A pomegranate is a round shaped, exquisite fruit with a sweet and bitter taste. It is usually farmed in different places all around the globe at the drier parts of Southeast Asia, and Armenia, Azerbaijan, North India, the East Indies and southern europe and Africa. It is a local fruit in Iran but known to [...]
Many resveratrol supplements are becoming popular as supplements to fight disease and as general health supplements. While drug companies study resveratrol for potential medications in the future, health supplements are available today. Resveratrol comes from a couple different sources including Japanese knotweed and the skin of red grapes. Scientific studies have studied the effect of [...]
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(NaturalNews) Toxic chemicals produced when foods are cooked in certain ways encourage oxidation and inflammation in the body, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism . Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), produced when food is fried, grilled, dried, smoked or pasteurized, have been linked to increased oxidation and inflammation in the body. These conditions are well-established risk factors for a number of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related health problems. “Even though the AGEs pose a more immediate health threat to older adults, they are a similar danger for younger people, including pregnant women and children, and this needs to be addressed,” researcher Helen Vlassara said. “AGEs are ubiquitous and addictive, since they provide flavor to foods. But they can be controlled through simple methods of cooking, such as keeping the heat down and the water content up in food and by avoiding pre-packaged and fast foods when possible. Doing so reduces AGE levels in the blood and helps the body restore its own defenses.” Researchers conducted the study on 40 healthy people who were either between the ages of 18 and 45 or over the age of 60, plus nine people who suffered from kidney disease. Participants were assigned to eat either a regular Western diet or a diet designed to contain the same amount of calories and other nutrients but with half the AGE content. This second diet was achieved by poaching, stewing or steaming foods rather than using other cooking methods. After four months, participants in the low-AGE group had blood levels of AGEs, lipid peroxides, and markers of inflammation and blood vessel damage as much as 60 percent lower than those of people in the control group. “What is noteworthy about our findings is that reduced AGE consumption proved to be effective in all study participants, including healthy persons and persons who have a chronic condition such as kidney disease,” Vlassara said. Sources for this story include: www.foodnavigator-usa.com.
(NaturalNews) Between 200,000 and 300,000 hip replacement operations are performed each year in the U.S., mostly in people over the age of 60. However, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), five to 10% of these procedures are in patients younger than 50 — including women of childbearing age. Now comes a disturbing report that suggests women who have the metal-on-metal type of artificial hip joint and become pregnant could be putting their unborn babies at risk. A study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center recently presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons held in New Orleans revealed that expectant mothers with metal-on-metal hip implants pass metal ions to their offspring during pregnancy. The ions, it turns out, result from wear and tear as well as from corrosion as the parts of the artificial joint, called prosthesis, rub against one another. Dr. Joshua Jacobs, professor and chairman of orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center, and his research team investigated three women who had metal-on-metal hip implants and gave birth two to six years after their surgeries. Blood samples from the mothers as well as umbilical cord blood samples were obtained at the time of delivery and tested for blood serum concentrations of titanium, nickel, cobalt and chromium. The researchers used inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry , a highly sensitive technique that can detect even minute amounts of metals in biological samples. The results showed that the moms with metal-on-metal implants and their babies had significantly higher levels of two metals — chromium and cobalt — compared with a control group of seven women who did not have metal hip replacements and their offspring. In addition, the levels of the metals in the blood of mothers with implants correlated with the levels of metals identified in the umbilical cords. The amount of cobalt found in the newborn babies was about half that in the mothers’ blood; chromium was about 15 percent as high in the infants as the levels in their mothers’ blood. The lower levels in the umbilical cords showed that the placenta stopped at least some of the transfer of metal ions from mother to fetus, although it was obviously not a complete barrier. “We don’t know whether metal ions pose any health risks for pregnant women and their babies but as metal-on-metal implants increase in popularity and use, especially among young, active patients, women of child-bearing age and their doctors need to be aware of these findings when considering options for hip replacements,” Dr. Jacobs explained in a statement to the media. While there’s no absolute proof the metal ions are dangerous for moms or babies, previous research concerning these metals should raise some concern. For example, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the EPA have all determined that chromium metal compounds are known human carcinogens. In addition, based on animal studies, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that cobalt and cobalt compounds could possibly cause cancer in humans. Bottom line: women who plan on having children would be wise to consider natural and less invasive alternatives to metal hip replacement surgery. For example, keeping weight under control and appropriate exercise such as yoga can often help ease symptoms of osteoporosis, a condition that can lead to hip replacement surgery. For more information: http://www.rush.edu/webapps/MEDREL/servlet/NewsRelease?id=1359 http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts7.html http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts33.html
