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A lot of people have an appetite for sugar. Studies have shown that the body’s response to sugary food starts even before it enters the body, with the brain firing on all cylinders to excite the reward circuit and produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates pleasure and reward.
However, past decades have also shown that people are becoming increasingly aware of its dangers. These days, nearly everyone knows why sugar – in particular, added sugars – is bad for the health. It increases the risk of dying because of heart disease, is associated with higher rates of periodontal disease, and may put an infant at a higher risk of allergy and asthma.
Of course, people still can’t get rid of their dopamine fix, turning to healthier alternatives to sugar. Recently, non-nutritive sweeteners (NNSs) have become more ubiquitous, as more food products have replaced sugar with this calorie-free option. The Food and Drug Administration has already approved a handful of artificial sweeteners, a synthetic form of NNS, including acesulfame-K, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, and advantame.
This is the perfect moment to understand the science behind NNS, as well as their possible health benefits and, if ever, adverse effects on the body, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal.
Researchers from the University of Pécs in Hungary, the University of Freiburg in Germany, and Paris Descartes University collected all relevant data on the health effects of NNS consumption. For a study to be included in the review, specific factors had to be met: It had to be a study on humans, it had to be either an intervention or exposure to artificial sweeteners or NNSs, it reported health outcomes, and it had no restrictions in study design or language. (MORE)
Alternative medicine is growing in popularity around the world, but in the U.S., this increase in popularity is especially noticeable. For nearly two decades, reports have shown there’s an increasing interest in natural remedies for healing, disease treatment and prevention. The botanical industry alone is worth over $7 billion these days.
People are catching on to the fraudulent, deceptive nature of the pharmaceutical industry, and further, the fact that Big Pharma bases many of their drugs on real medicinal plants.
Why take a synthetic pharmaceutical, when you can take real turmeric? But staying up-to-date with the best information on alternative medicines can be difficult. With the exception of medical marijuana, you don’t often see stories about natural plant medicines and other remedies being circulated in the “mainstream” media. Further, social media tyrants like Facebook are going out of their way to shut down access to information on natural health — probably because the rapidly growing industry presents such a huge threat to Big Pharma.
But at AlternativeMedicine.news, you can find information on all the latest research regarding alternative medicines, natural remedies, medicinal plants and more. Supplements, superfoods, herbal medicines, and tips for disease prevention and treatment are all one click away. Some of the natural medicines and therapies you’ll find information about at AlternativeMedicine.news include:
Meditation and yoga
Medicinal herbs and spices, like turmeric
Traditional Chinese medicines
Supplemental herbs and superfoods
Vitamins and minerals
Medicinal plant compounds like cannabidiol and curcumin (MORE)
Getting the latest scoop on healthy eating can be a chore — especially given how deep industry influences seem to run. Whether it’s covering up toxins hiding in food, or denying the dangers of common ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, the mainstream media has suppressed the truth about food (and what’s actually in it) long enough. For many people, learning more about what’s in food, and how food can be used as both a preventative and a medicine, is growing increasingly important.
What if you could find stories on all the latest research on food, nutrients and toxic ingredients to avoid all in one place? At Food.news, you can get all the details you need on the benefits of superfoods and healing foods, how food can help prevent disease, and more — and you can learn about the hidden dangers lurking on grocery store shelves, too.
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To say that food is medicine shouldn’t be a controversial statement, but under Big Pharma’s rule, anything that you can buy without a prescription is “anti-science,” or something to that effect. But the truth is that ignoring the benefits of good nutrition and healing foods is what goes against virtually all available science. While conventional medicine will admit that poor diet can cause disease, how often do you see medical professionals recommending foods like nuts to reduce heart disease risk, or herbs like turmeric to help prevent cancer?
In a recent study, scientists looked at the health benefits of fermented turmeric. While its already known that turmeric contains immensely beneficial compounds like curcumin, which have been shown to fight cancer, fermented turmeric seems to be a whole new “animal.” The Korean research team ultimately found that fermented turmeric helped protect the brain against oxidative stress and inflammation, and may prevent age-related cognitive decline. (MORE)
As common as heart disease is, there are many ways to prevent it — and perhaps the best (and most delicious) place to start is by cleaning up your diet. Supercharging your diet with fiber-rich food filled with healthy fats will allow you to eat your way to a healthy heart and clear arteries. Don’t know where to start? Here are 12 food items you should add to your heart-friendly grocery list, according to TheHeartySoul.com:
Fresh Fruit — This one is a no-brainer: Filled with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, you’ll be helping your heart, and giving the rest of your body a boost, too.
Black beans — Another fiber-rich food, this one also has potassium and other vitamins that promote cardiovascular wellness.
Mackerel — This fatty fish is a great source of omega-3, which can lower blood pressure and keep blood vessels elastic. At the same time, it also contains vitamin D, which also lowers blood pressure.
Spinach — This is another green vegetable that packs a powerful punch. For the heart in particular, it contains nitrite, which, according to an article on DailyMail.co.uk, helps widen clogged arteries.
Avocado — The heart-healthy properties of avocados are no secret. Rich in monosaturated fats as well as potassium, it helps lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.
Nuts — Another food item that is full of monosaturated fats, they’re also filled with protein, fiber, and antioxidants that make them the perfect heart-friendly snack.
Flaxseed — A famous superfood, flaxseed is rich in both omega-3 and fiber, and also contains certain plant compounds that serve as antioxidants.
Green Tea — This helps lower cholesterol levels and is known to widen arteries, reducing the risk of blood clots.
Sunflower seeds — It contains vitamin E and folate, which both benefit the heart. It also contains phytosterols, which can lower cholesterol levels.
Garlic — Rich in antioxidants, garlic, according to LiveStrong.com, also contains allium tuberosum, a natural blood thinner that can prevent clots from forming.
Cayenne peppers — Cayenne peppers contain a compound that maintains healthy cholesterol levels, manage inflammation, and improve blood circulation.
Lentils — As another great source of fiber and folate, lentils are great for improving heart health. (MORE)
One of the most famous lines from cult-classic, The Princess Bride, says, “life is pain. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.” Drug companies are a perfect example of this – but their tactics focus more on emphasizing that toxic chemicals and synthetic remedies are the only way to relieve discomfort. After all, what’s easier than popping a pill that instantly makes you feel better?
Yet a consequence of such a careless approach to health is an uninformed decision-making process when it comes to your overall well-being. Studies have proven that over-the-counter painkillers actually do more harm than good, with long-term consequences including an increased risk of heart attack and decreased fertility.
The strange thing about all of this is that painkillers are actually imitations of natural substances.
The good news, though, is that we have compiled a list of natural ways to relieve pain that do not carry any harmful side effects. (h/t to BioPrepper.com)
White willow bark – This is the main ingredient of aspirin. White willow bark contains salicin that is converted to salicylic acid as it enters the stomach. This is a powerful substance that has been studied to lessen inflammation, remedy gastric upset, and treat various forms of pain. White willow bark may also be used to reduce a fever, ease painful menstruation, and eliminate migraines. Take note though that white willow bark should not be taken by those with blood or kidney disorders, as the herb can exacerbate these conditions.
Capsaicin – Capsaicin blocks the production of “substance P” that transmits pain signals to the brain. This is naturally abundant in peppers. There is also evidence that suggests its effectiveness in reducing pain caused by arthritis.
Cat’s claw – South American traditional healers prescribe this herb to treat pain. Botanical analyses of cat’s claw have observed the plant’s ability to inhibit the production of prostaglandin, a hormone that contributes to inflammation and pain. (MORE)