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Green tea, the wonder drug of this age is endowed with properties that can curb the ageing process. In china they have long identified the beneficial aspects of this drink. Now in the west it is fast catching up. Extracted from the Camellia Sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub, green tea undergoes minimal oxidation. Green tea made from unfermented leaves have highly concentrated anti-oxidants called polyphenols. Anti-oxidants in green tea fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals occur naturally in the body.
Environmental toxins like ultraviolet rays from the sun, smoking and radiation also release free radicals. These free radicals promote aging and cause cancer and heart diseases. The anti-oxidants in green tea can neutralize these free radicals and even reduce the damage they have done.
The super antioxidant power in green tea stimulates the immune system and slows down the aging process. When you are exhausted, the immune system is overworked and you are vulnerable to attack from viral and bacterial infection. So it is very important to protect the immune system from exhaustion to prevent diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Polyphenols in green tea can kill cancerous cells and curb their progression. In Japan people who suffer from cancer are less as they consume green tea every day. Be it a bladder cancer, stomach, breast or ovarian the polyphenols in green tea can prevent it from spreading. As green tea helps to regulate glucose in the body it can also be given to people who suffer from type 1 diabetes. Alcohol drinkers can heave a sigh of relief for green tea can protect your liver from total damage. Now booze around with your regular green tea.
The ever expanding waistline giving you sleepless nights? Just take Green tea pills and forget about it. No, it is not a joke. Green tea extracted from a shrub has the antioxidant polyphenol with thermogenic properties. It can burn those extra calories. No needs to go for sit-ups, no need for dieting; the magic of green tea pills burns away the fat without causing any side effects. Green tea can stimulate the bodies metabolism.
Now green tea comes in the form of gums and pills. If you have difficulty in sipping or don't like the flavor, then it is easy to swallow the pill. As green tea is processed by drying without fermenting the beneficial chemicals are never lost. But anything in overdose can do you harm. Caffeine content in green tea can be a cause for concern. Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and loss of appetite may result from overdose of caffeine. Decaffeination can to a great extent avert the side effects of drinking green tea.
Tuesday, November 18
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Monday, November 10
Obesity is one of the problems that are looming large on majority of the people, who are becoming increasingly aware of its consequences and hence dieting has become an indispensable part of their lives. Even those who are of correct weight can adopt dieting by taking the right food at the right time.
A balanced food is very important to maintain a healthy diet and it is evident that a balanced diet should contain the essential vitamins and minerals that are required for the control of weight and metabolism. Diet food includes vitamins such as B2, B3, B5, B6 and vitamin C, chromium, manganese and zinc. Nutritionists say that to follow a diet food, it is advisable to follow the food pyramid whose results are enormous and instantaneous.
Grains form the base of the food pyramid since they are rich in dietary fiber, have high energy content and are a good source of nutrients that assist in metabolism. Depending upon the amount of calories to be shed, grains should be taken at least four to five ounces every day.
Those who sincerely want to lose weight can never afford to neglect vegetables, either taken cooked or raw. Vegetables are a rich source of many vitamins and minerals like vitamin B complex, vitamins C, E and K to fight against vitamin deficiency. In fact, if vegetables are taken regularly, it lowers the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.
A diet food can never be complete without fruits. The most appealing factor of fruits is that they are taken raw and are hundred percent natural. Fruits have low calorie and are rich in dietary fiber. Apart from preventing the vitamin deficiency, fruits serve as the ideal food for those who are on weight control and yet want to stay healthy.
Occasionally, for snacks and to fill the stomach, nuts and seeds can be consumed because they contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals and fiber that help in metabolism. Diet food does not mean that lovers of non vegetarian need to go all green- there are lean meats or lean chicken and fish that contain protein, essential minerals and vitamins that aid in metabolism.
Fat or oil is in the peak of the pyramid, which has to be avoided as much as possible, since fats and oils tend to drastically increase the total intake of calories and thus nullify the very purpose of taking diet food.
Thursday, November 6
The most viable of these include the Error Catastrophe Theory, related to faulty molecular transcription and errors in cellular function, the Crosslinkage Theory, in which progressively increasing cross-linking between proteins slows the body functions down, and the Neuroendocrine Theory, in which changes in homeostasis and hormone levels occur through time due to an increasing loss of sensitivity of receptors to feedback inhibition.
However, by far the most acceptable and best understood theory is the Free Radical Theory of Aging, which green coffee beans have been found to help fight, and it is on that which we shall focus here.
