Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sesame removes cholesterol and boosts immunity

Favorite Food Oriental and North African nations, sesame has long moved with us.

It is used in various ways. In many traditional dishes, cakes, candy, cream, bread and rolls, sesame is one of the most important ingredients. And for its curative effect against hair loss, dandruff, toothache, tinnitus, sciatica, disorders in breastfeeding know the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Indians and Chinese.

The seed contains between 45 and 60 percent grade oil used for cooking, salad and save the margarine. It is very healing because its seeds contain the highest concentration of phytosterols, an ingredient similar in chemical structure to cholesterol.

Phytosterols have the power, if they are sufficiently present in the diet, to reduce cholesterol levels, improve immunity and reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Sesame is extremely rich in iron, and it is sufficient to enter only 25 grams of seeds to meet the daily needs of a man half of this mineral. In addition to the large amounts of iron are present as calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium and selenium.

From vitamins, includes vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from aging appearance of tumors and heart disease. At the same time, and an excellent source of thiamine B1, B6 pyridoxine, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid. Sezamin is another important component in protecting the liver from oxidative damage. Protein and omega-6 fatty acids are also important ingredients of sesame for health care.

Studies have shown that sesame effective against inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma attacks. Although difficult for sensitive stomachs, sesame still occasionally be consumed as a perfect cleanser of the digestive tract. Of course, a little heat must first be processed, that is propeče and fry over low heat.

For people who do not have enough calcium in the body, a sesame food choices. A single teaspoon of seed soak in 0.5 ounces of yogurt and leave it overnight. Eat in the morning on an empty stomach. The process repeated continuously.

The powerful ingredients that are used in the meat and eggplant are very useful allies in the struggle that we take every day for health. The results confirmed that there is no doubt that it is a vegetable that should be as common in our plates.

Real wealth in the form of a multitude of fibers and not insignificant amounts of vitamins B1 and B6, and potassium is in the eggplant.
And is an excellent source of copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, niacin and folic acid.
All the above mentioned high-value goods, and many other fruits in dark blue which has a low-volume eggplant ranked among the vegetables that should be on the table is often.
Nasunin, a powerful antioxidant from eggplant peel, is highly effective in preventing oxidative degeneration of lipids. That's why eggplant is very successful in the fight against cholesterol, which was confirmed by the results of several scientific studies and research.

However, scientists still do not dare to extract I mentioned substances used for the same purposes as several studies have proved inadequate. Announced new research that should solve that dilemma.

Preventive role
Angiogenesis is a physiological process of building new blood vessels, but also part of the process of growth and healing of wounds. It also participates in the growth of malignant tumors and their spread around the body as it supplies the cancer cells with oxygen and nutrients.

Results of research conducted by the Department of Nutritional Sciences experts in Japan showed that the angiogenesis inhibitor nasunin and could be helpful in the prevention of diseases in which angiogenesis participates progress.
Anticijanini which also has the use of eggplant have similar inhibitory effects, that is, prevent the growth of some cancer cells.
Experts point out that the particular diet rich eggplant advised for better control of type 2 diabetesExcellent balance of high fiber content and low soluble carbohydrate vegetables makes it ideal for the regulation of blood sugar levels.
It is believed that the eggplant originated in India where it is grown as a wild plant, and it was first grown in China as a plant whose fruits are used in the diet.
In Europe, it became very popular during the Middle Ages. By 18 century, the French and Italians have mastered the cultivation of vegetables. In America he only arrived in the early 19th century.

Cholesterol, along with triglycerides, fats in the human blood, is necessary for the normal functioning of the body. Without cholesterol we would not be able to live, but not good if you have too much, because his high blood level risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

In addition to the intake of food, mainly that of animal origin, cholesterol is produced in the human liver.He has, to mention only the most important of his role, component of cell membranes, is necessary in the creation of sex hormones and adrenal hormones and indispensable participant in the process of bile acid formation.

What are LDL and HDL cholesterol

Celebrity is a division of the LDL-cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol, but what is actually their functions in our body?

