Pernicious anemia is a type of anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. The deficiency of vitamin B12 is due to the inability of the digestive tract to absorb this vitamin. Vitamin B12 is seen in abundantly in fish, meat and dairy products and is essential for healthy nervous system and the production of red blood cells. Causes of Anemia A vitamin B12 deficiency, in most cases, is not due to a lack of the afore mentioned vitamin. Instead it is due to an absorption problem in the intestine. The root cause of the absorption problem is the lack of production of necessary secretions in the intestinal lining. This is called the intrinsic factor. Your body may not be able to produce enough due to some sort of autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disorder is a type of disease where your own immune system acts against your body's own tissues and organs. In some patients this type of anemia, known as Pernicious Anemia, may be due to the surgical removal of small intestine due to some pathological problem. Small intestine is the place where the vitamin B12 absorption takes place. Crohn's disease can also lead to Pernicious Anemia. This disease causes chronic inflammation in the intestine. Those that practice a strict vegetarian diet are much more likely to be diagnosed with Crohn's. Symptoms of the deficiency The symptoms of anemia induced by a vitamin B12 deficiency are very similar to the ones seen in case of iron deficiency anemia and include chronic fatigue. In addition, patients may also experience numbness in the feet and hand, jaundice, difficulties experienced in equilibrium, confusion, depression and changes in personality. Home Remedies for Pernicious Anemia One may wonder how to cure the anemia with vitamin supplements. You must supplement with sufficient quantities of vitamin B12 through supplements or preferably, diet. Foods of animal origin such as milk, meat, fish and eggs are rich in this vitamin and can help get your B12 levels back up where they should be. In the case of strict vegetarians or vegans, supplemental vitamin pills are typically recommended as the best and fastest way to get the needed nutrients. If you are suffering from a vitamin B12 anemia, it is important to abstain from alcohol when treating the conditions. Alcohol can interfere with the vitamins absorption and keep you from recovering in a timely manner. Consuming a supplemental amount in pill form is inexpensive and a great way to ensure that you are getting an adequate amount to replenish your reserves. Always consult a doctor before beginning a pill regimen, but when shopping for supplemental pills, remember that a typical adult dose of B12 is 1000-2000 micrograms per day.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much vitamin d is needed to increase testosterone?
I'm looking to increase testosterone for better muscle gains, how much vitamin D would be needed daily to help boost increase testosterone?
Yes it can, what makes you say that it can't?
The results of a year long study into the effect of vitamin D on testosterone levels were published in December 2010. The Medical University of Graz in Austria followed 200 subjects for a period of 12 months. The men in the study were split into two groups with one group being given 83 g (3 332 IU) of vitamin D supplementation daily while the other group was given a placebo.
The supplemented group of men experienced a significant increase in their testosterone over the period while the placebo group did not experience any change to their baseline testosterone. I have included a link to the abstract for the study. So based on this research the men were taking a supplement of 3332IU per day.
There are three ways to go about increasing your vitamin D levels, sunlight, tanning bed or supplements. UV exposure is your most effective way of increasing vitamin D levels. Exposing 50% of your skin to sunlight on a cloudless day in the middle of summer will generate 1000IU per minute. A tanning bed will generate the same levels. Always remember when you are exposing yourself to UV you should be careful not to stay out so long that you give yourself sunburn.
If you are going to use a sunbed for the purposes of generating vitamin D then follow these simple rules:
- Start out on the smallest time possible, even if it is only 3 minutes, and build your time up slowly in one minute increments.
- Don't go more often than once every 2 days to give your skin time to replenish.
- If you are still red more than 24 hours later then you need to reduce your time. Try to avoid sunburn.
How many calories should I eat a day?
I started Insanity. I alternate running and yoga everyday as well as going to the gym twice a week. At the gym I do the elliptical, racket ball, weights, and walk the track. I'm trying to eat all natural foods that are all extremely healthy. I try to do my yoga outside so I can get some nice color as well as Vitamin D. I'm drinking only water, crystal light, milk, and sweet tea (on occasion.) I'm trying to lose 50 lbs by the end of this summer (a lot of my weigh is water weight so I am expecting it to come off fast if I keep up) as well as get my mile down to 8 minutes. I want to run a 5K by June 1st, 2014.
About how many calories should I eat a day? And does this sound healthy?
Yes I am overweight, I am 225 lbs and 5'7" so the weight will come off easily.
I'm 16 and anywhere from 5'7"-5'8". Sorry I forgot to mention that.
Congratulations! I'll bet it feels wonderful! You will be in 5k shape way before next June.
You don't mention your age or your height, so it's very hard to say how many calories. But if you are doing that much exercise, you can truly eat all the healthy foods you like. Women eat between 1,200 and 2,000 calories -- but can eat more when exercising hard. And men eat more than that just for having faster metabolisms.
Experiment carefully, and you will know. Cover all the food groups, plus multi-vitamins.
If visualization helps you, please consider "Eating Less" by Sunrise Guided Visualizations (link below or on Amazon MP3 for 99 cents), to continue picturing yourself as fit, healthy, beautiful, and happy -- now and on into the future!
Good for you!
What is the proper age to take Centrum Multivitamins?
Centrum Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement for men under 50
I am 18 years old and I just want to make sure what age you have to be to take these.
There isn't really an age to take multivitamins, you shouldn't need them at any age.
If you eat a proper, varied, diet, then you won't need any supplements such as these.
If you are suffering from a vitamin deficiency, it's very unlikely that multivitamins will be the answer since you won't be deficient in everything that they contain.
You should never rely on supplements such as multivitamins to provide nutrients that you are missing in your diet, it's far better (and cheaper) to get everything you need from the food that you eat.
The vast majority of supplements such as these are cons, you are paying over the odds for vitamins and nutrients that you don't need.
Your body will only use the vitamins that it needs. An excess of the water based minerals (the B and C groups) will be excreted, but an excess of the fat based vitamins (the A, D & E groups) will accumulate in the liver, and can lead to problems if you store too much of them.
There are many web sites that will help you to plan an adequate diet, but basically cut down on processed food, fatty food and sweet, sugary, foods, and increase the amount of fruit and vegetables. Fresh is best, but dried, frozen or canned are almost as good for you.
Foods high in vitamin d?
I lack in vitamin d, so i need to eat foods with as much of it in as possible.. but I don't like fish or shellfish or anything like that! anyone have any ideas of any other foods that are high in vitamin d?
