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Cardiovascular Fitness - Advantages of a Effective Cardiovascular System

Cardiovascular Fitness - Advantages of a Effective Cardiovascular System

Submitted by: Maxwell Starritt

Cardiovascular fitness is extremely important for the health and well-being of each and every human being. Without a healthy cardiovascular system, the quality of our everyday life suffers, our lifespan is diminished, and our capability to fend off different illnesses is critically compromised. Exercise to improve the cardiovascular system is important, but acquiring the cardio exercise and the fitness equipment necessary to try and do the exercise that suits you is the important thing.

In the long run, cardiovascular fitness isn't a matter that should be taken lightly. On the contrary, it is of paramount importance, as our ability to experience life hinges on how fit our cardiovascular system is. This certainly goes without saying and can't be emphasized enough.

You can find a great number of benefits to cardiovascular fitness that we may take for granted, but if we were to realize these benefits, we would have the ability to do more, be far more active, and be there for our families, our close friends, and our society at large.

Let's investigate some of the benefits of exercising and improving your heart rate, as they pertain to cardiovascular fitness:

1. Your heart is a muscle. As with any other muscle in the body, the stronger the muscle is, the more powerful it will likely be, meaning that the muscle will likely be able to complete extra work with much less effort. Much like when you exercise your bicep and tricep muscle groups, you'll be able to lift up heavier objects with much less effort, a stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. The solitary feature of your heart is to pump blood throughout your body. A healthy, more powerful heart, is ready to pump extra volume of blood increased distance throughout the body with less effort and fewer pumps. This will increase the longevity of the heart, simply because it doesn't get fatigued and wear out more rapidly. So the more you exercise your heart, the more you are conditioning it and making it stronger. When the heart is stronger, then your resting heart rate actually goes down.

2. Improved blood circulation signifies that your body's circulatory system is able to carry additional nutrients to each and every organ of your body. It will probably be constantly replenishing your organs with fresh nutrient-rich and oxygen-rich blood, which in turn results in an overall healthier body. Your eyes, your ears, your nose, your tongue, your fingers, and every other organ in your body will be able to function more efficiently, and your body's immune system will be able to fend off diseases more effectively as well.

3. Improved cardiovascular fitness also translates to improved cognitive function. The human brain depends upon the steady delivery of fresh blood at all times, much like any other organ. And just like any other organ of the body, the brain functions more effectively with a healthy circulatory system that is capable to regularly provide fresh, nutrient-rich and oxygen-rich blood to the brain at all times. This translates to greater alertness, improved memory, greater cognitive function, improved motor capabilities as well.

4. Improved cardiovascular fitness, for all intents and purposes, also helps to stave off the adverse results of aging. A weak cardiovascular system is a telltale sign of a decline in human bodily function, as the rest of your body is unable to thrive since the heart is unable to pump blood as efficiently as it otherwise may have been able to, had it been healthier and stronger.

The health, well being, and general quality of our lives rely upon good cardiovascular fitness, and for that reason every effort ought to be made to increase the health of your cardiovascular system, and not merely take it for granted.

About the Author: Fitness, exercise, bodybuilding and strength training advisor for a number of years Max Starritt has helped many people to achieve their goals http://www.powerandmuscle.com/compare_cardio-equipment.html

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Early to Bed Adds Up to Good Health

Early to Bed Adds Up to Good Health

Submitted by: Michelle Stewart

Now when I started this article the other day it was late---too late to chat about sleep deprivation. I just couldn't give advice when I was absolutely doing the opposite. I went to bed. In what seemed like a few minutes I was awakened. It was not the alarm but a phone call at 4 a.m. from a family member locked out of their house!! How ironic is that? I go to bed to get some sleep and end up awake and on the road to take a set of house keys to someone. It was probably sleep deprivation that caused her to forget the keys.

How much sleep do we need?

The amount of sleep varies, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours for most adults. Now zzzs like anything else can vary based on individuals; some people can manage on six hours while others may need ten hours. Sleep needs are also affected by basal sleep, the amount of sleep your body regularly needs for optimum performance and sleep debt which is the accumulated amount of sleep lost due to poor sleep habits, illness or other factors affecting the quality of sleep.

Now you know I'm all about living the well-being lifestyle and cutting back on sleep is not a good thing. Sleeping hours are needed for the body to rest and rejuvenate. Affects of sleep deprivation can include: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, lack of attention, delayed motor skills.

