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5 Foods That Can Help With Depression

5 Foods That Can Help With Depression

It does not say cure depression, it says help with. When people are depressed they often reach for comfort foods, like candy, chips, ice cream, and chocolate. Nutritionists say this is the wrong answer, eating these foods can help alleviate symptoms, plus there is an added bonus of feeling good about doing something proactive for your health.

1) An omelet or scrambled egg, the yolks are rich in B vitamins, they are a good source of protein, and B vitamins help your brain to function at optimal levels. Similar options: fish, poultry, wheat germ, and lean beef

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2) Nuts and Seeds, they are a great source of magnesium, which helps produce serotonin, which helps you feel good. Some examples include: cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, almonds, and peanuts

3) Cold water fish, excellent source of Omega 3′s, which contains the fatty acid DHA, which helps your brain in a multitude of ways. Some examples include: salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, and anchovies

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4) Ancient grains, which are complex carbohydrates, they take longer to digest which helps stabilize blood sugars, which helps stabilize your mood. Added bonus, they are full of fiber, which helps you feel full longer. Some examples include: amaranth, millet, quinoa, spelt, barley, and teff

5) Green tea, technically a drink, not a food, rich in amino acid L-theanine which can help improve focus while calming the body

Knowing what to eat for your body produces great long-term effects, it helps to resolve feelings of helplessness or powerlessness against the disease that is hurting you, always do the best you can.

Source: http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/depression/5-foods-to-eat-when-youre-depressed-18?pageart=2

Thanks to Positive med for another great find.

Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin so I would recommend a Magnesium Spray, Gel, or a bath with Magnesium Salts. We as a society are severely deficient in Magnesium. Cranky kids are much happier and more relaxed after a a bath with magnesium Salts, just like mom and dad. A scoop in the nightly bath can make a huge difference in falling asleep quickly and easily too.

Vitamin D3 is so much more than a Vitamin and had been shown to have huge mood improvement benefits so get some sun and in the winter supplement. Many knowledgeable physicians now recommend at least 5000IU/ day in the winter months. Now many patients will find that it is part of routine care during hospital stays.  Next to sun on bare skin, Sub-lingual tablets or sprays are the most effective .

Health Benefits of Cabbage & Sauerkraut

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***Reposters Note. Cabbage in whatever form offers numerous benefits. Sauerkraut was a staple in many cultures before the advent of processed and fast foods. I would encourage  readers to incorporate the unique flavor into you meals for variety as well as the numerous dietary benefits***

(NaturalNews) Sauerkraut combines the health benefits offered by all cruciferous vegetables (a category which includes cauliflowers and brussel sprouts as well as cabbage) with the probiotic advantages derived from the fermentation process.

Cabbage offers a host of health benefits. It is high in vitamins A and C. Studies have shown the cruciferous vegetables can help lower cholesterol levels. Cabbage also provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies indicate it may help combat some cancers. However, this already helpful vegetable becomes a superfood when it is pickled.

The fermentation process used to make sauerkraut was probably first developed centuries ago simply as a means of preserving vegetables for easy consumption throughout the winter. The health benefits derived from pickling vegetables were already well-known to early civilizations. Historical evidence suggests laborers on the Great Wall of China consumed a version of the pickled cabbage dish 2,000 years ago.Traditional Chinese has long prescribed sauerkraut juice as a home remedy for many common ailments . The armies of Genghis Khan most likely first brought the dish to Europe. The Roman army traveled with barrels of sauerkraut, using it to prevent intestinal infections among the troops during long excursions.
In periods and cultures when natural healing methods fell into disuse, people consumed fewer fermented foods and were subject to more illness. Scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) killed many British sailors during the 1700s, especially on longer voyages. In the late 1770s, Captain James Cook circumnavigated the world without losing a single sailor to scurvy, thanks to the foods his ship carried, including sixty barrels of sauerkraut.Mainstream health experts began to pay renewed attention to sauerkraut after a study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2002. Finnish researchers reported that in laboratory studies,a substance produced by fermented cabbage, isothiocyanates, helped prevent the growth of cancer.Even before the laboratory study, however, alternative health experts extolled the healing benefits of sauerkraut because of the lactic acid bacteria produced as a side-effect of the pickling process.Healthy human colons contain many beneficial bacteria which feed on the waste left over from our digestion, creating lactic acid. Without these beneficial bacteria the human digestive system becomes home to harmful parasites and yeasts, resulting in the condition of candida.

