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Friday, February 28, 2014


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Love From The Heart

The first month of 2014 went flying by with cold temperatures for most of the country. Now it’s time to focus our attention on love. Valentine’s Day the day of love when cards and candy are given with warm affection in hopes that a special person will accept these gifts and respond with tenderness. There’s just something about love that we just can’t get enough of.
Love from the “heart” the point we are making today! Did you know that many of the more than one million Americans who will die from heart-related disease this year will have died of a heart attack while experiencing a sudden rise in excitement and tension. Having a check up with your doctor is also a special gift. One you can give yourself. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.
1. Don't smoke or use tobacco - Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack.
2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week - Try getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week. However, even shorter amounts of exercise offer heart benefits, so if you can't meet those guidelines, don't give up. You can even break up your workout time into 10-minute sessions.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Flavonoids Improve Insulin Function and Inflammation

These Can Help Prevent Type II Diabetes

When it comes to preventing type II diabetes, recently published research indicates that one important change we can make is to increase our flavonoid intake. Two large studies, one involving 2,915 subjects and another involving 340,234 participants, have found that long-term flavonoid intake was inversely associated with type II diabetes risk. Both studies found that two flavonoid subclasses—flavonols and flavanals—were associated with reduced risk of developing type II diabetes.
New research indicates dietary flavonoids may protect against insulin resistance and inflammation, two hallmarks of type II diabetes. Researchers from the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, examined associations between insulin resistance and inflammatory biomarkers and intakes of total flavonoids and their subclasses. Measures assessed included fasting serum glucose, insulin, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 and adiponectin levels.
In multivariable analyses, higher intakes of anthocyanins and flavones were associated with significantly reduced peripheral insulin resistance. Higher anthocyanin intake was also associated with lower concentrations of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation. Subjects with the highest flavone intake also had improved concentrations of adiponectin, a protein involved in regulating glucose levels. The study authors concluded that “higher intakes of both anthocyanins and flavones were associated with improvements in insulin resistance and hs-CRP.”

Resource: SwansonHealthProducts@e.swanson-vitamins.com 

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

5 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Isn’t cinnamon, cinnamon? Not for those “in the know.” Turns out that there are several types of the well-known spice, but the two most common are “cassia” and “ceylon.”

Cassia or Ceylon? Studies show benefits from both, but your taste buds may prefer Ceylon.

The Difference Between the Two Ceylon cinnamon, also called “true cinnamon,” comes from crumbly inner bark of the Cinnamomum zeylanicum tree. It’s light brown, and has a sweet and delicate flavor.
Cassia comes from the Cinnamomum cassia plant, and is also called “Chinese cinnamon.” This type is a darker, redder brown, and has a harsher, more overpowering flavor with less sweetness. Cassia sticks are particularly hardy.

Health Benefits
Both types of cinnamon have health benefits, including the following.

1. Diabetes.
2. Alzheimer’s Disease.
3. Cancer.
4. Anti-inflammatory.
5. Anti-microbial.

Other Health Benefits? As far as other health benefits related to cinnamon, such as weight loss, the research is still limited.

Cultures around the world have been using mainly Ceylon cinnamon medicinally and as a flavorful spice for thousands of years. You can’t go wrong by adding more to your diet.

Read the entire article at: http://renegadehealth.com/

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Eating Fat Is GOOD For You

A DIET packed with fat is the healthy way to prevent heart disease, a leading British expert has claimed.  Dr Aseem Malhotra, an interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital, London, slammed the routine prescriptions of statins and claimed a diet high in saturated fats could be three times more effective at lowering cholesterol.

Writing on bmj.com, he said a preoccupation with levels of total cholesterol “has diverted our attention” from the worse risks of a condition known as atherogenic ­dyslipidemia, which is an unfavorable ratio of blood fats. 
He said saturated fat has been demonized since the 1970s when a landmark study found a link between coronary heart disease and total ­cholesterol, which correlated with the percentage of calories provided by saturated fat.

Read the entire article at: http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/438600/Eating-fat-is-good-for-you-Doctors-change-their-minds-after-40-years

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cloves A Good Source of Minerals Essential For Health

NaturalNews) Cloves are often associated with Christmas recipes such as mulled wine and Christmas cake and not widely used in western culture or cuisine outside of the Christmas period. However, cloves have health benefits which could be enjoyed the whole year round.

Cloves have been used for over 2000 years for digestive disorders, to treat tooth pain, arthritis and also for the alleviation of cravings for alcoholics. It has been found that eugenol can also help prevent toxicity from environmental pollutants such as carbon tetrachloride and prevent cancers in the digestive tract.

Cloves are a good source of manganese, selenium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K, dietary fiber and vitamin C.

Manganese is an element that plays many essential roles in the body. It aids in the metabolism of proteins and helps activate enzymes needed for the body to use vitamin B1 (thiamin) and vitamin C, and is needed for normal functioning of the nervous system. Manganese is also involved in the formation of the thyroxine hormone in the thyroid gland, and in the production of sex hormones. Manganese also works as an antioxidant to help prevent cancer and heart disease.

Selenium helps skin to heal following injuries sustained from burns. Selenium's antioxidant properties regenerate vitamins E and C, and decrease aging of the skin. It improves the immune system's response against bacterial and viral infections, cancer cells, herpes virus, cold sores, and shingles. One of the major nutritional benefits of selenium is changing the levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol for a healthy heart.

Cloves taken as tea, in food or applied to the affected area as a paste can help with pain relief, indigestion, bloating and the symptoms associated with colds and flu such as congestion, headache, joint pain, muscle weakness and coughs.

Cloves are best bought whole rather than as a powder; the oils in the clove can be seen if pressed with a nail and the best quality can be found in health shops and spice markets. A good clove will contain a spherical top inside the crown of the bud and will float vertically in water whereas a stale one will float horizontally.

The tradition of using cloves in winter cooking may have started because the spice has a strong enough taste to cover up the taste of poorly preserved food. However, by consuming the spice in the winter it could also prevent the outbreaks of colds, flu and other viruses that also come as a tradition at wintertime.

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Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042882_cloves_healing_herbs_eugenol.html#ixzz2kdQdl1Go

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Eating the Right Fruits May Reduce Diabetes Risk

Some fruits are better than others for reducing type 2 diabetes risk, according to the results of three large studies. In a recent study published in the British Journal of Medicine, researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of Cambridge found that consumption of blueberries, grapes, apples, bananas and grapefruit were significantly associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Consumption of fruit juice, however, was associated with an increased type 2 diabetes risk. They used data gathered from three large prospective studies tracking diet and disease in more than 187,000 men and women, 12,198 of whom developed type 2 diabetes.
Read the complete article at: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/

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