How to lower cholesterol with food?
Here's some surprising discoveries of super healing nutrition you may be able to use as nutrition cures: foods that lower cholesterol, and help with cancer, stroke recovery, asthma and even Macular Degeneration. How?
When snacking on apples, people's “bad” LDL cholesterol dropped by 23% while their “good” cholesterol, which helps remover fatty deposits from blood vessels, increased by 4%.
This was an accidental finding, because Dr. Arjmandi had given a group of women a snack of 75 grams (2.6 oz) of dried apple per day. This snack was for a “control group” in a study on the effect of eating prunes for bone density.
Dried apples were used to ensure that everyone ate exactly the same amount, but fresh apples are even better.
Dr. Arjamandi speculates that it was the apple pectin, a soluble fiber, that also caused weight loss of 3.3 lbs, or 1.49 kilograms per person, on average.
(Florida State University study presented at the Experimental Biology Annual meeting in Washington DC, 2011).
If you want to try lowering cholesterol naturally, eating an apple or two per day would be the equivalent of the dried fruit used in the study.
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Researchers were amazed at the extent of neuro protection that antioxidant-rich diets provide.
Dr. Paula Bickford, a researcher at the USF Center for Aging and Brain Repair reported that the size of the stroke was 50 to 75 percent less in rats treated with diets supplemented with blueberries, spinach or spirulina before the stroke.
This is an easy, readily available, inexpensive and safe way to benefit stroke patients, and can help you avoid dangerous blood thinner medication.
What's the best food or vitamins after a heart attack?
Eating fish and taking omega oils and fish oil supplements is one of the best things to do:
• After a heart attack, you can focus on your diet and supplements to keep yourself healthy with the same results as medication:
Fish oil, a food cure for your heart, is a good place to begin.
Filled with omega-3 fatty acids, any doctor's advice would be to start eating fish multiple times a week and consider supplements. Which is best?
A big trial testing fish oil for people who had had a heart attacks studied over 2,000 men, and divided them into three groups:
1. The first group followed the American Heart Association and increased polyunsaturated to saturated fat while decreasing saturated fats.
2. The second ate more fish especially fatty fish two to three times per week, or took fish oil capsules a day. (450 mg omega-3)
3. The third group increased cereal fiber intake at least 18 grams per day.
The first group who reducing fat intake did not have any difference in death rates, as changing types of fat only gave a small decrease in their levels of cholesterol.
(Burr, M.I., et al., "Effects of changes in fat, fish, and fibre intakes on death and myocardial reinfarction: diet and reinfarction trial (DART)," Lancet, 1989; 2: 757-61.)
Here's studies of the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids, alone or in combination with vitamin E, versus vitamin E alone or placebo for those who'd had heart attacks.
For five years, over 11,000 people who had had a heart attack within the previous three months got supplements with either 1) 1,000 mg per day of omega-3 fatty acids 2) 1,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 300 mg of vitamin E per day or 3) 300 mg/day of vitamin E or 4) or placebo.
These were mainly men (85% and the mean age was 59.4 years, with 16% aged 70 years or over.
All groups were asked to eat a Mediterranean diet.
Taking one gram of fish oil with 850 mg of omega 3 daily could save five to seven out of 1,000 patients with a previous heart attack per year, say the researchers.
THESE RESULTS ARE COMPARABLE TO LOWERING SERUM CHOLESTEROL LEVELS WITH A COMMONLY PRESCRIBED DRUG FOR ONE YEAR.
Source: Kromhout, D., et al. New Engl. J. Med., Aug. 29, 2010.
Healthy food gives better protection, say researchers, but taking vitamin supplements is still a good idea.
Doctors and scientists have since the 1920's reported the benefits of vitamin E, showing fewer miscarriages in pregnant women, and dramatic improvements in heart function and blood flow. (Drs. Evan Shute, obstetrician and William Shute, cardiologist)
There is a volume of research that shows that antioxidants protect not only against heart disease and cancers and stroke, but also against the aging process including eye problems like Macular Degeneration.
Scientists are still writing the book on the benefits of food versus isolated antioxidants in vitamin supplements.
Simple healthy foods and "super foods" are still your best bet.
MANY studies have without a doubt, shown the benefits of taking supplements.
For instance, in the Framington study of nurses, those taking folic acid and vitamin B supplements had less heart disease, along with those who had a higher than average dietary intake of folate and vitamin B6.