1. Shiitake and Button Mushrooms
Surprisingly, the dried versions of shiitake mushrooms are high in vitamin D. This may be due to the fact that these mushrooms are great at sucking up sunlight. Shiitake mushrooms are also rich in B vitamins like B1 and B2. Make sure that you find mushrooms that have been dried in the sun, not by artificial means, in order to achieve the benefits of high vitamin D content.
A small, 3 ounce portion of these high omega-3 containing fish will give you 90% of your recommended daily amount. Currently, the FDA recommends that people eat more of these oily fishes to infuse their bodies with the vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA s) that the human body cannot produce on its own.
3. Sockeye Salmon
A small 3 ounce portion of cooked salmon will give you 90% of the recommended dietary intake of Vitamin D. Make sure to purchase salmon that has been caught from the wild, if not, then sustainably farmed.
Herring are high in vitamin D because they thrive on plankton, which is full of vitamin D.
Sardines are one of the best foods sources of vitamin D. One small tin can of sardines will provide you with approximately 70% of your daily needs. These tiny canned fish are also a great source for vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and selenium.
Catfish: Again, another fish that makes a habit of feeding on plankton, catfish are constantly taking in minuscule sea life that create vitamin D from sunlight.
Eat 3 ounces of tuna daily for 50% of your vitamin D needs. Fresh, wild-caught tuna is the most nutritious. Remember, eating oily fish can also lubricate the body with good fats that provide health benefits like better memory and brain function.
8. Cod Liver Oil
If you can stomach the strong aroma, this oil is super-rich in vitamin D. This golden oil, is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporating this oil into your diet will help promote healthy and strong bones. Because of its high Vitamin D content, cod liver oil has also been shown to prevent osteoporosis in adults, improve brain function, and optimize nervous system function.
Eggs are another food that contains vitamin D in small amounts. Eating one egg daily will provide you with approximately 10% of your daily needs. I personally recommend eating free-range eggs from a local farm, if possible.
Okay, we know it s not a food, but daily doses of sunshine can seriously increase your vitamin D intake. In fact, this vitamin has actually been referred to as the sunshine vitamin. Light hitting the skin from the sun s rays stimulates the production of this vitamin and hormone. This is great news for those of us that can take a sun-bath daily. But, for those of us in colder, cloudier climates, we can up our intake from the foods we eat. This could explain why Native Inuit people in Alaska ate so much fish!
7 Health Benefits of Vitamin D
There are many reasons to stock up on foods containing vitamin D, health benefits of the vitamin include:
The prevention of chronic diseases such as many forms of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension.
The protection and lubrication of your bones, teeth and hair.
The regulation of cellular growth and healthy cell activity.
Overall reduction of the inflammatory response, a condition known to cause many chronic diseases, from cancer to diabetes to obesity.
Protection against adult osteoporosis.
Reduction in the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
Significant reduction in the occurrence of prostate cancer in African-American men.
As I mentioned above, if you are a vegetarian or don t eat fish, you can still get the same benefits by taking a vitamin D supplement or make sure to get plenty of sun on a daily basis.
If UVB rays help create Vitamin D why wear broad spectrum?
I've recently learned that UVB rays help produce Vitamin D by reacting with cholesterol. UVB rays are also the cause of sunburn so I can see why someone would want to wear a "broad spectrum" sunscreen that protects against UVA/UVB on a very hot day or at the beach. But on a daily bases, going to work, going for a walk ect., why would one want to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen if it blocks against UVB, the ray essential in converting cholesterol into Vitamin D?
Sunscreen is a man made product with a very effective sales tactic. I've read that some scientists claim that *if* the populace wasn't deficient in vitamin D then skin cancer would probably be rare but the populace doesn't get sun exposure & when they do, they usually wash the oils off within 48 hours negating the body's conversion of sun exposure to vitD. A wicked catch 22 situation.
Vitamin D3 is formed from exposure to UVB rays, whereas UVA radiation actually destroys vitamin D. ... This helps keep your body in balance; it s one of the protective mechanisms your body has to avoid overdosing on vitamin D when you re outside.
UVA is one of the primary culprits behind skin cancer, and it increases photo aging of your skin. It s also what causes you to tan. You can actually get vitamin D without significantly darkening your skin, because the UVB wavelength does not stimulate the melanin pigment to produce a tan.
Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin at all but a necessary hormone that effects the immune system, bones & nearly every aspect of health. Having low Vitamin D levels greatly increases risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS & being deficient can create or greatly exacerbate health problems. Many researchers claim that optimized vitamin D levels are more effective than a flu shot in preventing viral infections.
With Vitamin D3 deficiency becoming an epidemic, it is possible that upper atmosphere pollution is blocking the needed UVB light from the sun. Or simply that people are washing daily, if you wash skin exposed to the sun within 48 hours, you wash off the oils where the vitamin D production starts. In northern latitudes (above that of Atlanta, Georgia) the sun is at too low an angle for half the year to provide sufficient UV radiation. If even available, UVB rays are only accessible while the sun is directly overhead. Most people need to take vitamin D, especially seniors, as the ability to synthesize vitamin D in the skin declines with age.
With exposure to sunlight in the summer, the body can generate up to 20,000iu of vitamin D per hour with no ill effects. In addition, no adverse effects have been seen with supplemental vitamin D intakes up to 10,000 IU daily.
Always take your vitamin D with a fat-containing meal to ensure absorption.
The prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). As warned by the National Institute of Health -
Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) over the counter and the upper limits are extremely high. U.S. RDA are much too low. Current recommendations from researchers are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not replenish depleted stores.
Research published by Grassroots Health from the D*Action study shows the average adult needs to take 8,000 IU's of vitamin D per day in order to elevate their levels above 40ng/ml, which they believe is the absolute minimum for disease prevention.
I also highly recommend a low carb way of eating to allow the body to regenerate rather than degenerate.
Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the wide set of disorders associated with metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), as well as to PCOS. In a study published in 2004, the authors saw a 60% improvement in insulin sensitivity in healthy, vitamin D replete adults
Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret 50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:
* Reversal of advanced coronary disease
* Reversal of advanced lung disease
* Cure of multiple sclerosis
* Cure of amotrophic lateral sclerosis
* Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
* Improvement in allergies
* Control of many cancers
* Reversal of osteoporosis
* Prevention of influenza
* Cure of depression & other mental disorders
* Hashimoto s hyperthyroidism
In summary, the evidence for safety and remarkable efficacy of Vitamin D3 suggests that virtually ALL adults should probably take 50,000 units of D3 daily. This is certainly true for those with virtually any illness.
