Chromium decreases the risk of heart attack in men
Chromium is an essential trace mineral mostly known for its important protective effects in blood
sugar regulation. Chromium also helps raise HDL (good) cholesterol and helps lower LDL-cholesterol.
Chromium improves insulin sensitivity and a mild chromium deficiency can lead to insulin resistance
increasing the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. More severe chromium deficiency
interferes with normal growth, decreases fertility and causes serious metabolic abnormalities.
In a study of almost 1.500 European and Israeli men over a years period it was found that low levels
of chromium significantly increased the risk of suffering a heart attack and risk of heart attack
decreased as levels of chromium increased and men with the highest levels of chromium had a 41%
decreased risk of suffering a first heart attack. The study is published in the July 15th, 2005
issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
Do not just depend on medication to lower your cholesterol, focus on diet and nutrition and include
plant sterol containing foods or plant sterol containing supplements as part of your daily healthy
Olive Leafs Polyphenol "Oleuropein" kills bacteria by triggering hydrogen peroxide
One of the ways that Olive Leaf controls levels of bacteria is by triggering a hydrogen peroxide
response to them. In this study Oleuropein inhibited the dangerous gram positive bacteria
Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium commonly resistant to antibiotics, by causing a surge in
hydrogen peroxide. The study is published in the July 2005 issue of the Journal of Food