New Information About Cholesterol and Carbohydrates

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Hi and welcome to this week’s look at headlines in natural health on

There’s plenty of news that connects even further what we eat to our overall health this week.

A high- cholesterol diet has been connected to colon cancer for some time… but now the reason behind that is becoming more clear.  Researchers from UCLA learned that boosting cholesterol in animals made intestinal stem cells divide more quickly enabling tumors to form in the colon 100 times faster than normal.

Scientists will now look to see if that molecular pathway is similar in other cancers and it could help lead to new treatment options for colon cancer and possibly other cancers.

And women who are pregnant may want to think twice about reducing or eliminating carbohydrates from their diets…

A new study out of North Caroline found that women with low carbohydrate intake are 30 percent more likely to have babies with birth defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord, like spina bifida.  The results are especially concerning given the popularity of low carbohydrate diets.  

Folic acid is an essential nutrient that also minimizes the risk of these kinds of birth defects… but more than 20 percent of US women have blood levels below the recommendation.

Finally… if you love Indian food, you might want to consider a second helping.

A recent study again from UCLA, found that a certain form of cur curcumin… which gives many Indian dishes it’s bright yellow color… improved memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss.  Curcumin… which is found in turmeric has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties… now it could be a reason why seniors in India have lower incidents of Alzheimer’s and  better cognitive performance.

The study looked at 40 individual with mild memory complaints.  Some received placebo, others received 90 milligrams of cucumin, twice daily for 18 months.  After that time, the people taking curcumin improved their memory tests by 28 percent while those taking the placebo saw little to know improvement.

That’s a look at what’s making headlines in natural health this week.  Make sure to go to and sign up for our free email newsletter to stay connected to the latest in natural health.




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