What should be included in a full physical?
I will be turning 50 in April and want to schedule a full physical. I am wondering what should be included in a in depth physical for a man of 50?
Your usual physical exam plus a prostate exam and since you are 50 you will be referred for a screening colonoscopy. They will also run a laboratory profile on you including checking your blood sugar, cholesterol, vitamin D and the usual complete blood count, and electrolytes panel. They may check a PSA.
Best way to prepare your body to be more likely to get pregnant?
I have been going to the gym exercising and eating very healthy and taking vitamins (pre-natal). What more can I do to help my chances to become pregnant?
The most important thing you can do is to get yourself and your partner as healthy as possible and that includes, but is not limited to, taking a great multi-vitamin, or prenatal. But not all vitamins are created equal. An international wellness company just finished a study that they will be publishing soon about the effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) of other vitamins. They found in the study that other vitamins crystallize in the small intestine as the pH levels rise. (The small intestine is where vitamin absorption is supposed to take place.) Then they pass through your system in a sand-like form that is not absorbable. What they have done to correct that is they have developed a delivery system called Oligofructose Complex. When oligofructose is broken down in the intestines, it temporarily lowers the pH level, creating a temporary "acid bubble" that provides the ideal environment for the mineral to remain soluble for easier absorption.
In a nutshell, what that means is when a lot of other vitamins are giving maybe 10-20% absorption, These vitamins are giving an over 75% absorption. Vitamins do you no good if they aren't being absorbed, right? I'm not saying that these vitamins will make you conceive, but I believe that if you and your partner take them, you will be in the best possible health so that your body is ready to accept a pregnancy. Their vitamins are tailored specifically for over 50, men only, women only and pregnant and nursing mom (or those trying to get pregnant).The prenatal pack has also included the prenatal omega 3 fatty acid capsules. You've probably read about what those do for your baby's eye and brain development. But if you haven't, this is what the website says about the prenatals and omega 3s.
Proper nutrition is critical to creating a healthy environment in which your baby can develop. The Prenatal Vitality Pack with Prenatal Omega-3 gives you and your baby the essential nutrients needed during this special time of life.
Vitality Prenatal includes 1,000 mcg of folate to help reduce the risk of neural-tube defects and 30 mg of iron for optimal health during pregnancy.
Vitality Calcium Complete includes a proprietary four-source calcium blend plus magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin D to help strengthen bones organically bound with Oligofructose Complex to maximize mineral absorption.*
Prenatal Omega-3 provides the research recommended dose of DHA and EPA essential fatty acids from fish oil that are critical for brain and eye development. They have also been shown to help support healthy cognitive development of prenatal and nursing babies. Since a mother s body does not create these nutrients on its own, they must be obtained through a healthy eating.
There is a 90 money back guarantee on the vitamins, so if nothing else, you both can try them for free for 3 months. Remember, Bobbie McCaughey? She is the lady from Iowa who had the first surviving septuplets. She is a customer of this company and attributes her 7 healthy babies to these vitamins!
They are manufactured and developed by the company and are only available through the company. And the only way to get them is by being referred by a happy customer, which I am!! Feel free to e-mail me privately if you have any more questions.
Good luck and happy baby making!
What are the health risks of being a vegetarian? Is it unhealthy?
I'm a pescatarian ( I only eat fish but no meat ) but I'm considering being a full vegetarian. I'm just worried about the protein intake? I take vitamins and I would start drinking protein shakes. But is it unhealthy? Are their other ways to get the necessary vitamins that only meat has? Anything helps thx in advance!
actually Dr Joel Fuhrman who wrote book eat to live tried to make a vegan diet deficient in protein and was unable to do so.
he categorically states that if a diet is sufficient in calories, it will also be sufficient in protein. this is even more so for a vegetarian than a vegan.
also newer studies found we need less protein than originally thought about 5%
Eat more greens if worried as they are different from vegetables and about 50 % protein. (things like kale, swiss chard, turnip greens etc..take some green smoothies made by mixing in blender greens, fruit and water (and natural sweetener like raw agave nectar or stevia if desired)
The average meat eats gets 3 times too much protein and the average vegetarian gets two times too much.
I am not sure on vegetarian but I know the things the vegan must watch out for is getting enough calcium (also found in greens), vitamin d and calories.
I highly recommend taking a b12 capsule especially for vegans who can become deficient as lack of this vitamin can cause irreversible nerve damage.
Generally it is much healthier but try to eat more produce and raw nuts and less cheese and eggs..take veggie plant milks.
their is some difference of opinion on what is the optimal diet.
Dr Norman Walker ate a primarily raw food vegan diet and lived to be 97 though some say up to 117 as he rarely stated his age calling himself ageless
Dr Bernard Jensen whose books I am currently reading lived to be 93 and believed in a diet of 6 vegetables, 2 fruits, one starch and one protein and 60% raw and he felt fish and eggs were needed an occasionally used things like veal joint broth and he felt vegans and vegetarians were wrong in their views.
But both men and new gurus and studies show the big importance of a lot of variety and raw fruits and veggies for health.
I find raw foods is key to health..got to hacres.com and read the testimonies of a vegan, 85% raw diet healing nearly everything.
It is not unhealthy to be a vegetarian and longitudinal studies of the 7th day Adventists who are vegetarians showed superior health better than meat eaters and the china study the largest study ever done on the link between food and health showed those who ate zero to 10% animals and all or mostly all plant based diet had far less heart attacks, obesity, cancer, diabetes and other ills.
Of course, on another note these people were Chinese and did not eat all the refined food Americans do even though they may have eaten meat or eggs or something so cut refined foods and stick with a whole food diet but it did show the meat eaters unless it was a very small amount fared far worst than the plant eaters.
The medical studies done by Dr Esselsyn and Dr Campbell in the film forks over knives showed that dairy protein (casein) turned cancer on and off. When rats were fed 20% they got cancer in large numbers, when they ate 5% they did not..when they put all the rats in one group and gave them 20% dairy casein 2 weeks and 5% the next two weeks and did that over and over the cancer rates went up and down so do not eat a lot of dairy (cheese milk, yogurt, sour cream, butter but try some of the many vegan substitutes for these)
The book food your miracle medicine by jean carper based on 10,000 medical studies showed the foods that heal time and again tend to be veggies, fruits, raw nuts/seeds. whole grains and beans, with occasion fluke like tea, sugar (increases brain concentration) while the foods testing bad over and over for various diseases are animal fats and alcohol. Newer studies though show animal protein to have many detrimental effects too.
