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Chocolate really does lower your blood pressure Tags: Physical health

(NaturalNews) A growing body of research is emerging to show that eating chocolate really can lower your blood pressure.

Researchers have suspected for many years that chocolate may have a beneficial effect on blood pressure, ever since discovering that the indigenous Kuna people of the Central American island San Blas have normal blood pressure well into old age. One of the major lifestyle differences between the traditional Kuna and their urban relatives, scientists found, is that the traditional Kuna drink enormous quantities of essentially unprocessed cocoa.

Laboratory studies later confirmed that a group of naturally occurring chocolate chemicals called flavanols may have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. Scientists believe that flavanols cause nitric oxide to form in the body, which in turn relaxes and opens the blood vessels.

But until recently, there has been little experimental evidence to suggest that benefit can be gained simply from eating the processed chocolate sold in the United States.

Then in August 2012, researchers from the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne, Australia and the University of Adelaide published a research review in The Cochrane Library finding that people who consumed more chocolate or cocoa really do have lower blood pressure.

The researchers reviewed the results of 20 separate studies involving a total of 856 people who were fed between three and 100 grams of chocolate or cocoa powder each day, containing between 30 and 1,080 mg of total flavanols. All the studies lasted between two and eight weeks, except for one that lasted 18 weeks.

On average, participants who consumed the chocolate lowered their blood pressure by two to three mmHg compared with participants given placebos. In trials where the placebo group consisted of people fed flavanol-free chocolate, the relative blood pressure decrease in the experimental group was even greater (three to four mmHg).

"Although we don't yet have evidence for any sustained decrease in blood pressure, the small reduction we saw over the short term might complement other treatment options and might contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease," lead researcher Karin Ried said.
 

Large observational study

Further evidence comes from a large longitudinal study conducted by researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition and published in the European Heart Journal in March 2010. Researchers collected dietary information on 19,357 people, all of whom were between the ages of 35 and 65, had no history of heart attack or stroke and were not taking blood pressure drugs. They found that patients who consumed the most chocolate (an average of 7.5 grams per day) had blood pressure about one mmHg lower than participants who ate the least (an average of 1.7 grams per day).

In the eight years following the study, the researchers found that participants who had the most chocolate were significantly less likely to suffer from heart attacks or strokes, and that differences in blood pressure accounted for 12 percent of this risk.

"Chocolate consumption appears to lower cardiovascular disease risk, in part through reducing blood pressure," the researchers wrote.

Sources:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/38930
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120814213359.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/030473_chocolate_blood_pressure.html
http://longevity.about.com

No aerobics needed: To reduce diabetes risk, just spend less time sitting

No aerobics needed: To reduce diabetes risk, just spend less time sitting

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Spending less of your waking hours sitting or lying down may do more to reduce your risk of Type II diabetes than meeting current recommendations for moderate or vigorous exercise, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Leicester and published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Type II diabetes occurs when the body loses its sensitivity to the hormone insulin, leading to higher levels of sugar in the blood. These elevated blood sugar levels can produce organ damage and other serious health problems over the long term. The greatest predictors of Type II diabetes risk are lifestyle factors such as activity levels, diet and obesity.

Currently, experts suggest that people at high risk of developing Type II diabetes engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week. But the new study found that reducing the amount of time that people were sedentary (defined as moving very little or not at all) actually had a bigger impact.

"These studies provide preliminary evidence that sedentary behavior may be a more effective way to target the prevention of Type II diabetes, rather than just solely focusing on MVPA," lead researcher Joseph Henson said. "Moreover, sedentary time occupies large portions of the day, unlike MVPA."
 

"Paradigm shift" in prevention

The researchers used accelerometers to analyze total physical activity, MVPA, amount of sedentary time and breaks in sedentary time (defined as transitioning from sedentary to active) in 153 adults considered at high risk of developing Type II diabetes. All participants were taking part in either the Sedentary Time and Diabetes (STAND) or Walking Away from Diabetes study, and had initially been recruited from primary care.

Even after adjusting for the effects of other risk factors such as body fat levels and MVPA, participants who were most sedentary had significantly worse levels of 2 h glucose, triacylglycerol and HDL-cholesterol - all markers of diabetes risk.

The effect of being sedentary was actually more significant than the effect of MVPA or total physical activity. Notably, the findings were the same regardless of the age of the participants, indicating that being sedentary has just as detrimental an effect on young adults as on the elderly.

The findings suggest that activity recommendations for those at risk of diabetes may need to be radically revised, Henson suggested.

"Diabetes and cardiovascular prevention programs concentrating solely on MVPA may overlook an area that is of fundamental importance to cardiometabolic health," he said. "This approach requires a paradigm shift, so that individuals at high risk of developing Type II diabetes think about the balance of sedentary behavior and physical activity throughout the day."

"What is clear is that anyone who spends a lot of time sitting or lying down could benefit from spending more time being physically active, regardless of the type of activity involved," said Matthew Hobbs of Diabetes UK.

"Finding activities that you enjoy and can incorporate into your daily life, such as walking, gardening, DIY or housework, is the best way to achieve this."

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130227183526.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Cancer/Candida: Why it starts and how to heal it Tags: cancer

There is a BIG secret that the insider medical Illuminati dont want us to know.....It's true that Cancer is overactive cell growth/malfunction.....but WHY?

 

The answer lies with a naturally-occuring fungus within our bodies: Candida

The Candida fungus is the cause of all cancer.

What happens is that this naturally-occuring fungus is usually kept at low, stable levels.....thanks to our IMMUNE SYSTEM!

 

So it is a weakened immune system that leads to the spread of the fungus Candida. When the fungus starts to spread, the body quickly reacts by forming a 'barrier' of cells, to try to keep the fungus contained. This is the 'cancer', which is really just the body's natural defense mechanism against Candida.

 

What has caused this particular breakdown of the immune system in the first place? Why didnt the immune system keep the fungus at bay???

 

Here it is, the big secret: Emotion

 

Emotion is the first cause of any cancer. What is emotion? Emotion(e-motion) means 'to stop movement'. When we focus on one emotion (namely fear, hate, pride, etc...) we become 'glued' to that one specific 'frequency' of thought, whereas our natural state is a sliding scale of All Possibility. We werent meant to ever become 'trapped' by emotions....

 

also, "to stop movement" also applies to the internal transfer of information via the brain and neural networks, which in turn create a "blockage" in the immune system's performance.

 

So, here we have it. An 'addiction' to a (negative) emotion weakens the immune system, which allows Candida to spread, which creates the cancerous 'barrier', which spreads as the fungus grows....

 

So.....the CURE for CANCER? change your emotions, a good start would be to empty out your mind and then think long and hard about what you will fill it back up with again....

 

Love and Laughter, Ever After

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A great little video to support those looking to start research on alternative or suppressed healing options

 

 

 

A terrific clip to help folk start searching for alternatives to Cancer Drugs More links to help below the video.

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Do you regularly experience headaches, fatigue, yeast infections or brain fog? If so, you might be suffering from Candida.

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