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Heal and Prevent Heart Disease with Nutrition, Part I

(NaturalNews) Doctors tell us that cardiovascular disease cannot be cured, but instead can only be managed, primarily with drugs such as statins. Likewise they would also have us believe that the best way to prevent cardiovascular problems is through the use of statins and daily aspirin, along with avoiding being overweight. In a sense, the doctors are right - cardiovascular disease cannot be cured by mainstream medicine. However, cardiovascular disease can be cured and prevented by whole food nutrition, and what doctors know about the links between diet, weight and heart disease are mostly wrong.

Heart disease is largely caused by improper nutrition and deficiencies in important nutrients and other essential compounds needed for cardiovascular health. Chief among those items are magnesium, coenzymeQ10 (CoQ10), chromium, selenium, silicon, vitamin D3, and vitamin B6. Instead of addressing these deficiencies, statin drugs actually make some of them worse and have actions which are actually detrimental to heart health.

The most common serious side effect of statin drugs is muscle pain and damage - and the heart is the most important and most active muscle in the body as well as one of the largest muscles. Statin drugs' primary method of action is to interfere with the liver function of producing cholesterol. In the process they also interfere with the liver's production of CoQ10 from selenium. CoQ10 is a primary heart protector. Thus drugs that are supposedly for the heart prevent a vital heart protector and cause damage to muscles, such as the heart itself. Not surprisingly, liver damage is another serious statin drug side effect.

The fact is that there are no benefits derived from statin drugs which cannot be achieved from whole food chromium and selenium, neither of which have the many side effects associated with statin drugs. Both chromium and selenium were established as essential minerals for life over half a century ago by the NIH. Yet the use of statin drugs is almost universal in mainstream medicine while the nutritional approach of whole food nutrition with those two essential mineral nutrients remains little known and rarely used.

A second mainstream approach for heart problems is daily aspirin, a dangerous mainstream marketing myth. Aspirin is actually dangerous for the heart. All of the early studies on aspirin and heart benefits used a buffered form of aspirin. The buffering agent used was the heart healthy mineral magnesium and often the buffered aspirin studied contained more magnesium than actual aspirin. In the intervening years no heart benefits have been found in studies on aspirin alone. Nevertheless, the aspirin heart protection myth continues to this day.

Magnesium helps prevent heart attacks, regulates high blood pressure and helps ease heart arrhythmia, in addition to having a great many other vital health benefits. Thanks to today's SAD diet and mineral depleted soils, it is estimated that anywhere from 80 to 95 percent of us are deficient in magnesium.

It was also noted over a half century ago that the mineral silicon played a vital role in heart health since it was abundant in healthy hearts and deficient in diseased hearts and heart vessels. Silicon is responsible for both the strength and elasticity of cardiovascular tissue. It also is a semiconductor that is involved in nervous system message transmissions and is likely important for the heart's electrical functions.

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Heal and Prevent Heart Disease with Nutrition, Part II

(NaturalNews) In the 1960s, the only known consequence of vitamin D deficiency in adults was osteomalacia, a form of bone softening. Abundant evidence now points to numerous cardioprotective functions of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to diminish heart muscle cells contractile function, contribute to endothelial dysfunction, distort heart muscle structure, and increase smooth muscle growth leading to atherosclerotic plaque formation.

Low levels of vitamin D have been linked with congestive heart failure and individuals with low serum levels of vitamin D have been found to have higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and triglycerides.

Almost fifty years ago Dr. Harry McCully, Harvard graduate, researcher and professor, found that the amino acid homocysteine was elevated in people who had heart disease as a result of a deficiency in Vitamin B6. It took decades before his findings received wide attention and even now this key nutritional fact is widely ignored by mainstream medicine.

One doctor who did take note of McCully's information was MD John Ellis, who began incorporating it into his medical practice and research more than 40 years ago. Ellis, who went on to literally write the book on Vitamin B6 (Vitamin B6, The Doctor's Report), proved in clinical research that patients with heart problems on high dose Vitamin B6 had far fewer heart episodes and lived significantly longer.

Dr. Matthias Rath determined that, instead of high cholesterol, heart disease is essentially early sailor's scurvy caused by weakening of the arterial walls due to Vitamin C and other vitamin deficiencies. Rath points out that our huge blood vessel network fails in 90% of the cases at the coronary arteries. If high cholesterol were the problem, it should cause clogs everywhere and cause venosclerosis as well as arteriosclerosis.

