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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.

Sources for this article include:

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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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pumpkins For Carving or Cooking

The farmers markets and farmers along the side of the road are selling small and large bright orange pumpkins. With a bumper crop this year they are tastier than ever. Even the food manufacturers have jumped in with their pumpkin spice cream cheese, pumpkin spice latte mix, pumpkin granola and many other pumpkin laced products…but as it is said, “There’s nothing like the real thing.”
Pumpkin is a fruit high in fiber, potassium and vitamin A, with only 30 calories per cup. The creamy texture and mild natural sweetness is very satisfying. The seeds, also known as pepitas, offer nutritional values including zinc, manganese, iron and tryptophan along with an addictively buttery flavor.
Whether you are using pumpkins for carving or cooking you can’t go wrong. It’s delightful to see pumpkins carved with funny faces and lit with candles or a bulb. The smell of pumpkin pie baking or the smell of your favorite pumpkin drink is soothing and relaxing. So enjoy pumpkin this fall season.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Veggies That Boost Your Immune System

It’s that time of year again when we need to give our immune system a good healthy boost.

Because of the proliferation of health problems, people are constantly looking for ways to strengthen their immune system. While most resort to finding supplements and other health products, you can actually raise your immunity by simply eating your vegetables. Following is a list of vegetables you should eat for an improved immune system.
Vegetables that serve as Immune System Boosters
1. Garlic
Garlic contains allicin, a compound known for protecting cells against various compounds. It is also a powerful antiseptic, preventing diseases ranging from colds to cancers. Last but not least, it's directly linked to the prevention of age-related diseases.
2. Cruciferous vegetables
These mostly leafy vegetables have sulfur-containing compounds that are converted into isothiocyanates (ITCs). These ITCs improve immune response and are also linked to cancer prevention. Examples of cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, and radish.
3. Onions
This popular vegetable is rich with quercetin, a powerful antioxidant. It also contains anthocyanins, another powerful antioxidant. Onions are also known to reduce hypertension and are an adequate treatment for allergies.
4. Tomatoes
This popular fruit is nature's best source of lycopene. One of the most powerful antioxidants in nature, it is exceptionally effective in preventing cancers, particularly of the prostate. It is also rich in both beta carotene and dietary fiber.
5. Mushrooms
Several of these fungi are directly linked to reducing the risk of cancers, particularly breast cancer. It is able to do so, because it enhances the function of T cells, a part of the immune system that attacks infections or tumor cells. While there are lots of delicious species, there are also plenty of poisonous ones; you have to make sure if the mushroom you're looking at is edible or not. Some healthy choices: morel mushrooms, black chanterelle mushrooms, cauliflower mushrooms, reishi mushrooms and maitake mushrooms.
6. Beets
These are exceptionally good for purifying the blood. They are rich in iron, which boosts the functionality of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Beets also enhance the function of immunity-focused white blood cells. Last but not least, they facilitate detoxification.
7. Spinach
Spinach improves immune function in two different ways. It is rich in beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, which increases the power of the immune system. It also contains zinc, a vital mineral that improves immunity.
8. Artichokes
This vegetable contains cynarin, a powerful detoxifier. Not only does it help with liver cleansing, but it also boosts overall body response with its high B vitamin content.
9. Asparagus
This vegetable has exceptional diuretic properties, which encourages the flushing out of toxins. Not only does it cleanse our body's insides, but it is also effective in countering inflammatory responses.
10. Bell peppers
These vegetables, especially the red ones, are full of vitamin C. Not only do they contain a high amount of vitamin C, but they also contain beta carotene that improves immune system function.
Some people say that the key to having a strong and sturdy body is to eat vegetables. By eating these immunity-boosting foods, your body will become sturdy indeed.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042147_vegetables_immune_system_healthy_foods.html#ixzz2g7HWHiMx

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Thursday, September 5, 2013


That smelly and sometimes hot superfood is more than the kitchen staple it used for in cooking. It has superior benefits for the treatment of common diseases.

