Shake Off Winter With 5 Spring Superfoods

This year’s unrelenting winter makes it feel like spring weather will never get here, but eventually there will be a new crop of nutrient-packed spring foods to boost your health and help you shrug off those winter doldrums. Here’s what should be showing up in your local market soon. Artichokes California, which supplies 80 percent of the country’s chokes, has a glut of them this year, thanks to that state’s unseasonably warm winter, reports the Los Angeles Times. So savor …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated) 2. Military veteran dogs find second careers as explosives detectives at the U.S. Capitol. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A new kind of tattoo on your throat could be used as a microphone – and double as a lie detector. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The classic rubber duckie and the game of chess are in the National Toy Hall of …

The Best Diet Now to Avoid Illness Later

As AARP health writer Elizabeth Agnvall reported last week, a large new study finds that women in their 50s and 60s who ate a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, grains and olive oil were 46 percent more likely to be free of chronic disease and memory problems in their 70s. Think about that – 46 percent more likely to avoid nearly a dozen serious diseases like Parkinson’s, cancer, kidney disease and lung problems, according to researchers. The women …

4 New Ways to Boost Food’s Anticancer Properties

Cancer researchers have long known that certain vegetables contain powerful anticancer compounds, but whether our bodies get the full dose of these substances often depends on how we cook the vegetables and even what other foods we eat along with them. This week, at the annual conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research, scientists presented new research on how to get the most cancer-preventive properties out of certain vegetables we eat. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Here’s …

A Diet for a Stronger Body (and Mind) as You Age

Once again, the Mediterranean diet is winning out in the diet wars – this time for both physical and brain health. A large new study finds that women who follow a healthy diet during middle age have more than 40 percent greater odds of surviving past the age of 70 with no chronic illness, physical impairments or memory problems. In other words, the kind of spry old age we all hope to have. >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

Gil Henry: Thank Him for Your Guacamole

Enjoying a slice of avocado on a sandwich or mixing up a little guacamole to eat while watching a football game seems like the natural thing to do today, which is why it’s strange to think that 30 or so years ago, fewer than half of Americans had ever even tasted one. Indeed, the avocado was considered an exotic California fruit, as alien to people in the Northeast and the Midwest as a palm tree. But even if you lived …