Very white nails could mean
- Congestive heart failure
- Liver disease
Yellow nails: fungal infection
Bluish nails - not enough oxygen - could signal a lung problem or diabetes
Rippled nails-inflammation or psoriasis
Cracked or split nails-thyroid problems.
Puffy nail fold - lupus - or another connective tissue disorder
Dark lines beneath a nail - could be skin cancer
Overly bitten nails- OCD
Vitamin K2 revisited
The big idea with K2 is that it’s important in having your calcium get deposited in the right places (bones/teeth) and not the wrong places (blood vessels etc.) It also helps with other types of mineral deposition.
K2 is found in low concentration in meats and eggs :
Egg Yolk (United States)15.5(100% MK-4)Ground Beef (Medium Fat)8.1(100% MK-4)Calf Liver5.0(100% MK-4)Salmon0.5(100% MK-4)Mackerel0.4(100% MK-4)Egg White0.4(100% MK-4)
Here is a more complete table. It’s also found in dairy products and chicken. Note that 1 egg yolk is 17 grams, so you’d need to eat about 6 egg yolks to get the amount listed above. K2 is found in higher concentrations in organ meats
The brain contains one of the highest concentrations of vitamin K2 in the body; only the pancreas, salivary glands, and the cartilaginous tissue of the sternum contain more.
It’s interesting to note that K2 is found in cartilage.
As this site says:
Vitamin K2 is further sub-divided into several forms but the most understood are menaquinone-4 (menatretrenone-MK4)
The MK-4 version of K2 is exclusively made by animal tissues and is found in foods like butter, cheeses, liver and liver pate [especially so if those animals are mostly pastured/grass fed and not fed loads of soy/corn]. MK-7 on the other hand is made by our intestinal bacteria (about 10% of total dietary K1 is converted in this manner, although most experts agree that it contributes minimally to vitamin K2 status in humans due to the minimal amount of absorption that occurs), and fermented foods such as natto [photo in the top, left hand corner] and sauerkraut.
vitamin K2 activates a type of protein called matrix gla protein (MGP) where it helps to keep calcium out of the blood vessels. Calcification of arteries is a strong (some argue the best) predictor heart disease. In a large epidemiological study, those with higher intakes of vitamin K2 were found to be 52 per cent less likely to have vascular calcification, 41 per cent less likely to develop heart disease and 57 per cent less like to die from it.
K2 has been found to improved dental health as the salivary glands excrete vitamin K2 provided there is an adequate dietary supply. In fact the salivary glands have the second highest concentration of K2, second only to the pancreas.
I view this as an additional argument that one should eat grass fed meat in addition to fish.
The difference between Arteriosclerosis and Atherosclerosis is: Arteriosclerosis has a higher level of calcium than cholesterol. Atherosclerosis has a higher level of cholesterol than calcium.
Ha, they are easily confused.
Maybe one way to remember might be that calcium has and “i” like “arterio” and cholesterol has an “h” like “athero.” The only letters not present in one word that present in the other are “i” and “h.”
Weightlifting is GOOD for your heart IF you don’t take steriods
It’s unfortunate that weightlifting gets a bad reputation because of steroid users. Source here.
Tropical Blueberries Are Even Healthier Than US/Canadian Blueberries
blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America … have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries — already renowned as “super fruits” — sold throughout the United States. These extreme super fruits could provide even more protection against heart disease, cancer and other conditions
Too bad you can’t buy ‘em here yet. I hope some good company starts importing them.
Red Palm Oil - getting a good source and health benefits
So I’ve bought this product before. This red palm oil is made is way that as I see it it would be hard for lots of nutrients to escape or toxins to enter. You can typically get it at Whole Foods.
There are a lot of claims of health benefits which is not surprising given the high levels I’ve seen for vitamins and anti-oxidants, including beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, vitamin-E, lycopene and other carotenoids.
It’s more saturated than olive oil, so it’s more stable for cooking.
It’s heart healthy, based on the studies I’ve seen.
So it’s another thing to consider in lieu of olive oil.
Your Body Shape and Heart Disease
A major new analysis challenges the long-held idea that obese people who carry their extra weight mainly around the middle — those with an “apple” shape — are at greater risk for heart disease than “pears,” whose fat tends to cluster on their thighs and buttocks.
The new report, published online on March 11 in The Lancet, pooled data from 58 studies about more than 220,000 people,mean age of 58. During the time they were followed, more than 14,000 suffered a heart attack or stroke. Conventional risk factors like blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and smoking were accurate predictors of a heart attack or stroke, but additional information about weight or body shape (ascertained by measuring waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio) did not improve the ability to predict risk.
What is being said here, in my opinion, is that there are some people who are pear shaped or fat - and for whatever reason they are actually quite healthy - and don’t have any of the above risk factors for heart disease. So despite being fat or pear shaped, they have low blood pressure, cholesterol, no diabetes, etc.
It’s an interesting exception.
Lamb - how grass fed is it?
So lamb has won praise because lambs can’t eat grains, so for those who like grass fed beef, lamb is one place where you can be reasonably sure you’re not getting a grain fed product (which produces lots of health problems). However, it turns out there is good lamb and even better lamb. Even better lamb is pastured.
In our own nutritional profile of lamb, we use a conservative average estimate of 40 milligrams of omega-3s per ounce of roasted lamb loin. That’s 50% of the omega-3s in an ounce of baked cod fish or broiled tuna, and 67% of the amount in an ounce of sesame seeds.
In research comparing indoor feeding on hay and nutrient concentrates with outdoor pasture feeding, pasture-fed lamb was found to contain significantly lower levels of trans fatty acids with the exception of a single trans fatty acid called vaccenic acid. Trans fats are a type of dietary fat that we want to avoid in large amounts due to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but vaccenic acid is one specific type of trans fat that we do not want to avoid since it’s the building block for a cardioprotective fatty acid called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid).
This is important because some might think it’s easy to be less selective about lamb since lamb is not always grass fed, so pay up for the good stuff if you can afford it and it’s available.