Nutrients to Help Reduce Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

A Denver reader, P.A. from Denver, recently sent over this question: “Both my father and brother have suffered a heart attack. I’m worried because I’m 52 years old and my blood pressure is slightly elevated, but other than that, I am pretty healthy. All my tests are OK, but I am scared. Any suggestions?” (more…)

Turn Down the Flame!

A new study demonstrates the detriments of high-heat cooking.  The study compared the effects of 2 diets–one based on “mild steam cooking”, and the other on “high-temperature cooking”. The following was observed after only one month:

In comparison with the mild-steam group, the high-heat group had;

  • Lower insulin sensitivity (the beginning of the type 2 diabetes process)
  • Lower blood levels of omega-3’s
  • Lower blood levels of vitamins C and E
  • Higher levels of triglycerides (more…)

Circulation Science

The circulatory system ensures blood flow throughout the body. It is comprised of two systems transporting two types of fluids- blood and lymph: the cardiovascular system, which includes blood, the heart and blood vessels; and the lymphatic system-lymph, lymph nodes and lymph vessels. Endothelial cells line the entire circulatory system, and perform a variety of functions, including blood vessel constriction and widening, both involved in controlling blood pressure, and blood clotting (thrombosis and fibrinolysis).

Endothelial dysfunction is a precursor to atherosclerosis, a gradual process whereby hard cholesterol substances (plaques) are deposited in the walls of the arteries, and vascular diseases such as coronary heart disease (CHD) or hypertension. (more…)

Phase I and II detox pathways

Detoxification is the process in which the body eliminates or neutralizes toxic substances. Toxins come from various sources including the air, diet, drugs, alcohol, smoking, as well as metabolic by-products. Thus, lifestyle factors play a significant role in the accumulation of toxins. The build-up of toxins results in cellular damage, and eventually chronic disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that almost half of American adults have at least one chronic disease. Chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S.1

The body utilizes several routes of detoxification including the skin, lungs, kidneys, liver, and intestines. What’s important to keep in mind is that there are two pathways by which the body detoxifies harmful substances and it’s essential to support both of these pathways in order to detoxify effectively. Supporting only one of the detoxification pathways can actually do more harm than good. (more…)

Alpha Lipoic Acid: How to Treat the REAL Cause of Type 2 Diabetes

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


Vitamin D nonsense

On November 20th, the “prestigious” Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (IOM) issued its eagerly awaited report on Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. According to the study brief, “Calcium and vitamin D are two essential nutrients long known for their role in bone health. But since 2000, the public has heard conflicting messages about other benefits of these nutrients — especially vitamin D — and also about how much calcium and vitamin D they need to be healthy.” And in fact, it was to help clarify this issue that the United States and Canadian governments asked the IOM to assess the current data on health outcomes associated with calcium and vitamin D, as well as update the nutrient reference values, known as Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).