My studies over past 33 years have lead me to believe that a mainly raw food, vegan whole food diet is best focusing on lots of produce as well as some whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, lots of greens, legumes and very little plant or animal fats and real food may be best.
If one is eating animals foods, it seems the most helpful is fatty deep sea fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring as well as some organic eggs with an avoidance of much cheese. Butter organic not as bad as once thought.
Doctor Christopher who allowed meat said once a week a small amount of organic chicken or clean fish is allowed and if one must eat cheese the one that is least mucus forming is cottage cheese (organic)..he felt sticky rice and some grains were worst than the occasional fish.
Dr Schulze who cured the incurables believed in only a vegan diet and used a lot of fresh juices and juices fasting to heal.
But all agree raw fruits and veggies and lots of them are some of the best healers.
Any of their diets- though they have some small variant-s are better than the standard American diet (sad)
but protein is not something to worry about even if on a raw vegan diet if you get enough calories and adding greens is one of the best thing you can do..
Anyone know about the effects of canola oil on Vitamin D absorbtion?
Is this just another internet rumor? When I google it, little info comes up.
Thanks for your answer--- but I specifically wanted to know about the canola/vit D connection. Some say canola ol inhibits the absorption of Vit D but I could find only one article saying that.
Fatty acids play critical roles in human health and disease. Cell membranes (all cells) are composed of a double layer of fats. Your brain is about 60% fat. The fats you eat strongly influence the ability of your cell membranes, especially brain and nerve cells, to function.
Cholesterol is an alcohol, not a fat. Natural saturated fats are found in all foods to some degree. Saturation of a fat may be natural or from processing as is done to make margarine solid. Naturally occurring saturated fats are not associated with disease unless they are imbalanced by inadequate intake of the polyunsaturate essential fatty acids, especially the omega-3 fats.
Linoleic Acid is an omega-6 that is 20 (or more) times too high in the American diet and strongly implicated in degenerative diseases.
Linolenic Acid is a short chain omega-3 found in perilla, canola and flax considered by some to be important as a source of long chain omega-3 DHA and EPA but many Americans suffer from poor conversion, an enzyme insufficiency, or impaired genetic ability to elongate the fatty acid to its active EPA and DHA forms.
Arachidonic Acid is found in meat and fish and eggs and dairy and made in our bodies from linoleic acid. It is critical for the growth of the body and brain and for healthy immune function but is needed in very small amounts.
EPA, eicosapentanoic acid and DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, are found in fish, grass-fed beef and poultry and wild game. Some may be made from linolenic acid, depending on your genetics, your liver function and other as yet
Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, are essential to brain and nerve function. In cell membranes they enhance cell response (to insulin, neurotransmitters and other messengers), and facilitate repair when cells are damaged. Omega-6 fats contribute to membrane resistance, altering mood, insulin response, learning and cell repair in a negative way.
There is a chart located on the end of this report showing the list of fat types and other charts showing fat types in foods. You may use this as a reference guide.
Some anthropologists believe the human brain would not have developed as it did without access to high levels of DHA found in fish and shellfish and to a lesser degree in wild game. Just two generations of high omega-6 and low omega-3 can lead to profound alterations in brain size and brain function in animals and probably in man. Other anthropologists believe that the human brain formed as it is today, large in proportion to body size, and that its capacity is being diminished as the diet becomes deficient in omega-3 fats. A relative omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can be created by an overabundance of omega-6 fats; a lack of omega-3 fats; alcohol consumption; or the consumption of trans-fats. All of these conditions have been dramatically increasing in occurrence in the US over the past 50 years.
Breast milk contains DHA and EPA, equivalent to amounts present in the mother s diet (what mom eats is critical). Formula contains no omega-3. Raising children on formula or mother s milk deficient in omega-3 fatty acids contributes to impaired visual development, poor spatial development, slower learning, decreased comprehension and early allergies and asthma.
A building body of research is showing the critical importance, to our current health and our children's health, of reducing the amount of omega-6 fats in the American diet while increasing intake of omega-3 fatty acids. I have suggested the use of butter, coconut and olive oil for many years and this recommendation continues. An additional change in fat intake should include identification and elimination of all added omega-6 fats while omega-3 fats need to be sought out and their intake substantially increased. To do this you will need to avoid as much as possible all vegetable seed oils. Do not use sunflower, corn, soy, safflower, canola, or products that contain these oils. That is, no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, no margarine, no vegetable oil of any kind, no shortening.
Acceptable oils are extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil in moderate quantities. Interestingly these are fruit oils. High oleic (omega-9) safflower or sunflower oils are also acceptable. Natural (non-hydrogenated) saturated fats are NOT a problem. Use butter, coconut oil, palm oil and non-hydrogenated lard as desired, also in moderate amounts.
Fats in natural foods are never composed of a single type of fatty acid. Coconut oil has polyunsaturated fats and olive oil has saturated fat. In nature fats are always mixed. Even fish oil contains saturated fat and cholesterol.
Do not worry about naturally occurring cholesterol in fish, eggs or lean meats. Do not worry about total fat intake as long as it is from actual food, whole-fat milk, real butter, the fat naturally found on wild caught fish, free range poultry and grass fed beef or pastured pork. The change to concentrate on is reducing ADDED FAT, eliminating a
Is it possible that prostrate cancer can be prevented by eating a lot of vegetables?
Since lack of vitamins can cause a lot of deficiency in our body, then it is possible that prostrate cancer can also be caused by lack of a particular vitamin.
Studies clearly show vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of cancers. This link shows that areas low in UVB rays (needed to create vitamin D in the skin) have higher incidences of cancer and multiple sclerosis; they have looked at ovarian, colon and breast cancer in this study>>>http://www.sunarc.org/
Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer >>>
This video is a very interesting (approx 20 minute) presentation by William Li, MD, CEO and Scientific Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation.
"Can we Eat to Starve Cancer?">>>
The answer is yes we can eat to stave cancer. Angiogenesis is the process by which blood vessels feed cells nutrients and oxygen. Cancer cells cannot live if angiogenesis is not occurring. So anti angiogenesis foods help prevent blood vessels forming and feeding the cancer.
A study of 76 000 men over 20 years showed those who eat 2 - 3 cooked tomatoes (good source of lycopene which is anti angiogenesic) reduced the risk of developing prostate cancer by 40 - 50%.
Those men who developed prostate cancer, those who ate more tomato sauce in the group were found to have less blood vessels feeding their cancer.
