Posts Tagged ‘Goji Berries’

What Are Antioxidants and Why Do We Need Them?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

What Are Antioxidants and Why Do We Need Them?

We hear a lot about antioxidants on how important they are for our health, but what are antioxidants and what do they do for our bodies? Our cells go through the natural oxidation process in which we need a breakdown of that process to understand the need for antioxidants.

The Oxidation Process The oxidation process happens when cells of any type interact with oxygen causing a change in the cells. This is an everyday normal process and a good example would be when you cut yourself. The oxidized cells will die and new cells are regenerated thus healing the wound. Your body is continuously going through oxidation, but must keep it under control in order not to produce damaged cells which are commonly known as

Goji Berries Can Improve Your Vision

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Of our five senses, vision is one of most important. Our sight will eventually diminish to some degree over the years. Though there is laser surgery to help correct problematic vision, there are also preventive measures that can be taken to keep your eyes healthy.

Researchers are finding that goji berries protect your eyes against macular degeneration. This disease is where the tissue deteriorates in the part of the eye which is responsible for your central vision. This causes blurring and blind spots in your vision. Usually most people start suffering with macular degeneration at age fifty and older. With the goji berry’s antioxidants carotenoids, will help to prevent eye problems. Patients eating goji berries noticed less blind spots.

Goji berries are considered by some researchers as the most nutritionally known fruit in the world. It is loaded with flavonoids which protects your eyes against retinopathy. This is when the blood vessels leak blood into the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common. When a diabetic’s blood glucose is too high this can cause the blood leaking into the eye. Make sure you continue to follow your doctor’s treatment plan.

Goji berries helps your eyes adapt to darkness faster. It will also improve your vision in dimmer light. These nutrient filled berries have helped patients improve their eyesight after they started having vision problems in as little as two weeks. Go ahead and include goji berries in your diet and see if you notice a difference.

Walking Toward an American Dream

Friday, September 5th, 2008

How Daniel Urbaetis plans to overcome his limitations by walking from coast to coast

Imagine going out for a long walk

High Cholesterol Can Be a Genetic Factor as Well as From a Bad Diet

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

You have two types of cholesterol, the low density lipoprotein (LDL) which is the bad cholesterol and high density lipoprotein (HDL) the good cholesterol. Elevated (LDL) contributes to heart disease and strokes, but increasing your (HDL) plays an essential role in preventing heart disease and strokes.

How does our body end up with too much low density lipoprotein (LDL)?

The cholesterol gets delivered to organs and tissues in your body by these lipoproteins. If you end up with too much cholesterol in your body, it becomes oxidized. These oxidized particles (plaques) can build up under the blood vessel lining and can obstruct the flow of blood causing coronary arterial disease along with other heart diseases. If you consume foods high in cholesterol and saturated fats, chances are your LDL will be elevated, which will put you at risk for coronary and heart disease. Also, another factor of concern is your family genetics.

Having a family history of hypercholesterolemia ( high LDL) is where a mutation in the gene allows the LDL cholesterol not to be absorbed into the cells as well as it should. This causes the LDL cholesterol to continue circulating in the blood where it eventually sticks to the artery wall thus causing a life threatening health hazard. Most of the time this gene is inherited from just one parent, but the children have a 50% chance of inheriting this mutated gene. Male children have a stronger chance of developing coronary artery disease before they reach fifty.

How do get your elevated LDL cholesterol under control

If you have a family history of hypercholesterolemia, it is vitally important to start exercising and eating foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Adding fiber and eating foods that provide antioxidants will help to balance your cholesterol. All natural goji berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants you will find. They provide an array of nutrients, your body needs, on a daily basis. Goji berries have more vitamin C than oranges. Goji berries will help to lower your LDL cholesterol and elevate your HDL (good cholesterol).

Remember to get regular physicals from your doctor. Through blood tests, your doctor can determine if you have elevated LDL cholesterol or if you have a genetic risk factor. Don

Goji Berries: The Fruit That Will Keep Your Heart Healthy

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Americans. Some heart disease can be prevented by eating fruit. There are some fruits, such as goji berries, that are a major source of antioxidants. Oxidation in your body produces highly reactive free radicals which can damage your body