A Mediterranean diet with olive oil is associated with significant increases in bone formation markers, whereas a processed-food diet high in salt depletes calcium and contributes to thinning of bones.
Figs are members of the mulberry family. They contain useful amounts of iron, calcium, potassium and an exceptional amount of fibre. Traditionally, figs were used as an effective laxative and to soothe inflamed mucous membranes. Ancient Greek Olympians consumed figs to increase their speed and strength, and prized them so highly, they were crowned with fig wreaths.
Popeye ate spinach, thinking it contained plenty of iron to make him strong. However, oxalates in spinach reduce the bioavailability of iron. A Swedish study has found that spinach also contains nitrates which boost the production of 2 key proteins in muscles involved with calcium and muscle contractions, making them stronger and more efficient. Although the study was done in mice, Popeye seems to have had the right idea.
In 1618, a farmer on Epsom Common noticed that his cows refused to drink from a certain well … even when the weather was hot and dry. The water had a bitter taste, but the farmer found that it helped to heal the scratches on his skin. ‘Taking the water’ from this source soon became […]
Clients often ask whether their intake of calcium is adequate. Their concern is justified since calcium losses are associated with osteoporosis in 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men. Other symptoms include muscle cramps, tremors or spasms, insomnia, nervousness, joint pain, arthritis, tooth decay and high blood pressure. So, why not just swallow […]
When the Spanish conquered the Aztec and Inca civilisations for gold in the 1500’s, they also destroyed the natives’ primary source of nutrition. Amaranth was believed to have magical medicinal properties and incorporated into pagan Indian rituals involving human blood. So horrified were the Spanish conquistadors that they promptly gave orders for all amaranth crops […]
How the Food in our Fridge can affect our minds. Article first published in ‘Mental Health Today’ journal, September 2008. Whenever I listen to debates about the benefits of drug and behavioural therapies in treating mental health problems, I am astonished that nobody mentions the most obvious therapy of them all. ‘Diet!’ I yell at […]
There’s Something in the Water … Toxic industrial waste is not easy to get rid of these days as disposal costs can run into billions. Some polluting companies have found a way around this dilemma by pretending their highly toxic fluorosilicate waste is the same as naturally-occurring calcium fluoride. Dangerous industrial waste is simply sold […]