Obesity: Research indicates that people who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of becoming obese. The hormones that influence appetite are thrown out of balance; leptin controls hunger and it decreases, which makes you feel hungrier. Ghrelin the hormone produced by fat cells tells the body you need more fat calories, which creates cravings for foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates. This hormonal imbalance sets the stage for late-night binges on snacks that add up to a heavier weight.

People with poor sleep habits are tired and they often magnify the problem when they avoid or eliminate physical exercise. Regular exercise helps reduce stress, burns off calories and increases energy.

Heart Disease

Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones, which long-term are not good for the heart. Elevated stress hormones can damage blood vessels, leading to elevated or high blood pressure and heart disease.

Diabetes

This too can be a health challenge affected by lack of sleep. Diabetes has long been linked to obesity and being overweight. The fact that people may weigh more than recommended for their body type can be a predictor of the development of Type 2 Diabetes.

Headaches

This ailment falls into the discomfort that people identify as "feeling bad" when they are sleep deprived. There is also research indicating that lack of sleep can trigger headaches in predisposed individuals.

Cognition and Motor Skills

Less than the recommended amount of sleep affects cognitive processes--impaired attention, alertness, ability to concentrate, solve problems and use good judgment. Sleep deprivation can also impair motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In addition during the night, various sleep cycles play a role in "consolidating" memories in the mind. When you don't get enough sleep, it can affect your ability to remember what you learned and experienced during the day.

In our overscheduled days, we may consider a good night's sleep a luxury; that is a myth. Sleep is essential and in order to stay healthy we have to make it a priority.

Take Away: Sleep is essential for well-being. Turn off the television, mobile gadgets, personal computers and all those things that are too stimulating when it is time to turn out the lights.

About the Author: Michelle J. Stewart MPH, RDLD/N, CDE is an experienced food and nutrition communication expert specializing in wellness with a holistic approach to living your best life. Michelle has been leading the way to a healthier you for more than 25 years. She is zealous when it comes to wellness from the inside out and empowering whomever she comes in contact with to take charge of their health and wellbeing. Her motto is "EAT LESS MOVE MORE" Sign up for her Free Report 10 Weight Loss Tips for Life when you visit http://thenutritionplanner.com

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People With Sleep Apnea More Prone To Get Hurt At Work

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Joseph

People who suffer from difficulty breathing during sleep are in danger of becoming injured on the job, new research suggests. According to the results of a study published in Thorax, people with sleep apnea are at great risk for occupational injuries and decreased concentration. This startling study tells us that lack of sleep caused by breathing problems is a health concern that should not be treated as a trivial issue.

Canadian scientists made the connection. Najib Ayas from the Department of Medicine at University British Columbia, led a research team which sought to ascertain whether people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were more likely to suffer from occupational injury (OI).

To find the answer, Ayas et al recruited 1236 patients from the University of British Columbia Hospital Sleep Laboratory whom were believed to be suffering from OSA between May 2003 to July 2011.

The research team had information about the types and rates of occupational injuries of the patients during the five years prior to undergoing polysomnography, a special sleep test.

Ayas et al discovered that sleep apnea patients were twice as likely to suffer at least one occupational injury than patients who did not suffer from sleep apnea. When the team investigated further, they learned that OSA patients were three times more likely to suffer from an injury that is more likely to be tied to lack of paying attention (e.g. commercial motor vehicle crash or fall).

These results tell us something about the problems associated with lack of sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea is disorder wherein some physical object prevents the person from breathing. The disorder is so common that the National Institutes of Health estimate that every 4 out of 100 middle-aged men and every 2 out of every 100 middle-aged women suffer from OSA with symptoms.

People over age 45 years are more likely to develop OSA. Other health issues that increase the chances of developing OSA include:

  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • decreased muscle tone
  • enlarged tonsils or tongue
  • small jaw
  • small soft palate

According to the NIH, symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include the following:

  • frequent urination
  • night sweats
  • suddenly waking up, often times with a racing heartbeat and shortness of breath
  • dry mouth when waking up
  • headaches in the morning
  • exhaustion during the day
  • difficulty concentrating

Getting back to the current study, Ayas et al found that OSA patients were nearly three times more likely to become involved in accidents involving a lack of vigilance.

