Some of the best health advice around is to up your intake of legumes (beans) and switch out white rice for its brown cousin. Adding green vegetables and dried fruit to your regular diet is also adding healing foods to your repertoire. This story is about food cures, particularly those now proven to reduce your risk of colon polyps. Continue reading
Stents or drugs are often used in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). But the latest health news shows that exercise may do just as well in helping these people improve their walking ability. The health breakthrough was just presented at an American Heart Association meeting in Rhode Island. PAD is caused by plaque build-up in the arteries, disrupting blood flow, especially to the legs. About 10 million Americans suffer from PAD and the painful cramping (“claudication”) that it causes in the leg muscles. This makes walking hard, leading to a sedentary lifestyle that worsens health. Currently, doctors’ advice is to go with medication, supervised exercise rehabilitation, and stents. The new study is the first multi-center clinical trial to compare the treatment strategies. It is published in the November issue of “Circulation.”
The study found that, amongst 111 patients, the most effective treatment proved to be supervised exercise. This is based on the results of a treadmill test taken at the beginning and six months later. Patients in the supervised exercise group improved by a mean of 4.6 minutes in the treadmill test, while the group who received stents improved by a mean of 2.5 minutes.
Conversely, quality of life was reported higher in the stent group, Continue reading
Natural supplements are a great way to complement a healthful diet. Never should they be considered an adequate replacement for whole foods. A new study drives this home with a look at several foods, including broccoli. It shows why it’s just a bad idea to skip the broccoli in favor of popping a pill.
Basically, a new study found that a key phytochemical in cruciferous vegetables is poorly absorbed and of far less value if taken as a supplement. Cruciferous refers to a very health family of veggies that includes many dark greens, broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
Understanding the issue of whole foods vs. natural supplements is not simple. But it does seem that you need Continue reading
The evidence increasingly shows that the best health advice for a morning meal is to include a few eggs. They are rich in nutrients, lower in cholesterol than previously thought, and help keep you satiated longer into the day. A new study addressed an interesting question: are eggs laid by free- range hens nutritionally superior to those laid by eggs in cages?
Free-range eggs are generally perceived to be better for you. There is no doubt they are ethically the better option, and perhaps that is all that needs to be addressed. A study was conducted to see if this natural food is actually clinically superior in nutrient base. To that end, the new study found basically no difference in quality of eggs produced by hens in both environments.
What’s more is that cholesterol levels in all eggs Continue reading