How does the cholesterol could be transported by blood from the liver or digestive system to every cell and tissue in the body, it combines with certain proteins in lipoproteins. The most important types of lipoproteins are LDL and HDL particles, the first cholesterol deposited in organs and tissues, and therefore in the walls of blood vessels, and the latter collects excess cholesterol from the body and tissues and carry it to the liver, "cleansing" so the body from excessive amounts of fat. This is why LDL cholesterol from lipoproteins called "bad", and that the HDL "good".

Preferred value

The recommended value of total cholesterol should be less than 5.0 mmol / L. In doing so, LDL-cholesterol should not exceed 3.0 mmol / L, while HDL-cholesterol should be as high as possible, and its lowest recommended value of 1.0 mmol / L. Higher levels of HDL-cholesterol indicates a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cholesterol levels are not "sealed". They are variable and subject to be influenced lifestyles, mostly eating habits, level of physical activity and intake of drugs (statins).

It is not only the heart attack

Elevated cholesterol levels are one of the most important risk factor for developing heart and cardiovascular disease. The misconception is that high cholesterol "torture" only the elderly - increased levels of fat in the blood and can lead young people to the development of plaque (plaque) on the walls of blood vessels, and it is a time when there will be some kind of blockage.

However, recent studies show that because too much LDL cholesterol in the blood does not suffer the heart and blood vessels, but its high-value can significantly increase the risk of developing dementia in the nursing age, Alzheimer's disease or damage to the brain vessels.

American and Finnish researchers looked at over 40 years old are about 10 thousand women and men.They found that in cases where the value of total cholesterol of more than 6.1 mmol / L, the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease increases by 60 percent. However, at lower levels, but higher than 5.1 mmol / L, the risk of developing dementia increases by approximately 50 percent. Why that is so is not explained, but research has shown that people who have high cholesterol and have it for the long term by lowering drugs markedly less frequently suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

"Epidemic" affecting one-third of adults

In Europe, nearly a third of the adult population has high cholesterol. Increased risk of developing dementia is another reason why we should do something against the "epidemic" of excessive cholesterol.

Effective medical measures statin therapy. These are drugs that lower cholesterol levels in the blood by acting on the enzyme that controls its production in the liver, and are used in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis. A recent study conducted at Boston's Harvard Medical School on more than 17 thousand patients found that statin therapy can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by 44 percent.The same is true, according to the results, and for people who do not necessarily have high cholesterol, but have elevated inflammatory markers.

Cholesterol is not the only measure

On the other hand, because the levels of bad cholesterol can be lowered by introducing healthy habits, often discussing what should be the limit beyond which high cholesterol should be treated with medication. In assessing the risk of developing heart and cardiovascular disease is not taken into account only the value of cholesterol levels, but the overall individual risk patients.

Mainly in people who have no symptoms and have no other risk factors considered threshold value 6.1 mmol / L (240 mg / dl) for total cholesterol and 4.1 mmol / L (160 mg / dl) for LDL-cholesterol. If the patient are risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, lack of movement, smoking or heart disease and vascular disease in parents and brothers, is considered the limit 5.1 mmol / L (200 mg / dl) for total and 3.3 mmol / L (130 mg / dl) for LDL-cholesterol.

The limit is further lowered in patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes or suffered heart attacks.Total cholesterol in this case should not be higher than 3.8 mmol / L (150 mg / dl), and LDL-cholesterol should be kept below 1.8 mmol / L (70 mg / dl).

Treatment and sports nutrition

It is relatively easy because of the variability of cholesterol, the first step to achieving and maintaining its healthy values ​​should not be drugs. Often it is enough to improve the situation to introduce certain changes to the diet. Especially beneficial effect Mediterranean cuisine with lots of vegetables and fruits, frequent eating fish instead of meat and healthy fats such as olive oil. The daily intake of fat should not be higher than 60 grams.

Another effective way to lower cholesterol levels is a regular moderate physical activity. Research conducted at the University of North Carolina has been carried for 12 years has shown that as well as women who pursue sport light only 30 minutes a week improves cholesterol balance. To such physical activity should really be all that force the - we will not even feel any pain in the muscles after such a mild recreation, and the benefits will be.