The onion offers superior benefits for both the prevention and treatment of many common diseases, including various kinds of cancer, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cataracts and more.

Scientific studies published show that they are highly protective to nerves and the cardiovascular system, and that they enhance immune function, fight the growth of many types of tumors, help to promote healthy hormone function, and many more.

Read about the five research proven reasons why onion is a secret powerful superfood at: http://www.naturalnews.com/041923_onions_superfood_scientific_research.html

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Soap Making Videos

Soap Making Videos - See Our Products In Action
What is one of the best ways to learn how to do something? By watching someone else do it! If you are interested in seeing how to make cold process soap, how to line a soap mold, or how to use a larger soap making system to increase your volume then this page is for you.

Most of our videos were shot using amateurs. We wanted to show you how even a person who knows nothing about soap making can easily use our equipment.

From Small Production Soap Making to Professional Large Production Soap Making - We cover it all on our Video Page!

You can use our Equipment Videos as a great tool whether you are trying to decide whether to purchase a new system or whether you are learning about trace or lining soap molds – Just pause them when you need to and then start again. You can view them right from our Video Page or download them to your computer for viewing later.

All of the Videos are formatted in (.wmv) - (.mpg) - (Flash) video format
If you choose to download the videos to view later – We offer a few FREE Media Players that will work fine...Windows Media Player - WinAmp - DivX

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Benefits Of Omega 3's

The two changes to the Western diet most consistently linked to metabolic syndrome are decreased omega-3 fatty acid intake and increased fructose intake, which produces many of the same metabolic effects as omega-3 deficiency. Out of all the types of nutrients being studied for their potential to promote and maintain good health, few have shown the promise of the essential fatty acids, particularly the omega 3s. Whether it's cardiovascular health, mental function, skin, joint or immune system health, the mountain of scientific evidence for the benefits of omega 3s keeps growing, study after study, and it looks like we've still only scratched the surface. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the omega 3s are taking center stage once again. Read all of the report from Swanson Health Products at:SwansonHealthProducts@e.swanson-vitamins.com.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Dangers of Skipping Breakfast

Because skipping meals is associated with numerous cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors such as excess body weight, elevated fasting lipid concentrations, insulin resistance and high blood pressure, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health set out to determine whether specific eating habits were correlated with major health outcomes such as coronary heart disease independent of dietary composition. Study subjects were male health professionals aged 45 to 82 years who were free of cardiovascular disease at baseline in 1992.  Read more.....http://www.swansonvitamins.com/

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why Do We Need CoQ10?

In general, CoQ10 is marketed for supporting cardiovascular health but it is actually beneficial throughout the entire body because all of our cells need energy and CoQ10 is vital to the production of energy for our cells.  CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) is an all-natural trans isomer derived from yeast fermentation.
Question: "Why take CoQ10" "what part of my health will it help"?
Answer: CoQ10 supports cellular health. We need CoQ10 to help us make our energy molecule (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate) to energize all of our cells. CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant that protects cells from being damaged by unstable oxygen radicals.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Fish Oil vs Krill Oil

So many now believe in fish oil's nutritional assets that as many as 1 in 5 people take a fish oil supplement. Fish oil is so admired it seems to overshadow another great source of omega-3 fatty acids: krill oil.
Recent research provides a reason to take another look at these small crustaceans. Krill oil and fish oil both contain omega-3 fatty acids; however in fish oil the EPA and DHA are found in the form of triglycerides. In krill oil, they are mainly in the form of phospholipids.
Researchers theorized that this structural difference may make krill oil more valuable for influencing the function of neurons' membranes. This ability signaled a potential treatment approach for depression. read more....

