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Nuts for a Healthy Heart

Nuts are not only friends to watch the ball. Many health experts as food meyebut super nuts. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients essential for heart health. Food is included in a healthy delicious meals.

What type of nut consumption is not too important, although the nutrition and fat content of nuts varies depending on the type. Walnuts, almonds, green beans, peanut skin, and so on, have a complete nutrition in every butirnya.

Various studies have shown people who regularly eat nuts have a bad cholesterol (LDL) cholesterol, low in the blood. High levels of LDL contribute to the high risk of heart disease. Therefore, the ability to reduce LDL nuts very profitable.

In addition to reducing the risk of clot that can trigger fatal heart attacks, also increase the health nuts artery.

Although there are many varieties and types of nuts, but experts agree basically nuts contain three essential ingredients to the heart following:

-Unsaturated fatty acids
Both the fat content in peanuts, both of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated able to reduce levels of bad cholesterol.

– Fatty acids omega-3
Most nuts are rich in omega-3 is effective in preventing various heart diseases. Besides the nuts, omega-3 also may be obtained from the fish.

– L-arginine
Nuts are also rich in L-arginine, a compound that helps the health of blood vessel walls to make it more flexible and not easily clogged.

– Fiber
All types of nuts contain fiber, which is useful for lowering cholesterol. Fiber also makes it easier to feel full, so we will not overeat.

– Vitamin E
Although not too obvious but experts suspect this vitamin helps the development of plaque in arteries that can lead to narrowing the lead to pain in the chest or heart attack.

– Sterols
Plant sterols (plant sterols) are organic compounds that effectively lower cholesterol. These compounds are usually added to products such as margarine for added health benefits.

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Native Plants Indonesia Apparently Have Potential Drugs Anti HIV / AIDS

Many native plants as Indonesia anti-HIV/AIDS potential, but untested drug screening to be recognized.

“It was a screening of tropical herbs of anti-HIV often committed developed countries like the U.S. or Europe,” said Suprapto Ma’at biomedical experts in Jakarta, Wednesday (2 / 12).

Suprapto said the screening was preceded by the determination of sitotoksisitas cell culture extracts that have been diinveksi HIV, to screen for the fraction of plant extracts which are known to have a steady activity as anti-HIV.

Medicine, Faculty of Airlangga University was an example, from Western studies on turmeric (Curcuma domestika / longa) is known yellow-colored pigment found to have antitumor effects farmakologik like, anti-infective activity, anti-inflammatory and can inhibit the enzyme activity of HIV-1 integrase.

Which is a polysaccharide Acemannan acetylation of aloe vera (aloe vera) which researched the laboratory in the U.S. and in Canada, it is antitumor, imunostimulan, and antiviral.

Diterpenoid lactone found in sambiloto (Andrographis paniculata) can inhibit the growth of HIV-1 virus or HIV-2 virus and patented at Bastyr University AndroVir name.

Research on akstrak Meniran (Phyllanthus niruri) works as an anti-viral and imunostimulator (immune stimulant) in people with HIV / AIDS.

Mengkudu fruit extract (Morinda citrifolia) has patented a number of researchers in developed countries as an anti-infective and anticancer.

Tinospora cordifolia extract (Tinospora cordifolia) can reduce the symptoms that occur in HIV infection such as nausea, vomiting, anorexia and weakness.

Guava extract (psidium guajava) as a barrier to HIV and alleviate the HIV side effects, such as diarrhea.

Indonesia so that researchers can be more active in search of anti-HIV drugs from a variety of tropical native plants, have built a special laboratory and laboratory viral cell culture, although this lab requires a huge investment.

He said China is already screening of anti-HIV plant of 5000 species of medicinal plants, producing only about 90 species that showed anti-HIV activity or only about 13 percent.

So far, the handling of HIV / AIDS relies on HAART (Highly active antiretroviral therapy) which was introduced since 1996, which includes a combination of three drugs from chemicals for at least two types of antiretroviral agents.

HAART to the stabilization of symptoms and improve patient survival time between 4-12 years old, but does not cure patients from HIV and can relapse after treatment stopped.

“Thus, HIV patients need escort and alternative medicine herbal remedy potential need to continue to dig,” he said.

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Makin Hijau Makin Sehat

Terbukti lagi, ruang terbuka hijau meningkatan kualitas kesehatan. Dengan makin mahalnya biaya kesehatan, mungkin bisa dipertimbangkan untuk memanfaatkan ruang terbuka hijau sebagai bagian dari upaya mencegah penyakit.

Penelitian yang dipublikasikan dalam Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health menunjukkan orang-orang yang tinggal dalam radius satu kilometer dari taman atau area ruang terbuka hijau lainnya lebih jarang mengalami depresi dan kecemasan.

