10 Optimal Health Benefits of Avocados…

Avocado fruits are becoming very popular anywhere in the world and are available  in most of  your nearby supermarkets year round. The avocado is sometimes called “avocado pear” or “alligator pear”. It is believed that avocados have originated in Mexico and Central America. However, today, avocados are being planted and harvested in countries all over the world. The avocado is one of the most recommended fruits as well as a food for bodybuilding and many other diseases.

Here are ten great reasons to eat an avocado a day:

1. Prostate Cancer Prevention
Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

2. Oral Cancer Defense
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.

3. Breast Cancer Protection
Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

4. Eye Health
Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

5. Lower Cholesterol
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.

6. Heart Health
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

7. Stroke Prevention
The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.

8. Better Nutrient Absorption
Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.

9. Glutathione Source
Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.

10. Vitamin E Powerhouse
Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.


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Osteoporosis: Primarily a Nutritional Issue?

 The main theory that we have all subscribed to is that if we can prevent the rate of bone turnover and keep calcium available for absorption, osteoporosis can be avoided. This is known as the calcium theory of osteoporosis.

However, maintaining healthy bone is not that easy; if it were, then populations that consumed the most amounts of dairy and calcium supplements would have lower rates of osteoporosis than the populations that consumed less dairy and calcium supplements. If it were to be known; the opposite is demonstrated to be the case.

Contrary to popular belief, countries that consume the most dairy and calcium supplements have the highest rates of hip fractures: the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and western European countries in that order. The countries with the lowest rates of hip fractures (in Asia and Africa) consume little or no milk, dairy or calcium supplements. These data come from epidemiological surveys conducted worldwide by different research teams over the course of 20 years.

Osteoporosis is a complex, multi-factorial condition characterized by reduced bone mass and impaired micro-architectural structure, leading to an increased susceptibility to fractures. Bone strength is genetically determined, but other factors are involved, including environmental, nutritional and lifestyle factors.

Nutrition is an important modifiable factor in the development and maintenance of bone mass and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Most of the bone mineral content is comprised of calcium and phosphorus. The other dietary components, such as protein, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, fluoride, and vitamins D, A, C, and K, are required for normal bone metabolism.

Dietary Ca requirement is determined mostly by skeletal needs, and it exerts a threshold behavior. This means that the skeletal response (in this case, skeletal accretion) will occur only when Ca is increased from the deficiency level to a threshold zone. Adding more Ca when the level of dietary intake already exceeds the threshold will not likely improve bone mass

The Ca threshold for adults is approximately 1,100 mg. Therefore, typical baseline Ca intake becomes important when evaluating the literature for efficacy of dietary Ca on bone. For example, if baseline intake is already at the threshold level, additional Ca would not be expected to improve bone. . Most adults can only absorb between 400-500 mg of Ca at a time and anything beyond that amount is purely wasted.

Understanding the interaction between different factors associated with bone health is still a work in progress. Fortunately, enough information is available to make reasonable progress in the prevention and management of osteoporosis. Let’s look some of the issues with regard to this condition:

■With prolonged life expectancy increasing the elderly population; predictions are that osteoporotic fractures will reach epidemic proportions.

■Osteoporosis is a multifactorial disorder. Besides the influence of heredity, bone health depends on a whole range of nutrients and foods as well as the environmental factors; understanding the interactions of these nutrients among themselves and interactions with pharmacological, environmental and lifestyle factors is crucial for prevention and management of osteoporosis.

■Prolonged deficiency or excess of one or a combination of several nutrients, as well as changes in requirements of some nutrients due to physiological and/or metabolic circumstances, need to be factored into the osteoporotic problem.

Nutrition is one of the important modifiable factors in the development and maintenance of bone, and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The nutrients of most obvious importance to bone health are calcium and phosphorus; they compose 80 percent to 90 percent of the mineral content of bone. Protein is incorporated into the matrix of the bone for collagen structure upon which the mineralization occurs. Other minerals and nutrients are crucial in carrying out the reactions and metabolic processes in bone.

