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Antibacterial Properties Of Garlic

Antibacterial Properties Of GarlicThe first thing that comes to mind when I think of garlic is when I was a kid growing up in Massachusetts and every Sunday afternoon my entire family would come over to “the house” and my mom would make a big pasta dinner with all the fixings, mamma-mia!! Garlic is a common household herb used in cooking that may also have beneficial health benefits.  As a supplement to your diet, this can be consumed raw or taken in supplement form.  Garlic tablets that are enteric-coated limit the undesirable odor because they do not break down until the tablet has reached your intestines.  Supplements are made from aged garlic, dried garlic or garlic oil.

Blood Pressure And Heart Disease:

Garlic may work to combat different forms of cardiovascular disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis.  According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic promotes heart health by decreasing homocysteine, C-reactive protein, platelet aggregation, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL or good cholesterol.

Garlic and Cancer:

Several long-term studies at various universities around the United States have led researchers to believe may be beneficial in the treatment of cancer.  The studies showed that a regular intake of garlic could show as much as a 30 percent reduction in the risk of certain cancers like colorectal cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer.  The University of Maryland notes that garlic supplements may also help prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and throat cancer as well.  Some further studies have also suggested that garlic help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy like fatigue and lack of appetite.
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What Is Propyl Gallate

What Is Propyl GallateThere are a number of  reason why I personally avoid fast food, one of which is due to propyl gallate.  As a type 1 diabetic, I always make a conservative effort to eating a healthy diet and putting nothing but the best ingredients into my body, here is one reason why.

Manufacturers add propyl gallate to food products, including vegetable oil, mayonnaise, meat, soup, dried milk, spices, candy, snack foods, vitamins and chewing gum. Propyl gallate also is a common additive to pet food.  The personal care industry adds propyl gallate to perfume, soaps, lotions and moisturizers, lipstick and other make-up, hair care products, bath products, sunscreen, skin care and toothpaste.  In addition, the substance is added to adhesives and lubricants.

Propyl Gallate Health Dangers:

Propyl Gallate can cause allergic reactions in the form of an asthma attack in some people.  It can also cause stomach and skin irritation, liver damage, kidney damage and has the potential to increase your chances of having cancer.  Animal testing has proven that the likelihood of contracting cancer increased; however, due to the conditions of the study itself, scientists state that it cannot, in any degree of certainty, be stated that propyl gallate causes cancer.
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Advantages And Health Benefits Of Eating Cabbage

Advantages And Health Benefits Of Eating CabbageRich in phytonutrients, this cool season leafy vegetable belongs to the “Brassica” family of vegetables, which also include brussel sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, and broccoli. It is one of the widely cultivated crops around the world, but were you aware of all the amazing health benefits that cabbage nutrition provides?  They are plentiful, but here are some of my favorites!

Cabbage Nutrition And Eye Health:

As a diabetic and for those who suffer from diabetes maintaining our eye health is imperative. Rich source of beta-carotene, so many people, particularly as they get older, turn to this vegetable for its ability to prevent macular degeneration and generally promote good eye health and the delay of cataract formation. Beta-carotene has also been positively linked to reduced chances of prostate cancer, which is an extra bonus on top of the other anti-carcinogenic effects!

Perfect For Weight Loss?

Cabbage is frequently recommended for people who want to lose weight in a healthy way, especially for anyone suffering from diabetes. Since its packed with so many beneficial vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, it is a healthy dietary option for people to eat a lot of, and it is quite filling, since it has high levels of fiber, which add bulk to the bowels. However, its extremely low in calories, only 33 calories in a cup, cooked. Therefore, people can go on the popular “cabbage soup” diet, and eat plenty of food to stay healthy, without gaining excess weight!
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What is Beetroot? Beetroot And Diabetes

What is Beetroot? Beetroot And DiabetesI have to admit, I’m a sucker for pickled beets, but are beets really healthy for you? Not only is beetroot great for boosting stamina and making muscles work harder, it also contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid

Beets also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants and soluble fiber. What’s more, just three baby beetroot equal one of your recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Read on to find out more about how ruby red beets can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle

Helpful To Reduce Blood Pressure & Strokes:

Research has shown that beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks.

Beetroot And Diabetes:

As diabetics, we are already sweet enough, but hey, we are still human and have sugar cravings just like everyone else.  Step away from the chocolate! A great alternative for us diabetics or anyone recently diagnosed with diabetes to help fulfill those sweet craving is a little beetroot. Since it contains sugars, is fat free, low in calories and has a medium glycemic index it can be a perfect alternative and just what the doctor ordered. A medium glycemic index means that it releases sugars slowly into the blood. This in turn will help prevent spikes in our blood sugars as well as help with our sugar craving.
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Health Benefits Of Figs

Health Benefits Of FigsWhen I first hear the term fig, the first thing that immediately comes to mind are the infamous fig newton cookies, but what are figs really? Figs grow on the ficus carica tree which belongs to the mulberry family. Dried figs are better concentrated sources of minerals and vitamins but lets take a closer look at some of the amazing health benefits!

Figs are a great source of dietary fiber and make you feel satiated. So, it’s a great option for those who want to lose weight. The fiber content is also excellent for the digestive system and helps relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). What is it about  amazing fruit that makes them so vitally important to our diet, lets take a look!

