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The Powerful Punch of Pumpkin Seeds

Posted on Tue, Nov 07, 2017 @ 02:46 PM

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, have gained quite a bit of popularity. Roasting pumpkin seeds has become a notable tradition, especially throughout the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons. But these delicious seeds can also be enjoyed raw or roasted, unhulled or naked, salted or plain. In any form, they are certainly among the elite of all seeds.

Nutritional Profile

One nutritional element that sets pumpkin seeds apart from their clan is the tremendous amount of protein they offer. At 7 grams per ounce, pumpkin seeds become an important source of plant-based protein.

The seeds are also an excellent source of critical minerals. They supply 42% of the RDA of manganese, an important nutrient for bone metabolism, antioxidant function, and cognitive health. Each ounce of pumpkin seeds offers 150 mg of magnesium, one of the most deficient nutrients in our diets and an underlying problem in multiple health concerns. Phosphorus, iron, and copper are found in significant amounts, aiding in the body’s antioxidant systems and making pumpkin seeds a good tool for those struggling with anemia. Finally, pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamin K, supplying 18% of the RDA.

In addition to vitamins and minerals, pumpkin seeds provide a variety of phytonutrients including phenolic acids, carotenoids, phytosterols, and squalene, which are shown to exert numerous therapeutic properties such as antioxidative, hypoglycemic, anticancer, antihypertensive, cardioprotective, antilipemic, gynoprotective, and anthelmintic.

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Tags: prostate, blood glucose, skin health, cholesterol, cardiovascular health, insulin resistance

Is There a Male Equivalent to PCOS?

Posted on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 04:45 PM

As early as the 1960s, doctors noted a phenomenon of “diabetes in bearded women.” They observed a clustering of blood sugar abnormalities or overt type 2 diabetes, hirsutism, and virilization in women. Originally found primarily in postmenopausal women, this phenomenon was called Achard-Thiers syndrome (after the physicians who identified it). It has become much more common among younger women in recent decades and the similar clustering of symptoms is now known as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It is also acknowledged now that chronically elevated insulin is the primary driving factor behind the condition. Oddly, though, the presence of ovarian cysts is not required for a PCOS diagnosis, so the name is a bit of a misnomer. With this in mind, might there be a male metabolic/hormonal equivalent to PCOS?

Other than hyperinsulinemia, hormonal abnormalities seen in PCOS include elevated gonadotropin-releasing hormone and luteinizing hormone (LH), reduced follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), reduced sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and increased bioavailable androgens. Indeed, a similar pattern has been observed in males, and it comes with its own set of signs and symptoms. The parallels are so striking that researchers have come to consider it a “male polycystic ovarian syndrome equivalent.”

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Tags: prostate, men's health, blood glucose, PCOS, insulin resistance

Fish Oil & Dual Hostility – Part 1

Posted on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

One could easily glaze over the latest news regarding some old tried and true wellness tools due to all the glitz and glimmer of health headlines focusing on the micobiome1-2 and vitamin D3-4. You know I’m a big fan of gut bugs and have a high respect for this famous vitamin-prohormone; however, one recent study diverted my focus away from their accolades and back to a very “fishy topic.”

So, why the unfriendly subject title related to fish oil? There are two connections I’ve made to fish oil and antagonism that spurred this title. Still, rest assured, the following reasons are not related to a negative viewpoint of this supplement.

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Tags: prostate, omega 3, Cardiovascular Disease

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