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The power of breath

(NaturalNews) Yoga, deep breathing and meditation continue to make strides in the healthcare industry.
More specifically, deep breathing is now widely recognized for its "profound impact on our physiology and our health," says Mladen Golubic, a physician in the Cleveland Clinic`s Center for Integrative Medicine. Yet, the power of breath is still an unknown in our culture and within mainstream medicine.

Yogis understood the power of breath. In fact, postures (asana) were created to strengthen the body to sit for breathing (pranayama) and meditation. The breath is the most important aspect of the yoga tradition and one of the most important functions of the body in maintaining health.

The average American has 21,600 breaths every 24 hours (15 breaths per min X 60 min X 24 hours). The breathing process is the foundation of all brain function and 12 energy systems of the body. The respiratory system feeds our cardiovascular system and supports our digestive and lymphatic systems: two systems paramount to processing food and the removal of toxins and imbalances from the body. Breathing is also the only physiological function that can be controlled. Otherwise, it occurs involuntarily from the intelligence of the autonomic nervous system.

Yogis created various forms of breathing to control the breath and master the breathing process. Manipulating the breath facilitates various responses from the body. Depending on the pace and depth of the breath, the autonomic nervous system sends signals to the parasympathetic (rest and digest) or sympathetic (flight or flight) systems. The nervous system reacts to the breathing of the body every second whether awake or asleep. Rapid or shallow breathing strongly decreases parasympathetic response. To increase the parasympathetic response, less than 12 breaths per minute is required.

Keeping the nervous system in the parasympathetic response is crucial to physical and mental health and longevity to the average life span of the cellular body. Stress continues to be the # 1 factor in the top 10 diseases killing Americans today. Breathing plays a significant role in reducing stress and anxiety. The average American is living in the sympathetic system even while reading this article and considered in a "resting state".

Oxygen is the most abundant gas on earth for life. Begin with some simple breathing exercises drawing the breath in and out through your nose. Draw the breath down into your abdomen continuing your inhale until you feel the breath fill your belly and your ribs and reach your collarbone. Then, begin your exhale, through your nose, until all the breath is expelled from your lungs. Draw your naval back at the base of your exhale to ensure all the breath is expelled from the lungs. This simple breathing technique is called the 3-Part Breath.

Sit in a comfortable position and use the 3-Part Breath for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening right before bed. Notice the relaxation response as the body responds to the breathing pattern.

Breath is not bound by race, economic status or geography. It`s available to everyone and any time. So, breathe . . . You Are Alive!

1) NPR, "Just Breathe: Body Has Built-In Stress Reliever" by Gretchen Cuda
2) Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda, Chapter 2
3) Anatomica, The Complete Home Medical Reference, pgs. 36-38 & 146

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Depression and acne

(NaturalNews) Depression and acne often go hand in hand. Most people dismiss depression as just an unfortunate result of such a visible skin condition. However for almost 100 years visionary dermatologists have known there`s more to the connection.

Though these two conditions are different, they share similar causes. They can also form a vicious cycle where acne causes depression, and depression causes acne.

Let`s start by looking at the common causes for both conditions.

Substance P - The molecular link between feeling blue and acne

Dermatologists and psychologists have always known that stress aggravates acne. A neuropeptide called substance P (SP) is one way this can happen.

SP is considered one of the central neurotransmitters. It`s involved in both the physical and emotional side of the stress response. On the physical side injection of substance P increases the levels of inflammatory stress hormones. On the emotional side SP causes feelings of anxiety and stress, and chronically high levels can lead to depression.

Substance P and the skin

The skin is peppered with substance P receptors. During the stress response SP binds to the receptors in the skin. And while this is helpful in defending you against external harm, it can cause harm on the skin when it happens too often.

Research shows that substance P:

- Increases sebum production
- Increases inflammation on the skin
- Increase turnover of the skin cells

That`s 3 out of 3 for the primary causes of acne. Does this mean SP alone can cause acne? Scientists don`t know yet, but it is known that injection of SP in to the skin can cause psoriasis flares - even in people not prone to getting psoriasis.

