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How to live longer: Tea renowned for helping lowering cancer risk to boost longevity

How to live longer: Tea renowned for helping lowering cancer risk to boost longevity

The older one gets, unfortunately, the risk of age-related diseases becomes more apparent. From heart health, cancer risk, and not getting the right number of vitamins and minerals to help stave off colds and cases of flu; the fear of old age can seem daunting. This is where certain foods and beverages come in to help naturally reduce these risks, improve overall health and boost your longevity.

Sweet and satisfying, the native South African tisane of rooibos is a delicious herbal treat that is loved for its earthy flavour, high antioxidant levels, and warming reddish-brown hue. 

Being low in tannins, free from caffeine, and loaded with antioxidants puts rooibos tea on the top shelf in terms of its amazing health benefits.

Rooibos tea is full of powerful ingredients that include a high dose mix of vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols helping to reduce age-related diseases and boost longevity.

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Lowers blood sugar

Rooibos’s apsalathin content is known to help reduce diabetes risk and lower blood sugars.

In a study published in the National Library of Health, the impact of aspalathin impact on hyperglycaemia and glucose intolerance among type 2 diabetics was further analysed.

The aim of the study was to find a specific mechanism for the anti-diabetic action of aspalathin employing a skeletal muscle-derived cell line and a rat-derived pancreatic β-cell line and to investigate its effect in type 2 diabetic model on mice.

Results revealed that aspalathin dose found in Rooibos tea significantly suppressed the increase in fasting blood glucose levels and improved glucose intolerance.
Furthermore, aspalathin decreased the expression of hepatic genes related to gluconeogenesis and lipogenesis

“These results strongly suggest that aspalathin has anti-diabetic potential,” noted the study.

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Improves heart health

Another study published in the National Library of Health looked at the effects of Rooibos on oxidative stress to help reduce cardiovascular diseases.
The study involved 40 volunteers who consumed six cups of fermented/traditional rooibos daily for six weeks.

Blood biochemical parameters indicative of antioxidant activity and content, lipid profile (total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein – LDL and high-density lipoprotein – HDL cholesterol and triacylglycerol levels) and liver and kidney function were measured at the end of each study period.

Significant decreases in plasma markers of lipid peroxidation were found after rooibos consumption alongside a decrease in serum LDL-cholesterol.

“Confirming its popular use, consumption of fermented, traditional rooibos significantly improved the lipid profile as well as redox status, both relevant to heart disease, in adults at risk for developing cardiovascular disease,” concluded the study.

Vitamins and minerals

Rooibos is known for its high levels of vitamin C which is one of those essential vitamins for reducing the risk of colds and flu or other nasty viruses as this vitamin boosts the immune system.

Rooibos also contains low levels of tannins which is great news for all those people out there with low iron levels as tannins are known to interfere with the body’s ability to absorb iron.

Rooibos drinkers may also find a rich brew will help with increasing levels of copper, zinc, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and fluoride all aiding in the body to be in tip top form.

Author: Jessica Knibbs
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Diabetes type 2: Best breakfast ideas for increasing energy and lowering blood sugar

Diabetes type 2: Best breakfast ideas for increasing energy and lowering blood sugar

Type 2 diabetes originates from a dysfunction in the way the body processes the hormone insulin. One of the most important roles insulin performs in the body is regulating blood sugar – the main type of sugar a person gets from food. Not eating the right kind of food, particularly in the morning, can have dire effects on not only a person’s energy levels but also with their blood sugar levels.

Two common reasons for tiredness or have less energy are a direct result of having too high or too low blood sugar levels.

In both cases, the tiredness is the result of having an imbalance between one’s level of blood glucose and the amount or effectiveness of circulating insulin.

Many people with type 2 diabetes will describe themselves as feeling tired, lethargic or fatigued at times.

This is because tiredness is a major symptom of type 2 diabetes but also it comes down to the type of food consumed.

With breakfast meals being integral in providing a person with the right kind of energy to last the day, what are the best options?

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According to Medical News Today, the best breakfast ideas for type 2 diabetics include:

  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Healthy cereals
  • Yoghurt
  • Fruit

The key to choosing a nutritious breakfast that will keep one full and keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range can vary from person to person, notes the American Diabetes Association.

A diabetes-friendly breakfast is one that includes a combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats in the right proportions, which helps balance blood sugar.

A simple diabetes-friendly breakfast is a plate of eggs and avocado on whole-grain toast or a bowl of fruit and yoghurt.

For breakfast ideas which should be avoided to help keep energy levels up and blood sugars down, avoid sugary cereals, bagels with cream cheese or bacon.

Breakfast is important for people with diabetes, said Medical News Today.

The health site continued: “It enables a person to feel full and can help keep blood glucose levels stable.

“Insulin sensitivity is often higher in the morning than the evening, so an eating schedule that includes breakfast and minimises late-night eating is preferable.

“Many conventional breakfast foods are high in sugar, fat, and salt, but many tasty and varied alternatives provide healthful fibre and other nutrients.

“A person with a diagnosis of diabetes should work with their doctor or dietitian to create an effective diet plan that suits them.”

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High blood pressure: The five best ingredients for lowering a high blood pressure reading

High blood pressure: The five best ingredients for lowering a high blood pressure reading
High blood pressure is famously dubbed the “silent killer” because it creeps up unannounced. A rising blood pressure reading may sound relatively benign but it forces the heart to work harder. Over time, this can lead to heart and circulatory diseases such as a heart attack or stroke.
Whole grains have been shown to be particularly beneficial for lowering high blood pressure.

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean diet – diets proven to lower high blood pressure – both recommend including whole grains as part of a healthy diet.

“Select breads, pasta, and other carbohydrate-rich foods that are made from whole grains instead of highly refined white flour,” advises Harvard Health.

What to avoid

The most important countermeasure against high blood pressure is to reduce your salt intake.

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Evidence shows that eating too much salt is more strongly related to the development of high blood pressure, particularly the rise in blood pressure with age.

According to Action on Salt, a group concerned with salt and its effects on health, based at Queen Mary University of London, the effect is due to salt disrupting the natural sodium balance in the body.

“This causes the body to retain water, which increases the pressure of the pushing of blood against the vessel walls,” explains the health body.

How much salt should we consume?

According to official UK health guidelines, adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium) – that’s around one teaspoon.

In addition to tweaking your diet, regular physical activity can bring your blood pressure down to safer levels.

“Regular physical activity — such as 150 minutes a week, or about 30 minutes most days of the week — can lower your blood pressure by about five to eight mm Hg if you have high blood pressure

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg).

“Some examples of aerobic exercise you may try to lower blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing,” adds the Mayo Clinic.

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