Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Omega3 Fatty Acid Lowers Heart Disease

Omega-3 fatty acid intake associated with lower heart disease risk
Increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is associated with lower levels of inflammation and endothelial activation, according to results from a study at Harvard. Dysfunction of the endothelium, which is the inner lining of the blood vessel wall, is an early event in the development of atherosclerosis and subsequent heart disease. Food frequency questionnaires completed in1986 and 1990 by 727 participants in the Nurses' Health study were evaluated for levels of the omega-3 fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Alpha-linolenic acid consumption was found to be inversely associated with several plasma markers of inflammation, while EPA and DHA intake was inversely related to platelet aggregration. Results of this study indicate that in addition to reducing triglycerides, platelet aggregation and heart arrhythmias, omega-3 fatty acids may also reduce the body's production of hydrogen peroxide, which is involved in the inflammatory process. J Nutr 2004 Jul;134(7):1806-11

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Vitamins are essential to the normal functions of our body. They are necessary for our health, vitality, and well-being. Natural vitamins are found in living things, such as plants and animals. Vitamins must be supplied through our foods or plant supplements. Vitamins cannot or should not be taken to replace food. Our bodies can only assimilate added vitamins when taken with food. Always eat before taking vitamins.

Necessary for growth & repair of body tissues. It helps maintain smooth, soft skin; helps protect the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat & lungs, protects against air pollutants; counteracts night-blindness & weak eyesight; aids in bone and teeth formation. Current medical research shows that foods rich in Beta Carotene will help reduce the risk of lung cancer and certain oral cancers.

VITAMIN C (Ascorbic Acid)
Essential for healthy teeth and gums; helps heal wounds, scar tissue, and fractures; prevents scurvy; builds resistance to infection; aids in the prevention & treatment of the common cold; gives strength to blood vessels and aids in the absorption of iron. It is required for the synthesis of collagen, the "cement" which holds tissues together. It is also one of the major antioxidant nutrients. It prevents the conversion of nitrates (from tobacco smoke, smog, lunch meats, & some vegetables) into cancer- causing substances. According to Dr. Lines Pauling, the foremost authority on Vitamin C, Vitamin C will decrease the risk of getting certain cancers by 75%.

Improves absorption and utilization of Calcium and Phosphorous; required for bone and teeth formation; maintains a stable nervous and cardiovascular system.

Major anti-oxidant nutrient; retards cellular aging due to oxidation; supplies oxygen to the blood; alleviates fatigue; aids in nourishing cells; strengthens the capillary walls and protects the red blood cells from destructive poisons; prevents and dissolves blood clots; has also been used by doctors in helping prevent sterility, muscular dystrophy, calcium deposits in blood walls and heart conditions.

VITAMIN B-1 (Thiamin)
Plays a key role in the body's metabolic cycle for generating energy; aids in digesting carbohydrates; essential for the normal functions of the nervous system, muscles & heart; stabilizes appetite; promotes growth & good muscle tone.

VITAMIN B-2 (Riboflavin)
Necessary for carbohydrate, fat & protein metabolism; aids in the formation of antibodies and red blood cells; maintains cell oxygenation; necessary for the nourishment of good vision, skin, nails & hair; alleviates eye fatigue.

VITAMIN B-6 (Pyridoxine)
Necessary for the synthesis & breakdown of amino acids. Aids in the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates; aids in the formation of antibodies; maintains the central nervous system; aids in the removal of excess fluid of premenstrual women; promotes healthy skin; reduces muscle spasms, leg cramps, hand numbness, nausea & stiffness of hands; helps maintain a proper balance of sodium & phosphorous in the body.

VITAMIN B-12 (Cobalamin)
Helps in the formation and regeneration of red blood cells, which helps to prevent anemia; necessary for carbohydrate, fat & protein metabolism; maintains a healthy nervous system; promotes growth in children; increases energy; needed for Calcium absorption.

NIACINAMIDE (Niacin- vitamin B-3)
Improves circulation and reduces cholesterol levels in the blood; maintains the nervous system; helps metabolize protein, sugar & fat; reduces high blood pressure; increases energy; helps maintain a healthy skin, tongue & digestive system.

Participates in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats & protein; aids in the utilization of vitamins; improves the body's ability to cope with stress; helps in cell building & the development of the central nervous system; helps the adrenal glands; fights infections by building antibodies in the blood.

Necessary for DNA & RNA synthesis, which is essential for the growth and reproduction of all body cells; essential to the formation of red blood cells; aids in amino acid metabolism.

Now you know which vitamins you need for some of the deficiencies that you are experiencing. If you are not getting the vitamins your body needs through your food then you must get them by means of taking vitamins and supplements. Remember this, the sooner you practice what you are learning here the sooner you will begin to enjoy natural health and HEALING THYSELF NATURALLY!!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2007


Almonds: Give Me Some Skin

If you're a health nut, munch on almonds with the skin they're in.

The skins give almonds extra heart-protection powers, especially if you take some vitamin E or vitamin C to boot. So what's in the skin?

Almond Attributes

Almonds abound with heart-healthy goodies, including vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, arginine, potassium, and fiber. The skins add even more nutrition: They're bursting with flavonoids that help protect cells from oxidation and inflammation. Look up the nutrition information of more foods here.

Synergistic Effects
In a lab study, almond-skin flavonoids helped prevent LDL cholesterol (what's that?) from oxidizing -- and that's a very good thing, because when LDL oxidizes, it can lead to heart attack. Adding vitamins E and C enhanced the effect by working synergistically with the almond-skin flavonoids.


What Are Almonds Good For?

