Can Dogs Eat Carrots?

 

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  • Carrots contain fiber, which may help curb your dog’s hunger and lessen their risk of obesity. They also contain vitamin A, which may help reduce their risk of eye problems 
  • Carrots can be steamed and pureed before being fed to dogs. If you intend to serve them raw, be sure to wash, peel and then cut them into small cubes
  • Cats may reap the same health benefits as dogs when fed carrots

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How the Bates Method Can Help You Retrain Your Eyes to See More Clearly Again

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Your vision is not compromised because of weak eye muscles. Rather they’re too tensed to work properly, so you have to relax them Continue reading

From Tomb to Table: Cumin’s Health Benefit’s Rediscovered

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

Statins Shown to Nullify Benefits of Exercise

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Exercise is a foundational strategy to naturally maintain healthy cholesterol levels and optimize your heart health. However, research now shows that if you take a statin drug, you’re likely to forfeit any and all health benefits of your exercise

Volunteers taking a statin improved their fitness by just 1.5 percent, Continue reading

From Tomb to Table: Cumin’s Health Benefit’s Rediscovered

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?

Many spices are perfectly happy living a charmed life as Continue reading

Confirmed Again: Statin Drugs Accelerate Cardiovascular Disease

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  • One in four Americans over the age of 45 take a statin drug to reduce their cholesterol. Most are prescribed a statin as a primary prevention strategy against heart attack and stroke
  • In one recent study, statin use was associated with a 52 percent increased prevalence and Continue reading

Fixing Vision Could Prevent Hip Fractures

It goes without saying that strong vision would help prevent falls that lead to broken bones when you are older. Well, a new study confirmed that notion in a health breakthrough chronicled in the “Journal of the American Medical Association.” It seems that surgery to fix cataracts helps prevent hip fractures.

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This Popular Drug Creates Over 60,000 New Diabetics Each Year

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• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring additional warning labels for the cholesterol-lowering drug class known as statins, warning that the drugs may increase your risk of liver damage, memory loss and confusion, type 2 diabetes and muscle weakness

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Alternative Treatments Dissolve Cataracts, Prevent their Return, and Help to avoid Surgery

Surgery is usually the only option offered by conventional medicine to people with cataracts; however, there are alternative treatments that may dissolve cataracts preventing their return. Cataracts occur when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy, causing vision loss. They are most common in people over 40 and are the main cause of blindness worldwide, according to All About Vision. Continue reading

Some Call It the World’s Best Antioxidant — Protecting Your Eyes, Brain, and Preventing Wrinkles

While a member of the carotenoid family, astaxanthin has many unique properties that put it in a class of its own. For example, it cannot function as a pro-oxidant, making it a highly beneficial antioxidant. It’s also unique in that it can protect the entire cell—both the water- and fat-soluble parts—from damage

While you can easily obtain most of the carotenoids you need from your diet, getting therapeutic amounts of astaxanthin through diet alone is difficult. You’d have to consume three-quarters of a pound of wild-caught sockeye salmon, which contains the highest amounts of astaxanthin of all the marine foods, to receive the same amount of astaxanthin you’d get in a 4mg capsule if you were to take a supplement

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Why Vegetarians Have Reduced Risk of Cataracts

For most of us, diminished eyesight is an unfortunate part of aging. The eyes require a little more TLC after the age of 40. So how far would you go to protect your eyesight?

Researchers at the University of Oxford in the U.K. are suggesting that being vegetarian could significantly lower your risk for getting cataracts.

This latest health news comes on the heels of other studies that have hinted that, as far as the eyes are concerned, eating a diet of beans, tofu and other vegetarian fare is the best way to preserve clear vision. The British researchers built on this mounting evidence and investigated the association between diet and cataract risk in a population that has a wide range of diets Continue reading

Greeks Knew All About Rosemary Benefits…Now Making a Comeback

Rosemary a fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean region has many benefits it can reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory, mental performance, concentration–and even have a significant effect on your test-taking ability?

