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“South Beach Diet” guru issues “wake-up call”

Lisa Says: I saw this on CBS News and it was such common sense info, I had to post. Enjoy the video.

October 19, 2011 11:05 AM  “South Beach Diet” guru issues “wake-up call”

(CBS News) The South Beach Diet changed the way we lose weight. The original South Beach Diet was developed in 1995 [...]

Lisa Says: I saw this on CBS News and it was such common sense info, I had to post. Enjoy the video.

October 19, 2011 11:05 AM  “South Beach Diet” guru issues “wake-up call”

(CBS News) The South Beach Diet changed the way we lose weight. The original South Beach Diet was developed in 1995 by a cardiologist to help his cardiac and diabetic patients lose weight. The diet program replaced bad fats with healthy fats like nuts and oils and bad carbs with good carbs like those from vegetables, whole grains, and fruit.

But now  Dr. Arthur Agatston, who created that diet, says Americans are still gaining weight and getting sick from it. In his new book, “The South Beach Wake-Up Call,” Agatston issues a wake-up call and reveals his new strategy to turn your health around.   (Click here for video) Continue reading »

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The Crunchy Snack that Fights Cancer

Lisa Says:  As this article says, “Are you afraid that trying to eat healthily will drain your wallet? Not to worry — some of the healthiest foods in the world are actually very, very cheap.”  Be informed !
The Crunchy Snack that Fights Cancer
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Lisa Says:  As this article says, “Are you afraid that trying to eat healthily will drain your wallet? Not to worry — some of the healthiest foods in the world are actually very, very cheap.”  Be informed !

The Crunchy Snack that Fights Cancer

Posted By Dr. Mercola | January 31 2011

Are you afraid that trying to eat healthily will drain your wallet? Not to worry — some of the healthiest foods in the world are actually very, very cheap. Planet Green lists a number of foods that are great for your body but won’t break the budget:

Kale

It’s loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B, and calcium, and costs just over a dollar a bunch.

Broccoli and Cabbage

These low-cost cruciferous vegetables neutralize toxins in your liver. (click here for the article)

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Energy Robbers (Chronic Fatigue? Cancer? Heart Disease?)

Rex Says:  I caught a bit of the interview of Dr. A. W. Martin on the nationally syndicated DailyBuzz this morning and he was discussing many of the issues we’ve posted about like how most chronic diseases are caused by an imbalance in body chemistry, or pH (like a swimming pool).  Here’s the info from [...]

Rex Says:  I caught a bit of the interview of Dr. A. W. Martin on the nationally syndicated DailyBuzz this morning and he was discussing many of the issues we’ve posted about like how most chronic diseases are caused by an imbalance in body chemistry, or pH (like a swimming pool).  Here’s the info from the show:

Energy Robbers with Sleep Doctor Anthony Martin:
Are you worried about your lack of energy? One of the most frequently asked questions of Dr. Martin is “I am tired all of the time and my doctor says everything is okay? Is everything okay?”
Dr. Martin, Canada’s #1 nutritional specialist states in his new book “Energy Robbers and the Fatigue Cure” that “Everything is not OK!” “My research has demonstrated that fatigue is the body’s early warning burglar alarm system screaming that you are heading towards disaster.”

“It takes 5 years at least for a cancer tumor to grow to the size of a tip of a ball point pen. Cardiovascular disease takes at least 10 years for dangerous plaque to form in the arteries.”