Different fats from food

Polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3, which is rich in fish from cold seas such as mackerel, salmon and herring, are considered "good" fats because they lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Recommended two portions of fish a week with 200 g of fish.

Omega-6 fatty acids which have in-oil sunflower seeds, corn and wheat are considered "good" fats only conditionally. They stimulate the healing of wounds or defend against infection, but if it's too much, they lose their positive effects.

And simple unsaturated fatty acid found in olive oil, canola oil, nuts and seeds lower LDL-cholesterol.

Saturated fatty acids of lard, bacon, meat, milk, cheese, butter and eggs, and avocados and coconuts, raise the value of fat in the blood, increasing the risk of heart attack and blockage of blood vessels.

Trans fatty acids formed during the industrial process of hydrogenation of vegetable oils. These are rich in unhealthy fat fried potatoes, potato chips and ready meals. Such foods Strategy should be as rare on the menu.

What happens with excess cholesterol?

If the body of excess cholesterol, the body can not use. Because cholesterol remains in the blood and gradually deposited on the walls of blood vessels. In the process of blood vessel damage and atherosclerosis, the walls of blood vessels, mostly arteries accumulate fat, inflammatory cells and collagen fibers. This process is most favorable for elevated LDL-cholesterol levels, dangerous substances into our body and go into the blood (such as nicotine) and damage caused by high blood pressure. Mentioned deposits (plaques) gradually narrowing the scope of the arteries and reduce its elasticity causing cardiovascular disease.

You need to eat to lower a type of cholesterol known as LDL (low density lipoprotein, which means low-density lipoprotein), and other types raise HDL (high density lipoprotein).

The reason is that the LDL "bad guys" that serve as raw material for deposits in the arteries. In contrast to these "good guys" HDL LDL devoured and taken to the liver where they are destroyed.
Apparently the safer your arteries if you have more HDL and less LDL cholesterol in the blood. Certain foods that are achieved by destroying the harmful LDL cholesterol and HDL creating useful.

According to the theory of Dr.. Steinberg arteries become narrowed by special forms of oxygen known as free radicals collide in blood with fatty molecules LDL cholesterol oxidizing them. Thus, LDL rancidity, like butter when you stay out of the fridge.

In this altered state it quickly devoured cells called macrophages. Overfilled fat droplets (GLOBUL), macrophages are increasing and becoming terrible "foam cells" that are drawn on the walls of arteries and trigger their destruction.

But if you are able to prevent the toxic change, your LDL cholesterol may remain relatively harmless. So the main problem is not the amount of LDL cholesterol in your blood, but how much of that cholesterol is "toxic oxidized LDL," which can cause narrowing of the arteries.

That diet can be a powerful weapon. There is growing evidence that toxic transformation of LDL cholesterol can prevent by taking foods that contain lots of protective antioksidanasa.To means that you can only influence the formation of atherosclerosis in each period of life, blocking the cascade of events that leads to narrowing of the arteries, a heart attack and stroke.

Foods that can detoksikovati bad LDL cholesterol, which may increase the levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol

• Olive oil presses cold
• Onions, raw
• Garlic
• salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna and other fatty fish with omega 3 fatty acids
• The oil from the seeds of grapes
• Avocados
• Oats
• Nuts almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts
• Vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin "C" and especially red peppers and broccoli
• Foods rich in beta carotene, carrots, broccoli, apricots, pumpkin
• Red wine
• As well as foods that contain soluble fiber in particular legumes and whole grains.

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is naturally present in the human body. Necessary
for the synthesis of hormones from the group of corticosteroids, including the sex hormones
(Estrogens, progesterone, testosterone). In addition, it is necessary for the production of
bile salts, and the digestion of fat from food in the intestines is impossible without these salts.
With other fats cholesterol is a natural component of blood, but only to a certain extent.
Elevated blood cholesterol is dangerous to your health. With diabetes, elevated
blood pressure and smoking, increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood is one of four
The most important cause of risk for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

First What is "excessive amount of cholesterol in the blood?"

