Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Lowly but Extraordinary Eggplant

For many years, the eggplant is but a vegetable that is used is dishes to simply add in some fiber, texture, or fill in some volume.

Even Reader's Digest, in their book Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal, they mentioned that the eggplant has not much vitamins or minerals in it. I will put up that clipping in the next few days, but for now, what I found in the Ezine directory is quite the opposite.

The eggplant is always put in the bottom of the list whenever discussions on positive effect due to the vitamins and minerals from such fruits and vegetables are examined. But I think this article will swing the door to the other side, and make way for the lowly but extraordinary eggplant to take its place -- especially that it is found to have a very direct impact on lowering bad cholesterol, which, if uncorrected, can result to cardiac arrest or high blood pressure.

Quite interesting, eh? Read on...



Lowering Cholesterol With Home Remedy - Eggplant

More than 50% of American populations have cholesterol above 200 mg per dl. Of these, more than 25% have levels which can cause potentially fatal diseases like cardiac arrest or stroke. Though statistics show that the Cholesterol levels are falling in the middle age and the elderly partly due to increased awareness and use of statins and other lipid lowering drugs, the worrying point is the increase in Lipid levels in the younger adults. Sedentary life style and increased consumption of packed and junk food have contributed to the rise in the young. Lack of fibers is also contributing to this unfortunate tendency. As in their elderly counterparts this cholesterol comes mainly in the form of dairy products, meat, and trans-fatty acids seen mostly in packed and junk foods. An over-consumption of these unhealthy foods carries the risk of obesity and cardiac diseases.

Totally Eggplant Cookbook (Totally Cookbooks)Cholesterol levels have a profound effect on obesity. Obese individuals have unusually high levels of LDL and low HDL. Obesity also is indicted in ailments like cardiac arrest, high blood pressure. Obesity is also the cause of syndrome X. Syndrome X is characterized by collection of fat on the abdominal walls, raised levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), hypertension and insulin resistance. Syndrome X is also believed to be a pre-cursor to diabetes and is associated with high mortality in the First Instance heart attack in patients. Having adequate levels of HDL is also important especially to prevent stroke. As explained, deposition of cholesterol in the form of plaques narrow the lumen of arteries including important ones like carotid artery. This reduces blood flow risking the death of Brain tissues due to ischaemia leading to stroke.

Eggplant: More Than 75 Delicious RecipesVegetarian foods are much in vogue these days. It has been said that a simple change into vegetarian diet can lower cholesterol by more than one third. Canadian scientists have claimed that people can drastically reduce their cholesterol level by subsisting on plant foods. Furthermore, the scientists said that the results cannot be matched even by the most modern dietary regimen to reduce cholesterol. Among the various plants which were tried out, eggplant was found to be particularly effective in reducing LDL levels. Eggplant contain natural phenols which inhibit the ACE or angiotensin converting enzyme much like the drug enalapril or lisinopril does. But it does not mean that people on ACE inhibitors should stop taking the drug and switch over to eating eggplant. But it is not without reason that naturalists recommend eggplant in home remedies for treating hypertension and high cholesterol.

The Eggplant Cancer Cure: A Treatment for Skin Cancer and New Hope for Other Cancers from Nature's PharmacyEggplant is a very efficient as well as a safe remedy for curing High Cholesterol.


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Lowering Cholesterol With Home Remedy - Eggplant
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