Until Dr. Martin’s latest discovery, America’s two biggest killers, cancer and cardiovascular disease were silent disorders that crept up on you with no symptoms and no warning. UNTIL NOW! This definitively could be the most important preventative discovery in medicine in the last 50 years. Dr. Martin has demonstrated that fatigue leads to several changes in the human body, including dangerous elevated levels of inflammation, an acidic pH and an increase in free radicals causing extensive cellular damage. Reading this book could save your life!
Dr. Martin is a leading researcher on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Environmental Toxins. He has been interviewed on many major T.V and radio shows including Canada AM. and NPR (National Public Radio). He is a regular guest on CNBC’s “Let’s Shop with Cheryll Gillespie” and he hosts his own weekly radio show “The Doctor Is In” heard in Ontario, Canada.
www.martinclinic.com

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Light and Moderate Physical Activity Reduces the Risk of Early Death, Study Finds

Lisa Says: Research noted in Science Daily shows that just moderate movement, like walking,  “substantially reduced the risk of early death,” and Lead researcher, James Woodcock said, “This research confirms that is not just exercising hard that is good for you but even moderate everyday activities, like walking and cycling, can have major health benefits. Just [...]

Lisa Says: Research noted in Science Daily shows that just moderate movement, like walking,  “substantially reduced the risk of early death,” and Lead researcher, James Woodcock said, “This research confirms that is not just exercising hard that is good for you but even moderate everyday activities, like walking and cycling, can have major health benefits. Just walking to the shops or walking the children to school can lengthen your life — as well as bringing other benefits for well-being and the environment.”  So just get moving – it doesn’t have to be big !

ScienceDaily (July 25, 2010) — A new study by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Cambridge University and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found that even light or moderate intensity physical activity, such as walking or cycling, can substantially reduced the risk of early death. Continue reading »

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Antioxidants help arteries stay healthy in people at risk for heart disease

Lisa Says:  This is convincing clinical research showing the health benefits of antioxidants related to heart disease, and even diabetes, cholesterol imbalances, and high blood pressure.  The study used supplements which can also easily be found in fresh foods. The conclusion from the research posted by the National Institute of Health said, “Antioxidant supplementation significantly [...]

Lisa Says:  This is convincing clinical research showing the health benefits of antioxidants related to heart disease, and even diabetes, cholesterol imbalances, and high blood pressure.  The study used supplements which can also easily be found in fresh foods. The conclusion from the research posted by the National Institute of Health said, “Antioxidant supplementation significantly increased large and small artery elasticity in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. This beneficial vascular effect was associated with an improvement in glucose and lipid metabolism as well as decrease in blood pressure.”   I’m attaching the summary from Natural News (easier to understand!) and the link to the research is included. So get going on you’re fresh fruits, veges and such !  (HINT: the less cooked the better and best in ‘raw’ form).

 Antioxidants help arteries stay healthy in people at risk for heart diseaseThursday, July 22, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, features writer,  NaturalNews.com

NaturalNews) Antioxidants are substances that protect cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to environmental toxins and radiation. Free radicals are believed to play a role in heart disease, cancer and other disorders. So it makes sense that antioxidants could help protect or even treat many health problems. Continue reading »

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High Glycemic Foods Damage Arteries

Lisa Says: Here is a New Study of data published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “For the first time, scientists have documented how eating these foods can directly damage artery walls and cause cardiac problems,” reports NaturalNews.com in this article below. Those ’stuck’ on white bread/white sugar tend to [...]

Lisa Says: Here is a New Study of data published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “For the first time, scientists have documented how eating these foods can directly damage artery walls and cause cardiac problems,” reports NaturalNews.com in this article below. Those ’stuck’ on white bread/white sugar tend to not believe you can transition to whole grains – I certainly used to think that. But if you start gradually with “white” wheat, then ‘light wheat’, etc., it really does work. If I can convert teenage boys, ANYBODY can do it.

High Glycemic Foods Damage Arteries
by S. L. Baker, features writer

(NaturalNews) Anyone interested in healthy and nutritious foods has probably heard that whole grains are far better for you than the processed variety like white bread and sugar-laden cereals. There are several reasons for this, including the fact whole foods tend to be richer in fiber and they also have low glycemic indexes. That means they keep blood sugar and insulin levels steady without wide fluctuations. But a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concludes there’s another important reason to avoid high glycemic foods like white bread and corn flakes. For the first time, scientists have documented how eating these foods can directly damage artery walls and cause cardiac problems.

