Category Archives: Super Foods

The Proven Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been touted as a miracle for a variety of conditions, but does the science back up the claims being made? Researchers from around the globe are putting coconut oil to the test and finding that coconut oils really is living up to its favorable reputation.

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The Effect of Manuka Honey on MRSA

Studies of Manuka honey and its potential to down-regulate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA), a gram-negative strain, have proven this honey’s ability to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Foods that Influence Anxiety and Depression

Most of us can relate to feeling anxious before speaking in front of a group or being depressed due to a stressful situation in our lives, but did you know that the food we eat can help decrease or increase anxiety and depression?

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Study of Tualang Honey Found to Benefit Smokers

A study in Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry submitted by Syaheeda et al demonstrated that high antioxidant content in Tualang honey benefited smokers with severe oxidative stress.

Based on findings from a previous study with Chlorella and herbs, both high in antioxidants, proved that natural products have effect on oxidative stress in male smokers, Tualang honey was used to study rats affected by smoke. Positive results from the rat test led to the experiment on men with a chronic smoking habit.

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Tualang Honey

Tualang honey is collected by bees from the nectar of flowers in the Malaysian Rainforest.  Aware of healing potential of honey throughout history, this honey too is filled with healing components, such as antioxidant activity, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, organic acids and proteins.

The Study

The researchers tested the effect of the honey for 12 weeks on smokers in a group of 32 chronic smokers against two equal-sized control groups; one group was not supplemented, the other was a group of non-smokers. Blood was tested before and after the study from all groups. Blood tests pre-intervention showed antioxidant status in smokers to be significantly less than in the non-smoking group. After 12 weeks of supplementation with Tualang honey, antioxidant status in smokers increased considerably with higher values of total antioxidants status, catalase, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activities. These systemic enzymes are important free radical destroyers.

The conclusion of the intervention is that Tualang honey can be used as a supplement for chronic smokers exposed to free radicals in cigarette smoke and those who are exposed to second-hand smoke to protect or reduce the risks of diseases from smoking especially cardiovascular disease.

Dangers of Smoking

One does not see people smoke in public places because it is prohibited by law. This does not mean there are no smokers.

Smoking increases free radical activities in the body with resulting oxidative stress. This causes serious diseases of the heart, arteries and lungs.

Free radicals are very harmful, despite their being the product of natural oxidation processes from the body’s metabolic functions.

A healthy body can neutralize free radicals with antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C or from other antioxidants found in plant foods and in a healthy diet. http://bodyiqonline.com/real-food/

Age increases free radical production, but reduces the amount of antioxidants in the body. In smokers, this imbalance carries risk of serious illnesses especially if they are older.

According to the CDC, more than 16 million Americans are living with diseases caused by smoking. Based on trends, it will have reached 8 million by 2030 because many young people, younger than 18, take up the habit. Commercials with warnings to stop smoking or not to start appear again on television. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

These are harsh statistics caused by smoking and billions of dollars spent for it in medical costs.

Smoking is an addiction as difficult to stop as heroin. There are patches, gimmicks of various kinds, classes and group support, and prescription drugs to help the afflicted.

Will studies like these, promising natural products with high antioxidant status such as Tualang honey achieve better health, prevent stroke, myocardial infarction or cancer while the chronic smoker lights up another cigarette? Probably not, only the smoker himself can stop smoking and an impending disease.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02772248.2015.1077959

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm

 

 

 

 

Vitamins A C D and Super Food Season

We decided against the flu shot and good for us, we did not succumb to advertising aimed to get one, even for free.

Vitamins A, C and D are indispensable in keeping the immune system strong. The immune system protects against most infectious diseases. However, some germs are formidable foes because by constantly mutating they can break defenses easily. To protect ourselves, we are looking towards vitamin supplements for help and each year it seems to become more urgent to find stronger ones.

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Enhancing Meatballs with Citrus Fiber

The Standard American Diet does not contain many nutrients. Foods are usually processed, genetically modified, grown in poor soil and sprayed with pesticides. Many people, due to time constraints, resort to fast foods from restaurants. Fast food meals are meat-based and high in simple carbohydrates.

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Old Fashioned Super Foods

Recently I became a grandmother. The event made me reflect on my first pregnancy, which is now the reason for giving birth to this post.

I was with an obstetrician who only wanted me to gain twenty pounds during the entire pregnancy. When I arrived at this number after only three months, she ordered me on a strict diet.

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The Annual Dilemma – Flu Shot or Not

The flu season is not here yet but, according to the CDC, the flu season never ends. Their “Flu View” still reports occurrences as late as May nationally.

Each year it is recommended that everybody get a flu shot. There are many vaccines from different viruses available and each year new viruses are detected and new vaccines have to be made. The safety of these vaccines, all with possible side effects, is not and cannot be properly studied because what a current year’s viruses are is not known beforehand.

Side effects can be severe, especially in children under three years of age, or in anybody for that matter.

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Healing Mushrooms

For thousands of years, the Chinese have known that food can heal. They have used food and herbs together with their famous acupuncture treatments unblocking meridians, to achieve balance, harmony and health in the human body. The Chinese system of healing has also developed a dietary repertory of which food will heal what illness.

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