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July Issue of Natural Alternatives
June 28, 2012

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


July 2012

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates


IN THIS ISSUE:

1) GREEN COFFEE BENEFITS

2) NATURAL SOLUTION FOR OBESITY PREVENTION

3) THE ACID-ALKALINE BALANCE


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1) GREEN COFFEE BENEFITS
By Cathy Wong


Green coffee is a term that refers to raw, unroasted coffee beans. Proponents claim that green coffee (or green coffee extract) can offer a variety of health benefits. In addition, green coffee is often touted as a natural weight loss aid.

Green coffee contains chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant substance that breaks down when coffee beans are roasted. Some research suggests that chlorogenic acid may be responsible for the health effects of consuming green coffee.

Since coffee's distinctive aroma and flavor is developed during the roasting process, green coffee beans tend to lack aroma and bear a slightly bitter flavor.


Uses for Green Coffee


Green coffee is purported to prevent or treat the following health problems


*colorectal cancer
*diabetes
*heart disease
*high blood pressure
*metabolic syndrome
*obesity
*Parkinson's disease

Green coffee is also said to promote weight loss, reduce inflammation, and slow the aging process.


Benefits of Green Coffee


Although research on the health effects of green coffee is fairly limited, there's some evidence that green coffee may offer certain health benefits. Here's a look at some key findings from the available studies on green coffee:


1) Green Coffee and Weight Loss


Green coffee extract may be somewhat beneficial to those trying to lose weight, according to a 2011 research review published in Gastroenterology Research and Practice. For the review, investigators focused on the available clinical trials testing green coffee extract's efficacy as a weight loss supplement.

Looking at data from the three clinical trials that met their criteria, the investigators found that green coffee extract was significantly more effective than placebo in lowering participants' body weight. However, the authors caution that most of the reviewed studies were of poor quality and that more research is needed before green coffee extract can be recommended for weight loss.

In preliminary research on animals (including a 2006 study from BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine), scientists have demonstrated that green coffee extract may protect against weight gain by fighting fat absorption and promoting the liver's metabolism of fat.


2) Green Coffee and Blood Pressure


Green coffee may benefit people with slightly elevated blood pressure, a 2005 study from Hypertension Research suggests. For the study, 117 men with mild hypertension (high blood pressure) received either a placebo or green coffee extract every day for 28 days. By the study's end, those given green coffee showed a significantly greater decrease in blood pressure compared to members of the placebo group.


3) Green Coffee and Alzheimer's Disease


Animal-based research indicates that green coffee extract could possibly play a role in Alzheimer's disease. In a 2012 study from Nutritional Neuroscience, tests on mice revealed that decaffeinated green coffee extract helped protect against impaired energy metabolism in the brain (a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease). In addition, the study found that green coffee extract helped fight insulin resistance.


Is Green Coffee Safe?


Although drinking green coffee is generally considered safe, there's some concern that long-term consumption of green coffee may increase levels of homocysteine (an amino acid linked to heart disease when it occurs at elevated levels). Additionally, green coffee may interfere with blood sugar control. Given these health concerns, it's important to seek medical advice prior to consuming green coffee in the long term.

It should also be noted that little is known about the safety of long-term consumption of supplements containing green coffee extract.


Where to Find Green Coffee


Green coffee can be found in many natural-foods stores and in some grocery stores. It's also widely available online. In addition, green coffee extract is sold in supplement form online and in many stores specializing in dietary supplements.


Should You Use Green Coffee for Health Purposes?


Due to a lack of scientific support, it's too soon to recommend green coffee for treatment of any health condition or for weight loss. If you're considering the use of green coffee in treatment of a chronic condition, make sure to consult your physician. It's important to note that self-treating a chronic condition with green coffee and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.
Sourc:about.com

2) NATURAL SOLUTION FOR OBESITY PREVENTION


Some alternative therapies and mind-body exercises may help support your weight-loss and/or weight-maintenance efforts, according to recent research. Here's a look at practices that may help promote obesity prevention:


1) Yoga In a 2008 analysis of data on 31,044 American adults, scientists discovered that participants with obesity had a lower prevalence of use of yoga. And in a 2005 study of 15,550 adults aged 53 to 57, researchers found that those who regularly practiced yoga had gained significantly less weight since age 45.
2) Acupuncture
For a research review published in 2009, investigators sized up 31 studies (with a total of 3,013 participants) and concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment for obesity. The review indicates that receiving acupuncture may lead to a significant reduction in body weight and improvement in obesity; however, the review's authors caution that the "amount of evidence is not fully convincing because of the poor methodological quality of trials reviewed."
3) Tai Chi
In a 2009 study of 21 obese women, all subjects took part in a 10-week weight-management program that included either a two-hour weekly session of tai chi or a standard exercise routine. At the end of the program, members of the tai chi group showed a reduction in body fat percentage (as well as improvements in blood pressure and mood).


Alternative Medicine and Obesity Prevention If you're considering the use of any type of alternative medicine (including weight loss supplements) for obesity prevention, it's important to consult your physician before beginning treatment.


Source:about.com


3) THE ACID-ALKALINE BALANCE
By Michael


After reading about how important the Acid-alkaline balance is in your body I came up with a remedy to get balance correct, reducing the risk of any damage to my cells by having too much acid.

Practically every major degenerative disease, including cancer, is triggered by an over acid system. When the ph of your body is out of balance your skin and hair become dull, the nervous system is affected , and you may suffer insomnia, arthritis,aching joints, skin conditions such as candida, fungal infections, muscle pain and gout which are all common symptoms of an over acid system.

Nutritionists and health professionals have long understood the importance to health of the acid-alkaline balance, and keeping the balance is one of the crucial keys of remaining healthy, and also slowing down the ageing process.

Friendly foods are honey, lemon and organic apple cider vinegar. There are others but I picked these three for my remedy. I will add a teaspoon of Manuka honey to hot water to melt the honey. I will then add a slice of lemon, and a tablespoon of organic cider vinegar, and that I will take twice a day between meals.
Source: myhealth-your-health.blogspot.ca


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


Livia
http://www.natural-health-and-healing.com
Brampton, Ontario, Canada


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