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November Issue Of Natural Alternatives
November 01, 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE:
1) NATURAL TREATMENT FOR ACNE PROBLEMS
2) FISH OIL COULD SAVE 70000 LIVES EACH YEAR
1) NATURAL TREATMENT FOR ACNE PROBLEMS
The pimples are forming mostly due to a hormonal unbalance that leads to an excessive sebum secretion and the clogging up of the skin pores. The sebum that accumulates inside the pore can get mixed with the bacteria that are found on the skin and so a big red, painful pustule appears on the skin.
Sometimes these pustules can transform into comedons or cysts filled with liquid. These are the most dangerous forms of Acne and must be treated very carefully as they can leave scars on the skin and permanent psychological damage to a teenager.
If Acne is not found in a severe form it can be treated with the help of natural products.
Aromatherapy can be successfully used for resolving pimples. Some of the essential oils like the juniper tree one (be careful not to use it if you are pregnant) and the Lebanese cedar oil upholstery cleaning equipment it during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy) help the excessive sebum secretion normalize. Lavender oil and geranium oil have healing and antiseptic properties and the petit-grain and the daisy essential oils are good for reducing inflammation.
This is how you can use the essential oils: add two drops of juniper tree oil and Lebanese cedar oil in a water cup filled only by half with water. With a cotton wool apply on the Acne affected skin upholstery services the solution every two hours. You can combine juniper tree oil with one spoon of jojoba oil and apply the composition on pimples.
If you have Acne on your body you can add a few drops of these essential oils to your non-perfumed body lotion and use the composition before going to bed. In the morning you will see that the inflammations made by pimples on your skin would have reduced.
Besides Aromatherapy you can try fitotherapy. Fitotherapy is about using herbs and plants for healing your body. Here is a special recipe for healing Acne skin. Mix up equal quantities of dandelion roots, bur, cleaning carpets borage and Echinacea and prepare an infusion from all these herbs. Drink up one or two cups a day from this infusion.
Boil 2 or 3 teaspoons of dried sweet basil in a cup of water. Let this infusion get cold and then with cotton wool apply on the skin the solution but only after you have cleaned the skin properly. You must not clean the skin with alcohol lotions; you should use a gentle oil-free cleanser.
If you like using natural products then you can clean you face once a day by bending over steamy water for 5 to 10 minutes. Then dry your face skin and wipe it with rose water or marigold water.
These natural remedies are suitable only for those who do not have severe Acne. For those who natural solutions are not helpful they should go to a dermatologist and request an anti-Acne cream.
2) FISH OIL COULD SAVE 70000 LIVES EACH YEAR
According to the U.S. National Fisheries Institute, the per capita consumption of salmon in America went from less than a pound a year in 1992 to more than 2 pounds a year in 2006. And that's only an average. Among health-conscious Americans it's not unusual to eat salmon weekly -- or even more frequently. The reason? Salmon is loaded with two of the healthiest fats on the planet: the omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). And it's absolutely delicious in Broiled Salmon with Tamari-Orange Marinade.
Essential fatty acids were discovered in the early 1930s by husband and-wife medical team George and Marilyn Burr. The Burrs found that rats deprived of fat developed a number of metabolic disturbances and symptoms, including scaly skin, growth retardation, and reproductive problems. Once fat was reintroduced into the rats' diet, most of these problems disappeared. This led to the discovery of essential fatty acids, which are fats that are essential for health and that the body can't actually make on its own -- they need to be obtained in the diet.
Even though the two fatty acids in salmon, DHA and EPA, are among the most important compounds in human nutrition, they're not technically essential fatty acids. Why? Because the body actually can make them from another omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, which is essential. But what the body can do and what it actually does do are two different things. Even if you're taking in plenty of alpha-linolenic acid from flaxseed (which most people aren't doing to begin with), very little of the alpha-linolenic acid actually converts to DHA and EPA, so you wind up noticeably lacking in these two incredibly important nutrients. And that's not a good thing at all.
This is especially tragic because it's so simple to get enough DHA and EPA. They're packaged together in one tidy food: salmon. DHA and EPA work together brilliantly. And their combined benefits to your health are beyond stunning. Hundreds of studies show that the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon benefit the heart and the brain, improving both mood and behavior.
The first of these two omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, is brain food and is crucial for vision. It's the most abundant fat in the brain and the retina, and it is vitally important during pregnancy, where it's linked to the development of the baby's brain and eyes. DHA is also an important component of breast milk, and it's well documented that breast-fed infants and toddlers score better on cognitive and visual tests, perhaps because of the DHA. Both the World Health Organization and the British Nutrition Foundation recommend that infant formula be supplemented with DHA. And in a 2002 study of almost 9,000 pregnant women published in the British Medical Journal, researchers found that the babies of women who ate fish once a week during their first trimesters had more than 3Ĺ times less risk of low birth weight and premature birth.
DHA isn't just important for babies. In 1998, scientists at the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA found that volunteers who ate foods enriched with DHA showed an increase in HDL cholesterol (the protective kind) and lowered their triglycerides by 26 percent.
