Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum syn. C. zeylanicum, Lauraceae; CV), a well-known spice derived from the inner bark of the tree, is indigenous to Sri Lanka and parts of India. Cinnamon is used in Ayurvedic medicine and marketed as a treatment for various ailments, including metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and arthritis. Compared to cassia cinnamon (C. … Continue reading Ceylon Cinnamon Reduces Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol in Healthy Adults
When plaques build up in the coronary arteries depriving the heart of oxygen-rich blood, coronary heart disease results. This lack of oxygen-rich blood can damage the heart and lead to a heart attack, angina, arrhythmia, and heart failure. Blood lipids, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides (TG), have been associated … Continue reading Systematic Review/Meta-analysis Finds Cinnamon Significantly Lowers Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides, but Not Low-Density Lipoprotein or High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol
Coconut oil has been all the rage for some time. Endorsed by a number of celebrities as a superfood, this tropical-smelling fat — often liberally applied to our skin and scalps — is a favorite of many. But the question remains: is it healthful or not? Are the health claims that adorn coconut oil based … Continue reading Is Coconut Oil Healthful Or Unhealthful?
The thyroid gland is one of the body’s most important components. The thyroid regulates hormone balance and contributes to weight, mood, and mental stability—and that barely scratches the surface. Because of the thyroid’s influence on so many of the body’s important, and even “secondary” functions, an unhealthy thyroid can have far-reaching, unexpected, and odd effects … Continue reading 10 Symptoms of Thyroid Problems.
Cholesterol, poor circulation, and high blood pressure can prevent the heart from running smoothly. Thankfully, nature provides herbal remedies to support this vital life source and keep it running optimally. When we talk about vitality in body, mind, and spirit, no organ takes center stage with more panache than the heart. Its rhythmic beating helps … Continue reading Herbs For A Healthy Heart
Many people think of cholesterol as something that should be as low as possible. After all, high cholesterol is a well-documented risk factor for heart disease.Tens of millions of Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs or should be taking them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, cholesterol levels are more complicated than that. High-density lipoprotein … Continue reading When High Cholesterol is Good
Eating shrimp as part of a balanced diet is not only safe but can offer a person several key nutrients. Doctors previously recommended against eating shrimp as part of a heart-healthy diet, citing the high levels of cholesterol. However, after years of research and a better understanding of what contributes to heart disease and higher … Continue reading Is Shrimp High in Cholesterol? Nutritional and Heart Health Information