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

YUCCA - An Herb For Thought

Due to the roots’ high saponin content, giving it a soapy texture, it is widely used in natural soap and shampoo products. Some claim shampoo made with yucca prevents hair loss and dandruff, while creating soft, shiny strands.
The root is packed with vitamin C, B and A, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. It’s also recommended to use the root’s powder form, which contains protein. This can be done by mixing it with water, yogurt, smoothies or juice. The saponins in the powder will act as anti-inflammatory agent, reducing muscle spasms, pain, and symptoms of arthritis.
Read the entire article at: http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/an-herb-for-thought-yucca/

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Make Your Own Lip Balm

It’s that time of year! Chapped lips can be a challenge. Our lips can be dry and become cracked due to the hot weather, medications, and certain foods or by simply licking your lips too often. Lip balm is used by many to help moisturize the lips and keep them soft. Making your own lip balm is easy and cost much less than purchasing in a store. Hey, check out our specials this month www.soapequipment.com and get a great deal on lip balm trays.




Monday, June 24, 2013

Turmeric An Ancient Indian Herb

Cur cumin (Turmeric), an ancient Indian herb used in curry powder, has been extensively studied in modern medicine and Indian systems of medicine for the treatment of various medical conditions, including cystic fibrosis, hemorrhoids, gastric ulcer, colon cancer, breast cancer, atherosclerosis, liver diseases and arthritis. It has been used in various types of treatments for dementia and traumatic brain injury. Turmeric is used in curries and other spicy dishes from India, Asia and the Middle East. Similar to many other herbal remedies, people first used cur cumin as a food and later discovered that it also had impressive medicinal qualities. Read the complete story on Turmeric  at: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Cutting Your Soap

Cutting your soap can be a lot more fun than just cutting soap!

Krinkle Soap CutterHow about trying the Krinkle Soap Cutter for a different look?

Beveled FaceAnd then smooth those edges with The HANDcraft Soap Edger. It is fast, easy and convenient to use!

For those round bars of soap why not try using the HANDcraft™ 3” Half-Round Slicer!

There. You can make your soap in a new design.

For more information…visit our Soap Cutters page.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Tips For Fun In The Sun

Summer officially begins soon, with vacations and fun in the sun. The sun just makes you feel good – if you haven’t become afraid of it. Many of my patients avoid the sun like the plague. These days you hear frequent warnings that sunshine poses serious risks to your health.
Among the many alarmist voices are the sunscreen manufacturers. For more than 20 years, the $5 billion-a-year industry has been propagating the supposition that the sun is deadly and we must be protected from it by slathering on chemical compounds.
Of course, they conveniently fail to mention that sun exposure is essential for good health; or that common sun lotion contains 5 known carcinogens – two of which are actually activated by the sun – and block your body’s ability to produce essential vitamin D.
And here’s the worst part – There has never been any evidence that sunscreens prevent the most serious kinds of skin cancer. In fact, they can actually increase that risk.
The rising risk of cancer is not because we’ve increased sun exposure.
With most of us working indoors now, we are exposed to far less sunlight yet certain cancers, especially skin cancers, have dramatically risen. Your diet is more important. We have progressively lowered antioxidant intake.
Many antioxidants have been shown to significantly lower your risk of cancer –even skin cancer. I’ll bet there are many more yet to be discovered. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology backs me up on this.
They found that regular green tea drinkers were 20 to 30 percent less likely to develop the two most common types of skin cancer: *basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
The study also found that the green tea antioxidant known as EGCG can reduce burning on UV-exposed skin. The protective power of EGCG comes from its ability to prevent and repair the cellular damage caused by overexposure to the sun.
Dermatologists usually ignore any evidence that diet and sunlight have a synergistic connection. In fact, they spend most of their time telling you to stay out of the sun altogether. Their prescription – stay out of the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen when you do venture outside – is not only unnecessary; it’s bad for your health.

These findings do NOT mean it’s OK to burn in the sun as long as you have a cup of tea afterward. Sunlight is good for you; sunburns are bad, so use appropriate moderation.
All information above has been graciously provided by Al Sears, MD.
1 JR Rees et al. Tea consumption and basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2007; (56)781-785.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Observance

Memorial Day is observed to commemorate all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Today we observe this holiday on the last Monday in May but before World War II it was observed on May 30th no matter what day of the week it fell on. This day was formally known as Decoration Day. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to go on a short vacation or visit family or friends. Whatever you do to enjoy this summer weekend, remember our military service men and women and have fun!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Soursop: The Cancer Killer We Never Knew About?

