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Health benefits of pineapple include everything from tumor reduction to digestive improvements

  

(NaturalNews) Pineapple is a tasty fruit, typically enjoyed during the summertime and for its sweet, tropical flavor. However, the goodness of pineapple extends well beyond its taste, as it offers several health benefits worth exploring.

The fact that it's listed on the World's Healthiest Foods website says a great deal, and there, it's noted as a way to improve overall health ranging from improving digestion to boosting the immune system. (1) At the center of its ability to bolster health is an enzyme called bromelain, which is responsible for reducing inflammation just as effectively as prescribed or over-the-counter drugs, minus the possible negative health consequences. (2)

From reducing swelling gums to helping improve arthritis pain, bromelain works to ensure that such painful conditions are kept at bay. (2)

The many health benefits of pineapple

Additionally, inflammation manifests in ways that aren't necessarily visible or painful, and bromelain's anti-inflammatory abilities work to ensure a healthy-functioning system that fights the free radicals that often set in during inflammation. Research has linked bromelain to reduction in the number of cancer tumors, noting it as an important protective substance that helps signal the death of cancerous cells. (3)
It's important to not throw the core of the pineapple out, since the majority of bromelain is found there. (3) Consider eating the core to enjoy the utmost benefits of the fruit while also reducing food waste.

Bromelain is also a great way to treat post-operative swelling, obtain relief from sinusitis and even help with digestive problems. (2) When it comes to digestive issues, the enzyme helps break down proteins, which is especially beneficial for those with conditions that make them not able to do so efficiently. (2)

The enzyme has also been effective in reducing phlegm and mucus, making it a go-to choice when fighting off a cold or infection. (4)

Furthermore, pineapple has been associated with having properties that improve oral health by strengthening gums and helping preserve teeth, as well as reducing blood pressure and improving eye health. (4)

Sources for this article include:

(1) http://www.whfoods.com

(2) http://www.naturalnews.com

(3) http://rawandnaturalhealth.com

(4) https://www.organicfacts.net

http://science.naturalnews.com

 

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Detecting emotions with wireless signals

 

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed “EQ-Radio,” a device that can detect a person’s emotions using wireless signals.

By measuring subtle changes in breathing and heart rhythms, EQ-Radio is 87 percent accurate at detecting if a person is excited, happy, angry or sad — and can do so without on-body sensors.

MIT professor and project lead Dina Katabi envisions the system being used in entertainment, consumer behavior, and health care. Film studios and ad agencies could test viewers’ reactions in real-time, while smart homes could use information about your mood to adjust the heating or suggest that you get some fresh air.

“Our work shows that wireless signals can capture information about human behavior that is not always visible to the naked eye,” says Katabi, who co-wrote a paper on the topic with PhD students Mingmin Zhao and Fadel Adib. “We believe that our results could pave the way for future technologies that could help monitor and diagnose conditions like depression and anxiety.”

EQ-Radio builds on Katabi’s continued efforts to use wireless technology for measuring human behaviors such as breathing and falling. She says that she will incorporate emotion-detection into her spinoff company Emerald, which makes a device that is aimed at detecting and predicting falls among the elderly.

Using wireless signals reflected off people’s bodies, the device measures heartbeats as accurately as an ECG monitor, with a margin of error of approximately 0.3 percent. It then studies the waveforms within each heartbeat to match a person’s behavior to how they previously acted in one of the four emotion-states.

 

Reference: MIT news

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Omega-3s may help to treat type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an incurable autoimmune disorder of unknown origin. New research, however, may pave the way for novel, more efficient therapies for type 1 diabetes, as omega-3 fatty acids are found to reduce the autoimmune responses typical of the disease.

Omega-3s may help to treat type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an incurable autoimmune disorder of unknown origin. New research, however, may pave the way for novel, more efficient therapies for type 1 diabetes, as omega-3 fatty acids are found to reduce the autoimmune responses typical of the disease

 

 


New research suggests that omega-3 supplementation may treat and even reverse autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes.

 

 

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that affects approximately 1.25 million adults and children in the United States.

In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system does not recognize its own beta cells, so it attacks and destroys them. Beta cells are responsible for creating insulin.

The body needs insulin to transport glucose into cells, where it is needed for producing energy. Without insulin-producing beta cells, the glucose builds up in the blood stream, and the body cannot use it for energy.