Inflammation Acne and Depression

Chronic inflammation is another common feature in acne and depression. Research shows that depressed people have lower levels of omega 3 fatty acids and anti-inflammatory vitamins and nutrients than non-depressed people. Also, omega 3 supplementation can ease depression. Earlier article at Natural News, Research shows inflammation causes acne, explains the role of inflammation in acne.

Depression Intensifies Stress Response

Stress and inflammation are two sides of the same coin. Depression intensifies stress response and can deliver a knockout, one-two-three punch on the skin.

- Depressed people have far more severe inflammatory response to stress compared with non-depressed people.
- Depression can dampen the immune system and signal opportunistic bacteria that the body is vulnerable and that it is a good time to attack. This can lead to long-term infections and increased levels of inflammation.
- Depression makes it harder to take care of yourself and stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle.


The skin is the most visible part of you. It is also the boundary between you and the external world. We often don`t think about it, but the skin can say a lot about you. As such, it`s no surprise that depression and acne often appear together.

Despite being radically different both conditions share similar causes, from substance P to inflammatory cytokines. Depression and acne can also create a vicious cycle where depression causes acne, which causes depression. And before this cycle is broken both conditions resist healing.


Interactions of the skin and nervous system.

Neuromediators--a crucial component of the skin immune system.

Neuronal control of skin function: the skin as a neuroimmunoendocrine organ.

Neuropeptides: role in inflammatory skin diseases.

Influence of substance-P on cultured sebocytes.

Substance P and human skin

Responses to intradermal injections of substance P in psoriasis patients with pruritus.

Effects of substance P on memory and mood in healthy male subjects.

Cytokines and major depression.

Cytokines: abnormalities in major depression and implications for pharmacological treatment.

The inflammation hypothesis in geriatric depression.

Lipids, depression and suicide.

The stress system in the human brain in depression and neurodegeneration.

Depression and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activation: a quantitative summary of four decades of research.

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Negative effects of not enough sleep

(NaturalNews) Quality sleep is one of the most fundamental nutrients that every person needs in order to perform at their optimal. Sleep deprivation creates a heightened stress response within the body that disrupts normal healing and tissue rejuvenation processes. Sleep deprivation increases allostatic load on the body and rapidly accelerates the aging processes.

The term allostatic load was originally developed by Stellar and McEwan in 1993. It is defined as the physiological consequences of chronic exposure to fluctuating or heightened neural or neuroendocrine responses that result from repeated or chronic stress. Frequent activation of the body`s natural stress response, essential for adapting to acute survival threats, can damage the body in the long run. The higher the allostatic load an individual experiences the greater the toll on the body. Higher allostatic load increases the risk for sickness, injury, disease and early mortality. Healthy sleep cycles help to reduce allostatic load and allow individuals to adapt to life`s stressors more effectively.

Sleep deprivation is something that most people encounter at some point in their life. This process enhances the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which controls the stress response while regulating digestion, immunity, mood, cognitive function, and energy usage. This increases stress hormone release, which is counterproductive to healing. Sleep deprivation initially causes elevated cortisol and norepinephrine levels. As this progresses, the adrenals burn-out and stress hormone production is reduced.

Sleep deprivation dramatically reduces human growth hormone secretion and testosterone production. Both of these hormones are responsible for tissue healing and boosting metabolism to burn fat and build muscle as well as for providing a healthy immune response. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in lean body tissue, an increase in fat storage and decreased immune coordination. Lowered immune coordination increases inflammatory processes and increases the susceptibility to auto-immune conditions.

Sleep loss has a dramatic effect on energy homeostasis. Researchers have found that a reduction of sleep to 4 hours for 2 consecutive nights decreased circulating leptin levels and increased ghrelin levels as well as self-reported hunger. Leptin is our satiety hormone that signals to our body that we are satisfied and alters our metabolism to burn fat. Ghrelin is our hunger hormone that enhances feelings of hunger. Similar findings have been found in just one night of reduced sleep.

Sleep deprivation also reduces insulin receptor sensitivity leading to increased susceptibility to diabetes type II. Sleep deprivation also dramatically increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, and overall mortality.

In athletes, sleep deprivation reduces glycogen synthesis in skeletal muscle and liver cells. Additionally, it reduces cellular anti-oxidant status and bicarbonate formation. This process affects the athletes' available energy stores during anaerobic exercise and limits the ability to buffer the metabolic byproducts involved in intense training.

