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Scientists Discover One Weird Way To Better Heart Health (and fat loss) October 3, 2013


Scientists Discover One Weird Way To Better Heart Health (and fat loss)

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

There are an increasing number of people that are at risk for developing heart disease.

And, they are not just at risk because of the common issues – altered cholesterol levels, inactivity, or smoking – but, by more uncommon issues.

One of the reasons for the sudden spike in cardiovascular risk: overweight, obesity, altered cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance.

More commonly referred to as metabolic syndrome, this condition may be leading to more health related issues than ever before.

But there is good news!

There is ONE nutrient that, research shows, may slow the rise in blood lipid levels, alter cholesterol metabolism, and even reduce inflammatory states associated with being overweight or obese.

And, to say this nutrient is important, well, that would be the BIGGEST understatement of the year…

Omega-3 and Cholesterol Metabolism

According to this study, elevated cholesterol levels combined with being overweight or obese, and insulin resistant may set the stage for future adverse heart health conditions.

And the sad fact is: There are more overweight or obese people in this country – and around the world – that may suffer from this unfortunate and, often times, preventable health condition.

Now, studies also show that omega-3 fatty acids may do some wonderful things inside your body.

From increasing adiponectin levels (fat burning protein) to improving blood lipid levels, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve many aspects of your health.

Although there are many people that consume omega-3 fatty acids – from krill oil, almonds, olive oil, etc. – there may also be a large number of people who don’t.

And this could be leading to a serious health epidemic.

Now, back to the study…

Researchers attempted to see if increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake – through supplementation or in the diet – could positively affect elevated cholesterol levels and inflammation in the body.

Here’s what they found:

They found that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation resulted in a significant improvement – or decrease – in the postprandial response for triglycerides, apoB48, and lipopolysaccharide binding protein (LBP) when compared to controls.

ApoB48 is a molecule in the body that is responsible for transporting cholesterol to the tissues in your body.

And LBP is a protein that binds to bacterial lipopolysaccharides that creates an immune response by your body.  In simple terms, it binds to a molecule that creates inflammation.

The researchers also showed that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids resulted in a decrease in body weight gain and an increase in adiponectin – with a reduction in food intake – compared to the control group.

What did they conclude?

“Acute dietary omega-3 supplementation can improve fasting as well as postprandial lipid metabolism and components of the associated inflammatory response in the JCR:LA-cp fat.  Further, moderate dose omega-3 supplementation may reduce corresponding body weight during conditions of hypercholesterolaemia and/or decrease inflammation associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome.”

More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a lower risk for heart disease, improved eye health, improved brain function, and even improvements in reproductive health.

Now, according to this study, people who suffer from metabolic syndrome (collection of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance) may benefit from the use of omega-3 fatty acids.

From improvements in lipid metabolism to lowering inflammation, this study shows that omega-3 fatty acids may provide positive health benefits for people suffering from metabolic syndrome and who are overweight/obese.

So if you’re looking for a way to boost your health, heart health, or overall health, then taking a high quality omega 3 fatty acid supplement may be the answer for you.

A bit technical but important info!

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Foods that Fight Ageing #2 Natural Cocoa May 29, 2013

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2. Sip cocoa for your heart
Another reason to enjoy this tasty treat: It helps to maintain healthy blood vessels, which support healthy circulation and a healthy heart. Opt for antioxidant-rich cocoa beans, which contain twice the amount dark chocolate does without much the added pro-aging fat and sugar, says Cheryl Forberg, RD, and author of Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You.

Choose “natural” cocoa powder — when processed, added alkali reduces its antioxidant numbers.



UK slips down death rate rankings April 3, 2013

Britain has a worse record of premature death from many diseases than a host of other comparable countries, and the gap is widening, experts have warned.
Between 1990 and 2010 life expectancy in the UK increased by an average of 4.2 years to 79.9 years. But the trend masks worrying declines when matched against other nations with similar levels of health care, it is claimed.
In 1990 the UK ranked 10th in a league table of 19 countries showing years of life lost (YLL) per 100,000 members of the population. YLL is a standard method of measuring levels of premature death. Twenty years later Britain had slipped to 14th in the table, with only five countries showing worse figures.
In terms of death rate (numbers of deaths per 100,000), the UK’s position in the table fell from 12th in 1990 to 14th in 2010. Some specific causes of death had a significantly increased impact over the two decades, including Alzheimer’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver and drug use disorders. For Britain the best news was that it saw the largest fall in death rates from heart disease of any of the 19 countries.
Scientists compared the UK’s record for a range of important health indicators with that of 14 other European Union countries, plus Australia, Canada, Norway and the US. Data was drawn from the Global Burden of Disease Study, published in 2010. The results covered 259 diseases and injuries, and 67 risk factors or risk factor clusters.
Outlining their findings in The Lancet medical journal, the international authors pointed to the biggest individual risk factors for illness and disease in the UK.
Heading the list was tobacco, accounting for 12% of the disease burden, followed by high blood pressure, high body-mass, physical inactivity, alcohol and poor diet. Levels of disability at specific ages had not improved in the UK over the 20 year period, the study found. This was a problem shared to a greater or lesser degree by all the countries. Major causes of disability varied by age but included mental and behavioural disorders such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse and osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.
The research was published as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt outlined plans to save 30,000 lives in the coming seven years by improving outcomes for patients with cardiovascular diseases. He said more people will be trained to use defibrillators and conduct CPR and relatives of people who have died suddenly of cardiac conditions are to be offered tests to see whether they too are at high risk.
Mr Hunt also set out his ambition to get the whole country to match the performance levels of the top hospitals. A Department of Health spokeswoman said that if all patients suffering from a transient ischaemic attack, also known as mini strokes, were treated as rapidly as those treated in the top 25% of hospitals, 540 strokes would be avoided in England each year.
Mr Hunt has previously pledged to cut the number of avoidable deaths from cancer, heart disease, strokes, respiratory and liver disease. “Despite real progress in cutting deaths we remain a poor relative to our global cousins on many measures of health, something I want to change,” he said. “For too long we have been lagging behind and I want the reformed health system to take up this challenge and turn this shocking underperformance around. Today’s proposals for those with cardiovascular diseases will bring better care, longer and healthier lives and better patient experience – which we must all strive to deliver.”