Adding beets to your diet could do you a world of good

beets 4Though many people like to eat beets, a great many others turn up their noses and say “yuck”.  However, health-conscious people who shy away from beets would be wise to expand their palette and discover ways to utilize and enjoy them on a regular basis, because the oft-maligned beet is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.

Beets are rich in betaine, which stimulates liver cell function and helps keep the bile ducts healthy and flowing so the body can properly eliminate toxins. Beets protect against heart disease because another benefit of betaine is its ability to reduce homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is the toxic amino acid that increases risk of cardiovascular disease. (more…)

Homocysteine: One of the Best Objective Markers of How Healthy You Are

As a general marker of overall health status, few tests carry greater predictive weight than homocysteine.

The amount of homocysteine in your blood is one of the best objective indicators of how healthy you are and how long you are going to live.

A high blood level of homocysteine is a reliable risk factor for each of the following:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid-related health challenges
  • Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Chronic Pain
  • Digestive Disorders

What exactly is homocysteine? (more…)

Debunking Cholesterol Myths

Flickr - Cholesterol - euthmanRaluca Schachter, Guest Writer
Waking Times

When a big, fat lie built around such a sensitive and health threatening issue becomes way too widespread, that even the authors start to believe it, it is really hard to turn the tide without major consequences.

We live in a time where we have GMO producers who won’t touch their food, but eat only organic instead, vaccine promoters and producers who won’t vaccinate their own kids or themselves, and of course, cholesterol lowering medication producers and promoters who won’t take their statins or give them to their family. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

So what kind of cholesterol “myths” has the population been fed all this time through heavy marketing? Let’s take a look!

Myth #1 : High LDL Causes Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease (more…)

Research: Garlic Supplement Slows Cardiovascular Disease Progression

Garlic Supplement Found To Slow Progress of the #1 Cause of Death

Given that cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death within industrialized societies, anything that can slow the underlying pathological process in its decades-long, mostly subclinical march towards heart attack, embolism or stroke, is worth considering as a prophylactic — especially if it is as safe, accessible and affordable drug alternative.

Indeed, a new study published in the International Journal Cardiology indicates that aged garlic extract, in combination with vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin B6 and arginine, is capable of favorably altering the ratio of brown to white adipose (fat) tissue surrounding the heart muscle, reducing homocysteine (a blood vessel damaging amino acid) and slowing the progression of coronary artery calcification in human subjects.[i] (more…)

Nutrition Tips: Folic Acid: Killer or Cure-All?

Anyone trying to prevent heart disease and cancer is probably thoroughly confused by competing research and news reports about folic acid. In some studies it reduces the risk of cancer (i) and in others it seems to increase the risk. (ii) The media grab attention with scary headlines like the recent Prevention article “Is Your Breakfast Giving You Cancer,” and the confused consumer of healthy food and vitamin supplements goes back to burgers and fries and throws their supplements in the trash. (more…)

Journal commentary suggests flawed studies intentionally obscured benefits of vitamin therapy in preventing strokes

Prior to the release of several studies that claim the therapy is ineffective, taking high doses of B vitamins was considered an effective regimen for lowering homocysteine levels, and thus helping to prevent strokes and cardiovascular disease. But a new commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that these negative studies are flawed, and that B vitamin therapy is still an effective heart protection therapy. (more…)

Not All Heart Disease Risk Factors Get Equal Treatment

Just a couple of years ago, homocysteine became a household word. Homocysteine is an amino acid that your body uses as part of its metabolism. It’s a byproduct your body makes when it breaks down proteins.

In a normal, healthy person, the body cleans up any excess homocysteine. But if you don’t have the right nutrients available—vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid—then your homocysteine levels begin to climb. (more…)

Why the Niacin-Statin Study Didn’t Work

I know many of you have heard that the big niacin-statin drug study was halted. U.S. officials pulled the plug on this major National Institutes of Health (NIH) study—18 months early! Their reason? The researchers didn’t find what they’d set out to accomplish.

For their study, NIH recruited 3,400 people at high risk for cardiac events. What the researchers had hoped to learn is that by pairing high-dose niacin to raise HDL (good) cholesterol with a statin drug to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, they could lower the risk of cardiac events. But what they learned instead is that this combination had no effect on the incidence of heart attacks and strokes.

This is no surprise to me…

Researchers were literally barking up the wrong tree (more…)

The Best Kept Secret for Preventing Dementia

Do you ever misplace your keys? Forget someone’s name? Pick up the phone and not remember who you were going to call? “Senior moments” like these may leave you wondering if they are just the beginning signs of something more serious.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are quite possibly the scariest health threat as you get older. Imagine losing your memories, your ability to think rationally and even your sense of who you are. It’s a truly terrifying prospect!

But there’s one easy thing you can do right now to protect your brain as you age. A study in the journal Neurology shows that boosting your blood levels of vitamin B12 can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.(1) (more…)