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These 5 tropical plants may 'provide anticancer benefits'
New research examined several plants that people have used to treat cancer since ancient times. The study identified five plants with anticancer benefits. (Medical News Today)

Can probiotics help you lose weight?
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the gut. Some research suggests a link between these good bacteria and a healthy weight. Learn more about probiotics for weight loss here. (Medical News Today)

What types of massage are there?
There are several types of massage, such as hot stone, deep tissue, and sports massages. Benefits include relief from muscle aches and relaxation. Learn more about the different types of massages here. (Medical News Today)

Supplements for vegans: What to know
A vegan diet can have many health benefits, but vegans may also need to take some supplements to ensure that they get all the required nutrients. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Ayurvedic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis: What to know
Ayurvedic treatment comes from traditional Indian medicine. Some people believe that it can help treat inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more about Ayurveda here. (Medical News Today)

What are the benefits and uses of stinging nettle?
Stinging nettle is a popular home remedy for arthritis, seasonal allergies, and many other conditions. Learn about the benefits, side effects, and research around stinging nettle here. (Medical News Today)

Health benefits of peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is a popular herbal tea that is naturally calorie- and caffeine-free. Some research has suggested that the oils in peppermint may have antibacterial and pain-relieving properties. Learn more about the health benefits of peppermint tea here. (Medical News Today)

Bentonite clay: 11 benefits and uses
Bentonite clay is a popular home remedy for removing impurities from the skin and bodily systems. This article explores the evidence behind 11 alleged health benefits of bentonite clay. (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of lemons vs. limes?
Lemons and limes have very similar health benefits and nutritional profiles. This article looks at the benefits and uses of these citrus fruits. (Medical News Today)

What are the benefits of cocoa butter?
Cocoa butter is a popular home remedy for skin health. In this article, we look at the evidence behind various benefits of cocoa butter and possible side effects. (Medical News Today)

Researchers warn against homemade sunscreen
Many people may be tempted to craft their own sunscreens out of all-natural ingredients. However, such creams will likely fail to offer any protection. (Medical News Today)

25% of those who meditate report negative experiences
A recent international questionnaire-based study concludes that not everyone who practices meditation has exclusively positive experiences. (Medical News Today)

Benefits and uses of lemongrass essential oil
Lemongrass essential oil has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. People can use it as a massage oil, in a diffuser, or for steam inhalation. Learn more about the benefits of lemongrass essential oil here. (Medical News Today)

Can a hot toddy help with a cold?
Hot toddies are a popular remedy for colds and flu. This article looks at the research into their effectiveness, recipes, and some alternatives. (Medical News Today)

Supplement for joint pain linked to lower heart disease risk
A large new study has found an association between glucosamine, a common dietary supplement for joint pain, and a lower risk of cardiovascular problems. (Medical News Today)

Melatonin for sleep: What to know
Melatonin is a hormone that the body produces when it gets dark to signal that it is time to go to sleep. Melatonin supplements can help people with sleep problems get a good night’s rest. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are present in foods such as fish. Their potential benefits include reducing inflammation and heart disease risk. Adversely, omega-3s may cause bleeding problems if someone is on certain medication. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about supplements for muscles
There is evidence that some beneficial muscle-building supplements include protein, creatine, and caffeine. The best choice depends on a person’s needs. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about the Whole30 diet
The Whole30 diet involves not eating grains, legumes, dairy, and specific other food groups for 30 days. It is safe to try for most people and may have health benefits. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the best foods for vitamin C?
The body does not store excess vitamin C, so a person needs to absorb enough from food each day to meet the recommended intake. This article looks at the top 20 foods rich in vitamin C and ideas for incorporating them into the diet. (Medical News Today)

Can 'forest bathing' reduce stress levels?
A recent review and meta-analysis sets out to uncover whether simply spending time in a forest can measurably reduce stress levels. (Medical News Today)

What to know about vitamin K-2
Vitamin K has two main forms, K-1 and K-2. Vitamin K-2 is naturally present in fatty meats, dairy products, and fermented foods. Both forms of vitamin K are essential for blood clotting and bone health. However, vitamin K-2 may also protect against certain forms of cancer and heart disease. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Just how effective is hypnosis at relieving pain?
Can hypnosis treat pain? A recent meta-analysis combines the findings of 85 studies and concludes that it could be an effective option for pain relief. (Medical News Today)

How elderberries can help you fight the flu
New research shows how the power of elderberries — the fruit of a common European and North American shrub — can help our bodies fight the flu. (Medical News Today)

What are the benefits of neem?
Neem comes from the Indian lilac tree. It is available as an oil or extract. In this article, learn about the uses and benefits of neem, as well as some safety considerations. (Medical News Today)

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