Systemic inflammation is a significant factor known to accelerate the aging process and is an underlying mechanism behind most chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Low grade inflammation increases body temperature and initiates degradation of the delicate endothelial lining of the vascular system. This process is known to cause metabolic instability and is linked with the proliferation of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. Polyphenols from extra virgin olive oil have been shown to significantly reduce the expression of genes that trigger systemic inflammation and can be used along with natural diet to lower the risks from cardiovascular disease.
Olive Oil and Greens Lower Risk of Heart Disease by More Than 40% (more…)
If you`re an acne sufferer, then you know the frustration of searching for an acne product that actually helps your skin. Chances are you`ve tried everything on the market and were left less than satisfied (and with a much lighter wallet!). The mainstream commercial products you`ve tried may work for a while, but the harsh chemicals in these products tend to make skin worse over time. Tea tree oil offers an alternative remedy for acne, and more than one study has demonstrated its effectiveness.
One study at the Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia revealed tea tree oil`s ability to perform just as well as a common over-the-counter acne treatment, without the side effects. Researchers wrote: (more…)
Besides protecting from cancer, obesity, autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular problems, vitamin D helps build strong bones. And scientists have found this health building vitamin has a remarkable impact on the immune system, too. Vitamin D, it turns out, is necessary for the production of anti-microbial peptides, substances that fight off infection-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses when these pathogens try to move into organs and through mucous membranes.
In fact, previous research has shown adequate vitamin D can help prevent colds and flu as well as serious lung infections, including tuberculosis. Now Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm have evidence that higher vitamin D levels offer especially strong protection against another common health problem — urinary tract infections (UTIs). (more…)
Ask someone what disease they fear the most and many will answer type 2 diabetes…and for good reason.
One out of every 10 Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and millions more are walking around undiagnosed every day.
And if the disease isn’t bad enough, there are the terrifying complications, including:
- * Blindness
- * Kidney disease
- * Heart attack
- * Stroke
- * Peripheral artery disease
- * Diabetic ulcers
- * Amputation
- * Death
Several studies published this month offer a new understanding and hope to those suffering from the ringing in the ears known as tinnitus. This condition affects up to 40 million Americans, including 10% of senior citizens and 40% of military veterans. While tinnitus has been associated with previous injury to the hearing apparatus, that appears to be only part of the problem. The source of the problem for many may lie within nerves, where improvement is possible. (more…)
The lack of omega 3 fatty acids, such as DHA, in the diets of pregnant mothers1 has been associated with poor neurologic function and mood issues in the offspring. Researchers have now pinpointed in an animal study that a lack of omega 3 fatty acids at this critical time of development causes brain plasticity to not form correctly in key areas of the brain affecting reward, motivation, emotional regulation, and general nerve transmission.
Asthma in our children is an epidemic. I have long argued that the asthma epidemic in American children is a result of the incompetent practice of medicine that relies on the use of highly toxic antibiotics in children. My position is now confirmed by a new Yale University study1 that followed 1400 children from birth until 6 years of age.
The study is significant because it distinguishes between antibiotics for respiratory infections wherein the respiratory infection may have been the first sign of asthma. The researchers simply eliminated those from the study who were given antibiotics for respiratory infection. (more…)
Carbohydrates seem to be a very misunderstood macronutrient these days. There are some who believe consuming any carbohydrates will make you fat and unhealthy, while there are others who consume absolutely enormous amounts of carbohydrates, believing them to be the key to health. In reality the truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle.
While carbohydrates are neither evil nor perfect, they can be an excellent choice to help you train harder and longer, and recover faster. Consuming some carbohydrates before and after your training can have some incredibly powerful benefits which will help to maximize the results of your efforts. (more…)
A few years back, researchers decided that resveratrol was the secret ingredient in red wine that was responsible for the so-called “French paradox.” Not only could it protect the heart from oxidized fat, resveratrol also appeared to reduce platelet aggregation and increase blood flow. The problem was, no one knew how much resveratrol was needed to create these heart-healthy changes … until now.
New research conducted at the University of South Australia suggests that taking a daily resveratrol supplement can rapidly improve vascular function and lead to better heart health. (more…)
Breast cancer is a cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. Risk factors for breast cancer include gender, age, family history, defective genes, early onset of menstruation, late menopause and late childbearing. Breast cancer is about ninety percent due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the “wear and tear” of life in general.
A study published in the journal Breast Cancer investigated the effects of an herbal formula on breast health in women not taking hormonal contraceptives or supplements. (more…)