Coconut oil helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Melatonin improves eye health and slows age-related macular degeneration progression. Curcumin inhibits allergic reactions. Increased fruit consumption is linked to better depression outcomes.

Every week we discover inspiring, informative, and sometimes shocking health-related news. From new studies to insightful analysis, here is what you need to know this week:

  • Coconut oil may help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. A recent study determined that virgin coconut oil, consumed daily, was able to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels in humans. Nutrients
  • Regular consumption of melatonin reduces the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). New research from the Cleveland Clinic reviewed the records of 200,000 older patients and found that melatonin may prevent AMD development and may also slow AMD progression when taken after diagnosis. JAMA Ophthalmology
  • Curcumin may inhibit allergic reactions. Emerging research indicates that curcumin and related ingredients may suppress allergic reactions even during the consumption of allergy-inducing foods. Frontiers in Immunology
  • Fruit consumption is linked to reduced risk of depression. A large global study showed that eating more fruit was associated with lower overall incidence of depression symptoms in adults. Journal of Affective Disorders