Walnuts: Superhero of antioxidants">

Walnuts: Superhero of antioxidants

Spicy Candied Walnuts
Nothing indicates a fall meal like a candied nut treat perfect for complimenting a salad or side-dish. Candied nuts are often made of melted white sugar but for the holidays, there are other more natural options. Maple syrup adds a complex flavor; purchase 100% pure, organic maple syrup when you can. The Grades of maple syrup indicate the richness of color, but not the quality. A pinch of salt and spicy cayenne pepper offers an unexpected pop of flavor. Enjoy the healthy omega-3 fats in crunchy walnuts for anti-inflammatory benefits.
2 cups raw walnut halves
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Bake for 5 minutes, toasting for 1 or 2 more minutes if needed but be sure not to burn. Remove from oven and let cool. In a medium saucepan, heat maple syrup until warm. Add the cayenne and walnuts, quickly stirring and coating each piece with the syrup mixture. When walnuts are evenly coated, place them back on the parchment lined baking sheet, spreading evenly apart with a spoon. Sprinkle walnuts with salt and …read more

Can Green Tea Help Ease Tendinitis?">

Can Green Tea Help Ease Tendinitis?

Study Data from State University of Campinas Provide New Insights into Tendinitis (Green Tea and Glycine Modulate the Activity of Metalloproteinases and Collagen in the Tendinitis of the Myotendinous Junction of the Achilles Tendon)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week — Investigators publish new report on Tendinitis. According to news reporting from Sao Paulo, Brazil, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, “The myotendinous junction (MTJ) is the weakest element in the muscle-tendon unit of the heel, and thus the most susceptible to injuries. The scarcity of adequate treatments means that tendinitis is a major concern to athletes and other groups who depend on their physical fitness, although green tea and glycine have both been shown to have beneficial effects on the inflammation.”
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the State University of Campinas, “The present study investigated the remodeling effects of green tea and glycine in the MTJ of rats with tendinitis. For this, male Wistar rats were divided into five groups: animals without tendinitis and animals with tendinitis; animals with tendinitis supplied with green tea; animals with tendinitis supplied with a glycine diet; animals with tendinitis supplied with a green tea and glycine …read more

Why I’m Jacked About Jackfruit">

Why I’m Jacked About Jackfruit

Jackfruit, one of the world’s largest tree fruit that looks like some sort of large alien egg, is a nutritional staple in tropical countries. As the largest tree fruit in the world, it can grow up to 100 lbs., but most of them are in the 10-20 lb. range. It has spiky skin, a distinctive, musky smell, and a flavor that’s a lot better tasting than it smells—sort of like Juicy Fruit gum.
Jackfruit is very high in antioxidants and has a mild tropical taste. Orange and yellow fruits (like jackfruit) and veggies are rich sources of carotenoids. I love mangos, papayas, jackfruit, and sweet potatoes. My Sweet Potato and Jackfruit Delight and Mango Tapioca recipes help build collagen and keep your skin young. Kale, spinach, and moringa leaves are also good sources of carotenoids (one of our anti-aging FoodTrients). You can sometimes find jackfruit in Asian markets or order them fresh from melissas.com. I also buy canned jackfruit on Amazon.
Jackfruit is a native of Southeast Asia and probably first appeared in India. They are now grown in Mexico, and because the fruit has such a long season, you can buy them year-round. Jackfruit is a nutritional staple in …read more

Sugar Pumpkins Make a Great Sidekick">

Sugar Pumpkins Make a Great Sidekick

Even living in sunny California during fall and winter when the days are shorter and a little bit chilly, I like to prepare hearty, cool-weather produce that also happens to fall into the “superfoods” category. On the top of my list is pumpkin. Their many disease fighting and anti-aging properties make them a perfect go-to food during the cold, dark winter months.
You may only associate pumpkins with Halloween, but fresh pumpkins are available from October through February. Pumpkins contain cucurbitacin, a steroid-like anti-inflammatory compound that may inhibit cancer cells. They are also loaded with carotenoids, which enhance the appearance of your skin and are converted in the body into immune-boosting Vitamin A.
They also contain large amounts of potassium (33 percent more than a medium banana) and beta carotene without a boat-load of calories—49 per cup mashed. The high amounts of potassium in pumpkins works with sodium to balance the amount of water in the body. A diet high in potassium helps keep blood pressure at a healthy level and assists with the prevention of strokes. Pumpkins contain more than 2400 mcg of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important for eye health.
On top of all of the healthy reasons …read more

How a 330 lb High School Dropout Lost 140 lbs and Turned His Life Around">

How a 330 lb High School Dropout Lost 140 lbs and Turned His Life Around

Talk about an Origin Story straight out of a comic book!
At 330 lbs, Joe was unemployed and a highschool dropout. Living rent-free with his grandfather, Joe would sleep all day and wake up at the start of the evening. Having grown up with unhealthy habits, Joe says he’d been binge-eating as long as he can remember. He developed a hypothyroid issue as a teen, and hadn’t bothered to take care of it.
Many of us feel trapped by our situations, and so we do what Joe did for years. Instead of using this as an impetus to change, we make ourselves feel better by falling even deeper into these negative habits. Joe says he would eat “entire loaves of bread with peanut butter or entire 2 pound boxes of chicken fingers” at night. “I’d have to use two baking trays to make them all. I’d stay up until 5-7am watching Turner Classic Movies or Buffy. Sometimes I had the energy to play videogames.”
He wasn’t taking care of himself physically, or mentally. Things felt dire: “Every night I went to bed thinking/hoping I’d die. I was a total wreck. It’s hard to remember.”
But – spoiler alert – Joe turned things around… this …read more