Cholesterol Issue or Myth

Cholesterol has been a controversial topic for nearly two decades now and the debate shows no signs of winding down any time soon.  Even among medical practitioners, widely divergent opinions exist as to “good” and “bad” cholesterol, appropriate levels, effective measurement and whether cholesterol-lowering medications may, in fact, do more harm than good.

Cholesterol Issue or Myth

Millions of people take daily statin drugs like Lipitor to reduce cholesterol; only blood pressure medication is prescribed more frequently.

Interestingly, the plot of John Grisham’s recent best seller “The Litigators” revolves around a lawsuit against the manufacturers of a cholesterol reducing drug with supposedly lethal side effects.  While this particular story is fiction, the premise is completely plausible; there have been entirely too many real-life instances of drugs with sinister side effects and long-term consequences.

We’ve been indoctrinated with the belief that high cholesterol levels are dangerous to our health, and a significant risk factor for heart disease.  For decades now, the nutrition community has promoted a “low fat” diet and demonized eggs, dairy, red meat and other “artery clogging” fats.  Unfortunately, this has resulted in an increasing dependence on vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup and processed grains; all of which are now proving to be unhealthy alternatives.  Ongoing studies are producing results which may refute previous assumptions of a link between saturated fats and heart disease.   

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Fight off Disease with Omega 3 Fish Oil

Health benefits of omega 3 fish oil

Health benefits of Omega 3 fish oils are endless. Hundreds of medical journals and other health magazines have published these facts to the public. Does this make you interested in omega 3 fish oil benefits? Well you will certainly discover all the answers right here.

In the 1900s, Omega 3 fatty acids were discovered by scientists and ever since, medical science has been uncovering new health benefits of omega-3.

Not all fish oil is created equal, which means some fish oils is not as easy to digest as others, in fact there are two types of fish oil, processed glyceryl ester and natural ethyl ester fish oil, while the processed fish oil was not as easy to digest, the differences between the processed glyceryl ester and natural glyceryl ester was minimal.

There are other sources of omega 3 fatty acids and recently  krill oil supplements have become a popular alternative to that of regular fish oil. Krill oil is a relatively new discovery and a good source of omega 3 faty acids; many sources support krill oil as being a superior source of omega 3, in fact krill oil offers the same amount of EPA and DHA at lower doses of that of regular fish oil.

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Avoid These Foods and Be Healthier

Burger and FriesIn 2008 the world health organization estimated that 1.4 billion people suffered from obesity, these figures indicated that over 200 million men and over 300 million women were overweight. The average male should consume on average 2500 calories per day to maintain their weight,  for women it should be around 2000. Unfortunately today with fast food and an abundance of soft drinks this caloric intake can almost be achieved in one meal.

It’s not really hard to maintain a healthy weight simply by avoiding certain foods that can pack it on. We all know that diets don’t work, while in the short term you might lose weight, over the long term most people will put back on every pound they originally lost.  So the best practice is to eat healthy and stay away from certain foods.

Fast foods

Fast foods are the number one culprit of obesity, it’s not hard to understand why, A regular portion of fries from McDonalds contains 250 calories and a Big Mac has over 740 calories, add a 330 ml soft drink with 140 calories, you have just consumed almost half of you daily caloric intake. Some burgers such as Jack in the box bacon ultimate cheeseburger contain over 1000 calories, not to mention the hydrogenated oils as well as lots of sodium. Not good for those who want to maintain a healthy weight.

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Krill Oil Benefits

Krill oil benefits is it better than regular fish oil?

Health enthusiasts are crazy over Omega 3’s these days, but what are they, where do they come from and why are they so good for you? Omega 3 fatty acids are called “essential” because our human bodies do not manufacture them naturally and we must search elsewhere for them in order to receive their benefits.

Krill Oil Benefits - Krill Oil Capsules

Luckily for us, these Omega 3 fatty acids are readily available in fish and aquatic plant life. If you do not eat a lot of fish you can buy a supplement, usually fish oil or krill oil.

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The Health Benefits of Coffee Good or Bad

Fresh Coffee BeansIt seems like there is always something good or bad in anything we consume, especially when it comes to drinks or food.  I am sure many will agree that there is nothing like waking up to the smell of a fresh brewed cup of coffee.

I personally like to grind up fresh roasted coffee beans and brew it in a one-cup French press. If you do a search on the internet you will find plenty of good things about coffee as well as bad, some get skewed a bit, then again some of the things about coffee might hold some truth.

What we do know is that the fresher the coffee the better, in other words the beneficial effects from coffee are really only good if the coffee is freshly brewed, the nutritional benefits in coffee begin to deteriorate after about 40 minutes of being brewed,  but the caffeine content in the coffee usually stays about the same, regardless of the time it has sit in the pot after brewing.

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HCG Diet Review and How it Works

Hand Holding syringe The hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, commonly known as HCG, is produced only in pregnancy and extracted from urine or created by genetic modification via recombinant DNA.

The pituitary gland produces a comparable substance known as Luteinizing Hormone or LH in both sexes; HCG’s similarities allow it to be used clinically in fertility treatments for its effects on ovulation, progesterone and testosterone production.

An HCG component may also be found in performance enhancing supplements and it appears on illegal drug lists for some competitive sports.

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The Atkins Diet

The Atkins DietLow carbohydrate diets are not new; one of the earliest was described in 1863’s “Letter on Corpulence Addressed to the Public”, published by English undertaker William Banting.

Numerous variations on the low carb theme have appeared over the years, such as the Stillman, Airforce and Drinking Man’s Diets right up to contemporary spin-offs such as the Paleolithic, Zone and South Beach Diets.

The Atkins Program is probably the most well known example of the low carb approach to weight loss.  It was introduced in 1972 with the publication of “Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution” by Robert Atkins.

The diet was considered controversial in the beginning, stressing as it did higher intakes of protein and fat than were considered safe at that time. 

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