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Striking with the Root: Turmeric Curcumin and Ulcerative Colitis

How much turmeric should I eat a day? Is it possible to eat too much?

The health benefits of turmeric’s curcuminoids include antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and even neuroprotective properties. In my Daily Dozen, I recommend at least ¼ teaspoon of turmeric a day. Add a pinch of back pepper to your dish containing turmeric, and boost its...
Speeding Recovery from Surgery with Turmeric

What are the side effects of turmeric?

Turmeric has myriad benefits, but there are some side effects to be aware of. DNA Damage: If you combine high-dose curcumin with black pepper, you get a 2,000 percent bioavailability boost. That kind of intake could elevate peak blood levels to the...
Heart of Gold: Turmeric vs. Exercise

What is turmeric good for?

Turmeric or turmeric components may be beneficial to preventing or treating a multitude of health conditions, including: Cancers, including multiple myeloma and cancers of the breast, brain, blood, colon, kidney, liver, pancreas, and skin Brain disease Rheumatoid arthritis Osteoarthritis Inflammatory conditions such...
Does Cholesterol Size Matter?

Are eggs high in cholesterol?

Yes, eggs are high in cholesterol. A single egg has 207 milligrams of cholesterol on average. After a meal that includes eggs, triglycerides and blood cholesterol shoots up. It’s no wonder the Dietary Guidelines of Americans mirrors the National Academies of Science...
Eggs and cancer

Can eggs give you cancer?

Egg consumption has been associated with some cancers, including that of the prostate, bladder, and breast. Eggs are high in choline. Choline is converted in the gut into trimethylamine, which, after being oxidized by our liver, may promote inflammation and result in...
eggs and breast cancer

Why are eggs bad for you?

Presumably due to their high cholesterol and choline content, egg consumption has been associated with increased risks of: Premature death Cardiovascular disease Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease Certain cancers Stroke Diabetes For more information on how the egg industry designs misleading studies, watch...
Can Oatmeal Help Fatty Liver Disease?

Is oatmeal good for weight loss?

Yes, because oatmeal helps to keep you fuller for longer. Researchers randomized individuals into three different breakfast groups: oatmeal made from quick oats, the same number of calories of Frosted Flakes, or just plain water. They then measured how much people ate...
Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?

What is the difference between rolled oats and steel-cut oats?

The physical form of food alters carbohydrate absorption. Rolled oats, for example, have a significantly lower glycemic index than instant oatmeal, which is just oats, but in thinner flakes, and oat flakes cause lower blood sugar and insulin spikes than powdered oats....
Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal for Weight Loss?

Why is oatmeal good for you?

Some of oatmeal’s proven health benefits include: Aiding in weight control Lowering cholesterol Improving liver function Learn more about the benefits of oatmeal for heart disease here. For more information on the effects of oatmeal on weight, cholesterol, and liver function, watch...
Alternate-Day Intermittent Fasting Safe?

How do I fast for weight loss?

Researchers designed a study to compare the sustainability of weight loss at three different speeds: six days of fasting versus three weeks of a very-low-calorie diet of 600 calories a day or six weeks of a low-calorie diet of 1,200 daily calories....
Benefits of Flax Seeds for Inflammation

Is flaxseed good for weight loss?

Yes. The consumption of flaxseeds has been shown in randomized controlled trials to reduce our body weight, body mass index (BMI), and waistlines. For more information on how flaxseeds aid weight loss, watch this video: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQkg3HoamwU[/embed] Two of my favorite ways to...
Benefits of Flaxseed Meal for Weight Loss

How should flaxseeds be eaten?

It’s best to consume ground flax seeds. They come with nature’s own finest packaging: a hard natural hull that keeps them fresh for up to a year in an airtight container. Unfortunately, nature’s packaging is actually a little too good. If we...

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