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Health Benefits Related to Foods and Nutrition

What are the health benefits of oatmeal?

It is proven through extensive research studies that eating oatmeal helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and lowers high cholesterol. As it is high in soluble fiber (oat bran), it lowers the "bad" cholesterol (LDL). It is shown to help in diabetes by lowering the 24 hour blood glucose levels and reduce insulin needs. Moreover, population studies show that a diet high in fiber seems to lower the risk of stomach cancer.

Pharmacist Tom's recommendations: Find your favorite brand and add it to your diet. Today, in our typical North American diet, we tend to eat foods high in sugar, high in fat and low in fiber. It should not be surprising that heart diseases, diabetes, and most other diseases as well are on the rise.

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What are the health benefits of avocados?

Scientific studies suggest that eating a diet high in avocados is effective in treating high cholesterol, osteoarthritis and possibly other types of arthritis as well. The high fiber content in avocados is what helps with lowering your "bad" cholesterol. It is a rich source of monounsaturated oils such as linoleic acid.

Historically, avocados are used to treat high cholesterol, arthritis, low libido (sex drive), psoriasis, healing wounds, cancer, eczema, diarrhea, nerve pain, gout, hair loss, various skin conditions and gum disease.

Pharmacist Tom's recommendations: If you love eating avocados and have either osteoarthritis or high cholesterol, feel good about it! It will be a match made on earth (and it will keep you away from heaven for as long as possible). It's also promoted to help increase sex drive (some believe it has aphrodisiac properties).

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What are the health benefits of pineapple?

Pineapple contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain which is shown to help with osteoarthritis, arthritis and sports injuries.

It is also useful for treating ulcerative colitis and stomach problems such as upset stomach, heartburn and other digestive problems.

Pharmacist Tom's recommendations: If you suffer from arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), it is worth giving bromelain a try. Taking the enzyme is better than eating pineapple because you get more of the supplement and you will know the exact amount you are taking.

Click here to get detailed information on bromelain.

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What are the health benefits of blueberries?

Blueberry is a close relative of bilberry. It is  used by people traditionally to treat hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), night vision problems, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes and painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea).

Pharmacist Tom's recommendations: The research done on bilberry doesn't provide convincing proof that it can help with night vision problems in health people. However, a study did show that taking bilberry improved night vision in those diabetic people suffering from vision problems.

Another study showed that taking blueberries 3 days before the start of menstruation significantly helped with reducing pain, breast tenderness, nausea and vomiting and a feeling of abdominal heaviness. It is worth trying to see if this helps with painful menstruation. You will know easily if it helps with your condition or not.

The other traditionally uses of bilberry don't seem to be support by scientific studies, unfortunately. Nevertheless, berry fruits are good for your health so do include them in your diet. They are high in antioxidants and will protect your cells against free-radical damage.
 

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