Drinking any type of vinegar or acetic acid, helps to reduce weight and factors related with metabolic syndrome. It may sound contradictory to what some health sites or stores claim. Some promote organic apple cider vinegar weight loss drinks and home-made beverages. Research conclusions are often different to what commercial interest dictates. It is more profitable to sell an expensive vinegar drink than telling readers any type of vinegar will do.
The scientific community has always thought high cholesterol levels in blood to be linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Food and nutraceutical community regarded sterol and stanol supplementation as a solution for lowering LDL (or bad cholesterol) levels without the harmful side-effects of statins. Unfortunately cholesterol lowering products have become so lucrative that this area of knowledge is full of fallacies. Any person that has problems with her cholesterol and want to lower LDL levels effectively must understand what has been really proven in research and what is marketing before starting with a plant sterols supplement.
In this part we will focus first on healthy diet foods recommended for everyone and with special properties that may help overweight, diabetic or high cholesterol people. Then we will mention supplements and herbs that have been proved in several researchs to be effective for weight loss, control blood glucose, insulin production and cholesterol levels.
The objective of this series of articles is to raise awareness of healthy foods to eat that aren’t getting the attention they need and to help people rely more on fresh natural food for their nutrient intake instead of supplement, vials, capsules, etc.
Some of these foods are very common and widely known but their properties are largely ignored so end up being absent from many diets or eaten too rarely to have a noticeable effect. Others are more exotic but with such good properties that worth the effort of incorporating them in our diets.
We all have thought once or twice “I should start to eat healthier and more active”. Specially at the beginning of the year, after the festivities. Most of the time incorporating health and nutrition tips and knowledge to our daily lives isn’t easy. Each health website or magazine has its own rules, dietitians only give broad recommendations or make too restrictive diets.
Unfortunately there’s a reality few people want to admit. Recommending and selling food supplements is a business, even preparing a diet for a client. If someone solves all food related issues of a client in one visit that would not be profitable. On top of that it is a business plagued with myths and false beliefs and it is blooming because of the progressive degradation of our eating habits.
In this article we will make a list of vitamins and supplements, what chemical names are they known by, explain what is the difference between fat soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins, what benefits they have for human health and some tips to know in which cases you will benefit from their health properties and which sources you should trust when taking vitamin supplements and what to do if you have vitamin deficiencies.
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