Saturday, December 24, 2011

Add Some Spice to Your Life and Improve Your Health

Spices are used in cuisines all over the world to enhance taste and flavor of the dishes. Since ancient times people utilized seeds, roots, barks, leaves, and other fragrant parts of plants to add flavor to their food and to preserve it. The earliest written records come from the Assyrians who wrote around 2300 BC that the gods drunk sesame seed spiced wine before they created the earth. Spices were also used for medicinal purposes throughout the world. Their antibacterial and carminative properties seem to have been widely known. Phytochemicals in spices are responsible for their specific flavor and aroma, a characteristics that made them attractive in the first place.


In Antiquity and during the Middle Ages spices were treated as luxury goods and were as precious as gold. Because of their rarity, almost magical properties were attributed to them in Europe. They were very often used as aphrodisiacs. Spice trade changed the history of many regions. It was very lucrative, but not without dangers. Great fortunes were made. Trading institutions such as the British India Company or the Royal Dutch Company contributed to the exponential economic growth on the one hand, and to the colonial expansion and exploitation on the other.

Modern science is continuously researching the healing properties of spices. Scientists were able to identify and isolate bio-active ingredients in spices, such as sulfides, thiols, terpenes, aldehydes, and others. It was discovered that some spices can help digestion, improve cardiovascular health as well as the cognitive function. Some compounds found in spices are potent anti-carcinogens. Others are able to relieve inflammation, control blood sugar, and strengthen the immune system. Spices stimulate appetite and have strong anti-bacterial and anti-vermicidal properties. They display very strong antioxidant activity. In fact, they are considered to have more antioxidant compounds than fruits and vegetables.

Medicinal properties of commonly used spices

Allspice derives its name from the fact that is smell like a combination of many spices, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It is also known as pimento, because the Spaniards mistook it for piper nigrum, or black pepper. Allspice is the only spice that is native to the Western Hemisphere. The evergreen trees grew wildly in the rain forests of South and Central America and are now cultivated in Mexico, Jamaica, and other Central American countries. Allspice is used for its carminative and digestive properties. Like cloves, it also contains eugenol. It has warming, blood vessels diluting properties and can be used as a treatment of arthritis and to sooth sore muscles. However, the essential oil of allspice can irritate the skin.

Anise is a plant from the family Umbelliferae ( also called Apiaceae) and is native to the Eastern Mediterranean and South West Asia. Its essential oils deliver the fragrance and flavor of licorice. Anise was traditionally used to aid digestion. It has strong carminative properties and can also be used as a mild expectorant. It is popularly used in cough medicines and to freshen the breath. It has antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.

Cardamom, known in India as the queen of spices, comes from the ginger family. It a very aromatic, old spice that was native to Southern India since ancient times. Today, cardamom is also cultivated in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Mexico, Guatemala, and Central America. Entire pods and the seeds are used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Cardamom is well known for its stimulating and carminative properties. It is used to treat variety of digestive problems, including indigestion, constipation, stomach ache, and dysentery. The seeds are traditionally chewed in India after a meal to aid digestion. Cardamom is also used to treat teeth and gum infections, to heal throat infections, and to break kidney and gall stones. The Arabs attributed aphrodisiac properties to it.

Chili is a member of the Capsicum family. Known for its "hot" taste and flavor, chili is rich in vitamin C. The red fruits are rich in beta carotene. The active compound, capsaicin, seems to have a positive effect on the blood levels of cholesterol. It also works as anticoagulant. Both aspects are valuable for people who wish to prevent cardiovascular disease. Capsaisin has thermogenic properties and may increase metabolism. Applied topically, it gives relief from arthritic joint pain.

Cinnamon is a spice derived from the inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree from the Laurel or Lauraceae family native to Sri Lanka. Cinnamon was greatly valued for its carminative properties and was used to treat nausea and flatulence. It is used to treat a number of digestive disorders. Used alone or with other spices it can alleviate diarrhea. It is a warming spice that has been used to treat colds and circulatory problems. It was used traditionally to treat toothache and bad breath. Recent research have demonstrated that cinnamon may considerably reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. It is important to know that cinnamon contains volatile oils that can be toxic if it is consumed in large amounts over a long period of time. It is suggested to supplement with Cinnulin PF which is extracted from cinnamon in a process in which the toxins found in whole cinnamon are filtered out.