We all know that bone is a dynamic structure and that it is continually remodeling. It has many functions, some of which are obvious: support for the body, protection of fragile organs and a platform for the attachment of muscles for locomotion. Of course, the bone marrow is the main source for blood cells and cells of the immune system; but it is also a reservoir for minerals that the body needs to regulate electrolytes, and buffers the blood against pH changes.

Let’s consider the last two functions of bone, electrolyte balance and acid-base balance, which are very dynamic activities requiring constant monitoring and management for the survival of the organism. The main electrolytes in the blood are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, phosphate, and carbonate. Most commonly, problems occur when the level of sodium, potassium, or calcium is abnormal.

The source for these electrolytes is from ingested food, but if they are not available when needed, bone is where the body will retrieve calcium and phosphate electrolytes. Similarly, the pH of the blood must be maintained in a narrow range between 7.35 pH to 7.45 pH. Chloride (Cl) and bicarbonate (HCO3) play a major role in maintaining acid-base balance, with bicarbonate being by far the most important buffer. Calcium forms an important blood buffer as ionized calcium bicarbonate. Again, if calcium is not found in sufficient amounts in food sources, bone is the body’s resource for the needed calcium. If you are looking to add a Ca Supplement to your diet it is imperative that you search for a Ca that contains all five forms of calcium that are vital to proper bone health:  Carbonate, Lactate, Phosphate, Sulfate, Citrate. The most readily absorbable form of calcium is found in an Isotonic Fomula.   

Because of these very important functions calcium plays in the balance of electrolytes and pH balance, osteoporosis appears to be more a problem of calcium homeostasis. This calcium homeostasis is of course affected by diet. It is known that increasing dietary protein increases urine calcium excretion. For every 50 g increment of protein consumed, an additional 60 mg of urinary calcium is excreted. It follows that the higher the protein intake, the more urine calcium is lost and the more negative calcium balance becomes.

Since 99 percent of the body’s calcium is found in bone, with high consumption of protein there is an associated result of increased bone resorption. With increased bone resorption, increased prevalence of osteopenia results. But we also know that low-protein diets interfere with intestinal calcium absorption. Epidemiological studies demonstrate a positive association between protein intake and BMD (bone mass density). On the other hand, there are many epidemiological studies that report higher fracture rates in groups consuming a high-protein diet. Overall, it appears that both low- and high-protein diets are detrimental to bone health.

With regard to whole foods containing multiple nutrients, the situation becomes even more complicated. The acid or alkali ash generated by the diet affects bone by altering acid-base status of the blood. It has been known since the late ’60s that the skeleton serves as a buffering system for neutralizing acid or alkaline challenges from food and maintaining constant pH of blood.3 Bone undergoes increased resorption in order to release calcium to neutralize metabolic acidosis. Therefore, acid ash-producing foods like meats, especially when consumed over a long period of time, contribute to the depletion of calcium, increasing the risk of osteoporosis, as opposed to fruits and vegetables with an alkaline ash.

In summary, we know that osteoporosis is a multifactorial disorder and that nutrition plays an important role in bone health. Calcium homeostasis is adversely affected by high-acid-ash diets. Osteoporosis is one disorder that can be managed with appropriate Nutrition as well as Supplementation.

