Weight Loss and Health
Celery Seed Extract Lowers High Blood Pressure in Human Study
Elevated blood pressure (high BP) or hypertension is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke. In fact, it is generally regarded as the most significant risk factor for stroke. More than 60 million Americans have high BP, including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans 65 to 74 years of age and almost three-quarters (71.8%) of all American blacks in the same age group.
Drugs to lower blood pressure are among the most commonly prescribed medicines in the U.S. More than 678 million blood pressure prescriptions were filled in 2010. All of the current classes of blood pressure lowering drugs possess significant side effects. A recent study with a special extract of celery seed extract indicates that it may produce clinical results without producing the side effects that plague current drug treatment.
Celery seed extract contains an important compound known as 3-n-butylphthalide, or 3nB for short, that is also responsible for the characteristic flavor and odor of celery. 3nB was discovered as the active component of celery in response to investigations by researchers seeking to explain some of the medicinal effects of celery, including the lowering of blood pressure and the relief of arthritis. 3nB first drew significant scientific attention when researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center identified it as the factor in celery responsible for the blood pressure lowering effect of celery. The research was prompted by one of the researcher's father, who after eating a quarter-pound of celery every day for one week observed his blood pressure dropped from 158 over 96 to a normal reading of 118 over 82. Subsequent animal studies found that a very small amount of 3nB lowered blood pressure by 12 to 14 percent and also lowered cholesterol by about 7 percent.
A recent human study evaluated the efficacy of a standardized extract of celery seed supplying 85 percent 3nB in 30 patients with mild to moderate hypertension. The dosage was 150 mg per day. The results showed a statistically significant decrease in both systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) compared to baseline measurements. The change at week six for the SBP was 8.2 mmHg and for the DBP was 8.5 mmHG. No side effects were reported.
These results indicate that celery seed extract may produce the greatest blood pressure-lowering effects in natural products available on health food store shelves.
A major advantage of celery extract over conventional drugs used in high blood pressure is that drugs like beta-blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers tend to significantly lower the blood flow to the brain While this effect is helpful in reducing the likelihood of stroke, it often leaves patients taking these drugs feeling tired, depressed, dizzy, and forgetful. Celery extract on the other hand has actually been shown to not only help prevent stroke in animal studies, but also improve blood flow as well and act to protect the brain and enhance energy production with the brain.
Synthetic 3nB is being developed as a drug in China. Some of the effects noted in the preliminary studies with the synthetic version is an ability to prevent stroke; improve blood flow to the brain; protect the brain and enhance energy production within the brain; and improve mild impairment of cognitive function. In animal models 3nB has also been shown to increase longevity and prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease.
In Dr. Michael Murray ND
Chocolate-Covered Almond Smoothie
The secret ingredient in this smoothie is h**p hearts, or shelled seeds of the h**p plant that are rich in difficult-to-find omega-3 fatty acids, along with protein, vitamins, and healthy enzymes. Plus, it doesn't hurt to start your day with some filling, stomach-soothing, and brain-boosting chocolate.
2 cups almond milk or coconut-almond milk
2 teaspoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3-4 tablespoons (approx. 37.5-50 grams) protein powder
1/4 cup h**p hearts
1. ADD all the ingredients in the order given to the blender. Blend until smooth.
2. ADD a few ice cubes if you prefer a cooler smoothie.
NEGATIVE CALORIE SOUP
This simple soup recipe is filled to the rim with negative calorie effect foods. Not only are the ingredients low in calories, but they help burn body fat. Try out this comforting vegetable soup to get your metabolism going.
6 cups vegetable stock
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup cauliflower floretts
1 cup green beans, cut into about 1 inch pieces
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 medium zucchini, diced (about 2 cups)
1 cup small turnip, diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small jalapeno seeded and deveined, finely chopped
2 cups baby spinach
1. Combine all ingredients, except the spinach, in a soup pot and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper if desired.
3. Stir in the spinach and cook for another minute.
4. Remove from heat and serve.
BASIC FLAXSEED OIL SALAD DRESSING
Place all ingredients into a salad bowl and whisk together until smooth and creamy. is recipe is quick and delicious!
• 4 tbsp organic flaxseed oil
• 11⁄2 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 medium garlic clove, crushed
• Pinch of seasoned salt or salt-free seasoning
• Fresh ground pepper to taste
Jazz up this basic recipe to your own personal taste by using your favorite herbs and spices.
Nutella can cause Cancer
See the video - http://abcnews.go.com/Health/nutella-maker-fights-back-cancer-causing-claims/story?id=44756338
The maker of Nutella is fighting back against a finding by food safety officials in Europe that palm oil used in Nutella's chocolate-hazelnut spread could pose a potential cancer risk.