Cloves are the highly aromatic, unopened flower buds of an evergreen tree native to India and Indonesia that is also cultivated in Zanzibar, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Pakistan. Cloves are widely used in Indian and Mexican cuisines, and are one of the flavors associated with Christmas throughout the Western world. Cloves are well known for their carminative properties. They help to increase the secretion of the hydrochloric acid and improve peristalsis. In the Traditional Chinese Medicine they are considered to be a warming spice. Cloves are used in dentistry for their analgesic properties. The active compound eugenol constitutes up to 90 per cent of the essential oil extracted from dried cloves. It has antiseptic and analgesic properties, but can also be toxic when ingested even in small amounts.

Cumin are the seeds of a plant from the carrot family. Its origins are in the Mediterranean, but it is now cultivated in India, China, Indonesia, and Japan. Cumin's history dates back to the Old Testament. It is used in cuisines of Asia and the Middle East, but also in Central and Eastern Europe where it is added to dishes that are considered to be difficult to digest. Cumin is regarded as a good source of iron and manganese. It contains compounds that help with digestion and prevent bloating.

Ginger is the root of the plant Zingiber officinale that was first cultivated throughout Asia and which later spread to West Africa and the Caribbean. The active compound in ginger is called gingerol. Gingerol is a powerful anti-oxidant that has demonstrated cancer fighting properties. It is generally used to prevent motion sickness and nausea. Ginger is used to ease digestive problems and colic. However, it is strictly contraindicated for people with gall stones as it increases the bile secretion. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and blood thinning properties. It can also decrease lipid levels in serum thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Nutmeg is the seed of the evergreen tree Myristica fragrans native to the Spice Islands (Mollucas) and is now cultivated in the Caribbean. The tree produces two spices - nutmeg and mace. Used in small doses, nutmeg can relieve a number of digestive disorders such as indigestion, flatulence, and diarrhea. It helps to alleviate nausea. The essential oil containing myristicin found application in cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, where it is used to produce cough syrup and toothpaste. Myristicin taken in large doses is toxic. It can cause hallucinations, convulsions, nausea, vomiting, and even death. This effects will not be experienced even with the most generous culinary use of the spice.

Pepper or piper nigrum, commonly known as the black pepper, is a flowering vine from the family Piperaceae, native to the monsoon forests of the Malabar coast of Southwest India. For a long time it was called the King of spices and highly valued as such. Like many other spices, pepper has not only been valued in the kitchen as a seasoning, but widely used as medicine. It was used to cure many digestive disorders, but also to treat colds, insects bites, joint pain, lung and liver dysfunction, tooth decay, toothache, and oral abscesses. An alkaloid compound found in pepper called piperine was found to enhance the absorption of selenium, beta carotene, vitamins of the B group, as well as other nutrients. Piperine is often added to nutritional supplements to enhance their bio-availability. Pepper contains small amounts of a mildly carcinogenic compound called safrole. When consumed in large quantities it is known to irritate the intestinal tract.

Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus, a species of crocus from the iris family of Iridaceae native to West Asia. A saffron crocus bears three stigmas which are dried and used as a spice. Saffron is considered to be the most expensive spice in the world. It takes about 75,000 blossoms to produce one pound of it. Saffron has been used to induce sweat, to suppress spasms, and to promote menstruation. Saffron has been recognized for its carminative and sedative properties. It contains many active compounds, especially carotenoids, including alpha and beta carotenes, zeaxantin, and lycopene. The high content of zeaxantine makes this spice useful in preventing macular degeneration. The most recent studies conducted in Australia and in Italy demonstrated that the vision of patients with macular degeneration improved considerably after ingestion of saffron. Saffron appeared to affect the genes regulating fatty-acid content of the cell membrane, and this makes the vision cells stronger, more resilient, and more resistant to damage. Japanese researchers found that two compounds found in saffron - crocetin and crocin - are able to improve memory and learning skills in laboratory animals. These findings indicate that saffron extract may be useful in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and related memory impairment. Saffron used in high doses may be detrimental to health. It can stimulate uterine contractions and should not be used therapeutically by pregnant women. Moreover, in doses higher than 12 g it may cause a kidney damage, paralysis of the central nervous system, and possibly death.

