In a recent, Pearls for Health we mentioned the benefits of walnuts on cholesterol. One reader tried it and reports that his cholesterol level greatly improved. The doctor was delighted to see the progress but attributed it to the medications that he was not taking. Well, another benefit of walnuts, and probably other nuts, is the prevention of blocked arteries in those with diabetes. A recent article in Diabetes CareFebruary 2010, states “…A small new study suggests that eating walnuts every day may help give blood vessels a much needed tune-up in people with diabetes.” Because a major problem with diabetics is related to circulation, preventing this problem with walnuts would be a big step in improving the longevity and quality of life in diabetics. Because walnuts are an excellent source of one of the essential fatty acids, alpha-linolenic, an omega-3 fatty acid, it also is beneficial in preventing and managing any inflammatory condition. Walnuts also are a great source of an amino acid called L-arginine, which helps relax blood vessels and control blood pressure. So for better health, include walnuts and other nuts in your diet daily.
April 10, 2010 – Week 2
OLIVE OIL AND BLOOD VESSEL FUNCTION
“When properly prepared, olives, like nuts, supply the place of butter and flesh meats. The oil, as eaten in the olive, is far preferable to animal oil or fat. It serves as a laxative. Its use will be found beneficial to consumptives, and it is healing to an inflamed, irritated stomach.” (CD 359)“In a study of people with high cholesterol, their blood samples showed less clotting potential just 2 hours after eating a breakfast containing phenolic-rich olive oil.” Because blood clotting is responsible for most heart attacks and stroke this benefit of olive oil could be lifesaving. “More and more research is showing how diets affect endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels). Eating just one high-fat meal can inhibit artery function, but eating healthful antioxidant-rich fats like olive oil is a love pat for your endothelial cells. Researchers credit the phenolics in the oil for helping endothelium do its job in making blood less "sticky" (translation: less likely to clot). Give your circulation a boost with olive oil.” (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August 2007)
April 17, 2010– Week 3
SODAS AND BLOOD PRESSURE
“Which is more likely to lead to high blood pressure -- chugging colas or gulping down coffee? Point your finger at the soda. In a new study of women, a cola-a-day habit was associated with about 15 percent higher risk of hypertension, while a pattern of coffee drinking appeared to have little impact. In fact, the more cola the women drank daily, the higher their hypertension risk appeared to be, even if they drank diet cola. And because the same effect was not seen with coffee drinkers, the researchers speculate that it's not the caffeine that makes cola bad for blood pressure, but something else entirely -- possibly the corn syrup used to sweeten it, or the coloring used to give it that caramel look. Caffeine can temporarily increase blood pressure in people who are sensitive to the stuff, so it's best to cut back on caffeine if you have high blood pressure, are at risk for it, or are generally sensitive to caffeine's effects.” (RealAge.com, March 8-10, 2010)
April 24, 2010 – Week 4
WEIGHT LOSS & HEALTH
You may be one of the millions of Americans that need to lose weight; but how many pounds do you have to lose before it really makes a difference? Good news; just losing four (4) pounds, yes just four pounds, will be beneficial for your health. In those with a risk of developing hypertension, which includes all of us, an Archives of Internal Medicine,June13, 2005 article, revealed that a four pound weight loss cuts the risk of hypertension by 8% in middle age patients and 12% in patients over the age of 50 years old. We are asked in Zechariah 4:10, “For who hath despised the day of small things?” Most of the time, it’s the small things in life that make the difference. So let’s give thanks to God for the small things!