If you don't get sufficient sleep, you're less likely to pay attention to what's going on around you. But it's also possible that you won't even hear danger approaching.

Interestingly, some years ago Taiwanese scientists noted an association between sudden deafness and sleep apnea. In that study, researchers discovered that men who experienced sudden hearing loss were more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than healthy men.

If OSA patients happen to suffer from impaired hearing, it may increase the likelihood that they will become involved in work related accidents.

Sleep apnea is also associated with obesity which itself is often associated with diabetes.

Lack of sleep can lead to insulin resistance. When this occurs, cells will ignore signals take up sugar, which will eventually cause blood sugar levels to rise. Elevated blood sugar levels can trigger the onset of type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar causes cellular metabolism to slow down (the sugar isn't getting into the cells to be used for energy) thereby causing weight gain.

At this point in the article, you now know that OSA is a physical obstruction of the airways. Now, think about something. Excess fat weighing down on the windpipe will cause breathing problems. I hope that you can see the connection.

Obstructive sleep apnea also increases risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke and even depression.

NIH says numerous options are available for the treatment of OSA including mouth guards, surgery as well as special machines that facilitate sleep. But the first treatment they suggest is weight loss.

Considering the seriousness of OSA, is this a problem to be ignored?

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

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Article Reference

Hirsch Allen AJ, Park JE, Daniele PR, Fleetham J, Ryan CF, & Ayas NT (2016). Obstructive sleep apnoea and frequency of occupational injury. Thorax PMID: 26980010

Obstructive sleep apnea: Overview - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health

Get Some Sleep!

Scientists Tie Sudden Deafness To Sleep Apnea

Sleep and Diabetes Often Go Hand In Hand Part 1

 

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Elderly Homeless People Face Harsher Age-Related Conditions Than Elderly People Who Live In Homes

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Joseph

Homelessness comes with its own share of tremendous challenges and hardships, but those problems become even greater when they are faced by the elderly. According to a report published in The Gerontologist, elderly people who live on the streets tend to endure harsher age-related illnesses than people who reside in homes. Such findings should come as no surprise but further underscore the serious problems posed by homelessness and poverty and serve as a reminder that it is important to be mindful of the needy and downtrodden.

Physicians and scientists from the University of California, Stony Brook University and the Veterans Administration investigated the prevalence of geriatric conditions in older homeless adults and to learn whether the problems endured by these people differed across living environments.

To find the answer, the research team interviewed 350 homeless adults in Oakland, California. The respondents whom were age 50 years and older resided in one of four living arrangements:

  • unsheltered locations (162 people)
  • multiple locations including shelters and hotels (88 people)
  • intermittently with family/friends (57 people)
  • rental housing (43 people)

The research team, led by Dr. Rebecca Brown of the University of California, used a 6-month follow back residential calendar to assess the interviewees living conditions during the previous 6 months.

Sadly, Brown et al learned that 38.7% of the interviewees had problems performing even one task of daily living. Other interviewees (25.8 %) told the researchers that they suffered from cognitive impairments. Other findings include:

  • 33.7% of interviewees suffered falls during the past 6 months
  • 45.1% had impaired vision
  • 48.0% of those interviewed screened positive for urinary incontinence

Brown et al determined that the prevalence geriatric conditions did not differ significantly across living environments.

When I read about the findings, I was a bit taken back that people 50 years of age would be included in a geriatric study. But when I thought about how physical and emotional stress have a tendency to speed up the aging process, it began to make sense.

Brown and her colleagues noted that geriatric conditions was common among the interviewees and that "the prevalence of these conditions was higher than that seen in housed adults 20 years older".

Environmental stressors e.g. exposure to extreme cold or heat, lack of sanitation, and improper diet will take a tremendous toll on the human body.

Imagine how physically damaging this will be if a person must endure such harsh conditions for months and even years on end?

It brings to mind the apostle Paul's words in Romans 8:35 when he asked "Who shall separate us from the love of God? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?" because in this way so many people suffer homelessness because of poverty. There are people who become homeless through bad choices, but others are turned out because of a lack of money to pay bills, or because hospitals are unable to keep them long term (such is the case with the mentally ill).

We should be mindful of those around us, and help in whatever ways are open to us. Brown et al wrote that services are needed to address the problems of the geriatric population across varied living environments.

