Gallbladder Trouble

By ZACHARY BOUCHER, MD Your gallbladder really has just one job: the storage and excretion of bile (digestive juices) into your intestines. Without bile, we would have trouble digesting food appropriately. But the gallbladder does not make bile, that’s the liver’s job. The liver sends bile down these special tubes called bile ducts down into […]

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Studies Do Not Show Natural Diuretics Have Special Health Benefits

By KATHERINE ZERATSKY, RD, LDMayo Clinic News Network Can natural diuretics reduce fluid retention and help with weight loss? Some herbs and dietary supplements may help you excrete water (diuretic) and help with sodium and water retention. Examples include dandelion, ginger, parsley, hawthorn and juniper. But proceed with caution before taking any products that have […]

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Margarine vs. Butter for Your Heart

By KATHERINE ZERATSKY, RD, LDMayo Clinic News Network Margarine usually tops butter when it comes to heart health. Margarine is made from vegetable oils, so it contains unsaturated “good” fats — polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These types of fats help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol when substituted for saturated fat. Butter, on the […]

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