saturated fats

  1. Junk food and amyloid beta in the brain

    How saturated fats can lead to dementia

    It's called junk food for a reason and when you fill your belly with junk, you could end up with junk in your brain.

    And that, in turn, can lead directly to cognitive decline, dementia and even Alzheimer's disease.

    In this case, "brain junk" starts out as a protein called amyloid beta. When left alone in your brain, amyloid beta can turn into the plaques that mark dementia.

    Fortunately, amyloid beta isn't usually left alone in the brain. In fact, your body has a pretty ingenious way of dealing with this stuff.

    Think of a bouncer in an exclusive nightclub. The bouncer is a chemical called apolipoprotein E, or ApoE, and it literally attaches itself to the troublemaking amyloid beta proteins and escorts it out before it can turn into those brain-robbing plaques.

    Not a bad security team to have on your side, right?

    But new research shows how eating saturated fats can cause your ApoE levels to plunge -- leaving your brain without its bouncers, and allowing the amyloid beta proteins to go wild and form the plaques that can ultimately wreck the joint.

    It doesn't take much, either. In the new study, just a single month of a diet high in fats in general and saturated fats in particular caused ApoE levels to plunge.

    And if that's what just one month of a junk-food diet will do, imagine what too much saturated fat for years or even decades will do to your ApoE levels. It helps explain why poor diet has been linked time and again to dementia, and why junk-food eaters in particular often have a higher risk of the disease.

    If there's any good news here, it's that it's not too late to take the action needed to protect your brain, boost your ApoE level and slash your risk of dementia.

    All you have to do is eat better.

    Limit your saturated fat intake -- and make sure that whatever saturated fats you do get (because you do need some) come from fresh and natural sources, not junk food.

    For more on protecting yourself from dementia -- including a natural diet low in saturated fat that's proven to protect the brain -- read this free report.

    And for more on how NOT to diet, keep reading.

  2. Saturated fats kill sperm

    Saturated fats lead to fertility problems

    Junk food kills sperm -- and the more you eat, the more they die, because a key ingredient in fast food can leave men battling serious fertility problems.

    It's saturated fats, and new research out of Denmark finds that men who eat the most suffer a 41 percent plunge in sperm counts and a 38 percent drop in sperm concentrations than men who eat the least.

    And that's not the only way junk foods hit below the belt.

    Everywhere the Western diet of processed foods takes hold, sperms counts plunge -- and saturated fats are just part of the problem. Sugars, for example, can reduce both sperm counts and quality, which is why one study found that men who drink a liter of soda a day have 30 percent fewer sperm.

    BPA, the hormone-like chemical found in the packaging of processed foods as well as the linings of soda cans, can decrease sperm counts and concentration and harm both vitality and motility.

    And the worst junk food fats next to saturated fats, trans fats, can reduce sperm concentrations. (Don't be fooled by packaged foods that claim to be "trans fats free." Thanks to a sneaky loophole in labeling laws, "trans fats free" products can contain as much as 25 percent of the recommended daily limit per serving, but still list "zero" on the ingredients panel.)

    In addition, one of the consequences of a junk food diet -- obesity -- is also a risk factor for low sperm counts and other fertility problems, which is why any plan for good fertility should begin with a good diet.

    Start by replacing saturated fats and trans fats with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids instead. In addition to being better for you overall, the omega-3 fatty acid DHA is essential to sperm health.

    But don't stop there. For many men, fertility problems can be a sign of other underlying issues. Speak with a holistic physician for an approach that's right for you.

  3. How to avoid kidney stones

    More people than ever can expect to battle kidney stones, with new numbers showing the risk has nearly doubled over 16 years. Here's how to avoid them.

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