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Three Anti Cholesterol Foods You Should Consider

Regular consumption of artichoke, eggplant and avocado may yield potent health benefits that will significantly impact your overall health.

Artichoke leaves may
Lower cholesterol
All these foods are powerful antioxidants and have an important common denominator: They all share potent anti-cholesterol properties. Artichoke, eggplant and avocado have been known to help metabolize “bad” fats and inhibit enzymes that produce cholesterol.

Artichoke flower heads have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among vegetables. It is also known that Cynarin, a chemical compound found in artichoke leaves, increases bile flow contributing to an improved liver and gall bladder function and better digestion. Artichoke is used as a natural remedy for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, heartburn, kidney problems and even to relief symptoms of alcohol hangover.
Eat Avocado to improve heart health

Similarly, certain chemical compounds found in avocado such as aleolic acid, folate, carotenoid lutein and beta-sitosterol, have been studied in the treatment of oral and breast cancer and in the prevention of strokes, macular degeneration and cataracts. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for heart health.

Eggplant lowers cholesterol and
regulates blood pressure
On the other hand, Eggplant is a low calorie vegetable featuring various vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin. These active substances not only may lower cholesterol, but also regulate blood pressure. Additionally, eggplant has been studied in the prevention and colon and skin cancer.
Note: A natural supplement can be added to your diet as complementary aid in the treatment of high-blood cholesterol. Artichoke Plus contains extracts of these three potent natural anti cholesterol foods.
References: 

Garlic: Not Just a Natural Antibiotic

 Garlic: Powerful natural antibiotic &
antioxidant effective in the treatment of
cancer, heart disease and obesity

If the subject of herbal/natural medicine is one of interest to you, then you probably know by now that garlic is often considered to be nature’s most potent antibiotic.

Allicin, a phytochemical formed once garlic is chopped, minced or chewed, has helped those who regularly consume garlic fight bacterial infections and prevent common colds, some viruses and even fungal infections.

Although the antibiotic benefits and medicinal use have been documented for more than 2000 years, recent research suggest that this popular cooking ingredient may be much more than just a great natural antibiotic.

According to The Angiogenesis Foundation, Garlic is one of the most potent anti-angiogenesis foods. This means that chemicals and compounds found in Garlic may help the body inhibit abnormal blood vessels growth; therefore ‘starving’ blood vessel-dependent diseases such as cancer, obesity, macular degeneration and more than 70 other diseases.

In addition, studies have shown evidence supporting the detoxifying properties of garlic; as well as, its antioxidant benefits and important contributions to the immune system. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle reports that eating a teaspoon of garlic and a half cup of onions per day increases the abundance of enzyme responsible for removing toxins in the blood cells in humans.

Garlic  improves circulation and
prevents calcium deposits
Other clinical studies have concluded that regular consumption of garlic may prevent calcium deposits and decrease arterial plaque in coronary arteries, improving circulation and in some cases preventing unhealthy blood clotting. Furthermore, The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy indicated that raw garlic extract and garlic supplements may be helpful allies in fighting stomach ulcers.

Dr Herbert Pierson, former director of the United States National Cancer Institutes’ “Designer Foods” program, summarizes his view on garlic’s medicinal benefits by stating that “Garlic is a veritable pharmacopeia. That’s why garlic has been found in every medical book of every culture ever. For thousands of years, garlic had been used for the treatment and prevention of disease. So there has to be something there.”

Some of Garlic’s Health Benefits:

  • Natural Antibiotic, Antiviral and Anti-fungal
  • Promotes Anti-Angiogenesis: May Prevent Cancer
  • Powerful Antioxidant
  • Potent Anti-inflammatory and Expectorant
  • Stimulates Immune System
  • Prevents Heart Disease
  • Regulates Blood Sugar
  • Prevents Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
  • May Lower Cholesterol
  • Reverses High Blood Pressure
  • Promotes Weight Loss
  • Boosts Testosterone in Men
  • Assist in healing of skin problems
  • Natural Anti-parasite
  • Possible Natural Treatment for Asthma
References:
The Angiogenesis Foundation Angio.org

Anti-Angiogenic Foods: Prevent Cancer & Promote Weight Loss

anti-angiogenic foods prevent cancer & promote weight loss
Berries, garlic, soy, olive oil, pomegranate and other anti-
angiogenesis foods prevent cancer & promote weight loss

Angiogenesis is the term used to describe an important natural bodily process by which new blood vessels are formed. The body regulates this process by producing a balance of growth and inhibitory factors in healthy tissues. An imbalance of such factors can contribute to ‘abnormal blood vessel growth’-either excessive or insufficient growth.

According to the Angiogenesis Foundation, Agiogenesis is a “common-denominator shared by diseases affecting more than one billion people worldwide,” including all forms of cancers, skin diseases, age-related blindness, cardiovascular disease, and many others.

