Fact or Myth: Can Umeboshi Reverse a Gallbladder Attack?

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This is a FACT.

The digestive health benefit of umeboshi – pickled plums – has been used in Asian culture for hundreds of years.

The ume plum is closely related to the apricot and is part of the Prunus mume family. Continue reading

How Food Affects High Triglycerides

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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

Lower LDL Cholesterol with Grape Seed Oil

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Did You Know…

… that 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil a day helps lower LDL cholesterol?

Europeans have been using grapes, as well as their sap and leaves, to treat a variety of health conditions Continue reading

The Best Fatty Acids for a Healthy Heart

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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

Kapikachhu

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Kapikachhu Health Benefits

Kapikachhu or Mucuna pruriens is well-known for its aphrodisiac activities as it is known to increase the sperm count and to increase testosterone levels in the body. The herb is also known to help the body build lean muscle and to break down surplus fat and hence Mucuna or Kapikachhu is often used by athletes, sports persons and body builders as sports medicine for increasing body performance. Continue reading

Clean Fat Out of Your Arteries with This Herb

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Here’s some inside health news that could help protect your |heart. It concerns a potentially new health breakthrough in the fight against atherosclerosis. This amazing alternative remedy could help clear away dangerous fatty deposits in your arteries.

You may know about “Ginkgo biloba.” It’s the herb that has been championed for its ability to boost mental function and protect against Alzheimer’s. Recently, researchers have been discovering that “Ginkgo biloba” extract has antioxidant and antiplatelet properties. Continue reading

Improving Your Genetic Health

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The genes you inherit from your parents strongly affect your health and longevity. But you can influence your genes in a healthy fashion using the proper herbs, nutrition and lifestyle choices. Research shows that the natural chemicals in particular foods and botanicals send signals to DNA, optimizing cellular function and keeping illness at bay. Even positive emotions can help DNA yield better health. Continue reading

Why the Fuss Over Resveratrol?

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There is a substance floating about in red wine called “resveratrol.” As time has passed, the collective book of health news has revealed amazing result after amazing result. You can thank resveratrol for the health advice of a glass a day being good for you. Well, it’s at it again and you are going to love this one. Continue reading

Clean Fat out of Your Arteries with Ginkgo Biloba

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Here’s some inside health news that could help protect your |heart. It concerns a potentially new health breakthrough in the fight against atherosclerosis. This amazing alternative remedy could help clear away dangerous fatty deposits in your arteries. Continue reading

A Small Reduction of Carbohydrates Intake Slims Waistline

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Excess abdominal fat has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have recently found that reducing such fatty tissue may be a simple matter of reducing carbohydrates in a diet.

Dieters need not go to carb-free extremes, however, since the study revealed that just a modest decrease in bread, rice and simple sugars may help to significantly reduce belly fat.

Researchers measured the belly fat of participants on two different diets: one in which individuals derived 43 percent of their calories from carbs and 39 percent from fat, and another in which individuals ate 55 percent of their calories in carbohydrate form and 27 percent from fat. Both diets contained 18 percent protein. Continue reading

Enzyme from Silk Moth Can Help your Heart Health

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Silk moths dissolve their cocoons with a natural substance called serrapeptase. Scientists have found that humans can use this same enzyme to dissolve potential heart problems.

Plaque buildup and inflammation in the arteries are the main reasons people suffer from heart attacks and other dangerous cardiac events. This condition, atherosclerosis, occurs when fat, cholesterol, calcium and other deposits found in the blood clump together, block one or more arteries and interrupt your normal blood flow. These clots can occur anywhere in the body, including in the arteries in the heart, brain, arms, legs and pelvis, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Results of the National Health Interview Survey indicate that more than 26.8 million adults suffer from heart disease each year. It is the leading cause of death in the United States.

