It is now that time of year for it. Fresh and tasty, it is a summer time favorite. In fact, ask yourself this question: “Have you ever once heard anyone say they do not like watermelon?”
Watermelon is not only a tasty, refreshing fruit, but it has some major health benefits. Men, in particular, should be adding it to the “Must Eat” list. Here are 3 reasons why:
And women will love it as newer evidence suggests that consuming lycopene can help prevent breast cancer.
Wins across the board here. Watermelon is delicious and nutritious.
The Archives of Medical Research reported a recent study in which THIS substance was found to be very useful in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and the painful inflammation and sores in the colon and rectum ensue.
The substance, the one that people love?
What is it? Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts as an antioxidant. The top food sources include grapes, some berries, peanuts and everyone’s favorite, red wine. Studies have shown that it helps lower blood pressure, protects the brain, increases insulin sensitivity (helps with fat loss) and have strong healthy aging benefits.
And as we have seen above, is associated with decreased disease activity and improved quality of life as it relates to ulcerative colitis.
Doc’s Thoughts: I am a big fan of this product. I have recommended it quite a bit and use it myself. The benefits are pronounced and consistent. The key is dosage. Typically it is higher than recommended, at least that is what I have found.
This post is not sponsored by Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew or _______ (feel free to insert your favorite soda). In fact, they will hate it.
You have undoubtedly read a number of studies as to why it is a good idea to limit the amount of soda consumed. Here is another. A recent study from Japan noted that soda drinkers had an increased risk of kidney disease.
In the study at a Japanese university, 12K employees had various tests performed, including urine test for the presence of protein. The reason is that protein in the urine is considered an early sign that kidney damage is present. The good news is that this is reversible.
The results noted that 11% of those who stated they consumed 2 or more sodas (soft drinks) daily had the highest levels of protein in their urine. Those who consumed no soda or rarely drank it had dramatically less incidences.
It should be noted that besides kidney problems, protein in the urine is an early warning sign of stroke and heart disease.
An earlier study concluded that those who consumed 2 colas per day, be it regular or diet, had 2x the normal risk of kidney disease.
There was no correlation between kidney disease and other carbonated drinks such as Perrier-like substances.
Problem with high blood pressure? If you are wanting to lower your BP the natural and safe way, add some spice to your food.
The key ingredient in spicy foods is called Capsaicin and this is the substance that helps to lower blood pressure.
Research has shown that eating spicy foods on a regular basis will help flood your system with capsaicin. This, in turn, helps relax blood vessels by improving the production of a natural substance called nitric oxide or NO. NO is a molecule which is designed to help protect blood vessels against inflammation. It is used for improving endurance via endurance athletes such as runners or triathletes and used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction* as well.
Find your nearest Thai or Indian restaurant or section of the supermarket and add some spice to your life and say goodbye to high blood pressure.
*Additional uses include the following:
Are you pregnant? Looking to raise the healthiest baby possible? Here is something you may wish to consider.
Pregnant women who have a diet that is high in fructose may be laying the foundation for high blood pressure and obesity relating to their babies, later on in life. This is the conclusion drawn from researchers at the University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston.
High-fructose foods include banana, blackberry, cherry, fig, kiwi, mandarin, mango, star fruit, rockmelon, grapefruit, pineapple and raspberries. Very high fructose foods include blueberries, lychee, tomato concentrate, dried fruits, tinned berries in syrup, grape, persimmon, pickled onion, pomegranate, tinned dark plum, apple, and pear.
Some evidence suggests fructose may disrupt liver function as well as the elevation of triglycerides in men, increasing the risk of heart disease.
Bottom line: Keep the fruit to a minimum and avoid high fructose corn syrup (and its “new” names) altogether.