Alternative medicine is preventive, western medicine is curative

Have you heard the term “wellness?” It has two contexts, one in alternative medicine and one in Western medicine.In the alternative medicine world, wellness means taking care of yourself so you don’t get sick.  Let’s find ways to avoid cancer, heart disease, mental illness.  We can do this through changing our diet, exercising more, and changing our energy fields.In Western medicine, we wait until we get one of these diseases, then we rush heroically to “beat the disease.”  In Western medicine, the term wellness means “early detection” of disease. If you walk into a “Wellness Center” in a hospital, you’ll see mammogram screening rooms, MRI machines and other tools to scan for the existence of disease.Is that wellness?  To me, it’s not. Wellness is about staying well, it is about avoiding disease in the first place.  When a person is told “You have cancer,” it is a major blow to their psyches, and their lives.  Why go through that if you don’t have to?  Why not do whatever you can to avoid that terrible day?Western medicine treats the “pre-detection” part of life as a kind of random soup of nothingness. You can’t really do anything about any of these diseases, you just get them or you don’t.  No rhyme or reason to it, it just hits you, and then you deal with it.Genetics is a big factor in the Western medical model.  If you get cancer, ah, well, it was in your genes that you’d get it.  You see, your great grandfather had cancer, so it was inevitable that you’d get it too.Huh?  Unfortunately, Western medicine can’t explain why siblings get or don’t get diseases supposedly passed on from their parents.  One sister dies of cancer at a young age (because of genetics) and the other sister lives to be 100 (genetics).For my part, I’m going to take the best care of myself possible, and not play a silly waiting game for disease.

Health Benefits from Omega 3’s

Many a carton of milk or yogurt now brags of its fortification with omega 3s, a trend that has made the dietary additive seem like just the latest marketing gimmick for health-minded consumers.

But omega 3s, a family of unsaturated fatty acids, have been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. And now, the compounds are being studied by scientists around the world as potential treatments for a wide range of other serious conditions, ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to epilepsy and rheumatoid arthritis. Further research also is being done on omega 3s’ role in preventing heart disease to determine the full range of potential benefits.

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In an experiment, omega 3s block white blood cells from moving out of a blood vessel (left). Without omega 3s (right), the cells move readily.

 

 

Omega 3s are found naturally in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, and in some botanical sources such as flaxseed and kiwi fruit. A variety of firms also sell omega 3s as dietary supplements. Scientists say the benefit to the body should be the same whether they are consumed through food or capsules.

Many scientists believe omega 3s provide health benefits in part by reducing inflammation, which can contribute to heart disease, arthritis and other ailments. But researchers are still attempting to understand how exactly omega 3s interact with the body. And studies for a number of medical conditions aren’t far enough along to know whether the fatty acids could be beneficial.

One research team in the U.K. recently experimented on human cells in artificial blood vessels to try to understand what role omega 3s play in inflammation. The researchers used a glass tube to mimic a blood vessel. Normally, inflammation occurs when white blood cells migrate from the blood, through the blood-vessel wall and into surrounding tissue. The researchers coated their glass tube with endothelial cells, which normally line the interior walls of blood vessels. Then they added omega 3s to the endothelial cells.

Later, when the researchers pumped white blood cells into the tube, they saw under a microscope that the cells couldn’t get across the endothelial barrier—the omega 3s were blocking them, according to a paper published in online journal PLoS Biology last month. When they performed the same experiment without the added omega 3s, the white blood cells easily penetrated the endothelial barrier.

More Research Needed

More research is needed to determine if the omega-3 blockade similarly occurs in actual blood vessels. But Ed Rainger, a cellular immunologist at the University of Birmingham Medical School, who led the research, says the experiment shed light on how inflammation works in the body and how tweaking the diet might affect it. He added that the discovery could eventually help scientists develop new medicines that block inflammation, which could be useful in treating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

Inflammation plays a role in many areas of heart disease, which is probably at least partly why clinical trials have shown that omega 3s can reduce rates of heart attacks and strokes and slow the buildup of harmful plaque in the arteries, says Stephen Nicholls, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Omega 3s appear to have benefits beyond reducing inflammation. They also lower levels of potentially harmful blood fats called triglycerides, which are unrelated to inflammation but can increase risk for heart disease, Dr. Nicholls adds. A prescription-strength pill called Lovaza, made from omega 3-containing fish oil, is approved for sale in the U.S. for reducing triglycerides.

Many scientists also believe that omega 3s might help stabilize cells and prevent them from generating erratic electrical signals in the heart and brain, which can cause irregular heartbeats, seizures and other problems.