"Ferrero wants to assure its consumers that Nutella and other Ferrero products that contain palm oil are safe," Ferrero, the Italian company behind Nutella, told ABC News in a statement Thursday.
Ferrero has been defending its popular Nutella product since a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) indicated palm oil can create carcinogens when processed at temperatures above 393 degrees, as is the case with Nutella.
The company described to ABC News the steps it says it takes to lessen any potential risks from processed palm oil.
"When palm oil, produced and processed to minimalize the presence of these contaminants, is refined correctly, it contains a lower level of contaminants than other vegetable oils that have been treated at excessive temperatures," the statement read. "This case applies to the palm oil used by Ferrero, who for years has been able to significantly reduce the levels of contaminants in its palm oil compared to conventional palm oils available on the market, similar to the levels found in other vegetable oils that have been processed properly, in line with EFSA's parameters.
"This is due to careful harvesting, from the squeezing in the quickest possible time to the processes and manufacturing at the lowest possible temperatures," the statement continued. "We manage all technological-productive factors with the aim to reduce the duration and the temperatures of the processes, thus minimizing the risks of possibly developing or increasing 2MCPD, 3MCPD or GE. Furthermore, our Quality Assurance and Process Control Systems allow us to constantly monitor such factors and guarantee the food safety of our products to the consumer."
The EFSA report, first released in May, said that more study is needed on the risk of palm oil processed at high degrees.
The company released a commercial in Italy late last year to assure customers the product is safe.
Palm oil is found in a variety of processed foods, from margarine to instant noodles and whipped topping, according to Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News chief health and medical editor.
"If you have a diverse diet, you're not going to be taking in too much of [palm oil]," Besser said today on "Good Morning America."
The current research on a possible connection between palm oil and cancer has been conducted only on animals, according to Besser.
"There have been no studies to show a palm oil connection to cancer in humans," he said.
Officials from The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Besser they are monitoring research on the effects of palm oil in processed foods.
"I talked to the FDA yesterday, they said they're aware of these studies but from their perspective palm oil is safe to be used in foods," Besser said. "They'll continue to look at the evidence.
When it comes to eating Nutella, Besser advised treating it as an occasional food due to its higher sugar content.
"It should not be an everyday food," Besser said. "It is not a breakfast food."
ABC News' Anastasia E. Williams contributed to this report.
abcnews.go.com The maker of Nutella is fighting back against a finding by food safety officials in Europe that palm oil used in Nutella's chocolate-hazelnut spread could pose a potential cancer risk. "Ferrero wants to assure its consumers that Nutella and other Ferrero products that contain palm oil are safe,"...
Don’t have time to cook breakfast in the morning? No problem. Just toss 2 cups of oats into a slow cooker, top with some dried berries, and add water. Wait 90 minutes, and voila! With just 193 calories, this slow cooker overnight oatmeal will be your new favorite breakfast.
8 cup(s) water
2 cup(s) oats, steel cut
1/3 cup(s) cranberries, dried
1/3 cup(s) apricot(s), dried
1/4 teaspoon salt
or to taste
1. Combine water, oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots and salt in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to low. Put the lid on and cook until the oats are tender and the porridge is creamy, 7 to 8 hours.
1. Halve the above recipe to accommodate the size of most double boilers: Combine 4 cups water, 1 cup steel-cut oats, 3 tablespoons dried cranberries, 3 tablespoons dried apricots and 1/8 teaspoon salt in the top of a double boiler.
2. Cover and cook over boiling water for about 1 1/2 hours, checking the water level in the bottom of the double boiler from time to time.
Flu Shot Alternatives
You don’t need a flu shot to protect yourself this year. Use natural immune boosters to stay strong and healthy through the fall and winter.
You don’t need a flu shot to protect yourself this year. Use natural immune boosters to stay strong and healthy through the fall and winter.
Despite the fact that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention advocates a seasonal flu shot for everyone, the reality is that not all people feel comfortable with this recommendation. I and many other health experts do not endorse widespread seasonal flu vaccines, including the H1N1 vaccine. Your immune system, when working properly, has a remarkable capacity to fight off the flu and colds. Even if an infection does gain a foothold, it’s usually just a matter of time before the immune system mounts an effective counterattack.
Recipe for a Strong Immune System
Whether you get a flu shot or not, it is important to bolster immunity during the fall and winter months. This increases your resistance to colds and flu, and protects you against cancer and other diseases. Try these steps to boost your immune system:
A healthy lifestyle is essential for immunity. Be sure to eat a healthy diet, get exercise, avoid toxins, maintain your appropriate body weight, and get enough sleep.
Stress lowers immunity. Practice relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, visualization, or meditation.