By Charles Browne

The almond, which we think of as a nut, is actually the seed of the fruit from the almond tree. The almond is related to the peach, but the fruit toughens into a leathery coat, called the hull, which contains the shell and the edible kernel. Unlike the peach pit, the almond kernel is not only edible, but also quite nutritious.Almonds are high in health-promoting monounsaturated fats. These fats are beneficial for healthy hair, skin, and nails.

But don't be too concerned about almond consumption leading to a high-fat diet; it is believed that not all of the fat in almonds is absorbed. A study, from King's College in London, showed that the cell walls of almonds may influence the body's absorption of the fat in almonds. When eating almonds, chewing appears to break down only some of the cell walls, leaving some of the almond intact, so that not all of the fat was released for digestion. Almonds are also low in calorie density, which means you get a larger portion size with a fewer number of calories (eat more, gain less). But don't go overboard; anything eaten in excess can lead to health problems. The most widely recommended intake of almonds is one ounce per day.

Almonds are a good source of manganese, magnesium, copper, tryptophan, phosphorus, vitamins E and B2. They are also loaded with other vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Furthermore, like all nuts, almonds provide one of the best plant sources of protein. Almonds have been used to treat iron deficiency, menopause, pain and for cancer prevention. The beneficial fats and fibre in almonds are believed to help prevent heart disease. One study showed almonds to be almost twice as effective at lowering cholesterol levels than oatmeal.With all the health benefits, as well as great taste of almonds, it's no wonder that producers turn out over two million tonnes yearly.

Knees Ache?

When a Pound Is More Than a Pound

Knees ache? Make a promise to lose 1 pound.

Yes, you heard right. Just 1 pound could mean a lot to your knees. If you are overweight or obese, losing 1 pound feels more like losing 4 pounds to this all-important joint. Here's why.

When you carry excess weight, your gait changes to accommodate your size and help you keep your balance. Often, these gait changes involve placing a disproportionate amount of stress on already strained knees. That's why losing weight -- even as little as 1 pound -- helps give your knees a much-needed break. Losing weight can even help reduce your risk of knee osteoarthritis.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Fishing for the Right Words - More on Fish

Words may not trip as lightly off the tongue as we get older, but we can do something about it: Eat salmon. And tuna. And herring. And lake trout. Sounds like a fish tale, but it's true. Here's how eating fish helps give you a silver tongue.

Thank Fat for a Nimble MindMiddle-aged and older adults who have higher blood levels of certain fatty acids -- those found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna -- fare better on verbal fluency tasks compared with their peers who are deficient in fatty acids. It seems to be particularly true for people with artery troubles like hypertension or high levels of unhealthy blood fats. Researchers suspect that people in this group suffer from greater oxidative stress -- which can wreak havoc on memory and other cognitive functions.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Fish Oil Lowers Heart Risk

Fish oil is known to decrease the risk of heart arrhythmias, which are a potential cause of heart disease, stroke and sudden cardiac death. According to a new study, regular intake of fish oil can reduce heart rate and decrease the risk of sudden death by as much as 5% in the overall population.

There is significant evidence that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce arrhythmias, disorders of the regular rhythmic beating of the heart. Arrhythmias can occur in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence, but they also may indicate a serious problem and lead to heart disease, stroke or sudden cardiac death.

A recent meta-analysis published in the journal Circulation further confirms this association. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health combined statistical analysis of thirty studies published from 1996 to 2005. These studies involved nearly 1,700 individuals treated with fish oil or placebo for up to one year. The median combined dose of EPA and DHA was 3.5 grams/day for an average of 8 weeks. The overall estimated change in heart rate of those treated with fish oil was 1.6 beats per minute. The reduction in heart rate was even greater among trials whose participants had higher baseline heart rates.

In those studies, treatment with fish oil resulted in a decreased heart rate of 2.5 beats per min. There was no evidence of a dose-response effect, and heart rate was not significantly different between higher and lower doses compared with placebo. Although the overall effect of fish oil on heart rate appears small, researchers estimate that on a population basis this could correspond to as much as a 5% reduction in sudden death.

Mozaffarian D, Geelen A, Brouwer IA, Geleijnse JM, Zock PL, Katan MB. Effect of fish oil on heart rate in humans. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Circulation 2005;112:1945-1952.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Folic acid supplements reduce stroke risk

A meta-analysis published in the most recent issue of The Lancet concluded that supplementing with the B vitamin folic acid can reduce stroke risk by at least 18 percent. Researchers analyzed eight randomized trials involving folic acid and stroke. Participants supplementing with folic acid lowered their risk of stroke by an average of 18 percent compared to those who did not use folic acid supplements.
Trials involving folic acid supplementation longer than 3 years showed an even greater reduction in stroke risk (29%). Folic acid supplementation was also more significant in people with reduced homocysteine levels, those with no prior stroke risk, or those who lived in area without folic acid fortification of foods.It is believed that folic acid's ability to reduce homocysteine, an amino acid found in the blood that is toxic in excess, may be the reason for the lower incidence of strokes.
Lancet 2007 Jun 2;369(9576):1876-82

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Health Challenge

The world’s most destructive diseases today are not those caused by viruses and germs. They are degenerative diseases – which result from accumulated damage and degeneration of our cells.

There is yet no effective cure...

In its annual report, the World Health Organisation warns that cancer, heart diseasea nd other chronic conditions, which already killed more than 24 million people a year, will impose increasing burden of suffering and disability in hundreds of millions of others.

…but degenerative diseases can be prevented. Many people still think of chronic diseases as unfortunate, but inevitable results of old age. We now know that “old” does not equal “sick”. Balanced nutrition, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle give us an excellent chance of avoiding degenerative diseases.

These are the public health enemies throughout the modern world.
1: Heart Disease
2: Cancer
3: Stroke
4: Diabetes
5: Osteoporosis
6: Arthritis
7: Alzheimer
8: Obesity
Are You a Likely Victim?