It appears that the ancient Greeks knew something about rosemary herbs that the rest of the world didn’t. Grecian scholars traditionally wore sprigs of rosemary when taking tests because they believed the herb would improve their performance.

Two recent studies prove that the Greeks’ use of rosemary didn’t just stem from a herbal folklore or superstition, but actually has scientific merit.

Both studies–one from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton, and the other from the Department of Nursing at Nambu University in Korea–found that rosemary benefits has a significant and measurable positive effect on test takers! That same benefit carries over to any high-stress situation that requires concentration, memory, and cognition. Continue reading

Trading Low Cholesterol for Diabetes?

According to NHS statistics, it won’t be long before one in four adults over the age of 40, in the UK, is taking a statin drug… There’s a similar statin drive currently taking place in the US. The US government’s National Cholesterol Education Program panel advised those at risk for heart disease to attempt to reduce their LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol to specific, very low levels by taking statins.

Frankly, the statins-craze is downright ridiculous and the fact that these drugs are dominating the market is a clear indication of the power of Big Pharma’s marketing machine… the odds are almost 100 to 1, that if you’re taking a statin drug you don’t need it!

Worse still, statin drugs have severe side effects… this is a well-established fact  Continue reading

Eat Greens for St. Patrick’s Day

Why not have the luck of health and eat green! The color green symbolizes growth, harmony, nature, freshness, and fertility–and we can thank our lucky charms for Mother Nature’s abundance of delicious green antioxidant-rich plants. Plus, foods that are green boast a bonanza of phytonutrients and cancer-fighting compounds. Get in the spirit of the shamrock season by eating greens that will boost your longevity.

Why Go Green?

Popeye was certainly onto something with his love of spinach. We all know how important it is to eat our greens, and countless studies prove the power of these cancer-fighting plants. One health-giving compound found in plants is chlorophyll,  Continue reading

Vitamins E and C Have Little Effect on Age-Related Cataract

Long-term, regular use of vitamins E and C has no apparent effect on the risk of age-related cataract in men, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. oxidization damage,

“An estimated 20.5 million persons 40 years and older in the United States show some evidence of age-related cataract,” the authors write as background information in the article. “Because oxidative damage is a prominent feature of cataracts, one focus of nutrition research has been the link between dietary intake of nutrients with antioxidant potential, particularly vitamins E and C, and the risk of cataract.”

To evaluate the effects of vitamin E and vitamin C on cataracts, William G. Christen, Sc.D., from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues studied 11,545 apparently healthy U.S. male physicians 50 years and older. Men were randomly assigned to receive vitamin E or placebo and vitamin C or placebo. Those in the vitamin E group received 400 international units (IU) of vitamin E daily or placebo and those in vitamin C group received 500 milligrams of vitamin C on alternate days or placebo. After an average of eight years of treatment and follow-up, 1,174 cataracts and 801 cataract extractions (surgery to remove cataract and repair the eye lens) were confirmed.

There were 579 cataracts in the vitamin E treatment group and 595 cataracts in the placebo group. Analyses of the effects of vitamin E on cataract subtypes indicated no significant effects of the treatment on nuclear, cortical or posterior sub capsular cataract. The authors determined that “there was no apparent benefit of vitamin E at any point during the trial.”

In the vitamin C segment, there were 593 cataracts in the group receiving treatment and 581 in the placebo group. Similar non-significant findings were observed for each of the three cataract subtypes. Additionally, the authors found that “the effect of vitamin C on cataract and extraction [removal] did not differ appreciably within categories of known or possible risk factors, other than a possible, but statistically non-significant trend toward increased risk in those with a reported history of cardiovascular disease.”

“In summary, these randomized trial data from a large population of middle-aged and older, generally well-nourished men indicate that long-term supplementation with high-dose vitamin E and vitamin C, either alone or in combination, has little effect on rates of cataract diagnosis and extraction.”