By Dr. Victor Marchione for Doctors Health Press | Nov 15, 2013
There are many health benefits of eating figs and if you’re not eating this nutritious food, then it’s time to start!
Figs are a great source of potassium and fiber. They’re great for keeping blood pressure levels within a normal range. The fiber in potassium helps to lower cholesterol levels. Figs are good for staving off cancer and for preventing the onset of diabetes. Figs are also a good source of calcium.
Figs are a good food to eat if you want to improve the quality of your sleep. Figs have been shown to aid in good sleeping habits for those struggling with insomnia, a great health benefit of figs.
Figs are a good source of energy.
Figs could help in the treatment of constipation.
Figs are a good source of calcium and could promote strong and healthy bones—definitely an important health benefit.
Figs are soothing for those with stomach acid problems.
These are some of the great health benefits of figs. But what about fig leaves—did you know that there are also significant fig leaves health benefits?
Perhaps the most well-known of all the fig leaves health benefits is the ability of the plant to exert strong anti-diabetic effects. Fig leaves have the power to reduce the amount of insulin a diabetic needs to take.
In one clinical trial, researchers studied the hypoglycemic effects of a fig leaf extract. Six men and four women were recruited for the trial. All had to be dealing with diabetes for about seven years. The participants continued to manage their diabetes through diet and a twice-daily insulin injection. They were also given a … Read More
By Dr. Victor Marchione for Doctors Health Press | Sep 5, 2013
Nanomaterials are all the rage now when it comes to food manufacturing. What are nanoparticles and why is the food industry so heavily invested in them? Nanoparticles are extremely small and possess properties that their larger counterparts don’t have. Basically, they have a large surface area compared to their size and weight. This makes them ideal for certain tasks that require their absorption into other materials like food or even the human body.
Silver nanoparticles—to cite one example—are used by the food industry as a pesticide because they can quickly travel through a food and destroy harmful organisms. Nanoparticles are also being used to ferry drugs into the body—in particular, delivering cancer therapies to specific, targeted areas.
Some red flags are being raised about the use of nanoparticles, however. No one is sure what effects these nanoparticles may have when absorbed in large numbers. Nanoparticles seem capable of travelling anywhere due to their diminutive size. Once in the body, they can enter the lungs, digestive tract and other organs. When quantities of these particles build up sufficiently, scientists fear there may be adverse health effects.
Recently, a team of researchers looked at the effects of gold nanoparticles (used for drug delivery) on the heart. In this animal study, rats were given a dose of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and then run through a series of tests. Compared to controls, the rats with the GNPs exhibited some pretty alarming changes in the functioning of their hearts. The researchers noted that the GNPs caused weakness in the heart muscle and congested and dilated blood vessels. These changes weren’t seen in any of the … Read More
By Dr. David Juan for Doctors Health Press | Sep 2, 2013
Here’s a health condition that’s on the rise and for which awareness needs to be raised: peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. PAD is characterized by plaque build-up in the arteries that carry blood to three specific areas outside of your heart: your organs, head, and limbs.
One in 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD. It is estimated that up to 30% of seniors over the age of 70 have the condition. For those over the age of 80, that number rises to 35%. The incidence of PAD has increased by almost 25% worldwide in the past decade.
PAD most often shows up in the legs, though it is also commonly found in the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your arms, stomach, kidneys, and head. What is plaque made up of and why does it settle in your arteries? If you guessed cholesterol, you’d be right. Plaque also contains excess fatty acids, calcium, and fibrous tissue.
Let’s talk for a moment about PAD and blocked blood flow to your legs. This condition can cause symptoms of pain and numbness and can increase your risk for getting an infection in your legs. For those with PAD, an infection can become a serious thing. Your body may not be able to fight off the infection and if it can’t be stopped, gangrene can set in.
