What can Turmeric Extract help with?

There is more to turmeric extract than its pain relieving properties……

End Pain Naturally with Turmeric Extract – Dally’s Health News and

Apart from these qualities, Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidants compounds essential for providing various health benefits to individuals. Turmeric is also helpful in soothing the stomach…..

 

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D Ribose can help increase energy

If you are looking for a natural way to increase energy, you might consider taking D- Ribose.

What is D Ribose?  D-Ribose – A Very Powerful and Natural Body Energizer

See how D Ribose can help increase cellular energy especially supporting heart energy

D Ribose may also benefit conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Restless Leg Syndrome.

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Anti-cancer benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea, a common beverage in eastern cultures, is purported to have many health benefits including anti-cancer benefits.

 

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Natural Flu Cure?

Are you looking for a non drug approach to curing the flu?  Perhaps you are scared about the side effects of flu vaccines and you want to try something natural.  Well, according to Web MD,  a natural flu cure does not exist.   As a natural medicine oriented doctor,  I would have to agree with that statement.    As Web MD suggests,   “those flu symptoms you’re experiencing are part of a natural healing process — evidence that your immune system is working to battle the flu. For instance, a fever is your body’s way of trying to kill viruses in a hotter-than-normal environment. In addition, a fever’s hot environment makes germ-killing proteins in your blood circulate more quickly and effectively. Thus, if you endure a moderate fever for a day or two, you may actually get well faster.”

Web MD goes on to offer natural options for treating coming flu symptoms such as nasal congestion, sore throat.and dry cough.  For example  “A natural remedy for nasal congestion is to drink more water. Hydration is important for anyone with respiratory problems, and water is cost-efficient, easily available, and healthy.  As the water content of the mucus is increased, the mucus becomes less viscous and easier to expel.  The sinuses drain more effectively when you are well-hydrated, and the mucus membrane is less susceptible to infection.”  When it comes to a natural remedy for a sore throat, Web MD recommends “ gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief”

However, one aspect of the article that I must disagree with is the section titled: Are there natural supplements to treat flu symptoms?.  According to Web MD,  “ there are various dietary supplements that are purported to ease flu symptoms, yet none have scientific substantiation…..Some natural herbal products can cause allergic reactions. Other natural products may interfere with prescribed medications you’re taking. A few natural products have been found to cause liver damage, so use caution….”

First of all, yes some natural supplements can cause allergic reactions and cause liver damage.  But I would love to see the scientific data on the natural supplement that are “purported” to fight flu and cause allergy reactions as well as liver damage.  Many pharmaceutical medications cause allergy reactions and liver damage.  I don’t see those drugs being pulled off from the shelf.

Nevertheless, there are some natural supplements that can help the body fight flu.  One in particular is Vitamin C.  Vitamin C in certain high doses possess anti-viral activity.  Then there are Maitake Mushrooms.  They are known to stimulate a type of immune cell to fight disease called Natural Killer Cells.   Finally, there is a type of natural medicine called homeopathy which uses minute doses of various substances to stimulate the innate healing power of the body.  There actually is a homeopathic remedy that is made from Flu! Yes this sounds like a vaccine but it is much more dilute than a flu vaccine and has virtually no toxicity yet it is effective in helping people combat flu.  In France, homeopathy is one of the top types of medicines used to fight flu and other ailmentrs.

So, yes while there is not a “cure” for the flu as Web MD suggests, there are definitely natural options that can stimulate the immune system to fight flu.

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How to naturally lower your cholesterol?

Do you suffer from high cholesterol? Perhaps the potential side effects of cholesterol lowering drugs has forced you to  look for a natural approach to lowering cholesterol.  Well,  here are 3 natural ways that may help to lower your cholesterol.

1. Incorporate beta glucans in your diet.  Beta glucans are type of polysaccharides that bind bile acids in the colon and carry it out through the bowels.  Since bile acids are derived from cholesterol in the liver, beta glucans can help to lower cholesterol.  Beta glucans can also stimulate the immune system.                What are sources? Oats – They contain beta glucans and this accounts why oatmeal can help lower cholesterol.  It is not just because of the fiber content.  Other sources include yeast (Saccharomyces cervisiae), and Maitake, Shitake mushrooms.  Beta Glucans are also available as a supplement as 1,3/1,6 Beta Glucan. How much to take? Recommended is about 750 mg of 1,3/1,6 Beta Glucan in a supplement form.  There is also a food form of this.  First there is oats.  But there is a beta glucan derived from oats called NUTRIM which contains a larger amount of beta glucans and is more edible than oatmeal.