These results were published in the JAMA:
"Intake of folate and vitamin B6 ABOVE the current recommended dietary allowance may be important in the PRIMARY PREVENTION of heart disease."
Nutritional researchers are still trying to unravel this complex area of vitamin supplements -- especially antioxidants.
The analysis was criticized because the subjects in these studies had a history of heart disease, were on a variety of meds, and the studies failed to distinguish between synthetic and natural vitamin E.
SCROLL DOWN FOR: Shedding Light on the Antioxidant Vitamin E Confusion
It could in fact turn into a pro-oxidant, having the opposite effect. Why is that?
Studies have yet to establish that more is better.
Also, a study out of the University of California at Berkeley showed that while flavonoids in foods may act as cancer-fighters, high levels could lead to cancer-causing changes to chromosomes.
A recent study by the American Institute for Cancer Research determined that vegetables and fruits are preferable to supplements for harnessing antioxidant power.
Researchers tested two groups of people, and measured them for oxidation damage, antioxidant nutrients and defense systems after 25 days.
Everyone ate the same basic diet, but the one got about six servings of fruits and vegetables a day, while the other got a vitamin and mineral supplement.
Other research shows that this increased effect levels off at about ten to twelve fruit and vegetable servings a day. After that, adding more does not really seem to matter.
Buying organic products may be your best bet yet!
Why? Slowly but surely, the evidence is mounting.
For instance, The European Journal of Nutrition recently reported findings showing that organic red oranges have:
1. a higher phytochemical content (i. e., phenolics, anthocyanins and ascorbic acid),
2. a higher total antioxidant activity, AND
3. higher bioactivity, than nonorganic red oranges.
These researchers concluded that organic red oranges have a higher protective effect against oxidative damage at the cellular level, than do nonorganic red oranges.
Adding to the confusion, when antioxidants are taken out of food and put into a supplement, there is no guarantee that it will continue to act as an antioxidant.
High doses of beta carotene supplements, for instance, may have varying effects depending on a person’s intake of other antioxidants:
HIGH DOSES of the supplement seems to DECREASE the absorption of LUTEIN, the yellow pigment or carotenoid associated with a reduced risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.
But in food, carotenoids enhance each other, so that the LUTEIN found in produce like:
QUERCETIN is a perfect example of a flavonoid thought to have an antioxidant effect.
There have been an abundance of studies showing quercetin-rich foods like:
• red wine
have a PROTECTIVE effect against Heart Disease and some forms of cancer.
BUT when quercetin is taken out of its food environment, it may behave differently.
Quercetin, when taken on its own, was found to act as a PRO-oxidant instead of an ANTI-oxidant in an animal study published in the may 2005 issue of Food and Chemical Toxicology.
The PRO-oxidant effect did not occur when it was taken in food, particularly with the flavonoid daidzain, which comes from soy.
But take one of these out on its own, and it may not just be an ineffective weapon, but it may also join forces with the enemy, possibly boosting the risk for disease.
Researchers are still writing the book on vitamin E.
First of all, the synthetic vitamin E is different from the natural vitamin E, and, to add to the confusion, the NATURAL one is actually a family of 8 related compounds (the tocopherol group and the tocotrienol group), each with alpha, beta, gamma and delta types.
EACH of the 8 DIFFERENT natural VITAMIN E GROUPS has a unique function and may contribute an important function such as having a
Therefore, supplementing with all of these is better than just alpha-tocopherol alone:
Researchers at Purdue University also found that gamma-tocopherols induce death in human prostate cancer cells and lung cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.
Research reporting negative results for vitamin E supplements combined dissimilar studies and pooled data on mixed dosages, and natural and synthetic forms of vitamin E.
A study of over 1,800 healthy pregnant women and their children, showed that it was the children of mothers who had a low intake of vitamin E during pregnancy who were more likely to develop asthma.
(American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care, Sept. 2006)
Despite the controversy, it is clear that people who eat a wide variety of colorful vegetables and fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds, healthy oils and lean proteins, are healthier than people who don't.
Protective elements in a cancer prevention and a cancer recovery diet include:
Source: a review of the literature at the National Library of Medicine
Just because you are spending a fortune on your meds, this does NOT mean a medicine will cure you from your cancer.
But countries like the UK do not fund the use of Avastin, arguing that extending a patient’s life for only a short time is not worth the price tag of $30,000 for the 8 months of treatment!
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