Controversial Diet Lets Eat what You Want and Lose Weight

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A lot of people hate diets because it means the normal foods they enjoy can no longer be consumed or else a lot of extra fat will pile up on their bodies.

These diets are restrictive, boring and aren’t very flexible.

That’s where a new kind of diet fixes.

This diet isn’t based on what a person eats as much as it is on when a person eats.

Known as intermittent fasting, this diet restricts how much a person eats in a certain time period.

While it’s been popular for a few years now, there haven’t been all that many studies showing why it works,

Now, researchers believe they may have an idea as to why intermittent fasting allows you to eat the foods you enjoy and still lose weight.

Intermittent Fasting Resets Your Body’s Clock So You Can Lose Weight

Our circadian rhythms, the natural rhythms that regulate certain functions in our body. One of the main ones regulated is our metabolic rate.

Researchers believe by restricting the amount of food we eat and driving our body into ketosis; it can help to alter how our metabolism works.

In a new study, researchers split two groups of mice in two.

One group of the mice was given food based on intermittent fasting principles and the other was allowed to eat whenever they wanted.

Both groups were given the same amount of food (in terms of calories and fat). And yet, even though the ate the same amount, the mice that ate whenever they wanted ended up gaining more weight than the other group.

In fact, the intermittent fasting group developed far fewer metabolic issues.

Medical News Today writes

“The authors noted that the animals’ circadian oscillations were more robust in the fasting group.

As the authors of the recent study point out, “[F]asting appears to be a strong metabolic cue to entrain rhythmic gene expression.”

Scientists believe that having more clearly defined cycles might be part of the reason that fasting promotes good health.”

Another Study Confirmed How Well Intermittent Fasting Work

Another study (with mice) confirmed what the first study found.

In that study, they did make one change. They changed the physical activity they were exposed to.

The researchers noted “that while fasting, mice used less oxygen and energy. However, as soon as the mice ate, these gene-driven physiological changes were reversed. This mirrors what researchers have previously seen in humans.

Lead study author Prof. Paolo Sassone-Corsi explains what the researchers found, saying, “We discovered [that] fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation.”

They also note that it influenced different tissue types to different degrees. As Prof. Sassone-Corsi says, “Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver.”

Anecdotally many people who try intermittent fasting swear the results they achieve are unlike anything they can get through regular dieting.

Because intermittent fasting is relatively untested, some people question its safety.

And yet, evolutionarily speaking, intermittent fasting doesn’t seem to pose any problems as we were once conditioned to the feast or famine cycle.

This Dark Berry Better Than Blueberries?

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Blueberries are often regarded as one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

Blueberries are loaded with anthocyanins, plant-based nutrients with known “superfood qualities.

And while blueberries are a certifiable food powerhouse in the plant world, one of its cousins is equally useful for improving health.

It’s the blackberry.

3 Health Benefits Of Blackberries

Blackberries are very much like blueberries in that their dark color represents the presence of a wide-range of phytonutrients.

These phytonutrients help to boost your health in a multitude of ways.

1 Blackberries Can Protect the Brain:

Research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that the phytonutrients in blackberries have antioxidant activity, and these antioxidants can fight free radicals which cause damage to sensitive brain tissue.

The research showed when free radicals were neutralized it helped to increase neuronal activity which led to higher brain function as well as protected function of the brain. Another thing blackberries could do is help lower inflammation in the brain which is commonly associated with the degeneration of sensitive brain function.

2 – Help Protect the Heart:

One of the nutrients you’ll find in high amount in blackberries is fiber.

Fiber helps to protect the heart in a number of ways.

One cup of blackberries has 8 grams of fiber.

Harvard Health says this about how fiber protects the heart. “Fiber’s role in preventing heart disease is thought to stem from its ability to lower both blood pressure and cholesterol. It also fills you up, which helps you eat less and perhaps lose weight.”

Fiber has also been shown to help reduce dangerous levels of LDL cholesterol, which is a known risk factor for heart disease.

3 – Promotes Better Oral Health

Want healthier gums and teeth?

Eat blackberries.

According to Healthline.com

“According to a 2013 study, you may want to add blackberries to your daily dental regimen. The study found blackberry extract has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities against some types of bacteria that cause oral disease. Researchers caution more study is needed, but suggest blackberry extract may help prevent and control gum disease and cavities.

Another Benefits Of Blackberries


Another benefit of blackberries?

They’re often cheaper than blueberries.

Blueberries tend to be a little bit on the expensive side. Blackberries tend to ring in a bit cheaper which is helpful for those who want to eat healthier and also want to save money.

How Your Income Could Kill You

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Finances are a source of incredible stress for many.

Not making enough money places a burden on providers. The stress of not being able to clothe, house, and provide can cripple a person.

On the other end of the spectrum, making more than $70,000 has been shown to ameliorate stress and gives people the power to live a more comfortable, stress-free life.

And while many people expect to make more with each passing year, which could lessen stress over time, new research demonstrates income volatility is at its highest levels since the 80s.

Not only does this not bode well for the economy…

The personal health of millions is in jeopardy because income volatility is exceptionally difficult to deal with on a personal level.

New studies indicated that a person’s income swinging wildly up and down could have catastrophic effects on a person’s well being.

Wildly Varied Income Could Harm You

The truth is many people’s security and comfort is tied up closely with the amount of money they make.

When a person’s income dances up and down, sometimes dipping below the poverty line, a person is prone to feel threatened. Because of this, evolutionary threat responses are activated and the body responds biologically to help deal with the prospect of tragedy.

This can lead to conditions that affect the health of the heart, the brain, the immune system and much more.

This is even true in young people.

A recent study was conducted to find see if volatility in income could be linked with any known health problems.

Medical News Today writes.

“[The researchers] They first studied income levels taken from five assessments in 1990–2005.

They defined income volatility as a percentage change from one income figure to the next. They also looked at income drop or an income decrease of 25 percent or more from the previous assessment figure.

They then tracked the number of people who experienced cardiovascular events — both fatal and non-fatal — or died of any cause in 2005–2015.

There were 106 cardiovascular events and 164 deaths. The team took into account factors such as pre-existing heart risk and sociodemographic background.

