Good morning everyone. Today we have an exciting topic to explore: whether or not the saturated fat in dairy products actually raises cholesterol. The association between eating saturated fat and seeing your cholesterol numbers go up a tick has always been rock solid, but it's possible the presence (or absence) of a particular compound in dairy products is responsible for this effect. To explain the issue further please allow me to bring your attention to Dr. Ulf Risérus, a professor at Uppsala University in Sweden who'll answer important questions for us about this research.
I have taken to sunbathing while commuting throughout NYC proper. Why? I'll give you two choices: A). I'm fishing for cat calls from incensed drivers B). I want to take advantage of the summer sun to beef up my vitamin D levels. Which one is it? Johnny, I'll take B for $32,000!
Coffee's great. But most people drink over 30 gallons of it every year. What should you do if you can't kick your java habit? Know how to make sure your body can handle it.
GARLIC. What comes into your head when you read that word, gratuitously typed in all caps? Bad breath? Farts that smell even worse? 14th century witch doctors getting sent to the crucible? Something that's very good for you in spite of all these things? Probably yes, yes, yes and YES! I'm not much of a shaman, so I'll stay away from that. But I do know a thing or two about herbs. And garlic might be useful if you have an achy, breaky heart, among other things.
Rhodiola's a very useful herb for toning down your mood, putting some extra pep in your step, and living life with a little more clarity. I also wish the 10 year old me had known more about it, for reasons I'll elaborate inside.......
If you're a kid, geezer, pregnant, slob or lush you probably drink folic acid from a fire hose without realizing it. And hey, in a lot of ways.....this is all fine and dandy. It prevents us from ending up with birth defects that give us the lumbar system of Quasimodo. I like that. However, the machinery our bodies use to process folic acid are often overtaxed, leaving a lot of the unmodified stuff floating around in our blood. Is it possible we have too much of a good thing?
What kan vitamin K do for your body? Since about 1950 the answer was pretty simple: IT CLOTS YOUR BLOOD. However, recently there have been new revelations about other benefits. And in particular, there might be a few other mysterious forms of the vitamin that have remarkable potency within the body. As it turns out vitamin K has not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not even 6 forms of itself but 12 DIFFERENT FORMS OF THE VITAMIN. HEAVENS TO BETSY!!!! And the majority of these come in the form of K2. Aka K-Kooooooool. What it can it do for you and why is it unique? Kome, let's find out.