Sleep deprivation dramatically affects brain and cognitive function. In a study performed by the USCD School of Medicine, regions of the brain`s prefrontal cortex displayed enhanced activity in sleep deprived individuals during simple verbal tasks. This processing showed a decreased processing efficiency. It was hypothesized that the brain was compensating for reduced neural coordination with increased metabolic activity.

Memory performance has been shown to be significantly reduced in sleep deprived individuals. Coordination, balance and reaction time are also known to be reduced in chronically sleep deprived individuals.

Effective sleep recovery depends upon the period of time in which the sleep deprivation has occurred. Cognitive and endocrine function is recovered more rapidly after acute total sleep deprivation than after chronic sleep restriction. One night of recovery sleep can reverse adverse effects of total sleep deprivation. Recovery sleep has shorter sleep latency and increased amounts of deep and REM sleep.


Schmid SM, Hallschmid M, Jauch-Chara K, Born J, Schultes B. A single night of sleep deprivation increases ghrelin levels and feelings of hunger in normal-weight healthy men. J Sleep Res. 2008 Sep: 17(3):331-4.


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Type-3 diabetes and Alzheimer disease

(NaturalNews) Several recent studies (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) are demonstrating a number of common factors in the cause and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and diabetes mellitus. These include impaired glucose utilization due to insulin resistance, a decrease in growth factors such as IGF-1 and IGF-2, lowered energy production and increased oxidative stress - all hallmark symptoms of both conditions.

What is Alzheimer's Disease?
AD is a chronic, neuro-degenerative, inflammatory condition of the brain associated with neuronal loss, beta-amyloid plaque deposits, increased activity of catabolic genes and pathways, decreased energy production, mitochondrial activity, and free radical stress. It affects the areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory, but it is not limited to those areas. Profound memory loss and progressive dementia are characteristic symptoms and signs of AD.

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot regulate its own blood sugar because pancreatic insulin production decreases and ultimately stops. Blood sugar rises as cells are "starved" for energy. Diabetes and pre-diabetes are both characterized by a phenomenon called insulin resistance, in which a greater burden is placed on the pancreas to make more insulin. Insulin levels then creep higher with each meal.

As those insulin levels rise, the body further decreases the number of insulin receptors, so progressively less glucose is able to enter target sites. If this condition is poorly managed or goes untreated, the pancreas eventually exhausts itself, which is when diabetics become insulin-dependent. Insulin (an anabolic hormone) is responsible for healthy energy metabolism, mitochondrial function and the clearing of free radicals. The inevitable decline of insulation production leads to oxidative stress, impaired metabolism, chronic disease, inflammation and, ultimately, cell death.

Energy Production and the Brain
The brain is a highly metabolic organ. Even though it constitutes only two percent of total body weight, it consumes about 20 percent of total energy. Its high-energy requirements create reliance on healthy brain mitochondrial function. Any decline in mitochondrial energy production can have a severe impact on brain health and the development of neuro-degenerative diseases, including cognitive decline, an early symptom of AD (6, 7) .

Insulin and the Brain
Unlike muscle and other non-neurological tissue, the brain doesn't store any meaningful levels of glucose, so it relies on its own production of insulin and IGF-1 and IGF-2 for a constant supply of glucose (5). When these and other related growth factors decline - which also happens in diabetes - it leads to progressive brain degeneration due to impaired energy metabolism, mitochondrial function oxidative stress, neuro-inflammation, DNA damage and cell death. All early signs of AD.

Cortisol and the Brain
Cortisol is a stress hormone, produced in response to low glucose/energy in brain cells as well as inflammatory and oxidative stress. In diabetes, glucose has trouble reaching brain cells; therefore, significant amounts of inflammatory stress and cortisol are produced. Unfortunately, chronic cortisol overproduction has a neuro-degenerative effect on the brain, the hippocampus in particular (8, 9, 10). This area is responsible for memory and learning, and it is affected greatly in AD (9). The hippocampus is significantly smaller in diabetics than in non-diabetics.

