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Myths or Miracles? 5 Heart Supplements in the Spotlight

Is your ticker in danger? Though your risk is partly determined by your genes, which means it’s beyond your control, there’s plenty you can do to protect yourself. In fact, changing your lifestyle could save your life. As we enter National Heart Month, learn which foods can keep you from becoming another statistic, and which supplements amount to little more than hype…If you haven’t read up on heart health in a while, it might surprise you to learn that cholesterol limits have changed. A few decades ago, experts set target total cholesterol levels at anything under 240 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Today, your doctor is likely to recommend that your total cholesterol levels be 200 mg/dL or lower. Some guidelines even set the bar at 180 mg/dL or lower.Total cholesterol includes all forms of cholesterol – LDL and HDL. Recent studies have put LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the spotlight. Those at low risk for heart disease should strive for levels below 130 mg/dL; those at a higher risk should keep their total below 100 mg/dL.

With heart-health goals becoming stricter by the year, it’s no surprise that consumers are flocking to foods and supplements that promise to protect their cardiovascular system. Let’s review the basics of heart health, from diet to supplement.

Feeding Your Ticker
A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found a strong link between a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and legumes and improved levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. Additional HDL-boosters include salmon and other omega-3 rich foods like flaxseed.

It’s wise to limit refined carbs and sugars, but avoid the strict fat-free diet regimen popularized in the 1970s and ’80s. New research suggests that the types of fat you consume are more important than the quantities.

Good vs. Bad Fats
Monounsaturated fats found in olives, canola, avocado, nuts, and seeds are among the best sources of “good” fats – the ones that improve HDL levels without raising LDL cholesterol. However, loading up on polyunsaturated fats like corn, safflower and soybean oils can lower both your LDL and HDL levels.

Another item to avoid: trans fat. Formed when unsaturated oils are partially hydrogenated, these fats raise harmful LDL levels and lower beneficial HDL cholesterol. To steer clear of trans fats, limit processed foods, especially snacks and packaged bakery items containing hydrogenated oils.

Heart Supplement #1: Psyllium
Fiber is a hot topic in health circles these days. Although whole-grain foods are important, you can also get fiber in the form of psyllium, a supplement long promoted for improving bowel regularity. Psyllium increases the soluble fiber content in your diet, which helps keep your total cholesterol levels low. Other good sources of soluble fiber include fruits, vegetables, legumes, and oats.

Heart Supplement #2: Policosanol
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition used evidence from independent U.S. laboratories to conclude that the popular anti-cholesterol supplement policosanol is less effective than once thought. The study refuted health benefits cited by past reports, which came mainly from a single research group in Cuba, where policosanol is especially popular.

Heart Supplement #3: Vitamin B
Studies have found elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood of people with heart disease, which raises the possibility that lowering these levels can prevent heart trouble.

However, no study has proven this conclusively. In fact, the European Society of Cardiology recently stated that, although vitamin B supplements can dramatically lower homocysteine levels, they offer no heart protection. Their research also warned that folic acid and vitamin B pills – taken by some people to reduce homocysteine levels in the blood – may be harmful when combined.

Heart Supplement #4: Garlic
People have used garlic (Allium sativum) in heart tonics for centuries in many forms, from concentrated powder to liquid extract. Though it has no harmful effects, the social effects of the stinking rose (as it’s so lovingly referred to) can be unpleasant to say the least.

Several scientific studies suggest that garlic supplements may produce a moderate, short-term reduction in total cholesterol of 4 to 12%, including decreases in triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. However, garlic alone is probably insufficient to treat people with significantly elevated cholesterol levels, since it has not been shown to improve HDL cholesterol.

One drawback of garlic is its tendency to “thin” the blood. To avoid bleeding problems, never take it prior to or immediately after surgery, near giving birth, in combination with blood-thinning medications like aspirin or warfarin, or with high-dose vitamin E or ginkgo biloba. Another caveat: Garlic preparations may decrease the effectiveness of birth control drugs.

Consult your doctor before taking any supplements.

Heart Supplement #5: CoQ10
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 for short) is a vitamin-like substance found in many foods. Our bodies produce it, too, particularly in muscle cells of the heart, though production decreases with age. Studies suggest it aids in the treatment of congestive heart failure.

Researchers have found that taking some cholesterol and blood pressure drugs, including statins and beta-blockers, disturb the body’s production of CoQ10. However, most health organizations have taken no position on the use of CoQ10 supplements.

Five Heart-Boosting Foods
Next time you’re at the supermarket, point your cart toward these real-life “miracle” heart foods.

