential of fruit salads to be used as carriers of the Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, a probiotic known to aid in treating conditions like colic, rotavirus, irritable bowel syndrome, and even traveler’s diarrhea.

Kale's active ingredients combat cancer

By Godiyal: (NaturalNews) Kale has become increasingly popular in recent times as more people not only discover its delicious flavor but also learn more about the many health benefits it can bring. And more evidence shows that one of these benefits is a reduced risk of cancer development.

Study touts spirulina as functional food for diabetes management


Many have raved about superfood spirulina's overall health benefits, and there have been studies supporting their claims. One study in Korea focused on type II diabetes patients to determine if spirulina would alleviate diabetes symptoms enough to be considered a valuable functional food, a food that goes beyond supplying normal nutritional needs, or a superfood.