The results, now published in the journal Circulation, found that substantial fluctuations in personal income were associated with a higher risk of death and cardiovascular diseases in the decade following this income change.

The highest levels of income volatility were linked with almost double the risk of death and over double the risk of conditions such as strokes, heart failure, or heart attacks.”

 

Who Suffers Most?

One thing the study authors noted was that income volatility is generally seen in certain kinds of groups more than others.

In their observation African Americans, women, the unmarried along with the unemployed were subject to the most income volatility.

It’s also not abundantly clear why there’s an increase in cardiovascular incidents either. Theories are that an increase in alcohol use as a person becomes poorer could be a reason. Or, as a person becomes wealthier the opportunity to eat better and exercise more may be available to them as they enter into a new economic class.

Regardless of the causation, this observational study demonstrates why it’s a great idea for people to make savings goals and provide insurance for themselves to help protect against the loss of income.

Found In Fruit Skins, 1 Antioxidant May Help You Lose Weight

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In the past few years as a war on sugar has been waged, fruits have come under fire as being unwitting participants in the formation of an obesity epidemic.

No, fruits aren’t the main reason people are fat.

However, the fact that many are high in sugar… and the juices made from these fruits even worse for the waistlines, means fruit has been put on notice.

“You are part of the reason people are fat,” health experts declare.

Well, that might not be entirely true.

It turns out that some fruits, especially berries, certain varieties of grapes, as well as fruits like the pomegranate and more may contain a secret weapon against the war on fat.

That weapon is resveratrol.

No doubt you’ve heard of it before. It’s the miracle compounds scientists implicated in the “French Paradox.”

And new research shows it could certainly help people lose weight.

How Resveratrol Might Help People Lose Weight

Resveratrol is an antioxidant, which means it exhibits neutralizing effects on dangerous elements called free radicals.

And while antioxidants aren’t necessarily known for helping people lose weight, it would appear that resveratrol may exhibit an excitatory effect on the metabolism.

Dr. Wiggy Saunders writes:

“When it comes to weight loss, resveratrol has been shown to help the body burn fat.

In the journal, BMC Physiology French researchers demonstrated lemurs given resveratrol didn’t gain as much weight as those who weren’t given resveratrol. Just like people at Christmas time, lemurs tend to gain a lot of weight around the winter months.

In the study, they discovered that when these lemurs took resveratrol over a 4-week period, they ate substantially less. The researchers suspected the reason they didn’t eat as much was because their metabolism was increased along with their body temperature which helped to suppress appetite.”

And Natasha Turner ND, wrote the following about resveratrol.

One of resveratrol’s main advantages is that it can improve how your body handles what you eat and whether it’s stored as fat or burned for fuel known as insulin sensitivity. Research published in Nature showed that resveratrol protected mice from the harmful effects of a high-calorie diet, including heart disease, weight gain and diabetes.

Resveratrol appears to act on adiponectin, which is produced by our fat cells and helps us lose fat by improving our insulin sensitivity. Not only that, but according to a Purdue University study, this supplement may be able to block immature fat cells from developing and prevent existing fat cells from growing.’

There’s not much research on resveratrol and weight loss in humans.

However, a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism  showed men who took 150 mg of resveratrol saw several markers related to metabolism and weight management improve.

Over the course of 30 days, blood sugar levels improved. So too did blood pressure as well as fat levels on the liver.

The subjects didn’t lose any weight, but supporting studies indicate when those kinds of health measurements improve weight loss isn’t far behind.

One note about resveratrol and weight loss is sustained weight loss with resveratrol is generally going to be found with supplementation and not through dietary intake via fruit.

High levels of sugar calories would negate any potential weight loss achieved via intake by way of fruit containing resveratrol.

3 Healing Powers Of Onion Most People Don’t Know

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Onions are easily one of the most prevalent foods in cuisines all over the world. These root vegetables are known for their intense flavor, pungent odor, as well as their ability to make a grown man cry (during preparation.

The good news about onions is that while they’re great for building any dish with deep, rich flavor; onions also include a number of nutrients that can help to improve your health.

 

3 Benefits of Onions

 

1 – They May Lead to Improved Heart Health

 

Onions contain sulfuric compounds which help to form one of the most important antioxidants in the body, glutathione.

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant in its own right but also helps the body recycle other antioxidants which are used to help fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels.

These three benefits are known to lower the risk of cardiovascular incidents.

Onions also contain quercetin, another well-known antioxidant. Quercetin is known to exhibit strong anti-inflammatory properties which studies have shown may help to improve blood pressure which is a great way to protect the heart.

Studies of individuals taking an extract of 162 mg of a quercetin-rich onion extract significantly reduced systolic blood pressure by 3–6 mmHg compared to a placebo.

 

2 – Could Help Fight Cancer:

 

Vegetables like onion (and garlic) also could help boost your chances of fighting the formation of cancer as well as helping to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells already in the body.

Healthline notes:

A review of 26 studies showed that people who consumed the highest amount of allium vegetables were 22% less likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer than those who consumed the least amount.

Moreover, a review of 16 studies in 13,333 people demonstrated that participants with the highest onion intake had a 15% reduced risk of colorectal cancer compared to those with the lowest intake

These cancer-fighting properties have been linked to the sulfur compounds and flavonoid antioxidants found in allium vegetables.

For example, onions provide onionin A, a sulfur-containing compound that has been shown to decrease tumor development and slow the spread of ovarian and lung cancer in test-tube studies.

 

Onions also contain fisetin and quercetin, flavonoid antioxidants that may inhibit tumor growth “

 

3 – May Keep Blood Sugar Under Control

Issues related to blood sugar regulation are tied to several health problems. These problems include the formation of diabetes type 2, obesity, metabolic syndrome and many more.

Onions may help to control blood sugar and prevent the onset of these kinds of conditions.

The opinion of health professionals is the presence of quercetin could play a role in the blood sugar improving benefits.

In a study of 42 people with the inability to manage insulin properly, it was discovered the inclusion of roughly 100 grams of fresh, red onion could help to reduce fasting blood sugar levels.

Four hours after eating the 100 grams of red onion the participants fasting blood sugar levels were reduced approximately 40 mg/dl after four hours.

Animal studies have also demonstrated effective blood sugar control based on the intake of red onion.