It is not yet known what causes type 1 diabetes, and there is currently no cure for the illness. The most common treatment option is administering insulin, but the ultimate goal of the medical research community is to stop the body's immune system from attacking its own beta cells, or reversing this process.

New research, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, investigates the benefits of adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet of mice with type 1 diabetes.

Omega-3s are a class of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). They are typically found in fish, seafood, and some vegetable oils, as well as in dietary supplements.

These fatty acids are important for the good functioning of several organs, as these beneficial fats improve the activity of muscles, prevent blood clotting, help digestion, and aid the division and growth of cells.

The health benefits of omega-3s have been investigated in several studies. Some research has suggested that omega-3s protect against cardiovascular events and rheumatoid arthritis, but other studies seem to contest these positive effects.

What is known, however, is that omega-3s stop inflammatory processes in the body. This has led the authors of the new research - led by Allan Zhao at Guangdong University of Technology in Guangdong, China - to think that these fatty acids might be able to either prevent or improve the negative outcomes of autoimmune diseases.

Omega-3s may regenerate beta cells

Zhao and team used non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice, to which they fed a regular diet and a diet enriched with PUFAs. They also increased the levels of omega-3s in these mice through genetic modification.

The team tested the mice every 3 months for glucose tolerance and insulin tolerance.

The researchers also examined the pancreas of mice for insulitis - an infiltration of lymphocytes in the islets of the pancreas, which is a phenomenon typical of type 1 diabetes.

Additionally, the researchers collected blood from the mice and measured their levels of serum insulin.

The study revealed that adding omega-3s to the diet of NOD mice significantly improved the metabolism of glucose and decreased the incidence of type 1 diabetes.

The researchers noted a decrease in pro-inflammatory cell-signaling proteins, as well as a considerable decrease in insulitis. Namely, they noticed that omega-3s lowered the levels of interferon gamma, interleukin 17, interleukin 6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha, or TNF-α.

Moreover, Zhao and colleagues noticed signs of beta cell regeneration in the mice that had been treated with omega-3.

Both nutritional supplementation and genetic therapy normalized blood sugar and insulin levels for a minimum of 182 days, stopped the development of autoimmunity, blocked the lymphocytes from entering the regenerated islets in the pancreas, and drastically increased the levels of beta cell markers.

These results suggest that omega-3 PUFAs may serve as a new therapy for type 1 diabetes. Referring to the potential therapeutic effects of nutritional supplementation of omega-3s or the increase of omega-3s through gene therapy.

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Why is Breastfeeding Important for your Baby?

Breast milk helps keep your baby healthy.

  • It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions.
  • It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity.
  • It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer.
  • It protects against infections, like ear infections.
  • It is easily digested – no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach.
  • Babies have healthier weights as they grow.
  • Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests.

Breast milk changes constantly to meet babies' needs.

The milk changes in volume and composition according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of baby to promote healthy growth. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby.

Breast milk is always ready and good for the environment.

  • It is available wherever and whenever your baby needs it.
  • It is always at the right temperature, clean and free.
  • No bottles to clean.
  • Breastfeeding has no waste, so it is good for the environment.

Why is Breastfeeding Important for You?

Mothers who breastfeed:

  • Have a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and certain cancers such as breast cancer
  • May find it easier to return to what they weighed before they got pregnant
  • Strengthen the bond with their children

Making it Work – You Can Do It!

Some helpful hints:

  • Breastfeed soon after birth and breastfeed  frequently 8 to 12 times in a 24 hour period.
  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin.
  • Keep your baby with you in the hospital.
  • Do not give a pacifier or bottle until breastfeeding is well established.
  • Give only breast milk.

 

https://www.health.ny.gov

 

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Five health problems turmeric relieves

 If any reason was needed to go out for curry on Friday night – this is it! Turmeric, the deep golden spice which lends its distinctive color, aroma and taste to curries and other Indian dishes, is not just a delicious flavoring for favorite foods! It is, in fact, probably one of the most studied spices in the world.

In the last decades, studies have taken place in research hospitals and laboratories all over the world as modern science rediscovers what herbalists and Ayurvedic healers have long known: that turmeric has some truly astounding healing properties, more of which are being discovered daily as research on it continues. What's even better is that turmeric is a spice which can be easily incorporated into any diet and added not only to curries, but to stir-fries, casseroles – even smoothies! Let's take a look at all the different healing properties of this "superspice."


