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Tomato Compound Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer

A tomato is a tasty and versatile food. It happens to have many healthy compounds that negatively affect free radicals. Subsequently, free radicals and inflammation can cause many diseases

A large study shows that participants measuring in the highest range of lycopene levels have a 64% lower risk of colorectal cancer. This group is compared to the lowest quarter. High lycopene levels have shown to reduce the risk of other cancers like ovarian and skin.

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Tomato Compound Lycopene Reduces Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men. Many studies show that lycopene, found in tomatoes, reduces the risk of prostate cancer. In many cases, the first treatment is hormone suppression. Hormones play a role in the growth of cancer cells.

Signal Disruption

The most abundant male hormones are testosterone and androstenedione. Lycopene reduces the risk of prostate cancer, but it also reduces the hormone signaling to normal prostate tissues.

Similarly, this is the same case for breast cancer and the hormone estrogen. After a biopsy, the breast tissue will be tested for estrogen receptors. For instance, receptors signal hormones to attach to a receptor site on tissue. If hormones attach to receptors on tumors, the tumor will grow. Lycopene disrupts this signal.

Lycopene Filled Varities

Different varieties of tomatoes will have more lycopene. Thus, if you have a green thumb plant Health Kick VFFA Hybrid, Tangerine (heirloom), and Jet Star VF Hybrid. Finally, if you don’t have the ability to plant, grocery store varieties will do.

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Nuts Improve Quality and Function of Sperm

Male fertility is not often discussed. As we all know, it takes two to tango, so it’s a vital part of the process. Optimizing health helps increase chances of fertilization. Recently researchers found a diet rich in nuts can improve sperm DNA as well as sperm motility, count, and shape. Link here.

healthy diet plus exercise optimizes weight loss. With that in mind, it’s reasonable to suggest that improving health can optimize sperm. The more healthy routines added the better. Thus, a diet rich in nuts is very doable. 4 parameters exist for sperm which are count, shape, vitality, and motility. The study includes 119 healthy men (18-35). The only difference in diet is the addition of hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds. Not only did the parameters improve, but sperm DNA damage was less likely.

Other studies show that omega-3, antioxidants, and folate improve the sperm parameters. Small dietary changes over a long period of time make big changes. It’s reasonable to suggest that exercise or less of a dietary guilty pleasure will improve chances of fertility. Improvements in health do take time. The first study took 14 weeks total. Thus, an increase consumption of nuts a week before conception will not help as much.

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Coffee Consumption Decreases Chances of Diseases

Is coffee healthy or is it bad for you? Debates happen often. The question is particularly important because it’s a constant presence in most of our lives. Just to be clear – the coffee referenced in this article does not include several packets of sugar or sugar substitute. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the way a lightly sugared cup of Joe tastes. Who wouldn’t? It’s desert in a cup. However, for purposes of this article, we are going to discuss the health benefits of plain, black coffee.

Coffee’s Health Benefits

I will be discussing the findings from two different studies. I have included links to both studies in case you would like additional information. They can be found here and here. Both studies found marked heath benefits in coffee drinkers compared to non-coffee drinkers. Also, the more coffee consumed (to a certain extent), the better the outcomes. Researchers found reductions in all causes of mortality (death related illnesses) and reductions in specific illnesses.

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For instance, men who drank over 16 ounces per day had a 12% lower risk of all causes of mortality compared to non-coffee drinkers. Women coffee drinkers also had a 7% lower risk of all causes of mortality. So based on these two studies, drinking coffee can lower your risk of death. Consumption also reduced the risk of certain types of cancers, such as: skin, endometrial, prostate, and liver. The greatest benefit is seen with liver conditions. In addition, women can reduce their risk of digestive disease, circulatory disease, and cerebrovascular disease by at least 22%. All of this done by drinking 2-3 eight ounce cups per day.

How Much Should I drink?

