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How Can A Mediterranean Diet Improve Your Health?

Posted by healtheo360 on May 28, 2014 3:33:41 PM

Recent study led by King’s College in the UK shows the Mediterranean diet can reduce risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure, combined with physical exercise. Also prior studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet can also lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Psoriasis Remedies: 6 Simple Ways to Ease Psoriasis

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 24, 2014 3:33:34 PM

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin. Skin over produces cells which become red, inflamed and flaky. Sufferers can also develop patches of flaking skin called plaques. There is no known cure for this condition but there are some things you can do to help alleviate your troublesome symptoms.

Psoriasis Remedies #1

Fish Oil

Fish oils can be beneficial to the dryness of you skin. Either through the consumption of fish oil capsules or by applying it directly to the skin.

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Four Ways to Get Your Vitamin D from Food and Sun

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 12, 2014 12:09:55 PM

loongar/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Spring is here, and there’s no better time to work vitamin D into your daily routine.

The so-called sunshine nutrient is crucial for healthy bones and it might even stave off the country’s top killers: cancer and heart disease.

Sure, you could pop a supplement. But why not get your vitamin D the old-fashioned way: from good food and a bit of sun? Your body and wallet will thank you.Here's how:

Get a Boost at Breakfast for Vitamin D

Breakfast is a great time to get your vitamin D fix. Morning favorites like eggs, cereal, milk, yogurt and orange juice are packed with the nutrient. In fact, a bowl of cereal with milk and a cup of fortified OJ can deliver up to 75 percent of your recommended daily intake, according to the National Institutes of Health. Better yet: Make it brunch and take it outside. The late morning sun will up your dose of vitamin D.

Soak Up Some Sun for Vitamin D -- But Not Too Much

It’s true: sunlight converts chemicals in your skin into vitamin D. But don’t overdo it, because the same UV rays that work vitamin magic also raise the risk of skin cancer. Fifteen minutes of direct sunlight to the face, arms, back or legs three times a week is enough, according to the NIH. So cover up, find shade or slather on some sunscreen beyond that.

Feast on Fish for Vitamin D

Breakfast foods are good but nothing beats fish for vitamin D. Just three ounces of salmon packs a whopping 112 percent of your recommended daily intake, according to the NIH. Throw it on the barbecue outside for an added boost of vitamin D. Too busy to cook up salmon? Canned cooked tuna is an easy alternative with almost 40 percent of your recommended daily intake.

Stir Up a Smoothie for Vitamin D

Why not drink your vitamin D? Most milk is fortified with vitamin D, delivering nearly a third of your recommended daily intake. And yogurt packs a cool 20 percent. Toss in some fruit and voila: a delicious, nutritious treat.

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Doctor Disputes Benefits of Omega-3 in Fish, Corn and Sunflower Oils

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 18, 2014 9:58:01 AM

sirastock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Omega-3 may not be the wonderful supplement that health experts have touted for years.

In fact, Rajiv Chowdhury, a cardiovascular epidemiologist from the University of Cambridge, says in a new study that these polyunsaturated fatty acids don't really reduce the risk of contracting heart disease as previously reported.

His research flies in the face of nutritional recommendations by the American Heart Association and other groups that encourage people to consume omega-3, which is found in fish, and omega-6, contained in corn and sunflower oils.

Chowdhury based his findings on a previous study that showed taking fish oil after heart surgery doesn't stop irregular heartbeats that cause blood clots and strokes.

He also pointed to 20 trials over 24 years published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012 that fish oil had no discernible effect in lowering the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.

The study on the limited heart benefits of omega-3 and omega-six appears in the latest issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Supplements and Foods Containing Omega-3 Fatty Acids Found to be Chemically Similar to Mood Elevating Medications

Posted by healtheo360 on Aug 22, 2012 12:53:24 PM

While the notion of comfort foods is far from new, recently discovered evidence reveals a correlation of mood-enhancement and certain flavors of food.  These flavors and types of foods all share one thing in common, a chemical semblance to valproic acid, a chemical commonly utilized in commercial mood-stabilizing medication.

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