How can you tell if you might be suffering from PAD? If you experience any pain in your legs when you climb stairs or even walk, it’s a good idea to discuss this with your doctor and rule out PAD. Many seniors … Read More
By Dr. Victor Marchione for Doctors Health Press | Aug 29, 2013
Olive oil is without a doubt one of the healthiest oils on the planet. The traditional oil used in the diets of those living in the Mediterranean, olive oil is rich in a number of nutrients that can benefit your well-being. Not only does olive oil contain monounsaturated fats, it is also a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins. Recently, researchers have been investigating olive oil’s phenols to determine the exact way these healing substances could help the heart and brain.
One such polyphenol called oleuropein has been found to have specific cardio and neuro-protective actions in the body. Oleuropein works as an antioxidant, preventing free radical damage to cells in both the heart and brain. Throughout the course of life, both your heart and brain are asked to perform tirelessly day and night. This tremendous responsibility is often impeded by free radicals that slowly infiltrate the tissues of these two organs and accumulate to the point where significant damage can occur. This is one area where oleuropein can step in and exert powerful protective effects.
In the heart specifically, oleuropein exerts an anti-atherogenic effect, helping to prevent harmful plaque build-up in the arteries that can lead to atherosclerosis and heart disease. Oleuropein has been tagged as a substance which can prevent lipoprotein oxidation. Too much low-density lipoprotein (LDL) can be bad for your heart but when this bad type of cholesterol becomes oxidized, the situation is even worse. Oxidized LDL is readily taken up in the body and it can become the major component in atherosclerotic plaques.
Another way that oleuropein protects the heart is by triggering a protective … Read More
By Dr. Richard Foxx for Doctors Health Press | Aug 14, 2013
After a heart attack, a doctor will likely counsel you about what sort of activity you should engage in. When you are still in the hospital, a Cardiac Rehab team will check your blood pressure and heart rate while you walk to get an idea about how well your heart is dealing with exercise. Based on these tests, a home exercise program will be developed to help you continue to build the strength of your cardiovascular system.
When you first come home from the hospital, it’s important to give the damaged muscle in your heart time to heal. Scar tissue needs to form. It’s generally concluded that this process takes about six weeks. During this period, you’ll want to avoid too much physical or emotional stress. After the six weeks have passed, scar tissue should be strong enough to cope with moderate work.
Some people choose to ease themselves into an exercise routine by walking for five minutes, four times per day. Each day, you can add another two minutes. The longer the walking sessions get, the more you can decrease the number of times you go for a walk in one day. By the time you get to a 30 minute walk, once a day should be enough. Reaching that 30 minute-walk mark is something of a milestone after you have a heart attack. After this, you can start increasing the intensity of your walking for three to five minutes at a time. Eventually, you can move onto other types of exercise, such as resistance training and using an exercise bike.
Although there’s quite a lot of support and … Read More
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One of the worrisome things about getting older is maintaining your heart health. After all, your heart performs an invaluable job. Consider the fact that it will beat an average of 2 1/2 billion times during your lifetime! Your heart is made up largely of muscle; but, unlike other muscles in your body, it never tires. It just keeps working tirelessly to circulate blood. The key to keeping your heart healthy through a lifetime of hard work is prevention. So, how can you make sure that it can always do its job without interruption or interference? Here’s some simple health advice: exercise!
A recent study found that elderly people who have engaged in lifelong exercise preserve heart muscle at a level that matches that of a 25-year-old.
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One of the worrisome things about getting older is maintaining your heart health. After all, your heart performs an invaluable job. Consider the fact that it will beat an average of 2 1/2 billion times during your lifetime! Your heart is made up largely of muscle; but, unlike other muscles in your body, it never tires. It just keeps working tirelessly to circulate blood.
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Cut Heart Attack Risk with this Vitamin
Dietary supplements, as we all know, are extraordinarily popular today. They are widely used by people of all ages and backgrounds. They are used to supplement people’s diets, to help you obtain recommended levels of essential nutrients. They are used by some to prevent health problems in the future, such as calcium supplements for osteoporosis and fish oil for heart problems.
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A Herb to Help Protect Your Heart
In the Middle Ages, people hung hawthorn branches over their doorways to prevent the entry of evil spirits. In the 1800s, doctors began to discover the medicinal properties of hawthorn. The herb was first used to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. It wasn’t long before hawthorn was considered a herbal tonic for the heart.
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