However, there are a few limits. The studies show that after four, eight ounce cups of coffee, the benefits are not as great. There are also some instances in which drinking 2-3 cups is not recommended. Women who are pregnant, those with increased risk of fracture, and individuals with atrial fibrillation should always check with a physician before consuming coffee.

Antioxidants and Caffeine

With that said, scientists aren’t sure why coffee is beneficial. Antioxidants (chlorogenic acid) and caffeine seem to be the most obvious health properties. Antioxidants help protect cells from damage. As a matter of fact, most Americans get the majority of their antioxidants from coffee. Caffeine works as a stimulant to increase brain activity.

Just to reiterate, drinking coffee with sugar and cream can cause adverse effects. Unfortunately coffee isn’t the only part of optimal health. It is important to have a diet complete with proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits in addition to moderate exercise in order to reduce risks of all causes mortality.

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Tuna That Could Cause Harm to Health

Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography studied the amounts of toxic material in yellowfin (YF) tuna. The findings from the Gulf of Mexico and Northeast Atlantic ocean YF tuna were not good. YF tuna from those regions contained 36 times the normal amount of contaminants! Contaminants include pesticides, flame retardants, and chemicals (banned in 1979) from coolants and electronics.

Who Are at Risk from Contaminated Tuna?

Health advisories are being sent due to the increased amount of toxic materials. Health advisories are present for regular consumers, the pregnant, and women who breast feed. Consequently, there is a link between high toxic load and many health issues like immune deficiencies.

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How Can You Avoid Toxic Contaminants?

 As a Structural chiropractor, it’s my professional obligation to recommend a plan to create optimal spinal alignment and overall good health. They go hand in hand. Therefore, I recommend my patients take Core Chiropractic’s Omega-3 fatty acids. Why? Our Omega-3’s are moleculary distilled. As a result, our fish oil supplement is absent of toxic contaminants. It’s similar to reverse osmosis water filters. Distillation removes unwanted materials.

Size Matters

Our product doesn’t stop at molecular distillation. The fish processed in our Omega-3’s is Alaskan Cod which is a much smaller than your average tuna species. Why is this important? Small fish feed on smaller plants and fish, while tuna feed on larger fish. Therefore larger the fish, the more contaminants. It’s like a trash can vs a dumpster. The larger the receptacle the more trash there is.
In conclusion, I recommend you eat the smallest fish in the coldest waters possible. These fish include sardines or salmon. Colder water results in fatty fish which contains beneficial omega 3’s. Eating fish has numerous health benefits like increased heart health.

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Optimize Your Health for Winter Part III Simple Exercises Done at Home

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Reverses Aging?

A recent study,  from the journal Cell Metabolism, cites the health benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT). Increases in insulin sensitivity, increased muscle formation, and weight loss were expected in the study. What is particularly noteworthy is the increase in cellular performance. Cells number in the trillions and form tissue like our skin and heart. Thus an increase in cellular performance could produce increased body function.

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High Intensity Interval Training and Cells

Inside of those cells lie mitochondria (MA). If you remember elementary biology, MA are “the powerhouse of cells.” MA, simply put, drive the daily functions of a cell. The study compares HIIT to resistance training and a combination of both. HIIT improves the function of MA or reverses the effects of mitochondrial “aging.” As you age, mitochondria like eyes decrease in function.

What Does This Mean For You?

Although reversal of cellular aging is great, we don’t know the long term effects of HIIT. The study lasted for 12 weeks. It will be interesting to see studies looking into the long term effects of HIIT. Will you live longer? Who knows at this point, but increased MA functioning is a good start. This study functions as a catalyst for more long term studies involving HIIT because the science is inconclusive on the long term effects.

Just Give Me the Exercise Routine!

Lastly, what was the exercise protocol? The HIIT group did 4 minutes of high intensity biking four times with minimal rest in between for 3 days. Study participants also did two days of walking for 45 minutes. That’s it! In order to perform HIIT, you can incorporate many types of exercises. The idea behind HIIT is to perform short bursts of all out exercise. If you want to learn more, check out this information from the American Academy of Sports Medicine.

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