The only explanation, says Rath, is that coronary artery plaques form in the presence of weakened and damaged arteries. Just as it does in sailor's scurvy, vitamin C induces the natural repair of arterial blood vessel walls - leading to a halt in progression and even to natural regression of vascular lesions.

Eighty years ago, Dr. Kenneth Turner of Harvard Medical School conducted a fascinating study in which he found that rabbits fed an extremely unhealthy diet had almost no atherosclerosis and very low cholesterol levels when given potassium iodine. Sadly, mainstream medicine has never followed up on his study.

Mainstream medical science maintains that obesity is the cause of heart disease, and practically anything else that ails you. However, what has mystified many researchers is how some overweight people stay metabolically fit and have no high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol.

Researchers need look no further for the answer to that mystery than the Framington Heart studies which have been ongoing for over 50 years. Those studies have brought widespread understanding of how a traditional Mediterranean diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and olive oil are able to prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The kicker is that traditional peoples on such a diet are often quite overweight. The obvious reason for the difference is that if you are overweight because you like to eat healthy foods instead of foods in the unhealthy SAD diet it is less likely to result in disease because you are getting plenty of nutrients to support the extra weight. The key is nutrient density, or "you are what you eat".

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Heal and Prevent Heart Disease with Nutrition, Part III

(NaturalNews) The lack of natural nutrition found in our foods today is likely a leading contributor to heart disease. As health author Greg Ciola noted in his article "Whole Food Nutrition to the Rescue", our bodies are intended to be nourished by food and not from ground up rocks, petroleum by-products and coal-tar derivatives which make up more than 95 percent of all supplements.

Studies have shown that the Vitamin D fortification common in our foods actually results in hardening of the arteries and heart disease, whereas natural vitamin D obtained naturally via sunlight or fish oil is vital to heart health. One example is milk. It is not the fat in milk that makes it unhealthy, it is the pasteurization and homogenization processes which destroy all of the Vitamin D and B6 in milk. Then 4 times as much counterfeit vitamin D is added as the original genuine vitamin D.

Another example is bleached white flower. A hundred years ago we consumed only a tiny amount of such flour. Today that single item makes up 20 percent of the average American diet. Bleaching flour removes over 90 percent of the silicon, selenium and chromium and more than 75 percent of vitamin B6.

Most of the processed foods on our grocers' shelves have had vital nutrients processed out and often harmful additives processed in to enhance shelf life, taste, color and texture. Often those processed foods are then "fortified" with fake vitamins - the ground up rocks, petroleum by-products and coal tar derivatives.

Fortunately, there are several good food sources of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients vital for our hearts. Some of the best are:

Foods rich in the antioxidants that fight free radicals include fruits, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, alfalfa sprouts, and whole-grain products. Studies have shown that those who ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day had a 39-percent lower risk of stroke than those who did not.

Grapes, eggplant, and red cabbage all contain anthocyanidins which help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke by dilating blood vessels and keeping the blood flowing freely. Anthocyanidins are found in blue and purple fruits and vegetables.

Raw nuts (except peanuts), olive oil, pink salmon, trout, tuna, Atlantic herring, and mackerel contain essential fatty acids important for cardiovascular health.

Garlic and onions contain compounds that help to reduce serum cholesterol levels.

Some other important dietary recommendations are:

Avoid grilled and barbecued foods. Meat cooked over smoldering charcoal increases the risk of cardiomyopathy by forming compounds that contribute to inflammation of the arteries and deterioration of the heart muscle.

Avoid stimulants such as coffee and black tea that contain caffeine. Caffeine increases stress hormones, putting coffee drinkers at greater risk of heart disease.

Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. One study found that men who drank at least five glasses of water every day had a 51-percent lower risk of heart disease than those who did not. For women, the risk of heart disease was 35 percent lower.

Food alone may not be enough for healthy hearts and supplementation from whole food derived sources may be essential. Thanks to over-farming and mineral depletion, most of the vegetables and fruits we eat today are far less nutritious than was the case years ago. It is estimated, for example, that a bowl of spinach our grandparents ate contained 8 times as much nutrition as a bowl we eat today.

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Heal and Prevent Heart Disease with Nutrition, Part IV

(NaturalNews) Previously we looked at some of the most essential vitamins and minerals for heart health. In today's concluding installment we will take a look at some other items which can help prevent and reverse heart disease, including the best herbs for the heart.

Cayenne has a wealth of cardiovascular benefits, including strengthening, stimulating and toning the heart, balancing circulation, and calming palpitations. For more information on this amazing heart healthy herb see:

"Cayenne Pepper is the King of Herbs"
http://www.naturalnews.com/026869_c...