“It’s very hard to predict heart disease,” Dr. Michael Shechter of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine and the Heart Institute of Sheba Medical Center, said in a statement to the media. “But doctors know that high glycemic foods rapidly increase blood sugar. Those who binge on these foods have a greater chance of sudden death from heart attack. Our research connects the dots, showing the link between diet and what’s happening in real time in the arteries.”

For his study, Dr Shechter and colleagues worked with 56 healthy volunteers who were divided into four groups. One group ate cornflake cereal mixed with milk, a second consumed a pure sugar mixture, the third group ate bran flakes and the last group took water (as a placebo control). Over the course of four weeks, Dr. Shechter applied brachial reactive testing to the research subjects in each group. This test, a clinical and research technique pioneered by Dr. Shechter’s laboratory, uses a blood pressure type cuff on the arm that is able to visualize what happens inside arteries before, during and after eating various foods.

Before any of the study participants ate, the function of their arteries was essentially the same. After eating, however, all except the placebo group had reduced arterial functioning — especially the research subjects who ate cornflakes and sugar. In fact, the testing documented that during the consumption of these foods high in sugar, there was a temporary and sudden dysfunction in the endothelium, the thin layer of cells that line the inside of arteries and reduce turbulence as blood flows throughout the entire circulatory system.

This is a critical finding because, when repeated over time, a sudden expansion of artery walls can cause a host of negative effects on health including damage to endothelial cells. That can reduce elasticity in arteries, resulting in heart disease or even sudden death. In fact, according to Dr. Shechter, endothelium dysfunction can be traced back to almost every disorder and disease in the body.

“We knew high glycemic foods were bad for the heart. Now we have a mechanism that shows how,” Dr. Shechter explained in the press statement. “Foods like cornflakes, white bread, French fries, and sweetened soda all put undue stress on our arteries. We’ve explained for the first time how high glycemic carbs can affect the progression of heart disease.”

Dr. Shechter agrees with natural health advocates who have long advised staying away from highly processed, high glycemic foods and eating a diet rich in low glycemic whole foods such as oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. In addition to helping protect your heart, this style of eating has other advantages. According to the Harvard School of Public Health web site, these healthy foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients.

On the other hand, white bread, white rice, pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods tear down instead of build health — they contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease. As reported earlier in Natural News, processed foods have also been linked with an increased risk for cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/022025.html) and recent studies indicate many processed foodstuffs, from bread to candy bars, may be contaminated with toxic mercury, too (http://www.naturalnews.com/025442_m…).

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http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?pag…

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutriti…

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Don't Let the Economy Endanger Your Health

Lisa Says: The statement that really struck me in this Parade Magazine article yesterday was from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius (see below). To hear a “WELLNESS” focus from government was refreshing. Remember, most all of the mainstream ‘american ills’ are preventable or reversable through simple lifestyle changes, [...]

Lisa Says: The statement that really struck me in this Parade Magazine article yesterday was from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius (see below). To hear a “WELLNESS” focus from government was refreshing. Remember, most all of the mainstream ‘american ills’ are preventable or reversable through simple lifestyle changes, not just “managed” on maintenance medications for someone’s lifetime. Perhaps many are turning to natural approaches which are far cheaper and deal with the root cause and not just mask symptoms and perpetuate problems?

QUOTE “Prevention Must Be a Priority. U.S. health care needs to shift its focus away from treating illnesses and problems and move toward prevention instead, declares Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. “We cannot achieve our ultimate goal—a healthier nation—unless we shift away from a sick-care system,” she said at a Senate hearing earlier this spring. “We pay for emergencies, not the care that prevents them, with little emphasis on the responsibility each of us has in keeping ourselves and our families well.”

for the full article

http://www.parade.com/health/2009/05/the-economy-and-your-health.html

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Women Who Keep Ovaries Live Longer

Lisa Says: This is in addition to the immediate post. Get the word out to all the ladies you know ! Based on the odds, this should be 10 times bigger than the ‘pink ribbon’ campaigns.
April 28, 2009
Women Who Keep Ovaries Live Longer
By RONI CARYN RABIN
Each year, hundreds of thousands of women who undergo [...]

