Zinc is the second most common natural trace element in the body, protecting against oxidative stress and DNA damage. Around 2 billion people worldwide have zinc deficient diets. Animal models show how zinc deficiency associated with aging may lead to zinc transporter dysregulation, resulting in decreased cellular zinc levels and enhanced inflammatory responses. Restoring zinc status via supplementation reduced age-associated inflammation.
A high sugar, high fat diet “disrupts normal insulin function in the brain, increases inflammation and oxidative stress and impairs amyloid regulation”. (Quote by S. Craft in ‘Eat your way to dementia’, Trivedia B, New Scientist No. 2880, Sep 2012)
“…Phase III RCTs—designed principally to test the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs—are ill suited to assess the health benefits of essential nutrients… vitamin C supplementation lowers hypertension, endothelial dysfunction, chronic inflammation, and Helicobacter pylori infection, which are independent risk factors of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers…Based on the combined evidence from human metabolic, pharmacokinetic, and observational studies and Phase II RCTs, we conclude that 200 mg per day is the optimum dietary intake of vit C for the majority of the adult population…”
(Frei B, Birlouez-Aragon I, Lykkesfeldt J. (2012). Authors’ Perspective: What is the Optimum Intake of Vitamin C in Humans? Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 52 (9):815)
Eating berries may benefit the ageing brain by affecting signalling pathways involved in cellular communication and in the prevention of inflammation and neuronal damage.
(Miller MG et al. Berry fruit enhances beneficial signalling in the brain, J Agric Food Chem. 2012)
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
Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme extracted from the stem of the pineapple plant, is capable of digesting protein when eaten directly after a meal. It has also been used in sinusitis as an anti-inflammatory and mucolytic agent when taken an empty stomach between mealtimes. It appears to thin nasal secretions and reduce inflammation of the nasal mucosa.
We use pain-killers for the relief of headaches, flu and minor ailments, but if we take them continuously for chronic conditions, they carry considerable risks. The long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin can cause gastrointestinal erosions and ulcers. It’s perhaps less well known that NSAIDs inhibit collagen production and […]