“A study showed that diabetic rats fed food containing 5% onion extract for 28 days experienced decreased fasting blood sugar and had substantially lower body fat than the control group (24).

Specific compounds found in onions, such as quercetin and sulfur compounds, possess antidiabetic effects.”

Observations about quercetin indicate the antioxidant has an effect on several organs, including the pancreas, the small intestines, skeletal muscle, fatty tissue as well as the liver to help the body better control blood sugar.

 

 

 

How Bullying Destroys the Brain

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Bullying is a problem that’s been around for eons. But just because it’s not a new problem doesn’t mean it’s not harmful.

In fact, now that we have new imaging techniques available to us, it’s easy to tell just how harmful bullying really is.

Researchers believe that being the victim of bullying can negatively alter brain structure and harm a person’s future development and mental health.

How Bullying Alters Brain Structure

Researchers at King’s College London in the United Kingdom conducted research on what bullying does to a person’s brain. To get results they analyzed the brain scans of 600 individuals and complementary questionnaires to see how the brains of children who claimed to be bullied differed from the brains of children who weren’t.

Medical News Today wrote:

“The participants were part of the IMAGEN long-term project. The goal of the study was to assess the brain development and mental health of young adults through questionnaires and high-resolution brain scans, taken when the participants were 14 and 19 years old.

The scientists found that more than 30 of the participants had experienced chronic bullying. Then, they compared the data with those of young people who had not been victims of chronic bullying.

The study confirms the results of previous research that linked bullying with mental health issues — but it also revealed something new.

Bullying may decrease the volume of parts of the brain called the caudate and putamen.

The caudate plays a crucial role in how the brain learns — specifically how it process memories. This part of the brain uses information from past experiences to influence future actions and decisions. The putamen regulates movements and affects learning.

The authors say that the physical changes in the brains of adolescents who were constantly bullied partly explain the relationship between peer victimization and high anxiety levels at the age of 19.

    ‘Although not classically considered relevant to anxiety, the importance of structural changes in the putamen and caudate to the development of anxiety most likely lies in their contribution to related behaviors such as reward sensitivity, motivation, conditioning, attention, and emotional processing.’

With as many as 1 in 3 children the victim of bullying the study illustrates why it’s so important to evaluate whether or not a child is being bullied.

A high frequency of bullying would likely equal a stunted development and could equal future health problems that aren’t easily remedied by medication or other forms of therapy.

3 Best Herbs For Detox

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Over the past few years, detoxification protocols have become quite popular in the alternative health world.

This isn’t necessarily a good thing or a bad thing.

However, quite a few companies have made erroneous claims about their products helping to enhance detoxification.

These claims are often overstated. Our bodies have remarkable detoxification systems built in. Detoxification systems that don’t really need too much assistance when it comes to helping purge the body of dangerous invaders.

That being said, there are a few naturally occurring herbs and plants that will help boost your body’s detoxification powers.

3 Of the Planet’s Best Herbs For Detoxification

 

1 – Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle is the “Granddaddy” of all natural detoxification enhancers.

Milk thistle has been shown to boost liver function and even protect it as it filters out massive amounts of impurities in the body.

Several factors help Milk Thistle protect the liver.

The primary mechanism that milk thistle employs is silymarin.

Silymarin is a compound made up of naturally occurring chemical compounds that work synergistically with the liver. Studies have shown Silymarin has antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies have shown that people who take milk thistle have improved liver function (namely true in people suffering from liver diseases) and these same studies indicate it may help reduce liver inflammation and liver damage.

2 – Dandelion: The same dandelion growing in your backyard are the same dandelions you can take internally to enhance your body’s detoxification processes.

When consumed as a tea, or even the flower and the leaves, the body’s main detox organs (the liver and the kidneys) are provided with nourishment that aids in detox.

Dr. Josh Axe writes:

“The role of our liver is to produce bile, which helps enzymes in the body break down fats into fatty acids — and to filter and detoxify our blood. The liver also has the amazing ability to break down and store amino acids, synthesize and metabolize fats and cholesterol, store glucose, and regulate our internal functions.

The vitamins and nutrients present in dandelions help cleanse our livers and keep them working properly.

Dandelions aid our digestive system by maintaining the proper flow of bile. Dandelion tea or stems are also good vitamin C foods, which helps with mineral absorption, reduces inflammation and prevents the development of disease.”

3 – Aloe Vera: Chances are you’re quite familiar with Aloe Vera and how it can soothe the skin after a bad sunburn.

Not only is Aloe Vera useful in that capacity…

It is one of the best plants to use for improving your body’s detoxification process.

Aloe Vera is an alkaline forming food that helps to restore your body’s natural ph levels. It’s also rich in a variety of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants.  All of these help to eliminate bacteria and toxins that form as a result of high acid levels.

Another way Aloe helps with detox is in how it helps to improve the health of your digestive tract.

Because it’s highly viscous, when Aloe is processed in the digestive tract it helps to act as a soothing agent to the intestines. This helps to cleanse the body of harmful bacteria, toxins, and long undigested food particles are dumped from your body.

Not to mention that fact that many of the compounds found in Aloe Vera are known to have antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. All helpful in purging the body of dangerous and toxic materials.

 

A Blood Pressure Treatment That Works Better than Drugs?

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One of the marvels of modern medicine is we’ve figured out how to use drug treatments to help control some of the deadliest conditions.

One such condition is high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is linked to the formation of a myriad of cardiovascular issues which is why it’s so important to get it under control.

Fortunately, there are a number of medications that help to bring blood pressure under control.

Unfortunately, many of them have been associated with a number of side effects and resulting health complications.

This is why researchers are always looking for new treatments to help bring down blood pressure.

And it looks like they have found a natural, low-cost treatment.

How Exercise May Outperform Drugs For Lowering Blood Pressure



Millions of people the world over depend on drugs to reduce their blood pressure.

And while these drugs do work, the simple fact is exercise may work just as well, if not better, than drugs.

Researchers recently published a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine — a BMJ publication — showing how exercise compares to drugs in bringing down blood pressure.

In the study, the researchers observed exercise has the power to lower systolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure is the measure of blood pressure in blood vessels as the heart beats.