It is not possible to completely eliminate poverty and homelessness from the face of the earth, but we can do our part to help ease the suffering of others. That help can by offering food whenever we can, giving donations at church that help care for the homeless, and extending a gentle hand when we see someone in trouble.

We have to do this because Jesus asks us to help others and we do this to be like Him. We do this sharing the same hope that Paul had in Romans 8:38-39 saying: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

That is the hope of everyone who believes in the Son of God.

 

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Article Reference

Brown RT, Hemati K, Riley ED, Lee CT, Ponath, C, Tieu, L, Guzman, D, Kushel MB. Geriatric Conditions in a Population-Based Sample of Older Homeless Adults. Gerontologist. 2016 doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw011

Half a Million Liberated from Institutions to Community Settings Without Provision for Long-Term Care - Mental Illness Policy Org.

 

 

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Get Out For Vitamin D or Suffer

Get Out For Vitamin D or Suffer

Submitted by: Kya Grace

If you look closely at your dinner plate or for that matter any food that you eat during the day, hardly anything in it contains Vitamin D. And the best source of this vitamin is free and abundant in nature. Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D and adequate exposure to sunlight is sufficient to provide the body with its optimum requirement of the Vitamin.

Vitamin deficiency results in some serious and chronic health problems. Weak bones, Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, influenza and some forms of cancer are associated with Vitamin D deficiency. Some foods such as cereals are available fortified with Vitamin D to address this problem for those who are suffering from lack of it, but this alone may not be enough or regulated to make up for the deficiency. An all cause mortality rate has been observed by a comprehensive study focusing on Vitamin D deficiency and large scale studies also link the deficiency to be one of the major causes of terminal diseases like peripheral artery disease, high blood pressure leading to cardiovascular arrest. Babies born with Vitamin D deficiency are at high risk of developing schizophrenia.

The skin containing epidermis which is layered from outer to inner surface of the skin is responsible for producing Vitamin D by reacting with the ultraviolet spectrum of sunlight. People in all regions of the world can get sufficient supply of Vitamin D from sunlight which is available throughout the year in Tropics and during summers in cold temperate regions except the arctic’s, where sunlight is very low and insufficient.

In earlier times before the advent of computer age, dense industrialization and urban living, the great outdoors was the playground of mankind. Work and play, celebrations and events were mostly held during the day under the sun and the population got its supply of the vitamin without raising a finger. In fact being out in the sun for far too long exposed them to the risk of skin cancer, but that was a small risk compared to what we have done to ourselves by confining to enclosed spaces, darkened interiors and invited a menu of diseases that will put a horror story to shame.

The present sedentary lifestyle which we call modern living is paved with health hazards. Life has become a spectator sport and most people are content watching others live and play on their television screens and not budge an inch out of their couches. An average city dweller spends roughly thirty to thirty five hours a week ogling the idiot box like a couch potato, unexposed to nature’s elements, living in a controlled artificial environment.

Kids stay indoors playing on their game consoles for hours on end, or spend hours on computer terminals surfing and chatting the day away. At an age when they should go out more often to play and explore the natural world, they are confined to stifling stuffy homes where they watch the sun out of their windows and miss the beauty of a rising sun in the morning.

Working class leave homes to again park themselves in enclosed spaces of the offices and workplaces and by the time they leave, the sun is already gone. Elderly people because of their physical condition are mostly confined to old age homes, whiling the time away in the depressing indoors, rarely going out to catch sunlight. People from all age groups are prone to Vitamin D deficiency and their lifestyle is responsible for all the diseases that follow from it.

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Metabolic Syndrome Lowers Your Thinking Skills

 

by

Joseph

Metabolic syndrome takes a toll on the cognitive abilities, new research suggests. According to the results of a study published in JAMA Neurology, metabolic syndrome has an adverse effect on reasoning abilities as people get older. The results of this study warn us that metabolic syndrome and its associated problems of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes may lead to dementia if steps are not taken to improve our health.

Research scientists in Singapore made the connection. They were investigating associations between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and cardiovascular risk factors e.g. high cholesterol with incidence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia.

To find the answer the research team recruited 1,519 "cognitively normal" adults age 55 years and older from 5 districts in the South East region of Singapore.

Lead investigator Tze Pin Ng and colleagues followed these participants from September 1, 2003, through December 31, 2009.