The explosion of recent studies showing significant overlap between AD and diabetes has resulted in a new term: "Type 3 Diabetes Mellitus" or T3DM. It is not the same as type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but a brand new type of diabetes that involves the brain.

Over the years, we have learned how to treat diabetes: alternative medicine being especially effective in both prevention and treatment. Given the many similarities between the two diseases, we could now be on the threshold of adequately treating AD.

1. Intranasal insulin improves cognition and modulates beta-amyloid in early AD. Neurol. 2008 Feb 5;70(6):440-8. Epub 2007 Oct 17.
2. Preserved cognition in patients with early Alzheimer disease and amnestic mild cognitive impairment during treatment with rosiglitazone: a preliminary study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2005 Nov;13(11):950-8.
3. Alzheimer's Disease Is Type 3 Diabetes - Evidence Reviewed. J Diabetes Sci Tech Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2008.
4. Review of insulin and insulin-like growth factor expression, signaling, and malfunction in the central nervous system: Relevance to Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimer's Disease 7 (2005) 45-61.
5. Impaired insulin and insulin-like growth factor expression and signaling mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease - is this type 3 diabetes? J Alzheimer's Disease 7 (2005) 63-80.
6. Brain mitochondrial dysfunction as a link between Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. J Neurol Sci. 2007;257(1-2):206-14.
7. Possible implications of Insulin Resistance and Glucose metabolism in Alzheimer`s disease pathogenesis. J Cell Mol Med. 2011 Mar 24. doi: 10.1111/j.1582-4934.2011.01318.
8. Relationships between cortisol, DHEA sulphate and insulin-like growth factor-I system in dementia. J End Invest. 2001 Mar;24(3):139-46.
9. Therapeutic implications of HPA axis abnormalities in Alzheimer`s disease: review and update. Psychopharm Bull. 2003 Spring;37(2):120-34.
10. Cortisol, learning, memory, and attention in relation to smaller hippocampal volume in police officers with PTSD. Bio Psyc Volume 59, Issue 2, 15 Jan 2006: 171-177

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Meditation- efficient against age-related memory loss

(NaturalNews) Getting older means you will not be as mentally sharp and, in fact, your brain will shrink. It's just the way life is and there's nothing you can do about it, right? Wrong. Now it appears we can take control of brain changes and even make our brains larger, not smaller, as we age and cause electrical connections to zip along at a faster rate to improve thinking and memory. The key is meditation.

Back in 2009, UCLA scientists made an amazing discovery -- they found that the brains of people who had meditated long-term were different than those of non-meditators. To be specific, the researchers found evidence that particular regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger. They also had more gray matter than the brains of people who didn't meditate.

This was startling-- and important -- because brains normally shrink with age, a process they may explain memory and other cognitive problems experienced by elders. More recently, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) concluded that an eight week mindful meditation practice produced measurable changes in participants' brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress (http://www.naturalnews.com/031228_m...).

Now comes even more proof that meditation does something profound, and beneficial, to the human brain. A follow-up study by the UCLA team just published in the online edition of the journal NeuroImage shows that people who meditate have stronger connections between brain regions. What's more, they have far less age-related brain atrophy.

What's the significance? Stronger connections increase the ability of electrical signals in the brain to work rapidly -- suggesting a whole host of thinking and memory benefits. Also, these effects were not just found here and there but throughout the entire brains of meditators.

The study involved 27 active meditation practitioners with an average age of 52, along with 27 matched control subjects. Both groups consisted of 11 men and 16 women. Over all, the meditators had been practicing various styles of meditation, including Shamatha, Vipassana, Zazen and others, for five years or longer.

Eileen Luders, a visiting assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, and fellow researchers conducted their research using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a relatively new type of brain imaging that reveals structural connectivity inthe brain.

The investigators found that the differences between the brains of research subjects who were meditators and the brains of non-meditators in the control group weren't limited to a core region of the brain but instead involved large-scale networks of the entire brain, as well as limbic structures and the brain stem.

"Our results suggest that long-term meditators have white-matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dense or more insulated throughout the brain," Dr. Luders said in a statement to the media. "We also found that the normal age-related decline of white-matter tissue is considerably reduced in active meditation practitioners."

"It is possible that actively meditating, especially over a long period of time, can induce changes on a micro-anatomical level," Dr. Luders, herself a meditator, continued. "Meditation appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain at large."

