Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

blood-pressure“I have high blood pressure, what can I do to lower it?” This is one of the most common questions I am asked. Whether it’s linked to stress (and who isn’t stressed), or diet, or even if it’s because of Grandma Lucy and your genes, there are many things that you can do to support your heart and keep your blood pressure in check. If you are looking for ways to lower blood pressure naturally, please read on.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), normal blood pressure is anything under 140 over 90. However, the OPTIMAL blood pressure is 120 over 80. Elevated blood pressure poses a major risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Lifestyle and dietary factors play a significant role in the regulation of blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can be affected by numerous contributing factors such as coffee and alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, lack of exercise (as well as obesity), a high sodium-to-potassium ratio, low fiber, high sugar, high saturated fat and/or low essential fatty acid intake, and a diet low in calcium, magnesium, and/or vitamin C. Continue reading “Lower Blood Pressure Naturally”

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Study Reveals How to Help Prevent an Attack by the Common Cold Virus

A study published in Advances in Therapy has demonstrated that garlic won’t just keep vampires away, but it can also help keep you from catching the common cold.

Participants were either given a placebo or an allicin-containing garlic supplement. Allicin is the ingredient in garlic that gives it its antibacterial properties and according to this research, it may have some antiviral properties as well.

During the 90-day study, 24 colds were recorded in the group given garlic and 65 in the placebo group. The placebo group also took a longer time to recover from their colds compared to the garlic group. Continue reading “Study Reveals How to Help Prevent an Attack by the Common Cold Virus”

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Radio Show – Health Benefits of Allicin (Garlic)

Host Dana Laake and her special guest Peter Josling will be discussing the health benefits of stabilized allicin, a key component of garlic.

Peter Josling is Director of The Garlic Centre based in Sussex, England – an independent source of information about the medicinal, culinary, and general properties of garlic. Mr. Josling has been involved in the invention, development and manufacture of the world’s first commercially available stabilized allicin extract.

Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

Last week’s show was on supplements for pets – click here to listen. You can also browse our radio show schedule and archive of past shows.

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Antioxidants May Increase Fertility… in Men

A recent study showed that between 30% to 80% of male subfertility cases may be improved by oral supplementation with antioxidants. A supplement containing vitamin C and E, zinc, folic acid, lycopene, garlic oil and selenium is associated with a more than four-fold increased rate of pregnancy and live birth. They also found “mostly positive effects” on sperm concentration and motility.

Although the conclusions were based on limited evidence, Marian Showell, the lead author of the research paper published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, says, “When trying to conceive as part of an assisted reproductive program, it may be advisable to encourage men to take oral antioxidant supplements to improve their partners’ chances of becoming pregnant.” This is important since about one third of infertility in couples is due to male factors.

Although taking supplements seems to improve quality of sperm, it is also key to note that the quality of sperm, overall,  has decreased over the years and may be attributed to smoking, obesity, and even agricultural chemicals.

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Garlic: Wonder Food and Wonderful Price

A month ago I wrote about garlic and the immune system. Well,  Village Green Apothecary is offering Pathway One-a-Day Garlic at 35% off while supplies last.  This is your time to stock up on this immune-boosting supplement. The premium quality Chinese garlic cloves used in Pathway One-a-Day Garlic are naturally grown, hand peeled, and processed to preserve allicin, the key component responsible for garlic’s cardiovascular benefits. An enteric coating is applied to each tablet in order to prevent odor. Each tablet provides a minimum of 6,000 mcg of total allicin potential and all of the natural compounds normally provided by fresh garlic cloves.

Stock up now!

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