Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cardiovascular Benefits -Acai Berry

By Dana Hawkes

Acai Berry is magical fruit, which is completely stuffed with legendary health benefits and nutrients, and thus it is the best super food in the world. Acai Berry contains anthocynines and phytonutrients and life saving antioxidants which helps in maintaining the cardiovascular health. Acai Berry has an antioxidant power which is 30 times more than antioxidant power of other berries, grapes etc.

How does Acai Berry take part in preventing heart diseases?

The antioxidants present in the fruit acts as a shield to the body from free radicals, which might cause harm to the whole body. It is crucial for one to keep a watch on the radicals in the body, as they are responsible for heart diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson and many more.

These free radicals built a plaque on the wall of the artery and thus preventing the blood to flow into the hearth, which thereby increases the chances of having a cardiac arrest. In U.S alone 750,000 people have heart attacks every year and due to this 1/3 of them lose their lives.

Acai Berry contains fatty acids such as omega-6 and also omega-9, which has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. These fatty acids present in the fruit helps in reducing the bad cholesterol in the body and thus reducing the chances of being prone to heart disease.

Acai Berry contains numerous fibers, which also assist in reducing the cholesterol and toxins in the body. The fiber available in the fruit cannot be digested and hence in the process of digestion, the antioxidants and toxins are stuck to the fiber and are excreted as body's waste. Appetite suppressing effects of Acai berry supports in reducing the unnecessary fat in the body. Thus, people who are less obese are less prone to heart diseases.

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