Hawthorn, a favorite of famed Herbalist John Christopher, improves oxygen and blood supply and is rich in flavonoids that protect small capillary vessels from free-radical damage. Hawthorn has been used effectively for angina, arrhythmia, arteriosclerosis, blood clots, and hypertension. Best results are normally seen after a few months, but hawthorn is safe for long-term use.

Garlic inhibits bad cholesterol (LDL) production and raises the good kind (HDL). Garlic also lowers blood pressure, prevents blood platelet aggregation, and improves circulation

Pycnogenol is found to be more effective than buffered aspirin in reducing buildup of platelets in the arteries, a major risk factor in heart disease.

Cacao is a natural source of theobromine, long considered a heart tonic and mild stimulant. Cacao also contains epicatechin, a flavonol that improves the function of the blood vessels.

Cat's claw contains a variety of valuable phytochemicals that inhibit the processes involved in the formation of blood clots. It increases circulation and inhibits inappropriate clotting, helping prevent stroke and reducing the risk of heart attack.

Ginkgo has been shown in numerous studies to cause dilation and increase the blood flow in the arteries, capillaries and veins. In addition, it inhibits platelet aggregation, reduces blood clotting and helps protect our vascular walls from free-radical damage.

Ginger reduces cholesterol and blood pressure and also prevents blood clots. Similar to garlic, ginger interferes with the long sequence of events necessary for blood clots to form, helping prevent clots that can lodge in narrowed coronary arteries and set off a heart attack.

Turmeric lowers blood cholesterol levels by stimulating the production of bile. It also prevents the formation of dangerous blood clots that can lead to heart attack.

Alfalfa leaves and sprouts help reduce the blood cholesterol levels and plaque deposits on artery walls.

Alpha-lipoic acid works with other antioxidants in the body to increase their effectiveness against oxidative stress and helps keep arteries clear by preventing the LDL cholesterol from being incorporated into artery walls.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple. Bromelain may 'thin" the blood and help clear away debris from artery walls. One study demonstrated that bromelain relieves the pain of angina, which is associated with heart disease.

Essential fatty acids help prevent unnecessary blood clotting, reduce inflammation, and regulate blood pressure. They are found in black currant seed oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, fish oil, and flaxseed oil.

Pectin is a fiber found in grapefruit, apples and other fruits and vegetables which helps lower LDL cholesterol and sweeps away fatty plaque deposits from the artery walls.

Other herbs and supplements that are beneficial for the heart include iodine, motherwort, bilberry, arjuna, fo-ti, citrin, artichoke leaf extract, guggul, cordyceps, L-Carnitine, lecithin, taurine, activated charcoal, barberry, black cohosh, butcher's broom, dandelion, rosemary, chamomile, valerian root, kelp, kola, myrrh, psyllium, passion flower, saffron, skullcap, and tarragon.

Caution: Do not use barberry or black cohosh during pregnancy. Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure.

In conclusion, many important foods and supplements can help prevent and heal heart disease. It should go without saying that a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, is also essential.

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Chronic illnesses share many risk factors. If you follow most of the advice in the articles above you will heal and prevent heart disease and cancer.

How can I be so sure? My research is telling me that 80% of cancers are environmental. Before having cancer I assumed that it was the other way around, that only 20% were environmental. If that was the case, then cases of cancer wouldn't be increasing so rapidly.

That's good news - that chronic illnesses are lifestyle related - because we can change our lifestyle! Over time I have accepted that there were a number of things about my lifestyle that I needed to change. I had to accept that just because I was fit didn't mean that I was healthy.


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Happy meals given the chop

Parents and health experts have urged the federal government to ban all marketing of junk food to children after a US community took the historic step of outlawing happy meals.

Government officials in Santa Clara, near San Francisco, will issue fines of $US1000 ($1075) to restaurants caught selling toys with any meals that fail to meet health guidelines.

"Unhealthy" meals include those containing more than 2037 kilojoules or 600 milligrams of salt, or those with more than 35 per cent of their kilojoules from fat or 10 per cent from added sugars. The ban, which comes in from July, is believed to be a world first.

In Australia, the fast-food industry is largely controlled by self-regulation, which critics say has only encouraged companies to develop more subversive marketing methods that pit children against their parents.

Karen Sims, manager of Australian group The Parents Jury, said Santa Clara's "brave" move was necessary in the fight against childhood obesity, which affects one in four children.

