A study of healthy, middle-aged adults has found consumption of an apple/day for a month lowered by 40% the blood levels of oxidized LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), a substance linked to hardening of the arteries.
Prenatal mercury exposure is associated with a higher risk of ADHD in children, while fish consumption during pregnancy is associated with a lower risk. Exposure to organophosphate pesticides also affects neural systems and may contribute to ADHD symptoms.
The popular press has recently been awash with the hazards of fizzy drinks, fruit juices and the sugars they contain such as sucrose, fructose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).1,2 The list of conditions which result from excess sugar consumption is depressingly long, and gets longer with each new study and each passing year. Nutritional Therapists have […]
The consumption of sugar has trebled worldwide over the past 50 years, closely tracking the obesity curve and significantly increasing the risk of liver damage, pancreatic cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers at Oxford University have calculated that a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks would cut obesity levels by around 400,000.
The mineral Selenium is important for immune responses, the brain, hormonal health and cancer prevention. Recommended daily intake: 75 mcg men, 60 mcg women (over 450 mcg/day is toxic). The average consumption in the UK is only 30-35 mcg.
Sources of selenium: brazil nuts (no more than 2-3 per day due to high barium content), sardines, prawns, eggs, wholemeal flour, lean red meat.
Cherries are a rich source of quercetin, hydroxycinnamates, vit C, anthocyanins, potassium, carotenoids and melatonin. This potent mix has antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. In some people, regular consumption may reduce inflammation, ease arthritic pain and gout, protect against heart disease, reduce risk of diabetes and insulin resistance, improve sleep patterns and cognitive function and speed recovery after training. More research is needed.
McCune LM. et al (2011). Cherries and health: a review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 51(1):1-12
Oats have unique nutritional properties. They contain more protein and more unsaturated fats than most other cereal grains, high levels of the soluble fibre beta-glucan and a number of interesting anti-inflammatory compounds called avenanthramides. Regular consumption offers multiple cardiovascular and metabolic benefits including lowering total and LDL cholesterol, improving glycaemic control and increasing satiety.
Almonds are a rich source of vitamins E and B2, magnesium, manganese, phytosterols, fibre, protein and monounsaturated fatty acids. Research suggests that eating almonds regularly is cardioprotective, boosts satiety and improves blood sugar control. Good for digestion, too, as almond skin has a prebiotic effect and may stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.