Sauerkraut provides a high density source of a wide range of beneficial live bacteria which assist in the digestive process. Consuming a serving of sauerkraut can give your body as much of a health boost as many of the expensive probiotic drinks and supplements sold in stores. However, most commercially sold sauerkraut have lost most of their beneficial bacterial organisms. To gain the most benefits from sauerkraut, you may want to purchase it freshly made, or learn how to make your own.If you want to explore recipes for making sauerkraut and other fermented dishes, an excellent place to start is with Sandor Ellis Katz’s Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live Culture Foods.In his book, Katz points out that “Fermentation not only preserves nutrients, it breaks them down into more digestible forms.” Katz, who also wrote The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements, recommends not only eating sauerkraut but drinking the juice which he calls “a rare delicacy and unparalleled digestive tonic.”Sources for this article include:

Thank You to Lifestyle Philippines, Natural News and Oasis Advanced Wellness for contributions to this post.

4 SUPER FOODS FOR ANTI-AGING & WEIGHT-LOSS

4 SUPER FOODS FOR ANTI-AGING & WEIGHT-LOSS

 
 
 
 
 
4 SUPER FOODS to incorporate into our lives for NUTRITION & NOURISHMENT…
 
Using these ingredients will help your body function better, delaying or reversing the signs of aging. Team great nutrition with a smart lifestyle choices,lots of laughter and you are well on the way to a long happy healthy life.,
 
Excellent recipes at the links below.
 

DETOX WATER

DETOX WATER

Who wouldn´t love to remove all the toxins from their body? Well, that’s a detox, and my personal way to cleanse my body is drinking detox water, lots and lots of water. Our body is so amazing, that in no more than 3 days, you´ll be as good as new. Here are some ideas of how to add a little flavor and antioxidants to our detox water!

Detox water

Lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkalize the body, it is a powerful detox drink; you just have to squeeze fresh lemon juice into your glass.

Mint helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion as well, and it also adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar to your water.

Detox water

Cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties, add a few slices to your water for excellent rehydration, as well.

A little Ginger goes a long way, it helps cleanse out your system, aids in digestion, and settles your stomach

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Remember that Detox is an instant, magical solution. Detox is an ongoing process, which provides amazing health benefits, by simply using water…as simple as that! What are you waiting for? Go get your first glass of water, and start your water detox right away!

Thank You to Positive Med for another great article.

Stop the bottled water epidemic please – buy a good water filter – filter your own tap water,  make your detox water and drinking water.

We are wasting resources, filling landfills and creating a bunch of plastic that takes forever to break down. In Europe they have opted to continue using predominantly glass so they don’t have to be concerned with leaching of toxins, wasting resources that can be better used elsewhere, or dealing with increased disposal issues.

As individuals we can choose – simple choices often have some pretty big results. A freind was complaining about having to constantly dispose of used water bottles accrued by the family every week. They switched to home filtered water and funky reusable bottles. They as a family of 4 were buying the 24 – 48 paks of bottled water going through  80 – 110 bottles a week. They have found they are saving over $150.00 every month at a minimum and don’t have to deal with the mounds of bottles.

I hear the kids are planning a family ski trip to be paid for by this little ongoing windfall.

Vitamin B. You’re not crazy – You need your B’s.

Vitamin B. You’re not crazy – You need your B’s.

Thanks to positive med for this article.

I am huge supporter of B vitamins, with any chronic illness or pain they are essential, with a lot of stress they can literally change your life. Because I have Fibromyalgia I take 2 Super B Complex every morning, I know many people who wear a B patch, get injections, and take supplements. I just gave my Dilly half of my bottle so she would start taking them; with a house, a husband, a toddler, a puppy, and the recent death of her mother that girl needs some stress relief! This poster lists all the benefits for you.

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This article and poster really spell out the importance of B Vitamins.
I myself have found that a good vitamin mineral complex combined with a good fatty acid blend is essential to being your mental best. Life gets stressful – anxiety levels increase – quality sleep becomes difficult. We all experience this at some point.

I had 3 small children, one with severe ADHD an extremely intense job and hubby worked away for weeks at a time. There were never enough hours in a day. I thought I was going crazy.