Avoid refined sugars and saturated fats, but make sure you get plenty of quality protein and essential fatty acids.
Take a high-quality vitamin and mineral supplement. Vitamins B complex, C and E, zinc, and selenium are especially important.
Boost your vitamin D levels (see below).
Recent research on the proprietary ingredient Wellmune WGP (beta-glucan from baker’s yeast) has been shown in a double-blind study to prevent colds and flu. Subjects were treated with either 500 mg of Wellmune WGP or a placebo for 90 days. The Wellmune WGP group reported:
No missed work or school due to colds, compared with 1.4 days missed in the placebo group.
No incidences of fever, compared with 3.5 incidences in the placebo group.
An increase in physical energy and emotional well-being, as measured by
a clinically validated hea
Wellmune WGP is available in certain foods, beverages, and supplements, including supplements from Alacer Corp. and Jarrow Formulas.
Why Vitamin D is Critical for Flu Prevention
Research shows that vitamin D targets more than 2,000 genes (about 10 percent of the human genome). It is now known that low levels of vitamin D are a major factor in the development of at least 17 varieties of cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, and many more common health conditions. As it relates to flu prevention, here is what is known:
Individuals who have vitamin D blood levels lower than 38 ng/ml had twice as many upper respiratory tract infections as those with higher levels.
Children who took 1,200 IU of vitamin D daily reduced their risk of developing the flu by 58 percent.
Women taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D (to protect bones) had an average of 30 percent fewer cold and flu episodes compared to women taking 200 IU of vitamin D.
Because it is estimated that one out of every two Americans is likely to have blood levels below 20 ng/ml, supplementing with vitamin D may prove to be more effective than getting a flu shot. For optimal vitamin D status, take 2,000—5,000 IU daily.
While echinacea has been shown to exert significant effects on immune function in more than 300 clinical studies, not all of the research has been positive. Mixed results most likely stem from insufficient quantity of the herb’s active compounds. There is tremendous variation in these levels—even within the same product from batch to batch. Echinacea must be grown properly, harvested at the exact time, and extracted properly for maximal levels of all active compounds. Clinical studies with Echinamide (a patented echinacea product standardized for effective levels of key compounds) have proved useful in preventing, as well as shortening, the severity and duration of colds and flu.
Cinnamon As Spice And Alternative Medicine
While cinnamon can give many health benefits and improve overall well-being. Cinnamon oil is also important in strengthening the immune system, its scent is used to treat early stages of cold and fever.
Cinnamon is widely used both in the food and pharmaceutical industry because of its antiseptic properties. The cinnamon bark oil is used as a flavoring for digestive aids, liniments, and oral care products. It is also used in many perfumes, soaps, and lotions. In addition, cinnamon leaf oil is used in the food industry as flavorings to candies, sauces, and pastries. The commonly used ingredient is actually the soft, inner bark of the cinnamon tree.
This spice is now being heralded as the latest in the long line of herbal medicine wonders? According to research findings, one teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 milligrams of calcium, one milligram of iron, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and manganese.
The use of cinnamon dates back in Chinese medicine to 2800 BC, and is known as ìkwaiî in the Chinese language. Ancient Egyptians used it in the embalming process of corpses because of its fragrance. Medieval physicians used this spice to treat coughs, hoarseness, sore throats, and other types of infections. Cinnamon also has antibacterial and inflammatory properties that help reduce joint and muscle pain, especially the discomforts associated with arthritis.
Many health specialists advice diabetics to take daily dose of cinnamon to regulate blood sugar levels. It can also benefit one's health by improving the body's digestive system and relieve many stomach discomforts.
In aromatherapy, cinnamon oil is used to stimulate and warm the senses, restore vigor, and treat stress and anxiety. Cinnamon oil is also important in strengthening the immune system because its scent is said to treat early stages of cold and fever. The oil of cinnamon is also used as a physical and emotional stimulant, with many believing that it can actually enhance one's libido.
Medical research also indicates that the scent of cinnamon may reduce drowsiness, irritability, pain, and frequent migraines. In some studies, the essential oil provides relief to tight muscles, ease painful joints, and relieve menstrual cramps in women. Cinnamon also increases the action of enzymes that break down the food in the body and help improve one's metabolism.
Here are the other health benefits of Cinnamon:
∑ Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon included in a daily diet can lower cholesterol.
∑ Cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with diabetes.
∑ Cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
∑ A study released by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland showed that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
∑ It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
∑ When added to food, it prevents bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
∑ Smelling cinnamon may boost cognitive function and memory.
∑ Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
Indeed, cinnamon has many benefits that can be used to improve one's health and well-being. If taken together with a balanced, healthy diet and plenty of exercise --- one can bring back the spice of life that everyone longs for.
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