EPA, the other important omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon, has complementary benefits. The March 2007 edition of the journal Atherosclerosis published a study in which some Japanese men with unhealthy blood sugar levels were given 1,800 mg a day of EPA for approximately 2 years. The men had a significant decrease in the thickness of their carotid arteries along with an improvement of blood flow.
Another study, this one published in the medical journal The Lancet (also March 2007), showed that people with high cholesterol levels who were on statin drugs reduced their frequency of major cardio events by almost 20 percent when they added EPA supplements to their daily regimens.
The Power of the Pair
DHA and EPA are known to be mood enhancers. They incorporate themselves into cell membranes, making the membranes more fluid and making it easier for important brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin to get in and out. They help the brain to repair damage. Both DHA and EPA together are being studied in ongoing research at Harvard University by Andrew Stoll, M.D., for their effect on the depression of bipolar disorder. Also, a University of Pittsburgh study showed that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as salmon are associated with increased gray matter volume in areas of the brain commonly linked to mood and behavior.
A ton of studies link low omega-3 consumption to depression, mood disorders, and behavioral problems, including those that are especially worrisome among kids and teenagers, such as violence, acting out, and possibly ADHD. Research by Sarah Conklin, Ph.D., at the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Program in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, reported that people who had lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids were more likely to have negative outlooks and to be more impulsive. And in 2001, Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health, published a study that found a correlation between a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids (mostly from fish) and lower murder rates!
Another way that omega-3 fatty acids provide health benefits is by reducing inflammation. Chronic, low-grade inflammation is emerging as a major risk factor for a host of chronic diseases, so much so that it was dubbed the "silent killer" in a Time magazine cover story a few years ago. Inflammation contributes to obesity, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and probably some conditions we haven't even thought of yet. And the omega-3s are among the most anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. A diet filled with natural anti-inflammatories (such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and flaxseeds and the many anti-inflammatory compounds found in the vegetables featured in this book) is one of the best preventive health strategies you could possibly follow.
The omega-3s in fish are among the most heart-healthy nutrients on the planet. Even the FDA gave them a "qualified health claim" in September of 2006, stating that "supportive but not conclusive research shows that the consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease." Don't be fooled by the FDA's overly cautious language. Fish such as salmon is a big component of nearly every native diet that has been shown to be associated with lower rates of heart disease. According to Stoll, omega-3s reduce the rate of fatal arrhythmias by 30 percent. "In the United States alone, more than 70,000 lives could be saved each year if Americans had sufficient omega-3s in their bodies," he says.
Most of us get a paltry 0.1 to 0.2 g a day of EPA and DHA (that's one-tenth to two-tenths of a gram!). (For what health organizations advise, see "EPA and DHA: What the Experts Recommend" on page 71.)
Personally, I'd like to see us get a minimum of 0.5 g a day of EPA and DHA, and ideally 1 to 3 g. You can meet the World Health Organization and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (WHO- NATO) recommendations consuming 2 servings of salmon (or other fatty fish such as mackerel) each week.
And if all this hasn't convinced you of the incredible health benefits of ent meals of salmon, let me appeal to your vanity. Salmon can make look better. Nicholas Perricone, M.D., whose books on skin care have topped the best-seller list on numerous occasions, recommends a "three day diet" for clearing up your skin that features -- what else -- salmon. For breakfast even! (Hey, it's not that weird to the folks fishing through the ice in Greenland!) Actually, Perricone's "three-day nutritional face-lift" claims your skin the same results that a face-lift would, by eating salmon two or three times a day, accompanied by fresh fruits and vegetables. I can't guarantee that, but I'm pretty sure you'd look and feel pretty terrific after allowing your skin and hair cells to be bathed in the nectar of those nourishing omega-3s.
How to Cook Salmon
Probably the most important thing to remember when cooking fish is that it will continue to cook after it is off the heat, so you have to remove it before it is done to your liking. As the fish is cooking, cut into it frequently with a fork and look inside to check for doneness.
While most fish taste best when they flake and are opaque, this is not the case with salmon, which tastes best when it's on the rare side. So when you're cooking, look for the center to still be translucent. As a general guideline, grill salmon for 7 to 8 minutes per each inch (3 cm) of thickness.
Because of the wonderful healthy fat content of salmon, it does well in many cooking styles, including grilling, baking, poaching, broiling, and pan-frying. Crazy as it sounds, some people poach salmon in their dishwashers!
EPA and DHA: What the Experts Recommend
The World Health Organization and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (WHO-NATO) recommend consuming 0.3 to 0.5 g a day of EPA and DHA.
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends consuming two 4-ounce (115 g) servings of fish high in EPA and DHA per week (such as salmon) to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
The American Heart Association recommends 0.5 to 1.8 g per day of EPA and DHA to reduce the risk of cardiac disease, plus 1.5 to 3 g of alpha-linolenic acid, which is found in flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, for even more benefit.
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