I got myself to a doctor and he wrote a prescription for Prozac. I had researched it for a friend previously so I knew how bad it was.I never filled that prescription but I did go see a call a naturopath and he recommended a very comprehensive vitamin mineral supplement, a good fatty acid blend and Evening Primrose Oil.

That combination changed everything – and to this day is part of my personal SELF CARE  solution. These days I use a product called Daily Complete – that is a terrific combination of nutrition and gets me my B’s as well as all of the other micro nutrients necessary for good mental and physical health. Best of all -it is very reasonably priced. It is only available in North America at the moment but will be available overseas later this year. 194 vitamins, minerals & nutrients in just one ounce,

As it is the best I have found – there is a link at the bottom of the page where you can go to order so you can have it too. Wander around that website – the doctor who put this all together has also provided some other really good supplements that I like to recommend.

They cover a multitude of solutions for problems that are very common place in North America today, Nutrition -Constipation – Weight Loss/Weight Management – Menopause – Immunity  – Detoxification  – Parasite Cleanse.

Check out the celebrity fans for the fun of it – None of them are paid a penny. From what I understand there are quite a number of even bigger names on board as well.

Just take a look at the ingredients – they will blow your socks off.

• 194 Vitamins, Minerals & Special Organic Nutrients
• 100% RDA of Key Vitamins & Minerals
• High ORAC Antioxidant Value (Anti-Aging)
• Organic Fruit & Organic Vegetable Whole Juice Blend
• Organic Anti-Aging Mediterranean Super Seed Blend
• Ionic Mineral Blend
• Essential Fatty Acids Blend
• Whole Superfood Green Complex
• Proprietary Ocean Vegetable Complex with pure Phytoplankton
• Great Orange Taste
• All this in just one ounce a day!
• No Dairy Products, No Artificial Flavors, No Sucrose
• 100% Gluten-Free
• Listed in the Canadian Compendium Of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)!

Here is the actual is exactly what my husband and I are getting as nutritional support from Daily Complete every day.

I know it makes every day a better day and I am saving a fortune and not filling up my cupboards with tons of vitamin bottles like i used too.

Ingredients
Recommended Adult Use: Take 1 ounce
(30 mL) per day during or after a meal.
Servings Per Container: 30
One serving (30mL) of Daily Complete contains:
MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS
Vitamin A (from Acetate & Beta Carotene) 10,000 IU
Vitamin D 800 IU
Vitamin E 30 IU
Vitamin C 150 mg
Vitamin B1 6 mg
Vitamin B2 4.25 mg
Niacinamide 20 mg
Vitamin B6 5 mg
Folic Acid 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 100 mcg
Vitamin K1 80 mcg
Biotin 120 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 10 mg
Potassium 25 mg
Zinc 15 mg
Selenium 80 mcg
Manganese 3 mg
Copper 2 mg
Silicon 1 mg
Chromium 50 mcg
Choline 50 mg
Inositol 50 mg
Coenzyme Q10 1 mg
NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS

NUTRIENT COMPLEX: Calcium (Gluconate) (28mg), Magnesium (Gluconate) (6mg), Dimethylglycine (3mg).

ORGANIC FRUIT AND ORGANIC VEGETABLE PHYTONUTRIENT COMPLEX WHOLE JUICE: Whole Juice Concentrates: organic apricot, organic mango, organic apple, organic tangerine, organic cranberry, organic lime, organic beets, organic green bell peppers and organic parsley; Carotenoid Concentrate: organic carrot, organic peach, organic yellow squash, organic cantaloupe, organic red pepper and organic tomato; Flavonoid Concentrate: organic orange, organic lemon, organic celery, organic grapefruit; organic phenolic red grape, organic strawberry, organic cherry, organic pear; Cruciferous Concentrate: organic broccoli, organic cabbage, organic cauliflower, organic brussel sprouts, organic mustard greens; Lutein concentrate: organic spinach, organic kale, organic asparagus, organic alfalfa, Hyaluronic acid (potato).

ORGANIC MEDITERRANEAN SUPER SEED BLEND: Organic Anise Seed, Organic Basil Leaf, Organic Bay Leaf, Organic Caraway Seed, Organic Cardamom Seed, Organic Coriander Leaf, Organic Cumin Seed, Organic Fennel (seed), Organic Fenugreek (seed), Organic Mustard Seed, Organic Oregano Leaf, Organic Sage Leaf, Organic Thyme Leaf.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACID COMPLEX: Glycerin, Sorbitol Fatty Acid Esters, Flaxseed Oil (source of omega 3 fatty acids), Borage Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil (sources of GLA), Almond Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil.

