Archive for April, 2009

Foods that Trigger Migraines

There are many substances in food that can act as triggers, including:

1.  Tyramine (in red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and some beans)

2.  Monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates (in cured bacon, hot dogs, and lunchmeats),

3. Alcohol

4. Salt

5. Lactose

6. Tryptophan

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Miss Universe Australia model is Malnourished, Doctors Said

 

Miss Australia Universe Finalist Naumoska

Miss Australia Universe Finalist Naumoska

Doctors and dieticians complaining a leading finalist in Australia’s Miss Universe contest was “skin and bones” and dangerously malnourished.

Health professionals said the 19-year-old model Stephanie Naumoska, who is 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) tall and weighs just 49 kg (108 lbs), had a body mass index of just 15.1, well under the official 18 benchmark for malnutrition.

So folks, is Australian pageant finalist bony or beautiful?

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Pomegranate Juice May Helps Lowering Cholesterol

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

An Iranian study suggests that drinking concentrated pomegranate juice may help to reduce cholesterol levels.

Pomegranate juice contains high levels of antioxidants, particularly polyphenols, and this is why it is thought to be so beneficial.

Please note that, however, more research is needed to ascertain that the benefit is for real.

Source: Cholesterol-lowering effect of concentrated pomegranate juice consumption in type II diabetic patients with hyperlipidemia.

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Laughter Best Medicine: Study

This post may not have anything to do with eating healthy food, but new study found that laughter may help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Among 20 high-risk diabetics with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, those who laughed for thirty minutes per day, had higher levels of “good” cholesterol than those who hadn’t laughed.

Source: Study: Laughter is the Best Medicine, UPI.com

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Blueberries Ward Off Diabetes, Heart Disease – New Reasearch

Blueberries

Blueberries

In a recent study supported by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, researchers found that a heart-healthy diet that includes blueberries may help ward off belly fat, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.

Experts point out that the antioxidants found in blueberries are also found in other berries and dark-colored fruit, such as red grapes and cherries.

Source: Blueberries are good for the heart, study hints, Reuters, UK

Related articles with blueberries as healthy food:

1. Best Food for Flat Belly

2. Berry Good as Anti-Aging Food

3. Top Five Foods for Healthy Skin

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Seaweed Helps to Stimulate Your Immune System

 

Seaweed Soup

Seaweed Soup

Japanese seaweed possesses remarkable immunizing properties, especially in fighting cancer. Japanese researchers at the University of Kitasato have discovered 6 kinds of seaweed which inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells in rats, notably two types of Laminaria.

Laminaria extract has proven 70% to 84% effective in suppressing intestinal tumors.

Wakame, another Japanese seaweed, is now familiar to many Westerners, thanks to the arrival in the west of Japanese macrobiotic cooking, which uses it a lot.

Pharmacologists at the University of Hawaii injected rats with an extract of this substance. They found that the seaweed helped prevent and cure cancer. The researchers claim that Wakame fights cancer by activating and strengthening the immune system. It can be found in most health food stores. 

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Weight-loss tip — Eat Foods High in Volume and Low in Calories

How to feel full by eating less?
By consuming fewer calories, and at the same time you can lose weight over time and keep it off.

Two factors play an important role in what makes food less calorie packed and more filling:

Water. Many fruits and vegetables are high in water, which provides volume but not calories. Grapefruit, for example, is about 90 percent water and has just 38 calories in a half-fruit serving. Carrots are about 88 percent water and have only 52 calories in 1 cup.

Fiber. High-fiber foods — such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains — not only provide volume, but also take longer to digest, making you feel full longer.

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