|Eating Blueberries Every Day Improves Heart Health|
Posted: 31 May 2019 10:29 AM PDT
Eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease – according to new research led by the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with colleagues from Harvard and across the UK.
New findings published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that eating 150g of blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 15 percent.
The research team from UEA’s Department of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, Norwich Medical School, say that blueberries and other berries should be included in dietary strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease – particularly among at-risk groups.
The team set out to see whether eating blueberries had any effect on Metabolic Syndrome – a condition, affecting 1/3 of westernized adults, which comprises at least three of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, low levels of ‘good cholesterol’ and high levels of triglycerides.
Lead researcher Prof Aedin Cassidy, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “Having Metabolic syndrome significantly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes and often statins and other medications are prescribed to help control this risk.
“It’s widely recognized that lifestyle changes, including making simple changes to food choices, can also help.
“Previous studies have indicated that people who regularly eat blueberries have a reduced risk of developing conditions including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This may be because blueberries are high in naturally occurring compounds called anthocyanins, which are the flavonoids responsible for the red and blue color in fruits.
“We wanted to find out whether eating blueberries could help people who have already been identified as being at risk of developing these sort of conditions.”
The team investigated the effects of eating blueberries daily in 138 overweight and obese people, aged between 50 and 75, with Metabolic Syndrome. The six-month study was the longest trial of its kind.
They looked at the benefits of eating 150-gram portions (one cup) compared to 75-gram portions (half a cup). The participants consumed the blueberries in freeze-dried form and a placebo group was given a purple-colored alternative made of artificial colors and flavorings.
Co-lead, Dr. Peter Curtis, said: “We found that eating one cup of blueberries per day resulted in sustained improvements in vascular function and arterial stiffness – making enough of a difference to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 12 and 15 percent.
“The simple and attainable message is to consume one cup of blueberries daily to improve cardiovascular health.
“Unexpectedly, we found no benefit of a smaller 75 gram (half cup) daily intake of blueberries in this at-risk group. It is possible that higher daily intakes may be needed for heart health benefits in obese, at-risk populations, compared with the general population.”
Article by the University of East Anglia in collaboration with The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the University of Southampton, the University of Surrey, and the University of Cambridge. It was funded by the US Highbush Blueberry Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).’ Blueberries improve biomarkers of cardiometabolic function in participants with metabolic syndrome – results from a 6-month, double-blind, randomized controlled trial’ is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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|Research finds Spirulina lowers blood pressure|
Posted: 31 May 2019 10:22 AM PDT
Spirulina is easily one of nature’s most potent superfoods. The blue-green microalgae is highly regarded for its impressive nutritional content and antioxidant activity, and offers a host of health benefits. While the mainstream medical industry continues to eschew food as medicine, research continues to demonstrate that spirulina (and many other plants) do have powerful healing effects. Science has proven time and time again that food isn’t just what makes people sick — it’s what makes them better. And yet, medical dogma continues to dictate that only Big Pharma’s drugs can be curative.
Indeed, the ancient art of healing has given way to the modern practice of putting profits before people. But many health enthusiasts are taking charge of their well-being by combining the power of a clean diet and potent, research-backed supplements like spirulina.
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes. As Live Science puts it, spirulina is basically edible pond scum that’s been harvested by humans for centuries. Way back when the Aztecs even collected the good stuff from Lake Texcoco in central Mexico.
In the wild, spirulina is found in subtropical climates, but with modern technology, it is now grown around the world. The algae forms microscopic “spirals” as it grows. These spirals tend to stick together, which makes harvesting it pretty simple. Combined with an outstanding array of health benefits, it is no small wonder that spirulina has been hailed as a medicinal superfood for hundreds of years.
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In some cultures, spirulina is still harvested from lakes by hand and formed into dried cakes. But, the prized superfood is also widely available as a nutritional supplement, typically either in powder or pill form. Powdered spirulina can be added to a variety of foods and beverages; it is even used as a natural colorant. Experts say taking just one to three grams of spirulina a day is all you need to experience the algae’s medicinal power.
Lower blood pressure and more
As Natural Health 365 reports, recent research has demonstrated one of spirulina’s most profound uses: Benefiting the cardiovascular system. High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) affects an estimated one-third of adults in the United States.