MEDITERRANEAN HERBAL COMBINATION with ALOE VERA LEAF: Macca (Lepidium Meyenii), Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Many-flower Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum) (seed), False Unicorn (root), Black Cumin Seed (Nigella sativa), Yerba Maté Leaves Ext. (Ilex paraguariensis), Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus), Nettle Herbs (leaf) (Urtica dioica), Calendula (leaf), Echinacea Root (Echinacea angustifolia), Alfalfa Leaves (Medicago sativa), Dandelion Root (Taraxacum off.), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Saw Palmetto Berries (Serenoa serrulata), Red Clover Flower (Trifolium pratense), Peppermint Leaves (Mentha piperita), Pumpkin (Cucrbita pepo) (seed), Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum cassia), Ginger Root (Zingiber off.), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) (root), Ginseng Root (Panax ginseng), Chicory (Cichorium intybus) (root), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) (leaf), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) (fruit), Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis), Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera) (root), Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) (leaf), Helonias Root (Chamaelirium luteum), Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare), Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarta), Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) (leaf), Olive (Olea europaea) (leaf), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Concentrate (200:1) (leaf), Iceland Moss (Centraria islandica).

IONIC MINERAL BLEND

HERBAL VITAMIN C COMPLEX: Rose Hips, Acerola Cherry, Sago Palm, Camu Fruit.

BOTANICAL COMPLEX with PHENALGIN™: Green tea polyphenols, grape seed extract, Pine bark extract, grape skin extract, phlorotannin extract of Canary Island Cystoseira (canariensis marine algae), Alpine Tea (Rhodenol) (Rhododendron caucasicum), Citrus Bioflavonoids.

WHOLE SUPERFOOD GREEN COMPLEX: Wheat Grass (leaf), Barley Grass (leaf), Spirulina (whole plant), Dunaliella (whole plant), Apple (pectin), Barley (sprouts), Brown Rice Bran, Nova Scotia Dulse, Fructooligosaccharides, Chlorella (whole plant), Oat Straw (leaf), Rye Grass (leaf), Lycopene (from tomatoes).

PLANT ENZYME CONCENTRATE: Papaya (fruit), pineapple (fruit), amylase, cellulase, invertase, lactase, lipase, phytase, and protease.

PROPRIETARY OCEAN NUTRIENT COMPLEX with PLANKTON: Sea Lettuce [ulva lactuca], Wild Atlantic Nori [Porphyra umbilicalis], Dulse (whole plant), Bladderwrack (whole plant), Rockweed (whole leaf), Kelp (whole plant), and Irish Moss (whole plant), Plankton (from golden brown algae).

Other Ingredients: Filtered Water, Natural colours and flavours, Glycine, Yellow Pea Protein, Xanthane Gum (naturally sourced), Potassium Sorbate.

Daily Complete®
194 vitamins, minerals & nutrients in just one ounce, great orange taste!

Here’s the Link to order. http://www.deb.awarenesslife.com/

Here the link to a  Clinical Study on Daily Complete –  The results are terrific.

http://www.awarenesslife.com/research/pdf/dc_report.pdf

Daily Complete® Study #1:
(PDF Format)

“The Efficacy & Safety of Daily Complete For Energy & Overall Well-Being

Conducted By: Dr. Gary Knighton, Clinical and Investigative Research Physician

 

Manage Weight, Blood Sugar and Diabetes – Coconut Fiber

Today we have so many more choices  available in almost every aspect of our lives. That has led to bigger waistlines and butts all over north america. It’s not like any of us set out to become a bigger versions of ourselves – it just happens because of the choices we make.

A big part of the why of this blog is to share choices that make it easier to not be that bigger version of ourselves. I am finding coconut to be a really easy to incorporate choice. You can throw coconut flour, shredded coconut and coconut oil in of almost anything you are making with out really doing anything other than make that food taste richer and creamier. It is one of those no brainer solutions.

The Mediterranean Wellness shakes I mentioned earlier this week already taste so good but adding shredded coconut to it is a great and simple way to increase your fiber intake.