Health problems that increased the risk for cognitive impairment included diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, central obesity and certain cardiovascular risk factors.

The research team learned that people with three or more cardiovascular risk factors greatly increased the risk for dementia, diabetes mellitus also increased the risk for cognitive impairment.

Essentially what they discovered was that metabolic syndrome (the umbrella for central obesity, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and high triglycerides) is harmful to the entire body.

In preparing a conclusion for their findings, Ng etal al said:"Identifying individuals with diabetes mellitus or the MetS with or without MCI is a promising approach in early interventions to prevent or slow progression to dementia."

Sedentary lifestyle and poor diet can increase the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.

Cellular inflammation is often associated with metabolic syndrome. The release of inflammatory cytokines could damage neurological tissue which would eventually impair one's ability to think.

Many of you will recall that in 2011 I wrote about the vicious cycle of metabolic syndrome and weight loss. Cytokines can interact with cells, causing them to become resistant to insulin. When cells no longer recognize the signals to open up and receive sugar, it leads to elevated blood glucose and diabetes. 

All of this can harm the body and the mind.

So, what must we do? Since poor diet and physical inactivity contribute to metabolic syndrome, logic dictates that we participate in regular exercise and eat plenty of lean meats, fish, poultry, low fat dairy, fruits and vegetables.

We know what to do, but will we do it?

 

He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30

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Article References

Ng TP, Feng L, Nyunt MS, Feng L, Gao Q, Lim ML, Collinson SL, Chong MS, Lim WS, Lee TS, Yap P, & Yap KB (2016). Metabolic Syndrome and the Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Progression to Dementia: Follow-up of the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Study Cohort. JAMA neurology PMID: 26926205

Vicious Cycle: Is Metabolic Syndrome Interfering With Your Ability To Exercise?

 

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Is Your Diet Colorblind?

Is Your Diet Colorblind?

Is Your Diet Colorblind?

By: Lee Dobbins

Next time you have a meal, look at your plate - what colors do you see? If its mostly white and brown then your diet might be colorblind!

In order to have a healthy diet you need foods from all the food groups and that means a colorful plate. Just eating meat and potatoes won't provide you with the essential vitamins and minerals you need to stay in your best health - you need to add in colorful fruits and vegetables!

If you want a good balanced diet, here's some colors you might want to see next time you look down at your plate:

Green

Green colored foods like peas, kale, spinach, honeydew melons, kiwifruit, dark leafy lettuces, and leafy greens contain lutein which helps maintain good vision and can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Another green group includes broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, swiss chard, brussels sprouts, rutabaga, turnips, cauliflower, and watercress. These foods contain indoles, which can help reduce the risks of cancer and reduce tumor growth in cancer patients.

Yellow

The yellow orange colored food are high in bioflavonoids, which work in combination with vitamin C to help reduce the risk of cancer and heart attack. They also contain powerful antioxidants and help maintain healthy skin, strong bones, and good vision. The foods in this group include oranges, tangerines, pears, lemons, nectarines, grapefruit, peaches, apricots, pineapple, pineapple, yellow raisins, and yellow peppers.

Blue and Purple

Blueberries, purple grapes, blackberries, black currents and elderberries contain
Anthocyanins which can reduce the risks of heart attack, cancer, diabetic complications, Alzheimer's disease and age-related memory loss. Dark purple foods contain phenolics, which are powerful antioxidants and can help to slow the effects of aging.

Orange

Dark orange foods like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, apricots, peaches, carrots, cantaloupes, mangoes, and butternut squash contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxident that can help keep your immune system healthy as well as maintain good vision and can even aid in reducing heart attacks and cancer.

Red

Tomatoes, guava, watermelon and pink grapefruit are all red colored foods. These foods contain lycopene which has been much publicized lately as helping to protect against prostate cancer. In addition, these foods can help reduce the risk of breast, and skin cancer as well as reduce the risk of heart attack.

Red onion, cherries, kidney beans, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, beets, red apples (with the skin), and red cabbage contain anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that can help control high blood pressure as well as reduce the risks of cancer, heart attack, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes complications.

One way to get a colorful plate at every meal is to try to fit in 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Try to include food from all these color groups at least once during the day and you will be surprised at how much your health improves.

 

Author Bio
Lee Dobbins writes for the A2Z Vitamin And Herbs Guide For Natural Healing where you can find out more about vitamins and herbs as well as natural healing methods.

