heart disease

  1. Spicy food diet can slash heart disease, early death risk

    Beat back heart attacks and cancer with chicken wings?!?

    When it comes to chow time, lots of us guys live by a pretty simple motto.

    The spicier the better.

    Whether we're downing a plateful of atomic chicken wings or drowning our eggs in hot sauce, we're not happy unless our food brings tears to our eyes.

    And it turns out these spicy foods are giving more than a five-alarm wakeup call to your taste buds. They may help you beat back some of the deadliest diseases around today.

    In a new study published in BMJ, researchers found that regularly eating spicy foods can slash your risk of dying from heart disease, respiratory problems and even cancer.

    The researchers followed nearly a half million people for four years and found that those who ate spicy foods 3-7 days a week were 14 percent less likely to die than those who ate spicy foods less than once a week.

    Even if you just ate spicy foods twice a week, you cut your risk of dying by 10 percent.

    And it's not just because spicy foods toughen you up.

    You see, spicy foods may leave your tongue swelling up like a balloon. But they're often jam-packed with nutrients that can slash your inflammation levels and reduce your disease risk everywhere else in your body.

    One of those tongue-torching miracles is capsaicin. It's an active ingredient in chili peppers -- and the chili powder used to make your favorite chicken wing hot sauces.

    Capsaicin has been proven to reduce inflammation (which is why it's often used in pain relievers), fight infections and lower your blood pressure.

    Some encouraging animal studies have even found that capsaicin may help kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.

    Spicy dishes -- especially if they're Indian or Southeast Asian cuisine -- often contain healthy doses of the powerful spice turmeric. Curcumin, one of the main components in turmeric, is one of the most effective and versatile natural disease-fighters around.

    Aside from reducing inflammation, curcumin is loaded with antioxidants and has been proven to help lower your risk of Alzheimer's, arthritis, cancer and heart disease.

    Now you can certainly get all the capsaicin and curcumin you need from supplements that are all over the market these days. Or just try adding some chili powder or turmeric to rubs, marinades and sauces.

    You won't just be spicing up your life -- you may be adding years to it.

  2. Cancel your gym membership, add YEARS to your life

    Workout warriors being fitted for wings

    Maybe it's just the dog lover in me coming out, but I'm going to go ahead and recommend a much-needed medical test to anyone keeping a hamster as a pet.

    You ought to have your head examined.

    There's only one type of person deranged enough to get their kicks watching a glorified rat run in place for 20 hours a day -- and you'll have no trouble finding him at your local gym.

    These workout-worshippers are grinding away hours of their day on treadmills or in "spinning" classes wearing sweat-drenched T-shirts with inspirational sayings like "live strong."

    Well, they ought to change it to "live short." Because research proves those kickboxing lessons are only preparing you to kick the bucket, and lots of folks like you are exercising themselves to death.

    One eye-opening study from the German Cancer Research Center tracked 1,000 folks --including lots of seniors -- for a decade and found that couch potatoes and folks who worked out more than four times a week were BOTH more than TWICE as likely to keel over from a heart attack or stroke.

    That's right -- you're almost better off skipping workouts completely than becoming one of those health nuts who's getting his mail at the gym.

    And this wasn't some anomaly, either. Another study from Sweden's Karolinska Institute found that men who exercised more than five hours a week during their youth were 19% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a serious heart rhythm disorder.

    Now don't get me wrong. Nobody is giving you permission to spend more time engaging in Americans' favorite exercise -- channel surfing. Both studies found that MODERATE exercise, like regular walks with friends or the occasional game of tennis, were the keys to delaying your date with the Pearly Gates.

    Let's face it -- that trainer who's shaming you into dragging yourself to the gym five days a week isn't doing you any favors. And if he's anything like these two guys, one day he may need a favor from you -- like carrying his casket.

    If you ask me, they ought to stop sewing workout shirts out of cotton and spandex, and make them out of wool instead. Because most of the health nuts you'll find at a gym are sheep, plain and simple. They've been swallowing each other's lies for so long about the benefits of a "daily burn" that they could use a trash enema.

    It's time to change the channel on their deadly nonsense and find something simple and low-impact that you love. It'll beat the heck out of running yourself ragged on that great hamster wheel in the sky.

  3. Heart Disease study finds it's time to chew the fat

    A massive analysis of 48 years' worth of research proves sugar – not fat – is the greatest risk to your heart.
  4. Low-carb diet conquers diabetes, heart disease

    A top research university proves avoiding sugar and loading up on fat can prevent inflammation, a key marker of diabetes and heart disease.
  5. FDA: No proof aspirin prevents heart attacks

    Uncle Sam refuses new Bayer labels claiming aspirin prevents heart attacks, citing a lack of evidence.
  6. Bariatric surgery cheerleaders unveil shameful sales pitch

    Mainstream surgeons are peddling bariatric surgery to prevent a heart rhythm disorder you have almost no chance of developing.
  7. Stress triples early death risk

    Researchers found that people exposed to the most stress during their daily lives were three times more likely to die prematurely than their cool as a cucumber peers.
  8. Beer slashes rheumatoid arthritis risk 31%

    A cold brew, rich in amino acids and polyphenols, could help control debilitating joint pain.
  9. Statins users are eating themselves sick

    A new study finds that patients are using cholesterol-lowering statins as a license to binge on junk food.
  10. Laughter really is the best medicine

    A new study shows a good laugh has the same relaxation and stress-relief results as a meditation session.

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