Lisa Says: This is in addition to the immediate post. Get the word out to all the ladies you know ! Based on the odds, this should be 10 times bigger than the ‘pink ribbon’ campaigns.
April 28, 2009
Women Who Keep Ovaries Live Longer
By RONI CARYN RABIN
Each year, hundreds of thousands of women who undergo hysterectomies have their ovaries removed along with their uterus, a practice meant to protect them from ovarian cancer. But a new study has found that women who keep their ovaries live longer.

While women who had their ovaries removed developed fewer breast cancers and almost entirely eliminated their risk of ovarian cancer over 24 years of follow-up, they were more likely to develop heart disease than women who kept their ovaries, and they were more likely to die.

The new findings — from an analysis of data in the famous Nurses’ Health Study, published in the May issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology — raises questions about a widespread practice. Some 300,000 American women a year, about half of those who have hysterectomies, have their ovaries removed.

“This finding is contrary to 35 years of teaching in gynecology,” said the lead author, Dr. William H. Parker of the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, Calif.

“In the 1970s, it was decided that taking out the ovaries to prevent ovarian cancer would be the new strategy,” he said. “This study shows that you’re more likely to die if you have your ovaries taken out, unless you’re among a group of women with a family history that places you at high risk for ovarian cancer or breast cancer.”

While ovarian cancer is difficult to detect and often deadly, it is also rare, Dr. Parker explained, noting that only 34 of the study participants who kept their ovaries died of ovarian cancer during the follow-up period. “Heart disease kills more than 20 times the number of women every year,” he said.

The study analyzed data on 29,380 women who had participated in the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study: 16,345 who had hysterectomy with both ovaries removed, and 13,035 who had hysterectomy but kept their ovaries.

After 24 years of follow-up, women in the first group had 895 cases of breast cancer — a 25 percent lower risk than those who kept their ovaries — and 96 percent less risk of ovarian cancer (just 5 cases). But they were 12 percent more likely to die during the follow-up period. Their risk of heart disease was 17 percent higher than the risk faced by women with ovaries. They also had a 17 percent greater risk of dying of cancer. And in an unexpected finding, they were at greater risk for lung cancer.

The risks of heart disease and death appeared to be even greater for women who had their uterus and ovaries removed before age 50 and did not take estrogen, compared with women who had a hysterectomy before 50 but kept their ovaries.

The study may add to the debate over estrogen and the role it plays in heart disease in women. Dr. Parker and other experts suggested that women who kept their ovaries lived longer because even though the ovaries make less estrogen after menopause, they produce androstenedione and testosterone, which are converted into estrogen by fat and muscle.

Dr. Isaac Schiff, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor at Harvard School of Medicine, said the study did not mean that women undergoing hysterectomies should never have their ovaries removed.

“A woman with a strong family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer should still be given the option of having her ovaries removed,” said Dr. Schiff, who was not involved in the study. “The individual patient should be given the information, and decide what’s best for her.”

But that is a change from the past, he said, adding, “We used to just arbitrarily say, ‘If you’re over 45, have your ovaries taken out.’ ”

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Remove Ovaries as a last resort

Lisa Says: this one is going out to all my girls who had their ovaries out because “it was just the standard procedure” and have had devastating effects they were never advised of. More and more, science is learning the importance of ALL organs and how they function at all life stages. This [...]