The Free Radical Theory of Aging
Free radicals are oxidants created by unpaired electrons. Electrons generally go around in pairs, but occasionally molecules lose one of these electrons, creating a situation where it possesses an unpaired electron. In this condition, that molecule has only one purpose in life and that is to oxidize other molecules by stealing an electron from them.
Oxidation can cause untold damage to cell membranes, and also to other molecules that are vital to life, such as DNA. The end result is aging, and the onset of many diseases and conditions connected with aging. Free radicals are believed to be behind inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and Crohn's disease, strokes, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and cancer among many others. Each of these is associated with aging.
Free radicals are generated in the body in four different ways:
1. Energy is generated by the intercellular mitochondria by the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). By-products of the mechanism by which this is done include hydrogen peroxide, the superoxide anion, and a hydroxyl radical. Over 20 billion molecules of antioxidant are produced in each individual cell daily, and every one of these has the capability to do damage to your body. The figure for inefficient cell metabolism is significantly higher.
2. Peroxisomes are eukaryotic cell components that contain oxidative enzymes, whose function is to produce hydrogen peroxide that is then used by another enzyme, catalase, to oxidize other toxic substances. It is used by the liver, for example, to oxidize about a quarter of all the alcohol we drink to acetaldehyde, and also to remove other toxins from the body. The down side is that the hydrogen peroxide can escape and degrade the cell membranes.
3. Chronic infections give rise to a high activity of white blood cells, which utilize oxidants of various kinds to destroy viruses, bacteria and parasites. These include hydrogen peroxide, superoxide and nitric oxide which can also destroy the cells they are protecting.
4. Cytochrome P450 is an enzyme used to clear the body of toxic chemicals in our food such as pesticides and drugs. They also give rise to oxidative by-products.
In addition to these, free radicals are also produced by air pollution consisting of smoking, factory emissions and traffic fumes. Trace metals such as lead, iron and copper, are rich free radical sources, as is the ultraviolet component of sunlight, and caffeine, from tea and coffee, can also contribute to the store of free radicals in your body.
So where does green coffee extract come into this, and how should it be used. Free radicals tend to react very rapidly to accelerate aging, and in order to counter them, and hold the effects of aging at bay, it is necessary to destroy them almost as quickly as they are produced. This is carried out by antioxidants, of which there must be a plentiful supply available in each body cell.
Antioxidants donate electrons to free radicals, and so effectively neutralize them before they can attack the membranes of the cells in your body, or any of the other tissues that they can degrade. Many of the vitamins have a powerful antioxidant effect, among them vitamins A, C and E. Other antioxidants available in our diet include beta carotene and other carotenoids, flavonoids and glutathione, and also cofactors such as lipoic acid. All of these can destroy free radicals by the donation of an electron.
Green coffee beans have also been found to possess a strong antioxidant effect, due largely to the plant phenols, such as caffeic acid that forms chlorogenic acid with quinic acid, both cholorgenic and caffeic acid being string antioxidants. Green coffee bean extract is standardized to 99% chlorogenic acid. This substances not only reacts rapidly with free oxygen radicals but also helps to prevent to formation of hydroxyl radicals.
It has been established that green coffee bean reacts twice as fast as green tea or grape seed extracts, and speed of reaction is critical in the destruction of free radicals that have to be destroyed before they do damage. Other antioxidants found in extracts of green coffee beans include heterocyclic compounds such as pyrroles, furans and maltol.
The extract is made from beans of Coffea Arabica, this containing higher concentrations of chlorogenic and caffeic acids than the Arabica plant. The extract is also produced to be naturally low in caffeine, thus avoiding the negative effects of drinking coffee for its stimulating properties. When the green coffee bean is roasted, the antioxidant effect is found to decrease, and after roasting and brewing both the Arabica and the Robusta beans have reduced in activity to much the same level.
Studies on some of the conditions exacerbated by free radicals have indicated the effectiveness of green coffee beans as an antioxidant. It is believed to help reduce atherosclerosis caused by the oxidation of low density lipids (LDL). Oxidized LDLs tend to be easily absorbed by phagocytes to form plaques and foam cells in artery walls, thus narrowing and hardening the arteries, causing a deprivation of oxygen and nutrients to the heart and also increased blood pressure. Antioxidants from the green coffee bean prevent this from happening, and so help to reduce this serious effect of aging.
