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Can Muscles help you live longer

You already know that muscles can help you look better. But you might not know that there is a direct relationship between muscle mass and strength of your immune system

Whit blood cells and antibodies, the foundation of your immune system are both made from protein. And when you have well- developed muscles you have a ready supply of proteinto make these antibodies and cell.

That''s why strength training is so important, especially as we age, (Muscle mass naturally decreases). Studies have shown that the number natural killer cells ( a specific type of white blood cell ) is direct proportional to muscle mass in the older population.

Natural hormone beats belly fat and lowers diabetes risk.

It''s nice to be able to point to an article from one of the major medical journals when a Patent-medication-prescribing colleague remarks"all that bio-identical hormone stuff is unproven and probably dangerous". Now there''s another one to ad to my files: The Journal of the American Medical Association recentlypublished an article about the positive effect DHEA can have on various aspects of insulin resistance.

DHEA ( dehydroepiandrosterone) is a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands and can be converted to estrogen and testosterone in the body. Levels of DHEA are highest when we''re 25-30, the they decline at a rate of about 1-2 percent per year after that,. So in many cases, supplementing with additional DHEA to make up for the loss can help with a number of symptoms associated with general aging - especialy those that come along with declining estrogen and testosterone levels.

Now those benefits have extended to blood sugar function. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trail, (30 men and 30 women , average age 71) were tested for glucose and insulin response to a standard suger challenge. They were also given MRIexaminations to determine their abdominal fat volume.

Once these examinations were complete, they took either 50 milligrams of DHEA or a placebo, daily. After six month, the tests were done again . Compared with those taking placebo, individuals taking DHEA had significant decreases in abdominal fat.

They also had significantly less insulin output, but their glucose hadn''t changed. As the rechearchers pointed out, an unchanged blood sugar response with less insulin output means that insulin resistance has decreased.

The researchers concluded that DHEA could play a role in prevention and treatment of the metabolic syndrome ( also called insulin resistance and syndrom X ) associated with abdominal obesity.

Actually, natural medicine practioners have known this for years now, from reading about similar research done on animals, as well as from observations in their own patients. But there is a definite caution with DHEA use: For women, a supplement amount of DHEA in excess of 10-15 milligrams dailyobviously unwanted effects-usually just pimples, but also hair growth.

Men usually don''t have such obvious overdose effects, but to much DHEA-or any other hormone- isn''t good for men either. Most "excess" DHEA metabolizes into androsterone and etiocholanolone, and there are no studies on long-term effects of excesses of those two metaboites in men. However, doses between 30 and 50 milligrams daily are usually OK for men.

The common and generic names are derived from the early Latin ROS_MARIS or dew of the sea, from its hait of growing close to the sea and the dew-like apperance of the blossom at a distance .

From earliest times its medicinal virtues were recognized and it has always been a popular aromatic plant . The oil was first extracted by distilation in about 1330 by Raymundus Lullus, and it is still extensively used in perfurmery. One of the most famous cosmetic preparations containing the herb was the Queen of Hungary''s water.

The apothecaries used Rosemary in a wide range of preparations including waters, tinctures, conserves, syrups, spirits and unguents;but today only the oil is include in the pharmacopoeias, while the leaf popular in folk medicine.

Description : Aromatic, evergreen perenial shrubto 180 cm, usually 100 cm tall. Branches somewhat pubescent when young, becoming woody.

Leaves symply, opposite, leathery, tomentose beneath, to 3-5 cm long. Flowers pale blue or rarely whit to pink, small, in short axillary racemes, appearing late spring to early summer. Distribution: Native to mediterranean coast.

Cultivation: Wild. Collected commercially from the wild and cultivated only as a garden plant. Constituents: Essential oil (to 2 % ) comprising 2-5% esters ( mainly bornyl acetate ) and 10-20% free alcohols ( mainly borneol and linalol); organic acids; choline; saponoside; heterosides;tannins.

Uses: ( fresh or dried leaves, oil ) Tonic,diuretic, aromatic, stomachic, carminative, antipasmodic, cholagogue, antiseptic, emmenagogue. A leaf infusion has a wide variety of internal applications as indicated .

The oil maybe used externally as an insect repellant, in various soothing embrocations, and deluted as an antiseptic gargle. It is particularly effective in neuralgia.

Wide culinaryuse of the leaf in meat and fish dishes. The oil is employed widely in the cosmetic industry. Leaf may be used in bath mixtures and aromatic preparations.

Contra-indications:The oil should not be used internally, Extremely large doses of the leaf are toxit, possible causing abortion, convulsions, and verry rarely, DEAD

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