Figs And Fiber:

One of the most impressive nutrients is its fiber. Fiber helps keep your digestive system working efficiently. A fiber-rich diet also helps lower your overall cholesterol levels. Eating a diet rich in fiber is also a smart way to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, and potentially reduce your chances of getting certain types of cancer. A 1/2-cup serving of fresh figs contains 2.9 grams of fiber. That translates to about 12 percent of the 25 grams of fiber women need each day and about 8 percent of the 38 grams men need daily.

Great For Skin Conditions:

Figs are rich in important nutrients like Vitamin B, C, phosphorus, potassium and minerals like calcium and magnesium which are essential for boosting and rejuvenating the skin’s health. The high omega 3 fatty acids in figs keep the skin well-moisturized and conditioned from within. Continue Reading



Health Benefits Of Grape Seed Extract

Health Benefits Of Grape Seed ExtractGrape seeds contain incredibly powerful antioxidants that have a wide range of benefits to our health. But, we wouldn’t get very far by just crunching the few seeds we find in grapes! Instead, grape seeds are collected from wine manufacturers, who separate the seeds from the fruit when they are harvested. Then the grape seeds are made into highly concentrated capsules that contain a powerful dosage of the antioxidant.  There are numerous health benefits associated with grape seed extract, lets take a look at a few!


Grape Seed And Hypertension:

Theoretically, grape seed extract might help treat hypertension or high blood pressure. Antioxidants, like the ones found in grape seed, help protect blood vessels from damage. Damaged blood vessels can lead to higher blood pressure. In a 2009 study of subjects with metabolic syndrome, researchers found that four weeks of treatment with grape seed extract lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. There is some evidence that grape seed extract supplements may help lower blood pressure.

According to a University of California Davis School of Medicine research study, participants taking grape seed extract experienced significant drops in their blood pressure, with an average 12 mm decrease in systolic and 9 mm decrease in diastolic pressure. While this may be because grape seed’s antioxidants protect blood vessels from damage, more research is needed to fully understand grape seed extract’s effect on hypertension.
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The Dangers Yellow 5 Dye!

The Dangers Of Yellow 5 Dye!Last Friday I we discussed red dye in one of my blog posts.  Well, this week I would like to expand on that with yellow 5 dye.  As mentioned last week,  artificial dyes can be found in more than just food products that you might expect.  It is easy to see brightly colored candies and drinks and know instantly that they contain artificial dyes.  You need to be extremely careful and read the ingredient labels which reveals artificial dyes in many potentially surprising products including Personal Care Products & Skin Care.

As mentioned last week, the three most widely used culprits—Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Red 40—contain compounds, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl, that research shows has linked with cancer!  Why is this though?  Lets take a closer look at yellow 5 dye!

What Is Yellow 5 Dye:

Yellow 5 dye is also known as tartrazine or E102.  Yellow 5 is widely used in the making of potato chips, jams, candy, drinks and even pet food.  It is also added to shampoo and other cosmetic products, as well as vitamins and certain medications.  Yellow 5 is banned in Austria and Norway, and other European countries have issued warnings about their possible side effects, however it is still freely and extensively used within the United Sates. Why does yellow 5 get a bad wrap in other countries but not the United States, well, check this out.

  • When you use products with yellow 5 dye, you lose zinc through your urine and saliva.  If you have ADHD, you lose it even faster than someone without ADHD.  Zinc, an essential trace mineral, is required by hundreds of your body’s enzymes involved with the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol.  Zinc is also critical for wound healing, sense of taste and smell, immune system function, bone strength, thyroid function, blood clotting, cognitive functions, prenatal development, and sperm production.  Even a mild deficiency can produce a wide range of physical and mental problems.
  • All the synthetic dyes are allowed to contain harmful contaminants like lead, mercury, arsenic, and benzidine (a carcinogen).  Lead usually targets the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells first, eventually attacking your nervous system. The primary effects of mercury on infants and children is to damage neurological development.  Arsenic can cause several kinds of cancer, as well as headaches and confusion.  While it is true that coloring don’t have large amounts of any of these contaminants, there is no good reason to consume them.
  • As long ago as 1985, Pediatrics – the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics – described the following side effects of Yellow 5: allergies, thyroid tumors, lymphomas (cancer), chromosomal damage, asthma, and urticaria (hives).  Even earlier, Cesarani (1978) described the broncho-constriction of Yellow 5 as similar to aspirin in aspirin-sensitive asthmatics.  The connection between this dye and asthma was the reason the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first required it to be listed by name on ingredient labels.

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Parabens And Cancer?

Parabens And Cancer Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives, and that’s why they are found in so many products.  They are used to fight bacteria and fungus, are widely available, and cost very little to manufacture and use.  Nearly all of the parabens used as preservatives are man-made and not naturally occurring.


Parabens Dangerous?

Colby College’s Clean Makeup website reports that parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system.  Cornell University reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk Estrogen, and synthetic chemicals that act like estrogen, play a role in stimulating the division of breast cells and affect other hormones that stimulate breast cell division.  Your body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen, and it can accumulate in fat cells, including breast tissue.  In 2004, a study by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom found concentrations of parabens, particularly methylparaben, in human breast tumors.  The study examined only the presence of parabens in the tumors but did not determine that they were the cause of the tumors.

Decreased Sperm Levels:

Parabens can also adversely affect the male reproductive system.  In a study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health, researchers administered parabens to three-week-old rats.  After four weeks, researchers examined the rats and found their sperm production significantly decreased in relation to the amount of parabens they had received.  The rats who received the highest dose of parabens, which was consistent with the daily acceptable intake of parabens in Europe and Japan, showed a significant decrease in sperm concentration.
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