I have to chuckle at my husband. He has a really sweet tooth and loves his coffee. Sometimes it is hard to get him to eat enough real food because he is full of his overly sweet coffee. He is not big on fresh veggies unless we grow them. Making sure that he gets good fibre and quality nutrition in the winter is a bit of a nightmare but he does love a good smoothie. So Wednesday, I make a double batch of the Mediterranean Diet shakes as smoothies because it is going to be a busy day. That takes getting lunch together off the schedule – so I think – and it did,  but he liked it so much, he would happily have drank my lunch too.

Typically – he thinks most of my health solutions taste like crap. So him sneaking the Truffles and offering to drink my smoothie if it is too much for me or volunteering to go get our vitamins (daily complete) – is such a hoot.

He has no idea how good for him any of these are and I AM NOT GOING TO TELL HIM. But I am sure going to continue to enjoy a private chuckle knowing that he is making a far healthier choice because he really likes the taste.

He is a great guy but very much his own person and has a very healthy skepticism so this is too funny. Maybe next winter he won’t accrue that seasonal spare tire that disappears during the summer.

It’s like my oxygen spa – he wouldn’t go near it. After he had a really bad bout of muscle spasms, it cleared them up pouf.  He felt so good afterwards, he is in it all the time now. Another one of those things that I tried to tell him would be good for him – but he had to be difficult about.  I would love to be able to say I told you so but I just bite my tongue and chuckle to myself.

The following is a great article that explains the what and how of cocnut fiber an its’s afects to Manage Weight, Blood Sugar and Diabetes.

Weight Management

Since you cannot digest dietary fiber, you do not derive any calories from it. Dietary fiber is calorie-free. You can eat as much as you like without worrying about gaining weight—good news for those who are concerned about their weight.

Fiber absorbs water like a sponge. For this reason, it aids in filling the stomach and producing a feeling of fullness. It provides bulk without supplying fat-promoting calories. Fiber also slows down the emptying of the stomach, thus maintaining the feeling of fullness longer than low-fiber foods. As a result, less food and fewer calories are consumed.

Studies have shown that consumption of an additional 14 grams of fibre a day is associated with a 10 percent decrease in calorie intake and a loss in body weight. The observed changes occur both when the fiber is from high-fiber foods, like fresh vegetables or coconut, or when it is from products made with high-fiber flours, such as coconut flour.

When you eat high-fiber foods that are generally low in calories, you crowd out higher calorie foods. Simply adding high-fiber foods into your diet will lower your calorie intake even if you eat the same volume of food as you normally do.

Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Blood sugar is an important issue for anyone who is concerned about heart disease, overweight, hypoglycemia, and especially diabetes because it affects all of these conditions.

Carbohydrates in our foods are broken down in the digestive tract and converted into glucose

(blood sugar). Meals that contain a high concentration of carbohydrates, particularly simple carbohydrates such as sugar and refined flours, cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. Since elevated blood sugar can lead to a coma and death, insulin is frantically pumped into the blood stream to avoid this. If insulin is produced in adequate amounts blood sugar is soon brought back down to normal. This is what happens in most individuals. However, if insulin is not produced quickly enough or if the cells become desensitized to the action of insulin, blood glucose can remain elevated for extended periods of time. This is what happens in diabetes.

Dietary fiber helps moderate swings in blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. This helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels under control. Coconut fiber has been shown to be very effective in moderating blood sugar and insulin levels. For this reason, coconut is good for diabetics.

Diabetics are encouraged to eat foods that have a relatively low glycemic index. The glycemic index is a measure of how foods affect blood sugar levels. The higher the glycemic index, the greater an effect a particular food has on raising blood sugar. So diabetics need to eat foods with a low glycemic index. When coconut is added to foods, including those high in starch and sugar, itlowers the glycemic index of these foods. This was clearly demonstrated by T. P. Trinidad and colleagues in a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2003. In their study, both normal and diabetic subjects were given a variety of foods to eat. Some of the types of food included cinnamon bread, granola bars, carrot cake, and brownies—all foods that a diabetic must ordinarily limit because of their high sugar and starch content. It was found that as the coconut content of the foods increased, the blood sugar response between the diabetic and non-diabetic subjects became nearly identical. In other words, coconut moderated the release of sugar into the bloodstream so that there was no spike in blood glucose levels. As the coconut content in the foods decreased, the diabetic subjects’ blood sugar levels became elevated, as would normally be expected from eating foods high in sugar and white flour. This study showed that adding coconut to foods lowers the glycemic index of the foods and keeps blood sugar levels under control. Sweet foods such as cookies and cakes made using coconut flour do not affect blood sugar levels like those made with wheat flour. This is good news for diabetics who want a treat now and then without adversely affecting their blood sugar.

