There is so much misinformation in regards to the use of fats and oils and their health benefits. This study proves those who consume extra Virgin olive oil have lower sugar and cholesterol levels.
So what oil should you use in cooking? The best oil is light olive oil. It has a higher heating temperature (takes longer to convert into nasties) and doesn't have any strong taste. Extra Virgin olive oil is best used for salad dressings and is best not to cook with.
Overall, olive is a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and is part of the reason why the traditional Mediterranean diet is still considered the healthiest!
Here is a great article for some extra reading:
Ground breaking research on Vitamin B3, pregnancy and the health of the foetus. More studies are definitely required however, it is certainly looking positive.
Historic Discovery Promises to Prevent Miscarriages and Birth Defects Globally
On statins, experiencing muscle and joint pain? There's something you need to know. Although statin medication is warranted in many circumstances, this cholesterol lowering drug is commonly known to cause myalgia (muscle and joint pain). These side effects are caused by statins blocking an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase (an enzyme which assists with cholesterol production). Not only does inhibiting this enzyme halt cholesterol production, it also blocks the production of coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is crucial for energy production in the body and a depletion leads to muscle and joint pain. Simply supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 while on statins can reduce or relieve your muscle and joint pain.
Highly recommended viewing. Childhood health and nutrition is a great passion of mine. It is crucial that we are able to educate and empower parents about appropriate nutrition to ensure their own children are provided with the best possible start in life. Lack of knowledge, access and affordability are major concerns that need to be addressed. From conception, parents should be taught about the nutritional needs of the mother and the child. From birth, education should be provided about the varying degrees of nutritional needs from infancy to adolescents. We must make a change to impact the future of our species. After all, prevention is the key to optimal health and longevity. We are a privileged and rich nation yet, we are still facing an obesity epidemic and our rates of disease are still rising. Adequate nutrition is what fuels our biochemistry. Without it, we are unable to function and thrive.
Recent research indicates resistance training is able to prevent the progression of bone mineral density decline in post menopausal women, even in the absence of hormone replacement. In particular, it has been found to reduce density loss from the lumbar spine and femoral neck.
Something that I've always advocated and is crucial for maintaining bone strength to prevent osteoporosis.
PMS is a condition that most women suffer from. It is caused by an imbalance in hormones, predominately, Oestrogen and Progesterone. Naturopathy surpasses all other treatments for this syndrome.
There are 5 categories of PMS- PMS-A, PMS-C, PMS-D, PMS-H and PMS-P.
PMS- A relates to anxiety and is usually associated with a degree of paranoia, irritability and mood swings . It is usually caused by a lack of progesterone and a high level of Oestrogen.
PMS-C relates to cravings. How often do you crave that block of chocolate prior to your periods? This tends to be caused by a deficiency in B6, Magnesium and low blood glucose levels.
PMS-D relates to depression. This can associated with increased tearfulness, flat moods and lack of motivation. Low levels of Oestrogen and Serotonin tend to contribute to this type of PMS.
PMS-H relates to hyper-hydration. This is characterised by breast tenderness/fullness, weight gain, abdominal bloating and fluid retention. It is related to increased levels of aldosterone and subsequently, Oestrogen.
PMS-P, you guessed it, stands for pain and is the most common symptom of PMS. It can be related to lower back pain, headaches, or your general period pain. It is usually caused by an increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines.
General tips to reduce PMS:
1200mg of Chondroitin Sulfate daily, has shown superior efficacy than most commonly prescribed NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory) drug, Celecoxib. This provides encouraging results and displays the beneficial role this nutrient has in reducing pain associated with one of the most debilitating conditions experienced by the elderly.
Reference: Pelletier JP, Raynauld JP, Beaulieu A, et al. In a two year double blind randomised controlled multicentre study, chondroitin sulfate was significantly superior to celecoxib at reducing cartilage loss with similar efficacy at reducing disease symptoms in knee osteoarthritis patients. Arthritis Reheumatol 2015;67 (suppl 10.)
A great outline of protein intake and weight training. There is so much inaccurate and unhealthy information out there, with many people over consuming protein and excess calories to develop the 'ideal' body.