For years Ive discussed many of the potential dangers involved with taking an aspirin a day to help prevent heart attacks. Now, I want to tell you about an “aspirin substitute”bromelain.
Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from the pineapple plant. It is referred to as a “protease” which means it breaks down proteins, reducing them to their basic building blocks.
Almost 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus and his crew “discovered” the pineapple on the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe. Even then, they were amazed at its medicinal uses. Natives used the juice to aid in digestion of meat and cure stomachaches. Women used it to beautify their skin and warriors used it to improve the healing of their wounds. Recent research suggests that the pineapple (more specifically bromelain, which is extracted from the stem) may be one of the best tools we can use to help prevent and even treat heart disease.
Atherosclerosis or clogging of the arteries directly accounts for one-half of all the deaths in this country. It kills by cutting off the life-sustaining blood supply to vital organs like the heart, brain and kidneys. Heart attacks result from blockage of small blood vessels supplying the heart muscle and strokes are often the result of a similar blockage to the brain.
Research has continually shown that the clots formed in arteries are composed largely of protein (fibrin). These clots also contain particles of various fats and cholesterol, but the protein mesh of fibrin seems to be the culprit holding the clot together. In fact, clot-busting drugs like streptokinase (marketed as Streptase) and urokinase that have been shown to dissolve 70 percent of the clots in heart patients work by breaking down the protein fibrin! (The enzymes involved break down fibrin not cholesterol. Despite this, everyone still wants to call cholesterol the cause of the problem.)
Bromelain works much the same way as these miracle clot-busting drugs. (Just like streptokinase, bromelain stimulates the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin, which in turn helps break down fibrin clots. (Arch. Int. Pharmacodyn 1981; 254:157-67.) (Med. Hypothesis 1980; 6:1123-33.) (Med. Hypothesis 1980; 6:99-104.) J. Int. Acad. Prev. Med. 1979; Vol. 6, No. 1.)
Even more surprising, bromelain may be able to “clean” arteries of atherosclerotic plaquing before a problem occurs. In an animal study, bromelain broke down arteriosclerotic plaquing before a problem occured. In an animal study, bromelain broke down arteriosclerotic plaque in the aortas of rabbits. (Dissert. Abstr. B 1975; 35 (2 pt) 6013, Ord. No. 75-13, 735.)
Besides breaking down clots, bromelain appears to keep clots from forming in the first place. Explaining this area can get somewhat complicated and confusing (to me anyway). The “stickiness” of your blood cells has a lot to do with clot formation. This “stickiness” is linked to your bodys production of temporary hormones called prostaglandins. Bromelain blocks the production of prostaglandins that keep blood cells from getting too sticky, and promotes the production of those that help circulation. On the other hand, aspirin blocks the production of all prostaglandins, both good and bad!
Bromelain also has been shown to be very effective in treating inflammation, again without the side effects of aspirin or the nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Rufin, Medipren, Midol, etc. In fact, even the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has been effective using 2250 mg. of bromelain twice daily between meals. In one study, over 70 percent of those on the program experienced good to excellent results of less joint swelling, less pain and more mobility. (Pennsyl. Med. J. 64; 67:27-30.)
Bromelain is sold in health food stores everywhere as a digestive aid and is generally considered very sage without any known side effects. After all, it comes from pineapple juice which again has been used medicinally for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Most studies Ive reviewed recommended between 2,000 and 4,000 mg. daily. When used for inflammation and the other reasons Ive described, it is best taken between meals. Some authorities recommend taking at least 500 IU of vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) along with bromelain to prevent harmful clogging of the arteries due to sticky blood cells.
Bromelain use is another one of those therapies you wont hear much about because theres not much money to be made in pineapple extracts. You can bet, however, that drug companies are studying bromelain very closely. Anything that works this well for so many problems, without side effects, would be the ideal starting point for some new medications.