"Food and toys should be separate entities: food is for nutrition and toys are for play," she said.

Ms Sims said fast-food chains were hiding behind a smokescreen of loss-leading "healthy bits", such as apple slices when "what they're really selling are burgers and fries".

Kaye Mehta, a senior lecturer in nutrition at Flinders University, said self-regulation had a minimal impact on reducing junk food marketing and led to conflict among families.

"Marketing works to undermine parental authority and set parents up to be in constant conflict with their children," she said. "Children should learn to choose food for its inherent value, not for playing games."

One of the industry's self-regulatory mechanisms, the Quick Service Restaurant Responsible Advertising and Marketing to Children initiative, prohibits fast-food advertisements during TV shows targeted at under-14s.

But Ms Mehta said the code ignored children's actual viewing habits or the role played by non-traditional media in influencing young people's eating habits.

"The reality is children are not watching kids' programs ... [but] prime-time programs that are classified G and PG. The efforts made by the industry through self-regulatory codes are just tackling the problem around the edges," she said.

Last year, the government's National Health Preventative Taskforce recommended a blanket ban on junk food TV advertising before 9pm but is yet to rein in food manufacturers and advertising companies or establish the agency tasked with creating campaigns to fight obesity.

A spokeswoman for McDonald's said that, as part of the QSR initiative, the hamburger chain "only promotes foods/beverages that are healthier options, as determined by the one industry-wide nutrition criteria".

A spokesman for Yum! Restaurants, which manages KFC and Pizza Hut, said toys are included only as incidentals with meals and were not "the primary driver of purchase".

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The junk food industry is a major driver of chronic illness. Sure no one is holding a gun to your head, but the mixture of convenience and price mean that the majority are seduced.

Notice how they target the young with these happy meals. That's one reason that I am happy about the changes in schools and advertising that is occuring. I don't want my children addicted to junk food.

Notice how they are also now offering 'healthier' options, with real veges but loads of salt and mayo added. If only really healthy food could become this convenient and cheap - its up to all of us to vote with our dollar.

If lifestyle causes 80% of cancers, although this would include other environmental factors, then lifestyle can prevent or treat cancer too. I suggest saying no to processed foods including chocolate and other addictive processed foods. Sure there may be withdrawal symptoms, but there is a very real chance that your cancer will return larger and more aggressive if you don't kick the junk food habit.

You have cancer - it is now up to you to change! Statistics show that there are many beneficial changes that we can make - including losing weight, more vitamin D3 and eating whole foods; like our grandparents did before junk food was popular and eating at home was the more affordable option.


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Type 2 Diabetes: Treat with a Healthy Diet

(NaturalNews) Over 23 million American have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and another six million are suspected to have the condition but are not yet diagnosed. Diet and proper nutrition play an important role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Eating healthy foods in the proper balanced amounts can help lower blood sugar and manage the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Balancing carbohydrates, eliminating sugars, and adding protein will help stabilize blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes.

Carbohydrates and Sugar in a Diabetic Diet
Diabetics need to be watchful for "good" carbs and "bad" carbs. Good carbs contain complex carbohydrates and burn slower, helping to stabilize blood glucose. Bad carbs cause insulin to spike in the blood and should be avoided. Bad carbs are found in sugar, refined white flour, corn sugar, and, unfortunately, fruits and juices. Because of the valuable nutrients in fruits, they can be included in a diabetic diet in small amounts, but fruit juices are best avoided. To add fruit juice to the diet without spiking insulin levels, juice can be diluted at least 50/50, so that the benefits of the fruit can be enjoyed without adding sugar to the bloodstream.

Beans for Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association recommends a half-cup of beans a day. Beans contain carbohydrates along with as much protein as an ounce of meat. Beans also contain magnesium and fiber.

Fiber for Type 2 Diabetics
Fiber is necessary in a diabetes diet because it lowers blood sugar. Fiber has been shown to prevent the onset of diabetes and it can also lower LDL cholesterol levels. Grains and beans are an excellent source of fiber, as are nuts, most fruits and vegetables. Potatoes and apples contain an especially soft type of fiber that is easy on the digestive tract. The recommended amount of fiber in the diet is 25 to 30 grams per day.

Nuts: Diabetic Superfood
Nuts are an excellent source of fiber and magnesium, a nutrient needed in a diabetic diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in some nuts, including walnuts. Nuts contain healthy fats that are good for the body and help slow the digestion of carbohydrates, leading to a lowering of blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association lists nuts as one of the superfoods for diabetics.

