Traded along spice routes separating ancient cultures by vast distances, spices like cumin were once worth their weight in gold. Has modern science now revealed why, beyond their remarkable aesthetic value, they were so highly prized? Continue reading
A physician conducted a decade-long experiment on the health effects of a ketogenic diet, using himself as the laboratory rat; he experienced improvement in insulin sensitivity, body fat, lipids, blood sugar and other markers Continue reading
A new study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences has revealed something quite counterintuitive about chocolate, one of the world’s most prized ‘high-fat’ foods. This strangely medicinal ‘sweat treat,’ which ironically you find in the candy aisle at the pharmacy, improved markers of cardiovascular disease, including the reduction of belly fat, and only after one week of consumption.
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Keeping your blood sugar under control is no picnic — in fact, if you’ve been dealing with type 2 diabetes, I’m guessing your favorite picnic foods have been off the menu for some time.
The fact is, diabetes is more than a mealtime nuisance. It’s a deadly wrecking ball that unleashes oxidative stress on your heart and Continue reading
Andreas was a world-class bodybuilder who, by all appearances, was in the best shape of his life. His body was teeming with muscles and there was hardly an ounce of fat on him — he made the Incredible Hulk look like a beanpole.
And at 31 years of age, he did something that no 31-year-old should ever do — he died suddenly.
Years of bodybuilding supplements meant to enhance his performance and appearance had laid waste to his body. Continue reading
While sweet potatoes are a delicious alternative to regular potatoes, they also happen to be among the most nutritious healing foods you can eat. Sweet potatoes contain an abundance of bioavailable beta-carotene, which makes them a strong antioxidant source. Sweet potatoes are also good for your digestive tract, since they help to fend off Continue reading
- Leptin is a powerful and influential hormone produced by your fat cells. It plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure. By acquiring a better understanding of how leptin and its receptor interact, researchers now believe they will be able to find new treatments for obesity and other metabolic disorders
- Drug treatments are not likely to solve leptin resistance, Continue reading
Modern medicine may have its place in emergency care, but when it comes to the prevention or management of chronic illness, many conventional treatments are lacking. In the case of diabetes, the battle is loudly proclaimed to be one of blood sugar regulation. “Check your sugar, and take your drugs as prescribed,” seems the tired message of most industry doctors to a steadily increasing number of diabetics.
But where modern medicine falls short in its rigid symptoms-only approach, Continue reading
Supplements containing a compound found in curry spice may help prevent diabetes in people at high risk, according to a Thai study.
Researchers, whose results were published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that over nine months, a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among Continue reading
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
How “Forgotten Oil” Can Dramatically Boost the Health of Your Entire Body
Treasured for its healing properties throughout the Roman Empire, flax seed oil benefits was one of the original natural remedies used by Hippocrates. Nearly every bodily system can benefit from this “forgotten oil,” including the cardiovascular system…immune system…circulatory system…reproductive system…nervous system…and joints.
What is Flax?
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Coconut’s traditional name reflects its numerous health benefits: kalpavriksha — Sanskrit for “the tree that supplies all that is needed to live.” Healers in ancient India recognized the coconut palm as a superior immunity booster, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial therapy.
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A common source of health breakthroughs is the field of type 2 diabetes treatment. We know a lot about this ultra-common health condition, what causes it and how to control it. A new study focused on healing foods that could keep a diabetic in line and prevent any further damage. It found that eating nuts every day could help control type 2 diabetes and prevent its complications.
Using nuts as a food cure is nothing new. Jammed with nutrients, they can be a boon to health as long as they are eaten in moderation and unsalted. In the latest health news, researchers report that eating two ounces of nuts daily in place of carbohydrates proved effective at controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels in type 2 diabetics.
Since these nuts — mixed, unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted — have such benefits, Continue reading
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
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.
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