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The sign Cancer’s ruling planet is Moon, which gives its native great maternal instinct and sensibility. The Cancerian is very emotional, easily get excited and sees everything happening around him. They have many dreams and fantasies about their own life, which sometimes leads to disappointments. She’s very protective and has the role of a mother to everyone. At bottom, she longs to build a harmonious home, happy and stable, and feels very comfortable in those places that give her peace, harmony and security. The native of this sign is very intuitive and easily understands the feelings of others, which makes her a natural psychologist. They have a great attachment to their loved ones, as well as to those objects that keep an emotional value. She is a traditional woman and defenders of her own identity. Although rarely shows her aggressive side, is very tenacious in protecting her interests. Her mood is quite unstable and variable, depending largely on what is happening around her. To fall in love, looking for a man who provides stability, security, likes her and who can build a harmonious home for her. The Cancerian shows great devotion and dedication towards love. She is very accommodating and happy to have a man who loves her. To conquer a Cancerian one has to be smooth and quiet. She does not like to argue or fight, at bottom, she is afraid of violent or aggressive situations. You have to invite her to dinner at a harmonious place, it is of no use to take her to nightclubs late at night. You should introduce your friends and family. She loves intimate gatherings because she’s pretty shy. You speak of your intention to form a serious relationship with the capacity to marry and have children, and if those are not your intentions, you better forget it. Cancer is a sign very intuitive and you should not lie because they perceive it. The walks in natural areas close to water are very effective, she loves nature and being in those places she can show great sensitivity. A Cancerian is very romantic and traditionalist in their fantacies, hopes the arrival of her prince, hence, falls easily when a man really shows a courteous gentleman. The Love of a Cancerian can be very durable and stable because she is always willing to do whatever it takes to defend what she loves. Any adept astrologer can easily tell about the following traits in your character:- YOUR DEGREE OF MOTIVATION YOUR EMOTIONAL TEMPERAMENT YOUR DEGREE OF EFFORT CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUR MIND YOUR LEVEL OF WISDOM WHAT PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING FROM YOU WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF YOUR BEHAVIOR ON OTHERS HOW TO FIND SUCCESS AND APPROVING HOW TO BE CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR POWERS AND ABILITIES HOW TO DISCOVER TRUTHFULLY WHAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE HOW TO FIND THE BEST WAY TO ACCESS YOUR CHOSEN CAREER
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Many people strive to lose weight. The only problem is that they simply do not know what foods to eat. Below are some common foods that will help you along with you weight loss.
1.Vegetables: Yes, you should eat your vegetables, but there are special vegetables than can be extra healthful. Cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli contain special agents that fight cancer. Try to eat as much color as possible.
2.Fish: Eating fish should only be done so two times a week. Mackerel, tuna, sardines and salmon are loaded with omega-2 fatty acids that help keep your arteries clean.
Specialized medical courses are now being offered by many health schools. These programs provide in-depth knowledge of various medical treatments and subjects.
Health care education in the sphere of allied health, diagnostic medical ultrasound and sonography, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy technician, healthcare management, emergency medical services, and other subjects are open to students these days. These programs are available as full time or part time programs and offer internships as well, so that students can get a hands-on experience in their respective fields.
With the increase in health care facilities for the disabled and elderly, nursing universities have developed new courses in health care education. Nowadays, wellness centers and independent living centers are offer bright prospects to upcoming medical professionals. Assisted living centers, adult care centers and the likes are offering them designations like that of medical administrator, in which they are responsible for every resident and their well-being. The requirement of skilled medical practitioners is steadily increasing with increase in the number of adult care centers and retirement homes. The minimum requirement for a job in these centers is a Bachelor’s degree in science or health care. Professional course certificate in the branch of health administration, human physiology or health law gives you a better chance of getting a job over others.
Everywhere you turn, people are giving up caffeine. While there are some who are honestly allergic to it, most people do it because of peer pressure. Everywhere you look there are articles about how terrible caffeine is. The very first thing a newly expectant woman is told to do is give up caffeine. The very first instruction given to an individual who wants to “get healthy” is to give up caffeine. The first sign that a person wants to get healthier is almost always the relinquishing of caffeine. The truth is that there are several benefits linked to caffeine too. Seriously! Here are a few of the key advantages of caffeine.
A research study executed by Harvard University confirmed that men who consume about four cups of caffeinated coffee each day are a lot less likely to be stricken by Parkinson’s disease. Its likely that this happens because caffeine helps your brain’s dopamine molecules stay active. They believe it’s also possible that, due to caffeine’s blocking of adenosine receptors, the brain become less likely to develop amyloid-beta. That could be the brain plaque that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. While there aren’t any studies about if caffeine will actually make you smarter (that we know of), being able to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases is pretty cool.
There is of research that attests that caffeine raises your body’s blood pressure. This means that increased caffeine consumption could put you at higher risk for heart disease and failure. There have been studies, however, that say the alternative. Brooklyn College commissioned research that showed men who absorbed a few cups of coffee each day would be less likely to develop heart issues. The basic idea is that, if you don’t already suffer from hypertension then caffeine should not cause the problem to happen. If you do currently suffer from problems with your heart, though, you should avoid taking in caffeine.
Heart diseases include any disease that has an effect on the cardiovascular system. Heart diseases are life threatening and should be treated quickly. Heart diseases are the biggest cause of deaths worldwide even though over the past few decades the rate of cardiovascular mortality has declined.
Symptoms Of Heart Disease:
It is important to notice the symptoms of heart diseases. Consult your doctor if you begin to observe any of the following symptoms which are particularly of heart attack:
1. Heaviness, acute pain, pressure, discomfort in chest or under the breastbone.
2. Burning sensation around the chest area.
3. Indigestion, fullness and choking and pain while moving the jaw.
4. Constant sweating, vomiting and nausea.
5. Weakness and shortness of breath and rapid heartbeats.