Articles by Larissa Long

Contributing Writer - Larissa Long has worked in the health care communications field for more than 13 years. She co-authored a self-care book titled Taking Care, has written countless tip sheets and e-letters on health topics, and contributed several articles to Natural Solutions magazine. She also served as managing editor of three alternative health and lifestyle newsletters — Dr. Susan Lark’s Women’s Wellness Today, Dr. David Williams’ Alternatives, and Janet Luhrs’ Simple Living. For tips, tools and strategies to address your most pressing health concerns and make a positive difference in your life, visit PeakHealthAdvocate.com.

Olive Oil: The Latest Brain Food?

Can one Mediterranean staple provide enough antioxidant protection to protect brain health?

Can a Good Marinade Really Ward Off Cancer?

Grilling this weekend? While grilling can be an easy, healthy and fun way to cook your food, super-charred meats could pose a problem. But new research suggests a delicious marinade may be the answer to cancer-proofing your summer BBQ.

Here’s One Fatty Acid Your Joints Will Love

Omega-3 fatty acids are a well-known natural anti-inflammatory. Most people recognize common omega-3s such as fish oil, olive oil and flax. But there is another form of omega-3s that has been growing in popularity

Looking to Save Your Vision and Protect Your Heart? Then Reach for This Antioxidant Immediately

What is astaxanthin? Well, for starters, it’s a pigment that belongs to the carotenoid family and it’s what gives flamingos and salmon their vibrant orange-pink hue.

Why This Nutrient is the Unsung Hero of Heart Health

[ad#banner]By some estimates, nearly one-third of the adult population in the US has high blood pressure (or hypertension). High blood pressure is called “the silent killer” because it often presents no symptoms, but at the same time greatly increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney problems and death.

FOUND: The Magic Bullet for Treating IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 55 million Americans, mostly women. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, and/or abdominal cramps—so it’s no wonder that IBS sufferers often have to make drastic changes to their lifestyles to prepare for any unforeseen and embarrassing “attacks.” But new research is showing promise in a multi-species formula of friendly bacteria.

A Surprising Way to Tell If You’ll Develop Alzheimer’s Disease

The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease are overwhelming. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in eight older Americans has the condition, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

CDC: Antibiotic Misuse Creating a “Serious Health Threat” Worldwide

The development of antibiotics in the 1930s was, at the time, a ground-breaking, life-saving marvel of science. The idea and ultimate hope was that no one would ever die from a bacterial infection again.

Researchers Find One Vitamin Protects Against Leading Cause of Blindness

By now, the importance of vitamin D in preventing disease and protecting overall health has been scientifically proven -- but could vitamin D deficiency have more health consequences than we think?

Why Anyone With Diabetes Should Consider Taking Resveratrol

If you’re a lover of red wine, you probably already know that the glass you enjoy every night with dinner has heart-protective , anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. These health benefits come courtesy of a very important antioxidant that’s abundant in the skin of red grapes, and therefore red wine—resveratrol.