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Use Iron and B Vitamins To Improve Your Brain Activity

Use Iron and B Vitamins To Improve Your Brain Activity

Use Iron and B Vitamins To Improve Your Brain Activity

By: Rudy Silva

Iron and Dementia
In the US iron deficiency has been found to be a major problem in people of all ages. Everyone knows the lack of iron causes anemia. Iron is the center of our red blood cells, which allow oxygen to be carried throughout your body and into your brain. Your brain uses over 20% of the oxygen available in the blood. Lack of oxygen has a major impact on your brain's health and in the formation of dementia.

When a person is deficient in iron, they may have difficulty in keeping a conversation or in keeping a good attention span.

The actual ability to absorb iron into your body is dependent on the amount of acid you have in your stomach. If you have acid reflux or heartburn and are using drugs or antacids to get relief, you are affecting your ability to absorb iron.

To absorb iron, the pH in your stomach has to be normal, 1 - 2 pH. Under these conditions, iron in your stomach chemically reacts with other chemicals and is prepared for absorption in the small intestine.

When you take drugs to reduce the acid in your stomach, the iron does not chemically react and change for proper absorption in the intestine. The result is iron deficiency.

Here are some of the best foods that have iron.
Fried liver, fried kidney, fried chicken liver, wheat bran, ovaltine, coco powder, spinach, parsley, radishes, peas, leeks, carob bar, sesame seeds, pistachio nuts, dried coconut, cashew nuts, muesli, cornflakes, oatmeal, brown rice, total cereal, baked potato. Use 25 to 50 mg of iron supplement daily. If you take iron supplements check with your doctor to see if you really need them. Take excessive iron can result in poisoning. Keep iron supplements away from children.

B-Vitamin
The B-vitamin folic acid and B12 have also been a major problem in the US. B12 has been consistently found deficient in people with Alzheimer's. Folic acid and B12 have been found to improve mental health in people who were in metal institutions.

Folic acid and B12 work to produce neurotransmitters and replace nerve cells. The lack of neurotransmitters is responsible for loss of a good memory.

To make sure B vitamins work for you in keeping your mental capacities in tack start making sure you are getting them in your diet or taking them as a supplement. If supplementing, use the B50 or B100 complex.

It appears that after a certain age B12 will not help in alleviating mental changes or problems.

Here are some the best foods that have B vitamins.

  • fish and seafood
  • whole grains breads, cereals, oats, and barley
  • chicken, beef, eggs
  • most leafy green vegetables, avocados
  • cheese, milk and yogurt
  • beans and peas
  • oranges, lemons, grapefruits
  • various nuts

It is always best to get your minerals and vitamins in food. In food, minerals and vitamins are combined with other chemicals that allow your body to absorb them better than supplements.

 

Author Bio
Rudy Silva is a Natural Nutritionist. To learn more about the other nutrients you need to hold off signs of dementia or Alzheimer's go to www.for--you.com/dementiaremedies

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Important News About A Clinical Trial For Patients With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

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Joseph

I have news which might be very valuable to people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.is seeking candidates for a small study that is designed to ascertain whether the study medication can help people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

As a CureClick Ambassador I want to share this information with my readers because it could be helpful for medically treating people who have the debilitating condition.

Alzheimer's disease is ranks as one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States, and can not be cured. That's why researchers need your help.

Information about the clinical trial and eligibility requirements are listed below:

 

Title
Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease
Condition
Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease
Phase
2
Description
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the study medication can help people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease improve their mental abilities such as understanding, reasoning, and judgment. The study medication will be given together with an FDA-approved Alzheimer's medication: Aricept® (donepezil), Exelon® (rivastigmine) or Razadyne® (galantamine)
Enrollment
830
Sponsor
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Drug
MK-7622
Age Range
55-85 years old

For trial eligibility questionnaire and full trial details, please visit our partner TrialReach .

 

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For those of you whom are not familiar with clinical trials, here's some information that you can use:

What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans.

All investigational devices and medicines must undergo several clinical trials, often times these clinical trials require thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

People whom are eligible will have access to new investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval.

People whom are eligible for clinical trials will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical staff at research facilities.

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and gives researchers a chance to find better treatment for others in the future.

