Two Apples a Day…

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After 6 months, cholesterol levels were significantly lower in postmenopausal women who ate 75g dried apples than those who ate dried plums daily (75g is equivalent of two medium sized apples).
Chai SC et al (2012). Daily Apple versus Dried Plum: Impact on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Postmenopausal Women. J Acad Nutr Diet. 112(8):1158-68

Very Useful Flax

The Latin name for flaxseed is Linum usitatissimum meaning “very useful.” Used as food and textile fibre for over 5000 years, flaxseed is an important functional food due to its rich contents of α-linolenic acid (ALA), lignans, soluble fibre, quality protein and phenolic compounds. It has favourable effects on immunity, hormones and digestion, and significant potential in disease prevention (cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer).

Curry Spice May Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

In India, the rate of Alzheimer’s Disease is among the lowest in the world. Early studies show that eating curry reduces plaque buildup. Curcumin, an active compound present in the spice turmeric, was found to reduce oxidative damage and amyloid pathology.

(Cole GM et al. Neuroprotective effects of curcumin. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:197-212)

Does dark choc every day keep doctor away?

Hunter-gatherer Kuna Indians living on remote islands in Panama suffer remarkably less from hypertension and cardiovascular disease than those that have migrated to urban areas. They eat more fish and fruit, but they also have a notably high intake of cocoa which contains flavonoids such as epicatechin.

Most useful flaxseed

The Latin name for flaxseed is Linum usitatissimum meaning “most useful.” Used as food and textile fibre for over 5000 years, flaxseed is an important functional food due to its rich contents of α-linolenic acid (ALA), lignans, soluble fibre, quality protein and phenolic compounds. It has favourable effects on immunity, hormones and digestion and significant potential in disease prevention (cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer).