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Month: October 2014 (Page 1 of 3)

Can Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Stop Cancer?

Can anti-inflammatory drugs stop cancer

Can anti-inflammatory drugs stop cancer

Could anti-inflammatories really stop cancer in its tracks?

Well, latest research has found that some particularly aggressive cancer tumours rely for their growth on an antiviral pathway that drives inflammation, and that they are responding to the type of anti-inflammatory drugs that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

According to the journal Cell Reports, the anti-inflammatories disturb the anti-viral pathways of triple-negative tumours — the most aggressive form of breast cancer.  This could be very exciting news for anyone suffering from this disease.

Restricting Calories Slows Spread of Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Interestingly, different research is proposing that calorie restriction may also help with this form of breast cancer.

This study which was conducted on mice, where mice with triple-negative breast cancer were given 30% less than their normal intake. The cancer cells in these mice decreased production of a certain type of RNA which is often increased when this type of breast cancer metastasises.

So far this has only been studied on laboratory mice, but the researchers are confident that the same results would be found in human subjects.

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Sugar Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Sugar increases risk of heart disease

Sugar increases risk of heart disease

Eating large amounts of sugar increases risk of heart disease according to research. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association published studies that found added sugars in processed foods were linked with lower levels of HDL cholesterol, or ‘good’ cholesterol.

The study followed 6,113 patients and found the higher their sugar levels, the more likely they were to have higher risk factors for heart disease. Eating a healthy high fibre diet can help lower cholesterol levels.

High triglyceride and high cholesterol levels have been linked with heart disease since the 1970s. Today we know how to lower cholesterol with foods high in fibre, and the benefits of diets such as the Mediterranean diet in lowering cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol is a sterol in the fat family and is found in food as well as in the bloodstream. Cholesterol is transported through the blood in two forms: LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL is considered the “bad” cholesterol while HDL which transports cholesterol out of tissues, back to the liver and out of the body is often called “good” cholesterol.

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Salt May Worsen MS Symptoms

Salt may worsen MS symptoms

Salt may worsen MS symptoms

MS sufferers are being warned to cut down their salt intake.

A small study has warned that high dietary salt intake may worsen multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms. While previous research showed that salt may alter the autoimmune response, which is implicated in the development of multiple sclerosis, it wasn’t clear if it had any direct effect on the course of the disease itself.

The blood and urine samples of 70 people with the relapsing-remitting form of MS were assessed, and provided urine samples on three separate occasions over a 9 month period.  Their dietary salt intake and neurological health was then tracked for two years.  A second group was also monitored for comparison purposes.

Salt intake averaged just over 4g per day in both groups, but ranged from under 2g (low) to 2-4.8g (moderate) to 4.8g or more a day (high), with men tending to have a higher daily intake than women.

After taking in to account influential factors, such as smoking, age, gender, length of time after diagnosis, weight, treatment and circulating vitamin D, the analysis indicated a link between levels of dietary salt and worsening symptoms.

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The Best Way to Lose Weight

The best way to lose weight

The best way to lose weight

It’s time to throw away your scales!

Always remember that you want to lose FAT, not just weight. Diets that promise rapid weight loss do so by encouraging your body to shed fat, muscle and water. Water is just a temporary loss and you do not want to lose muscle.

If your focus is losing the fat around your middle, don’t expect dramatically rapid results. You cannot lose more than a pound or two of fat a week so these changes may seem subtle at first.

Women who’ve followed my plan notice the first change is that they start to feel much flatter under the bust. After this, your clothes will start to feel loser around the waist. These are all signs that the recommendations are working.

When you exercise properly (Pilates and yoga are great) you will gain muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat. However, a pound of fat takes up about five times as much space as a pound of muscle so as your fat levels go down and your muscle mass goes up you will start to look smaller. You may even drop a dress size while still staying the same weight.

Ignore the scales. This can — and often does — happen without you actually losing weight.

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Fiona

Green Tea May Prevent Glaucoma

 

Green tea may prevent glaucoma

Green tea may prevent glaucoma

Studies reported in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry have found more evidence that green tea may help fight eye diseases such as glaucoma.

Researchers found catechin in green tea may help fight eye diseases are one of many antioxidants that protect the eyes from some diseases.

They found the antioxidants passed from the stomach through the  intestinal tract and into eye tissue. The retina absorbed the highest levels of gallocatechin while the aqueous humor absorbed epigallocatechin.

Green tea’s health benefits have been known in the East for centuries. Packed with antioxidants, green tea contains more than 4,000 of these compounds which help fight free radicals which can lead to heart disease and cancer. Green tea supplements can also be effective.

Green Tea and Weight Loss

Adding green tea to your diet may also benefit those wanting to lose weight. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that men who added green tea to their diet burned more calories than men given a similar drink without green tea. The effects of caffeine were also taken into consideration. One of the reasons for this is that green tea raises and speeds up oxidation which in turn helps with weight loss. It also contains high amounts of polyphenols which activate an enzyme which helps get rid of excess fat in the body.

Antioxidants in Green Tea

Green tea contains a very powerful group of antioxidant polyphenols called catechins. Many of green tea’s health benefits come from these. One particular catechin is epigallocatechin gallate which is thought to contribute to the cancer fighting effects of green tea. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published results of a study that showed drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer by nearly 60 percent. Another report from Harvard Medical School found that catechin in green tea inhibited the growth of cancer cells. It is now widely accepted that the antioxidants in green tea may help prevent cancer of the bladder, colon, pancreas, esophagus, rectum and stomach.

Green Tea and a Healthy Heart

Both green and black teas have cholesterol-lowering properties which keep the heart healthy. Studies reported in Circulation Journal on ‘effects of green tea intake on the development of coronary artery disease’ found the more green tea patients consumed, the less likely they were to suffer from coronary artery disease.

Green Tea Supplements

Taking green tea in supplement form may be effective as well. Many weight loss supplements contain extract of green tea. However, as a weight loss aid it may be a better idea to actually drink the tea rather than take it in supplement form. Studies have shown those drinking green tea are able to control their appetites better and it also helps keep the body well hydrated. Experts suggest four cups of green tea a day will give maximum benefit. This equates to roughly three capsules of green tea extract. A standard 500mg capsule should contain 275mg EGCG which is the term used for the catechins that are isolated, dried and put into capsules or tablets or made into a liquid.

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Helping Others Is Good For Our Health

Helping others is good for our health

Helping others is good for our health

Reach Out to Stay Happy in Later Life

Reaching out a hand to help others will keep you happier and healthier in later life, according to research published in the Psychological Bulletin online.

An examination of all the available peer-reviewed evidence published over the last 45 years involving adults aged 50 plus, found that those who volunteered had reduced symptoms of depression, better overall health, fewer functional limitations and greater longevity.

All these benefits for just 2-3 hours per week!  Feeling appreciated or needed as a volunteer appears to support psychosocial wellbeing.

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Ditch the Junk Food

Ditch the junk food

Ditch the junk food

Junk the junk food!

Think of healthy and unhealthy foods as the difference between putting coals or paper on a fire. The paper will burn quickly with a big show of flames, but it doesn’t give out much heat and burns so quickly it’s not long before you have put more paper on the fire.

On the other hand, coal takes longer to heat up but it will give you a steady lasting level of heat for a much longer time. It’s quite a simple analogy. The aim is to eat the food equivalent of coal, not paper, no matter how attractive it may seem.

Refined and processed foods are like paper to the body’s fire. Natural whole foods are like coal. The more a food is refined (the greater proportion of natural substances are removed) the faster will be the hit on your bloodstream.

The more food you eat in its natural form, the steadier will be your blood sugar.

Do you have a health challenge that you’d like to discuss with me? I offer online Naturopathic and Nutrition Consultations. Fill out my forms here to book your personal consultation with me.