Medical News Today writes: “In the current study, they looked at the data from 194 clinical trials that focused on antihypertensive drugs and their impact on systolic blood pressure, and another 197 clinical trials, looking at the effect of structured exercise on blood pressure measurements.

In total, these trials collected information from 39,742 participants.

First, they compared the effects of all types of antihypertensive drugs with those of all kinds of exercise. Then, they looked at specific drug types versus specific types of exercise. Finally, they compared the impact of different exercise intensities with those of different drug dosages.

In the first instance, the investigators conducted these analyses by using data from healthy participants with normal blood pressure. Then, they repeated them with data from individuals with high blood pressure only.

They found that antihypertensive drugs were more effective in lowering blood pressure than structured exercise in the case of the general population. However, when they looked specifically at people with high blood pressure, they saw that exercise was as effective as most blood-lowering medication.

Moreover, the study authors concluded that there is “compelling evidence that combining endurance and dynamic resistance training was effective in reducing [systolic blood pressure].”

Before Exercise Replaces Drugs, More Research Is Needed

The researchers can’t say conclusively exercise should be the main way to treat high blood pressure…

They say many people who are already on antihypertensive medication should remain on those drugs and add exercise into their routine if possible.

That’s because they don’t want people to think drugs are useless.  And, exercise without consulting a physician could result in serious injury,

Dr. Naci also said that it’s important if physicians hear this information, and think it’s a good idea to implement in a treatment regimen, they make sure a patient can safely follow an exercise plan before recommending it.

“It’s one thing to recommend that physicians start prescribing exercise to their patients, but we also need to be cognizant of the resource implications and ensure that the patients that have been referred to exercise interventions can adhere to them and so really derive benefit.”

How Injecting Gold Could Cure Cancer

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Heralded as one of the most valuable metals on the planet, gold has a long history of desirability across time and place

History shows it’s been revered by almost every civilization on Earth for more than 15,000 years.

And only now are we discovering just how useful it really is.

In the past few years, researchers have learned gold has many medical benefits.

Its use in fillings was long documented, its use in medical devices a more recent invention, and now there’s a reason to believe it may be useful at helping to prevent cancer.

Gold Could Help Fight Prostate Cancer

Researchers at the University of Texas are in the midst of an ongoing clinical trial where they’re using gold nanoparticles to fight prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in the developing world, and is expected to afflict in 1 in 9 American men.

Thus, any reasonable form of treatment discovered to help mitigate the growth and risk of cancer is taken seriously. While prostate cancer is generally survivable with a 99% non-mortality rate, typical treatments usually come with severe side effects including urinary incontinence and impotence.

Which is why researchers are investigating how gold nanoparticles could kill cancer.

The gold nanoparticles are tiny balls of silica coated in a film of gold capable of seeking out cancerous tumors and then entering them.

Once they’ve invaded the cancer cell, the cell is treated with a laser which causes the nanoparticles to vibrate and create extreme temperatures which kill the cancer.

Unlike chemotherapy or radiation, this kind of treatment is deemed safer since it doesn’t harm the surrounding tissue. In normal prostate cancer treatment surrounding tissues like the urinary sphincter as well as nerve fibers tend to be damaged.

This gold nanoparticle treatment doesn’t render that type of damage which helps keeps patients from suffering typical side effects associated with prostate cancer treatment.

Dr. Steven Canfield, chair of the division of urology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth said his school is excited to see how well this treatment works. “The side effects of current prostate cancer treatments can be extremely traumatic…This new technology holds the potential to eliminate those life-altering effects, while still removing the cancer tissue and reducing hospital and recovery time.”

If this technology works well in prostate cancer it leads physicians to believe it may have other uses in the future.

Medical News Today writes this about how the nanoparticles were discovered and how they were eventually incorporated into a treatment program at UTHealth.

“Naomi Halas, who is the head of Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics, invented the gold nanoparticles that this clinical trial uses.

Dr. Canfield realized that nanoparticle technology had real potential and worked closely with Halas to bring it to clinical trial.

While there are certainly current treatments that are successful in most cases of prostate cancer, the possibility of side effects or loss of function makes those treatment options a little less desirable.

If clinical trials that feature gold nanotechnology continue to have rewarding outcomes, it is possible that this treatment will, one day, become a genuine option for everyone who receives a diagnosis of prostate cancer.”

 

Weird Blue Green Ocean Plant Has Healing Power

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The ocean is a vast resource of untapped treasure.

In recent years we’ve discovered that a blue-green type of algae that grows in ocean waters across may be one of the most potent healing agents in the world.

It’s called Spirulina.

No doubt you’ve heard of it, as it’s heralded as a modern day superfood.

But just how healthy is Spirulina (really?)

Let’s review 3 of its most well-documented uses

3 Reasons To Take Spirulina

1 – May Improve Cholesterol Levels: If you want to keep your heart healthy, one of the best things you can do is improve your cholesterol levels.

Spirulina has the documented power to keep cholesterol levels in the healthy range.

In a 2016 review of multiple studies, researchers concluded that taking spirulina had a positive impact on blood lipids (fats in the blood).  In that study, it was shown that taking spirulina didn’t just help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) it also boosted levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

This study was a follow up to a study published in 2013 where researchers observed taking 1 g of spirulina daily helped to bring down people’s total cholesterol after 3 months.

2 – Can Help You Manage Your Weight:  

Spirulina could be a secret ingredient in healthy weight management.

Here’s what Medical News today writes:

“Taking spirulina may help boost a person’s metabolism. A higher metabolic rate may make a person feel as if they have more energy. It may also increase the number of calories they burn each day, which may aid weight loss.

In a small-scale 2014 study, people who took 6 g of spirulina a day experienced beneficial metabolic effects, alongside weight loss and better health-related quality of life.”

The people in this study had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and so more research is needed to see if spirulina may boost metabolism in others without this condition.

3 – Could Help Moderate Diabetes Issues:

Spirulina could help adjust blood sugar levels which may help to improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

A recent study in early 2018 showed that taking spirulina could help to lower a person’s fasting blood glucose levels. Typically, those who suffer from type 1 and 2 diabetes have high levels of fasting blood sugar. The operating theory is if spirulina could lower fasting blood glucose levels with some consistency then taking spirulina may be a worthwhile treatment for diabetes.