It has natural antibiotic and antiviral properties

Consuming foods or beverages with turmeric is a good way to go if someone is suffering from the flu or an infection such as bronchitis. Turmeric has compounds that can naturally help kill off both bacteria and viruses and help the body recover more quickly from the microbial attack.


It fights cancer

Curcumin, one of the main active ingredients in turmeric, has been shown in several studies to help prevent and/or treat several different types of cancer, include melanoma as well as cancers of the breast or prostate gland.


It detoxifies the liver

The liver is one of the most important organs in the body, helping with digestion, blood sugar balance – and the removal of waste products before they can harm the body. Turmeric helps promote healthy liver function by detoxifying it before the liver itself can become compromised.


It reduces inflammation

Turmeric as a supplement is recommended by many herbalists and naturopaths for people suffering from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's disease. This is because curcumin is also able to reduce inflammation throughout the body and treat these chronic conditions.


It aids in weight loss

While research on this topic is ongoing and more needs to be understood, it is believed that turmeric might play a role in weight loss through boosting the metabolism and making it easier for the body to burn stored fat – thus helping shed those unwanted pounds!

So go enjoy that curry tonight! And be sure to add this spice regularly to soups, smoothies, casseroles or rice dishes to reap its full benefits, which range from natural infection control to the reduction of cancer risk. Increasing curry in the diet is another small lifestyle change which can bring about some pretty big benefits.

Sources:


http://authoritynutrition.com

http://www.whfoods.com

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au

http://www.naturalnews.com

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Pineapple's bromelain enzyme provides amazing health benefits

You've probably heard of an enzyme found in pineapple called Bromelain. This enzyme is often used by itself as a supplement to aid in various ailments and boost general health. It is also added to natural digestion aids, anti inflammatory remedies, and general health supplements.

There are also quite a few additional health benefits that may be lesser known than its most common uses. It has been linked to better heart and circulatory health, improvement in asthma and other breathing conditions and improved immunity.


Improved blood circulation, heart health and breathing conditions

Bromelain is particularly known for being very efficient at breaking down proteins which accounts for its common use as a digestive aid. Fibrin is a protein that is used in the clotting and thickening of blood. Bromelain works as a blood thinner since it assists in breaking down this substance.

This means it may allow blood to flow more freely through the circulatory system. Thinner blood is associated with lower chances of stroke, heart attack, and other heart and circulatory issues.

Bromelain has also been linked to the improvement of breathing conditions that occur due to thicker mucus such as asthma. It has the same effect on mucus as it does on blood in that it thins the consistency. This makes it easier for asthma patients to breathe since the mucus is thinner and therefore not clogging their bronchial tubes.


Anti-inflammatory benefits

It is bromelain's ability to keep blood thin and prevent it from clotting, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties that makes it a good supplement for bruise prevention. It is also thought to be a good supplement for swelling and redness.

For this reason it is often recommended after surgery to help ease the trauma caused by incisions or injections. Research also indicates that supplementing with 200 to 400 milligrams of 
bromelain per day can significantly ease the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.

It has also been implicated in the improvement of certain inflammatory skin conditions. This could include acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

While most people think bromelain is found in the fruit of the pineapple, it is primarily found in the stem. This is why it may be preferable to buy a supplement if you are looking for the specific therapeutic benefits this enzyme can offer.


Bromelain implicated in improved immunity

In addition to the anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties bromelain exhibits in the human body, it has also shown promise as an immunity booster. Studies have indicated it may enable certain immunity enhancing receptors in the body.
This in turn may strengthen the immune response by enhancing the response of the body's front line immune defense, T-cells. In other words the enzyme has an enhancing effect on the immune response already in place. It helps by enabling the other mechanisms to work more efficiently together and "communicate" better with one another.
Sources for this article include:
http://www.worldhealth.net/news/bromelain_pineapple_enzyme/
http://thedermblog.com/2008/07/29/pineapples-bromelain-for-bruises/
http://www.bromelain.net

 

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Health benefits of Bromelain: An anti-inflammatory enzyme

 

Bromelain is a kind of proteolytic enzyme that is obtained from pineapple. It has admirable qualities including improving protein digestion, reducing inflammation and treating indigestion. Pineapple itself has been traditionally used to enhance digestion as well as ease inflammation. With countless studies about Bromelain, the benefits of this anti-inflammatory enzyme are ever increasing and even more recognized now.

How does Bromelain work?

