Felesky-Hunt reports in theCalgary
that phytosterols, also known as plant sterols, are naturally occurring
steroids similar in structure to cholesterol, but found in plant foods.
One of their benefits is the ability to compete with dietary
and biliary cholesterol, which can result in significant reductions in
LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
How much do I need?
In Western diets, normal intakes of
phytosterols seem to range between .17 to .36 grams per day, depending
on dietary habits, with vegetarians being even higher.
Clinical intervention trials have shown plant sterols
reducing LDL using a dose that ranges from 0.8 grams per day up to a
plateau of two grams per day.
Several studies show that a daily
consumption of two grams per day of plant sterols may reduce LDL
cholesterol by up to 15 per cent in conjunction with a diet low in
saturated fat and cholesterol.
Consumption of plant sterols is
considered safe for all individuals except those suffering from
phytosterolaemia (a rare genetic disorder causing the build up of plant
and animal sterols in the blood).
Dosages of phytosterols -- up to
nine grams per day -- have been administered in clinical trials without
adverse effects. Not all trials using plant sterol supplements have been
eff ective, however; in these, the lack of effect was attributed to a
low cholesterol diet and the speed of capsule dispersion.
Where do I find it?
Vegetable oils are rich sources of
phytosterols. Corn, canola, sunflower, soybean and olive oil contain
You can also find them in wheat,
oats, corn, rice bran, oranges and even apples.
have also been incorporated into numerous new functional food products,
including margarines, dairy products, fruit juices and baked goods, as
well as into multivitamin/ mineral supplements.
showing that plant sterols dissolved in higher fat foods tend to be more
effective than plant sterols provided in low-fat foods.
Nordic Naturals Introduces Omega
reports that Nordic Naturals, the industry leader in omega-3 fish oil,
introduces Omega Probiotic,
synergistic blend of fish oil and live probiotic spores for optimal
digestive and gastrointestinal health. The breakthrough formula combines
two important nutrients that are commonly lacking in today's modern
diet in one easy-to-take supplement that does not require refrigeration.
Concentrated fish oil works in synergy with a unique
spore-form probiotic, Bacillus coagulans, to deliver all the health
benefits of omega-3s (EPA+DHA), while also supporting the immune system
and promoting an optimal balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive
tract. Unlike most probiotics on the market, this species of probiotic
is in spore form. Research shows that this unique spore-form probiotic
delivers ten times more live cultures than common probiotic yogurt
cultures, delivers those cultures more effectively, and does not require
special treatments such as refrigeration.
According to Dr. Joseph Maroon, Nordic Naturals Medical Advisor,
"This timely product provides
an important way for consumers to be proactive with their health care.
This two-in-one product is also perfect for travel, making compliance
Naturals Omega Probiotic offers these important benefits:
Provides over 2 billion
stable and viable probiotic spores per serving
Provides double strength
EPA+DHA fish oil for more omega-3 benefits
Supports the body's natural
Promotes a healthy balance of
Enhances overall digestive
and gastrointestinal health and function
Omega Probiotic contains
purified fish oil from anchovies and sardines sustainably sourced from
the waters of the South Pacific. Nordic Naturals' policy is to harvest
100% of its fish in compliance with the Norwegian fisheries management
system, which has been a model for the sustainable harvest of marine
life for over 30 years.
Tweak Your Taste Buds
Johnson recommends to take
small bites and build from there.
Johnson reports from the Newport News Daily Press
that nutritionists say it really is possible to develop a taste for
healthy foods you've avoided for years:
Go slow. Make one small change at a time
over a period of weeks.
As your taste buds adapt, gradually add in
more vegetables, fruit and
Stay away from plain.
Don't start off with a plate
of raw broccoli. Instead, mix pureed or
diced vegetables into foods
you already like, such as macaroni and
cheese, meatloaf, chili,
seasoned noodles, sauces, soups or baked goods.
flavoring. Vegetables can
taste much better -with some herbs
and spices, Cajun seasoning and
healthy dips such as hummus -- or
simply grilled with a little salt,
pepper and garlic. Go for a known
favorite: if you like Asian
cuisine, for example,
with a teriyaki glaze.
with cooking time ... You
may remember your childhood
vegetables as a mushy heap. Texture can
matter as much as taste: If the
same food is firmer or cut into
smaller pieces, it may be much more
fresh, frozen or canned. Frozen or canned vegetables can be
just as healthy as fresh but taste better to you. Just watch the salt
and sugar content.
adventurous. Every time you
go to the grocery store, buy one
fruit or vegetable you've never
tried before. You're likely to stumble
onto a new
fish a chance. Different
types of fish don't taste the
same; some are much less "fishy"
than others. Milder forms include
tilapia, cod and flounder. Ask
your store's seafood department for
Be patient. Children often won't
accept a new food until they've tried
it eight or nine times, and the
same may be true of grown-ups.
Did You Know???
drinks can raise blood pressure, cause faster heartbeat and lead to
irritability, nervousness and nausea.
The Mayo Health Clinic Letter
reports that many energy drinks contain as much caffeine as one or two
cups of coffee and as much sugar as one can of soda. Some also include
herbal stimulants. An occasional energy drink may be a useful
stimulant--but regularly drinking several energy drinks a day can damage
health. Also: It is dangerous to consume energy drinks with alcohol or
when you are dehydrated. The caffeine and other ingredients can increase
risk for fainting and even a heart attack.
smoke is linked to depression.
Frank Bandiera, MPH, public
health researcher, Miller School of Medicine,
University of Miami, in Florida, reports a recent finding of
nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke are twice as likely to have major
depression as people not exposed to smoke. Smokers are known to have
higher rates of depression than nonsmokers, but it is not clear whether
smoking or depression comes first. Bandiera, is the leader of this study
of 95,000 people, where findings were presented at a recent meeting of
Eating fatty fish once a week
lowers men's risk for heart failure.
Fish such as
salmon, herring, mackerel, whitefish and char contain omega-3 fatty
acids. Emily Levitan, ScD, research fellow,
Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit, Beth Israel Deacones Medical Center,
in Boston, reports that one
weekly three-ounce serving of any of these fish reduced heart failure
risk by 12%. This study was
published in the European Heart Journal.
Nordic Naturals Introduces Omega Probiotic
Your Taste Buds
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