Lisa Says: this one is going out to all my girls who had their ovaries out because “it was just the standard procedure” and have had devastating effects they were never advised of. More and more, science is learning the importance of ALL organs and how they function at all life stages. This article based on May 2009 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology shows the function of ovaries in postmenopausal women. They still DO have a function. This country is so programmed to be terrified of rare diseases (ovarian cancer) but less concerned with what will most likely kill you (heart disease). This is an individual decision that should be made after a review of ALL the facts. Also, for those concerned about ‘genetics’, please see Dr. Dean Ornish’s clip on “Your Genes Are Not Your Fate” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YELTEu8-Ldg

Hysterectomy: Spare Ovaries, Boost Health?
Ovary Removal Decreases Ovarian Cancer Risk but Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Death, Study Says April 21, 2009

(WebMD) Ovary removal during a hysterectomy is often done to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer . But doing so also boosts the risk of heart disease and death long-term, according to a new study.

For women without a strong family history of ovarian cancer or genetic predisposition to it, these heart disease and death risks appear to outweigh the benefit of the decreased cancer risk, says William H. Parker, MD, the study’s lead author and a gynecologic surgeon and researcher at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, Calif. The study is published in the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

It’s time to rethink the routine removal of ovaries, Parker says. “For the past 35 years, any woman over 40 or 45, when they needed a hysterectomy, would be told by the doctor, ‘We should take out the ovaries to prevent ovarian cancer,’” Parker tells WebMD.

Ovary Removal or Not? Study Details

Although the advice to remove the ovaries is undoubtedly good for women at high risk for ovarian cancer, Parker began to wonder years ago if the advice was sound for the general population, whose overall risk of ovarian cancer is typically low, especially in comparison to other health risks as they age, such as heart disease.

To find out, Parker and his colleagues from Harvard Medical School and numerous other institutions tracked the health outcomes of 29,380 women participants in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study. All had a hysterectomy for reasons other than cancer. More than half, or 16,345, had both ovaries removed; the other 13,035 women kept their ovaries.

Ovary Removal or Not? Study Results

After 24 years of follow up, the researchers found some health risks increased among those who had their ovaries removed compared to those who did not. Among them:

The risk of death from any cause increased 12 percent.

The risk of heart disease – sometimes fatal – increased by 17 percent. Put another way, for every 130 women who have both ovaries removed during hysterectomy, one extra death from heart disease will occur that is directly attributed to the ovary removal.

Lung cancer risk increased 26 percent, a finding the researchers can’t explain.

As expected, the risks of ovarian and breast cancer declined in those who had ovary removal. Breast cancer risk declined by 25 percent, ovarian cancer totally, Parker says.

Among the more than 13,000 women who kept their ovaries, 99 got ovarian cancer and 34 died.

Ovary Removal or Not? Perspective

“Ovarian cancer is a terrible disease and we still don’t know how to find it early, cure it,” Parker says. “But compared to heart disease, it is a rare cause of death.”

For years, he says, doctors have talked about the value of routine ovary removal during a hysterectomy to reduce ovarian cancer risk. “Now that is overshadowed by all these other risks that are much more common and much more likely to kill you.”

Among women in the U.S., ovarian cancer kills 14,700 women a year, but heart disease kills nearly 327,000 women and stroke, nearly 87,000, the authors note.

“What our study shows is taking out a woman’s ovaries during hysterectomy isn’t always the best option and that women need to be sure they discuss the risks and benefits about leaving their ovaries or taking out their ovaries with the doctor,” Parker says.

His latest study confirms the findings of his study published in 2005, in which he and colleagues did a computer model type of study, feeding the results of several different studies into the computer and finding survival benefits with keeping the ovaries for women younger than age 65 at the time of surgery.

Other research has also found that routine removal of the ovaries increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and dementia.
It’s presumed that the protective effect of keeping the ovaries is because of estrogen, Parker says. After menopause, the ovaries continue to make testosterone (which is converted into estrogen by fat cells) and small amounts of estrogen.

The study was funded by a research arm of Ethicon Women’s Health, a company that makes treatments for women’s health problems. Parker has served as a consultant for the company.

Ovary Removal or Not? Second Opinions

The study conclusion – that preventive removal of the ovaries should not be automatic – makes sense, says Alan DeCherney, MD, the editor-in-chief of Fertility and Sterility and director of the program in reproductive and adult endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md.

