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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How to control high cholesterol levels

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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High cholesterol levels can make serious problems,such as coronary disease. Many things can cause high blood cholesterol levels to happen. Foods (meat), smoking,alcohol. Smoking helps cholesterol to deposit within arteries, where they may cause blockage, perturbing the standard blood flow. Alcohol makes a contribution to the accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries and so it must be evaded. Eat meat in a big quantities also make our body loaded in cholesterol and saturated fats.

How to control high cholesterol levels? Doing regular exercise or sport can maintain standard cholesterol levels and lose extra weight. Walking, running, cycling, etc. Also increase our food with vegetables. The other way is consuming 'plant medicines' of course it depending on our personal health conditions.

Plant medicines can control cholesterol naturally. But consult with your doctor before consuming these natural medicine. And always check with your doctor for any possible contraindications.

1.The cynarin found in artichoke concentrate is a star in the fight to control cholesterol. Much like the popular pharmaceutical statin drugs, cynarin suppresses the production of cholesterol in the liver. However, cynarin has many other benefits not delivered by the statin drugs: cynarin enhances overall function of the liver and protects the liver from damage. It ’sweeps out’ sluggish deposits of cholesterol from the liver, which, in turn stimulates bile production and flow, which results in the breakdown and elimination of fat from your body. It reduces the LDLs and increases the HDLs. Anecdotal reports suggest that cynarin acts as a powerful aphrodisiac.

2.Panax ginseng (American Ginseng), has been a staple in the Traditional Chinese Medicine cabinet for thousands of years, is still used today to reduce and control cholesterol, tone and support the adrenals, as well as regulating blood sugar. This magical herb also boosts immune system function, enhancing both mental focus and physical endurance, while reducing stress and increasing energy.

3.The humble Garlic clove provides a bonanza of health benefits and disease fighting properties. Study after study has found that garlic reduces the LDLs and triglycerides, while raising the HDLs. It also promotes good blood circulation, reduces blood pressure and fats in the blood. Garlic is a good blood cleanser, detoxifies the lymphatic system, treats colds, flus and respiratory infections, strengthening the immune system along the way. Garlic inhibits tumors, kills almost three dozen specific pathogens and even flushes heavy metals from the body.

4.Buplureum root is another multi purpose plant medicine. Not only does it reduce serum cholesterol levels, but tones and strengthens the liver, while stimulating the flow of bile and promoting good circulation through all of your organs. This root also improves memory and cognition, strengthening and toning muscles and helps maintain healthy emotional stability. Adding to the list of virtues of Buplereum root, include relief from menstrual pains, bloating of the abdomen and hemorrhoids.

5.Black Cohosh root ( well known as Native American remedy) for most female disorders and an excellent alternative to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). With its hormone balancing qualities, it’s effective in relieving menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, as well as menstrual cramps in menstruating women. Other helpful effects of Black Cohosh: reduces nervous and anxious feelings, reduces your blood pressure and is a tonic for the cardiovascular and circulatory systems. It’s excellent for remedying the swelling and pain of rheumatism.It helps control cholesterol too.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

'Love Hormone'

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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The Daily Mail reported, A new study carried out at the University of Haifa has found that the hormone oxytocin, the "love hormone," which affects behaviors such as trust, empathy and generosity, also affects opposite behaviors, such as jealousy and gloating. "Subsequent to these findings, we assume that the hormone is an overall trigger for social sentiments: when the person's association is positive, oxytocin bolsters pro-social behaviors; when the association is negative, the hormone increases negative sentiments," explains Simone Shamay-Tsoory who carried out the research.

Previous studies have shown that the oxytocin hormone has a positive effect on positive feelings. The hormone is released in the body naturally during childbirth and when engaging in sexual relations. Participants in an experiment who inhaled the synthetic form of the hormone displayed higher levels of altruistic feelings, and it is supposed that the hormone plays an important role in the formation of relationships between people.

However, in earlier studies carried out by other investigators with rodents, it was found that the hormone is also related to higher levels of aggression. Therefore, it was decided to examine whether the hormone also affects negative social sentiments.

The present study, which was published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, included 56 participants. Half of the participants inhaled the synthetic form of the hormone in the first session and were given a placebo (a dummy drug) in the second session; the others were given a placebo in the first session and oxytocin in the second session. Following drug administration each participant was asked to play a game of luck along with another competitor, who was in fact -- and without their knowledge -- a computer.

Each of the participants was asked to choose one of three doors and was awarded the sum of money that was hidden behind that door. Sometimes the participant gained less money than the other player, and sometimes more, creating conditions in which a person might well develop feelings of envy and gloating.

The findings show that those participants who inhaled the "hormone of love" displayed higher levels of envy when the opponent won more money and of gloating when they were ahead. Another interesting result was that as soon as the game was over, no differences between the participants were evident with regards to these sentiments. This indicates that the negative feelings were empowered only in the course of the game itself.

"Following the earlier results of experiments with oxytocin, we began to examine the possible use of the hormone as a medication for various disorders, such as autism. The results of the present study show that the hormone's undesirable effects on behavior must be examined before moving ahead," Dr. Shamay-Tsoory concludes.

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