Star anise is an evergreen plant native to South China and Vietnam. The star shaped fruits are harvested and dried before they can ripen. The dried seedpods have a flavor similar to anise and has been used for centuries in both, cooking and medicine. Like anise, star anise contains anethole. It has been used traditionally as a carminative, to relieve colic, and to promote digestion. It has some stimulating and diuretic properties. In China, where it is an ingredient in the famous Five Spices Powder, star anise is used to relieve gastrointestinal disorders, relieve cough, increase libido, ease birth, increase the milk production in new mothers, and to relieve menopausal problems. Star anise is well known for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, expectorant, and anti-spasmodic properties. Used externally, it can help relieve back pain and rheumatism. A caution is advised as it can cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals. Star anise contains an active compound called shikimic acid which is used by the pharmaceutical industry to produce the famous antiviral medicine called Tamiflu. The Chinese star anise, Illicium verum, should not be confused with the Japanese star anise, Illicium anisatum, which is highly poisonous and normally used as incense for its purifying aroma.

Turmeric is a perennial plant from the ginger family Zingiberaceae. It is one of the oldest spices native to South East Asia and currently also cultivated in Australia, Peru, and the Caribbean. Turmeric has many uses. It was applied to alleviate digestive problems. Known for its antiseptic and antibiotic qualities, it was used to desinfect and heal infected wounds. Turmeric's active compound curcumin has been subject to extensive research. Studies demonstrated that it has very strong anti-oxidant, anti-tumor, anti-amyloid, and anti-inflammatory activity. Numerous clinical studies are underway to study curcumin's effects on pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. Combined with piperine, curcumin may prevent the growth and proliferation of breast cancer.

 Conclusion

New studies are being published in medical journals and alternative health publications on regular basis. Many conditions can be improved and prevented by simply adding these natural ingredients to your meals. Add some spice to your life and boost your health and vitality. After all you are what you eat! Remember, however, that some spices are very potent and should be used with caution. They can interfere with some medication. Some phytochemicals in spices have been shown to demonstrate mutagenic, carcinogenic, and allergenic properties. Some spices used in therapeutic doses may disrupt growth and the development of the embryo. Used in moderation, however, spices are beneficial. As with everything else, common sense is essential.

By Dominique Allmon

This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cure Tooth Decay Naturally

How to heal and prevent cavities with nutrition.

Forget about drilling, filling, and the inevitable billing. Your teeth can heal naturally because they were never designed to decay in the first place! They were designed to remain strong and healthy for your entire life. But the false promises of conventional dentistry have led us down the wrong path, leading to invasive surgical treatments that include fillings, crowns, root canals and dental implants.


Now there is a natural way to take control of your dental health by changing the food that you eat. Cure Tooth Decay is based upon the pioneering nutritional program of dentist Weston Price, former head of research at the National Dental Association. Dr. Price's program proved to be 90-95% or more effective in remineralizing tooth cavities utilizing only nutritional improvements in the diet. Cure Tooth Decay is the result of five years of research and trial and error that started as one father's journey to cure his daughter's rapidly progressing tooth decay.

In his book Ramiel Nagel offers entire protocol for optimal dental health. Readers learn how to
  • avoid root canals by healing their teeth
  • stop cavities - sometimes instantaneously
  • regrow secondary dentin
  • form new tooth enamel
  • avoid or minimize gum loss
  • heal and repair tooth infections
  • save their mouth from unnecessary dental procedures
  • use dental procedures only when they are medically necessary
  • save money on dental procedures
  • increase overall health and vitality
  • improve well being and confidence
With the exploding costs of dental treatments, prevention is more important than ever. The latest research shows that diabetes and heart disease may be related to oral health. 

Good dental hygiene involves more than just brushing, flossing and the use of mouthwash. What you eat can affect the health of your teeth and gums as well.

