The Real Facts on Fat Revealed

goodfatsPeople in America are scared of fat; or, at least, of the word fat. But if you consider the number of overweight and obese people, you would actually think that we love and embrace fat.

What’s interesting, though, is that many people misunderstand fat. They believe eating fat contributes to weight gain and results in an unhealthy lifestyle. Continue reading

Calcium Health Benefits

Did You Know…

… that calcium not only builds strong bones, but also helps you lose weight?

     Calcium is truly a miracle mineral.  First, of course, it helps prevent osteoporosis, a disease that afflicts more than 40 million people in the United States alone.  But in addition, Continue reading

Prevent Wrinkles and Repair Your Skin with Beet Juice

The benefits of beet juice have been backed by countless studies, but it seems most people are unaware of its nutritional power.

These bright red root vegetables pack a variety of vitamins and minerals rarely found in such high concentrations within one food.

Beets became popular around the world in the 19th century when it was discovered they could be used to make sugar; the very first beet sugar plant was built in Poland. Continue reading

Why Cholesterol is Essential for Optimal Health, and the Six Most Important Risk Factors of Heart Disease

There’s some serious confusion about cholesterol, and whether high cholesterol levels are responsible for heart disease.

Chris Masterjohn, who recently received his PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut, has published five peer-reviewed papers on vitamins and supplementation, and he’s currently researching Continue reading

How Food Affects High Triglycerides

For those diagnosed with high triglycerides, it’s important to take action to lower your levels and improve your heart health.

Triglyceride is just a fancy word for fat — the fat in our bodies is stored in the form of triglycerides. Triglycerides are found in foods and manufactured in our bodies. Normal triglyceride levels Continue reading

Photographic Cholesterol Test

ctestA noninvasive approach to total cholesterol determination

Researchers in India have developed a total cholesterol test that uses a digital camera to take a snapshot of the back of the patient’s hand rather than a blood sample. The image obtained is cropped and compared with images in a database for known cholesterol levels.

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The Best Fatty Acids for a Healthy Heart

Many people are confused about the consumption of fat when it comes to heart health. Too much fat raises cholesterol levels and ups your risk for heart disease. Not enough fat, however, has negative health effects, too. Your body needs healthy fat to give you energy and insulate you against heat loss. Every cell membrane contains fat. And fat is a component of myelin, Continue reading

Statins in Your Drinking Water?

When Statins first appeared in pharmacies around the country, they seemed like a miracle drug. Some doctors even suggested that these drugs should be added to drinking water because they appeared to be so effective without the side effects. But, this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a health alert requiring Continue reading

The Hidden Cause of Your Fatigue

There is a new hidden cause of illness and it is found in your medicine cabinet. The culprit: the world’s most commonly prescribed prescription medication. The cause: fatigue. Are you on statin drugs? Could they be causing your fatigue?

California researchers found that, among more than 1,000 adults, people taking statin drugs Continue reading

Five Reasons Why This Nut Is Tops for Your Health

almondsNow that we know that nuts are actually good for us, it should come as no surprise that almonds could do more than promote healthy cholesterol levels. It turns out, according to researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts, that almonds can help lower quite a few risk factors, not only for heart disease, but diabetes as well. Continue reading

The Hidden Reason You Get Flabby (Not Calories or Lack of Exercise)

Story at-a-glance

  • One dogma that has contributed to the ever-worsening health of the Western world is the belief that “a calorie is a calorie.” This simply isn’t true. The idea that obesity is the end result of eating too much and exercising too little; i.e. consuming more calories than you’re expending, is also false.
  • Fructose is ‘isocaloric but not isometabolic.” This means you can have the same amount of calories from fructose or glucose, Continue reading

Secret Ingredient Helps Protect You from Alzheimer’s

Resveratrol was first discovered by scientists way back in the 1940s. It wasn’t until about 1942, however, that reports about resveratrol’s beneficial effects on the heart began to appear. It turned out that the phytochemical could help significantly in the fight against heart disease by helping to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

Now, in the latest health news, resveratrol is being touted for its brain-protecting abilities.

Researchers in China have investigated the potential for resveratrol to reduce the risk for neurodegenerative disorders, including progressive forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common brain disease in the elderly.

After conducting tests, the researchers were able to determine that resveratrol promotes the non-amyloidogenic cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein. What does that mean? In short, resveratrol helps amyloid proteins break down in such a way that they don’t produce beta amyloid — an amino acid that is the main component of the amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients. When the amyloid precursor protein is functioning in a healthy way, it regulates synapse formation and boosts neural plasticity. Neural plasticity plays a role in many things in your brain, but the most important for you to know about are learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage. Continue reading

The Big Benefits of B3

Vitamin B3 (a.k.a. niacin) hones in on the health benefits that it exerts in our bodies. This goes beyond its many roles, but actually describes the disease- fighting nature of the vitamin. It has much to do with the flow of blood in the body, as we’ll see here.

1. Hyperlipidemia, Coronary Heart Disease: “Hyperlipidemia” means high cholesterol and triglycerides. Vitamin B3 was used as early as 1955 to treat patients with high cholesterol. The nutrient, at doses of 1,000 to 4,000 milligrams (mg) a day, lowered triglycerides by 20% to 50%, and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by 10% to 25%, while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol by 10% to 30%.

A major study in the 1960s and 70s tracked over 8,300 men aged 30 to 64 who’d had a heart attack in the past six years. Niacin, at three grams a day, reduced cholesterol by an average of 10%, triglycerides by 26%, another heart attack by 27%, and stroke by 26%. In another study, niacin was combined with a statin (i.e. a cholesterol-lowering drug) Continue reading

The Top 10 Feel-good Foods

The definitive list of healing foods that will leave you feeling great mentally and physically. Not only are these foods chock full of essential nutrients, but they also act like alternative cures for all sorts of conditions from heart disease to diabetes. So here goes — the top 10 list!

1. Blueberries are so full of antioxidants; they’re the ideal candidates for fighting off illness. They’ve got lots of vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese, too — not to mention fiber! They’re great for your heart, your eyes and your brain and they may help control blood sugar.

2. Oysters are the best source around for zinc. Zinc is important for healthy hormone levels, cardiovascular health, and energy production.

3. Red wine is a great source of antioxidants — Continue reading

Conquer Blood Sugar for Weight Loss and Better Health

If you ate too many sugary treats during the holidays, sugar cravings may still be dancing in your head. Those cravings often mean your blood sugar is out of balance, putting you at risk for weight gain and diabetes. Luckily, you can shrink your sweet obsession and trim your waistline with some easy, natural solutions that tame blood sugar.

Gone Tomorrow

The holidays have come and gone, and hopefully those of us who made New Year’s resolutions can bring them to fruition in 2012. For many of us, our goals are aimed at living healthier lives and becoming stronger, happier and more energetic. That often means cutting out the undesirable from our diets: excessive sugar, processed foods and trans fats. But with the holiday festivities just over, Continue reading