Christopher DeGiorgio, professor of neurology at University of California, Los Angeles, has been testing this theory in epilepsy, with mixed success. In past studies, omega 3s haven’t helped much to reduce seizures, he says. In a new study of 30 epileptics, he hopes to show that omega 3s reduce rates of sudden death. Sudden death—when an epileptic dies suddenly with no clear cause—accounts for about 20% of all deaths among epileptics, and irregular heartbeat can contribute to it, Dr. DeGiorgio says. He wants to test whether omega 3s help stabilize the heart and thus reduce cases of sudden death.

Some experiments on animals have suggested that omega-3 consumption can reduce brain levels of the amyloid proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease. These findings have helped drive researchers to study omega 3s in Alzheimer’s patients, too.

One study involving 400 Alzheimer’s patients, presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Vienna this summer, showed mixed results. A daily dose of two grams of DHA, one type of omega 3 fatty acid, for 18 months did not help patients perform better than those taking a placebo on standard tests used to assess the disease.

But in an interesting twist, patients taking DHA who didn’t have a gene variant called ApoE4 did experience a slower rate of decline on one test of mental function compared with patients taking a placebo. Joseph Quinn, associate professor of neurology at Oregon Health & Science University and the leader of the study, cautions against making too much of this finding for now. But he says it’s “encouraging and intriguing” that at least some patients seemed to benefit from omega 3s and says he hopes to conduct new studies to “look at that genotype more carefully.” At least one-third of people with Alzheimer’s disease lack this gene variant, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Dietary supplements usually contain about 200 milligrams of omega 3s per capsule, while a fatty salmon steak can contain up to one gram, according to Maria Makrides, an expert on omega 3s at Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute in Australia.

Dietary Advice

The American Heart Association recommends that people without coronary heart disease eat a variety of fish at least twice a week, and include other foods such as flaxseed and walnuts in the diet. It says people with documented heart disease should eat about one gram of omega 3s a day. The AHA says that while omega 3s are generally safe, some side effects can include a fishy aftertaste, gastrointestinal disturbances and nausea. It says that while most omega-3 supplements are “essentially” free of mercury, the toxic metal sometimes found in fish, some poorly made supplements can contain “appreciable amounts.”

3 things crohn irritable bowel syndrome sufferers must do

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It is said that nearly one in four Americans suffers from some kind of digestive disorder such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohns Disease. Although medically recognized as incurable there is no need for sufferers of Crohns and IBS to give up hope.  Although the conditions cannot be eradicated, the symptoms and distress can however be controlled. It is often true that what medical science cannot cure, common sense, information and commitment can subdue.

It is a frustration to many, that in many areas, medical advancement has brought breakthrough and hope to many suffering at the hands of illness, but still there are is a silent percentage, waiting in the wings hoping for their time to come.

So how can we loosen the chains of Crohns and IBS?

1. Get Informed.

In today’s world of super fast and open communication there is really no reason why someone should suffer in silence or ignorance for anything. A simple trip to the library will uncover many books and guides outlining possibilities and methods for controlling disorders such as Crohns Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A quick search on the internet will uncover many opportunities and avenues for discovering exactly what is going on with your body.

2. Get Support.

In the same way, that there is no excuse to being ignorant, there is also no reason to be alone. Some people early on after being diagnosed with Chrons Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) go through a phase of denial – that’s natural – but there also comes a time to pick yourself up and face your disorder head on – but that doesn’t mean alone. There are many national and local support groups established which will help, encourage and motivate you to live life to the full and give ideas about how to

3. Get Control

Although the general principle is something of an illusion (after all, we are all uncontrollable factors in life) – it is absolutely essential for Chrons and IBS sufferers to work towards getting to grips with their disorder so they can start to feel free and live life again. For the majority, its not actually that hard – as long as you have been through the process of Getting Informed and Getting Support. In my experience the only way to get control that lasts and is beneficial is to take the information and support and apply to my own life religiously. With careful monitoring, strict adherence and continual awareness, you to can live the life you deserve.