About the author:

Ramiel Nagel is an internationally published author whose tooth decay research has been featured in Nexus Magazine and the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. Nagel has a BA from the University of California and has five years of training in emotional health care. Nagel is a member of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation and the Weston A. Price Foundation. He lives in California with his spouse and two daughters.

*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.


      

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Why Omega 3 Should Be an Essential Element in Your Diet

The human body, just like any other body of a plant or animal in nature, is an incredible type of biological machine that is designed to do a lot more than we give it credit for. After all, we scarcely could have survived so long as we have as a species that has no natural fangs, claws, armor or poison without some amazing abilities of our own that are more than just pure intelligence and the opposite thumbs. It makes sense, if we think about it, that our bodies must be quite resilient just to hand the natural environment before we ever built cities or other safe places to be. Even in the earliest days, people quickly became consumers of fish and there is a logic behind the consumption of fish - it contains Omega 3 fatty acid.


In those days, many populations were centered around rivers, lakes and the sea where these fish were easy to get a hold of. Today, many of us live far from such places and even those of us who do live beside the ocean rarely spend our days casting for fish. The fact is, today most of us are not able to get the amount of Omega 3 that is going to do our bodies the most good. Our health conditions, as a result, will deteriorate without the boost that this essential dietary ingredient can provide us with. To be clear, without the right amount of Omega 3 it becomes hard for our bodies to ward off disease and repair themselves in the event that we suffer even minor injuries.

This could well be why so many people face a range of different illnesses today that in the past would have been easily shrugged off. Even though most of us are not going to be able to afford to switch to a diet that is loaded with the amount of fish we need, there are solutions available and the best on the market today is Omega Daily which provides all we need in a single capsule designed to be put to immediate use by our bodies.

This solution helps us maintain peak health despite our diets and that is a huge part of its appeal for its many fans. None of us have the kind of time that we want to be able to dedicate to keeping our diets in perfect balance and our bodies in peak condition, so taking advantage of a scientifically sound, well researched and test proven formula is a much better solution for us. Whether we are battling with joint pains, the repair of damaged tissues or even conditions such as ADHD or severe pains from PMS that many women experience, the whole body conditioning that Omega Daily offers can make our quality of life sky rocket.

As a simple to use premium health product, Omega Daily offers the results that we need whether it is in the repair of our bodies after trauma or the simple daily maintenance that is so crucial in our lives today. We get the best results because the formula has been distilled to unleash the power of this Miracle from the Sea and put it right where it will get used quickly and efficiently by our bodies with no outside help from us beyond taking the capsule. These results are from leveraging our species' intelligence and putting to use what we have learned to meet the challenges to our health that we face today.

For more information, please visit OmegaDaily.com.



*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Improve Your Digestion With Intensive Colon Cleanse

You can restart a computer. You can change the oil in your car. And you've heard the benefits of the famous colon cleanse. Are they legitimate? Yes. But not for the reasons you've heard.


What's the interest in colon cleansing? Well, it's a chance to restart your digestion, boost your health and even improve clarity and your frame of mind. As the old wives tales say it, the feces that aren't expelled naturally build up in your colon. Then toxins from these feces enter the bloodstream and "poison" the body. You get digestion problems. You feel lethargic. You're irritable. Life isn't fun. Really.

That's the theory of auto-toxification which is still dismissed by the conventional medicine. Yet the symptoms persist, including fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, weight gain and sluggish digestion. Look familiar? They're the symptoms once associated with auto-intoxication. They're actually caused by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. And they can be dangerous.

Digestive Science Intensive Colon Cleanse is a safe and natural way to detoxify the body and revitalize your digestive system. Yes, you can restart your body, just like you've heard. But you've got to do it within a safe system that walks you through the process and nurtures the delicate lining of the GI tract.

How does it work?

First, let's clarify that the symptoms associated with auto-toxification – bad digestion, lethargy, gas and constipation to name a few – are actually caused by inflammation of the GI tract. When that happens, cells separate within the gut and "leak" toxins into the bloodstream that would normally be blocked. Same idea as auto-toxification, but with a different mechanism.

