No Link Between Butter And Cardiovascular Disease

No link has been found between consuming butter and an increased risk of heart disease or stroke, instead finding that butter might actually be protective against type 2 diabetes.

Heart disease was rare in developed nations at the turn of the century. Between 1920 and 1960, the incidence of heart disease rose precipitously to become the number one killer. During the same period butter consumption plummeted from eighteen pounds per person per year to four.

It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in statistics to conclude that butter is not a cause. Actually butter contains many nutrients that protect us from heart disease. First among these is vitamin A which is needed for the health of the thyroid and adrenal glands, both of which play a role in maintaining the proper functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system. Abnormalities of the heart and larger blood vessels occur in babies born to vitamin A deficient mothers. Butter was and is still is recognized by many as the most easily absorbed source of vitamin A.

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Vitamin K2 Deficiency Is a Significant Cause of Cardiovascular Disease

By Dr. Mercola

Your body is a complex organism, dependent upon the interactions and interrelationships of organs, enzymes, vitamins and hormones. Anytime you take a nutritional supplement, especially at high doses, you affect the balance of others.

For instance, if you take a zinc supplement, you must be wary of a copper imbalance in your body. These two nutrients balance each other, meaning you may suffer from either zinc or copper toxicity if they get out of balance.

The same is true for vitamins K and D. When the ratio between these two is not balanced, it can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke andheart attacks.

But vitamin supplements are not the only thing that can cause an imbalance. In a recent review, researchers found a link between medications used to lower cholesterol levels and treat type 2 diabetes and an inhibition of absorption of vitamin K from food.1

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Magnesium deficiency triggers many chronic disease symptoms

While magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the cells of the human body, it also represents the second most common deficiency.  With only about 1 percent of magnesium stored in the blood, a deficiency in this essential nutrient can be difficult to detect through the usual lab tests.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical processes throughout the body, but one of its most important tasks is producing energy. In that capacity, it becomes indispensible in all cellular processes. Understanding the danger signs of a magnesium deficiency can rid you of bothersome, mysterious symptoms while lowering your risk of serious health issues.

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Broccoli Reduces Your Risk of Four Major Diseases

It’s one of the most advantageous veggies you can eat, and love it or hate it, broccoli offers an array of health benefits. And it’s about to get even more super. University of Illinois researchers have identified candidate genes controlling the accumulation of phenolic compounds in broccoli. Consumption of phenolic compounds, including certain flavonoids, is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, asthma, and cancer.

Sulforaphane in broccoli can also help to prevent or slow the progress of one of the most common forms of arthritis. Scientists have also discovered that broccoli protects the skin against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

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9 Other Reasons to Eat More Fiber

Even your great-grandmother knew fiber was the secret to keeping you “regular.”  But fiber has many other surprisingly powerful health benefits. Here are nine other excellent reasons to bulk up on fiber.

Even your great-grandmother knew fiber was the secret to keeping you “regular.”  And science has proved it time and again.  Studies show fiber can help improve constipation, incontinence, and even bleeding hemorrhoids.  So no news there.

But fiber has many other surprisingly powerful health benefits you may not have suspected.  Whether you get yours as grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables or even bamboo shoots[i], here are nine other excellent reasons to bulk up on fiber.

1. Reduce Heart Disease

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Getting Off Cardiovascular Meds – Tomato’s Powerhouse Antioxidant Lycopene Widens Blood Vessels By More Than 50 Percent

Cardiovascular medications, especially those for hypertension, constitute approximately 25 percent of all prescribed medications in the world. By decreasing vascular resistance and blood flow these drugs have many side effects including blood disorders, impotence, inflammation of the liver, elevated blood glucose, increased heart rate, depression and even cancer. It turns out that the antioxidant lycopene, which is found in tomatoes and in other yellow, red, and orange vegetables, is a valuable alternative that is capable of widening blood vessels by more than 50 percent according to new research in PLOS One.

According to the new research from the University of Cambridge, a daily supplement of an extract found in tomatoes may improve the function of blood vessels in patients with cardiovascular disease, making many health experts now question the use of dangerous drugs when natural alternatives can effectively treat the same cardiovascular conditions without the side effects.

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The Higher The Magnesium Level, The Healthier Our Arteries

Higher serum levels of magnesium may reduce the risk of hypertension by almost 50% and the risk of coronary artery calcification by 42%, says a new study.

More than 70 percent of the population have an unhealthy balance of 10 calcium to 1 magnesium in our many trillions of cells. A previous study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that for every 50 mg per day increase in intake of the mineral, the risk of cancer was modestly reduced by 7%.

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Andropause Raises Men’s Risk of Heart Attack by 88%

(Health Secrets) Andropause is the name given to the change of life for men. This change is not as pronounced as the menopause experienced by women, but it’s just as real. Most men don’t like to think or talk about it because it makes them seem less manly. They are reluctant to do anything about it, and when they do, it’s to ask for a prescription for Viagra rather than attempting to address the underlying causes of their declining energy, weight gain, irritability and failing sexual performance. A recent study may jar them into action.  Researchers have found that low testosterone levels in men are associated with high risk of early death from all causes.

From about the age of 30 on, men experience a decrease in levels of their primary sex hormone of approximately 1.5 percent per year.

Declining testosterone is responsible for the symptoms of andropause and is what initiates the mid-life crisis in men. Prescription drugs do nothing to address the real issues men face during andropause. Yet this is a critical time period in their lives, a time during which the seeds for early death are sown.

Large study documents the association between lower testosterone and higher mortality

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Olive Oil Benefits Heart and Immune System

 

A study published in August 2015 has found that replacing oils typically consumed in the standard American diet (corn, soybean, etc.) with extra virgin olive oil can improve both heart and immune health.

Vegetable-based oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids. In moderation, these fats are heart-healthy; however, the standard American diet boasts an excess of omega-6s, which ends up having a negative effect by increasing the risk of inflammatory diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

In this study, researchers evaluated the impact of olive oil on the inflammatory and immune responses and cardio-metabolic risk factors of overweight/obese individuals.

In this three-month intervention, 41 participants (aged 65 and older) were divided into two groups: the control group—which was provided with a mixture of corn oil, soybean oil and butter—and the treatment group, which received extra virgin olive oil to use in place of all the other oils in their diet.

Compared to the control group, the olive oil group experienced lower systolic blood pressure, a strong trend toward increased HDL concentrations (the beneficial form of cholesterol) and enhanced immune health.

The researchers concluded, “Our results indicate that substitution of oils used in a typical American diet with extra virgin olive oil in overweight and obese older adults may have cardio-metabolic and immunological health benefits.”

Reference:
Rozati M, et al. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2015 Aug 7;12:28.

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Top 12 Most Healthy Benefits of Lentils (#11 Really Surprised Us!)

Lentils may be individually small, but they pack one heck of a nutritious punch. They’re full of essential minerals and nutrients like potassium, iron, folate, zinc, and calcium – all of which are important for your body’s well being. And they provide one of the richest sources of dietary fiber on earth. If you haven’t already made lentils a part of your weekly diet plan, here are twelve reasons why you should seriously consider doing so.

The Top 12 Health Benefits of Lentils

1. High in dietary fiber. Here’s a fun lentils nutrition fact: just one cup provides you with 63% of your recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber — both of which are important for your overall health.

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