As a risk factor for the two leading causes of death (heart disease and stroke), hypertension is a major health concern. Now, scientists have found that spirulina can help reduce high blood pressure.
In a study of animal models, researchers found that spirulina relaxes the arteries by “stimulating a process mediated by nitric oxide.”
As sources note, impairments in the metabolic processes mediated by nitric oxide are common in people with hypertension — which makes the effects of spirulina particularly remarkable. The team was even able to determine the specific compound in spirulina responsible for these heart-healthy effects.
“SP6 interacts with an important signaling pathway known as PI3K/AKT. This interaction leads to the release of [nitric oxide] and, consequently, a drop in blood pressure,” the scientists wrote.
Research has also shown that spirulina can help promote a healthy blood lipid profile, reduce blood sugar levels and enhance muscle strength and endurance. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of spirulina are also well-documented. Some research even shows that spirulina can help prevent cancer.
And on top of all that, spirulina also boasts an impressive nutritional profile: It’s loaded with an array of essential vitamins and minerals and is also a good source of protein.
Despite what mainstream medical shills want you to think, food really is medicine. Indeed, when you give your body the nutrition it needs to function at its best, amazing things can happen — and Big Pharma’s toxic cocktails become irrelevant.
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Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-31-research-finds-spirulina-lowers-blood-pressure.html
Author: Vicki Batts
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|Woman who refused chemo and instead chose ‘injections of a plant’ is now cancer free|
Posted: 31 May 2019 09:51 AM PDT
Ivelisse Page’s family has a history of colon cancer. Her father died from the disease in his late thirties. Knowing that she was at higher risk for developing the illness, she followed a healthy lifestyle of organic food and exercise and got regular colonoscopies, yet she also developed colon cancer at the age of 37.
After the diagnoses, she had 15 inches of the colon with 28 lymph nodes removed, and later 20% of her liver removed, she writes on her website. But there was one important part of the mainstream oncology treatment that she declined to do – after researching her disease and treatment options herself, she completely refused chemotherapy.
Instead, Ivelisse turned to homeopathic remedies and supplements, as well as mistletoe injections – popular alternative cancer treatment in Europe. Seven years later, she is complete cancer free and is happy to say that she beat IV stage colon cancer that only 11% of patients survive.
Mistletoe Injection for Cancer Treatment
Ivelisse’s doctor in Baltimore, Peter Hinderberger, is one of 50 doctors in the U.S. who can prescribe mistletoe treatments. He first heard of this treatment in the 1970s and worked in a Switzerland cancer clinic that specialized in it. Today, mistletoe is the main part of his own cancer protocol. According to Baltimore Sun, mistletoe has a substance called viscotoxin. Although poisonous, mistletoe kills specific cells – targets cancer cells while improving a patient’s immune system simultaneously.
A 2007 study found mistletoe extract to extend the life expectancy of patients with ovarian cancer. A European paper from 2001 concluded that mistletoe treatment extended the survival rate of 1,668 patients with all types of cancer by about 40% after studying 27 years worth of research.
Mistletoe: not just for Christmas decorations anymore. PHOTO: By Loadmaster (David R. Tribble), Wikimedia Commons
Will Mistletoe Be Widely Used In The U.S.?
While in some European countries such as Germany, mistletoe therapy is accepted and covered by health insurances (though not the German public one, it is covered by some others), the extract is not approved by the FDA. Ivelisse and Dr. Hinderberger are trying to bring it into mainstream oncology on the U.S.
Suzanne Somers, a well-known actress, singer, and author of Knockout, a book about alternative cancer therapies, utilized mistletoe extract injections as part of her natural healing protocol for cancer. But it hasn’t caught on in the U.S. the way it has in Europe just yet.
In 2011, Ivelisse and Jimmy Page founded Believe Big, a nonprofit aimed to educate people on “bridging the gap between conventional and complementary medicine for fighting cancer.” The site also provides resources about mistletoe treatments and how to find physicians who are trained in this therapy.
In 2013, Believe Big started to raise the funds for mistletoe clinical trials at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. The trials would take 5-8 years to complete and would study patients with different types of cancers. The cost of the trials is high, and the cancer center is still holding fundraisers and a GoFundMe campaign to collect enough money to start the process.
Physicians currently working with mistletoe therapy can be found on BelieveBig.org.
Ivelisse also shares her story in an interview with ChristBeatCancer.com:
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