A similar study in rats came to a similar conclusion.  In that study they gave the rats (who had type 1 diabetes) spirulina orally. At the end of the study they discovered spirulina helped to lower the rats’ blood sugar, improved their insulin levels and also improved their enzyme markers.

They concluded that spirulina has unique antioxidant power which may be what helps give it the blood sugar regulating effects.

Plant This in the Winter For Yearlong Health Benefits

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Wintertime is not commonly seen as a time to grow food for harvest.

But, there are a few foodstuffs that can be grown in the winter, and even through the winter, depending on where you live.

One of these foods is kale.

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable that has a long growing season thanks to its hardy leaf and root system. And while kale is a preferred wintertime staple, it’s also lauded for its many health benefits.

If you were to plant kale in the late summer or early fall and harvest it during the winter, here are some of the benefits you’d enjoy.

3 Proven Health Benefits of Kale

1 – Kale Helps FIght Cancer:

One of the reasons kale has become so popular is because it’s loaded with a number of nutrients known to help fight cancer.

One of the most potent is a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown in a number of studies to be a potent cancer fighter.  This is why there are some clinical trials in place to see if drugs can be made based on how sulforaphane helps protect the cells.

Another substance found in kale with known cancer-fighting properties is indole-3-carbinol. This compound comes into being when kale is macerated, cut or chewed and has been shown to help prevent cancer in many studies.

2 – Eating Kale Can Help Protect the Heart:

In order to have a healthy, functioning heart, it’s important to keep cholesterol under control. Kale has been shown to help regulate cholesterol levels in the body which may lead to improved heart health.

Here’s how Healthline describes kale’s role in protecting the heart.

“Cholesterol has many important functions in the body.

For instance, it is used to make bile acids, which is are substances that help the body digest fats.

The liver turns cholesterol into bile acids, which are then released into the digestive system whenever you eat a fatty meal.

When all the fat has been absorbed and the bile acids have served their purpose, they are reabsorbed into the bloodstream and used again.

Substances called bile acid sequestrants can bind bile acids in the digestive system and prevent them from being reabsorbed. This reduces the total amount of cholesterol in the body.

Kale actually contains bile acid sequestrants, which can lower cholesterol levels. This might lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over time.

One study found that drinking kale juice every day for 12 weeks increased HDL (the “good”) cholesterol by 27% and lowered LDL levels by 10%, while also improving antioxidant status.

According to one study, steaming kale dramatically increases the bile acid binding effect. Steamed kale is actually 43% as potent as cholestyramine, a cholesterol-lowering drug that functions in a similar way .”

3 – Kale Is Filled With Antioxidants:

Antioxidants are one of the most important compounds for human health as they protect our cells from disrupted function.

Specifically, antioxidants keep free radicals (unstable elements with free electrons) from damaging cells like a runaway truck hitting a lemonade stand.

Kale is rich in several of the most well-known and strongest antioxidants in the world.

These include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Quercetin
  • Kaempferol

Vitamin C is one of the best known antioxidants in the world and has been shown over and over again to help improve immune health.

Quercetin and kaempferol, while lesser known, are breakthrough antioxidants found in abundant supply within kale’s leaves, roots, and stems.

In multiple test tube and animal studies both of them have been shown to exhibit heart-protective, blood pressure-lowering, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antidepressant and anti-cancer effects properties

A Weird Reason Type 2 Diabetes Drugs May Fail

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There are millions and millions of people in America on type 2 diabetes drugs right now.

Many of them believe the drugs are the only thing that will help them finally get their diabetes under control.

But the truth is, the health of a patient’s gut microbiome may have the biggest influence on the success of those drugs compared to any other factor.

At least that’s what researchers at the Wake Forest School Of Medicine believe.

The team, led by head researcher Hariom Yadav, Ph.D. had previously identified a relationship between an imbalance of probiotics and the formation of type 2 diabetes.

This is part of what led them to investigate how the health of the gut microbiome may influence the expression of type 2 diabetes.

Another factor that led them to investigate the effect of the gut microbiome on the efficacy of diabetes drugs was how some drugs worked when administered intravenously but not when supplemented with orally.

Yadav wrote in their write up they published in The Lancet:

“For example…certain drugs work fine when given intravenously and go directly to the circulation, but when they are taken orally and pass through the gut, they don’t work.”

“Conversely,” he continues, “metformin, a commonly used anti-diabetes drug, works best when given orally but does not work when given through an IV.”

Their conclusions were based on the meta-analysis of over 100 different studies.

They focused their research on observing how the health of the microbiome either boosted or inhibited the effectiveness of the drugs. They found when a person’s gut microbiome was modulated it gave drugs the ability to  “boost, change, or reverse the efficacy of drugs for type 2 diabetes.”

Yadav summed up their findings p by saying:

“We believe that differences in an individual’s microbiome help explain why drugs will show a 90 or 50 percent optimum efficacy, but never 100 percent.”

“Our review showed that the metabolic capacity of a patient’s microbiome could influence the absorption and function of these drugs by making them pharmacologically active, inactive, or even toxic.”

This study further enforces a growing scientific consensus on the gut microbiome: That it is essential for the health and well being of individuals and should be protected and made well in an effort to boost health.

 

How Orange Oil can Boost Your Health

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Orange Oil is an essential oil made from the pressed skin and fruit of an orange.

Orange oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils has a long history of medical use spanning thousands of years.

The Chinese, Egyptians, Indians and many other ancient civilizations knew it had insane health-boosting qualities and only today are we discovering just how powerful it is at helping to correct certain medical conditions and improve our daily lives.

Orange oil is both inexpensive and easy to find as well as extremely easy to use which makes it a great addition to any modern person’s medicine chest.

3 Great Reasons To Use Orange Oil

1 – It Helps to Reduce Anxiety:  One of the main reasons people use orange oil with aromatherapy is because it’s been shown to help lift a person’s mood and calm them down.

In 2013 the journal  Advanced Biomedical Research published a study showing how well orange oil was at improving mood.

The researchers who conducted the study observed 30 children whose ages were 6-9 and who had to have a dental procedure done.

Before their first procedure, the children were given an orange oil aromatherapy treatment. Before the second procedure, no treatment was given.

