A Modest Dose of Ginger Improves 8 Markers of Diabetes Type 2

gingerA promising new study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition reveals that the popular kitchen spice ginger may be an effective treatment for the prevention of diabetes and its complications.

Ginger is in the same plant family (Zingiberacea) that Continue reading

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

The Myth of the ‘Low-Fat’ Diet, and Why Consuming Healthy Fats Is Vital to Your Health

Many people today still adhere to the misguided belief that nearly all fats are bad, and that the best way to stay slim and healthy is to cut fats, whenever possible, from your diet. On the contrary, fats are an absolutely vital component of any healthy diet as they aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, as well as feed the brain, heart, liver, lungs, bones, cells and nervous system the nutrients they need to function properly.

It is widely assumed that, because they are called “fats,” these substances must contribute to obesity and obesity-related illnesses like heart disease that afflict millions of people today. This is true for trans fats and certain other unhealthy fats, of course, but there are all kinds of healthy fats as well, such as coconut oil, for instance, or even animal-based fats like grass-fed butter Continue reading

Try Pancakes to Regulate Blood Sugar

Have you ever tried buckwheat pancakes? Worried that all that flour and syrup will spike your blood sugar? Well, here’s some health advice: make your pancakes from buckwheat flour and you might actually be normalizing your blood sugar rather than the opposite. Researchers have discovered that special nutrients in buckwheat may contribute to blood sugar control. Buckwheat bran is an important natural source of quercetin and isoquercetin. Quercetin and isoquercetin are both powerful “a-glucosidase inhibitors” — meaning they prevent the digestion of carbohydrates and reduce their impact on blood sugar.

A Chinese research team studied the blood-sugar-lowering effect of isoquercetin in mice with type 2 diabetes. Isoquercetin was administrated at doses of 50, 100 and 200 milligrams/kilogram (mg/kg) for 35 days. They found that fasting blood glucose concentration was decreased with the 200 mg/kg group the most efficiently compared with a diabetic control group. 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

This Rice Could Combat Cholesterol

Red yeast rice is a part of Chinese cuisine (food coloring for Peking duck) as well as a medicinal agent. It is prepared by using a type of yeast, “Manascus purpureus,” fermented with rice, which was first recorded as being used during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It also carries some excellent possibilities for lowering cholesterol.

There are many chemicals in red yeast rice, including starch, sterols, isoflavones, monounsaturated fatty acids, and monacolins. Monacolin K is actually a statin; specifically, lovastatin, a commonly prescribed cholesterol- lowering drug. Continue reading

Eat Kiwifruit to Keep your Immune System Strong

You could help keep your immune system fighting strong just by eating one or two of these little golden beauties every day: kiwifruit.

In a short study, eating a couple of golden kiwifruits daily dramatically reduced oxidative damage to immune-system-related cell structures in the study participants’ bodies.

Sweet Protection
Golden kiwifruit is sweeter tasting but just as nutritious as its more common cousin — green-hued kiwifruit. And in the study, the golden variety was responsible for dramatically boosting blood levels of several kinds of antioxidants — including vitamin C — after just 4 weeks of daily noshing. What’s more, those little fruits appeared to reduce blood levels of two types of oxidative substances  Continue reading

Berberine Can Control Blood Sugar in Diabetics

Berberine is a natural substance found in herbs like barberry, goldenseal and Oregon grape. Research now shows that this remarkable phytochemical can be used to control blood sugar in diabetics and moderate problematic blood fats.

Can This Herb Completely Replace Drugs For Type-2 Diabetics?

a diabetic patient  who had been working hard to control his blood sugar wrote this : “Hi Frank, I have some very good news that I’m excited to tell you. I’ve been following your program closely and was a little discouraged. Although my A1C levels [average blood sugar levels] have been dropping, my fasting blood sugar has not. It was still at 123. About two to three weeks ago, I began taking berberine (500 mg, three times daily) and my fasting blood sugar dropped into the 90s. I’m stoked! Sincerely, Rich.”

Berberine is a phytochemical (plant chemical) found in many different plants. When used in herbal medicine, the usual sources are barberry, goldenseal or Oregon grape. It’s the main alkaloid of Coptis chinensis, which Asian folk medicine uses to treat diabetes. You also may hear people refer to Coptis chinensis as Chinese Goldthread and Huang-Lian. Continue reading

Eat your Apple with its Skin for Stronger Muscles

Many individuals — especially those with small children to please — will often peel their apples before eating them, discarding a part of the fruit that has been known to be rich in nutrients.

Now, researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered one more reason why consumers should opt to keep their apples intact: The skin apparently contains a compound that may stave off muscle loss.

“Muscle wasting is a frequent companion of illness and aging,” said lead author Christopher Adams. “It prolongs hospitalization, delays recoveries and in some cases prevents people from going back home. It isn’t well understood and there is no medicine for it.”

In a mouse model, the researchers found  Continue reading

Lower Disease-Promoting Triglycerides when Using Vitamin E Tocotrienols

Extensive Big Pharma propaganda has most allopathic physicians and their patients focused on blood cholesterol levels as a critical factor in cardiovascular disease development, as this is a number they can easily manipulate with dangerous statin drugs. Extensive scientific research points to increased levels of blood fat triglycerides as a primary cause of heart disease, cognitive decline, dementia and metabolic syndrome leading to diabetes. Researchers reporting in the Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis found that the full spectrum of vitamin E tocotrienols supplemented for 30 days decreased artery-clogging triglycerides by 28%. Vitamin E tocotrienol supplementation along with carbohydrate restriction  Continue reading

Food Flavanols help Weight Management Goals

A wealth of new scientific evidence shines a critical light on the importance of natural foods and nutritional compounds in the fight against overweight, obesity and weight maintenance. Virtually all alternative health experts agree, the current epidemic of weight control issues plaguing western society are the result of excess consumption of highly processed convenience foods that have replaced vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds in the diet. Three independent studies conclude that blueberries, resveratrol from red grapes and cocoa flavanols exert a potent effect on fat cell formation that can aid in weight loss and management goals when included as part of your daily diet.

Blueberries have been well documented for their cognitive and cardio-protective benefits, due in large part to the potent complex of anthocyanins that give the berry its deep blue color. Researchers reporting the results of a study to the Experimental Biology 2011 conference have found that blueberries may hold the key to resolving one of the largest threats to human health this century – overweight and obesity. Continue reading

Cholesterol Levels Explained

HDL Cholesterol

When it comes to HDL cholesterol — “good” cholesterol — the higher the number, the better it is for your health. This is because HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking the “bad” cholesterol out of your blood and keeping it from building up in your arteries. The table below explains what the numbers mean.

HDL Cholesterol HDL-Cholesterol Category
60 and above High; Optimal; helps to lower risk of heart disease
Less than 40 in men and less than 50 in women Low; considered a risk factor for heart disease

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fat exists in food and the body. A high triglyceride level has been linked to the occurrence of coronary artery disease in some people. Here’s the breakdown.

Triglycerides Triglyceride Category
Less than 150 Normal
150 – 199 Borderline high
200 – 499 High
500 or higher Very high

Total Cholesterol

Your total blood cholesterol is a measure of LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and other lipid components. Doctors recommend total cholesterol levels below 200

Total Cholesterol Category
Less than 200 Desirable
200 – 239 Borderline High
240 and above High