To read more, read more in an article from the April edition of Oprah magazine.
The Best Way to Prevent Cancer: A Good Diet>>>
It has also been shown, an increase in prostate cancer drinking more than 3 glasses of milk a day.
"Epidemiologic evidence strongly suggests that dietary factors play a major role in prostate cancer progression and mortality, with protective effects associated with consumption of fruit (particularly tomatoes), vitamin E, and selenium, and increased risk linked to dairy products, meat, and fat."
See more info here>>>>http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/prostate_dairy.php
Are there 2 types of calcium? One from dairy and one from plants?
Reason I'm asking is because my friend and I was having a discussion. I was under the impression that if I stopped all my dairy intake, I would be fine as long as I got my calcium and vitamin-D from other sources (veggies, sun). He said that my bones and teeth would deteriorate anyways because the calcium in plants was not the same kind of calcium found in dairy.
So are there two different types of calcium? If there is, can you cite proof from a trusted site? Thanks sooo much!
Milk feeds the babies of a mammal. Human breast milk is for human babies. Cow milk is for a cow's baby. Whale milk is for a whale baby. Dog milk is for a dog baby. Goat milk is for a goat's baby. When we are old enough to get our nutrition from other foods, we no longer need mom's breast milk, and we do not require the baby milk of any other species to meet our needs for calcium or any other nutrient.
Most adults in the world cannot properly digest milk because about 3/4 of people will greatly reduce production of the enzyme lactase as we age. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA182741
Some plant-based foods are better for calcium than others, which is why it's important to make better choices. The American Dietetic Association, the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the world, stated in their position paper on vegetarian diets, "Low-oxalate greens (eg, bok choy, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, collards, and kale) and fruit juices fortified with calcium citrate malate are good sources of highly bioavailable calcium (50% to 60% and 40% to 50%, respectively), while calcium-set tofu, and cow s milk have good bioavailability of calcium (about 30% to 35%)" http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/2009_ADA_position_paper.pdf But they did go on to say, "Oxalates in some foods, such as spinach and Swiss chard, greatly reduce calcium absorption, making these vegetables a poor source of usable calcium. Foods rich in phytate may also inhibit calcium absorption"
Why do potassium supplements only contain two percent of the daily required value?
Every potassium supplement I have come across says that it only contains 2% of the daily required value. What does this mean? Obviously if its only two percent it can't be a "supplement" unless you take about 50 pills. Is it really only 2%?
The reason also happens to be one of the more unusual trivia facts about the FDA, and it happens to intertwine with the history of execution in the United States.....
One of the very first laws the newly formed F.D.A made was to place a limit on the amount of potassium (k+) in a supplement. Why 99 mgs? It was totally arbitrary - the man who suggested the law was standing in front of congress (I can't recall his name) he was asked on the spot what the limit should be - he picked 100 as 'a nice round' number - he also picked a very low number for a very good reason - they really didn't know very much at all about how potassium worked in the body at the time...but they did know that it contained the power to save and to take life. It was just starting to be used for lethal injection as 'the humane alternative' to the electric chair - so he figured a really low limit was a good idea. There was every intention of going back and changing it after they knew more about how potassium functioned in the body, but somehow they just never got around to it.
So yes, it really is 2%
You know - I sold vitamins for years, you would be amazed how infrequently I was asked that question - you get a star just for being observant
What are the chances he has a low sperm count?
We've been having unprotected intercourse for 13 months-timing intercourse with ovulation for 4 of those months. My Dr. wants to do a semen analysis.. what are the chances he has a low sperm count? He is 23 years old.. has diabetes type 1 but is otherwise healthy. What puts a man at risk for low sperm count? Especially at such a young age, is it really that likely? Thanks!
Sperm count is an important factor of consideration where male fertility is considered. While it actually takes only a single sperm to fertilize an egg, having just a single sperm count guarantee fertilization.
Semen is a white or grey liquid that is ejaculated from the tube in your penis when you reach a climax after sexual excitement and/or intercourse. You have a normal sperm count if there are at least 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen. In order to be able to conceive, at least 60% of these sperm should have a normal shape and move forward normally (i.e. have motility).
However these are ideal numbers and men with
low sperm count have also fathered children just as men with higher sperm counts have failed. The best way to determine if you have a low sperm count is to get a medical evaluation. You can consult an urologist for this evaluation as they are skilled in the process. Most urologists would also be able to recommend appropriate therapy where required.
Semen is purely a transportation medium to carry the sperm into the female reproductive system; in other words it is meant only for reproduction. While semen ejaculation comes about as a result of orgasm and sexual excitement, erection and orgasm are two separately controlled mechanisms. Semen ejaculation is not compulsory for enjoyable sex.
Sperm count may be caused by a number of reasons including:
(a) Age: While it is not clear how age affects male fertility, there is growing evidence it is a key player. Most men below 39 tend to have the necessary sperm count of more than 60% with the numbers falling to slightly over half after this age.
(b) Temporary or lifestyle related causes such as:
1. Emotional stress: When you are stressed, it caused hormonal changes in your body which is believed to interfere with sperm counts.
2. Sexual issues: If you are facing sexual issues like intercourse problems or technique or differences with your partner about the way you have intercourse, you may suffer from a lower sperm count.
3. Lubricants used: Sperm counts can also be affected by use of lubricants like spermicides, oils and Vaseline. You should try to use a sperm friendly lubricant.
(c) Testicular exposure to extreme heat: Sperm count may temporarily fall if your testicles are exposed to higher temperatures, such as during fever, in a sauna or hot tubs. Fertility might also be impaired due to heat exposure at work.
(d) Substance abuse and addictions: Your sperm count can drop by as much as 50% on account of heavy use of drugs like marijuana and cocaine. There are receptors in the sperm for certain compounds in marijuana that resemble natural substances. These substances can impair the sperm s motility and the ability to penetrate the egg.
(e) Smoking: Smoking is known to lower sex drives and causes addicts to have less frequent sex. Moreover it can also reduce sperm count, sperm motility and the lifespan of the sperm.
(f) Nutrition deficiencies or malnutrition: Low sperm count may also occur due to deficiencies in your diet, especially of certain nutrients like vitamin C, selenium, zinc, and folate.
(g) Obesity: Many studies have found a direct link between obesity and a reduction in sexual drive as well as sperm count and fertility.
(h) Bicycling: Extreme biking has been known to cause impotence in men and also affect the sperm count. The testicles normally get pressurised due to the bicycle seat this may damage blood vessels and nerves responsible for erections. Off-road terrain biking, which exposes the body to more extreme shocks and vibrations also increases the chances of injuries to the scrotum and thereby sperm production and count.