Protein is Good for Diabetics
Add protein to every meal to help slow the release of blood sugar. One quarter of each meal should come from protein foods, advises the American Diabetes Association.

With proper diet, the symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be mitigated or avoided.

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Broccoli Component Limits Breast Cancer Stem Cells, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (May 3, 2010) — A compound derived from broccoli could help prevent or treat breast cancer by targeting cancer stem cells -- the small number of cells that fuel a tumor's growth -- according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The study tested sulforaphane, a component of broccoli and broccoli sprouts, in both mice and cell cultures. Researchers found sulforaphane targeted and killed the cancer stem cells and prevented new tumors from growing.

"Sulforaphane has been studied previously for its effects on cancer, but this study shows that its benefit is in inhibiting the breast cancer stem cells. This new insight suggests the potential of sulforaphane or broccoli extract to prevent or treat cancer by targeting the critical cancer stem cells," says study author Duxin Sun, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the U-M College of Pharmacy and a researcher with the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Results of the study appear in the May 1 issue of Clinical Cancer Research.

Current chemotherapies do not work against cancer stem cells, which is why cancer recurs and spreads. Researchers believe that eliminating the cancer stem cells is key to controlling cancer.

In the current study, researchers took mice with breast cancer and injected varying concentrations of sulforaphane from the broccoli extract. Researchers then used several established methods to assess the number of cancer stem cells in the tumors. These measures showed a marked decrease in the cancer stem cell population after treatment with sulforaphane, with little effect on the normal cells. Further, cancer cells from mice treated with sulforaphane were unable to generate new tumors. The researchers then tested sulforaphane on human breast cancer cell cultures in the lab, finding similar decreases in the cancer stem cells.

"This research suggests a potential new treatment that could be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells. Developing treatments that effectively target the cancer stem cell population is essential for improving outcomes," says study author Max S. Wicha, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Oncology and director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The concentrations of sulforaphane used in the study were higher than what can be achieved by eating broccoli or broccoli sprouts. Prior research suggests the concentrations needed to impact cancer can be absorbed by the body from the broccoli extract, but side effects are not known. While the extract is available in capsule form as a supplement, concentrations are unregulated and will vary.

This work has not been tested in patients, and patients are not encouraged to add sulforaphane supplements to their diet at this time.

Researchers are currently developing a method to extract and preserve sulforaphane and will be developing a clinical trial to test sulforaphane as a prevention and treatment for breast cancer. No clinical trial is currently available.

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Good Food Choices for Diabetics: Try Soups Made with Beans and Fenugreek

(NaturalNews) Type 2 diabetes is often a result of obesity, lack of exercise and a lifetime of poor nutrition. Lifestyle and diet must change for diabetics if they are to prolong their lives and manage the disease. This may seem a scary prospect for those who have never tasted too many fresh vegetables or whole foods in their lives. However, help is at hand. Beans and fenugreek are among the best food choices for diabetics. Re-train the palate and try these easy recipes for a tasty and filling meal.

Tuscan White Bean Soup

This is a quick, easy recipe for a hearty, filling soup. Eat with a chunk of crusty health or rye bread.

An online search will reveal which companies do not use BPA in their canned products.

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 large stalk of celery, chopped
1 cup of white mushrooms, washed and roughly chopped
1 can (400g) organic cannellini (white) or borlotti beans (a variety of kidney beans)
1 can (400g) chopped plum tomatoes
olive oil
tomato paste
large handful of fresh basil
pinch of dried oregano
1/2 liter (2 cups) of water

Method:

Use a heavy based saucepan to cook the chopped onion, celery and mushrooms.

Add the can of tomatoes and add a teaspoon or two of thick tomato paste.

Add the garlic, stir in the beans and add the water and seasoning to taste. Simmer for around half an hour.

Add basil leaves and oregano and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Serve with a little pure olive oil and a little grated Parmesan cheese or chunk of goat`s cheese, along with some fresh, crusty health bread.

Red Lentil and Fenugreek Soup

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon good quality olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh, minced ginger root
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup dry, red lentils
1 cup butternut or pumpkin, cubed
1/2 cup chopped coriander
2 cups water
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon mixed curry spice
cayenne pepper to taste
dash of nutmeg

Method:

Heat the oil in a heavy based saucepan and fry onion, ginger, garlic and fenugreek.

Mix lentils, butternut and coriander. Add water, coconut, tomato paste and remaining ingredients.

