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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Health Benefits of Drinking Your Favorite Margarita

Sipping on your favorite drink can have positive health effects! Recent research indicates that drinking alcohol in moderation may provide important brain and heart benefits; and also help you improve your metabolism. Read this interesting and fun article from Women's Health Magazine -Cheers!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Select readings: Article on Alternative Medicine & Headaches

The following is an article from the National Center for Complementary & Alternative medicine about the different causes of headaches and migraines; as well as, the different alternatives and/or complementary treatments to conventionally used medicines.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Three Anti Cholesterol Foods You Should Consider

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

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

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

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

Eggplant lowers cholesterol and
regulates blood pressure
On the other hand, Eggplant is a low calorie vegetable featuring various vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin. These active substances not only may lower cholesterol, but also regulate blood pressure. Additionally, eggplant has been studied in the prevention and colon and skin cancer.

Note: A natural supplement can be added to your diet as complementary aid in the treatment of high-blood cholesterol. Artichoke Plus contains extracts of these three potent natural anti cholesterol foods.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Garlic: Not Just a Natural Antibiotic

 Garlic: Powerful natural antibiotic &
antioxidant effective in the treatment of
cancer, heart disease and obesity
If the subject of herbal/natural medicine is one of interest to you, then you probably know by now that garlic is often considered to be nature's most potent antibiotic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of Garlic's Health Benefits:

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

The Angiogenesis Foundation

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Anti-Angiogenic Foods: Prevent Cancer & Promote Weight Loss

anti-angiogenic foods prevent cancer & promote weight loss
Berries, garlic, soy, olive oil, pomegranate and other anti-
angiogenesis foods prevent cancer & promote weight loss
Angiogenesis is the term used to describe an important natural bodily process by which new blood vessels are formed. The body regulates this process by producing a balance of growth and inhibitory factors in healthy tissues. An imbalance of such factors can contribute to 'abnormal blood vessel growth'-either excessive or insufficient growth.

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

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

Anti-Angiogenesis Smoothie Recipe:

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

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

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

The Angiogenesis Foundation -
Oprah: Prevent Cancer with the Right Diet of Antiangiogenic Foods -
Seven anti-cancer miracle foods -
Eat to Defeat Cancer - 

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Naturally Eliminate Gas and Bloating with These 4 Steps to Better Digestion

Naturally Eliminate Gas, Bloating & Heartburn With Probiotics
Eliminate Gas, Bloating & Heartburn
With Probiotics
Gas is a normal byproduct of the digestive process that will either be absorbed into the bloodstream, released as flatulence or 'gas', recycled by microbes in the gut or accumulated in the small intestine creating pressure in the intestinal walls causing bloating, stomach discomfort and in some cases, intense abdominal pain!

Excessive flatulence and bloating may be a sign of large bacteria overgrowth which causes an imbalance of the normal intestinal flora (typically 80/20 ratio of good bacteria to pathogenic bacteria and its waste).

4 Steps to Better Digestion:

1. Take probiotics supplements and consume foods that are high in 'good' bacteria (fermented foods). This will help you maintain a normal intestinal flora balance.

2. Reduce your sugar intake by replacing table sugar with a natural substitute like Stevia - Bacteria feeds on sugar.

3. Increase the consumption of alkaline forming foods (fruits and vegetables) and lower the intake of acid yielding foods (Meats and Dairies). A proper pH balance is essential for normalizing bodily functions.

4. Increase digestive enzymes by consuming raw, unprocessed foods and chewing slowly. You may also add a brush border enzymes supplement to you diet.


Natural News:  Eliminate gas, bloating, and heartburn for good with these simple steps Foods that are high in good bacteria.
Alkaline Diet plan 4 Steps to Naturally Eliminate Gas and Bloating 

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Almonds can save your heart and reduce obesity

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Almonds may lower cholesterol
Studies have shown that Almonds can be a great ally against obesity, diabetes and heart problems. Almonds are said to block the absorption of fat which in turn can help lower cholesterol levels contributing to heart health and maintaining a healthy body weight, explains Dr. Perter Ellis from King's college in London. Almonds can save your heart and reduce obesity

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Smokers' Lung Function May Be Protected By Vitamin D Intake

Milk: Vitamin D Source
Researchers have found that vitamin D sufficiency has a protective effect on lung function, particularly protecting the rate of lung function decline in smokers. The following article written by Petra Rattue from Medical News Today gives important details about the findings:

Smokers' Lung Function May Be Protected By Vitamin D Intake

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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

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

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

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Low Vitamin B12 Levels May Lead To Brain Shrinkage, Cognitive Problems

Low Vitamin B12 Levels May Lead To Brain Shrinkage, Cognitive Problems

"Older people with low levels of vitamin B12 in their blood may be more likely to lose brain cells and develop problems with their thinking skills, according to a study published in the September 27, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology."