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Are your hair and skin dull and lifeless, lacking softness and shine?
Boosting your diet with these three vitamins will nourish your hair and scalp, helping to transform your hair and skin to make them glowing and vibrant.
One of the most important vitamins for healthy hair and skin is vitamin A. You can get it from foods such as cantaloupe, dark leafy green veggies and meat. Vitamin A conditions and moisturizes the skin; fights free radicals, protects hair and skin cells from damage; and strengthens and thickens hair so it grows longer faster and breaks less often.
Sweet potatoes, carrots and other orange and yellow fruits and veggies contain beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body - stimulating the production of skin oils that prevent dryness and itchiness and lead to stronger, more vibrant hair and skin.
Vitamin B-complex - including vitamins B3, B6, B12 and biotin - are great for healthy hair and skin. When consumed together they lead to a reduction in hair loss; fewer gray hairs as they slow down the graying process; and longer hair due to more rapid hair growth.
Niacin, or vitamin B3, improves hair and skin health by improving blood circulation, bringing more nutrients to skin cells and hair follicles. Niacin is found in carrots, broccoli, dates, eggs, fish and whole wheat bread.
Biotin is another B vitamin necessary for cell growth, fatty acid production and fat and amino acid metabolism. It is often recommended as a dietary supplement for combating dull and lifeless hair loss and skin. It is found in dairy, eggs, fish, meats, whole grains and nuts.
Vitamin B complex also contains folic acid, which promotes hair growth, making hair thicker and shinier. Folic acid is found in whole grain breads and cereals.
Vitamin E is renowned for its ability to soften skin and hair. It acts as a protective antioxidant, boosts scalp and skin circulation and supports protein synthesis, leading to healthier skin overall; softer, glowing hair; and fewer split ends.
Nuts, seeds, spinach and tomatoes are great sources of vitamin E. To make sure you have plenty of this vitamin in your diet, add sliced avocado and a drizzle of olive oil to your green salads.
Along with these vitamins, omega-3 fats - found in nuts and seafoods - are necessary for hair shaft growth and keeping skin hydrated and moist. Also, they are rich in protein, which promote healthy keratin production, the building block of hair, along with boosting skin cell production.
If you’re worried about hair loss - experts agree that the primary cause of male and female pattern baldness is increased production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is made in the body from testosterone in hair follicles as they age.
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Have you ever wondered how you could improve your eyesight naturally, without the help of corrective lenses or surgery?
If you have - you should know that while not all health experts agree that eyesight can be improved through natural means, there are some things you can change about your lifestyle and dietary habits that might help boost your vision.
For example, you could make sure your eyes get all the nutrients they need to function properly.
Foods that help you improve your eyesight naturally include leafy greens such as kale, chard, broccoli, collards and spinach. All of them contain lutein, one of 600 naturally occurring carotenoid antioxidants that is critical for healthy eyes.
Lutein is also found in egg yolks and animal fats - which also contain zeaxanthin, another eye-healthy compound.
Along with lutein, zeaxanthin forms a protective yellow pigment in the retina of the eye which lowers risks for cataracts and macular degeneration by filtering out harmful UV radiation. In fact, low lutein consumption has been found to be a risk factor for age-related macular degeneration.
Which is why IVL’s Vision Clear A - a daily dose of which contains 20 mg lutein and 1mg zeaxanthin - is guaranteed to help you improve your eyesight, naturally and efficiently.
Not only that, a daily dose of IVL’s Vision Clear B will give you -
And much, much more!
Other dietary components that boost eyesight include omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fatty oily fish like sardines, tuna, salmon and in fish and krill oils. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit and non-meat protein sources such as pulses, beans and nuts are also important for eye health.
Smoking can lead to macular degeneration and cataract formation later in life. Like smoking, too much exposure to UV light can also damage the eyes, so make sure you wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays when you venture out into bright sunlight.
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Do you struggle daily with lack of energy or chronic fatigue?
If you do, instead of turning to coffee, so-called energy drinks or other stimulants, you might want to try supplementing with adaptogenic herbs to increase your energy levels.
While stimulants like caffeine may give your body a ‘kick’ in the short-term, they also place a heavy strain on your adrenal cortex (an organ which regulates stress) by causing it to work harder than normal to produce more energy.
On the other hand, adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha - also known as Indian ginseng - actually give your adrenal cortex the nutrients it needs to generate steady, long-lasting, stress-resistant energy.
In fact, adaptogenic herbs increase your body's natural resistance to almost every type of stress - which takes a large burden off your adrenal system.
For example, athletic competition involves both physical and mental stress. In such cases, long-term consumption of adaptogenic herbs will help to improve both your training effectiveness and overall performance. Also, they are typically harmless when used over long periods of time with few if any dangerous or unpleasant side effects.
In Ayurvedic medicine ashwagandha is believed to not only increase energy levels, but also boost learning and memory.
For example, in a 1993 clinical study, fifty people complaining of lethargy and fatigue for 2-6 months were given an adaptogenic tonic made up of eleven herbs, including 760 mg of ashwagandha once a day.
After just one month of taking the ashwagandha mixture, the patients reported an average 45% improvement in their moods. Their blood plasma protein levels and hemoglobin - two factors used to measure overall health - also increased significantly.
Yet another study compared the adaptogenic and anabolic (ability to promote growth of lean body mass) effects of Korean ginseng and ashwagandha in mice. Groups of six mice were fed 100 mg/kg water extract of either ginseng, ashwagandha or saline for seven days.
On the eighth day, their endurance levels were tested with a swim test. Their average swim times were measured as 62 minutes for Korean ginseng, 82 minutes for ashwagandha; and 35 minutes for saline.
Clearly, ashwagandha is a superior adaptogenic herb when it comes to increasing energy and performance levels.
If you’re experiencing low energy and chronic fatigue, it can be a result of overexposure to stress. Stress not only takes the joy out of life but can also lead to insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease and other adverse health effects.
Why be stressed-out when you can be stress-free?
IVL's STRESSAGEN, a proprietary herbal formula, contains ashwagandha, Brazilian and Chinese ginseng along with other adaptogenic herbs that help to ‘normalize’ your body's reactions to stress.
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What better way is there to keep your brain healthy and memory sharp than with a living fossil? The modern Ginkgo biloba tree is related to fossils dating back 270 milllion years, to the Permian period. Today, a single Ginkgo biloba tree can live as long as 1,000 years.
Given this, imagine what it can do for you, or more specifically, your brain!
Modern science is finding that this ancient plant increases blood flow and energy production, as well as improves production of neurotransmitters, chemicals that help transmit nerve signals. Plus, ginkgo protects brain and nerve cells from deteriorating by stabilizing cell walls and scavenging free radicals that can destroy delicate cell structures. It also helps maintain the brain’s supply of energy in the form of glucose and oxygen. This is beneficial, as it supports healthy neurotransmitter- and brain-based hormone production.
When taking ginkgo for brain health, aim for 240 mg per day, in divided doses.
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What do salmon, krill, and lobster all have in common? Yes, they all live in the ocean. Yes, they are all good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. And, yes, they are all GREAT sources of astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is a member of the carotenoid family, and is a fat-soluble pigment found in salmon, krill, and lobster, as well as shrimp, crayfish, and even the feathers of flamingos.
Like other carotenoids, astaxanthin is a good source of antioxidants. In fact, when compared to other members of this family—namely beta-carotene, lutein, alpha-carotene, and lycopene—astaxanthin had the highest antioxidant activity. And herein lies astaxanthin’s benefits for brain health, or more specifically, dementia.
According to a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study from a 2011 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers separated 30 people into three groups. One group took 6 mg of astaxanthin a day for 12 weeks. The second group took 12 mg/day and the third group took a placebo.
At the end of the 12 weeks, researchers discovered that phospholipid hydroperoxides were significantly lower in both astaxanthin groups than in the placebo group. This is important because phospholipid hydroperoxides are abnormally accumulated in people with dementia. By lowering their accumulation, researchers concluded that astaxanthin supplementation might contribute to the prevention of dementia.
If you want to give astaxanthin a try, aim for 6–12 mg a day.
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An easy way to kick off great digestive health with a fantastic green drink breakfast smoothie.
1/2 cup plain kefir (liquid yogurt)
½ cup water|
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop All Day Energy Greens
Fascinating - and scary - new research suggests your liver could be ‘eating’ your brain.
People with extra abdominal fat are three times more likely than lean individuals to develop memory loss and dementia later in life.
Now scientists say they know why.
It all comes down to a competition between your liver and your hippocampus - the area of your brain that processes and stores your memories - for a protein called PPARalpha.
The strange thing is, the liver uses PPARalpha to burn belly fat, while the hippocampus uses exactly the same protein to process memory.
The study authors raised mice that were deficient in PPARalpha. Some mice had normal PPARalpha in the liver but were deficient in the brain. As expected, they showed poor memory and learning abilities.
Others had normal PPARalpha in the brain but not in the liver. Again, as expected, they had normal memory and learning skills.
However, when study researchers injected PPARalpha into the hippocampus of PPARalpha-deficient mice, both their learning and memory abilities improved dramatically.
So it seems that in people with large amounts of belly fat, their livers may have to work overtime to metabolize the fat - likely using up all the PPARalpha. In doing so, they first deplete local stores and then raid the rest of the body, including the brain, according to the new study.
This means their hippocampus become starved of PPARalpha, interfering with memory and learning processes.
Further research is clearly necessary to see how normal PPARalpha levels can be maintained in the human brain so as to prevent memory loss. This is likely to provide a new avenue of exploration in the ongoing search for a therapy for Alzheimer's disease, dementia and memory loss.
Losing any belly fat you may have is a good place to start.
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According to new research from several studies, regular intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) is linked to a 35% lower risk of cardiovascular death in older adults - and may also benefit brain health and function in people of all ages. Specifically, omega-3 PUFAs reduced brain damage in infants after stroke, increased math scores in teenagers and boosted memory in young adults.
First, an observational study at Harvard Medical School with nearly 2,700 participants showed that healthy older adults who consumed 400 mg per day of the omega-3 PUFAs EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) + DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) have up to a 40% lower risk of death from heart disease. Also, they tended to live two years longer after the age of 65.
This study clearly shows that higher levels of omega-3 PUFAs mean lower total mortality rates, contributing to a longer, healthier life.
The second study at Columbia University used an animal model to see whether omega-3 PUFAs would influence brain recovery after pediatric stroke - which affects up to 1,700 US infants each year.
The study authors found an almost 50% reduction in brain tissue loss in mice treated with omega-3 PUFAs or pure DHA immediately after a stroke, when compared to controls. What’s more, brain damage in these mice was significantly reduced for up to eight weeks.
In other words, omega-3 PUFAs may help to protect brain cells in human infants and may be useful for treating pediatric stroke.
Next, a study of 28 countries reported that higher DHA levels in the milk of nursing women was associated with better math scores in their children at the age of 15. Interestingly, only two-thirds of the highest-scoring countries reported DHA levels above the worldwide average of 0.32%, suggesting that other as yet unknown factors may also be involved.
Finally - healthy, young adults also appear to benefit from omega-3 PUFA consumption, according to a study from New Zealand. DHA supplementation was associated with improved response times for both autobiographical and working memory in these participants.
Along with supplements, fish oil and krill oil, cold water fatty fish such as sardines, wild salmon, herring, mackerel and tuna contain plenty of omega-3 PUFAs. Vegetable sources include flax seed, almonds and walnuts.
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According to a new study, dairy cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk. Specifically, their milk was found to contain higher levels of healthy omega-3 fats and less saturated fat than milk and other dairy products from cows given traditional cattle feed.
This is very relevant for our health, because diets high in saturated fat have been shown to lead to heart disease, while those rich in omega-3 and other healthy polyunsaturated fats reduce the risk of heart disease.
In this study, ten pregnant cows were fed different amounts of flaxseed. Their milk was turned into butter and fresh cheese, which were tested for texture and nutritional composition.
Study authors found that feeding cows up to six pounds of flaxseed improved the fat profile of their milk without affecting its production. Saturated fats dropped 18% while polyunsaturated fat levels increased by 82%. Levels of omega-3 fats rose by a staggering 70% compared to traditional feed. Similar improvements were also seen in butter and cheese.
Although flaxseed costs more than traditional cattle feeds, many consumers have shown their willingness to pay extra for value-added foods, like omega-3 enriched milk.
