Can Curry Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?">

Can Curry Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

In fact, Indians aged 70 to 79 years are four times less likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than Americans.
The reason for this difference is unknown, but the Indian diet may very well have something to do with it.
Curry dishes, of course, are a staple of the Indian diet. A few years back, a study actually found that Asians who occasionally ate curry performed better on cognitive tests than those who rarely did.
Since then other studies have pointed to the benefits of turmeric, a key spice in curry sauces.
Is Curcumin Curry’s Key Ingredient?
The use of turmeric dates back more than a thousand years. In ancient India, it was used for medicinal, culinary, and even spiritual purposes. Today, turmeric is one of the most clinically researched herbs.
Scientists believe curcumin is the active ingredient behind turmeric’s brain-protective effects.
Curcumin Stops Amyloid Plaque Formation
A number of factors are believed to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, and heavy metal toxicity are implicated. The formation of beta-amyloid plaque is a key feature of the condition.
Curcumin tackles several of the potential factors implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. One important feature is its ability to interrupt beta-amyloid plaque.
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These 2 Popular Foods May Cause You To Gain Weight

These Popular Foods May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
One of the important health issues of getting older is weight management. If you’re overweight in middle age, your chances of developing serious disease – like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer – are greater. And, like most people over 50, you may have been struggling with maintaining a normal weight or trying to lose some.
If you’re still working, or just too busy to make meals at home regularly, like many of my patients you may be eating at a fast food restaurant several days a week. You might stop at one on the way to work to pick up breakfast, or grab a quick lunch or dinner. You try to make smart meal choices as are available on fast food menus and drink diet soda with your meal to cut down on unnecessary sugar. Is that so bad?
Well, if what Purdue University studies reveal is accurate, then every diet soda (or other artificially sweetened drink) you consume is actually sabotaging your weight loss efforts by boosting your appetite so that you eat more. According to UCLA Davis, every fast food meal you eat, no matter …read more

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We’ve Got Cultures! Fermented Food Reigns for Aging Well

Fermented foods are the new “it” food today, even though fermentation is a centuries-old process that was around long before refrigeration. Over time, with all of the modern convenience foods available to us, home-made fermented foods lost their appeal. But today’s rebirth of fermented foods makes good sense – they are powerfully good for us.
In addition to the benefits of the food itself– for example, milk, soy beans or cabbage—the fermentation process creates lactobacillus that feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which in turn creates a natural balance of intestinal flora improving digestion, immune function, and absorption of nutrients.

According to an article by Dr. Stephen Devries on the Gaples Institute website, “Having a wide spectrum of healthy types of bacteria as a result of fermentation has been associated with a host of possible benefits — including weight control and reduced blood sugar.” He goes on to say, “An interesting aspect of cultured dairy is that the bacteria used are excellent at partially digesting lactose, which is a boon for those who are lactose intolerant.” That’s why people who have trouble digesting milk products don’t experience discomfort from yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese and lassi (an Indian drinkable yogurt).
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Get a Boost from This Smoothie

Spinach Strawberry Booster
When you need a quick boost, this simple and delicious smoothie is sure to hit the spot.
An easy on-the-go
breakfast or post-workout treat, this healthful beverage is packed with antioxidants (Ao) for recovery and protein for satiety and energy. Smoothies with greens in them don’t have to taste gritty; instead be sure to flavor your greens appropriately with the essence of vanilla and fruit. Balancing a smoothie with protein is key but there are options other than protein powder to do the trick. Whole food sources such as yogurt offers protein while choosing a plain variety of either dairy or non-dairy yogurt cuts down on sugar to help balance carbohydrate intake. This recipe relies on the natural sweetness of berries and banana as slower burning carbohydrate. Rice, almond and coconut yogurts are lower in protein while dairy and soy varieties will be higher.
SERVES 2
2 cups raw baby spinach
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond, soy or dairy milk
½ small frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
6 ounces plain yogurt (dairy or non-dairy variety)
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a large blender and puree until smooth. Add more liquid if needed for consistency.
FoodTrients
Anthocyanin antioxidants
Calcium
Fiber
Folate
Manganese
Probiotics
Vitamin C
Vitamin K

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Apple Barley Salad

Apple Barley Salad

Barley is a great source of fiber, B vitamins, and selenium. I serve it with apples in this bright, crunchy salad. For the corn kernels, I prefer fresh-roasted corn, but you can use thawed frozen corn kernels, too. The apples can be any variety or color that you like, or even a combination. All apples contain quercetin, a compound that helps support the immune system, thereby “keeping the doctor away.” Raisins provide antioxidants and resveratrol, the same compound found in red wine. My Honey-Lime Dressing increases the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-boosting components of this recipe.
SERVES 4-6
1 cup cooked barley
½ cup corn kernels
2 2/3 cup chopped apples, peels on
2 Tbs. chopped scallions
½ cup shredded carrot
½ cup raisins
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
1 recipe Honey-Lime Dressing, garlic omitted