In other words, there now appears to be a way to take control of changes in the brain which, up to now, have been regarded as an inevitable part of aging. Meditation may keep the brain younger, more fit and make it literally larger and faster working, even as we grow older.

As NaturalNews previously reported, other research has shown additional health benefits of meditation. For example, it beats drugs in treating depression (http://www.naturalnews.com/024986_m...) and has been found to effectively treat bladder control problems (http://www.naturalnews.com/026233_i...).

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Top 20 foods reversing type-2 diabetes

(NaturalNews) The CDC has estimated that by 2050, as much of thirty percent of the American population could suffer with diabetes. New studies show that diabetics, in addition to coping with the effects of their disease, also have nearly double the risk of cancer compared to the rest of the population.

Although much of the mainstream media continues to focus on the latest Big Pharma proposed "magic bullet" drug to cure diabetes (see, for example: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/ju...), increasing evidence shows that the disease can be prevented, curbed, or even cured by choosing the right foods.

"Nature is the best chemist" states University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram whose team studied the health benefits of maple syrup. Their findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, showed that the substance derived from the sap of maple trees can protect against both diabetes and cancer.

This natural sweetener offers abundant anti-oxidants. It also contains a newly identified substance called Quebecol, formed when the sap is boiled. This study is particularly interesting since the old-fashioned medical advice to diabetics was to steer clear of anything sweet.

Ayurvedic healers have long used natural herbs and spices to treat a variety of conditions, including diabetes. Two spices familiar to those who consume Indian food offer some protection against diabetes. The yellowy-orange powder turmeric, made from the rhizomes of a plant native to South Asia.

Research in the past decade has shown that turmeric not only aids against diabetes but also helps cleanse the liver; offers natural anti-inflammatory properties; protects against breast and prostate cancers; counteracts depression; and slows the advance of Alzheimer's disease. Curcumin is the key substance in turmeric which researchers identify as the source of its multitude of healing powers.

Another substance used to spice Indian food, fenugreek, also offers protection against diabetes. Fenugreek has the added benefit of boosting male sex drive, enhancing liver function, and helping to lower cholesterol.

A recent study involving the Yup'ik people of Alaska indicates that consuming the type of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid can protect against diabetes. This study is particularly interesting because it suggests that the link between obesity and diabetes may be more complex than originally thought.

Although 70% of the Yup'ik population is classified as obese, only 3.3% of them have diabetes. Fish which contain omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, salmon, lake trout, herring, tuna and salmon.

A 2006 Italian study found that dark chocolate reduces the risk of insulin resistance. Don't buy a box of chocolates to celebrate this news, however. Only with raw, unprocessed cocoa without any refined sugars added offers the protective benefits.

Researchers involved in the study suggest that in moderation, dark chocolate made with minimal processing are a healthier form of occasional indulgence than most other sweets, but their calorie content still makes them a potential danger.

Cocoa powder and baking chocolate contain the highest levels of the flavonoids responsible for the positive health effects associated with chocolate. Dark chocolate provides fewer of these flavonoids while white chocolate has none.

Good news for those who crave a cup of morning coffee. UCLA researchers say coffee consumption increases plasma levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) which regulates the biological activity of the body's sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen. These hormones have long been thought to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

The natural chemicals found in red grape skin and red wine known as polyphenols can help the body regulate glucose levels, preventing potentially dangerous plunges and surges in blood sugar levels. Health experts recommend that people consume wine in moderation and suggest that those already diagnosed with diabetes and/or those with weight concerns, take the calories in a glass of wine into account when considering whether or not to imbibe.

Consuming blueberries might help reduce your risk of diabetes, with the added benefit of helping you lose belly fat. A 2009 University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study found a blueberry-enriched diet significantly improved the health of laboratory rats.

Researchers believe that the high level of phytochemicals - naturally occurring antioxidants -- in blueberries provides the health boost. Other sources of phytochemicals include cranberries and strawberries.

Due to the influence of food advertising, many people have bought into the idea that a healthy diet offers less taste pleasure consuming foods high in cholesterol, triglycerides and refined sugar. The truth is that a diabetes-prevention diet can literally be a bowl of cherries.

