Eating 75 grams of walnuts/day improves vitality, motility, and morphology of sperm in healthy men aged 21 – 35. Walnuts are high in α-linolenic acid (ALA), a natural plant source of omega-3. Also fewer chromosomal abnormalities present after the 12-week dietary intervention. The control group experienced no changes.
Mung beans are tiny, highly nutritious green beans, used for centuries in Chinese and Indian cuisine. High in protein and fibre, they are helpful in the control of blood sugar, as they provide slow-releasing carbohydrates and protein. There is increasing interest in the potential of the mung bean to inhibit various complications of diabetes.
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.
Life has its ups and downs. Whether it’s raining cats and dogs, exams are looming, your partner has done a runner or some grander calamity occurs, a perceived lack of control can lead to depression. However, feelings of doom and gloom may also result from a number of biochemical imbalances associated with nutritional intake. These […]
Feature Article for BANT November 2011 Newsletter Definitions, Terminology and Prevalence The NHS Information Centre’s annual survey of drug misuse in England concluded that 2.8m adults were using illegal substances in 2009/10. The most widely used drug was cannabis, followed by cocaine. The number of people taking illegal drugs has been falling for several years, […]