Common Foods that Moderate Cholesterol by Susun Weed

Renowned herbologist Susun Weed writes, “If you are concerned about cholesterol, I have some great news for you. A variety of delicious foods have been shown to be as effective at moderating cholesterol as any drug. These foods lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (the good cholesterol). They have a positive impact on total cholesterol and triglycerides too. And, as a bonus, most of these foods help prevent diabetes and lower blood pressure. See below for a list of these cholesterol-lowering foods. And remember to eat them cooked, frozen, dehydrated, fermented, or coated in oil for maximum benefit. Enjoy! Here’s to a healthy heart the Wise Woman Way.” From www.susunweed.comCholesterol-lowering foods(daily amount needed)

Almonds (2 handfuls): Lowers LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. Apples (½ cup dried): Lowers LDL cholesterol by 23 percent; total cholesterol by 14 percent. Apple (1 raw): Lowers LDL by 40 percent. Avocado (1-2 a week): Fiber and beta-sistosterol compete with cholesterol for uptake (and win). Beans , peas, lentils, and lima beans (¾ cup). Lowers LDL and total cholesterol. Blueberries (2 cups frozen): Reduces heart disease by 40 percent. Chocolate (1-3 ounces): Increases HDL, counters LDL oxidation, lowers total cholesterol. Citrus fruits (½-1 cup): Rich in pectin, a type of soluble fiber; lowers LDL. Cooked leafy greens (½-1 cup): Proteins and fiber bind cholesterol. Fatty fish (2-4 servings a week): Reduces triglyceride levels by 25-30 percent. Garlic (1-4 cloves): Lowers total cholesterol. Hibiscus (1 cup infusion): Lowers LDL. Nourishing Herbal Infusions (1-4 cups): Polyphenols and phytosterols reduce total cholesterol and counter oxidation of LDL. Nuts (handful): Lower LDL. Oats (½-1 cup): Soluble fiber lowers total cholesterol. Olive oil (2-4 tablespoons): Lowers total cholesterol. Pasture-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free meat and dairy (1-2 servings): Saturated fat is not the enemy of a healthy heart. The omega-3/omega-6 ratio of pasture-fed meat and milk is much closer to the ideal 1:1 ratio, than feedlot corn-fed meat and milk from soy-fed animals and promotes heart health. Pears (dried or fresh, 1): Even more soluble fiber than apples; too bad for LDL. Roots : The edible roots of plants are concentrated sources of phytosterols and polyphenols. Shiitake mushrooms : Reduces cholesterol. Tea, green (2-5 cups): Reduces LDL cholesterol. Whole grains , including barley, kasha, rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, wheat, oats: Soluble fiber lowers total cholesterol.

Green blessings, Susun Weed

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The Unlikely Vegan – Part Two, by Phil Shainmark

| by Phil Shainmark

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Flax Seed: The Low Carb Whole Grain by Laura Dolson

| by Laura Dolson, About.com

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The Unlikely Vegan by Phil Shainmark

| by Phil Shainmark

My name is Phil. I’m 37. A husband and a father of 2 kids. My son is 7 and my daughter is 4. We live in Las Vegas. I’m told I’m a big guy at 6’1”/265 lbs. I ride a Harley (though I prefer Honda or Yamaha) and help my father-in-law with his motorcycle business. I have tattoos from my finger tips to the side and back of my head. I’m a gun owning Pagan anarchist who loves meat and cheese. But, after a whole bunch of soul searching and an AWESOME conversation with my cousin Gary, (who is one of the most honest, caring, cool guys I’ve ever met) and his awesome girlfriend, I just couldn’t allow that hypocrisy in my life anymore.

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The Healing Benefits of Bone Broth

| by Merlian News

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FDA Targets Homeopathic Remedies

In December the Food and Drug Administration announced a major change in policy regarding homeopathic remedies. As reported in The Washington Post, CNN, and NPR, the FDA has proposed a more aggressive approach to testing and possibly banning, homeopathic drugs that it considers dangerous, especially those intended for children and others with serious illnesses, such as cancer. Critics of the policy change note that while most natural remedies are known for having fewer side effects than many mass market drugs, this could open the door to eliminating otherwise effective “non-pharma” remedies.

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Eating For Beauty is a well illustrated, delightful easy to read book, by David Wolfe-a raw food enthusiast. You can literally eat yourself beautiful to wonderfully exotic recipes for skin-glow, hair-building, nails, bone strengthening and much more. This book is filled with information about the importance of good nutrition. There are clear explanations on exactly what zinc, iron, chromium, manganese and certain minerals do for the body and which foods supply these nutrients.’

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3 Delicious, Detoxifying, Bone-Building Herbs by Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

| by Merlian News

Today we’re going to take an in-depth look at the bone health, overall health, and detoxification properties of three flavorful easy-to-find herbs. I also give you a scrumptious recipe to get you started. Fortunately, as you’ll soon see, detoxification can be a pleasant — even delicious — experience! I’d like to start with a decorative herb that more often than not gets ignored. Don’t overlook the.… from www.saveourbones.com

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Many people know about the healing benefits of turmeric: with the active ingredient curcumin, it is a potent anti-inflammatory, a digestive aid, a powerful anti-oxidant and may help to prevent cancer and other diseases. Turmeric is available loose as a spice, in pill form and as an extract. But did you know that one of the most effective ways to take turmeric is as a tea? Served hot or cold, turmeric is a refreshing addition to your daily routine.

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The Benefits of Mucuna

The amazing herbal adaptogen that is mucuna pruriens is well known for its wide range of tonifying, strengthening and all around beneficial properties. Perhaps it is best known as a potent herbal aphrodisiac. This Indian herb is known by many names, some of which are cowitch, cowhage, velvet beans, sea beans, buffalo beans, Kapikachu, Atmagupta and many more! From www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com

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