The main culprit in this epidemic is inflammation. This seemingly nonthreatening condition is the starting point for a wide range of ailments and health conditions. But the good news is that an all-natural substance, Continue reading

Healthy Diet Improves Cognitive Impairment

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Individuals who eat plenty of fresh produce, whole grains and lean meat often experience significant physical health benefits when compared to people who favor diets high in fat and carbohydrates.

Now, researchers at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System have suggested that a diet that is good for the heart and waistline may also have positive benefits for the mind.

In a four-week trial, the scientists found that a diet that was low in saturated fats and simple carbohydrates resulted in reduced levels of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease as well as lowered cholesterol. Additionally, a healthy diet was shown to improve memory test scores for both normal participants and those experiencing mild cognitive impairment.

“The therapeutic effects of  Continue reading

The Fat Found In Pistachios Not Readily Absorbed By the Body

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In a first-of-its-kind study with nuts, randomized controlled-feeding research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that fat in pistachios may not be completely absorbed by the body. The findings indicate that pistachios may actually contain fewer calories per serving than originally thought – further validating pistachios as one of the lowest calorie nuts with 160 calories per 30 gram serving (approximately 1 ounce). The study was presented at the Experimental Biology conference in Washington, D.C.

The research measured the energy value of pistachios by feeding 16 healthy adults the nuts as part of a controlled diet and calculating the energy value  Continue reading

More Health Problems for those who Eat Added Sugars in Processed Foods

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According to a recently released study that traced the eating habits of Minnesota residents for 27 years, the body weight of Americans is rising along with their increased intake of sugars added to processed and home-cooked foods.

This comes as no surprise to brother and Sister Tom and Dian Griesel, the co-founders of The Business School of Happiness and co-authors of the new book Turbo Charged, which presents a weight-loss program consisting of 8 easy steps that train you to use your excess body fat as fuel, eat intelligently, and incorporate activity into your hectic schedule.

“Added sugars come in many forms and have various names, such as ‘high-fructose corn syrup,’ ‘agave nectar,’ ‘brown rice syrup,’ and ‘brown sugar,'” says Tom. “None are healthy, and all have the same detrimental effect on our bodies. Equally harmful are hidden sugars, like those in items such as French fries and Ketchup  Continue reading

Valentine’s Day: Calculated Plot to Destroy Romance?

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Think about it: There’s nothing more romantic than a spontaneous outpouring of love. But that’s one thing you can’t have on V-day, when we’re all supposed to move in lockstep formation down to the jewelry/flower/stationery store. How about cozying up over an intimate dinner for two? Every restaurant in town is packed to the gills and about as romantic as the mosh pit at a Green Day concert. And what about being fit, healthy, and ready for loving’? Good-bye, sexy body: There’s nothing like an enormous cardboard heart filled with carbohydrates to ruin the way your belly looks, and feels.

When it comes to chocolate disaster, temptation is everywhere. From the coworker who sets out a community bowl, to the aisles lined with sweets at your local grocery store, there’s no love for your waistline.

But I have good news: If you know what to look for and can exercise a little self-discipline, indulging your sweet tooth isn’t nearly as sinful as you might think. That’s why I’ve dedicated this post to arming you with the knowledge you need to enjoy a romantic evening, compliments of the new Eat This, Not That! And Cook This, Not That!. Here’s how to embrace the sweet (and still guilt-free) side of life:

Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Squares Not That!

Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Chocolate Squares (1 square)

73 calories

4 g fat (2 g saturated, < 1 g trans)

8 g sugar

These chocolates are troubling for two reasons: Aside from the fact that a single square has 73 calories, Ghirardelli uses enough partially hydrogenated oil to make eating three pieces—the recommended serving size—result in the consumption of 0.5 grams of trans fat, or a quarter of your day’s daily allowance. Candy heart: Okay. Candy heart disease: Not so good.

Eat This Instead!

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Delight Squares, 72% Cacao (1 square)

55 calories

5 g fat (3 g saturated)

3 g sugars

FOOD SECRET: White chocolate isn’t technically chocolate, since it contains no cocoa solids; it’s mostly just fat and sugar.