Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.
Get More Fibre
Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.
Stock Up On Omega-3
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for brain health. “There’s better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than with flax seed,” said researcher Wayne Coates.
Stronger Teeth And Bones
A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.
Don’t Forget Manganese
Manganese isn’t a well-known nutrient, but it’s important for our health: it’s good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.
Plenty Of Phosphorus
With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.
Pack In The Protein
Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.
Fight Belly Fat
Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.
Get Full. Faster
Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.
Improve Heart Health
According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker!
If you’re cooking a curry this evening, you might want to sprinkle in some extra turmeric. Research is showing what countries such as India and Sri Lanka have long known – that this yellow spice has more benefits than boosting food flavour. Used for more than 4000 years to treat a variety of ailments, curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric – could potentially ward off dementia and prevent cancer.
According to the World Alzheimer’s Report 2009, 3.6 per cent of South Asians over the age of 60 suffer from dementia, compared with 6.4 per cent of Australasians and 7.2 per cent of Western Europeans. Similarly, the World Health Organization says that cancer rates in India are considerably lower than those in more developed countries such as the US.
But is it turmeric that’s having this effect? Cancer researcher Ralph W. Moss believes so. He says turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, it inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumours and it’s a powerfulantioxidant.But before you start gulping it by the spoonful, Aloysa Hourigan, Nutrition Australia senior nutritionist, says it’s not that simple. “Curcumin is just one antioxidant, and it might have some function, but I don’t think there’s one super thing that’s going to fix everything.
Also, a lot of the studies have been done on animals and test tubes, so from a western medicine point of view the evidence is not strong enough. But it’s been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for a long time, so it may well have some benefit.” While more testing is needed, here are seven potential health reasons to start sprinkling away.
Benefits of Turmeric
1. Wards off Alzheimer’s disease
Researchers believe that curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may be strong enough to break down the amyloid plaques in the brain that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. “If the blood vessels remain less clogged, then certain parts of the brain might be fed more easily with oxygen and that would keep the brain functioning better,” explains Hourigan. The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of California is currently planning clinical human trials.
2. Helps to prevent cancer
In his book, The 150 Healthiest Foods On Earth (Fair Winds), nutritionist Jonny Bowden says there are at least 30 studies showing that curcumin may have an anti-tumour effect, “either reducing the number or size of tumours or the percentage of animals who developed them”.
While more human research is needed, he points to a 2006 study showing that curcumin inhibited the growth of human colon cancer. A New Jersey study found that, when combined with vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, it may help treat and prevent prostate cancer.
There are also indications that it may help to prevent breast, skin and pancreatic cancer, childhood leukaemia and multiple myeloma. “While no-one is claiming that turmeric cures cancer, there is plenty of reason to believe it is a useful adjunct to a healthy diet,” says Bowden.
3. Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes
Curcumin also has a positive effect on cholesterol, says Bowden, and animal studies have shown that it may help lower cholesterol and prevent the build-up of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) in the blood vessels. It could therefore stop the build-up of plaque (atherosclerosis) that can block arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes.
4. Combats inflammatory diseases
Turmeric’s natural anti-inflammatory qualities mean it may work as well as some anti-inflammatory medications, without the side effects. Early research shows it may help with inflammation of the eye (uveitis), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis) and multiple sclerosis.
One study, using a formula which contained turmeric, showed it reduced the pain and disability associated with osteoarthritis, but it hasn’t been studied on its own yet.
5.Fights colds and flu
Preliminary studies show that turmeric may help reduce the severity of bacterial and viral infections.
6. Helps indigestion and weight loss
Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder and produces bile. Because bile helps digest fat, experts believe this improves digestion and may help control weight. At least one study found it treats indigestion, reducing symptoms of bloating and gas.
7. Assists diabetes sufferers
Turmeric may improve glucose control or insulin activity; in animal research it was shown to cause blood sugar levels to drop. If you add turmeric to your diet, Hourigan suggests monitoring your blood sugars. When combined with diabetes medication, it may cause levels to drop too low, resulting in hypoglycaemia.
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Are you oftentimes so tired that you feel as if you’ve been hit by a ton of bricks? While it’s normal to feel overtired now and then, a constant state of fatigue could signal an underlying medical problem. In fact, you could be suffering from lack of iron, the #1 nutritional deficiency in the world.
Iron is an essential nutrient, critical for producing haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen all over the body. If you don¹t have enough iron, your body has to work a whole lot harder to get the energy it needs, which can leave you feeling tired, weak, irritable and unable to focus.
Many equate iron deficiency with anemia, the condition in which your body has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. But research shows that there’s a whole other category of iron deficiency that precedes anemia. To diagnose it, a blood test must measure ferritin levels, the iron stores in your blood.
Many people go through their annual medical exam assuming that their physician is checking for low iron, but this is not the case. The typical blood work carried out includes cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, for instance, but not iron, unless you describe a specific symptom that warrants it. What’s more, even if you are checked for anemia, you’re not given a ferritin blood test that could show low iron levels indicating a mild to moderate deficiency.
Menstruating women with heavy periods are most at risk for low iron. To check yourself, take the “tampon test.” If you need to change your tampon after less than 2 hour, it’s a sign of a heavy period and could mean you are losing too much iron.
To determine if your fatigue is caused by an iron deficiency, check yourself for these other five major warning signs:
You feel fatigued for over a month.