In nature, omega-3 fats are made mainly by cold-water algae and are present naturally in the fat of fish such as sardines, wild salmon, herring, mackerel and tuna that feed on these plants. Alpha-linolenic acid or ALA is the plant form of omega-3 fats found in walnuts, flaxseed, canola and soybean oil and green leafy vegetables.
Omega-6 fats are found in large concentrations in corn oil, safflower and sunflower oils, margarine and low-fat foods, as well as in meat and eggs.
Our body needs both omega-3 and omega-6 fats to function and cannot make them on its own. Both these essential fats are converted within our body into biologically active substances - which work together to control many vital bodily functions such as muscle contraction, blood thickness and inflammation with a high level of sensitivity.
As long as they are in balance, our bodies remain healthy. However, the typical American diet contains a staggering 20–50 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fats!
Countless studies have shown that increased amounts of omega-6 fats in the diet are associated with rising rates of heart disease, arthritis, asthma, insulin resistance, metabolic disorder, diabetes and cancer.
So what can you do to restore your omega-3 fat balance and your health?
Well, you could wait for cows fed with flaxseed to become a commercial reality, or eat omega-3 fat-enriched milk, eggs and butter. You could also ensure that you regularly consume fatty fish, walnuts, almonds and other foods naturally rich in omega-3 fats.
For instant results, why not opt for IVL’s Omega Max Gold - a fish oil supplement that gives you all the benefits of omega-3 fats - today?
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Do you know that there is a healthy, natural way to lower your blood pressure (BP) - and keep it low?
High BP is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other serious health problems if left untreated. ‘Blood pressure’ means the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood.
If your BP rises and stays high over time, it can damage your body in many ways.
About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high BP, a condition with no obvious signs or symptoms. In fact, you can have it for years without knowing it. But during this time, high BP silently damages your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of your body.
In 1995, researchers at Miyazaki Medical College and Kurashiki University of Science and Arts in Japan discovered that a food item as Natto, made from fermented soybeans, could relax blood vessel walls and keep BP low, naturally.
On average, systolic BP (the top number) decreased from 174 to 155, while diastolic BP (the bottom number) dropped from 101 to 91 - an overall drop of roughly 10% in 4 out of 5 study volunteers given Natto.
How does Natto do this?
Renin is an enzyme made in your kidney. It circulates in your bloodstream and breaks down the protein angiotensinogen (made in your liver) into the peptide angiotensin I. Angiotensin I has no action on blood vessels, but is converted by another enzyme known as ACE into angiotensin II - which is a potent constrictor of all blood vessels.
Angiotensin II acts on smooth muscles in arteries to raise the resistance they pose to the heart. The heart tries to overcome this increase in its 'load' and works harder, causing BP to rise.
What has all this got to do with Natto?
The Japanese have been eating Natto for nearly a thousand years - for its taste, and for what it does for their energy, memory, skin and digestion.
But it wasn’t until 1987 that researchers at Miyazaki Medical College discovered exactly what makes Natto so good for your health. They discovered a strong enzyme activity in Natto that breaks down fibrin - the protein that makes your blood clot when you bleed from a wound - and named this enzyme nattokinase.
Too much fibrin can make your blood too thick and too sticky, slow down your circulation, raise BP and cause unhealthy clotting activity. In one study of 12 healthy Japanese volunteers, consuming Natto reduced the time it took to dissolve a clot by nearly half.
Nattokinase also blocks the action of the enzyme ACE, meaning it lowers production of angiotensin II. In other words - Natto potently lowers BP and keeps it low by acting via two separate modes of action. No wonder the Japanese are so fond of it.
If you want to experience the powerful health benefits of Natto right away, it’s easy. IVL’s Natto BP Plus combines five powerful anti-BP agents that target all possible reasons for high BP - from water retention and blood thickness to cholesterol balance and blood vessel tone.
So why not manage your BP and benefit your overall health by ordering Natto BP Plus today?
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According to the DASH Study - one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted by US scientists - the healthiest thing you can do for your heart is to consume five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a dietary pattern originally promoted by the US-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - which is part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services - to prevent and control hypertension.
The DASH diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods, while being limited in sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, red meat and added fats. While it benefits blood pressure (BP), it is now recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an ideal eating plan for all Americans.
