If you’re worried about how many carbohydrates you eat, you’re worried about the wrong part of your diet. Don’t think about food in terms of carbs, focus instead on eating raw, whole foods. Fruits and vegetables offer the promise of optimal wellness. Their nutrients can spell the difference between enjoying great health or succumbing to chronic disease.
To understand complex carbohydrates, think of long chains of the sugar molecules found in nearly all plant foods. The words starch, cellulose and lignin all refer to these long, relatively stiff chains of 300 to more than 1,000 sugar molecules (or even more) that are made by nature. A large amount of research has been performed trying to understand the effects that complex carbohydrate food has Continue reading →
Although the best diets contain a large amount of vegetarian, raw foods, several commonly eaten foods have remarkably robust health benefits. Even if your busy life makes it hard to eat right, simply adding chocolate, coffee and orange juice to your menus can offer a distinct boost to your well-being. Continue reading →
“Gymnema sylvestre” is an herb that has been used in India for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is less well known in North America, though, over the past few years, studies have been conducted to measure the effectiveness of gymnema. Continue reading →
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 →
Any health breakthrough in the field of the often-fatal colon cancer is one worth publishing and discussing. Here is one about how what’s floating around in your bloodstream affects your cancer risk. Sugar, that is. Continue reading →
A November 26 CNN article on the development of an artificial pancreas is noteworthy because it highlights the nexus between medical device enabling technologies, end-use medical products, clinical trials, and the much-criticized FDA approval process. Continue reading →
There are many additives used in the foods you eat. All are supposed to be harmless and safe for human consumption. Today’s health news is about one so called “harmless” food additive: “carrageenan.” Carrageenan is used as a thickening agent. It is processed from seaweed or algae. Food manufacturers often laud the fact that carrageenan is vegetarian unlike another popular thickening agent — gelatin — that is extracted from animal bones. Continue reading →
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 →
Two health conditions that go hand-in-hand are type 2 diabetes and obesity. On both fronts, the glycemic index (GI) comes into play. Let’s look at how you can use GI ratings for foods to your benefit in these areas. Continue reading →
Coriander is an herb often used in Indian food. It is almost guaranteed to be included in any curry dish. Coriander is also used quite frequently in Thai cooking. It has a delicious taste that is quite distinct and unique. What an added bonus that this tasty herb is also very good for you! Researchers have determined that coriander could help lower blood glucose and LDL cholesterol levels.
A recent clinical trial set out to investigate the potential hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activity of coriander seed. In the animal study, coriander extract was given to both obese rats with elevated blood glucose and cholesterol levels and normal rats. The researchers found that the coriander extract suppressed hyperglycemia in the obese rats and helped to lower LDL cholesterol levels. They concluded that coriander seed extract in obese rats normalized glycemia Continue reading →
One would think that eating too much would result in an abundance of nutritional support for cells. But being overweight and undernourished at the same time is a reality that is just beginning to be understood. It is quite strange to say to people that the more they eat, the more malnourished they are destined to be.
Overweight people more often than not suffer from gross malnutrition because the nutritional values of the basic foods available to us have been steadily dropping for the last 50 years even as toxic exposures increase. Obese people tend to eat too many processed white foods with the fiber removed along with many of the vitamins and minerals. Not enough fiber is another common problem with the obese.
Eat more leafy greens. Choose fat free yogurt. And add nuts and seeds to your diet. Each of these changes may help lower your risk of diabetes anywhere from 10 to 20 percent.
The Greens Scene: In a study, eating just one serving per day decreased diabetes risk by almost 10 percent. So stock up on spinach, arugula, romaine, and kale.
Fat-Free-for-All: Keeping your overall fat intake to under 30 percent of your total daily calories will do your pancreas big favors, according to research. It helps improve pancreatic function, and good pancreatic function is key to controlling diabetes risk. The pancreas’s main function is to produce insulin.
Nuts About Seeds: In a study, middle-aged and older adults who consumed the most alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) — a beneficial fat found in walnuts and flaxseeds — lowered their risk of developing diabetes by 20 percent. Higher levels of ALA have also been linked to improved insulin sensitivity and better regulation of glucose levels in animal studies
If you read the mainstream press for news on available medical therapies, you miss out on some exciting alternative techniques. Largely unreported are many of the remarkable alternative methods for improving your health.
Here are some medical innovations that are making invaluable contributions to progress in fighting chronic disease.
Antineoplastons and Dr. Burzynski
In 1967, Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski, who was originally from Poland, discovered naturally occurring peptides (amino acids) that repair the DNA of cancer genes to turn off cancer. Burzynski came to the United States in 1970 and further developed these peptide fractions at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as an assistant professor. Continue reading →
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 →
Do you ever forget people’s names? Enter a room and forget why you went there? Forget a word mid-sentence? As we get older, these types of “senior moments” happen more often. Many of the people I evaluate worry that these slips mean they are getting Alzheimer’s disease. In most cases, they aren’t. They’re just part of normal, age-related memory decline. Starting at about age 30, our ability to process and remember information declines with age.
But though these cognitive changes are common, cognitive decline is not inevitable. Recent research Continue reading →