(NaturalNews) I grew up eating a lot of cereal. Sadly, it wasn’t the healthiest stuff, either: Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops and other sugary processed foods drowned in pasteurized, processed cow’s milk. Sometimes I wonder how I ever survived my childhood diet… Even as a health-conscious adult, I still find myself enjoying a bowl of healthy cereal, but of course now I use almond milk or sometimes rice milk instead of cow’s milk. As far as the cereal itself goes, finding a really nutritious and delicious breakfast cereal has been a challenge for a number of years: The mainstream so-called “healthy” processed cereals at the grocery store are all dead, processed foods usually made with extra fiber, less sugar or whole grains — just enough to call them “healthy” when, by my standards, they aren’t very healthy at all. Even most so-called “all natural” cereals still don’t meet the standards of what I’d like to put into my body on a regular basis. So over the last several years, I’ve been on the lookout for a really high-end, raw breakfast cereal based entirely on organic, non-GMO superfood ingredients. I’ve sampled many different products from dozens of companies, and there are now three that I would recommend. You’ll see all three mentioned here, but my very favorite among all the raw superfood cereals is called, quite simply, Superfood Cereal . Superfood Cereals It’s made by a company called Living Intentions based in San Francisco, and it’s available in four flavors: Acai Blueberry, Cacao Crunch, Chia Ginger and Hemp and Greens. You can find many of these in your local health food stores. We also now carry them in the Natural News store at http://store.naturalnews.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=0&keyword=superfood+cereal&x=0&y=0 These cereals are really outstanding. They have a delicious taste and texture, but without resorting to refined or chemical sweeteners of any kind. They’re all based on organic buckwheat sprouts as their No. 1 ingredient, and if you know about buckwheat, you know it’s a super high-protein grain that transforms into a nutritional powerhouse when sprouted! I’ve often made my own raw buckwheat cereals at home, and I love the fact that I can now get buckwheat in these superfood cereals. The other ingredients are just as impressive: Chia seeds, amaranth sprouts, quinoa sprouts, Hawthorn Berry and many others that are just as impressive. At the same time, these characteristics of the cereal are quite remarkable. All Superfood Cereals are: • Sprouted • Gluten free • Dairy free • Nut free • Non-GMO • Raw And it goes without saying that they’re not made with refined sugars, refined grains, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners of any kind! Pick some up right now at the NaturalNews Store: http://store.naturalnews.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=0&keyword=superfood+cereal&x=0&y=0 Superfoods for breakfast? Sure! Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day. The average American breakfast is far too high in processed meats (sausage and bacon), dairy products (milk and butter) and refined sugars and carbs (white toast, jelly and sugary cereals). A typical American breakfast, in fact, is little more than a hodge-podge of refined factory foods enhanced with toxic chemicals and artificial colors. I wouldn’t feed that stuff to an animal, much less my own children! Can you imagine what kind of difference it would make in someone’s day if they switched from a toxic “average” breakfast to a superfood breakfast? Imagine going to work or school fueled by raw superfoods and sprouted foods that just happen to taste super delicious at the same time. Personally, I believe that a nutrient-dense breakfast that avoids all the toxic chemicals and refined ingredients found in traditional breakfast habits can make all the difference in your day. There’s no doubt that people who live on real foods rather than junk foods have improved learning performance, better sustained energy and improved moods and optimism. That’s why one of the most important questions you can ask yourself when deciding what to eat is, “How good do I wish to feel today?” If you want to feel fantastic, start your day with superfoods nutrition! What’s in it Superfood Cereal is hands down the best raw superfood breakfast cereal I’ve ever tried. And as you well know by now, I’m extremely picky about what kinds of things I advocate or offer, and I’m thrilled to call these Superfood Cereals “Health Ranger recommended.” In fact, when award time rolls around again, I plan on offering this cereal line a Natural News Editor’s Choice award. Their ingredients are really impressive, too. Here’s what’s in their Acai Blueberry flavor: Organic Buckwheat Sprouts, Organic Coconut, Local Blackberry Honey, Organic Currants, Raw Brown Rice Bran and Germ (grain-free), Organic Sunflower Sprouts, Organic Banana, Berry Antioxidant Blend (Organic Blueberry Powder, Organic Acai Powder, Bilberry Powder, Camu Camu Fruit Powder, Elderberry Powder and Amla Berry Powder) and Pink Crystal Salt. Compare this to the typical breakfast cereals you find on the shelves — even “healthy” cereals: They’re typically made almost entirely from corn, wheat and sugar. And a lot of that is genetically modified, too (both the corn and the sugar). I don’t know about you, but I’m just not interested in fattening myself up like a cow by feeding myself corn and sugar for breakfast. Check the ingredients on the cereal in your own cupboard, if you dare. You may find that far too much of it is just corn, wheat and sugar. That’s why I’m happy to talk about these healthier options that are based on truly healthful, gluten-free formulations. And Superfood Cereal tastes so incredibly good that you’ll probably forget you’re eating a “healthy” breakfast cereal in the first place. Other great cereal products There are two other highly nutritious raw breakfast cereal products I also currently recommend: Ruth’s Foods Chia Goodness (www.RuthsFoods.com) and the entire cereal line from Kaia Foods (http://www.kaiafoods.com/about.html). Both are outstanding products that are also aligned with my philosophy of healthful food ingredients. I plan to review and recommend many of Ruth’s Foods products in the near future, in fact. Her Chia Goodness is also available at the NaturalNews Store (http://store.naturalnews.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=1001839), but it’s more of a plain cereal for the true hard-core raw foodies. I’ll share more details on this product later. Enjoy your superfood breakfast cereals!
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Kenya’s government has unveiled a renewed set of national policy guidelines to redouble diarrheal disease management and control efforts by putting proven interventions to work within the country’s health system. This announcement comes at a time when global progress against diarroea has stalled. Diarrhea is the third leading killer of children in Kenya.
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One of the most talked about health and fitness supplements right now is antioxidant dietary supplements. Everybody already knows that fruits, vegetables, and vitamins were good for us, many people do not realize how helpful antioxidants are to our bodies. This article is going to discuss what an antioxidant is and then how you can [...]