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Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Causes and Treatment

Most people snore some of the time. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (apnea or apnoea means not breathing) are part of a number of conditions. However, simple snoring is usually not a disease or a serious problem in itself although the noise can disturb others, especially those who are sharing the bed. Many relationships are strained as a result of snoring of one of the partners. Simple snoring can in some cases progress to obstructive […]

Unsaturated Fats: Types, Health Benefits and Sources

Unsaturated fats are a type of fat that has at least one double bond in the fatty acid carbon chain. Depending on the number of double bonds between carbon atoms in the molecule of a fatty acid, they are classified into mono- and polyunsaturated fats. The primary sources of unsaturated fat are plant and nut oils. Unsaturated fats do not raise levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, but they often tend to increase levels of “good” […]

Saturated Fats: Health Effects, Sources and Reducing Intake

Saturated fat is a type of fat in which all bonds in the fatty acid carbon chain are single bonds and, therefore, all carbons are saturated with hydrogen. This type of fat comes from animal products and certain vegetables and it is the chief dietary source of high levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol). As a result, saturated fat happens to be a major cause of coronary heart disease. Saturated fats are solid at room […]

Trans Fats: Health Risks, Sources and How to Avoid Them

Trans fat is a form of unsaturated fat that has been hydrogenated in order to make it more saturated. As a result, trans fat is more solid and stable at room temperature and less susceptible to spoilage than original unsaturated fat. Fats and oils are made up of glycerol (three-carbon sugar alcohol that forms the backbone of fatty acids) and fatty acids (long molecular chains of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen). They are stored in the […]

Health Effects of Different Types of Dietary Fats

Fat is one of three types of nutrients (along with protein and carbohydrates) that supply calories to the body. Oils are liquid fats and the two terms may be used interchangeably. In addition to being a major source of energy, fat provides numerous other benefits to the body such as protection and insulation. Fat is also involved in the processes that help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, blood vessel constriction and the functions […]

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia is when the heart rhythm is irregular in some way, or if the heartbeat is either too fast or too slow. In most cases, arrhythmia is nothing to worry about, although sometimes it can be very serious, leading to damage to the brain and other organs due to lack of blood supply. In order to understand the condition it is worth knowing more about how the heart actually does its job. The heart has […]

Potential Health Benefits of Green Tea

Camellia sinensis, the plant better known as tea plant, has been highly valued for centuries for its health promoting effects. Green tea, which is made from its leaves, is not fermented and so it is less oxidized than black tea and, therefore, more natural. It makes up about 20% of the total tea production. Green tea contains many different disease-fighting flavonoid compounds. Flavonoids act as strong antioxidants in the body to neutralize free radicals. Green […]

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