Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Protect Your Heart

Feeling tired all the time may be a sign that the body is lacking in a viatmin-like substance called Coenzyme Q10. 

PAUL Lim, 45 years old, works in an advertising firm that requires him to work long hours and entertain clients in the night. The constant late nights and lack of sleep causes him to suffer from brain fog.

How about you? Do you find yourself feeling dull and out of focus or having difficulty concentrating in any hour of the day? Is your memory failing you sometimes?

This subtle loss of brain power is a sign of your body running low on energy.

If you are feeling tired all the time, chances are that your heart is probably not getting the “fuel” that it needs to be strong and healthy. This fuel, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is essential for production of energy at the cellular level.

Coenzyme Q10, energy, and heart health
Scientists have discovered that your heart contains 10 times more CoQ10 than any other organ, and it beats 100,000 times a day. None of these beats could have happened without energy. Therefore, the heart, being a non-stop working organ, requires a tremendous amount of continuous energy supply.

Human energy production is a complicated process. The food we eat is broken down into smaller components in the digestive tract. These smaller components are then used by the cells to produce energy. For the cells to convert food to energy, it requires a vitamin-like substance called Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Without Coenzyme Q10 our body is unable to make energy.
What causes CoQ10 deficiency
CoQ10 is produced by every cell of the body. The production of CoQ10 is a 17-step process, which requires at least eight vitamins, several trace minerals, and the amino acid tyrosine. A deficiency in any one of the nutrients due to poor dietary intake can hinder the body’s production of CoQ10.

Age can lower your CoQ10 levels. As we age, our body produces less CoQ10. By the time you reach 50, your heart will be struggling with half the CoQ10 you had when you were 21.

When that happens, your heart cannot work efficiently, and is not able to deliver all the oxygen and nutrients needed by the organs, tissues, and every part of your body. You feel tired and run down.

Intensive exercise can deplete our body’s CoQ10. Stress further exhausts CoQ10 reserves.

Drugs can also cause CoQ10 depletion in the body. An example is the popular cholesterol-lowering drug family, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor (statins), which not only lower cholesterol levels, but also CoQ10. Statins block cholesterol synthesis by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. However, this effect is not selective as it also blocks CoQ10 production.

Studies have shown that CoQ10 depletion from statin use can be reversed with supplementation. Further, CoQ10 supplementation does not appear to affect the cholesterol-lowering efficacy of statins.
CoQ10 for healthy cholesterol levels
Researchers have found that not all cholesterols are bad. Cholesterol can be divided generally into HDL-high density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and LDL-low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol).
The higher the HDL levels in the blood, the better. LDL is not really bad but becomes a problem only when it is oxidised by free radicals. It is the oxidised LDL that builds up in our arteries and helps to develop the plaque which is characteristic of hardened arteries.

In the bloodstream, 60% CoQ10 is transported by LDL. CoQ10 protects LDL from being oxidised by free radicals. Studies have found that when more CoQ10 is contained in LDL-cholesterol, the less susceptible it is to oxidation and the less likely it is to form artery clogging plague.

The biggest problem with most CoQ10 products is the absorption into the bloodstream. The traditional forms of CoQ10 supplements are not easily absorbed by the body (powdered CoQ10 suspension in soy oil incorporated into softgel capsules, powder based tablets, powder-filled hard gelatin).

The reason is that CoQ10’s particle size is very large, insoluble in water and poorly soluble in lipids, which makes it hard for your body to absorb.

However, an American company has developed a patented Biosolv process which reduces the particle size from 25-70 microns to 0.3 microns – even smaller than bacteria! Hence, this makes it “hydrosoluble”.

As a general rule, the smaller the particle size, the better the absorption. Therefore with hydrosoluble CoQ10, more CoQ10 gets absorbed into your bloodstream to boost energy levels in the body.

Above article is extracted from the star online dated 13rd March 2011

Sunday, 6 March 2011

H1N1 symptoms

The recent news reported the death of the form 4 student in Kajang who confirmed H1N1 positive tests. The H1N1 seems come back again silently and raise up the threat again among the students and school teachers now. They main concern now is people who do not have H1N1 awareness, they may think that is just a normal flu and they delayed for seeking medical treatment, it would probably become too late and will cause death. This is a serious matter and we should take the H1N1 alert seriously. How to identify that is a H1N1 symptoms? You are advice to know the difference !

Know the difference!

Make an informed decision and take the right action!
Understand the difference between Cold & Influenza A (H1N1):
Common Cold
Influenza A (H1N1)
Characteristic, high (38° C) lasts 3-4 days
General Ache
Pains Usually Slight
Often Severe
Very Mild
Can last up to 2-3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion
Early and Prominent
Running/Stuffy Nose
Severe, without phlegm in the beginning
Sore Throat
Chest Discomfort
Mild to moderate hacking cough
Common: Can become severe

In case you have any symptoms of above, please advise your medical doctor for further confirmation. In a daily lifestyle, people are encouraged to wash hand thoroughly or wear mask when they go places packed with crowds, public area like shopping complex, hospitals, cinemas, taking public transport etc. Those people who has lower immune system like pregnancy women, children and old age people are among the high risk group. Others important measure such as having a healthy lifestyle, take balance food intakes, regular exercise and take supplements are among the basic steps to enhance your body immune system level.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Amazing Gingers 神奇的生薑

1. Ginger contains anti viral, anti toxic, and anti fungal properties, and is used for the prevention of and treatment against the common cold.

2.Ginger acts as an antihistamine and aids in the treatment of allergies.

3.Ginger displays anti inflammatory properties and can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders  

4. The chemical components of the root are instrumental in inhibiting the biosynthesis of prostaglandins which are responsible for causing inflammation.
Thus the root has proven to be a highly effective form of treatment, in some cases, even more so than the NSAID's that are traditionally prescribed.

5. So eating ginger may help to prevent cancer and aging disorders.

6. Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of cramps.
7. The ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal, in order to ease the digestion process.
Good for those with constipation!

8. Ginger has proven to help lower your cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of blood clots.


9. As a mood enhancer, ginger's cineole content may help contribute to stress relief.


10. Also used for migraine headache
Ginger can also be used for reducing toothache and the discomfort which arises due to the infection in the upper respiratory tract due to its antibacterial and antifungal nature.


11. Chewing on fresh ginger, can help freshen the breath.

12. Being a warming herb, ginger can help knock out a fever. This property also makes it effective in stimulating circulation of the blood
 13. It can also help relax muscles around the blood vessels and is said to help prevent blood clots from forming. The warming effects make it a natural decongestant as well as an antihistamine, making it the perfect remedy for colds.
14. Some studies show that it can even help inhibit the replication of the herpes simplex virus.


15. Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can  help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed.
16.It has also been shown in animal trials to help slow or even prevent cancerous tumor growth.

17. Ginger doesn't only spice up your food it can also help to put some extra spice in your intimate life too. It improves blood flow to your sexual organs, and contains Vitamin C, zinc and magnesium.
生薑不單可以添增菜餚的味道還可以額外添增一些生活的親密情趣。生薑可以改善性器官血液流,並含有維生素 C,鋅鎂。 

Tips 贴士
1。 To discover the health benefits of ginger for yourself, simply make a tea by steeping about 5 slices of ginger in hot water.

2. If you prefer it in your food,
Ginger is excellent in many dishes and is perfect when combined with garlic.

生薑是許多菜餚的絕妙配搭尤其是與大蒜合併 。 
Hope it will be of benefit  to you & others. Wishing you all a happy healthy life.