Watch out for all that animal fat—the butter, the cream, and the red meat. We've been warned about the effects of saturated fats on our health for years. We've been told they can increase our risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes. But not everyone agrees that these fats are dangerous. UK cardiologist Aseem Malhotra recently made waves when he said the entire saturated fat scare is a farce.
There are new guidelines coming out of the world of cardiology from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology proving once and for all that cardiologists are idiots or worse. They simply, en mass, have abandoned their right to call themselves doctors. I really do not know what to call them but it would be easier to teach a butcher to practice rational and honorable medicine.
(Dr. Brownstein) I am rarely rendered speechless, but after reading the latest article published in JAMA, yours truly had his tongue tied up. The title of the article is, "Effect of Statin Therapy on Mortality in Patients With Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia." (JAMA online October 9, 2013). The authors of this article hypothesized that statin therapy may decrease the mortality of ICU ventilator-assisted patient.
Even though heart attack patients are getting faster treatment at U.S. hospitals, death rates remain relatively unchanged, a new study finds.
Over a four-year period, researchers found that the average time from when heart attack patients entered a hospital until they underwent angioplasty -- a procedure to reopen blood vessels -- improved by 16 minutes. This timeframe is referred to as door-to-balloon time, because angioplasty uses a balloon-like device to push open narrowed arteries.
The American Heart Association recommends that you consume only five percent of your calories as added sugar. The most recent AHA sugar guidelines recommend that Americans limit their sugar intake to between 100 and 150 calories per day.
That equates to a maximum of 6 to 9 teaspoons daily, at 16 calories per teaspoon. And that adds up to less than 15% of your calories every day.
A population-based study in Sweden shows that the massive deployment of statins has provided no benefit. Three times as many statins were being taken by Swedish people in the year 2000 than in 1998. Yet, the numbers of people suffering or dying from heart attacks were unchanged by the increase!
As February was American Heart Health Month. It is a time for directing awareness to the fact that heart disease is our Nationʼs leading chronic disease. As such, it
underlies or contributes to the development of other diseases. A personʼs diet, lifestyle and environment, matched to his or her genetic makeup, are major determinants for heart disease.
It’s called rutin, and it’s a flavonoid found in apples, onions, citrus fruits, and tea. Scientists have found this compound has the ability to inhibit blood clots—both those that cause heart attacks and strokes (in vessels) and those that cause deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (in arteries).
Researchers with Harvard Medical School say that about “half of all morbidity and mortality in the United States can be attributed to heart attack or stroke.” So, any evidence of a natural compound that can prevent any of these deaths is promising indeed.
“Rutin proved to be the most potently anti-thrombotic compound that we ever tested in this model,” says Flaumenhaft. Of particular note, rutin was shown to inhibit both platelet accumulation and fibrin generation during thrombus formation. “Clots occur in both arteries and in veins…Clots in arteries are platelet-rich, while those in veins are fibrin-rich. This discovery suggests that a single agent can treat and prevent both types of clots.”
Rutin is already sold as a supplement (for those people who would rather not just eat an apple). And the FDA has recognized the supplement as safe- a rare occurrence. But some are concerned that with the new research will come a Big Pharma effort to remove the supplements from the market in favor of making a prescription drug that can fetch some serious money.
Related: How to Prevent a Stroke
The laws surrounding supplements and prescription drugs are complex and confusing. As the Alliance for Natural Health explains:
“It’s just yet another Catch-22. On the one hand, FDA seems to say that scientific research on supplements is inadequate, so that nobody should use them. On the other hand, if any research has been done on them, they automatically become drugs anyway. Heads the drug industry wins; tails it wins too.”
What will happen to rutin remains to be seen. If Big Pharma has it their way, however, it will be taken off the market as a supplement, turned into a drug, and sold back to the people for an astronomical price.
But whether that happens or not, they can’t take the rutin out of the apples. In other words, get your share and reap the benefits of the compound with natural food sources. Green tea, apples, buckwheat, and onions all provide rutin and can therefore encourage vascular health.
Soon a new "healthy" Pepsi will be on the market in Japan that lets you get the taste of coca cola during your meal without all the fat.
The website Kotaku is reporting that Pepsi Special contains indigestible form dextrin, which is used as a dietary fiber supplement and makes it difficult for the body to absorb fat while eating. Pepsi Special is designated as a "food for specified health uses," meaning the product is regulated by the Japanese government and has been approved for consumption.
Pepsi and Suntory, the sole bottler and distributor of Pepsi products in Japan, reportedly worked together to make sure Pepsi Special doesn't have an overpowering dextrin aftertaste.
