We have recently made the connection in our practice between the stress hormone, epinephrine, and liver imbalance.
Stress creates an increase in the fight or flight hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. It gets us ready to handle stress by increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Epinephrine is made in the adrenal gland and it is created when norepinephrine is methylated, meaning an enzyme adds a methyl group to norepinephrine.
Sometimes the body enters a state of chronic fight or flight and epinephrine is constantly secreted. Continue reading “Stress May Contribute to High Cholesterol”
Cholesterol from eggs raises the risk of heart disease and early death, according to a new study in JAMA. The news shouldn’t come as a shock. Decades of research has shown the dangers of dietary cholesterol. So what made the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans almost drop cholesterol warnings? Industries with an interest in keeping Americans unhealthy.
After the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report stating that cholesterol is no longer “a nutrient of concern for overconsumption,” the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a lawsuit Continue reading “The Dangers of Industry-Influenced Dietary Guidelines”
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease. Fortunately, 80% of premature heart disease can be prevented through healthy habits. By simply being aware of what heart-health numbers to watch for, you can keep yourself and your heart happy and strong.
The American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 or older have their cholesterol and other traditional risk factors checked every 4 to 6 years. Your doctor will give you a personalized target depending on you, your lifestyle, Continue reading “4 Important Numbers You Need to Know for a Healthy Heart”
A question I get asked frequently is about niacin and what forms to take. It does seem confusing, especially when using the correct chemical names. Let’s start with what niacin really is. Niacin (nicotinic acid) is actually vitamin B3 and is naturally found in avocados, whole grains, legumes, eggs, milk, fish, organ meats and peanuts. It is an important component of enzymes involved in more than 200 reactions in the body. It plays a role in the digestive system, bile secretion, sex hormone production, detoxification, nervous system maintenance, as well as heart health.
There are two other forms of niacin: niacinamide and inositol hexanicotinate (no-flush) Continue reading “Niacin, No-Flush Niacin & Niacinamide – What’s the Difference?”
The health benefits of flaxseed are many. It is a great source of essential fatty acids, especially for vegetarians. The oil derived from the actual seed has a rich concentration of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid. Flaxseed is also a fantastic source of lignans and fiber.
Most Westernized diets contain too many omega-6 fats and too few omega-3 fats, but omega-3s benefit our health in a variety of ways. Ideally our dietary ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 should be 4:1 however, with the abundance of vegetable oils, margarines, and processed and convenience foods available, our fatty acid ratio is probably closer to an unhealthy 30:1. Flax provides us with a rich source of omega-3, aiding in rebalancing this ratio and therefore helping in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, as well as in beautifying us through improved skin, hair, and nails. Continue reading “The Benefits of Flaxseed”