Penelitian yang dilakukan terhadap catatan medis 345.143 orang di Holland, Belanda, ini menilai status kesehatan responden dalam 24 kondisi, termasuk kardiovaskular, pernapasan, dan penyakit saraf. Hasil penelitian itu kemudian dikaitkan dengan jarak tempat tinggal responden dengan ruang terbuka hijau dalam radius satu kilometer, tiga kilometer.

Ternyata orang yang tinggal di lingkungan urban memiliki prevelansi lebih tinggi mengalami depresi dan kecemasan dibandingkan mereka yang tinggal dekat ruang terbuka hijau.

Manfaat kesehatan lain yang didapat oleh mereka yang rumahnya dekat ruang terbuka hijau, radius 1-3 kilometer di antaranya pencernaan yang lebih sehat dan menurunnya gejala gangguan fisik yang sering tidak bisa dijelaskan secara medis.

Selain udara yang lebih segar, ruang terbuka juga memungkinkan kita lebih terekspos pada sinar matahari yang kaya vitamin D.

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Ceker dan Telur Ayam Penekan Darah Tinggi


Jurnal Japan Society for Bioscience Tsukuba baru-baru ini mengungkapkan temuan bahwa ceker ayam punya khasiat buat meredam darah tinggi.

Kandungan zat kolagen (chicken collagen extract) pada ceker ayam setara aktivitasnya dengan obat antihipertensi golongan ACE-inhibitor. Kolagen ceker ini bisa menurunkan kadar rennin dalam plasma, sehingga tidak mengungkit tekanan darah menjadi lebih tinggi.

Jadi pendekatan darah tinggi dengan diet kini diperkaya lagi oleh kehadiran ceker ayam. Sebelum ini yang diketahui berperan mengendalikan tekanan darah adalah mineral kalium. Itu maka pada mereka yang darah tinggi, asupan buah harus memadai. Tak cukup satu dua kali sehari, melainkan empat porsi buah dan sayur.

Selain ceker ayam, dikutip dari Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, ada temuan yang diungkapkan para ahli dari Universitas Alberta, Kanada, ihwal peran telur ayam bagi pengidap darah tinggi. Telur yang dimasak ternyata berpotensi setara dengan antihipertensi ACE-inhibitor, seperti ceker ayam.

Tergantung bagaimana telur disajikan, menentukan tinggi rendahnya khasiat. Telur yang digoreng lebih tinggi potensi antihipertensinya daripada yang direbus. Campuran putih dan kuning telur lebih berpotensi ketimbang hanya putih atau kuning telurnya saja.

Karena itu, ketakutan berlebihan akan telur perlu dihapuskan. Membatasi bukan berarti sama sekali tidak. Telur adalah sumber asam amino (essential amino acid) paling lengkap.

Bila tidak mengonsumsi telur sama sekali, kebutuhan tubuh akan delapan jenis asam amino esensial tidak terpenuhi. Tubuh tidak bisa memproduksi asam amino. Kekurangan salah satu atau lebih asam amino menimbulkan sejumlah keluhan dan penyakit. Konsumsi telur dua-tiga kali seminggu bukan larangan.

Temuan lain menyebutkan, mengonsumsi kacang-kacangan juga membantu menekan tekanan darah tinggi (Journal of Clinical Nutrition) karena kacang mengandung lemak tak jenuh yang menyehatkan, selain mineral magnesium (Mg), dan kalium (K) yang tinggi, serta fiber, vitamin, dan antioksidan.

Jadi disimpulkan, pengendalian darah tinggi mungkin cukup dengan DASH (diet approach to stop hypertension) style diet, selain memanfaatkan telur ayam, ceker, serta kacang-kacangan. Sejatinya yang benar itu menu nenek moyang yang sejak dulu memilih diet serupa DASH, ceker, telur, dan kacang-kacangan.

Di Jepang, peninggalan tradisi makan yang menyehatkan itu kini masih diabadikan oleh nelayan di Okinawa.

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Pare, Penurun Gula Darah


Pare, sayur pahit yang satu ini memang menyimpan kejutan, tahukah Anda bahwa sayur yang satu ini bisa menurunkan gula darah Anda?

Tak banyak yang mengetahui bahwa pare bisa untuk para diabetesi, sebuah studi dari Jurnal Ethnopharmacology menyatakan bahwa baik pare segar maupun yang dikeringkan dalam jumlah 1.5 ons – 3 ons bisa membuat kadar gula darah turun sebanyak 48%, membuat toleransi glukosa membaik tanpa terjadi peningkatan insulin, serta memperbaiki kadar gula darah puasa pada diabetesi. Memang ini sangat baik untuk para diabetesi akan tetapi hati – hati dalam menggunakannya jika kadar gula darah Anda normal.