This isn't the first "healthy soda" to be released in Japan. Earlier this year beverage maker Kirin began selling Kirin Mets Cola (no connection to the MLB team) which contains a similar type of dextrin and also claims to block fat absorption.
Priced at about $1.87, Pepsi Special will be available in stores throughout Japan starting Nov. 13.
Scientific research has proven that Omega-3 fatty acids can be extremely healthy and actually help the human body fight against a variety of diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Eating one to two servings of fish a week could reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by a third or more. Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce blood clotting, boost immunity, improve arthritis symptoms, calm neurological disorders, treat depression, and improve learning ability in children. For many years, the American Heart Association has recommended that people eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week.
Now, aggressive medical studies are showing that fish oils, including Omega-3, alters the production of an important group of biological compounds known as eicosanoids. These compounds affect blood pressure, blood clotting, inflammation, immune function and coronary spasms.
Wild salmon is rich in long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for healthy neurological and cardiovascular function. Additionally, the Omega-3 oils found in certain types of seafood, including Alaska Salmon, have been linked to improvements in or prevention of certain kinds of cancer, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, arthritis, asthma, certain kinds of mental illness, depression and lupus.
Scientists have known for years that Omega-3 oils in Salmon Oil:
• Help to decrease blood lipids (cholesterol, LDL's, and triglycerides)
• Reduce blood clotting factors
• Increase relaxation in larger arteries and blood vessels
• Decrease the inflammatory processes in blood vessels
Salmon Oil Also Contains The Potent Carotenoid Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a unique carotenoid antioxidant that gives salmon its pink color. This phytonutrient is produced naturally in specific algae that pass on its free radical scavenging effects to the sea animals such as salmon that eat them.
Wild salmon naturally feed on red algae and accumulate astaxanthin within their muscle tissue, giving them their characteristic pinkish-red color. Salmon are one of the strongest fish in the world, possessing an incredible ability to swim upstream against strong currents. Astaxanthin is credited with providing the antioxidant protection that gives them the amazing strength and endurance to swim up rivers and waterfalls.
These algae also provide the salmon with the raw materials to produce the long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA. Wild salmon also contains the full spectrum of essential amino acids necessary for cellular repair and optimal immune function. The greater the percentage of micro-algae in the salmon's diet, the more concentrated their astaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids become.
Astaxanthin is known to:
• Help prevent bladder cancer.
• Stimulate the immune system.
• Protect the retina from oxidative damage.
• Easily cross the blood brain barrier.
• Treat Alzheimer`s disease, Parkinsons disease and other nervous system disorders.
PotentSea® Sockeye Omegas Salmon Fish Oil
Sustainably harvested from the pristine Glacier melt bays of south east Alaska, Sockeye Salmon is among the most pure of all ocean fish. Rich in heart healthy essential fatty acids this wild harvest sockeye salmon oil is great for maintaining healthy cardiovascular function, improved mood and joint support*. The U.S. military has started to provide sockeye salmon oil to returning vets as a way to help with depression and PTSD.
The Omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids present in sockeye salmon oil are essential; this means that you must have them to stay alive yet your body does not naturally produce them. Many fish oils are nutritionally poor and cause gas and burping. The pure and cold pressed sockeye salmon oil is easy on your digestive system.
Our product is taken only from the heads of sustainable harvested Alaskan sockeye salmon. This is critical as bio toxins that occur in fish accumulate in the body flesh and not the heads. The fact that the product is wild insures that it was not "spiked" with antibiotics and coloring agents found in many farmed raised salmon and tilapia.
Our product is pressed at cool temperatures. Normal fish and salmon oil is basically cooked out of the fish - this can bend the proteins and make them much more difficult for the body to absorb.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sockeye Omegas
Q: Is Sockeye Omegas tested for heavy metals such ad lead and mercury?
A: YES and our product is 100% free of heavy metals.
Q: Is Sockeye Omegas OK to take if pregnant?
A: Although we have many customers who have, it is best to check with your health care provider.
Q: Are Sockeye Omegas good for anything other than heat, mood and joints?
A: Many customers take it for improved cognition, skin, hair and nails.
Q: Why is taking the omega oil from the Sockeye heads better than from the body?
A: Fat accumulates toxins and by taking the oil from the head we can assure the customer that the product is toxin free.
Q: Can I take Sockeye Omegas if I am a vegetarian?
A: If you normally eat fish, then yes. Our gelatin is fish based so there are no cow or pig products in our Sockeye Omegas.
Q: Is there an upper safe limit of how much I can take?
A: We recommend that you stay within the recommended dosage, however for improved mood often an increased dose of 4-5 gel caps daily may have beneficial effects.