Category Archives: Health

Spice of Life

  1.  Curb Appetite With Fenugreek
    This spice packs fiber—each nutty-tasting teaspoon of the seed has a gram. Study participants who took a fenugreek supplement in the a.m. ate less at lunch. Sprinkle it generously onto chicken before roasting.2765402
  2. Stronger Bones from Cinnamon
    Yes, it can help regulate blood sugar, but it also provides manganese, a mineral that helps maintain bone density; 1 tablespoon provides nearly a day’s worth. Spread it out: Shake it into coffee and onto apples and oatmeal.2765403

  3. Stay Sharp With Cumin
    A lab study shows cumin’s anti-inflammatory properties may improve memory and lower stress. Blend it with hummus or toss it with pumpkin seeds before roasting.2765404

  4. Calm Your Belly With Cloves

    A compound in ground cloves, eugenol, may soothe your stomach, says Michelle Dudash, R.D. Try a pinch in applesauce or tea.2765405For more helpful spices click the photo above!

4 Potentially Poisonous Everyday Foods?

Spinach
One of nature’s super foods, is rich in iron and calcium – and cyanide. Unlike bitter almonds or other cyanide-containing foods, the amount in raw spinach won’t kill you, and you would have to consume a lot of spinach to make yourself sick. Interestingly, small doses on cyanide actually lower blood pressure and can possibly have an anti-oxidant effect.spinach

Cashews
First of all, cashews are not actually a nut, but a seed! Like almonds, it isn’t the inner seed itself which is dangerous, but the surrounding protective flesh. Cashew nuts, the small black nubs in the photo above, are encased in multiple layers of fleshy material, saturated with urushiol. unm5rd8uwu47b62uUrushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac which causes the itching and burning sensation upon contact, appears as an oily substance between the two layers of the cashews shell — hence Cashews old-world nickname: the Blister Nut. While it is possible to come in contact with urushiol-rich cashew shells, it is incredibly unlikely that any pieces will remain in tact after the extensive processing required for commercial distribution and ingestion. During the process of accessing the seed and preparing it for consumption, the urushiol-rich liquid is extracted and then used in commercial lacquers, waterproof paints and varnishes.

 Bamboo Shoots
Bamboo shoots, like many other plants, contain cyanogenic glycosides — cyanide. While it cannot be removed through a careful or particular method of preparation, the amount varies from species to species. Generally, the amount found in commercially harvested bamboo is very low – but can be much higher in other varieties. So much like almonds, don’t go foraging for fresh shoots in your back yardth (1)

Sorghum, Millet and Barley Sprouts
Sprouted sorghum, millet and barley contain high levels of cyanide, definitely enough to make you sick if eaten in even moderate quantities – but they key here is the state of the grains, which are only toxic once they have begun to sprout.jdvdhnl55heps4ojBe careful and stay healthy my friends!

Age Reversing Drug???

As we age, many of us may struggle to remember simple things, such as directions or what film we watched last night. But researchers from the University of Florida say they have discovered a drug that has the potential to reverse mild cognitive decline among older adults.

This is according to a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

The research team, including Prof. Jennifer Bizon of the university’s Department of Neuroscience, explains that the type of memory responsible for the recall of day-to-day items is known as the “working memory.”

We use this memory for everyday activities, such as calculating the final bill after dining in a restaurant.

Prof. Bizon explains that in order to work out a 15% tip, for example, our brains must hold multiple pieces of information in mind for short periods, such as remembering the cost of dinner while calculating the amount of money needed for a tip. This process is central to working memory among other “higher” cognitive processes, according to Prof. Bizon.

In order for working memory to function properly, there must be the right balance of chemicals in the brain. But in their study, which was conducted in rats, the researchers found that high levels of an inhibitory brain neurotransmitter called GABA may disrupt working memory.

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Mind Games

10 big brain benefits of playing chess

Not for nothing is chess known as “the game of kings.” No doubt the rulers of empires and kingdoms saw in the game fitting practice for the strategizing and forecasting they themselves were required to do when dealing with other monarchs and challengers. chesshelpsbrain As we learn more about the brain, some are beginning to push for chess to be reintroduced as a tool in the public’s education. With benefits like these, they have a strong case.

1. It can raise your IQ
Chess has always had an image problem, being seen as a game for brainiacs and people with already high IQs. So there has been a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation: do smart people gravitate towards chess, or does playing chess make them smart? At least one study has shown that moving those knights and rooks around can in fact raise a person’s intelligence quotient. A study of 4,000 Venezuelan students produced significant rises in the IQ scores of both boys and girls after 4 months of chess instruction.

2. It helps prevent Alzheimer’s
Because the brain works like a muscle, it needs exercise like any bicep or quad to be healthy and ward off injury. A recent study featured in The New England Journal of Medicine found that people over 75 who engage in brain-stretching activities like chess are less likely to develop dementia than their non-board-game-playing peers. Just like an un-exercised muscle loses strength, Dr. Robert Freidland, the study’s author, found that unused brain tissue leads to a loss of brain power. So that’s all the more reason to play chess before you turn 75.

3. It exercises both sides of the brain
In a German study, researchers showed chess experts and novices simple geometric shapes and chess positions and measured the subjects’ reactions in identifying them. They expected to find the experts’ left brains being much more active, but they did not expect the right hemisphere of the brain to do so as well. Their reaction times to the simple shapes were the same, but the experts were using both sides of their brains to more quickly respond to the chess position questions.

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Lower Your Blood Pressure

Vegetarian diet may lower your blood pressure

Nearly a third of American adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Often called the “silent killer” because it provides few warning signs, hypertension increases a patient’s risk for heart attack and stroke.

A healthy blood pressure is 120/80 mm HG. Previous studies have shown that each increase of 20/10 mm Hg in that number doubles the patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease. But lowering that top number just 5 mm HG can reduce your chances of dying from cardiovascular disease by about 7%. And eating more fruits and vegetables may be a good way to do that, according to the new study, published Monday in the scientific journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Many factors could be affecting the vegetarians’ blood pressure. Vegetarian diets are often lower in sodium and saturated fats, while being higher in fiber and potassium.

Vegetarians also tend to have lower body mass indexes because fruits and vegetables are less energy dense – meaning you can eat more of them for fewer calories.

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Melanin

“The Science of the Melanin” and “Dark Matter, Dark Secrets” melanin lies beyond skin pigmentation and the material-spiritual relationship of melanin!

The pineal gland was the last endocrine gland to have its function discovered. Its location deep in the brain seemed to indicate its importance. This combination led to its being a “mystery” gland with myth, superstition and even metaphysical theories surrounding its perceived function.

The pineal gland is occasionally associated with the third chakra (also called Ajna or the third eye chakra in yoga). It is believed by some to be a dormant organ that can be awakened to enable “telepathic” communication.

In the physical body the eye views objects upside down. It sends the image of what it observes to the brain which interprets the image and makes it appear right side-up to us.

But the human body has another physical eye whose function has long been recognized by humanity. It is called the ‘Third Eye’ which in reality is the Pineal Gland. It is long thought to have mystical powers. Many consider it the Spiritual Third Eye, our Inner Vision.

It is located in the geometric center of the brain. This correlates to the location of the Great Pyramid in the center of the physical planet.

The Pineal Gland is about the size of a pea, and is in the center of the brain in a tiny cave behind and above the pituitary gland which lies a little behind the root of the nose. It is located directly behind the eyes, attached to the third ventricle.

The true function of this mysterious gland has long been contemplated by philosophers and Spiritual Adepts. Ancient Greeks believed the pineal gland to be our connection to the Realms of Thought.

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