1. Rinse the barley in cold water to separate the grains.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the barley, corn, apples, scallions, carrot, and raisins. Season with the salt and pepper.
3. Toss with garlic-free Honey-Lime Dressing.
FoodTrients
Carotenoids
Fiber
Quercetin
Resveratrol
Selenium
Sulfur compounds
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Cancer Treatment Using Amino Acids

Could Gylcine and Serine Help Prevent The Spread Of Cancer?

Amino acids are well-known for being the building blocks of protein. Essential for a healthy body, new research has found that amino acids may also be influential in the fight against cancer. However, rather than increasing the availability of specific amino acids, reducing the intake of these building blocks is yielding positive results. This may pave the way for a new natural cancer treatment to be used together with conventional anti-cancer drugs.
Gylcine and Serine
The recent research centres on the effects of two non-essential amino acids, glycine and serine. Glycine is involved in the production of various acids and the regulation of many essential processes in the digestive system and central nervous system. Serine is derived from glycine. It is involved in cell production and has a critical role in the function of RNA and DNA. Researchers at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and the University of Glasgow have found that these amino acids can influence cancer cells.
Stopping Cancer Growth
Maddocks and colleagues investigated the effects of these amino acids on mice with lymphoma and intestinal cancer1. They found that by removing glycine and serine from the …read more

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Cancer Growth Reduced By Amino Acids

Could Gylcine and Serine Help Prevent The Spread Of Cancer?

Amino acids are well-known for being the building blocks of protein. Essential for a healthy body, new research has found that amino acids may also be influential in the fight against cancer. However, rather than increasing the availability of specific amino acids, reducing the intake of these building blocks is yielding positive results.
Gylcine and Serine
The recent research centres on the effects of two non-essential amino acids, glycine and serine. Glycine is involved in the production of various acids and the regulation of many essential processes in the digestive system and central nervous system. Serine is derived from glycine. It is involved in cell production and has a critical role in the function of RNA and DNA. Researchers at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and the University of Glasgow have found that these amino acids can influence cancer cells.
Stopping Cancer Growth
Maddocks and colleagues investigated the effects of these amino acids on mice with lymphoma and intestinal cancer1. They found that by removing glycine and serine from the diet of these mice, the growth of their cancerous tumours slowed and their lives were prolonged. This is thought …read more

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Gourmand International Awards Yantai China

Destination Yantai, China – Gourmand Cookbook Awards!
The FoodTrients team is heading to Yantai, China on May 25 for the Gourmand Cookbook Awards and a tour of the foods and sites in China. Grace O’s The Age Beautifully Cookbook and The Age GRACEfully Cookbook will be presented to publishers from Asia and around the world to help spread the word of wellness and longevity with FoodTrients. The Age Beautifully cookbook won the U.S. award for Innovation, and now goes on to compete for Best in the World.
Yantai City, Shandong, China
The beautiful seaside city of Yantai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in east China’s Shandong province. Situated in the central part of the Shandong Peninsula, Yantai gazes across the sea toward Japan and South Korea. Yantai’s coastline is dotted with islands, bays and beaches, and its rich marine resources have earned it the nickname of Golden Coast. While the FoodTrients team is feasting on Yantai’s seafood, we hope you’ll try some of Grace O’s delicious seafood recipes like her Garlic Crab Royale, Salmon Poached in Pickling Spices, or Grilled Swordfish in Secret Marinade.

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How to Achieve Your Fitness Goals — Despite a Desk Job

It may seem impossible to reach your fitness goals when you sit at a desk all day. You’re sedentary, go out to lunch most days of the week, and sit even more at home because you’re exhausted from a long day.
There’s always time to make a change, however, and that time is now. Consider how the following ideas can be incorporated into your day-to-day to bring your fitness goals to life, despite working at a desk job.
Pack Your Lunch

Don’t just eat a healthy lunch — pack your own. While it’s possible to buy “healthy” options at nearby restaurants, you rarely know what’s going into your meal.
For example, a salad may come with all great ingredients, from veggies to protein, but their dressing is likely loaded with sugar. Most soups are also extremely high in sodium, and most bread is packed with preservatives.
When preparing your own lunch, you can avoid these common health pitfalls and put yourself in control of what’s going into your body. Instead of assuming something is healthy, pack lunch for yourself and be sure.
Stay Active Throughout the Day
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