This process forces your liver and immune system to work overtime, so to speak, fighting these toxins. Meanwhile, you develop food sensitivities. Your liver becomes stressed and you don't absorb nutrients. You develop symptoms of bad digestion and you feel lethargic. In short, your health takes a nosedive. And the cycle repeats.

And the colon cleansers you've heard about? They're laxatives, and harsh ones at that, which blast your colon and alter the delicate balance of micro-flora within the gut. You want to revitalize your colon, not kill it. But that's what many systems do.

Digestive Science designed Intensive Colon Cleanse to do what most systems don't – that is, revitalize your colon, detoxify your body and treat bad digestion. In other words, restart your system, for your health and well-being.

Colon Cleanse is a three-step program that includes the Intensive Colon Cleanse supplement (a ten day cleanse), the Maximum Digestion Probiotic supplement and the Daily Digestion Support fiber and nutrient supplement. They constitute a 30 day cleanse.

In step one, we walk you through the ten day "cleanse". Remember that your colon is extremely sensitive and doesn't react well to ongoing use of laxatives. The Intensive Colon Cleanse daily supplement is specifically formulated to calm the delicate lining of the GI tract with probiotics and high-quality fibers that relieve the discomfort of bad digestion.

Step two consists of the Maximum Digestion Probiotic daily supplement. This is a strain of ten probiotic microbes – the "friendly" bacteria that restore balance in the gut and soothe symptoms of bad digestion. Good-bye gas, diarrhea and constipation.

When you've completed the ten day cleanse, we start your digestion maintenance program with the Daily Digestion Support once-a-day fiber and nutrient supplement. Formulated with a series of antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, including the super-food "chia", this further aids in reduced inflammation and promotes healthy ongoing digestive function.

Digestive Science Intensive Colon Cleanse is strategically formulated to detoxify the digestive system with safe, natural and proven ingredients. Benefits include:
  • improved digestion
  • less constipation and diarrhea
  • clean breath
  • reduced gas
  • less fat storage
  • more energy
  • skin that glows
When you complete this natural colon cleanse therapy you will experience less pain and discomfort and fewer symptoms of bad digestion. You may also lose some weight. Digestive Science Intensive Colon Cleanse is safe and effective. You will look and feel like a new person.

Article courtesy of Digestive Science website



*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fight Grey Hair with Four Superfoods!

By Tara Smith

Why do some people start seeing gray hairs in high school while others have a bright head of hair well into their golden years?


The answer is a mix of genetics, age and overall health - with a few other factors thrown in.

Here’s what could be causing those silver strands to crop up...
  • Hydrogen peroxide buildup. H2O2 is produced naturally in your body, but you become less able to break it down as you age. As it builds up in your cells, it can interfere with melanin, the pigment that colors your hair.
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency. Without enough B12, hair becomes dull, brittle and dry. You should know that some drugs may interfere with your absorption of the vitamin - for example, drugs used to treat acid reflux and ulcers, such as Pepcid, Prilosec and Zantac.
  • Smoking. The chemicals in cigarettes may damage the hair follicles and slow the production of melanin. Smokers are four times more likely to go gray prematurely.
  • Stress. Although there’s no definitive proof that your kids or your demanding job cause gray hairs... stress may be a factor. Some researchers believe it affects your “follicle factories.”
Several illnesses like autoimmune and thyroid disorders are also associated with gray hair.

Nature’s Hair Care

So what can you do? Try these superfoods to chase away the gray - or at least slow down the process.
  1. Oysters. They’re rich in copper, which your body needs to produce the melanin that colors your hair.
  2. Alfalfa. Alfalfa has something that can keep your hair strong, shiny and rich in color: Silica. If you aren’t too excited about eating alfalfa every day... you can also get your silica from bell peppers, beets and whole grains.
  3. Fish, meat and eggs. Animal products like these are the only natural sources of vitamin B12. Plus, the protein and amino acids they contain will improve your hair’s texture and strength.
  4. Kefir. If you’re deficient in vitamin B12, kefir can help, too. It’s a fermented drink that contains bacteria and yeast, and these work together to help your body absorb B vitamins.
And if you’re concerned about brittle, dry hair, I recommend a strengthening and thickening hair spray.