A good supply of antioxidants will also prevent the cell membranes from being destroyed, one effect of which is to age the skin. Antioxidants in the form of green coffee bean extract can help to maintain a youthful appearance while also aiding in the prevention of the more serious effects of free radicals that can shorten life.
There are no doubts that free radicals contribute significantly to accelerated aging, and that the antioxidants contained in green coffee beans can help hold back the physical signs of aging, while also helping to destroy those free radicals that threaten life by promoting cancer, atherosclerosis, and other similar conditions.
If you think an herb is not a true medication, think again!
Did you know that many of the most effective medications today have herbs as their main ingredients? For example, Digoxin, one of the most popular medications to treat heart disease has the foxglove plant as one of its main ingredients. Some anti-cancer medications contain Madagascar periwinkle and the Pacific yew, which are herbs.
Many people have the misconception that herbs have no medicinal values because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve of them; or rather they are not regulated by the FDA.
Medicinal potency and regulation are two separate issues.
Understandably, quality control of herbs or herbal supplement is often a concern. For a natural herb to be efficacious, it must contain proven ingredients in the proper doses and potencies with strict manufacturing procedures. Unfortunately, the FDA does not regulate the production of herbal supplements. Even with strict control and regulation, many prescription drugs are still unsafe; without the FDA, the safety of many herbal supplements remains a concern for many.
You may be concerned with what is really inside the bottle of herbal supplement that you get from a health food store.
Your concern is well justified. The cost of developing and marketing a new prescription drug is over millions of dollars, while that of an herbal supplement may cost only a few thousand dollars. In the former case, the FDA monitors a new prescription's adverse reactions and side effects, but there is hardly any government regulation regarding the benefits and safety of new herbal supplements, especially if they are imported.
The herbal supplements may contain too little of the ingredients the label claims to contain, especially if the ingredients are expensive.
The herbal supplements may contain too much of the ingredients, especially where the ingredients are not expensive but measuring the exact amount may be costly. It is not always the case that the more is better.
The herbal supplements may contain the wrong ingredients, such as the wrong species of the same type of plant, or the wrong parts of the same plant.
The herbs may have been contaminated, due to pesticides.
The herbal supplements may have been "enhanced" with other hidden ingredients aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the product, such as caffeine is sometimes added as a stimulant to ginseng.
Despite all these concerns, herbs do have medicinal values.
For example, saw palmetto is a naturally occurring substance that is effective in blocking the effects of male hormones. For thousands of years, it has been used as an herbal remedy for the treatment of prostatic disease. Currently, it is marketed in Germany as an over-the-counter medication for the treatment of enlarged prostate gland. Several German studies have shown its effectiveness in controlling symptoms of prostatic disease, such as urinary obstruction. Saw palmetto may also have applications in the treatment of hair loss in men.
The fact that no formal studies have been conducted in the United States regarding the medicinal potency of saw palmetto (the obvious reason being that the product cannot be patented by pharmaceutical companies) does not undermine its potency as a medication.
Take yet another example: the anticoagulant medication coumadin was originally extracted from turmeric, which is a common spice often added to curry. Turmeric has been used in Asia for its medicinal properties for many centuries. It is used as a blood activator, a painkiller for joints, and a liver and gallbladder cleanser.
Educate yourself and be knowledgeable of the specific names of natural herbs and their medicinal values.
Choose reputable manufacturers of herbal supplements, and buy only top-quality products. Do not let price or promotion influence your purchase. Always read the labels of herbal supplements. Watch out for misleading health claims or false ingredient information.
The healing properties of medicinal plants are well established in the West now, after centuries of being dismissed as old wives' tales. Many herbs are Nature's gifts to us; use them wisely to cure many illnesses with fewer side effects than pharmaceutical drugs.
Tuesday, November 4
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Monday, November 3
Here are some top tips for healthy cooking:-
1. Invest in non stick pans - With quality non-stick pans you can get away with not using oil at all or by using a low fat cooking spray. You can also 'fry' some foods in a little water to prevent them sticking. If you have to use oil, use olive oil and pat food with kitchen roll after cooking to remove excess oil.
2. Look through your recipes collection for diet recipes and low fat recipes. Cook them in batches and freeze so that you always have a healthy meal option available.
