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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9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

Even when our food choices aren’t the best, herbs and spices do more than just improve taste.  They give any meal a nutrition boost.  And according to a new study they may even reverse the damage from an unhealthy meal.

Researchers from Penn State University cooked up coconut chicken, cheese bread and a dessert biscuit for six men. The subjects were aged 30 to 65 and overweight but otherwise healthy.  On one day the meal was served plain.  On another day researchers added two tablespoons of a blend of nine herbs and spices to the meal.

After each meal the researchers drew blood from the subjects every 30 minutes for four hours.  They found that antioxidant activity in the blood increased 13% after the spicy meal compared to the plain meal.

The spices and herbs also decreased post-meal insulin levels by 21% and triglyceride levels in the blood by as much as 31%.  That in turn could reduce heart disease risk.

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7 Ways To Prevent and Even Reverse Heart Disease With Nutrition

7 Ways To Prevent and Even Reverse Heart Disease With Nutrition

You can reverse heart disease with nutrition, according to a growing body of scientific research.

Considering that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the developed world, anything that can prevent cardiac mortality, or slow or even reverse the cardiovascular disease process, should be of great interest to the general public.

Sadly, millions of folks are unaware of the extensive body of biomedical literature that exists supporting the use of natural compounds for preventing and even reversing heart disease.

Instead, they spend billions buying highly toxic cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals with known cardiotoxicity, among 300 other proven side effects, simply because their doctor told them to do so.

So, with this in mind, let’s look at the biomedical literature itself.

Three Natural Substances that Reduce the Risk of Heart-Related Death

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Why Eating Late is Harming Your Health

why eating late is harming your health

Could those late night snacks be adding to your waistline and causing harm to your heart? A new study suggests that its better to eat during the daylight hours.

Nighttime snackers take note: eating late is harming your health, or so suggests a recent study out of San Diego State University.

While the study looked at fruit flies, and not humans, the findings do provide compelling reasons to investigate further whether there is a causal link between late night eating and heart health, amongst other health measures. I have been saying for some time, it is not just WHAT you eat, but WHEN you eat too.

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7 Reasons to Get More Magnesium

7 Reasons to Get More Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, and is the reason why vegetables are green.  But few people fully appreciate the importance of this miraculous mineral. 

The human genome project reveals that 3,751 human proteins have binding sites for magnesium.[i]  And so far we know this one essential mineral activates over 350 biochemical processes in the body to keep things flowing.

Plants are green because they contain the light-harvesting molecule chlorophyll which bears a striking resemblance to human hemoglobin (with the difference that the latter contains an oxygen-binding iron atom and not magnesium).

Here are just seven good reasons to get more magnesium-rich foods in your diet today.

1. Prevent Migraines.

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Nutrient Spotlight—Green Tea

 

It originated more than 4,000 years ago and was a pivotal part of Chinese and Japanese culture. Scholars wrote about it. Emperors savored it. Zen monks obsessed over it.

For millennia, it was an indispensable ingredient in traditional medicines and alternative remedies. And today you can buy it in coffee shop chains, in grocery stores and in outdoor markets. You can even get it in supplement form.

In fact, it is the second most consumed beverage on the planet, after water. And with its mild flavor and soul-warming scent, it’s not hard to see why this beverage is so popular.

We are, of course, talking about green tea.

What is Green Tea?

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