Celebrity Profile: Food Stars
What Makes a “Food Star”?READ MORE
When we turn down the marketing chatter enticing us to consume processed foods - and when we can keep that sweet tooth in check - the body’s positive responses to wholesome foods seem unmistakable. Your body thanks you from head to toe. Our entire system reacts favorably to true Food Stars because we are physiologically wired for the healthiest edibles. LESS
What Omega-3’s DoREAD MORE
“Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of — or who have — cardiovascular disease,” concludes the American Heart Association. In keeping, the AHA currently recommends at least two servings of fish (particularly fatty fish) per week.
Studies currently underway aim to verify the potential for omega-3 to fight other conditions including asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and even depression.
Know your Omega-3’s
A few different fat types are squeezed under omega-3 umbrella. The two derived from fish, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), have garnered the most interest and speculation. In lower concentrations DHA is also naturally present in animal-based foods such as eggs, meat, and dairy, and in recent years has been used to fortify other foods. The Institute of Medicine set the adequate intake level of omega-3’s at 1.1 for adult women and 1.6 grams per day for men.
Plant sources such as flaxseed and walnuts are rich in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid. ALA can be converted to DHA/EPA in the body, but fish oil and fatty fish are still considered the preferred sources. LESS
What are Antioxidants?READ MORE
The rampant commercialization of antixodant foods may be jumping the proverbial gun, but there is increasing evidence concerning the protective benefits of foods rich in antioxidant nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, and E, and the trace mineral selenium.
A Nutrient - Not a Silver Bullet
A growing body of research suggests the potential for antioxidants to lower the risk of several chronic diseases. It’s also been shown that the oxidation of brain tissue may be thwarted, benefitting neural function. Researchers are exploring the ways in which antioxidants may reduce some physiological detriments of aging.
Like the other superfoods and nutrient agents addressed in this health center, the isolated use of antioxidant supplements is not the recommended means for defending a body against disease, and may even do harm. Rather, one is more likely to reap the health benefits available by means of a diet that is both rich and antioxidants and well balanced. LESS