The Nopal Cactus, scientifically known as Opuntia Ficus-Indica, grows in the southern areas of North America. It has been used as a food and healing plant for thousands of years. The fruit (cactus fruit), stems and leaves are used as a food substance and as an extract in a multitude of medicinal remedies. The cactus is harvested and dried as a natural supplement. It is used medicinally to help clear the digestive tract, treat hangover, inflammation of the blood vessels near the heart, viral infections, and diarrhea, treat enlarged prostate and high cholesterol, prevent the absorption of insulin into the blood stream, and promote heart and liver health. It is also used as a diet pill to curb hunger pangs. Many have used Nopal cactus as a diet pill. The dried Nopal fibers can swell up to 50 times their dried size. This produces a temporary feeling of fullness. This helps those on a diet to eat less without resorting to chemicals that may have unpleasant side effects.
Nopal cactus is not only high in dietary fiber, niacin, and vitamin B; it is known to be a powerful antioxidant. It is also high in pectin and mucilage. Those are the two main components helping to reduce the glucose absorption in the intestinal tract. Studies link the consumption of Nopal cactus to lower glucose levels in some diabetes patients.
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Diabetic patients using certain medications should consult their physician before using Nopal cactus due to the chance of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and other adverse effects.
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January 16, 2013 in Cholesterol Lowering Remedies, Easy All Natural Fixes, For Better Health, Heart Health, Herbs, Men's Health, Weight Loss
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Cumin is in the parsley family. Cumin seeds had great importance in the past when people used them as currency to pay for merchandise. For thousands of years cumin was highly prized for its health benefits and its taste. The warm, nutty aroma of cumin is an excellent addition to meat curries, stews, vegetables, seafood, and sauces. The taste could be described as bitter, but not hot. Cumin is thought to boost the immune system and improve liver function, reduce gas, and aid in digestion.
- Boosts immunity, is high in iron and an abundant source of vitamin C, vitamin A and essential oils, excellent in the fight against infections. Like other spices, cumin is great source of dietary fibers and possesses anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
- Excellent for treating various respiratory problems, like asthma and bronchitis, due to its disinfectant properties.
- Very efficient in prevention and treatment of digestive system related problems, compounds act by stimulating the digestive system to secrete pancreatic enzymes and bile acids which assist the digestive processes. Cumin seeds boost the metabolism, improving the absorption of nutrients.
- Boosts the process of detoxification of the liver, and has long been used as natural laxative.
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In this country when you hear Cinnamon most people think of cinnamon rolls or the delicious spice in apple pie filling, but in other parts of the world, especially India and Asia, this ancient spice has been used as a healing herb for centuries. Research studies have linked cinnamon consumption to lowered blood sugar, improvement in insulin sensitivity, as well as improved cholesterol levels. Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It can also be used to treat the common cold, tooth aches, and bad breath, as well as headaches, migraine, and arthritis pain.
Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., PhD, and Dr. Oz agree that cinnamon helps to detoxify the system and stimulate brain function. The antiseptic properties of cinnamon give it the ability to fight bladder infection. If taken in the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, a cup of strong cinnamon tea might just nip a bladder infection in the bud. Keep in mind that mixed study results make it hard to prove these benefits on paper – but it doesn’t hurt to sprinkle a teaspoon into your bowl of oatmeal, or mix it into your hot cup of green tea or coffee. Yum.
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Cholesterol is an essential ingredient of the body. It performs several functions like transportation of fat, it provides defense mechanism, protects red blood cells and muscular membrane of the body. It travels through the blood in protein packages called lipoproteins. Low Density Lipoproteins, also called bad cholesterol, causes most blockages in the arteries. High Density Lipoprotein, the good cholesterol, removes the bad cholesterol from the blood and helps prevent heart attacks.
High blood pressure, obesity, stress, diabetes, a high fat diet, and / or excessive smoking and drinking can raise bad cholesterol to dangerous levels. You should definitely follow your doctor’s advice. There are a few natural remedies that can help along the way.
- 8-10 glasses of water a day will stimulate the kidneys and help lower cholesterol levels.
- Oatmeal, oat bran doesn’t just make a great breakfast that keeps you full for a long time, when eaten every day it can help lower cholesterol levels by up to 10 points.
- Sunflower seeds are a tasty treat and help lower cholesterol.
- A handful of walnuts or almonds every day provide the body with some of the healthy oils and lots of fiber and keeps cholesterol down.
- Lots of fiber every day will flush out the bad cholesterol. Flaxseed, Psyllium, Chia seed – find one you like or change it up for variety. Use this safe link for chia seed – TRY IT NOW!
- Green tea is a refreshing drink, hot or cold, plus it helps lower cholesterol levels. Green tea capsules are available as well, but the brewed tea was shown to be more effective in several studies. The combination of green tea and bitter melon can provide even greater benefits. Use this safe link to try it – TRY IT NOW!
- Onion juice cleans the blood, helps the digestive system, insomnia, heart, and lowers cholesterol.
- Garlic eaten every day gradually lowers cholesterol. A clove a day is recommended. To reduce garlic odor eating fresh parsley is highly recommended. The fresh greens will provide lots of Vitamin C as an added bonus.
- Coriander seed tea helps lower cholesterol. Take 1 glass of water and 2 tbsp of coriander seeds, boil together, let it cool, strain, and enjoy three times a day.
- If coriander tea isn’t for you, try cinnamon. Boil 10 pieces of cinnamon sticks, about 1 inch each, with 5 cups of water, sweeten with a little honey and drink it hot. This is said to be very effective. (Please don’t use honey if you are allergic to it!)
- Regular exercise plays a very important role in keeping your cholesterol levels in check.
- Adding soy products, fresh fruit, veggies and B6 Vitamins to your diet and consuming less unhealthy oils, whole milk, red meat, butter and cheese will help you reach healthy cholesterol levels.
There is a lot we can do naturally to keep our bodies healthy. Remember to always consult your physician. Let him/her know what you are doing to avoid possible side effects with medications you may be taking.