The researchers discovered that the children “had reduced cortisol levels and pulse rates when receiving the aromatherapy, and this led to decreased anxiety.”

Further research on adults support these same findings as 56 adults were given the same treatment and researchers discovered they too benefitted from lower anxiety as a result of orange oil therapy.

2 – May be used as an antidepressant:

Along with reducing anxiety, orange oil may benefit those who suffer from depression.

The truth about Cancer writes: A small Japanese study reported in 1995 on 12 depressed human patients had impressive results. The researchers noted the citrus aromatherapy was quite effective, and stated “…the doses of antidepressants necessary for the treatment of depression could be markedly reduced. The treatment with citrus fragrance normalized neuroendocrine hormone levels and immune function and was rather more effective than antidepressants.”

A 2005 study done by Thai and Austrian researchers on 24 healthy volunteers found orange oil to be stimulating to the autonomic nervous system. The scientists in this study stated “These findings furnish scientific proof for the use of the sweet orange oil in aromatherapy for the relief of mild forms of depression and stress in humans.

3 – Can protect the heart:

It’s a well-known fact that antioxidants from plants can help to boost many aspects of our health.

Researchers believe that the flavonoids from orange peels (a known antioxidant) may help to protect the heart.

In a 2014 study, a team of British, Australian and Indian scientists discovered a flavonoid found in orange peel called naringin could reduce hypertension and protect the heart.

This was followed up by a study by Pakistani researchers who split up two groups of rats, both on a high cholesterol diet. One group was given orange and grapefruit juice and the other group did not get that treatment.

After 8 weeks the rats who were drinking the orange and grapefruit juice had a significant reduction in triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

Deficiency In This Vitamin Could Lead to Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is a devastating mental condition.

The inability to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t drives many people to madness.

Schizophrenia is so harmful that those who treat the disease end up throwing quite a bit of medication at the disease to help treat it.

And while medications certainly help to regulate the disease, there’s new research showing a vitamin D deficiency might be what leads to schizophrenia in the first place.

For years the medical literature has noted that there are higher incidences of schizophrenia in areas where there’s shorter amounts of sun exposure.

This matters because sun exposure is the mechanism that causes the formation of vitamin D-3 in the human body.

And now, recent research seems to confirm the link between vitamin D and schizophrenia is real.

Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark teamed up with researchers at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and discovered that when a child was born with low vitamin D levels it could lead to a greater chance of developing schizophrenia later

Based on this finding the Danish researchers wrote they believe as much as 8% diagnosed cases of schizophrenia could be from low vitamin D levels.

In their paper, which appears in journal Scientific Reports, they wrote:

“Much of the attention in schizophrenia research has been focused on modifiable factors early in life with the goal of reducing the burden of this disease,” says lead study author Prof. John McGrath.

“Previous research identified an increased risk of schizophrenia associated with being born in winter or spring and living in a high-latitude country, such as Denmark.”

The researchers discovered this after studying 2,602 people born in Denmark from 1981-2000. All of them had their blood analyzed to see just how much vitamin D was in their blood.

Every single person in the study was diagnosed with schizophrenia later in life.

The team took the schizophrenic individuals and compared them people who didn’t have schizophrenia.

They observed individuals who were born with a vitamin D deficiency had a 44 percent higher risk of developing schizophrenia later in life.

Also, this deficiency in newborns could account for about 8 percent of all schizophrenia diagnoses in Denmark, the authors suggest.

Why does this happen?

Prof. McGrath theorizes “As the developing fetus is totally reliant on mother’s vitamin D stores, our findings suggest that ensuring pregnant women have adequate levels of vitamin D may result in the prevention of some schizophrenia cases in a manner comparable [with] the role [that] folate supplementation has played in the prevention of spina bifida.”

Now that they understand this, they plan to study whether or not vitamin D supplementation by mothers will help to prevent the development of schizophrenia later in life.

“The next step is to conduct randomized clinical trials of vitamin D supplements in pregnant women who are vitamin D deficient, in order to examine the impact on child brain development and risk of neurodevelopmental [conditions] such as autism and schizophrenia,” says Prof. McGrath.

Be Extra Careful With These Blood Pressure Meds

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If you’re on any medications for blood pressure, or know someone who is, then the following information may frighten you.

Not only is there quite a bit of data showing blood pressure meds don’t optimally correct or protect against the formation of deadly heart conditions…

There are now studies showing that some of these medications could result in cancer development.

Quite recently it was shown that a pharmaceutical company named Teva pharmaceuticals was manufacturing drugs that could lead to cancer.

They’re now in the process of recalling these drugs.

This is not the first, nor will it be the last, drug to produce this kind of dangerous result.

Now that FDA is assisting in the recall, they’re beginning a nationwide initiative to not just have them recalled… but they’re letting people know that this recall actually affects a wide variey of other drugs.

USA Today writes:

“In a statement from Teva posted by the Food and Drug Administration, the recall affects all lots of combination tablets featuring the drugs amlodipine and valsartan and another combo drug featuring amlodipine, valsartan, and hydrochlorothiazide.

The drugs could contain an impurity called N-nitroso-diethylamine (NDEA), which has been classified as a possible human carcinogen, the FDA said.

Patients taking either drugs should contact their doctor or pharmacist for advice or alternative treatments. Stopping the drugs immediately with no comparable alternative could pose a greater risk to patients’ health, said Teva.”

Customers and patients with questions can contact Teva by phone at 888-838-2872, or email at [email protected]

What’s scary isn’t just that these medications already pose dangers to us, as their long list of side effects is more than enough to cause damage to the human body…

It’s also scary that these drugs were even made with this impurity in the first place.

The FDA says they’re aware these kinds of problems with drug manufacturing crop up with some frequency and they’re renewing a commitment to make sure drugs aren’t made with these kinds of impurities in the first place.

Not long after this revelation was made, Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the FDA, admitted this egregious problem shows why attention to detail in the manufacturing process needs to be increased so this doesn’t happen again.

Do Essential Oils Really Help Your Health?

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In the past few years, essential oils have become quite popular among natural health enthusiasts.

They’re so popular that they’ve now become a billion dollar market.

With all the hoopla surrounding essential oils, you might wonder what they actually do? And are they even healthy?

It’s a fair question to ask, fortunately, the answer is they are healthy for you and there are a number of areas in your health they may help improve.

