150 Healthiest Foods: Green Beans

by Dr. Jonny Bowden · 10 comments

The folate (folic acid) in green beans lowers the inflammatory compound called homocysteine which is usually high in people with heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

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Ann J

This is great news as I love green beans more than any other vegetable. I have microscopic colits. No one can tell me why I have it, but it interfers with my eating in a big way. I am learning to try to calm my stress, and I eat rice porridge when I am having a flare up. What are some supplements I should be taking for heart, blood pressure, helping my liver, and so on. I also have Fibromyalgia, mild arthritis, and I am trying to no develope Diabetes2. I am 71 and have severe osteoporosis. I am anti drugs as I was on Fosamax for 7 years. In the beginning it seemed to help, but then I read the horror stories and quit taking it. I am told I should not exercise which sounds dreadful as I need muscle to hold up my spine and so on. Suggestions?

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Dr. Jonny Bowden

Hi Ann

Well, i can’t give medical advice, but off the top of my head I’d certainly suggest omega-3′s as they have the greatest overall benefit to the most systems. I also like CoQ10 for the heart as well as magnesium, curcumin and resveratrol. And vitamin D and vitamin C. As far as exercise, again, i can’t give you specific advice but i would urge you to get a second opinion. I’m very suspicious of advice that tells anyone “never exercise”.. there are so many benefits to exercise, and so many ways to do it, that i just wouldn’t let it rest at that, but would seek out a second opinion.

hope that helps

warmly
jb

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Hattie Farrell

While exercise has benefits in and of itself, the best way to prevent heart disease is to combine exercise with a healthy diet. Exercise alone can help with weight loss over a long period of time. But a short-term approach is to reduce the number of calories you take in through diet, while increasing the calories you use through exercise.

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Winifred V. Haley

Thanks again for all the information. I am an independent student and currently have only student insurance (I never dreamed of something like this happening before I got an actual job with group insurance). The student insurance covers only a small fraction of what these tests cost, so I am trying to get private health insurance (though I doubt anyone will take me…anyone with any health insurance ideas??). I will definitely keep listening to my cardiologist, and will reevaluate my need for a second opinion after my echo in two more months. Has anyone ever heard of an ejection fraction being scewed by either palpitations or fast heartbeat? My EF two years ago was 50-52, I am hoping there could be some mistake as to how it dropped to 30. I guess I will find out in a couple of monthes.

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Vickie Mcdowell

Thanks again for all the information. I am an independent student and currently have only student insurance (I never dreamed of something like this happening before I got an actual job with group insurance). The student insurance covers only a small fraction of what these tests cost, so I am trying to get private health insurance (though I doubt anyone will take me…anyone with any health insurance ideas??). I will definitely keep listening to my cardiologist, and will reevaluate my need for a second opinion after my echo in two more months. Has anyone ever heard of an ejection fraction being scewed by either palpitations or fast heartbeat? My EF two years ago was 50-52, I am hoping there could be some mistake as to how it dropped to 30. I guess I will find out in a couple of monthes.

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Ivory Holloway

Thanks again for all the information. I am an independent student and currently have only student insurance (I never dreamed of something like this happening before I got an actual job with group insurance). The student insurance covers only a small fraction of what these tests cost, so I am trying to get private health insurance (though I doubt anyone will take me…anyone with any health insurance ideas??). I will definitely keep listening to my cardiologist, and will reevaluate my need for a second opinion after my echo in two more months. Has anyone ever heard of an ejection fraction being scewed by either palpitations or fast heartbeat? My EF two years ago was 50-52, I am hoping there could be some mistake as to how it dropped to 30. I guess I will find out in a couple of monthes.

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Barney X. Moss

Those people interested in seeing a marriage counselor or undergoing other therapy should know that SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) covers up to 600$ of outpatient psychotherapy per calender year. The maximum reimbursement per visit is $40. Since the coverage is per calender year, you can see a therapist for sessions spanning Nov-March, for instance, and get $1200 paid for through your insurance! I’m not sure whether or not staff are covered in a similar way, but this is certainly worth pursuing for grad students.

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Gold Price

Candidates for obesity surgery should begin a weight reduction diet prior to surgery. The purpose of a pre-operative nutrition program prior to obesity surgery are to test patient motivation, to reduce perioperative morbidity, to accustom patients to the restriction of food intake after surgery, and to increase total weight loss (van de Weijgert et al,1999; Jung and Cusciheri, 2000; Pekkarinen et al, 1997; Martin et al, 1995). Even super obese patients (BMI greater than 50) may benefit from initiating a nutrition and exercise program prior to surgery. Obesity itself increases the likelihood of pulmonary complications and wound infections (Choban et al, 1995; Abdel-Moneim, 1985; Holley et al, 1990; Myles et al, 2002; Nair et al, 2002; Bumgardner et al, 1995; Perez et al, 2001; Chang et al, 2000; Printken et al, 1975). The higher the patient’s BMI, the higher the surgical risk, and the highest risks occur among patients with a BMI over 50 (Gonzalez et al, 2003; Oelschlager and Pellegrini, 2003). Even relatively modest weight loss prior to surgery can result in substantial improvements in pulmonary function, blood glucose control, blood pressure, and other physiological parameters (Anderson et al, 2000; Hakala et al, 1995; Kansanen et al, 1998; Pekkarinen et al, 1998). Factors such as blood glucose control, hypertension, etc., affect surgical risk. Garza (2003) explained that the patient should lose weight prior to surgery to reduce surgical risks. “The overall health of patients should be optimized prior to surgery to reduce the potential for complications. Patients ought to be encouraged to lose as much weight as possible before surgery” (Garza, 2003). Although the long-term effectiveness of weight reduction programs has been questioned, the Institute of Medicine (1995) has reported the substantial short-term effectiveness of certain organized physician-supervised weight reduction programs.

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Helena A. Salas

To ensure all students have adequate health care coverage and to satisfy the mandatory health insurance requirement, UCSD enrolls and provides SHIP coverage to all registered students each academic year.

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Nina Friant

Thank you for another healthful tip Dr. Jonny. After joining Unleash Your Thin, I have lost over 20lbs, am eating super foods along with inflammation reducing foods. So as you know I feel GREAT sleeping well, increased energy and I havn’t taken any anti inflammatory meds for about 2 months. Honestly I feel ten years younger THANK YOU. Good health to all…. Nina

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