  1. Beans: Shown to help lower both cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
  2. Fish: May help decrease inflammation and prevent irregular heartbeats and blood clots.
  3. Nuts: Can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
  4. Oats: Can help lower total cholesterol, especially LDL levels.
  5. Olive Oil: May help stave off atherosclerosis (hardened arteries), protect against free radicals and prevent inflammation.
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ulat dalam otak angkara sushi

Ini akibat makan sushi & sashimi (ikan mentah, gurita mentah,udang mentah, dsb). Nama org ini Shota Fujiwara dari Gifuprefecture, jepun, umur 80 thn, telah menderita sakit kepala yang luar biasa selama 3 tahun dan telah kehilangan kemampuan psikomotoric-nya sejak tahun itu. Setelah menjalani pemeriksaan CT-scan & X-ray, doktr yang merawatnye menemukan sarang ulat di bawah kulit kepalanya namun masih diluar tempurung otaknya.Jadi, BERHATI-HATILAH MEMAKAN SUSHI & SASHIMI !!!
Ulat seperti yg didapati pada kepala Shota Fujiwara adalah berasal
dari parasit yg selalunye didapat pada tubuh ikan mentah baik ikan
laut maupun ikan air tawar. Ulat parasit & telurnya hanya boleh dimatikan
dgn melalui proses pemasakan dgn panas yang tinggi (digoreng, dipanggang atau direbus mendidih atau dgn pembekuan -10 degC s/d -20 degC selama lebih dari 1 minggu).

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Why Flaxseed is Good for You

One of the greatest benefits of flaxseeds and flaxseed oil is that they are a good source of omega-3s, which is a type of essential fatty acid.

The key word to remember here is “essential,” which means that the body is incapable of producing this compound on its own and must rely on dietary intake to receive proper amounts of this health-promoting nutrient.

Proper intake of omega-3 fatty acids is essential to our health. Unfortunately, the typical American diet, which is low in fish and rarely includes flaxseeds, does not provide sufficient amounts of this essential fat, making supplementation almost mandatory.

Will you notice a difference in your health if you do not get enough omega-3s in your diet? It’s possible, since dry skin, hair and nails are all signs of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.

Why Flaxseed is Good for You

One of the greatest benefits of flaxseeds and flaxseed oil is that they are a good source of omega-3s, which is a type of essential fatty acid.

The key word to remember here is “essential,” which means that the body is incapable of producing this compound on its own and must rely on dietary intake to receive proper amounts of this health-promoting nutrient.

Proper intake of omega-3 fatty acids is essential to our health. Unfortunately, the typical American diet, which is low in fish and rarely includes flaxseeds, does not provide sufficient amounts of this essential fat, making supplementation almost mandatory.

Will you notice a difference in your health if you do not get enough omega-3s in your diet? It’s possible, since dry skin, hair and nails are all signs of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.

Flaxseeds have also been found to:

– Have anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful in the treatment of lupus and gout.

– Dissolve gallstones.

– Strengthen and fortify hair, nail and skin health and speed in the healing of skin lesions.

– Help clear up acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and even help heal sunburns more quickly.

– Facilitate nerve impulses, which may prove to be useful in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

– Relieve constipation and diverticulosis.

– Regulate mood and decrease the tendency toward depression.

If you want to start experiencing the many benefits of flaxseeds, take a tablespoon of flaxseed oil a day and sprinkle flaxseeds on your yogurt and salads.

Make sure to keep flaxseed oil cold and stored in an opaque container to avoid damage from light and heat.

Do not cook with flaxseeds, since heat destroys their beneficial effect.

Some people are allergic to flaxseeds, so if you have a tendency toward food allergies, please use caution if trying flaxseeds for the first time.

BRAIN DAMAGING HABITS

1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.
2. Overeating
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.
3. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.
4. High Sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.
5. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.
6. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.
7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.
8. Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.
9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.
10. Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain
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The main causes of liver damage are:-

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are main cause.
2. Not urinating in the morning.
3. Too much eating.
4. Skipping breakfast.
5. Consuming too much medication.
6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
8. Consuming raw (overly done) foods also add to the burden of liver. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to “schedule.” Because:

Evening at 9 – 11pm : is the time for eliminating unnecessary/toxic chemicals (detoxification) from the antibody system (lymph nodes). This time duration should be spent by relaxing or listening to music. If during this time a housewife is still in an unrelaxed state such as washing the dishes or monitoring children doing their homework, this will have a negative impact on health.

Evening at 11pm – 1am : is the detoxification process in the liver, and ideally should be done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 1 – 3am: detoxification process in the gall, also ideally done in a deep sleep state.
Early morning 3 – 5am : detoxification in the lungs. Therefore there will sometimes be a severe cough for cough sufferers during this time. Since the detoxification process had reached the respiratory tract, there is no need to take cough medicine so as not to interfere with toxin removal process.
Morning 5 – 7am: detoxification in the colon, you should empty your bowel.

Morning 7 – 9am: absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, you should be having breakfast at this time. Breakfast should be earlier, before 6:30am, for those who are sick. Breakfast before 7:30am is very beneficial to those wanting to stay fit. Those who always skip breakfast, they should change their habits, and it is still better to eat breakfast late until 9 – 10am rather than no meal at all.

Sleeping so late and waking up too late will disrupt the process of removing unnecessary chemicals. Aside from that, midnight to 4:00 am is the time when the bone marrow produces blood. Therefore, have a good sleep and don’t sleep late.

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