Source. Watching the "Pirates of the Caribbean 4 - On Stranger Tides" this weekend with my children reminded me that pursing a "fountain of youth" is a timeless tale that plays out in our lives in many ways. For example, you see this everyday in our grocery stores, in the form of "functional foods." Cereals promise to lower your cholesterol, milk to improve brain function, vitamin-enhanced water to boost your immune system. Not surprisingly, it is a big business - US sales in 2009 exceeded $37 billion. Manufacturers have become adept at tip toeing towards the point at which their product must be labeled for "medical" use that would require strict regulation and a physician's supervision, without ever crossing the line. Attaching scientific and medical claims on food products seems to be more and more appealing to an aging population, often accepting the supposed added benefits with blind faith. The Federal Trade Commission, however, has pushed back by filing deceptive marketing … [Read more...] about The World’s Best Functional Food?
Monday, December 10, 2018 by: Michelle Simmons Tags: alternative medicine, goodhealth, goodmedicine, herbal medicine, Herbs, Leonurus sibiricus, menopausal women, Menopause, Motherwort, natural cures, natural medicine, postmenopausal obesity, weight management, women's health (Natural News) Women are more likely to gain weight or become obese after menopause. This is because of their lack of estrogen, which can cause lipid metabolic abnormalities, or abnormalities in the metabolism of body fat. Fortunately, a study published in the Journal of Natural Medicines has found that motherwort (Leonurus sibiricus) can help menopausal women manage their weight and prevent weight gain. Motherwort is a popular functional food and medicinal herb, and has been known to be beneficial for women, especially those who are older. In the study, the researchers from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea aimed to determine the inhibitory effects of motherwort on post-menopause obesity … [Read more...] about Researchers look at the potential of motherwort as a functional food for menopausal women
Thursday, October 11, 2018 by: Michelle Simmons Tags: antioxidants, clean foods, Coconut, coconut oil, Food Preservation, food safety, functional food, goodfood, goodscience, Natural Alternatives, natural ingredients, oil cake, superfoods (Natural News) Another study has proven that coconut oil is indeed healthy. In a study published in the journal Food Science and Technology, coconut oil cake was found to be a versatile and natural antioxidant that can be used in preserving food. There have been no studies as of yet that looked into the utilization of coconut oil cake as a direct antioxidant source. Researchers from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka examined the phenolic extract of coconut oil cake for antioxidant activity-related food stabilization. Oil cakes, also referred to as oil meals, are byproducts obtained after oil extraction from seeds. In animal foods, these are used in the fermentation process to produce enzymes, antibiotics, and some antioxidants. … [Read more...] about Coconut oil is a versatile and natural antioxidant that can be used in food preservation
Thursday, September 13, 2018 by: Ellaine Castillo Tags: anti-inflammatory diet, badfood, chronic inflammation, Diets, Diseases, functional food, goodfood, goodhealth, grocery, healing foods, inflammation, nutrients, nutrition, prevention, processed foods, sugar, superfoods, toxic ingredients, wheat, wheat protein (Natural News) Inflammation is one of the ways through which your body fights off infections. However, there are some cases where instead of helping your body, inflammation becomes a problem. This condition is called chronic inflammation. If not properly managed, chronic inflammation could progress to cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, artherosclerosis, and many other diseases. To reduce the symptoms of chronic inflammation, it is recommended that you follow an anti-inflammatory diet, such as the Mediterranean diet. The following video from Kwang Wellness discusses the different kinds of food that can trigger inflammation. Watch the full episode from REAL.video … [Read more...] about Here are foods that cause or prevent inflammation
Monday, September 10, 2018 by: Michelle Simmons Tags: acetylcholine, Alzheimer's disease, berries, Blueberries, blueberry vinegar, brain health, cognition, cognitive decline, cognitive health, dementia, Fresh, fruits, functional food, goodfood, goodhealth, goodmedicine, goodscience, healing foods, memory, memory loss, natural remedies, neurology, nutrients, nutrition, prevention, superfoods (Natural News) Blueberry vinegar may help boost memory and restore the cognitive function of people with dementia, according to researchers from Konkuk University. In their study, which appeared in Science Daily, the team examined whether vinegar made from blueberries, which are rich with different active compounds, might help improve cognitive function and stop cognitive deterioration. As part of their study, Beong-Ou Lim and his team administered blueberry vinegar to mice with induced amnesia for seven days. After that, the team performed a behavioral assessment using … [Read more...] about Scientists discover that fermenting blueberries can restore cognitive function, improve memory for people with amnesia