Simmer for 30 minutes on a very low heat until lentils and butternut are soft.
Serve hot with warm, crusty rye bread.

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New research shows grapes reduce risk for heart disease and diabetes

(NaturalNews) The millions of Americans with heart disease and type 2 diabetes didn't develop these diseases out of the blue. Their disorders are the result of a cascade of problems including high blood pressure, insulin resistance, abdominal fat and other symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Now University of Michigan (U-M) scientists say they've found something that could help put the brakes on this downward spiral of ill health. It's not a new drug but a delicious and easy lifestyle change: just eat grapes.

The U-M research findings, announced April 26th at the Experimental Biology convention held in Anaheim, California, showed grape consumption lowered blood pressure, improved heart function and reduced other risk factors for heart disease and metabolic syndrome, a condition affecting an estimated 50 million Americans that often leads to type 2 diabetes. The scientists stated the beneficial effects of grapes appear to be due to the rich supply of phytochemicals in the fruit.

The research team tested a mixture of green, red and black grapes on laboratory rats that are prone to being overweight. For three months, one group of the animals ate powdered grapes mixed into their regular feed, which was devised to imitate a typical high-fat, American style diet. A control group of similar rats received no grape powder in their food (which was supplemented so it had the same number of calories as the grape-added diet).

The results of the experiment showed the rats eating the grape-enriched diet had lower blood pressure, better heart function, and reduced indicators of inflammation in the heart and the blood than rats who received no grape powder. What's more, the grape eating rats had lower triglycerides and improved glucose tolerance even though there was no change in their body weight.

"The possible reasoning behind the lessening of metabolic syndrome is that the phytochemicals were active in protecting the heart cells from the damaging effects of metabolic syndrome," Steven Bolling, M.D., heart surgeon at the U-M Cardiovascular Center and head of the U-M Cardioprotection Research Laboratory, said in a statement to the media.

While this was an animal study, the scientists noted there's good reason to think eating grapes -- along with tried-and-true natural strategies such as eating little saturated fat, keeping weight under control and exercising regularly -- could have broad effects on the development of heart disease and metabolic syndrome in people.

"Reducing these risk factors may delay the onset of diabetes or heart disease, or lessen the severity of the diseases," said E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., lead researcher and manager of the U-M Cardioprotection Research Laboratory. "Ultimately it may lessen the health burden of these increasingly common conditions."

As NaturalNews has previously reported, researchers have found that components of grapes contain a myriad of health benefits. For example, grape seed extract has been found to kill leukemia cells (http://www.naturalnews.com/025248_c...) and drinking grape juice appears to improve memory in older adults (http://www.naturalnews.com/023591_g...).

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Manage Diabetes through Healthy Food Choices such as Fenugreek and Bitter Gourd

(NaturalNews) After a lifetime of poor nutrition and dietary choices, it may be difficult for diabetics to change to a healthy diet. Many may feel like they simply cannot give up fast foods, junk food, cookies, sugary cakes and ice-cream. Yet, there may be no choice. One of the key factors in controlling type 2 diabetes comes down to reducing simple sugars and unhealthy fats in the diet. After re-training the palate, most agree that healthy foods are filling, deliciously satisfying and increase one's energy levels.

Foods to Avoid and Foods to Include for Diabetics

Refined starches such as white bread, white flour, white pasta and white rice are converted by the body, almost instantly, into simple sugars. Opt for small portions of whole wheat, whole grains and brown rice instead. Corn and potatoes are also a source of simple starches and should be replaced with fibrous vegetables like beans and Jerusalem artichokes.

While eating a variety of healthy, raw vegetables and nuts is good, there are some foods that are especially helpful for diabetics.

Managing Diabetes with Fenugreek

What is fenugreek? It is a plant in the family Fabaceae (legume, pea, bean or pulse family). Fenugreek is used both as an herb (leaves) and as a spice (seeds) and frequently used in curries. Fenugreek seeds contain as much as 50 percent fiber, which is very important for diabetes sufferers.

According to The Herbal Drugstore, by Linda B. White, MD, "Modern research has shown that fenugreek seeds not only lower blood glucose but also reduce insulin levels, total cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL".

It is recommended that individuals limit intake of fenugreek to no more than 100 grams per day.

Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourd, also known as bitter melon, is a seasonal vegetable that helps regulate blood sugar levels and keeps body functions operating normally. The bitter gourd is specifically used as a folk medicine for diabetes. Studies prove that it contains a hypoglycemic or insulin-like principle, designated as 'plant-insulin', which has been found highly beneficial in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels.