Anti-angiogenic foods such as berries, garlic, soy, green tea, parsley, red wine and dark chocolate may restore the balance of growth/inhibitory factors helping the body to stop undesirable Angiogenesis. Eating these foods on a daily basis is a natural therapy against conditions that rely on excessive blood vessel growth. Anti-angiogenesis agents assist the body’s system controlling angiogenesis; in the case of excessive growth, anti-angiogenic foods help by starving abnormal growing tissue (tumors) of blood supply; hence, hindering its growth. Similarly, anti-angiogenic foods can help fight obesity by regulating abnormal growth of blood vessels which also promote “fat expansion by supplying fat cells with oxygen and nutrients.” Laboratory studies have concluded that inhibiting angiogenesis in obese mice decreases their weight to normal levels.

Anti-Angiogenesis Smoothie Recipe:

4 Oz of filtered water & ice
4 Oz of Pomegranate Juice
1 Cup of any/mix of these berries: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and/orAcai berries
1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
1 Lemon
1 Teaspoon of chopped garlic or 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder

The Angiogenesis Foundation’s list of the top 32 antiangiogenic foods:


List of Anti-Angiogenesis Foods: Strawberries, Green Tea, Pineapple and more












References:
The Angiogenesis Foundation – http://www.angio.org/
Oprah: Prevent Cancer with the Right Diet of Antiangiogenic Foods – http://www.oprah.com/health/Prevent-Cancer-with-the-Right-Diet-of-Antiangiogenic-Foods
Seven anti-cancer miracle foods –  http://myeffortlessweightloss.blogspot.com/2010/09/seven-anti-cancer-miracle-foods.html

Eat to Defeat Cancer – http://www.eattodefeatcancer.org/ 

Different Fruits And Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk In Different Parts Of Bowel

Fruits & Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk

Different Fruits And Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk In Different Parts Of Bowel

“Eating more apples is linked to lower risk of distal colon cancer, brassicas like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are linked to lower risk of cancer in both the proximal and the distal colon, while on the other hand, drinking more fruit juice appears to raise the risk of rectal cancer, according to new research from Australia published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.”

Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and Digestive Health

Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and
Digestive Health

According to an article published in the 2011 edition of Brain, Behavior and Immunity, a recent study has concluded that an increased intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids has proven to lower anxiety and inflammation in 68 medical students.

The double-blind study showed that anxiety symptoms were 20% lower in students taking an Omega 3 supplement for 12 weeks when compared to those taking a placebo.

The study also revealed a 14% improvement in the levels of a blood marker of inflammation observed in the same group of students and in contrast to those given a placebo.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA, EPA & DHA) have been linked to a variety to health benefits. Although most recent studies suggest that these benefits are most prevalent in brain health, numerous studies have also shown significant benefits in cardiovascular health, immune function, digestion (crohn’s disease), joints (arthritis), skin (psoriasis) and even cancer.

Nutritional surveys suggest that American’s are not consuming enough Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Some studies indicate that in average people are consuming five times less than what the World Health Organization recommends: 0.3-0.5 grams of EPA and DHA; and 0.8-1.1 grams of ALA, per day.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming oily fish or supplements containing fish oils at least two times per week. People with history of coronary heart disease should consume at least one gram of EPA and DHA every day. Those wishing to lower triglycerides can consume two to four grams a day.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3_fatty_acid#cite_note-118
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fish-oil/NS_patient-fishoil/DSECTION=evidence

Take your Calcium!

How does your Calcium intake measure up?

According to recent studies an alarming percentage of Americans are Calcium deficient; 75% to be precise!
Take Your Calcium!
This data uncovers a latent crisis that costs the healthcare system, as well as individuals, millions of dollars (and health-related headaches) that could potentially be saved if we all gave an adequate daily supply of Calcium to our bodies.
In an article published in by the New York Times, titled “Calcium Takes Its Place As a Supertar of Nutrients,” Jane E. Brody asserts that “no major organ system escapes its [Calcium] influence.”
Brody states that the relationship between Calcium and our bodies can be explained by the argument proposed by Dr. Hector F. DeLuca, a well known biochemist from the University of Wisconsin and expert in Calcium and Vitamin D metabolism, who believes that the Humans’ dependency on Calcium stems from the fact that we evolved as organisms originated from life in the sea under an abundant supply of this precious mineral.
Human organs have evolved to be dependent on Calcium to carry healthy body functions. Unhealthy levels of calcium in the blood trigger a defense mechanism that leads to “borrowing” of Calcium stored in the bones and other organs, which in turn can become the cause a number of conditions like osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, PMS and even multiple kinds of cancer. 
In order to avoid an unhealthy “drainage” of this vital mineral from our bones and major organs, it is advised to continuously supply our body with Calcium (and Vitamin D which enables Calcium to enter the blood) proportionate to our age and following the chart below:
Dairy products are a great source of Calcium; however, green leafy vegetables like Spinach and Broccoli, nuts, fish and legumes, as well as foods fortified with Calcium and Calcium supplements, can be excellent sources of this important mineral.
Appendix 14 of the 2010 Dietary Guideline for Americans (pg. 89) gives an extensive list of select food sources ranked by amounts of calcium and calories per standard food portion.