The enormous hype supporting the use of superfoods has become a very lucrative business, and many people are fooled by the promises made by manufacturers and suppliers of these products. Whether they are useful for enhancing brain health is still not well researched. However, their nutrient profile suggests they may be supportive of our very busy, energy-demanding and antioxidant-requiring brain tissue
The desire to stop a junk food habit is one shared by many millions of people. Unfortunately, they don’t realize how many billions of dollars food manufacturers have invested to find out exactly what the brain loves us to eat! And they know that each time the brain tastes something it loves, it releases tiny amounts of dopamine, a ‘feel good’ brain messenger that is released when we drink coffee, have sex or use illegal drugs.
When mango season arrives we make this dressing a lot! It’s very fresh and light and the colour is gorgeous – and it contains loads of great nutrients too. This dressing is delicious served on a combination of rocket and baby spinach leaves with slivers of artichoke hearts, marinated onion and avocado.
This is a very simple and light chocolate mousse that is really simple to make if you plan ahead. It is completely raw, even though cashew nuts are not technically raw, as they have to be heated up to remove their toxic shell before they are fit to eat. It only contains dates as the sweetener, but is still rich and very satisfying!
You know that wonderful feeling you have after waking up from a fabulous sleep? You're relaxed and happy, alert but calm! Unfortunately, fewer and fewer people are experiencing that wonderful feeling because sleep, or, more accurately, the lack of it, is becoming a huge problem around the world. Unfortunately, the problem started with one of mankind's most celebrated inventions. Edison’s famous light bulb invention in the 1880s changed our approach to the "daylight–wake-up" vs. "nighttime–sleep-time" pattern that we had become accustomed to from the beginning of time, and which even single-celled organisms adhere to.
Researchers are uncovering how exercise keeps our brain young an healthy and analyzing walking women (and men) provided some solid evidence. Walking for even an hour-and-a-half a week, helped active women to outperform less active women on cognitive assessments. The study’s author was surprised at this result, as walking seemed to be a pretty non-strenuous activity, yet held real cognitive benefits.
This is a delicious dessert, as well as being a perfect breakfast if you are lucky to have any leftovers the next day! It is full of great flavour, fibre and fruity berries and the nut cream adds a gorgeously creamy finish to the dessert. Apart from the great ‘brain friendly’ ingredients, it’s also very satisfying, so a little goes a long way.
Eating well isn’t enough – you also have to digest, absorb and eliminate well for optimal health. You are not what you eat! When you hear the saying "you are what you eat" you need to remember that’s only true if you are digesting and absorbing your food. Otherwise, you can be eating the best food, even sourcing specific foods for their nutritive value, but wasting a lot of time and money, because your digestive system isn’t delivering these nutrients to your bloodstream.
Not all coconut fat is created equal. Recently there has been an onslaught of information about coconuts and their oil, and how they can enhance your health, along with - more recently - reports that coconut fat may be damaging to our health. For many decades we had been advised to keep away from them, as researchers thought that all saturated fats were the same.
What is magnesium? Magnesium is a mineral, and the fourth most abundant one in the human body. It is essential for good health, which means it has to be supplied in the diet as the body cannot make it. About 50% of the magnesium in our bodies is found in our bones, with most of the other half being found inside our cells, while only about 1% is found in our blood. It is required for more than 300 different enzyme reactions in the body, which means if it is not available in the body, these important biochemical reactions will be unable to take place.
You need both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. When a scientific topic is complex it is easy for incomplete information to be conveyed to the public. This is what has happened with the omega-3 and omega-6 scientific story, especially as regards the omega-3 and omega-6 advice that people have been given. The advice to consume foods and supplements that contain omega-3s, and shun those that contain omega-6s has been based on misinformation. This advice came about because of a lack of knowledge about how these two polyunsaturated, essential fats work together, and because most people eating a modern diet get very little omega-3s and more omega-6s.
A beautiful myth. The history of the olive tree involves a beautiful myth from ancient Greece. The Goddess Athena, the namesake of Athens, is said to have brought the olive to the Greeks as gift. Zeus had promised the region, Attica, to the god or goddess who provided the most useful tool. Athena’s gift – the olive, which provides food, light, heat, medicine and perfume, as well as a refuge from the sun, was deemed to be superior to the horse, which Poseidon provided. After all, the horse, although powerful, was an instrument of war. Athena is said to have planted the original olive tree on the rocky hill that is known today as the Acropolis. Rumour has it that the ancient olive tree that is found there today is from the roots of Athena’s original tree.