You always feel cold.
Your skin looks paler than usual.
You just can’t focus.
You have substantial hair loss and brittle nails.
If you have one or more of the symptoms listed above, your fatigue may be due to low iron levels. See your doctor and ask for a ferritin-level test.
Living a healthy life and fighting off disease and illness is an on-going struggle that each of us has to endure. Throughout our life and in all our daily activities we are exposed to viruses and bacteria that can potentially lead to serious illness if our immune system cannot defend against them. We cannot possibly get rid of all the bacteria and viruses around us but we can strengthen our bodies and especially our immune system to a point where it is unlikely that they will cause an infection, and if they do it will be fought off easily.
On the other hand, if a person’s immune system is weak they can easily fall victim to simple viruses and bacteria or suffer from recurring infections including frequent colds and flus.
Having a strong body and healthy immune system is the key to long term good health and wellness and protecting yourself against infection. You can achieve this by supporting your body in its fight against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens with good nutrition and dietary supplementation. In fighting illness and maintaining good health, nutrients are used up by your immune system and need to be replaced by a good diet. Certain nutrients and herbal substances have also shown the ability to enhance the immune response and many of these are included in the Immune System Supplement Revivo.
Revivo is a combination of herbs which contain various nutrients and active compounds that may support the immune system and strengthen the body in general.
Described as one of the most significant discoveries since vitamins, salvestrols are plant compounds found to help fight human disease…
Salvestrols are found in the skin of fruits and vegetables, but due to modern farming practices – in particular the use of fungicides – their levels have diminished in commercially produced crops. Organic fruits and vegetables have a higher salvestrol content.
These naturally occurring compounds (phytonutrients) fight fungi in fruits and vegetables. They’re also essential for human wellbeing, and are being hailed as having a significantly powerful impact on fighting disease.
Salvestrols were discovered by Professor Gerry Potter, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Director of the Cancer Drug Discovery Group, at Leicester’s De Montfort University, and Professor Dan Burke, a pharmacologist and former Dean of Science, at the UK’s Sunderland University.
Having spent almost 20 years designing synthetic cancer drugs, Prof Potter discovered that plants have similar compounds that could prove beneficial in the treatment of diseased cells in humans.
How salvestrols fight disease
Salvestrols emerged from a cancer drug discovery programme which has delivered several key pharmaceutical products (including Abirateronea, a breakthrough treatment for prostate cancer). Salvestrols’ effect on humans has since been backed by other prominent scientists.
Case studies on diseased patients who have used salvestrols with positive outcomes, have been published in respected medical journals. South African medical practitioners and patients are also increasingly discovering the incredibly positive effects of salvestrols on disease.
During his research, Prof Burke discovered that diseased cells contain a unique enzyme protein called CYP1B1. He found that salvestrols have a deadly effect on this enzyme, while leaving healthy cells intact. In collaboration with Prof Potter, they discovered that salvestrols exert similar effects to those they were seeking through synthetic pharmaceuticals. As a result, their focus and research is now entirely dedicated to salvestrols.
Potter then coined the name salvestrols from the Latin word salve, meaning ‘to save’, and Burke has described salvestrols as “probably the most significant breakthrough in nutrition since the discovery of vitamins”.
More than $30 million has gone into the research of salvestrols over the last 15 years, and salvestrols food supplements are now available worldwide including Europe, Australia, the UK, Canada, Japan and now in Southern Africa.
Salvestrols was voted as “the no 1 big idea of the year” in health by Dr John Briffa in the Observer magazine in which he stated that salvestrols could play a key role in cancer research.
The British Daily Mail dedicated an article to salvestrols, and quoted the results of research by Burke and Potter which were published in the British Naturopathic Journal.
There are numerous studies relating to salvestrols, but the following are the most prominent, with case studies:
Evidence that CYP1B1 is a universal tumour marker
Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine article: Nutrition and Cancer: Salvestrol case studies
Nutrition and the prevention and treatment of cancer
How to benefit from this information?
Now that you know levels of salvestrols, found in the skin of fruits and vegetables, are diminished due to the use of fungicides in commercially produced crops, try eating organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
Moringa is an ideal dietary supplement because it supports balance from both sides:
It provides the body with the nutrients it needs, while helping it to detoxify and get rid of unwanted elements. This combination provides the body with fuel (nutrients) it needs to perform the two important functions: Feeding (adding fuel) and Cleaning (removing unwanted elements)
On the one hand Moringa is FEEDING the body with vitamins, minerals, all 8 amino-acids and protein, and because it is a real food, the nutrients are ‘food-state’; meaning the body recognizes the nutrients and absorbs them easier than most chemically made nutrients.
On the other hand helps DETOXIFYING the body:
Here Moringa introduces elements that make the body an unattractive environment for bacteria and parasites. The anti-inflammatory working supports the cleaning out of excess acids
Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species in the genus Moringa, the only genus in the plant family Moringaceae.
Common names include moringa, drumstick tree (from the long, slender, triangular seed-pods), horseradish tree (from the taste of the roots, which resembles horseradish), and ben oil tree or benzoil tree (from the oil which is derived from the seeds).
M. oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South Asia.
It is widely cultivated for its young seed pods and leaves used as vegetables and for traditional herbal medicine. It is also used for water purification. M. oleifera is considered to be an aggressive invasive species.