(The same goes for the rest of us too – so if like us you have a sweet tooth – maybe coconut in it’s various forms will help you satisfy the sweet tooth without adding to that spare tire syndrome epidemic that is having such a detrimental affect on so many of our lives.)

Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol?

Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” an expert on coconut, diet, and nutrition answers the question.

Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol? 

Lower Cholesterol Ratio With Coconut Oil

This is the most often asked question I receive regarding coconut oil. This is a legitimate concern because we have been conditioned to believe that all saturated fats raise cholesterol. Since coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fat it would stand to reason that it too would raise cholesterol.

The truth is, eating coconut oil will improve your cholesterol values and reduce your risk of heart disease. Many people, however, have expressed concern after having their blood cholesterol checked and found that their total cholesterol has increased since they began using coconut oil. If coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease why did their cholesterol levels rise?

I have found that people’s response varies when they start using coconut oil. In some people total cholesterol decreases, while in others it increases. But in either case, their HDL (good) cholesterol always increases. The rise in total cholesterol that some people experience is due mostly to an increase in good cholesterol. Their cholesterol ratio (total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol) improves, thus reducing their risk of heart disease.

It is an established fact that the cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk than total cholesterol. Total cholesterol, in fact, is misleading and is a poor risk indicator because it lumps together both LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Total cholesterol gives you no indication of how much is good and how much is bad. You can have high total cholesterol, but if a large percentage of it is made of up HDL, then your risk is low.

The lower the cholesterol ratio the better. A cholesterol ratio of 5.0 mg/dl is considered average risk. Above this value is high risk and below is less than average risk. A ratio of 3.2 mg/dl or less is considered optimal or the lowest risk.

If you have a total cholesterol value of 240 mg/dl, this would be considered high. You would be told that you are at high risk for heart disease. Your doctor would tell you to reduce your saturated fat intake and have you to take cholesterol-lowering drugs. However, if your HDL value was 75 mg/dl, your cholesterol ratio would be 3.2 mg/dl. This value is in the optimal range and you would have the lowest risk. Since the cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk, even though your total cholesterol may be high, your actual risk is very low.

Just the opposite can also happen. If a person has a total cholesterol reading of 178 mg/dl that we be considered ideal and be said to be at low risk. If, however, their HDL was only 35 mg/ld, their cholesterol ratio would be 5.1 mg/dl, which is in the high risk category! This explains why so many people who die of heart disease have normal or below normal total cholesterol levels and why many people with high total cholesterol levels live long lives without experiencing heart problems.

When people ask me about their cholesterol values I tell them to ignore total cholesterol and look at their cholesterol ratio. In every case, the cholesterol ratio improves when they start using coconut oil and their risk of heart disease drops.

Here is an actual case. A woman had a family history of high cholesterol. Family members had total cholesterol readings in excess of 400 mg/dl. After adding coconut oil into her diet her total cholesterol rose from 336 to 376 mg/dl. Ordinarily this is considered very high. However, her HDL (good) cholesterol nearly doubled from 65 to 120 mg/dl. Her cholesterol ratio dropped from a high risk value of 5.2 mg/dl to a low risk value of 3.1 mg/dl, which is in the optimal range. Although she had a very high total cholesterol reading, her true risk was very low. Her blood pressure was optimal at 110/60.

Studies have consistently shown that coconut oil increases HDL and improves the cholesterol ratio. While coconut oil does not reduce total cholesterol as effectively as polyunsaturated oils do, it has a greater effect on HDL. When HDL and cholesterol ratio values are evaluated, coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease more than soybean, canola, safflower, or any other vegetable oil typically recommended as “heart healthy.” Interestingly, most vegetable oils increase the cholesterol ratio thus increasing the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is definitely the best oil you can use to protect yourself from heart disease.■

Get the latest well researched information on everything Coconut from Dr. Coconut Himself –  Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut”

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