Category Archives: Health

Is Yerba Mate Tea Better for You Than Coffee?

By MCNS Staff


yerba-mate-tea-2_orig[1]Yerba mate has a number of health benefits and in similar ways, can be as effective and satisfying as coffee. It has a unique, rich flavor that’s similar to black or green tea. Also, in South America drinking yerba mate tea, oftentimes from gourds, is a common social pastime.


The website tackles this. It claims that yerba mate tea “is made from the leaves of the ilex paraguariensis plant. It’s been used for centuries in South America for medicinal purposes and as a social beverage.”

It also lists a host of health benefits such as being rich in antioxidants, healthy for the heart, anti-inflammatory, and good for weight loss among others.

The site also notes that yerba mate contains “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” which is the same carcinogen (cancer causing) substance found in tobacco and charred foods.

Yerba mate also contains small amounts of heavy lead such as aluminum and lead. However, claims that “the average lead concentration in yerba mate tea is less than half of what the EPA considers safe for drinking water. Green tea, coffee, and even fruits and vegetables also contain varying amounts of heavy metals in them, since it’s naturally abundant in soil.”


For more on wellnessmama’s take on yerba mate, click here.

Are You Using Coconut Oil to Address Dental Health?

By The Swahili Scientist

coconut-oil-fresh-md[2]The use of coconut oil for dental hygiene may not only be effective but also important.

A 2016 abstract was published by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health which showed that coconut oil significantly reduces the streptococcus mutant count in saliva.  This is important because the streptococcus mutant causes tooth decay.

Additionally, a 2015 study from Tufts University in Massachusetts, published in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal mSphere suggested that coconut oil may be an effective treatment for candida albicans, which is part of the normal gut microbiome in humans and animals, but when the fungus gets out of balance in the body, it can cause infection.

Therefore, coconut oil may in fact be a silver bullet with regard to dental health. For more information, reference the following abstract and article.

Pesticides Identified in Iowa Streams and Tap Water

By MCNS Staff


how-safe-is-your-drinking-water-722x406[1]A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters determined that 63% of the samples collected from stream feeding the Iowa River contain at least one neonicotinoid compound. The compound is an insecticide used to kill bees.


In the study, which took place after a 2016 study identified a link between neonicotinoid use and local pollinator extinctions, researchers took samples from 48 streams that feed the Iowa River. These samples were taken shortly after corn and soy were planted in nearby fields.


Samples were also retrieved from the local tap water supply. The water treatment plant at the University of Iowa showed three main neonicotinoids in the tap water, which supported theories that the method of filtration there is not sufficient to adequately purify the drinking water.


The samples were collected over the course of seven weeks, however, higher concentrations are likely to be present within one to three days

Going Braless May Fight Fibrocystic Breast Disease

By MCNS Staff

bra-and-cancerFibrocystic breast disease, for many women, is very treatable and preventable. For years, doctors have recommended that women avoid caffeine and high fat diets. They have also prescribed an array of drugs, some with strong side effects.


However, a growing body of evidence has suggested that some women who have opted to go braless have achieved some success in fighting Fibrocystic breast disease. They have linked the wearing of bras and benign fibrocystic lumps, cysts and pain. For more on this new understanding of the disease, click here.