About the author:

Tara Smith ARNP NP-C, is a board-certified nurse practitioner. Her medical concentration is on aesthetics, teaching and family practice. Tara is conducting research trials into novel ways of naturally boosting the human growth hormone and working on a new book on anti-aging for women.


*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

An underactive thyroid can make you overweight even if you don't overeat. It slows down your metabolism.


Could you be among the 24 million Americans who have suffer from hypothyroidism? Many of the sufferers do not even know it. Even if you have been tested, you could still have a borderline condition. The inadequacy of the testing methods adds to the frustration.

Are You Suffering From Hypothyroidism?

When someone is suffering from hypothyroidism the thyroid gland is impaired, producing too little thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism is primarily due to a dysfunction of the thyroid gland itself. If you have hypothyroidism, you can start taking control with thyromine. Act now to work towards looking better and feeling better.

Thyroid Gland and Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland makes four hormones: Thyroxin (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), diiodothyronine (T2) and monoiodothyronine (T1). The hormones contain iodine, and the numbers tell us how many iodine atoms are there in each hormone molecule.

T3 is not made directly, but is produced from T4. T3 is a more efficient hormone than T4. Therefore this conversion is important. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland control the body’s metabolic rate and a dysfunction to this gland can affect every organ in the body.

When the thyroid is underactive it creates a general depression of many of the cellular systems and oxidative processes in the body that are needed for energy production. This can cause the metabolic activities in the cells to decrease. Metabolic wastes can then filtrate into the organs, causing them to become sluggish. Thyroxine determines how quickly nutrients are converted into energy and how efficiently food is burned within the body.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormones, specifically thyroxine. There are several symptoms, which can indicate a thyroid condition. The most common indicators of an under active thyroid are unexplained weight gain, moodiness, fatigue, constipation, sensitivity to cold temperatures, sudden clumsiness, fragile hair and nails and many more. An underactive thyroid undermines your whole life. Thyromine can help give you your life back.

How Thyromine Works?

Thyromine ingredients include of L-Tyrosine, Bovine Thyroid powder, Bovine Adrenal Powder, Guglipid, Nori, Piper Longum Extract and Ginger Extract.

Thyromine works very well for people who have hypothyroidism. For example L-Tyrosine works to stimulate the metabolism. Guglipid works to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Adrenal Powder from Bovine helps regulate your body's stress levels. Piper Longum Extract increases the production of thyroid hormones and stimulates the immune system. Finally, Ginger extract works to prevent blood clots and is used to treat digestive problems.

Thyromine is a natural supplement that can help you restore the quality of your life. The combination of natural ingredients will help activate your thyroid and lose weight in the process. Many other ailments with gradually disappear and you will experience new levels of energy.

Article courtesy of Thyromine website. For more information please click here



*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Can Menopause Symptoms Be Predicted?

The number of eggs left in a woman's ovaries are like the grains of sand in an hourglass, ticking away the hours on her biological clock.


Researchers now say they may be able to predict when that clock will wind down.

And while doctors can't actually count the number of eggs in an ovary, they can measure ovarian volume. British researchers say there's a direct correlation between the two, and by measuring ovarian volume with transvaginal ultrasound, doctors should be able to predict when menopause will set in and how many fertile years a woman has left.

According to the study authors, this information will revolutionize the care of women looking for assisted reproductive technologies, including those who were treated for childhood cancers as well as women who want to put off starting a family for whatever reason.

Although information still needs to be validated in clinical studies, its benefit is most likely to start with women who are being treated for cancer and women attending fertility clinics, said Tom Kelsey, co-author of the study appearing June 17 in the journal Human Reproduction.

"If women looking for some sort of assisted conception and their physicians know that they've got a long time till menopause, then you could plan for a range of treatments," said Kelsey, who is a senior research fellow at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. "If you knew menopause was likely in four to five years, you'd plan a different set of IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments."

Others reiterate, however, that the findings should be treated with caution.

