Do you know that in middle-aged women, cholesterol levels rise after menopause?
Dr. Karen A. Matthews of the University of Pittsburgh, USA showed in a study that total cholesterol increases by approximately 6.5% post menopause. Estrogen, a female hormone, plays a role in controlling blood cholesterol levels. In the postmenopausal period, estrogen levels drop and blood cholesterol levels rise. So ladies, make sure to take time out […]
Don’t lower your cholesterol level TOO much. It may impair your cognitive functions
About 25% of the body’s cholesterol is found in the brain. Cholesterol is an essential component of the membranes and plays an important role in the transmission of neurotransmitters. Lack of cholesterol can cause communication problems between brain cells, resulting in damage to the cognition and memory. Keep in mind that maintaining the balance between […]
Lower your cholesterol level by getting exposure to sunlight
Seoul National University College of Medicine conducted a study on cholesterol levels with 4,124 healthy men and women, who were divided into 4 groups according to their vitamin D levels. The findings? The group with the highest vitamin D levels had 26% less people whose cholesterol level was over 200mL than the group with the […]
Have you heard of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes(TLC) Diet?
It was even ranked number 5 on US News’ Best Diets Overall list by health experts! Here are easy instructions to follow for a healthy heart and long-term weight loss. 1. Eat more: lean meats, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. 2. Eat less: fatty meats, whole-fat dairy products, and fried foods. This […]
Did you know that cholesterol levels tend to spike in January?
According to a three-year study held by the University of Copenhagen, cholesterol levels tend to be 20% higher in January than in June. They found among 25,764 participants that their average cholesterol level was 197mg/dL in June, while 240mg/dL in January. The average LDL (bad cholesterol) was 108mg/dL in June, and 143mg/dL in January. The […]
Our Gastric Health
The Importance of Balance in the Gastric System In order to function in a healthy way, our gastric system requires a balance between aggressive factors, such as stomach acid, and protective factors, such as mucus. Both of these factors play an essential role in the health of our gastric system. The Role of Aggressive Factors […]
The Story of Cuban Sugar Cane
“Lady Sugar was one of the main characters in Cuban history.” Dive into the story of cuban sugar cane and its myriad uses in the modern world, from rum to natural complementary medicine. Cuba’s agricultural history is entwined with its rich abundance of sugar cane. So much so that renowned Cuban essayist, anthropologist, and scholar […]
Do You Know Your Recommended Cholesterol Level? The Recommended Levels by Age
Do you know your what your recommended cholesterol level are? Here we take a look at the different components of a lipid test, and the recommended levels for adults and children. As you get older, it is important to have your cholesterol checked on a regular basis to help monitor your levels, and to assess […]
Free radicals, reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) A free radical is basically a molecule with an unpaired electron. Since electrons like to travel in pairs, a molecule with one missing is highly reactive and may treat to ‘steal’ electrons from elsewhere. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that are naturally formed when we exercise […]