In studies, the DASH diet has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure (BP) (the top number in a BP reading) by 6 mm Hg and diastolic BP (the bottom number) by 3 mm Hg in patients with high normal BP, also known as pre-hypertension. The same diet reduced systolic and diastolic BP in people with hypertension by 11 and 6 mm Hg, respectively.
Interestingly, these BP changes happened with no changes in body weight - and are the same results you can expect if you took drugs to control BP.
In a separate study of more than 40,000 test subjects, those who were ate ﬁve daily servings of vegetables and fruits daily were 39% less
likely to have a stroke. Their BP also dropped…that too without using any drugs.
Clearly, what you eat is a critical risk factor in the
management of heart disease and hypertension - and all the data show that a healthy dietary pattern has a very strong protective effect on the heart.
In fact, the strongest and most consistent protective associations are seen with fruit and vegetables, fish and whole grains. Several studies have shown that people following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet or the very similar Mediterranean diet have a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease and a lower chance of developing hypertension.
The problem of course, is that it is practically very difficult to eat eight or even five servings of fruits and veggies daily.
Which is why IVL’s All-Day Energy Greens is such a perfect solution...it delivers an entire day’s worth of fruits and vegetables in just 60 seconds!
What could be simpler or smarter to support a healthy heart - not to mention your overall health?
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The rate of obesity has doubled in America over the last 30 years and has been accompanied by a massive health crisis - literally a nationwide epidemic of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Health experts are now convinced that this is because of the nutrient-deficient and calorie-rich US diet, not to mention crazy lifestyle, stress and lack of sleep.
And given the way US healthcare is structured, prevention by practicing a healthy diet and lifestyle is very unlikely. In fact, even most health caregivers receive very little nutritional training in medical school.
There is no doubt that solving this health crisis is going to take a lot of discipline and a complete dietary about-turn.
According to nutritionists, the root cause of chronic diseases is simple: lack of enough fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. The typical American diet couldn’t be further removed from this ideal. On average, Americans eat 60% processed foods and 30% animal products, leaving only 10% for raw, unprocessed fruits and veggies.
While most people understand something about macronutrients, they know very little about the undervalued, but much more important micronutrients - the 14 essential vitamins, 16 essential minerals, and thousands of phytochemicals.
These micronutrients do not contain calories and our body needs them only in tiny amounts, but their role in maintaining health cannot be overestimated.
What’s more, some health experts now believe that the major micronutrient in food is not vitamins or minerals, but phytochemicals. In fact they believe micronutrients are literally a fountain of youth that function to improve human health and longevity.
There are literally tens of thousands of phytochemicals in natural, whole, vegetable-based foods. Micronutrients are essential in helping to protect us from disease - and if we are already sick, they help in recovery.
Every tomato, head of cabbage, piece of lettuce, cucumber, bean or sprout has hundreds - even thousands - of nutrients critically important for health.
And while supplementing with micronutrients can be helpful, the makeup of nutrients in unprocessed fruits and vegetables is so complex that it can’t be replicated synthetically - and why would you need to, when they are already so plentiful in naturally occurring green vegetables and fruits?
The standard American diet provides a meager 4% of phytochemical-rich fruits and vegetables - not to mention that processing removes delicate phytochemicals found in raw produce, while animal products don’t have them at all.
So if you’re concerned about taking care of your health or prone to falling ill, you may want to consider adding more raw and lightly cooked fresh veggies - along with fresh fruits - to your daily diet.
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Did you know that avocado oil is not only edible…but it is also very healthy for your skin?
Pressed from the fruit of the avocado, avocado oil is used for cooking as well as a salad dressing and garnish. With an unusually high smoke point, extra virgin avocado oil has a characteristic flavor and is excellent in almost any high heat cooking application - including baking, stir-fries, barbecue, roasts and sauté.
In fact, extra virgin avocado oil has a similar monounsaturated fat profile to extra virgin olive oil, which protects it from breakdown during heating.
‘Hass' cold-pressed avocado oil is a brilliant emerald green when extracted; the color is attributed to high levels of chlorophylls and carotenoids extracted into the oil, which add to its nutritious qualities.
Avocado oil is also extracted for cosmetic use. Valued for its regenerative and moisturizing properties, it easily penetrates skin and is rapidly absorbed. In fact, slicing open an avocado and applying its flesh directly on to skin is a very effective and natural approach to achieving a healthy facial glow or dealing with acne and dry skin. Simply apply the yellow pulp to soothe, protect and moisturize.
