|NEWS FLASH....AU NATUREL....UNPROCESSED RAW & HOME COOKED DIET OF 4 FOOD GROUPS ...assures a heart-brain health... even in old age...|
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on February 19, 2010
YET ANOTHER LIFE SCIENCES SCHOLAR
AU NATUREL DIET WAY
(meaning here not naked or nude but
uncooked or cooked plainly)
IN DAILY EATING THROUGHOUT LIFE...
.....for a healthier and thus
Happier Tomorrow than Today.....
(The primary mandate of PVAF
in sharing knowledge with all humanity)
And for au naturel diet way......Melanie Rozwadowski, assistant professor of nutrition at the
University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon recommends:
1. Daily eating foods that are as
minimally processed as possible;
2. Eating as per The Canada Food Guide’s
four food groups of
1. fruits and vegetables; 2. grains;
3. dairy products; and 4. meat, poultry and fish.
here to go The
Canada Food Guide website)
‘other foods,’ the kind vending
machines sell or commercially prepared food
which have higher sugar, salt, trans fats and saturated fats (the bad
for longer shelf-life, have and lower vitamins, minerals and fibre.
5. As against "the other foods"
eating minimally process foods prepared at home gives a diet rich in
unsaturated fats which is required by the brain to function well...
alpha-linolenic acid, omega-3 /Omega-6 fatty acid found in fish such as
salmon and mackerel, dark green and leafy vegetables, canola, soybeans,
flax, walnuts, blueberries contain potassium, vitamin C and folate for
... They also
have antioxidants essential for empowering the body with
abilities and anti-inflammatory properties....and all this helps to slow
the growth of lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease in addition to
avoiding cardiovascular diseases.
6: CONCLUSION: The above is a
well known heart-smart diet....and thus the new research proves
that what’s good for the heart
is also good for the brain....
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healthy diet for the brain from what is already known for the healthy heart and from the latest research by a
......TODAY'S KNOWELEDGE SHARING
WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN THAT IS
GOOD FOOD FOR THE HEART
IS ALSO GOOD FOR THE BRAIN....
.......Alzheimer’s may be triggered
....says Melanie Rozwadowski,
assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan in
(From: Edmonton Journal: 18
Nov 2009: Rosemary McCracken)
Canadians following heart-smart diets will be happy to know that what’s
good for the heart is also good for the brain, experts say.
“The same eating patterns that protect us against the risk of heart
disease can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” says
Melanie Rozwadowski, assistant
professor of nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
There’s no magic pill to prevent Alzheimer’s. “But the genetic and other
factors causing it may be triggered by lifestyle choices,” says Kathy
Hickman, education manager with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario in
Rozwadowski says the best brain foods are in your local supermarket. She
advocates foods that are as minimally processed as possible. “An apple
contains fibre and nutrients, but if you peel the skin, core it and add
sugar for apple sauce, you’ve drastically reduced the amount of fibre
and loaded up with sugar.”
The Canada Food Guide’s four food groups are fruits and vegetables;
grains; dairy products; and meat, poultry and fish. Rozwadowski
recommends more servings from the first two groups, but she doesn’t
advocate a vegetarian diet — just a plant-rich diet.
Canadians, in general, are not getting even the minimum number of
servings from any of the food groups, she says.
“Studies show they’re eating ‘other foods,’ the kind vending machines
sell. To give them A longer shelf-life, they have higher sugar, salt,
trans fats and saturated fats (the bad fats) and lower vitamins,
minerals and fibre.”
The brain is largely fat, Rozwadowski notes, and to function well, it
needs a diet rich in unsaturated fats. DHA, the omega-3 fatty acid found
in fish such as salmon and mackerel, is essential for brain development,
and helps slow the growth of lesions associated with Alzheimer’s
Canola, soybeans, flax and walnuts are rich sources of alpha-linolenic
acid, a plant omega-3, she adds. Omega-6, another essential fat, is
found in all plant oils and any cooking oil.
Canadians’ diets are also low in vitamins and minerals. Blueberries, the
ideal brain berry, contain potassium, vitamin C and folate, a B vitamin.
They also have antioxidants that enhance cognitive abilities and
Dark green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are rich in
folate and other B vitamins.
“The brain has a lot of nerves,” Rozwadowski says. “We need vitamin B,
especially vitamin B12. If it’s lacking, progressive nerve degeneration
Vitamin B12 is found in liver, shellfish, sardines, some cheeses and
eggs, but there are no plant sources of it. “Vegans can use B12fortified
products such as fortified soy products,” she says.
She urges Canadians to get their vitamins and minerals from foods, which
also contain a balanced blend of fibre and antioxidants. “I don’t want
people heading off to supplement stores,” she says. “Studies show those
who rely strictly on supplements come up short.”
Kieran Cooley, associate director of research at the Canadian College of
Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, says a number of herbs are believed to
optimize brain functions and delay the onset of cognitive disabilities.
Health Canada has approved ginkgo biloba’s claim that it enhances
cognitive functions and memory, but states on its website that it
shouldn’t be used by those taking products that affect blood
coagulation, such as blood thinners, as it may increase the risk of
Cooley advises against taking any herbal supplements without consulting
your health-care practitioner. “They may interact negatively with other
medications or conditions.”
Hickman recommends exercise for optimal brain performance. A variety of
exercises several times a week will increase circulation of blood and
nutrients to the brain.
Challenging your brain by learning a new language or skill will help
strengthen your cognitive abilities. “And should you develop dementia, a
stronger brain will help you maintain your quality of life longer,” she
She advises being socially active by connecting with family and friends,
joining a club or performing an activity with other people to stimulate
the brain and reduces stress, which interferes with brain processes.
Finally, it’s important to protect your head, as head injuries have been
proven to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
“Young people should wear helmets for sports and on bicycles,” Hickman
says. “Older people need to watch for hazards that could result in
falls, such as loose rugs and cluttered staircases.
“They should also install bars in their bathrooms.”
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