Don’t forget about CoQ10 with your Statin

If you’re taking a statin (Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Mevacor, Crestor, etc) to lower your cholesterol or prevent cardiovascular problems, you should seriously consider taking a CoQ10 supplement. You have probably heard about the dangers of high cholesterol, particularly LDL (“bad cholesterol”). Statins work by blocking an enzyme in the liver responsible for creating cholesterol. In 2002, guidelines were published that recommended lower target levels for LDL. Since then, people have also started taking statins to prevent cardiovascular problems, even if they don’t have high cholesterol. Bottom line, lots of people are taking statins and higher doses are being prescribed. The problem is that this increases the chance of side effects. The good news is that taking a CoQ10 supplement can help balance things out. Continue reading “Don’t forget about CoQ10 with your Statin”

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Food, Inc.: Put this film at the top of your “must see” list this summer

Judging by the turnout for the recent opening of the brand-new food documentary, Food, Inc. (it topped the per-theater average of all the movies at the box office on its opening weekend), Americans care about food. We want to know how our food is produced, who or what is harmed in the process, and whether or not what we are feeding our children is actually healthy. Food, Inc. goes in-depth into exactly these topics, and allows the viewer to see what food production entails for the farmer, the manufacturer, the production-line worker, and, ultimately, the consumer. Unfortunately it is not a pretty picture. Continue reading “Food, Inc.: Put this film at the top of your “must see” list this summer”

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Lower Lipids Naturally

So often I am asked if cholesterol or triglycerides can be lowered without prescription medication. The answer is yes. First, know what your low-density cholesterol (LDL, “bad cholesterol”) is and what it should be. If it is greater than 130, it is probably too high. If it is over 100 and you have one or more risk factors for vascular disease, it is probably too high. If it is over 80 and you have coronary disease or diabetes, it is too high. Risk factors, in addition to diabetes, include hypertension, smoking, family history, elevated CRP (C-reactive protein), and elevated Lp-PLA2 (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2). I will discuss these further in a later blog. Continue reading “Lower Lipids Naturally”

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Genetically Modified Foods: Why Doctors Advise Getting Them Out of Your Diet

Americans have been eating genetically modified (GM or GMO) foods for over 10 years, mainly in the form of corn, soy, canola, and cottonseed oil. Most Americans are unaware that GM foods are a new introduction to the human diet, and that they are guinea pigs in one of the largest food experiments of all time. Because GM foods are not labeled in this country, consumers are not able to make an educated choice and avoid GM ingredients when they purchase food. Continue reading “Genetically Modified Foods: Why Doctors Advise Getting Them Out of Your Diet”

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Tips to Support Brain Health

Healthy brain function requires many important nutrients as well as an active, social lifestyle. Factors such as aging, emotional stress, and exposure to free radicals affect cognitive health. A diet rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids is very important for enhancing memory, cognitive skills, learning ability, mood, and stress tolerance.

• Keep in mind the old saying, “Use it or lose it!” Challenge your brain by learning new things and keeping your brain busy.
• Regular exercise and deep breathing increase circulation to the brain.
• Practice stress-reducing activities such as yoga and meditation. Make sure that you are well rested by getting enough sleep.
• Keep hydrated. Drink at least 64 ounces (8 glasses) of filtered water daily to help flush toxins from the system.
• Consume foods that are high in lecithin (a source of phospholipids) and B vitamins, including leafy green vegetables, nutritional yeast and soy products.
• Don’t skip meals and avoid junk food. Fluctuating blood sugar levels do not support optimal brain health. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains to give your brain the fuel it needs.

For more information, including a list of specific nutrients and some supplement recommendations, check out Village Green’s tip sheet for supporting brain health.

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