Avocado oil can be obtained either cold pressed in liquid for or directly from the fruit.
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“Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.”
This quote is typically attributed to Hippocrates of Kos, an ancient Greek physician who is considered the father of western medicine. He founded the Hippocratic School of Medicine which revolutionized the practice of medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a separate profession in its own right.
What if the foods you eat could not only heal you, but add years to your life?
A recent Archives of Internal Medicine study shows that eating more whole grains might help you live longer. Health experts already know that fiber in grains reduces your risk of dying from cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious diseases. Not only that, whole grains deliver more nutrients than refined grains.
Here are 4 carbohydrates you should consider adding to your diet right away:
Oatmeal - soluble fiber in oats is associated with heart health and will help you feel fuller for longer. Having oats for breakfast avoids the sharp glucose and insulin spikes in your blood that typically happen with refined or processed foods, reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
In fact a steaming bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal is the perfect to start off a winter day. You can set it up beforehand with an overnight slow cooker, which eliminates the need for constant stirring. Steel-cut oats are better for this preparation, as old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow cooking.
Quinoa - A big pot of quinoa (or barley) is a perfect solution to what you’re going to have for lunch all week. You can use it as a base and add vegetables and herbs you have on hand, along with roasted nuts, dried fruit, a little olive oil and lemon juice for a very healthy and nutritious lunch.
Whole-grain pasta - will give you about 6 grams of fiber per serving. You can add to its health benefits by supplementing it with veggies, beans and lean sources of protein, like chicken or fish.
Popcorn - believe it or not, every cup of popped popcorn contains one gram of fiber. Not only that, gram for gram, popcorn contains up to 3 times more polyphenols - powerful antioxidants linked to improving heart health and reducing cancer risk - than kidney beans (the highest vegetable polyphenol source) and 4 times more than cranberries (the best fruit source), according to recent research out of the University of Scranton.
Given their powerful health benefits, why not add these 4 live-giving carbs to your diet today?
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Did you know - more than 24 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, while one in three Americans are at imminent risk of developing this condition?
In diabetes, muscle and liver cells are unable to absorb glucose from the blood, so that they are deprived of the energy they need to function properly - which also means blood glucose levels remain at unhealthily high levels for long periods of time.
High blood glucose seen in diabetes is a serious health issue that greatly increases risk of dying of heart disease or stroke by as much as 40%. It also makes diabetes sufferers more susceptible to obesity, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Interestingly, research studies indicate that green tea catechins - powerful flavonoid antioxidants found in high levels in green tea - may lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
For instance, a double-blind controlled study carried out in 2009 at the Health Care Food Research Laboratories in Tokyo, Japan showed that a catechin-rich beverage reduced obesity and improved blood glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Study researchers looked at the effects of consumption of catechin-rich green tea in diabetes patients who were not receiving insulin therapy. Participants consumed green tea containing either 582.8 mg or 96.3 mg of catechins every day for 12 weeks.
After 12 weeks, the decrease in waist circumference was noticeably greater in the higher catechin group. At the same time, levels of the hormone adiponectin - which lowers fat accumulation - were also higher in this group. This means green tea catechins may help to prevent obesity along with lowering risk for type 2 diabetes - one of the consequences of obesity.
Similarly, a Japanese study looked at the effects of catechins on body fat reduction and weight loss. 35 Japanese men drank oolong tea fortified with green tea extract containing either 690 milligrams or 22 milligrams of catechins.
Study subjects who drank green tea extract lost more weight and experienced a significantly greater decrease in body mass index (BMI), waist size and total body fat. Not only that, levels of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol were also reduced in these subjects.
Green tea also appears to benefit patients with diabetes who have high blood pressure (BP) or hypertension. In a randomized clinical trial, 100 mildly hypertensive patients with diabetes were randomly given either sour tea or green tea. Interestingly, systolic and diastolic BP of both groups of patients were reduced by the end of the study.
Taken together, these results show that catechins lower risk for lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes - while also reducing the side effects of diabetes, including high BP.
Based on previous studies, at least 4 cups of green tea a day are recommended for weight management along with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Green tea extract supplements are also available for people who don’t like drinking so much green tea every day.
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