This tree is low and is called Graviola in Brazil, Guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name “Soursop” in English. The soursop, a fruit of the flowering, evergreen Graviola tree (Scientific name: Annona muricata) is native to Mexico, Cuba, Central American, the Caribbean and northern South America. The fruit itself is very large and has a subacid sweetish pulp that can be eaten as whole or can be concentrated down to a fruit juice (the main way this fruit is consumed.) The Soursop leaf and bark have been shown to regulate blood sugar and cure diabetes. This has led to discoveries of the fruit’s effectiveness of disorders of the endocrine system: liver, kidney, thyroid, pancreas, ovary, prostate, intestines, gall bladder and appendix. It has also been shown to fight lung & breast cancer as well as brain tumors. Read more interesting facts at http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/soursop-the-cancer-killer-we-never-knew-about/.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Garlic Ginger Chili Shrimp

Shrimp is oh so delicious and oh so versatile! Chef Jess of Everyday Gourmet has divulged her tasty shrimpy secrets with the Swanson Recipe crew and we're thrilled to share her knowledge. These Garlic Ginger Chili Shrimp can be used as an appetizer or main course and will keep your guests begging to have the recipe. To read more and get this great recipe go to SwansonHealthProducts@e.swanson-vitamins.com.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Berrie May Help Fight Alzheimers Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most feared and devastating illnesses that plague aging adults today. New research posits that eating berries regularly can help clear the protein tangles that exhibit frequently with many dementias as well as other chronic brain diseases.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040208_berries_Alzheimers_disease_brain_health.html#ixzz2SzX1WI6u

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Manuka Honey and Oil: Antibiotic Action So Powerful It Beats MRSA

Manuka Honey
Even though there has only been a small number of cases used in the study of Manuka Honey & Oil it may provide enormous health benefits. Knowing about them may save your life or prevent amputation.

With a growing fear of MRSA in hospitals, Manuka oil may be the solution.  Maureen Rogers has provided this link so you may read more about this amazing product.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Senate Passes The Marketplace Fairness Act


The Senate passed the bill 69 - 27 yesterday that will allow the state to collect tax on Internet purchases. Next stop the House! They will be under a lot of pressure and its up to us so PLEASE contact your House Representatives to vote NO on the tax.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Handcrafted Body Care Industry - Calendar of Events

Check out our Handcrafted Body Care Industry - Calendar Of Events!Looking for a Soap Making Class, Soap Show, Seminar or Conference to attend? Click here. Do you teach Soap Making or Handcrafted Body Care Classes? Do you know about a Show or Conference we don't have listed? If you have classes or other soap making events that you would like displayed on our Calendar feel free to contact us @ info@soapequipment.com.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Magnesium Rich Foods Reverse Alzheimer's Disease

Foods Rich In Magnesium
Alzheimer’s disease has become an epidemic - worldwide. Find out how magnesium rich foods can help improve memory; strengthen the brain and reverse disease.
Researchers have found that magnesium plays an important part in protecting the aging brain’s structure and function; it can rebuild ruptured synapses, and restore the degraded neuronal connections within the brain and help reverse memory lost. In fact, for many years, magnesium has been recognized as a key component to optimal brain function. Read the entire article at: http://www.naturalhealth365.com/nutrition_news/magnesium_food.html

Friday, April 26, 2013

Virgin Coconut Oil a Healthy Choice

Virgin Coconut Oil
Did you know that Virgin Coconut oil can take the place of other oils used in baking, frying and even for lotions, dry cuticles, wrinkles and shaving cream?  In cooking the fatty acid is converted into an energy source which is great for low-carb diets. Some people call it the all purpose oil with a healthy advantage. Give it a try. 
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