Quick Fixes to Prevent the Diseases You Fear Most

Dr. Oz reveals his quick fixes for the diseases you fear most: diabetes, cancer, heart attack and stroke.

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For those nights when you celebrate a bit too much, the quick fix is milk thistle. This herbal remedy boosts your livers enzyme function, which helps to detoxify the body from excess alcohol. Thirty minutes before your first drink, take 200mg of milk thistle. If you’ve overindulged, take this same amount as a hangover helper the next day. Purchase milk thistle at drugstores for $5.

2. Quick Fix for a Sweet Tooth: Gymnema Sylvestre

Too much sugar raises insulin levels, which can lead to diabetes, stroke or heart problems. If you have indulged in too many sweets, try gymnema sylvestre, an herb used in ayurvedic medicine. Translated as “sugar destroyer” in Hindi, this natural remedy lowers blood sugar and improves insulin levels. It also makes things taste less sweet, which may help you avoid sugary foods. To use gymnema sylvestre, take 250mg daily. You can find it online or at health food stores for approximately $5.


3. Quick Fix for a Salt Vice: Mistletoe Extract

Too much salt raises blood pressure, which puts added strain on your heart. First, limit salt intake to 1500mg per day – less than 1 teaspoon.

As a quick fix for too much salt, try mistletoe extract, shown to reduce blood pressure and possibly act as a diuretic. Mix 10 drops in a glass of water. Buy online or at health food stores for about $6.