Komposisi pare sangatlah beragam, rasa pahit pare yang merupakan karakter khasnya disebabkan karena kandungan cucurbitacins. Diantara komposisi ini terdapatlah Charantin yang merupakan suatu bahan primer dalam mengurangi regulasi gula darah. Charantin membuat suatu reaksi penurunan gula darah (hipoglikemik). Pare juga mengandung suatu peptida yang menyerupai sifat insulin, salah satunya adalah polipeptida P dan alkaloid. Kandungan lain dalam pare pun turut serta dalam efek perubahan gula darah. Pada penelitian percobaan yang dilakukan ke manusia, pare menunjukkan perubahan signifikan dalam pengontrolan gula darah setelah mengkonsumsinya dan menghasilkan efek penurunan gula darah.

Salah satu metode untuk menggunakan pare adalah dengan membuat jus pare segar ukuran kecil dan buatlah sebanyak 50ml pare (1,5 ons) sampai 100 ml (sekitar 3 ons) lalu dibagi menjadi 2 atau 3 dosis sehari. Perlu diingat jus pare ini sangatlah pahit.

Meskipun pare sangat baik untuk menurunkan gula darah, akan tetapi harus diperhatikan penggunaannya apalagi jika Anda seorang diabetesi yang menggunakan obat – obatan untuk mengontrol kadar gula darah Anda. Jangan lupa untuk memonitor kadar gula darah Anda jika Anda memutuskan untuk memakai pare sebagai tambahan pengontrol kadar gula darah. Jika Anda sedang dalam pengobatan bersama obat gula sebaiknya konsultasikan dulu ke dokter Anda sebelum Anda menggunakan pare bersama obat Anda karena pare bisa menyebabkan kadar gula darah Anda turun drastis bila memakai terlalu berlebihan. Sedangkan untuk riwayat alergi terhadap pare belum pernah ada penelitiannya.

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Vitamin B for Breast


Breast cancer is one type of cancer is stalking her life. In addition to genetic factors, environmental factors, nutrition, and lifestyle also have a significant role for women to suffer from cancer.

Good news comes from the results of studies conducted over 10 years by researchers from Harvard University. In the study of experts to compare the data of 712 women had breast cancer with 712 women who were free of cancer.

Among women will enter menopause, those who eat foods with vitamin B-12 high, it turns out the risk of breast cancer had dropped to 63 percent. Unfortunately the benefits of vitamin B-12 was not seen in many groups of menopausal women. But those who take vitamin B-6 risk is reduced by 34 percent.

Folic acid is also another weapon to fight breast cancer, especially for women who daily drank 15 grams or a glass of alcohol every day. For those in this group, folic acid effective to reduce the risk of cancer that is associated with alcohol consumption.

The women in this study to get your intake of vitamins that come from a combination of natural foods and supplements. They consume 3 milligrams of vitamin B-6, 8 milligrams of vitamin B-12, and 423 micrograms of folate every day.

Source of vitamin D from foods such as cereals, orange, or orange juice. For folic acid, get from green vegetables, nuts, fortified bread, cereals, or pasta.

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Cocaine Addiction Vaccine Pelawan

To cure a drug addict is not easy. The researchers are now doing a study on vaccination to prevent cocaine addicts have a high species and help them fight the addiction.

The first trial by researcher from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is indeed not give results as expected, but the researchers say this small successful enough to give hope of using vaccines to cope with drug addiction problems in the future.

“This is an important study. It is clear, it is possible a vaccine that works disrupt the action of cocaine on the brain,” said Dr.Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drugs Absue.

The vaccine used in these studies is that NicVAX vaccine originally intended to help addicts stop smoking. Cocaine and nicotine vaccines have the same action. They stimulate the immune system produces antibodies that attack molecules and mencekalnya drugs from reaching the brain.

In this latest study, reported that cocaine-fighting antibodies effective enough to prevent the addict feel the sensation of “high” and nearly 40 percent stopped using cocaine, although temporary.

“With the increasing number of drug addicts, the results of this study was better than not doing anything,” said lead researcher Dr.Thomas Kosten of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA.

According to him, by taking a medical approach, rather than a moral issue, efforts to find solutions to the problem this addiction will bring greater impact.

The study involved 115 cocaine addicts who also menyandu heroin. The respondents are getting treatment at a methadone clinic. After an injection of cocaine vaccine or placebo vaccine over 12 weeks, the researchers then observed the respondents for 12 weeks. In addition, the respondents also follow the weekly therapy sessions. They routinely undergo urine tests.

In general, 21 patients who received the vaccine, or about 38 percent, had antibodies to the level of cocaine that is strong enough to prevent high sensation. Of this group, 53 percent stopped using cocaine compared with 23 percent who have a lower antibody levels.

(kompas.com)

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