For healthy people, in whose family there was no coronary disease cholesterol in the blood would
supposed to be greater than 5.0 mmol / l.
It is the amount of total cholesterol in the blood, but it is necessary to distinguish between "useful"
(HDL) from "harmful" (LDL) cholesterol. There is only one form of cholesterol molecules,
but blood cholesterol molecules have a different path. LDL cholesterol is the cholesterol
that the LDL particles, and from them is deposited on the walls of blood vessels causing
arteriosclerosis. He then builds up in the form of deposits that arterioskleroznih
reduce the volume and flow of the blood vessels. Fortunately there are HDL particles
mitigate these adverse effects. They contain HDL cholesterol. These particles accumulate excess
cholesterol from a place where there are too many and relate it to the liver. Therefore, the HDL particles
cleaner worth the blood vessels. Normal amount of LDL cholesterol less than 3 mmol /
lit and HDL cholesterol should be greater than 1 mmol / liter.

Second When to check blood cholesterol?

If a person comes from a family in which there were suffering from diseases such as heart
heart attack, stroke, if you suffer from diabetes, smoke or have high blood
Pressure should check the cholesterol level in the 20th age.
If a person has no health problems that could affect the level of cholesterol in the blood,
for example. severe liver disease, kidney or thyroid gland, men are recommended
checking cholesterol levels in the blood once in three years of the 45th years and women
once in three years after the 55th years (or after menopause).

3rd Can the increased amount of cholesterol in the blood cause a heart attack?

The major risk factors for heart disease and vascular disease, including stroke, are increased
blood cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure. It threatens the health of all
blood vessels. Risk of heart attack increases with the number of
cause of the risk, but high cholesterol is the most important cause of heart attacks.

4th Are men and women equal in danger?

Thanks to a protective effect of female sex hormones, estrogen, women are less
risk of vascular disease, and heart, but only up to menopause. After that threatens
them the same risk as men, if they have risk factors even higher.
Men are more vulnerable than women because male sex hormone testosterone lowers
"Good" HDL cholesterol, which removes fatty deposits on the walls of blood vessels.

5th Is obesity a sign of increased amounts of cholesterol in the blood?

An increased amount of cholesterol in the blood is not always associated with elevated body
weight. Most people suffering from very high amounts of cholesterol in the blood
caused by genetic - inherited predisposition Most commonly used are the normal body
weight or even skinny.
Yet people with overweight, especially excess fat people
tissue in the abdominal area are called. central or android obesity have increased
cholesterol in the blood. Fat accumulated in this part of the body is easy to move and easy
to the liver where they arise from lipoproteins, which are converted to LDL. Therefore, this
types of obesity (waist circumference greater than 88 cm, and 102 cm for men) increases
risk of atherosclerosis and the diseases it causes, and the most important are
heart attack and stroke.

6th Is the consumption of olive oil is sufficient protection?

Olive oil is the healthiest of all oils and beneficial effect on "harmful" hplesterol levels.
However the body does not provide protection against the harmful effects of cholesterol. Doctors recommend
one tablespoon of olive oil for one person firing, and two tablespoons of
seasoning salads.

7th What foods should be avoided?

It is assumed that half of the patients with elevated amounts of cholesterol in the blood
cause of inadequate nutrition, genetic predisposition for the other. The best way
maintaining a satisfactory level of cholesterol is a balanced, varied diet.
Some foods contain an increased amount of saturated fat and cholesterol eggs -
egg yolks, organ meats like liver and brain. Animal fats like butter,
dash, cured meats, full-fat hard cheeses, red meat also contain
Saturated fatty acids lead to an increase in LDL cholesterol.
Thus, a healthy diet is one in which all the groceries are represented, but where an
account of the quantities of food. It is important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables instead of a red
meat fish.

8th Do birth control pills increase the risk?

Birth control pills can affect the growth of already genetically determined elevated
amount of cholesterol in the blood, but will not raise the normal amount of cholesterol in healthy

9th Does long-term use of statins can be dangerous?

