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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Delay Cell Aging

Scientists discovered omega-3 fatty acids appear to help reduce the rate that cells age, which further explain one of the ways these acids help the heart.

Researchers found that the slower the structures at the end of their cells’ chromosomes shrank coronary heart disease patients consumed omega-3 fatty acids more often.

Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, salmon, herring, and albacore tuna.

Further reading: Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart

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3 Foods Essential for Men’s Health

Want to improve your health? Here are 3 foods you must take daily.

1. Sardine for heart health

Sardine for Healthy Heart

Heart attack, cardiac arrest and any other heart-related disease is #1 killer for men. For good and healthy heart, eat sardine.

Like any other fishes, sardines are one of the best sources for heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They are extremely low in contaminants such as mercury. Choose no-salt-added brands canned sardine.

Sardines are great on salads or layered on top of whole-grain crackers.

2. Brazil nuts for prostate health

Brazil Nuts for Men's Prostate

Brazil Nuts for Men's Prostate

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral that may reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. One or two mixed with other nuts each day will give you just the right amount.

3. Sesame seeds for sex drive

Sesame Seeds Imrpove Men's Sex Drive

Want to boost your libido? Try sesame seeds. They’re very rich in the amino acid arginine, which is involved in synthesizing nitric oxide, a compound that enhances blood flow through the arteries and other male body parts.

Toasted sesame seeds add a nice nutty taste to salads, cooked grains or cereal.

Source: 6 Great Foods for Men, By Joy Bauer, PARADE Magazine

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Fish for Heart Health

Fish - Good for Brain?

Fish provides EPA and DHA against age-related diseases

Fish is the best dietary source that offers us omega-3 fat, the type of fat identified as protective against heart disease, dementia, inflammation and potentially cancer.

While some plants like flax seed, walnuts provide us omega-3 fatty acids including ALA, none is equal when compare to fish. Fish provide us EPA and DHA, what not found available in those flax seed and walnts.

Most studies show the benefits of EPA and DHA protecting the cardiovascular system from developing heart disease.  Moreover, there appears to be protection from EPA and DHA against many other disorders including age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and  dementia.

Today research is giving us a clearer picture of how omega-3 fat protects our hearts; promoting normal blood pressure, heart rhythm and blood clotting seem to be its strongest effects.

So what’s in experts’ recommendation?

A mere 8 ounces of fatty/oily fish per week is all that is needed to reach the recommended amount of omega-3s for preventive heart health benefits.

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Fish Maybe Brainy Food

Fish - Good for Brain?

Fish - Good for Brain?

Swedish researchers found that among nearly 5,000 15-year-old boys they surveyed, those who ate fish more than once per week tended to score higher on intelligence tests three years later.

Researchers believe that the omega-3 fats found in fish — particularly oily fish like salmon, mackerel and, to a lesser extent, albacore tuna — are important to early brain development and to maintaining healthy brain function throughout life.

The new study appears to be the first large-scale one to look at the effects of fish on teenagers’ intelligence, lead researcher Dr. Maria Aberg, of Goteborg University, told Reuters Health.

SOURCE: Acta Pediatrica, March 2009.

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6 Ways to Lower Cholesterol By Eating Right

High cholesterol has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol or not, there are several ways to lower your cholesterol.

1. Consume less animal products
Animal and diary products such as meat, butter, full-fat milk and cheese are saturated fat. Saturated fat increase the level of LDL (bad cholesterol), and that will make your situation even worse. Eat less on those foods or cut down all together.

2. Eat monounsaturated fat
Monounsaturated fat is a type of fat that can help lower LDL and triglycerides (another type of blood fat) while raising HDL. Peanut butter, avocados, olive and canola oils, and most nuts are good sources of Monounsaturated fat.

3. Consume more fish
Fish like mackerel, albacore tuna, and salmon are rich in omega-3s. The omega-3s appear to lower levels of VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) and triglycerides.

4. Increase vegetables and fruits intake
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans are rich in fibre. One type of fibre you want to take note is soluble fibre.

Research has shown that consuming soluble fiber a day can lower LDL cholesterol by 5 to 10 percent. It works by binding with cholesterol-containing bile acids in the intestines and escorting them out of the body.

5. Eat foods contain folate.
Foods like orange juice, kidney beans, broccoli, and spinach contain folate.  Folate is naturally occurring form of folic acid that works by decreasing blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that’s an emerging risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

6. Consider multivitamin supplement
Last but no least, is to consider taking multivitamin supplement. A multivitamin/mineral supplement can help cover your nutritional bases and possibly lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.

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Another Fishy (But Good) Story

Fish, Mmmm... Good

Fish, Mmmm... Good

Read “Top Five Foods for Healthy Skin” (see entry #2), you know fish especially salmon is rich in omega-3 and it’s good for your skin.

Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D., author of The Omega Diet, said “there’s very good new data suggesting that omega-3 fats from fish act on an area of the brain that leads to improved mood and attitude among healthy people” 

She said the omega-3s in fatty fish like salmon and tuna have the most potent anti-inflammatory effects.

But what if you simply don’t like fish, for whatever reasons you may have?

You could try walnuts and flaxseeds. They are the plant foods that also rich in omega-3, though not to the same level like salmon and tuna.

Related articles:

1. Top Five Foods for Healthy Skin

2. Don’t Like Fish? Try These Alternatives

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Good Food this New Year pt 1

Happy New Year to you all !

As we say goodbye to 2008 and usher  into 2009, there are lovely memories as well as pain in the ass ones.

Now that today is the 1st day of 2009, I’ll show you food that served on New Year.

1. Noodle

La Mien

La Mien

Being a Malaysian Chinese, I know that noodles, for example La Mien (拉面) (long noodle), are served on New Year. It symbolises longevity and continous good fortune.

2. Fish

Salmon Dish

Salmon Dish

Fish are served in Asia, European and North America on New Year. In Chinese culture, fish or yu (鱼) in Mandarin is symbolised with abundance, also pronunced as yu (余).

3. Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Some countries like Turkey and other part of Mediterranean countries eat pomegranate. It associated with abundance and fertility.

4. Cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage

Associated with moeny because of the colour green, people eat cabbage in Ireland, USA and Germany during New Year.

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