(i) Genetic and hereditary factors: Genetic factors also play an important role in sperm count and fertility. These factors may be hereditary in nature or environment induced. Inherited factors include Cystic Fibrosis, Klinefelter Syndrome and Kartagener Syndrome.
(j) Environmental factors: Heavy exposure to environment factors like toxins, chemicals, and infections can lead to a lowering in sperm production either on account of direct affects on testicular function or by affecting changes in hormones.
(k) Exposure to heavy metals: Sperm count may also be affected by chronic exposure to heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, or arsenic. These metals have the ability to cause reduced production even in health males. Moreover these metals can affect the motility of the sperm even when present in trace amounts.
(l) Radiation treatment: Radiation treatments and x-rays inhibit any rapidly dividing cells; so testicle cells that produce sperm are bound to be highly sensitive to radiation damage. If by any chance these cells are exposed to heavy levels of radiation, they can be damaged badly and require as long as two years to return to normal sperm production. In extreme circumstances, they may never recover.
(m) Low semen levels: When there is a structural abnormality in the tubes transporting the semen through the penis, it may reduce the amount of semen ejaculated which in turn might lead to a lowered sperm count.
Your low sperm count can be the result of just one of the above factors or a combination of several of them. So it is necessary to get a proper idea about the reason behind your low sperm count and this can only be done through a medical consultation. Only your doctor can decide the best therapy for you in order to increase sperm count.
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How long will it take to grow my hair out 3 inches?
My hair is a little damaged.
I am going to try to stay away from my straightener and today I will trim it to get rid of split ends.
How long do you think this will take?
Also, if you know anything that will actually make it grow faster tell me that too:D
It may grow very slowly or none at all if you've straightened your hair in the past. Trimming it will improve by 50% but there's no guarantee it will continue to grow.
You get the strength & all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man like John Frieda or GNC, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Horses don't abuse their hair, using heating tools, and they eat better than people, but it won't add more hair & make their hair longer faster.Shampoo intended for animals may contain insecticides or other medications for treatment of skin conditions or parasite infestations such as fleas or mange. These must never be used on humans.
Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child.
"Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as
liver), and dark green, orange, red, and yellow fruits and vegetables, which all
. Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such
as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
Zinc beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.
If having a lush, beautiful mane of healthy hair is important to you, don t just look to hot oil treatments and shine emollients. Eat these foods for healthy hair and say bye-bye to bad hair days.
I know hair. I have 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.
What is the best multivitamin availible on the market?
I am talking the absolute best for men. thanks
Super Multivitamins & Minerals
Most of us don't get the nutrients we need for a variety of reasons. Also, as we age, it can be more difficult to absorb and utilise certain nutrients.
Energy requirements decline with age particularly if physical activity is restricted. However, our requirements for protein, vitamins and minerals remain the same so it is vital that food choices are nutritionally dense, providing a rich supply of nutrients throughout the day.
Multivitamins are a collection of many different essential vitamins required in small quantities for growth, development and for the proper functioning of metabolism. The best natural sources are obtained through the food you consume, but getting everything you need be difficult.
Those of you who feel you are not getting enough of the required vitamins and minerals through a daily diet, should consider a multivitamin supplement.
Our Super Multivitamins and Minerals formulation contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the key vitamins and minerals your body will need to remain healthy; whatever your lifestyle.
Vitamin A (Retinol)
For the maintenance of healthy hair, skin, nails, good vision, teeth and gums.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1.4mg 100% ECRDA
Used by the body to release energy from food and to maintain the health of the digestive and nervous system.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1.7mg 100% ECRDA
Needed for energy release. Not easily absorbed by the body.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 6mg 100% ECRDA
Plays a vital role in releasing energy from food and also makes anti-bodies to fight invading germs and bacteria.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 2mcg 100% ECRDA
Helps produce serotonin (a brain chemical affecting moods, behaviour and sleep).
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) 1mcg 100% ECRDA
Essential for the normal metabolism of nerve tissue and for the healthy condition of the myelin sheath which insulates the nerve fibres. Vitamin B12 is also necessary for the formation of healthy red blood cells and for energy.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 30mcg 505 ECRDA
Is an excellent antioxidant as well as helping maintain healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin and blood cells. It also assists in the uptake of iron.
Vitamin D 5mcg 100% ECRDA
Also known as the "sunshine vitamin" as it is formed in the skin by the action of the sun on cholesterol. Vitamin D aids the absorption of calcium from the diet. Also aids the utilisation of potassium and phosphorus required for healthy bones.
Vitamin E 3.350mg 50% ECRDA
Is an excellent antioxidant as well as helping maintain a healthy heart, skin and blood cells.
Calcium 46.4mg 2.9% ECRDA
Is the most abundant mineral in the body. Found in teeth, bones, soft tissues, nerves, muscles and blood. Calcium is lost daily through the urine so a regular intake either from calcium rich foods is required or through supplementation.
Phosphorus 18mg 2.3% ECRDA
Is present in every cell in the body and it is involved in most of the body's physiological chemical reactions. Phosphorus is needed to form strong bones and teeth and to activate the B complex vitamins.
Iron 1mg 7.1% ecrda
Is a vital trace mineral used by the body to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is found in the red blood cells and transports the oxygen in the blood stream around the body.
Magnesium 15mg 5% ECRDA
Helps the body utilise vitamins, calcium and other minerals. When combined with Vitamin B6, magnesium ensures that calcium is deposited in the bone.
Is an important antioxidant trace mineral that works in conjunction with Vitamin E.
Present in all body tissues and plays a vital role in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, energy and lipids in addition to helping maintain healthy skin. 7.5mg 50% ECRDA
Hope this helps. . . . . . . . .
Scientists have discovered that we all belong to the black race, going back in time the first man & woman blck?
Research shows that travelling to different parts of the world the texture of our colour and skin change even our physical features . How do some of you view this, what are your opinions?
We humans did start out in Africa, and we were all black.
The out of Africa migration was done during the first half of the Pleistrocence period. It was a time of ice ages, when sea levels dropped significantly and there was increased rainfall in many regions. At the same time Homo erectus was making stone tools and was able to use fire. The question of his being able to create fire has not yet been answered. Given the favorable climate and the increased skills to control his environment, Homo erectus spread out of Africa.