Beans for Diabetics

Beans are an excellent food choice for diabetics. According to The Green Pharmacy, by James A. Duke, PhD (St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1998 edition) "Many studies demonstrate that eating foods that are high in soluble fiber, notably beans, reduces the rise in blood sugar after meals and delays the drop in blood sugar later on, thus helping to maintain blood sugar at close to desired levels." There are a variety of healthy "meaty" beans to try, such as kidney, lima , black, and green beans.

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More Reasons to Avoid Fast Food at All Costs (Opinion)

(NaturalNews) Most people are aware of the many health issues associated with the regular consumption of fast food. It's now common knowledge that the meats at such restaurants are some of the poorest quality and are unfit for human consumption. This apparently applies not only to the meats but also to the so-called "cheeses" as well. According to an article at Sweetliberty.org, a very popular pizza franchise has been spraying the cheeses used on their pizza with Silicon, which is a toxic cancer causing chemical. Some of those pizzas have even been sold to local districts for use in their school lunch program.

A year ago the author wrote a Natural News article titled `Why You Should Avoid Fast Food at All Costs` which covered some of the major reasons why most of the food sold in fast food restaurants are of such poor quality and not fit for human consumption. But what has recently come to the author`s attention is even more disturbing.

Silicon on your Pizza from Sweetliberty.org

Polydimethylsiloxane is a substance that is primarily used in manufacturing as a de-foaming agent for commercial boilers. It is not approved for use as a food additive; yet, a major pizza restaurant chain is using this silicone-based chemical as a stabilizer for cheese on its patented pizza products.

In order to preserve their frozen pizzas, this major chain of pizza restaurants claims that their silicon emulsifier is a necessary preservative. Although the package does not list the formula in the ingredients list, it does list "other additives" under the guise of Patent # 4894245.

A review of the United States Patent Office website confirms this story, first reported on page 5 of the February, 2006 issue of Pete Hardin`s "Milkweed":

"A silicone emulsifier (Dow Corning FG-10) is mixed with water to form a 0.05% emulsifier solution. This solution is sprayed on the frozen cheese granules at a rate of 1.75 parts of solution per 100 parts by weight of cheese."

This is what some children may be eating when buying pizza for lunch from their school cafeteria. Silicon is not approved for use as a food additive and even if it were is this something that you want your kids to ingest on a regular basis? Silicon is the same chemical currently being used in breast implants.

When this silicon-based chemical (polydimethylsiloxane) is heated in excess of 150 degrees centigrade (302 degrees Fahrenheit) it breaks down into formaldehyde which is a known cancer causing carcinogen. Exposure to formaldehyde vapors have been known to damage the eyes, nose, and throat at levels as low as 1 part per million parts of air (1 "ppm"). Low-level exposure can cause teariness, redness, and burning of the eyes, as well as sneezing and coughing, and sore throat.

Repeated exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to asthma and may increase your chances of contracting pneumonia or bronchitis. Formaldehyde`s long-term effects on the lungs are not fully understood but may cause permanent damage.

The destructive and deadly chemicals that are being added to foods today and passed off as necessary ingredients are truly shocking. This is made even more shocking when they`re being served to children in schools without the slightest regard for both the short and long term health effects to their growing bodies and minds. If this does not convince people to avoid fast food at all costs, then the author does not know what will.

http://www.naturalnews.com/028759_fast_food_health.html


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Health claims for chocolate shot through the heart

YOU are not going to want to read this: chocolate cannot be relied upon as a source of antioxidants to boost cardiovascular health. But it gets worse: drinking coffee and red wine in the hope it will prevent heart disease doesn't work either.

Fans of Turkish or Greek coffee have now been warned that their boiled coffee contains more bad cholesterol-bearing oil than filtered Italian coffee varieties.

The brutal news was delivered yesterday by the Heart Foundation following a review of more than 100 international studies on antioxidants from the past decade.

The Heart Foundation's national director of healthy weight, Susan Anderson, said the benefits of dark chocolate, coffee and red wine had been overstated, and the review was conducted following concern that these popular beliefs were misleading the community.

''The evidence is just not there in terms of prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease,'' Ms Anderson said.

It turns out that the best sources of antioxidants - nutrients that are easily absorbed and protect cells from damage by free-radicals (known to cause degenerative diseases and cancers) - are fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes and green or black tea.

Even antioxidant supplements such as vitamins E and C failed to get the Heart Foundation's tick of approval following the literature review. The findings will be circulated among doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals to pass on to patients.

