Month: June 2013

Blueberries the Super Food to Eat

Blue Berries the Super food

The Super Food

The Super Food

Every morning the first thing I do is to take out of the freezer 1/2 cup of blueberries, then my wife and I go for a walk along Orewa Beach it’s about 40km north of Auckland City New Zealand. The beach is about 8 km long, surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside you can imagine. By the time we get back home the blueberries are starting to thaw, I place these in a blender with one glass of filtered water two large carrots and one red apple with skin on, I add one scoop of protein power and mix  as a  smoothies. It makes two full glasses of supper food to start the day off.

Carrots the super food

Carrots the super food

Carrots

The carrots are to fight off cancers, heart disease, helps make healthy skin and hair and did you know the there is enough Vitamin A in one carrot to last you the day. We all know that carrot is good for eyesight making this a super food.

Red Apples

The super food the apple

The apple superfood

The apple (Red) will help fight against cancer, helps memory function lower the bad LDL cholesterol. So all in all you have here a super morning drink to start your day off

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Picking Blueberries

Of all these super foods, the one to write about today is blueberries. This past summer a family member told us where you can pick your own blueberries, so one Sunday on returning home from visiting my brother-in-law and his wife we decided to see if we could find the farm. It was located about half way to our home, about 150km south of Auckland City. We nearly missed it as the sign could only be seen from those approaching from the Auckland end. We turned off the main road and took to an unsealed country road 5 km later we found the farm, although it was only 10 am already several dozens of people were busy picking away at the bushes closest to the sheds, we walk past these to the farthest bushes where the crop was the heaviest, it took about 35 minutes to fill our container that weighed in at 3.5 kg Could  buy a blueberry ice cream (yoghurt) I’ve got to admit it was the best ice cream I’ve had in years and that was ditto for my wife too. So what’s so good about blueberries, why are people raving about them ? Well to start off, they are high in antioxidants that helps fight against things like heart disease, cancers, eye problems, arthritis and asthma. We hear it also helps brain function as well as beating up the wrong bacteria in you body. We also know because researchers and scientist tells us so, that blueberries are high in Vitamin C, they have a compound called pterostilbene (don’t ask me to pronounce it) this compound helps to protect the heart and has anti-cancer properties. We also know it helps in the development of brain cells, more or less helps in the anti-ageing effect.

Polyphenols

One of my main reasons for eating blueberries every day is a chemical called polyphenols, what this chemical does is fight against free radicals. I’ll eat anything that fights them, it’s what causes us to age, when free radicals are bouncing around in our cells, they are in effect killing those cells. Blueberries are also high in potassium and have anti-inflammatory properties. We are told the blueberries are a native of North America fortunately today we see them in many parts of the world. Although researchers recommend 1-2 cups of blueberries per day, for many that would be too expensive, my wife and I share half a cup between us in our morning smoothie, and some is better than none. Researchers say that the compound phytonutrient found in blueberries goes to work on beating some cancers and anything that helps to beat cancer has got to be good for you. I mentioned free radicals before and remembered hearing one person say they eat them because the fruit fights the free radicals that damage the brain cells causing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, and when you consider the ageing population of Europe and North America, we need every tool to combat this disease. In order for our brain cells to stay healthy, we should select foods that are beneficial to those cells. Other benefits of blueberries includes it’s ability to lower the LDL the bad cholesterol. This fruit surely has the right to be called a Super food.

Controlling Inflammation Naturally

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Controlling Inflammation-using foods and herbs

Throughout history people have sought cures for all kinds of inflammation affecting joints and tissue to various part of the human body.

Today we go to our Doctor seeking pills to overcome our discomfort, quite prepared to pay out money for a quick cure. Yet history has also given us many guides to food and herbs that act as anti-inflammatory agents. In this post we will examine a number of these that help create the lifestyle for a healthy body and mind.

Let’s start with herbs.

Turmeric

Herbs

Herbs

(one of my favourites) is a herb that is used to add flavour to foods or colour to the likes of curried eggs. In South East Asia it’s been used for hundreds of years, not only as a food enhancer but also as a medicine for use as an anti-inflammatory agent. Today it’s sold in most health and supermarket shops as a health supplement and considered to be the most powerful anti-inflammatory herb of all.

Boswellia  comes from Northern Africa and the Middle East and is extracted from the gum of the boswellia tree. It has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger 

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices

Used to flavour foods but did you know that it also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties?

These three get the highest marks for anti-inflammatory properties but other include black pepper, basil, cardamom, cayenne, chamomile, chives, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, garlic,
parsley, nutmeg and rosemary.

Turmeric

Turmeric

When it comes to food, many types of fish have excellent anti-inflammatory uses as well as enhancing overall good health. Salmon is one of the tops, although farm-fed salmon does not have the same value as say, Alaskan salmon. Sardines and tuna are other great choices.

Many vegetables also contain anti-inflammatory benefits. These include kelp, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower.

Fruits also contain many benefits towards reducing painful inflammation, particularly blueberries which are also good for the brain, some cancers, and eyesight.

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the better oils for cooking. It has many benefits but if you are using it for frying, don’t let it get too hot. Better still, add turmeric to the oil to stop it oxidation or turning toxic.

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How to cook healthy meals in minutes

These are just a few of the foods that can lower inflammation besides other health and culinary advantages.

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