Important: Make sure you take Vitamin A, D, E and K as these fat soluble vitamins can possibly be depleted with taking Beta Glucans and eating oats.

2. Incorporate Beta-Sitosterols –in your diet.  These are a type of plant sterols that can also bind bile acids in the intestinal tract working similar to Beta glucans.                      What are sources? Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin Seeds, Pygeum Africanum  – yes, the same herbs that support men’s prostate health.                                                                               How much to take? About 1 gram of a combined sitosterols with Beta sitosterols  being the majority of sitosterols.  A good brand is Swanson’s Beta sitosterols,                                Important: As with Beta Glucans, make sure you take Vitamin A, D, E and K as  these fat soluble vitamins can possibly be depleted with taking Beta Sitosterols

3. Red Yeast Rice – This is a natural “LovaStatin” like substance.  In fact when the first statin, cholesterol lowering drug  Lovostatin came out, the manufacturers were trying to prevent Red Yeast Rice from being sold as a dietary supplement.  Why is this? Because Red Yeast rice and Lovastatin are made in a similar manner, namely the fermentation of rice with various strains of the yeast Monascus purpureus. And not only was the Red Yeast Rice  just as effective as the Lovastatin but it was cheaper too and it still is.            How does it work? The fermentation product produces a product called Lovasatin which inhibits in the liver the production of cholesterol.  Also the Beta-Sitosterols bind bile acids as mentioned above.

How much to take? 2400 mg of red yeast.  Red Yeast Rice comes in 600 mg capsules.  You would have to take 4 capsules a day.    Also it would be good to take CoQ10 to prevent CoQ10 depletion as is the case with regular Statin drugs.

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The hidden dangers of diet sodas

Do you drink diet sodas with the intention that your waist line won’t expand?  Well, it turns out that diet sodas may actually have the opposite effect.  This is the conclusion of Professor Helen Hazuda, of the University of Texas’s health science center.   “Diet sodas and artificial sweeteners may foster a sweet tooth, distort appetite and even damage key brain cells” and can make you fat says  Professor Hazuda.   Professor Hazuda examined the health and habits of 474 adults for  nine and a half years.  She then compared the growth in waistline of those who consumed diet drinks with others who only drank regular soft drinks  Overall, those who drank diet drinks saw their waists expand 70 per cent faster compared to those who drank regular soft drinks.  But those who drank 2 or more cans of diet sodas saw a 500 percent greater increase in girth.   What is a possible reason? The artificial sweetener may produce a zero calorie drink but it causes people to crave sweets food thus increasing the total calories which translates to weight gain.

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Vitamin D may help asthma

Vitamin D has always been associated with bone health, but research shows that vitamin D may help asthma too.     According to research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increase airway reactivity, lower lung function, and worsening of asthma control.   It is believed that Vitamin D may help improve asthma by blocking inflammatory chemicals in the lungs as well as by increasing proteins that have anti-inflammatory effects in the lungs.    A good source of vitamin D is sun exposure, and it turns out that “..asthma gets worse in the winter, when vitamin D is down”, due to poor sun exposure  says Thomas B. Casale, MD, a professor of medicine and the chair of allergy and immunology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  So if you can’t get out in the sun, you might have to take a vitamin D supplement.  How much should you take?  This would depend on determining your baseline blood levels of vitamin D.

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A simple way to prevent overeating

Are you looking for a simple way to prevent overeating?  It turns the answer maybe protein.  For many years many natural health experts have touted the use of protein to control appetite.   This is because protein does not cause a sharp spike in your blood sugars.  When blood sugars are stable, you tend to have a better sense of satiety, a feeling of fullness    Now researchers at the University of Missouri have the science to show why a high protein breakfast increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day.   They were able to show through functional MRI (fMRI) scans what happens in the brains of people who eat a high protein breakfast versus people who skip breakfast.   In the high protein group, fMRI scans indicated a reduction of brain signals that control food motivation and reward driven eating behavior prior to lunch time.  According to Heather Leidy, assistant professor at the University of Missouri Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and one of the researchers in the study, “incorporating a healthy breakfast containing protein rich foods can be a simple strategy for people to stay satisfied longer and therefore, be less prone to snacking.”   More information can be found on the online journal Obesity.

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