''We're concerned about people thinking that in having red wine or dark chocolate that they are actually doing something to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease when the evidence doesn't support that,'' Ms Anderson said.

The review found that while raw cocoa contained high levels of antioxidants, once it was refined for baking, drinking and use in confectionary the antioxidants were lost.

Meanwhile, when it comes to coffee it's not what is lost but what remains at the point of consumption that has the Heart Foundation speaking out. Coffee contains a naturally occurring oil which raises the ''bad'' LDL cholesterol. This is removed with paper and metal filtering and in instant coffee, but remains in boiled coffees such as Turkish and Greek-style brews.

''If you make coffee with a plunger or if you're boiling it on a stove top, then it will still contain the oil and that will raise the LDL cholesterol,'' Ms Anderson said. ''So for people who consume a few coffees a day, that's quite important.''

Coffee, chocolate and wine have not been black-listed all together. ''Chocolate, coffee and red wine are OK as part of a balanced diet,'' she said, along with at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day.

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/wellbei ... -uuyt.html

[comments - personally dark chocolate is on my baned list because of the sugar content. If you are going to indulge suggest keep portions small and infrequent, eat beans the same day and increase your protein intake. Alcohol also contain alot of sugars]


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Calcium Alone is not Enough for Healthy Bones

(NaturalNews) Practically everyone knows that calcium is vital for healthy bones. What many people are unaware of is that calcium alone is not nearly enough to insure that bones remain healthy. There are in fact a number of other vital minerals and nutrients that are essential for maintaining healthy bones, preventing bone loss and even building bone mass. There are also herbs and other items that can help build and maintain healthy bones

Bones are not made from calcium alone. They're an amalgam that includes various minerals such as zinc, boron and copper. Foremost of the additional minerals needed for healthy bones is magnesium, which is actually considered by health experts to be more important for bone health than calcium.

Magnesium is important for many, many areas of health and it is an essential co-factor for calcium. Unless you take magnesium with calcium, your body is unable to properly absorb and utilize calcium. That means that even if you get plenty of calcium, if you do not also get enough magnesium the calcium will be of limited benefit. Alarmingly, various studies and estimates have determined that anywhere from 70 to 95% of us are deficient in magnesium.

The recommended daily minimums for magnesium are 320 mg for women and 400 for men, but optimum daily amounts are more like 500 to 700 mg. It is recommended that a person take one-third to one-half as much magnesium as they do calcium each day in order to get proper benefits from both important minerals.

Boron and zinc are important by themselves for healthy bones. Plus, they and other trace minerals are also necessary for the transport and absorption of calcium. Plant derived trace minerals are the best source of trace minerals. Unlike the "crushed rocks" in most supplements, which are poorly absorbed and pass out through the urine, minerals already digested by plants are potentially 100% absorbable.

Vitamin D3 has been proven in many studies to be extremely valuable for maximum bone health. One should aim for a bare minimum of at least 600 international units of vitamin D3 per day (three times the Recommended Dietary Allowance), and for therapeutic use aim for even more - up to 4000 international units.

Vitamin K is also important. It activates a protein found in bones, called osteocalcin, which holds calcium molecules in place. Healthy Brussels sprouts are a good dietary source of Vitamin K.

Silica (from horsetail and/or shavegrass) works with calcium to maintain strong bones and is especially effective in combination with GTF. GTF Chromium (which stands for Glucose Tolerance Factor Chromium) is made by fermenting nutritional yeast with chromium.

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* Serotonin has been shown in recent studies to be an important factor for bone density. L-tryptophan is a good supplement to boost serotonin.

* Inositol/IP6 modulates the behavior of bone-forming and bone-destroying cells.

* Besides being an excellent pathogen destroyer, Colloidal Silver also helps bone, tissue and nerve regeneration.

* Dandelion Tea and Red Clover help build bone density. Other herbs that can help build your bones include Chaste Berry, Dong Quai, Black Cohosh and Sesame seeds.

Diet and exercise are also vital for bone health. A poor diet lacking essential vitamins and minerals contributes to osteoporosis. Regular exercise helps maintain healthy bones; whereas, lack of exercise will result in weak bones and loss of bone mass.

Caution: Do not take bone drugs for osteoporosis. Evidence has shown that they produce abnormal bone growth, make bones more brittle and can have serious and even life threatening side effects! See:

"Bone Drugs: The Latest Skeletons in Big Pharma's Closet"
http://www.naturalnews.com/025021.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/028776_calcium_bones.html


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