 

4 Ways Essential Oils May Improve Your Health

First, let’s talk about what essential oils really are.

Essential oils are natural oils distilled or extracted from plants as they soak in a carrier oil. These carrier oils are then either applied directly on the body, added to foods, or diffused in the air.

They are highly concentrated forms of natural, plant-based oils.

People use essential oils for various reasons, but here are the most scientifically sound reasons to use them.

1 – May relieve stress:

Essential oils are often made of plants with known medicinal properties. Many of these plants have been shown to help relieve stress and reduce anxiety.

Studies have shown diffusing essential oil in the air can promote a sense of calm and reduce acute stress. Though tests on essential oils aren’t conducted in the traditional placebo model, there still is strong evidence they can help to help people reduce stress levels and feel better.

2 – They may fight dangerous bacteria and viruses:

If you want to keep bacteria at bay, essential oils are on of the best natural ways to fight sickness inducing infections.

Healthline writes:

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has renewed interest in the search for other compounds that can fight bacterial infections.

Essential oils, such as peppermint and tea tree oil, have been investigated extensively in test tubes for their antimicrobial effects. In fact, they have shown some positive results.

 

However, while test-tube study results are interesting, they do not necessarily reflect what’s happening within your body. They don’t prove that a particular essential oil could effectively treat bacterial infections in humans.

There are enough studies to show using them for cleaning is one of the best ways to help prevent sickness in the home.

3 – Could help treat headaches:

One of the main reasons people use essential oils is to promote muscle relaxation which may help reduce the severity of headaches.

Studies have shown that a little bit of peppermint oil and ethanol rubbed on a person’s foreheads and temples may relieve the pain of intense headaches.

There are also studies surrounding the use of lavender oil and headache relief. When combined with peppermint oil it’s been shown that lavender oil may be a potent headache killer.

4 – May help promote restful sleep:

Another leading use of essential oils is restful sleep.

Studies have shown that smelling lavender oil is quite helpful at helping people with sleep problems fall asleep. There are more than 15 studies about essential oils and how they promote restful sleep and most of them conclude lavender oil is one of the best for better sleep.

Also good for restful sleep are patchouli oil, orange oil, eucalyptus.

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Cancer May Have A Surprising New Enemy

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When people think about cancer, and what may cause it, many people tend to think sugar is one of the main drivers of the deadly disease.

And they wouldn’t be wrong.

Research shows that many forms of sugar are the perfect food for accelerating cancer’s growth.

But new research shows there may be a certain kind of sugar that is helpful in the fight against cancer.

It’s called mannose, or D-mannose in supplemental form.

Most people aren’t familiar with mannose because even though it’s found in many fruits, it’s found in much lower levels than the more abundant fruit-sugar, fructose.

Fortunately, mannose has been isolated in supplemental form, and researchers have tested it against the formation of cancer cells with promising results.

Mannose Can Help Fight Cancer?

The reason scientists wanted to see how mannose affect cancer growth is because the human body needs sugar to complete basic metabolic tasks.

Glucose is the most common form of sugar used for these tasks.

Unfortunately, cancer feeds off of glucose.

Because our body absolutely needs glucose, we can’t remove it from our diet. But the double-edged truth is by putting into our bodies we’re providing fuel for cancer’s growth.

Scientists wanted to see what happens when glucose was replaced with mannose.

The team on this project realized mannose would still fuel basic metabolic processes but might starve cancer.

Medical News Today wrote about the research a team at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute did to see how mannose affected cancer growth.

“ To investigate its potential use against cancer, the scientists added it to the drinking water of mice with pancreatic cancer, skin cancer, or lung cancer.

They saw that the mice experienced no ill effects, and that tumor growth was significantly slowed. Prof. Ryan is excited about the results. ‘In our study, we found a dosage of mannose that could block enough glucose to slow tumor growth in mice, but not so much that normal tissues were affected.’

Next, the team wanted to investigate whether mannose supplementation might impact how cancer treatment worked. The researchers carried out a similar experiment to the first, but in this case, they also treated the mice with two common chemotherapy agents: cisplatin and doxorubicin.

Again, mannose made a positive difference when compared with mice that took chemotherapy drugs but no mannose: it enhanced the impact of chemotherapy, reduced tumor size, and increased lifespan.

There were some caveats to this study. Caveats that were strong enough that the researchers said more animal studies would be needed before they could recommend it as an intervention in cancer treatment.

In the lab, they added mannose directly to several different kinds of cancer cells (leukemia, ovarian cancer, and bowel cancer) to see what would happen to them,

In some cases, the cancer cells would halt growth, in other instance no effect was observed.

The one thing they concluded based on their observations was when cancer cells had had lower levels of phosphomannose isomerase in them there was a possible future growth may have been affected.

This is early research, but it is hoped that finding this perfect balance means that, in the future, mannose could be given to cancer patients to enhance chemotherapy without damaging their overall health.”

Another Christmas Spice has Tons Of Health Benefits

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Now that it’s Christmastime, the assortment of different spices making it into your diet is on the rise.

Holiday spices like, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and more are now frequent players in your diet.

Especially true if you’re eating gingersnap cookies, drinking eggnog and more.

But one of the most powerful holiday-themed spices is clove.

Believe it or not, cloves are absolutely filled with compounds that are scientifically shown to improve health.

If you happen to indulge in clove-rich foods this month, then you’re going to be doing yourself, your taste buds, and possibly even your health some big favors.

3 Health Benefits Of Cloves

Chances are you don’t know what cloves are.

They are actually the bud of a flower from a tree found in Indonesia.

They’re rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

1- Could help you fight cancer:

Cloves are rich in antioxidants, which have been shown to help fight cancer and many other diseases.

Antioxidants help protect cells by reducing oxidative stress, which has been shown to contribute to the development of chronic diseases like cancer and more.

Cloves happen to be rich in an antioxidant called eugenol.

Test-tube studies have observed eugenol stopped oxidative damage caused by free radicals five times more effective than vitamin E, another potent antioxidant. Cloves are also rich in the antioxidant vitamin C.

Vitamin C has been observed to neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidative stress in your body.

Including cloves in your diet along with other antioxidant-rich foods can help improve your health.