As for skin color:
"In their analysis of human evolutionary history, Jablonski and Chaplin concluded that modern humans most likely evolved in the tropics, where they were exposed to high UV levels. But as they moved into regions away from the equator, where UV levels are lower, humans became fairer so as to allow enough UV radiation to penetrate their skin and produce vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," also obtained from eating fish and marine mammals. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy blood levels of calcium and phosphorous, and thus promoting bone growth.
Skin color, according to Jablonski and Chaplin, basically becomes a balancing act between the evolutionary demands of photo-protection and the need to create vitamin D in the skin.
One of the important implications of Jablonski and Chaplin's work is that it underlines the concept of race as purely a social construct, with no scientific grounds. DNA research has shown that genetically all humans, regardless of skin color and other surface distinctions, are basically the same. In an April 2001 article titled, "The Genetic Archaeology of Race," published in the Atlantic Monthly, Steve Olson writes "the genetic variants affecting skin color and facial features are essentially meaningless they probably involve a few hundred of the billions of nucleotides in a person's DNA. Yet societies have built elaborate systems of privilege and control on these insignificant genetic differences."
"Before the mass global migrations of people during the last 500 years, dark skin color was mostly concentrated in the southern hemisphere near the equator and light color progressively increased further away, as illustrated in the map below. In fact, the majority of dark pigmented people lived within 20 of the equator. Most of the lighter pigmented people lived in the northern hemisphere north of 20 latitude."
In short, while "race" is a big deal. the .01% variation in the human species means at the most, we're no more then 50th cousins.
What kind of exercise should one include in their diets?
I've been on a (personal) diet for 6 months now and I've lost 25KGs. I used to walk 20 minutes a day and later on, I started doing cardio exercise (like aerobics).
However, I've read that if you don't exercise, you body will become saggy when you lose weight - but what kind of exercise should be included in order for this not to happen? Aerobics, Walking, what?
Thanks in advance.
Beans: Black beans, navy beans, garbanzos, and lentils are good options.
Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and pecans are great choices.
Soy products: Try tofu, soy milk, tempeh, and veggie burgers for a change.
Avoid salted or sugary nuts and refried beans.
Downsize your portions of protein. Most people in the U.S. eat too much protein. Try to move away from protein being the center of your meal. Focus on equal servings of protein, whole grains, and vegetables.
Focus on quality sources of protein, like fresh fish, chicken or turkey, tofu, eggs, beans or nuts. When you are having meat, chicken, or turkey, buy meat that is free of hormones and antibiotics.
Healthy eating tip 8: Add calcium for strong bones
Calcium is one of the key nutrients that your body needs in order to stay strong and healthy. It is an essential building block for lifelong bone health in both men and women, among many other important functions.
You and your bones will benefit from eating plenty of calcium-rich foods, limiting foods that deplete your body s calcium stores, and getting your daily dose of magnesium and vitamins D and K nutrients that help calcium do its job.
Recommended calcium levels are 1000 mg per day, 1200 mg if you are over 50 years old. Take a vitamin D and calcium supplement if you don t get enough of these nutrients from your diet.
Good sources of calcium include:
Dairy: Dairy products are rich in calcium in a form that is easily digested and absorbed by the body. Sources include milk, yogurt, and cheese.
Vegetables and greens: Many vegetables, especially leafy green ones, are rich sources of calcium. Try turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, kale, romaine lettuce, celery, broccoli, fennel, cabbage, summer squash, green beans, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and crimini mushrooms.
Beans: For another rich source of calcium, try black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, white beans, black-eyed peas, or baked beans.
See Calcium & Your Bones: Calcium-Rich Foods, Vitamins, and Supplements for Strong Bones.
Healthy eating tip 9: Limit sugar and salt
If you succeed in planning your diet around fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and good fats, you may find yourself naturally cutting back on foods that can get in the way of your healthy diet sugar and salt.
Sugar causes energy ups and downs and can add to health and weight problems. Unfortunately, reducing the amount of candy, cakes, and desserts we eat is only part of the solution. Often you may not even be aware of the amount of sugar you re consuming each day. Large amounts of added sugar can be hidden in foods such as bread, canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, fast food, soy sauce, and ketchup. Here are some tips:
Avoid sugary drinks. One 12-oz soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it, more than the daily recommended limit! Try sparkling water with lemon or a splash of fruit juice.
Eat naturally sweet food such as fruit, peppers, or natural peanut butter to satisfy your sweet tooth.
How sugar is hidden on food labels
Check food labels carefully. Sugar is often disguised using terms such as:
cane sugar or maple syrup
corn sweetener or corn syrup
honey or molasses
brown rice syrup
crystallized or evaporated cane juice
fruit juice concentrates, such as apple or pear
maltodextrin (or dextrin)
Dextrose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, or Sucrose
Most of us consume too much salt in our diets. Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to other health problems. Try to limit sodium intake to 1,500 to 2,300 mg per day, the equivalent of one teaspoon of salt.
Avoid processed or pre-packaged foods. Processed foods like canned soups or frozen dinners contain hidden sodium that quickly surpasses the recommended limit.
Be careful when eating out. Most restaurant and fast food meals are loaded with sodium. See Healthy Fast Food for tips on making healthier fast food choices.
Opt for fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned vegetables.
Cut back on salty snacks such as potato chips, nuts, and pretzels.
Choose low-salt or reduced-sodium products.
Try slowly reducing the salt in your diet to give your taste buds time to adjust.
Healthy eating tip 10: Plan quick and easy meals ahead
Healthy eating starts with great planning. You will have won half the healthy diet battle if you have a well-stocked kitchen, a stash of quick and easy recipes, and plenty of healthy snacks.
What other food consist of the nutrients that meat does?
Can someone give me a list of foods that consist of the same nutrients as meat, but also have a reasonable price? Thanx!:D
You'll need to research which nutrients are in meat, then which veggies contain the same. But it won't be easy. Humans evolved as omnivores...meaning we get some nutrients better from veggies; some from meat.
Protein is one that we get more efficiently from meat. Protein is made up of amino acids. We make some of those amino acids in our body, the rest we must get from our diet. Meat, eggs and dairy products contain all the amino acids needed for complete protein. Most veggies only contain some. So the vegetarain must eat a wide variety and a lot of them every day (not every meal) so their body will combine them into the complete protein it needs. Beans, peas, legumes contain one important amino acid, lysine, so you need at least one serving of those every day. Three serving is better. Depending on your age and gender, you'll need about 50 grams of complete protein every day.