Statins inhibit cholesterol synthesis in the liver, and then indirectly encourage the removal of
cholesterol in the blood. It is prescribed for the treatment of elevated amounts of cholesterol in the blood if the
diets do not achieve the desired value. Statin drugs are the group
among the drugs with the least side effects. Only if the patient feels severe pain in
muscles should be on how to inform your doctor immediately.

10th How much higher amount of cholesterol hereditary?

Persons whose father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, sister or brother suffered a premature heart attack
(For men 55 years ago, and for women before 65 years of age) are at higher
risk for heart attack and stroke. Such persons are recommended for regular
up visits with blood pressure measurement and determination of cholesterol in the blood.

Cholesterol and triglycerides, according to doctors, fats that are necessary for life. Cholesterol is crucial to build cell membranes and produce some basic hormones, and triglycerides provide energy for cells. Both fats are mostly obtained from animal foods, are absorbed in the intestines and the bloodstream to the liver.

They are processed and then sent to all parts of the body. If the level of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol is too high, it starts to "sticks" to the surface of blood vessels, which encourages the development of atherosclerosis, reduces the elasticity of the arteries and can cause heart attack or stroke. When word of triglycerides, it was found that excess reduces the levels of good or HDL cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease.
It has been shown that an excess of fat in the blood can be reduced to normal, proper diet, medication, and teas. We suggest you the most effective herbal potions.

Resnik (Eupatorium cannabinum)

Although widespread plant (grows along rivers and streams) are rarely used. Medicinal properties are rooted extracted in the spring and harvested part of the plant above ground just before flowering. Is rich in essential oil, resin, potassium nitrate, silicon acid and bitter substances, and roots, besides this, it contains inulin.

Is used:
* To lower elevated levels of triglycerides and cholesterol
* To enhance the secretion of bile
* Against high blood pressure

Triglycerides to normal

- 3 Kasina chopped Resnik (above ground part of the plant in flower)
- 1/2 liter of water
Pour the plant at night and cover with boiling water, the morning strain and drink unsweetened tea in three doses, half an hour before eating.
TIP PLUS: Tea should be drunk at least three months. 

Troskot (Polygonum aviculare)

Blooms from spring to late fall, and medicinal properties have a whole plant in bloom. It contains vitamin C, heteroside, tannin, wax, resin and mucilage.

Is used:
* To lower high cholesterol
* To enhance digestion

Lower Cholesterol

- 3 tablespoons of aerial parts of knotweed
- 3 tablespoons of root Resnik
- 3 tablespoons of milfoil
- 3 tablespoons of bent grass
With half a liter of boiling water Pour 3 tablespoons of mixture and cover. After eight hours of strain and drink a cup of tea three times a day, half an hour before eating.

Maize (Zea mays)

In addition to fiber and folic acid, which contains grain, corn silk is rich in vitamin K3, saponosides, tannins, essential oil and salicylic acid.

Are used:
* To lower high cholesterol
* Against heart disease
* For better circulation

That blood prostruji

* Tablespoon dried silk
- 3 dl water
Add a tablespoon of corn silk in boiling water and cook for three minutes on low heat. Remove from the stove, cover and cooled strain the tea. Drink three times a day for a cup of tea without sugar.

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Medicinal properties have roots, leaves and seeds. Biennial roots collected in spring and autumn, rich inulin, mucus, and contains essential oils and bitter substances.

Is used:
* To lower high cholesterol
* Anti-inflammatory
* To encourage sweating

Of cholesterol

- Tablespoon chopped burdock root
- 3 tablespoons Resnik
- St. John's wort bucket
- Bucket yarrow
Pour three tablespoons of mixture with half a liter of boiling water, cover, leave overnight and in the morning strain and drink unsweetened tea in three doses, half an hour before eating.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

All parts of the plant are bitter and contain a white milky juice that is rich in medicinal ingredients. The root contains enzymes, essential oils, bitter substances, resins, fatty acids and many of inulin and sugar.

Is used:
* To clean up the blood
* Pain in the gall bladder and liver
* To increase urination

Root purifies the blood

- 100 g of dandelion root
- Per liter of water
The water put dandelion roots and cook the lid on the court 10 minutes on low heat. Drink a glass of tea four times a day, half an hour before eating. 

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