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Fiona

Memory Boosting Foods

Memory boosting foods

Memory boosting foods

MOST of us can be a little forgetful sometimes, but what if you really seem to be forgetting things more than usual?

Well, there are some foods that help boost memory and are also rich in antioxidants which, let’s face it, we could all do with these days. Now where was I? Oh yes, memory boosting foods

Well, according to several recent studies reported in Science Daily, eating blueberries and strawberries could help prevent memory loss in old age. Berries are rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from free-radical damage. But new research has found they can have a direct effect on how neurons in the brain send signals. But berries aren’t the only memory boosting foods.

Avocados

These delicious fruits (yes, they are classed as a fruit) are a great source of ‘healthy’ fat and a good blood circulation booster. This is important when it comes to brain function, as this enhances blood flow to the brain, helping with healthy brain function.

Oily fish

The essential omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as sardines, herring, trout and mackerel, as well as walnut oil and flaxseeds, or linseeds, are high in Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fatty acid which is vital to maintaining a healthy nervous system.  Low DHA levels have been linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Fish also contains iodine, which is known to improve mental clarity.

Whole grains

Whole grains improve circulation and help regulate glucose levels in the blood. The more stable your glucose levels, the easier it is to concentrate, which is one of the reasons why it’s important to eat breakfast in the morning. Apart from revving up your metabolism it keeps your sugar levels balanced and protects against diabetes and heart disease.

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin, E, a lack of which has been linked with cognitive decline as you age. A good intake of vitamin E will help prevent memory loss. Nuts are a great source along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and whole grains.

Blueberries

Blueberries and strawberries contain antioxidants, which are thought to protect brain neurons from damage, build communication receptors between each brain cell, and flush out waste. They also help protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Blackberries are also a great brain booster, as they contain good levels of vitamin C that has long been known to help increase mental agility.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells that occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

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Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer and Vitamin D Deficiency

Pre-menopausal Breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency

Pre-menopausal Breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is really in the spotlight at the moment.

I think it’s mostly because we’re only just beginning to unravel all the intricate functions vitamins and minerals play in the role of health.

As time goes on I suspect we will discover that all vitamins and minerals, including the lesser-known ones, play an essential role in health and disease.

The latest vitamin D study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, found that vitamin D deficiency in the months preceding diagnosis may predict a high risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer.

The study of blood levels of 1,200 healthy women found that women whose blood levels of vitamin D were low during the three-month period just before diagnosis had approximately three times the risk of breast cancer as women in the highest vitamin D group.

Several previous studies have shown that low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer. However, researchers warned against using mega doses of vitamin D, unless prescribed by a doctor for short-term use.

The best way to keep your vitamin D levels topped up is to have 20 minutes a day out in the sunshine, as well as eating plenty of oily fish and eating free-range, organic eggs.

I would also suggest that you have your vitamin D levels tested. You could then take a supplement to correct any deficiency, do a re-test to make sure the level is back to normal, and then maintain your levels by taking a multivitamin and mineral containing vitamin D as D3.

Source: Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To High Risk Of Pre-menopausal Breast  Cancer. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl.

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Tummy Fat and Hypertension

Tummy fat and hypertention

Tummy fat and hypertention

Another reason for losing that fat around the middle was confirmed in a recent study published in the Journal of American College Cardiology.

The study indicates a greater risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) compared to others with a similar BMI but with fat concentrated elsewhere on the body.

903 patients enrolled in the Dallas Heart Study were followed for an average of seven years to track development of hypertension. They also received imaging of fat deposits in the body.

At the end of the study period, 25% of patients developed hypertension. While a higher BMI was associated with increased incidence of hypertension, when abdominal fat content, overall fat content and lower-body fat content were factored in, only abdominal fat remained independently associated with hypertension.

Do you have a health challenge that you’d like to discuss with me? I offer online Naturopathic and Nutrition Consultations. Fill out my forms here to book your personal consultation with me.

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Fiona

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