Iron from veggies is called non heme iron. It's much harder for your body to absorb and use than the heme iron in meat, eggs, and dairy products. Too little iron and you'll wind up anemic. Some green leafy veggies (think spinach) are rich in iron. But some of them also high in oxalates. Oxalates inhibit your body's ability to absorb calcium. Calcium is another concern for vegetarians.
Omega 3s are difficult to get in a vegetarian diet. Yes, you can get ALAs in flax seed, but most veg nutritionist recommend supplements (pills) for DHL. B vitamins are more difficult. In fact, B12 is not available from any source besides meat, eggs, and dairy products. You'll need to supplement: pills, shots, or eating manufactured B12 that's been added to highly processed foods. Not exactly a natural diet, huh?
Soy is the most available, reasonably priced meat substitute. But be careful about making soy the center of your diet. It's contains estrogen-like products. It's been tied to early puberty for girls, low sperm count in men, and thyroid disease. If you don't have thyroid disease, some soy is probably fine. Just don't make tofu, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, tofu, soy cooking oil, soy cereal, etc., the basis of your diet. Health agencies in at least France, Germany and Israel have issued health warnings to the public about eating too much soy. I think 30 mgs per day is considered safe.
And, yes, some Asian societies eat a lot of soy. But they eat fermented soy, not what's mostly available at such low prices here in the US.
what kind of cancer is the hardest to cure?
Cancer is a serious disease that i don't want other to have. Under what condition cancer cell can spread rapidly. How should it be best cured? I have heard that surgery is not the best way to be cured because of its serious side effect. Is there any particular food that the patient should avoid eating. Please answer.
Sorry i disagree with Rachel J and there is plenty of evidence to back this up. The kingdom of Hunza in Pakistan have 0% cancer..in 2000 years. New cells are needed to replace the dying ones....and where do you get the nutrients to create those new cells?...yep your diet. Even the American Medical Association has admitted 65% of all cancers could be prevented by a change of diet and lifestyle. I believe that is higher, but that is the evidence.
Avoid processed foods for one. A diet high in enzymes is essential and drink plenty of water daily. A detox every so often to get rid of toxin build up is recommended. The only thing that can cure you is your immune system..so improving your immune system is essential. Stress affects the immune system and kills cells so destressing is important. Avoid foods with chemical food additives, foods high in sugar, avoid transfats, polyunsaturated fats, vegetables oils, prescription drugs, vaccines with mercury additives.
Vitamin D has been proven in so many clinical trials to prevent cancer. Vitamin D activates the immune system so this vitamin is vital for good health. 10 - 15 minutes in the sun during the middle of the day will give you a good supply of vitamin D. However, supplements are more reliable. 5000iu a day is recommended along with a vitamin D serum level of 70ng/ml. In breast cancer vitamin D has shown in many studies to prevent this cancer by 60 - 70%! Other studies show increased prostate cancer in men who drink more than 4 glasses of milk a day. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest life expectancy rate of any cancer. 1% survival rate within 5 years. The pancreas is where digestive enzymes are stored (50% to digest your food, the rest is to come from raw foods in the diet). A diet low in enzymes puts pressure on this organ to try an produce more enzymes. In a study, 100% of americans had an enlarged pancreas by the age of 40. Please check out the following links which goes into this further:
Diseases don't just happen:
Kingdom of Hunza:
Enzymes for health:
Vitamin D Deficiency, the Ignored Epidemic of the Developed World Vitamin D:
Oils for health:
Is there a difference between being a vegetarian and a vegan?
I want to become meat-free but I also want my nutrition too. If anyone knows of a site of vegetarian dishes too, please let me know. Thank you in advance!
Hey there, thank you for thinking about the animals.
To be vegan is to try and minimise the suffering you inflict on animals, this largely involves a strict-vegetarian diet (no meat or animal products) but isn't limited to this - vegans don't contribute to animal exploitation by buying leather, silk, wool, don't abuse animals for entertainment and find non-animal tested alternatives for cosmetics and toiletrees. It's a lifestyle, not just a diet as most people think - as animals don't only suffer for what you eat.
Vegetarianism or even veganism is not nearly as hard as the public, the popular press and meat and animal product industries like to make out.
All of the things in meat, dairy and eggs can be replaced with plant-based alternatives that are far healthier.
You don't need supplements, and all the essential nutrients can be found in vegetation - often, vegetarians and vegans are healthier because they consume more vitamins and things like that in their diet.
Protein is not an issue. A few vegan foods even have more protein content than milk and meat. Most Westerners have too much protein (I heard 100 grams a day, they don't even need 50) and it causes all sorts of problems when it's from animal sources, such as osteoporosis.
Calcium is not a problem either. In fact, protein from animal sources can drain the calcium from the bones, so calcium isn't nearly as useful if you're eating a non-vegan diet. Calcium is readily available in a number of vegan foods, from leafy greens and fortified products such as soya milk.
Iron is the same - you can get it in lots of vegetation and even in nuts.
There are a lot of links from meat and animal products to various cancers (particularly bowel cancer), gastric ulcers, renal calculi (kidney stones), obesity, hypertention, heart disease, cholesterol and excessive mucus and other respiratory complaints
Dr. Colin Campbell, a top biochemist, says that cow's milk protein is possibly the most potential carcinogen exposed to man on a day to day basis - have a look at the China Study. Common sense serves here, drinking what is meant for the infants of another species is bound to cause problems - there are natural growth hormones in milk that are basically telling your feet to grow into hooves - it seems likely to be able to cause cell mutations, don't you think?
There are vegetarian and vegan alternatives to everything, and by all means your health should improve provided you take a little care with a big dietary change (they can upset your system whether for better or worse - lifetime habits with things as fundamental as food can be tricky to break)
It's good if you go vegetarian from meat-eating, it'll save lots of animals lives, but I would strongly recommend you consider veganism. Animals in the egg and dairy industry are treated much the same as those in the meat industry - calves are shot in the head at birth or raised as veal through the milk industry (dairy cows must have calves every year to give milk) and day old male chicks (that is when they can be sexed) are macerated (ground up alive), gassed or just left to die, since they only need hens for eggs.
Vegetarianism would be a good step towards veganism, and I would certainly condone it if you are worried about your body at first, but please do keep veganism in mind, it really isn't all that hard and makes a world of difference to the animals (once source suggests that the average-meat eater ends the life of 2000 animals in his/her lifetime) and of course to the planet and to yourself.
I hope all this helps!
With the best intentions,
P.S. Please feel free to e-mail me about anything to do with vegetarianism or veganism and even recipes, I'd be more than happy to help!