"Should a young woman who is 30 years old go for a test to figure out whether she's got three, five or 10 years left on her fertility? Should she make career decisions and life decisions? Are these data good enough to make those determinations?" asked Dr. Alan Copperman, director of reproductive medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. "The answer is obviously no to all of those questions. The predictive value of this test is not good enough to go and tell someone to change their life."

According to the article, eggs form in a female's ovary while she is still in the womb, peaking at several million about halfway through gestation and then starting a continuous decline. At birth, there are several hundred thousand and, when menstruation begins, about 300,000. At about age 37, a woman has about 25,000 eggs left, and at menopause only about 1,000.

The time at which menopause sets in is widely believed to be based on the number of eggs reaching a critically low threshold.

The authors of this study measured ovarian volume with transvaginal ultrasound, then looked at the relationship between ovarian volume - ovaries shrink as a woman ages - and number of eggs. They then applied mathematical and computer models to predict menopause.

The study authors are negotiating with a medical school to set up clinical trials. The idea would be to follow women to see if their predictions were indeed correct.

While these authors have come up with a tool to potentially help women plan their lives, a second study in the same issue of Human Reproduction warned that women might not want to leave it too late. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) could not be relied upon to fully compensate for lack of natural fertility after the age of 35, the article stated.

The authors used a computer simulation model to determine that the overall success rate of assisted reproductive technology would be 30 percent for those attempting to get pregnant from age 30, 24 percent for those trying from age 35, and 17 percent from age 40.

SOURCES: Tom Kelsey, Ph.D., senior research fellow, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland; Alan Copperman, M.D., director, reproductive medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York; June 17, 2004, Human Reproduction

Article courtesy of Menozac website

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*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Losing Weight Naturally

ProShape Rx: A Safer, More Natural Approach to Weight Loss

How many times after complete frustration, have you succumbed and tried one of those 'over the counter' weight loss supplements that promise to help you shed those unwanted pounds? The claims seem impressive. Maybe even one of your friends has recommended a new one that they swear has worked for them. The choices are endless, but finally you just pick a pretty bottle and set out to finally get rid of that annoying excess weight.

But soon you realize that even if you notice you don't feel that hungry, you do notice a complete change in your system. You start to feel jittery. Your stomach is constantly upset. The frequent trips to the bathroom with cramps are just out of control. You can't sleep. The list goes on and on. Many of those side effects are a result of the ingredients in most over the counter weight loss supplements. Many drug store brands contain ingredient with side effects such as caffeine.

Caffeine has been touted as one of the effective ingredients in weight loss systems as initially it can decrease your appetite through its central nervous system response. However, other studies, including ones conducted by the Mayo Clinic suggest that caffeine may cause higher levels of cortisol, which actually stimulates an increase in appetite. So the main ingredient that is touted as helping to decrease weight, in actual fact works exactly the opposite.


Caffeine can also increase stress. It has this affect by elevating the stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Increase in stress can then have a very negative impact on your weight loss goals by decreasing your willpower and overall affecting your ability to stick to your intentions and keep losing weight.

Another negative effect of utilizing a weight loss supplement that contains caffeine is interruption of your natural sleep patterns. Often people complain that if they drink coffee too late in the day that they end up tossing and turning all night. Well weight loss pills that use caffeine as an ingredient in their formulas can have an adverse affect on your ability to get the rest that you need. And if you are not sleeping, then your ability to maintain your willpower is adversely affected for sure. Losing weight successfully really has to be simple and suffering from lack of sleep on top of all the other stress that comes with being overweight is simply not a good formula for anyone.

Now the researchers and doctors who have formulated the ProShapeRX weight loss system have purposely avoided ingredients such as caffeine and have devised a 100% natural formula that uses herb supplements to help control your cravings and help you stick to your weight loss goals naturally. Now that certainly sounds like a better way to go than putting yourself through more stress and less sleep. So give the ProShapeRX system a try. There is a 30 day trial offer so you have nothing to lose except a few extra pounds. So what are you waiting for? Take a positive step toward a new, thinner, healthier you.

Article courtesy of ProShapeRX.com.



*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.
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