2 – Could kill dangerous bacteria in your body:

With strong antibacterial properties, cloves can help to keep you from getting sick or coming down with an infection.

In one study,  clove essential oil was shown to be effective at killing off three common types of bacteria, including an incredibly dangerous form of E. coli, which has been shown to produce cramps, diarrhea, fatigue and even death.

Cloves have been used for centuries to promote gum health for centuries, and now we know why.

Studies have shown  compounds contained in cloves can stop the growth of two types of bacteria that contribute to gum disease

Then there was the study where 40 people use an herbal mouthwash consisting of tea tree oil, cloves, and basil.  Within 3 weeks of using the mouthwash, all subjects demonstrated positive improvements in gum health and plaque and bacteria were on the decline.

3 – Supports liver function:

Healthline writes:

“Studies show that the beneficial compounds in cloves could help promote liver health.

The compound eugenol may be especially beneficial for the liver.

One animal study fed rats with fatty liver disease mixtures containing either clove oil or eugenol.

Both mixtures improved liver function, reduced inflammation and decreased oxidative stress

Another animal study showed that the eugenol found in cloves helped reverse signs of liver cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver.

Unfortunately, research on the liver-protecting effects of cloves and eugenol in humans is limited.

However, one small study found that taking eugenol supplements for one week decreased levels of GST, an enzyme involved in detoxification that’s often a marker of liver disease.

Cloves are also high in antioxidants, which may help prevent liver disease due to their ability to help decrease oxidative stress.

Nevertheless, keep in mind that eugenol is toxic in high amounts. One case study in a 2-year-old boy showed that 5 to 10 ml of clove oil caused serious liver damage.

Weird Water Has Amazing Health Benefits

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Years ago when companies first started selling bottled water, no one thought the industry would last long.

Fast forward 20 years and bottled water sales are well into the billions.

From there, an entire cottage industry of specialty waters has come into existence.

Infused waters, waters with the essence of certain fruits and vegetables, are one of the fastest growing verticals in the industry.

And leading the charge is cucumber water.

Cucumber water, for as weird as it sounds, might actually be one of the healthiest kinds of water you could ever drink.

Here’s why.

4 Health Benefits Of Cucumber Water

Cucumber water is exactly what it sounds like. Water with whole pieces of cucumber in it, or water that’s been infused with the essence of cucumber. Sometimes cucumber water is a bit richer than an infusion as “milking” the cucumber so the liquid inside is transported to the main vessel of water imparts more of the nutrients than a simple infusion.

And for all the weirdness, there are certifiable health benefits behind cucumber water.

1 – It helps to prevent dehydration: While drinking water is a good way to prevent dehydration, cucumber water enhances hydration thanks to its balance of electrolytes.

Cucumber is rich in potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous, all of which are essential for cell hydration.

2 – Hydrates the skin: With proper hydration comes healthy skin. When the body’s cells are deprived of water and electrolytes, they begin to lose elasticity and sag.

By drinking cucumber water the cells inside the skin are flushed full of elastic promoting nutrients that give the skin a firmer, more hydrated appearance.

3 – May help improve blood pressure: If you don’t get enough of the right minerals in your diet the chances you’ll develop high blood pressure are pronounced.

If you have too much sodium (which most Americans do) in your diet and not enough potassium then balanced blood sugar may be difficult to maintain.

Fortunately, you can help combat high sodium levels by balancing out the amount of potassium you get in your diet, as this mineral is essential for better blood pressure is potassium.

By drinking cucumber water you can create a better sodium-potassium balance, and, potentially, lower blood pressure.

4 – Rich in antioxidants: Antioxidants are needed for total cell protection.

As Medical News Today writes:

Oxidative damage can lead to all kinds of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Antioxidants help to prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress.

Cucumbers are high in antioxidants and other nutrients. By adding them to water, they make a glass of water more nutritious and antioxidant-rich.

Cucumbers are rich in the following antioxidants:

  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • phosphorus
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin K

This May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease absolutely destroys the brains of those who have it as well as the lives of those who deal with the affected.

While we’re still unclear on what causes the disease, researchers have made an astounding amount of recent progress in helping to identify markers associated with the disease which may lead to prevention

And a  recent research study shows meditation might hold promise in keeping the debilitating disease at bay.

Researchers at the West Virginia School of Public Health found simple meditation practices might help improve brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s from forming.

Their subjects, older adults who were already beginning to experience memory problems, were asked to practice either 12 minutes of daily yoga meditation or 12 minutes per day of music listening for 12 weeks.

At the end of the study, they came to conclude that certain blood markers often associated with the advancement of the disease were improved more by daily yoga meditation than music listening.

This shows promise for helping to prevent the disease.

No Known Way To Predict Alzheimer’s Disease

In recent years researchers discovered while there is no direct method for predicting Alzheimer’s disease, there is a way to identify risk factors associated with the disease. One of the best ways studying the blood of people who are in the early to later stages of the disease.

Catharine Paddock Ph.D. writes:  “Certainly blood markers ‘have emerged as possible predictors of cognitive decline and dementia.’ These included telomere length, telomerase activity, and levels of certain beta-amyloid peptides with links to Alzheimer’s disease.

Telomeres are ‘protective caps” that work to prevent the ends of chromosomes from deteriorating. Telomerase is an enzyme that helps preserve telomere length. Reduction in telomere length and telomerase activity are both “markers of cellular aging.’

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, such as a gradual decline in the ability to remember, think, and make decisions, emerge long after the changes in the brain that cause them have already taken hold.

For this reason, and because of the difficulties of diagnosing this form of dementia from symptoms, researchers are pushing for a model that ‘defines Alzheimer’s by brain changes, not symptoms.’’

When the researchers tested the individuals after the 3 months of yoga meditation or music listening they noticed that both of these activities changed the brain.

But yoga meditation did more so.

Keep in mind, the subjects of these studies were already showing signs of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s. So any objective change in the brain may improve the chances of preventing Alzheimer’s.

In this study, a certain blood marker called Beta-amyloid 40 increased for the mediation group.

Along with those increase in Beta-amyloid 40 improvements in memory, cognitive function, quality of life, mood, and sleep for the 3- and 6-month measuring points were also observed.

The yoga group was the group most affected.