Because it is considered a proteolytic enzyme, Bromelain has the capability to fight off inflammation which may affect the tissues and organs in the body. It helps the body be cleansed from harmful toxins. It also helps prevent blood clotting and improve food and nutrient digestion. Bromelain is also effective in fighting off viral and bacterial activities in the human body.

The anti-inflammatory effect of Bromelain comes from its capability to prevent the formation of kinnins or that which is responsible for inflammation. Its effectiveness at preventing blood clotting is attributed to its ability of breaking down fibrins that often lead to blood clots. In the process of breaking down the sugar complex fibrins, Bromelain also helps eliminate tissue swelling.

Who can benefit from Bromelain?

Everyone may benefit from Bromelain. Due to its health-boosting properties and anti-inflammatory abilities, it is commonly administered to patients after surgery. It can help reduce pain and swelling in the body especially post-surgery.

Bromelain is also helpful for individuals who are engaged in sports specifically those nursing some injuries involving minor muscular ones such as strains in the muscles and sprains. It is also advantageous for individuals who are suffering from acute tendinitis. 
Bromelain is also applicable for everyday use. It can treat burns, stings and insect bites. Individuals with bone fractures may also find the Bromelain extract helpful.

 

 

What are the other benefits of Bromelain extract?

Individuals who are affected by rheumatoid arthritis, can resort to taking Bromelain extract for pain relief. The Rehabilitation Centre for Cardiovascular and Rheumatic Diseases in Saalfelden, Germany found that patients who are suffering from higher pain levels from osteoarthritis have found great relief from taking Bromelain extract. This has been proven in a study conducted in 2006.

It particularly helps enhance the T-cells which is essential in immune defense. It has also been found that Bromelain improves other immune mechanisms by promoting efficiency of the system. In addition, Bromelain is also considered an immune system booster. However, it has not been clearly established if it is helpful for immunocompromised patients yet.

Other 
benefits of Bromelain extract include reducing bad cholesterol, promoting healthy menstruation by balancing and regulating hormones. Its enzymatic properties are also beneficial in treating warts. It also has a positive effect for patients with Peyronie's disease as well as those who suffer from respiratory tract infections.


Sources for this article include

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/benefits-of/bromelain

http://www.worldhealth.net/news/bromelain_pineapple_enzyme/

http://www.naturalnews.com/035804_bromelain_enzymes_inflammation.html

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Health benefits of pineapple include everything from tumor reduction to digestive improvements

 

Pineapple is a tasty fruit, typically enjoyed during the summertime and for its sweet, tropical flavor. However, the goodness of pineapple extends well beyond its taste, as it offers several health benefits worth exploring.

The fact that it's listed on the World's Healthiest Foods website says a great deal, and there, it's noted as a way to improve overall health ranging from improving digestion to boosting the immune system. (1) At the center of its ability to bolster health is an enzyme called bromelain, which is responsible for reducing inflammation just as effectively as prescribed or over-the-counter drugs, minus the possible negative health consequences. (2)

From reducing swelling gums to helping improve arthritis pain, bromelain works to ensure that such painful conditions are kept at bay. (2)


The many health benefits of pineapple

Additionally, inflammation manifests in ways that aren't necessarily visible or painful, and bromelain's anti-inflammatory abilities work to ensure a healthy-functioning system that fights the free radicals that often set in during inflammation. Research has linked bromelain to reduction in the number of cancer tumors, noting it as an important protective substance that helps signal the death of cancerous cells. (3)
It's important to not throw the core of the pineapple out, since the majority of bromelain is found there. (3) Consider eating the core to enjoy the utmost benefits of the fruit while also reducing food waste.
Bromelain is also a great way to treat post-operative swelling, obtain relief from sinusitis and even help with digestive problems. (2) When it comes to digestive issues, the enzyme helps break down proteins, which is especially beneficial for those with conditions that make them not able to do so efficiently. (2)
The enzyme has also been effective in reducing phlegm and mucus, making it a go-to choice when fighting off a cold or infection. (4)
Furthermore, 
pineapple has been associated with having properties that improve oral health by strengthening gums and helping preserve teeth, as well as reducing blood pressure and improving eye health. (4)
Sources for this article include:
(1) 
http://www.whfoods.com
(2) 
http://www.naturalnews.com
(3) 
http://rawandnaturalhealth.com
(4) 
https://www.organicfacts.net
http://science.naturalnews.com

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