A 2004 study at Michigan State University in East Lansing found that chemicals called anthocyanins, which are abundant in cherries, increased insulin production in animal pancreatic cells by 50%. These plant pigments, responsible for food color, are also found in strawberries, red grapes and blueberries. However researchers say cherries provide the best source of anthocyanins.

Beans can help regulate blood glucose and insulin levels. They can help prevent diabetes, or minimize its effects in those diagnosed with the disease. They also help lower cholesterol levels and offer anti-oxidant properties. Red beans offer the highest anti-oxidant levels, followed by black beans.

Coconut oil has a unique molecular structure which makes it a superior health choice compared to most other oils. Olive, safflower and sunflower oil are all built from a long chain of fatty acids. These long chains are either deposited in blood vessels as cholesterol or stored as fat around the waist, thighs and buttocks.

On the other hand, the coconut oil's medium chain fatty acids immediately become available as energy. These smaller, easily absorbed medium chain molecules supply the cells with essential fatty acids without glucose and without inhibiting insulin production.

Coconut oil also has antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Most coconut oils do not impart a coconut flavor to food, so you can use them to replace other oils in most recipes. Try to buy only organic virgin coconut oil in order to obtain the maximum health benefits.

Almonds and walnuts prevent diabetes by regulating blood glucose. Eating almonds before a meal helps regulate blood sugar levels, say researchers who published their study in The Journal of Nutrition. This effect means the nuts help lower the risk of diabetes, as well as help control the disorder.

A 2009 European study found diabetics who included walnuts in their diet had improved their insulin levels. In addition to fighting diabetes, nuts deliver other health benefits. According to an article in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regular consumption of nuts alters blood lipid chemistry, reducing the risk of coronary disease and heart attacks.

Buckwheat -- which is technically a fruit rather than a grain -- helps control blood sugar levels. Although holistic nutritionists have extolled the virtues of buckwheat for years, mainstream medical science -- and the mainstream media -- caught on to its benefits fairly recently. A 2003 Canadian study found that when extracts of buckwheat seed were fed to diabetic rats, the animals' glucose levels went down by twelve to nineteen percent. You can find buckwheat products, including pancake mixes and Japanese soba noodles, at most health food stores.

You might think of cinnamon simply as a flavoring to sprinkle on a bowl of hot oatmeal, but this spice actually has a centuries-old tradition of healing. In addition to providing antioxidants and aiding against arthritis, urinary tract infections, sinus congestion, tooth decay and gum disease, the powdered bark of Cinnamomum trees is also effective against diabetes. It improves blood sugar regulation by significantly increasing your glucose metabolism. In addition, it has insulin-like effects in the body. Plus, proanthocyanidin, a bioflavonoid found in cinnamon, changes the insulin-signaling activity of your fat cells.

Green tea may help prevent the progression of type 1 diabetes, also known as childhood-onset diabetes, or prevent this disorder. Studies show green tea regulates glucose levels in the body, an important function since the pancreas in Type 1 diabetics produces little or no insulin, the hormone responsible for converting glucose (sugar), starches, and other foods into energy. Green tea also lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, reduces complications associated with diabetes such as cataracts and cardiovascular disease and promotes weight loss.

If you prefer black tea, your beverage choice can still help fight against diabetes. Researchers in China have found that polysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate that includes starch and cellulose, may benefit people with diabetes by slowing glucose absorption. Black tea contains more polysaccharides than either green or oolong teas. Additionally, a Scottish study found that natural chemicals found in black tea may protect against diabetes by mimicking the effects of insulin in the body.

If you have developed a taste for seaweed though visiting Asian restaurants, congratulations: you have one more ally in your crusade to lose weight and avoid diabetes. Wakame, brown seaweed used to flavor Asian soups and salads, helps promote fat-burning proteins. It also helps promote the synthesis in the liver of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), a fatty acid also found in fish oil.

In addition to its weight loss and anti-diabetes effects, this ocean plant also helps prevent prostate cancer, supports thyroid function, assists in blocking the growth of breast cancer tumors and can help fight radiation sickness. Researchers attribute wakame's healing properties to a carotenoid it contains called fucoxanthin.

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