“I agree with the conclusion,” he tells WebMD. “It’s an important health lesson. Every patient is an individual.”

For women, the message from this study, he says, is this: “If you don’t have a reason to have your ovaries removed, they should be left in.”

In 2008, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a practice bulletin for its members on ovary removal. In it, it suggests “strong consideration” be given to retain normal ovaries in premenopausal women who are not at increased genetic risk of ovarian cancer, but that ovarian removal at the time of hysterectomy be considered for postmenopausal women.

DeCherney suspects the guidelines will be revisited in the wake of the current study.

Another fertility specialist, Richard Paulson, MD, chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, says the study strongly suggests that “for women at low risk of ovarian and breast cancer, there is no reason for taking the ovaries out.”

By Kathleen Doheny
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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Quinoa Affords Many Benefits

Lisa Says: Kee-what?? (Keen-wah) That’s what we said too, and it’s become one of our FAVORITES. We use it just like rice (and prepare it the same way other than initially rinsing) but it’s powerpacked nutritionally. We add a little organic chicken broth while cooking and it’s just GREAT. PROMISE [...]

Lisa Says: Kee-what?? (Keen-wah) That’s what we said too, and it’s become one of our FAVORITES. We use it just like rice (and prepare it the same way other than initially rinsing) but it’s powerpacked nutritionally. We add a little organic chicken broth while cooking and it’s just GREAT. PROMISE on this one.

Quinoa Affords Many Benefits
by Sheryl Walters, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) Vegetarians and vegans often find it difficult getting enough protein in to their diets. They are usually stuck eating beans and soy products most of which do not actually contain all the necessary amino acids, or what is known as complete protein. A diet lacking in protein can cause many health problems ranging from lethargy and irritability to serious skin conditions, wasting muscles and a weakened immune system. This makes it essential for none meat eaters to get as much protein into their body as possible. The answer to this problem could come from a long forgotten South America Grain called Quinoa. Quinoa grain was once called “The gold of the Incas” and “The mother of all grains” and is known for its high protein content that contains all the amino acids essential for our wellbeing. The name Quinoa grain is in fact very misleading. Quinoa is actually the seed from a plant that is closely related to leafy green vegetables such as spinach and beets. It has recently become very popular because of its distinctive nutty taste, amazing versatility and incredibly high mineral content.

Quinoa and Magnesium

The benefits of Quinoa actually go far beyond that of a protein substitute for vegans and vegetarians. People who suffer from migraines wouldn’t go far wrong in making Quinoa a regular part of their diet. This is because Quinoa also contains high amounts of magnesium. People who suffer from persistent migraines often have problems sleeping at night, which may be due to a lack of Magnesium in their diets. A Magnesium deficiency can change electrical patterns in the brain causing restless sleep as well as frequent awaking. “It looks like magnesium is important for a good night’s sleep,” says researcher Forrest H. Nielsen. Magnesium is also an important mineral for relaxing the blood vessels, which can in turn lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It can also help in the battle against diabetes and is important for maintaining strong, healthy bones.

Quinoa and Iron

Iron is one of those minerals that we all know we need, but many of us are not sure exactly why we need it or how to get it. Iron actually plays an essential role in our body by helping to carry oxygen to our heart, lungs and brain. In doing so it keeps our minds alert and our bodies energized. Without enough iron, oxygen distribution in our body slows down and we may begin to get regular headaches, feel sluggish and become easily annoyed. A severe iron deficiency can lead to Anemia, which in certain situations can be life threatening. Around 65 % of Americans actually suffer from iron deficiency and are totally unaware of the fact. This could be cured by using Quinoa instead of rice in a risotto, as just a quarter of a cup contains around 20% of your recommended daily iron intake. This means that if everyone were to eat 3 or 4 cups of the grain a week many Americans would become more vibrant and energetic, which could in turn ease the obesity epidemic. No wonder Quinoa is now listed as one of the top ten super foods.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa

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