3. Steam or stir-fry vegetables - Cooking them using these methods will help the vegetables to retain their nutrients, color and taste. Look for healthy recipes like Chinese stir-fries and invest in a wok and steamer. You can buy Chinese bamboo steamers, which just sit on top of a pan of boiling water, or you can buy electric steamers. You can get a good electric steamer for less than the cost of one meal out and the ease of use is a real time saver.
4. Use olive oil - Replace other oils or a fat with olive oil which is mono-unsaturated oil and actually helps to reduce cholesterol. You must visit at www.dishadvice.com. Make your own salad dressings from olive oil and balsamic vinegar to give your salad a Mediterranean taste and this will be lower in fat than commercial salad dressings. Search online for free recipes using olive oil. Some muffin recipes use olive oil or corn oil instead of solid fats.
5. Use fat free milk in cooking and baking to cut the fat content of your healthy recipes.
6. Replace fat in baking - Look for low fat recipes for cakes and biscuits or replace half the fat in recipes with pureed prunes, yogurt or mashed banana. Search for diet recipes for sweet treats.
7. Use fat-free yogurt or crème fraise instead of using cream for pouring on dessert recipes or fruit.
8. Add more vegetables to casseroles and soups and use fresh or frozen vegetables rather than canned.
9. Don't add salt to food - Season food with herbs, spices, and garlic and lemon juice instead of salt.
10. Trim visible fat off meat and use lean meat in your low fat recipes. Cut down on how much red meat you consume and replace with fish and chicken or turkey.
Remember, cooking and eating healthy food is not hard work and definitely not expensive. If you play your cards right you can change you whole family's diet and they won't suspect a thing.
That isn't to say that they won't notice anything though, because they will - they may well notice that they are losing weight, feeling better and getting fewer minor illnesses.
If that isn't reason enough to try out a few of these tips, I don't know what is!
Thursday, October 30
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a power packed promoter for the overall health of a person in many ways. It can actually promote the brain health which has benefits too. For a good memory booster vitamin for the brain, Acetyl-L-Carnitine is essential. Brain nutrition is powerful and also a splendid responsibility. This is because, there have been evidences that a person is susceptible to diseases like Parkinson and Alzheimer and can also develop other aging diseases. This has a lot to do with what the person eats and which such supplements he takes or fails to take. So, if the person wants to have a healthy brain throughout his life, genetics play a vital role in this part. Further, it also depends on the person’s diet and lifestyle.
One has to care about his brain for Memory booster vitamins for the brain, and for the same, he can do everything possible to reduce his dietary intake that are harmful for his heath. Overall, one should avoid stress and this means the person need not go berserk whenever things go wrong. One should avoid smoke, toxic and alcohol. The person should cultivate a spiritual life and spend his life doing what he loves. One of the most exciting nutrients which exist for brain health is Acetyl-L-Carnitine. This is a special form of carnitine drug which helps a person to protect his brain cells, to energize them, and also to help them to have a longer life. It can also help the person to treat conditions like Alzheimer’s disease as per the research that has been conducted in humans.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine can slow aging of the brain in a person
One of the positive effects of Acetyl-L-Carnitine is that it is one of the vital nutrients for prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Acetyl-L-Carnitine is the ultimate Memory booster vitamins for the brain. It is a special carnitine form which has the ability to optimize the functions of the brain, and it can cross into the brain more successfully than the regular carnitine. It can also enhance the brain cell function better than the normal carnitine. As a person ages, Acetyl-L-Carnitine level in the brain diminishes and for the optimal function of the brain, the Acetyl-L-Carnitine supplements is mandatory. This is quite true for people who are more than forty and through Acetyl-L-Carnitine, there can be improved health conditions of the brain.
What does Acetyl-L-Carnitine do to increase the Memory booster vitamins for the brain?
Acetyl-L-Carnitine can prevent the brain deterioration during the stress and can also help the aging brain to function in a proper way. This drug can help prevent the damage which can occur to the nerve cells when there is a total lack of oxygen in the brain. It is thus, no surprise that Acetyl-L-Carnitine is helpful for stroke victims and for the same, one has to take around 1500 mg of Acetyl-L-Carnitine per day.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine can actually act in lots of ways to prevent the brain cell deterioration which happens with age. Acetyl-L-Carnitine can act as a powerful antioxidant and can offer the brain with healing energy and increase levels of important messenger molecule which is called acetylcholine. This becomes deficient in the brain of the patients of Alzheimer’s disease. And this is one of the reasons why such people have poor memory functions.