 

Disclaimer: I am not participating in this clinical trial. I am providing this information to my readers as a CureClick Ambasssador. Click on the links below to learn about my relationship with Cureclick and why I'm talking about clinical trials.

 

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Tired of Brain Fog? Eating Well For a Clear Head and a Healthy Body

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Lynda Enright

Do you find it becoming more and more difficult to concentrate? Do you find yourself struggling to remember simple things throughout your day? Brain fog may be your problem.

The continual decrease in the quality of the American diet is not only increasing our risk for disease, it is having a significant impact on the health of our brain. The good news is there are simple changes to your diet that can help you think more clearly.

A study completed at UCLA and published in the Journal of Physiology found that eating a diet rich in high fructose corn syrup over the long term impaired the brain's ability to learn and remember. And in contrast a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helped to minimize the damage.

In the study 2 groups of animals were fed a high fructose solution daily and the second group was also supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids. They found that the animals were much faster navigating a maze when fed a diet including omega-3 fatty acids than those deprived of those nutrients. The brains of those low in dietary omega-3 fats were slower and their brain cells had difficulty signaling each other. This disrupted the animal's ability to think clearly and recall the maze they had learned 6 weeks earlier.

High fructose corn syrup is found in processed foods, soft drinks, condiments and many other products. According to the USDA, it is estimated that today the average American consumes more than 40 lbs. of high fructose corn syrup each year. Fructose occurs naturally in fruits, but also contains water and beneficial antioxidants important for brain health.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential in the diet (the body cannot produce them so you must consume them). Sources of omega-3 fats include fish, nuts, flaxseed and meat from grass fed animals. The average American diet is deficient in this important nutrient.

So, what can you do to shift your diet to one lower in high fructose corn syrup and higher in omega 3 fats? Try these tips below:

1. Eliminate soda - switch to water or herbal tea.

2. Cereals - look for those with <5g/sugar.

3. Reduce intake of "sweet treats".

4. Read labels - check the ingredient list and choose options without high fructose corn syrup in foods like - breads, desserts, kid's cereal, yogurt, spaghetti sauce, ketchup or other condiments.

5. Snack on nuts and seeds in moderation (1 oz. = 1 serving).

6. Choose fatty fish 2 times/week - wild caught salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, herring.

7. Choose grass fed beef.

8. Choose omega-3 rich eggs.

9. Sprinkle ground flaxseed on yogurt, cereal or hot dishes.

10. Eat real food! If you don't recognize the ingredients, put it back on the shelf.

In addition, be cautious of what you see on the store shelves. Many products today claim to contain added Omega-3 fats though their quantities may be well below your needs. Stick to real foods that are not processed and you will be off to a good start.

Added Bonus! What I love about a healthy diet is the benefits of good foods can impact so many areas of your body and achieving good health. Not only will reduction of high fructose corn syrup and an increase in omega-3 fatty acids prevent brain fog this can also help you to lose weight, reduce fatigue and decrease inflammation throughout the body. Simple changes for great health!

If you are ready to prepare a healthy dinner rich in omega-3's try the recipe below:

Pepper Seared Tuna with Mango Relish (serves 4)

2 mangoes

6 TB chopped fresh cilantro, or 2 TB ground coriander

Salt to taste

tsp. black pepper, coarsely ground

4 (6-oz) fresh tuna steaks

Nonstick cooking spray

Peel mangoes and dice the flesh into inch pieces. Transfer to a small bowl. Add cilantro or coriander and a pinch of salt, mix well. Place mango relish in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. Lightly press black pepper into one side of each tuna steak. Sprinkle with salt. Place the fish, pepper-side down, in a large skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cook on both sides over medium-high heat until the fish is seared on the outside but still very slightly pink in the center (to a temperature of 145° F. Mound mango relish on top of each tuna steak. (1 piece of tuna with cup mango relish: 252 calories, 2 g fat, 0.4 g saturated fat, 18 g carb, 40 g protein, 2 g fiber)

Lynda Enright, MS, RD, CLT is certified as a Wellness Coach and LEAP Therapist who partners with women who want to look and feel amazing by helping them lose weight and reduce inflammation which can cause fatigue, bloating, acid reflux, congestion, brain fog or achy joints. For FREE meal planning ideas to help you eat well, lose weight and reduce inflammation â⠬" click here to get Ten Meals In A Bag.