Aloe Vera Juice

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Out of the 400 species of the Aloe family, Aloe Vera (meaning True Aloe) has been used for thousands of years and is still present in varieties of medicines today. It is used predominantly as an herbal remedy for the skin, digestion, the reproductive system and detox. A gel or pulp can be extracted from the plants for many benefits, both externally and internally.

It is most commonly used to treat skin conditions by soothing the skin and easing pain and inflammation. It can even speed up the healing process of burns, eczema and other conditions. The plant’s gel can be rubbed to reduce redness after a couple of days. Rubbing the leaf over cuts in the skin can prevent infection and speed up the healing process by acting like a bandage. Because of its healing and moisturising benefits to the skin, it has been adopted by cosmetic companies and added in many products.

The juice of Aloe Vera can be extracted by cutting the leaf, collecting the juice and then evaporating it. The juice has many benefits when drunk. This is partially due to the fact that it contains twelve vitamins (including A, B1, B6, B12, C and E), nineteen amino acids and over 20 minerals, which most of these are essential to the body. In Ayurveda, the Indian health practice, Aloe Vera is known as Kumari (‘the princess’) because of its positive effect on the menstrual cycle and female reproductive system. It is also known for its ability to clean the liver and protect the digestive system by reducing intestinal inflammation.

Overall, Aloe Vera can be used for cosmetics and healing the skin, or when consumed, as a potent cleansing and rejuvenating tonic that is very nutrient rich and beneficial to the body. You can buy Aloe Vera juice at my store, http://www.marketamerica.com/evansmarketing It is made only from the unfiltered inner gel of the whole plant, not the outer rind, which means less processing and more active ingredients are retained.

5 tips on proper fibromyalgia diets

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In order to treat or completely eliminate fibromyalgia, many doctors advocate adjusting your diet for levels of energy and immune system enhancement. Though you likely suffer from a number of fibromyalgia symptoms, if proper diet eliminates or eases even one o f those symptoms then isn’t it worth your time to give it a try? To help you adjust your diet and feel better, here are 5 tips on proper fibromyalgia diets.

The first of the 5 tips on proper fibromyalgia diets is to increase the variety of foods you eat and vary the amounts and combinations. What this does is help your body to get a wider range of the vitamins and minerals you need along with fatty acids that will improve overall health. To that end, you should also try to incorporate more organic foods into your diet. The chemicals used in other vegetables can reduce their nutritional value and thus cause you to lose the vitamins and minerals that are so important to your fibromyalgia diet.

Second of the 5 tips on proper fibromyalgia diets is to change your eating patterns. Instead of eating the standard three meals a day, consider eating less more often. Try to eat a small meal as often as every three hours. This keeps your metabolism high and your energy levels with it, and you will feel more energy.

Third in the 5 tips on proper fibromyalgia diets is to be aware of what you should avoid. Stay away from fast food and junk food. In addition to that, keep caffeine, sugar, and any unnecessary drugs (like alcohol) out of your system. Many of these foods and additives will cause you to have sharp rises and falls in energy and metabolic levels. What you want when you have fibromyalgia, or even just for overall health, is to have a constant feeling of well being that comes from balanced diet.

Keep your diet balanced. Of the top 5 tips on proper fibromyalgia diets, keeping your diet balanced is probably the most important. If you try to control the balance of complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, lean animal protein, vegetable protein, and healthy plant fats, then you will feel better and your body will get stronger. Additionally, by doing that you are simply making the other tips easier to follow.

Finally, you want to make sure you are paying attention to food intolerances and allergic reactions. Remember that if your diet is making you feel worse, it is only going to make the fibromyalgia worse right along with it. The idea of the diet is to feel better overall, so it is important to make sure you know how certain foods make your body react.

These 5 tips on proper fibromyalgia diets will hopefully help you to deal with your condition. By understanding each of these tips, you can go a long way in feeling better just through what you eat. So sit down and come up with your fibromyalgia diet so that you can feel better and live a more normal life.

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