Top 10 Foods for Optimal Eye Health

 

Eating the right foods is essential for maintaining healthy eyes. Antioxidants have been credited with preventing illness and anti-aging protection from degenerative disease.

Foods rich in carotenoids, the antioxidant pigment that gives color to produce, have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60. 1 As a rule, fruits and vegetables with the most color have more antioxidants.

Studies show that a higher dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that often appear together, is related to a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related eye conditions.2 Continue reading “Top 10 Foods for Optimal Eye Health”

Turmeric, Powerful and Effective Alternative to Conventional Drugs

Curry Spiced Cauliflower Medley

Turmeric is an ancient spice that adds pungent flavor and a lovely golden hue to many dishes, along with an abundance of health benefits.

Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color has been shown to be an effective, nontoxic alternative for many pharmaceutical medications and has therapeutic properties for various systems within the body.1

Curcumin, the most active constituent of turmeric is credited with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties matching the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.Continue reading “Turmeric, Powerful and Effective Alternative to Conventional Drugs”

Peppermint Oil, a Safe Alternative for Irritable Bowel Syndrome that Actually Works?

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, episodic intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits that affects one in seven Americans.

IBS can have a substantial impact on health and well-being. The health-related quality of life of irritable bowel sufferers can often rival that of much more serious disorders.

The first step toward successful treatment is for physicians to acknowledge the condition and not dismiss the patient as hysterical.

There is a huge unmet therapeutic need and the lack of effectiveness of available treatments often discourages sufferers from seeking medical care.  Continue reading “Peppermint Oil, a Safe Alternative for Irritable Bowel Syndrome that Actually Works?”

VegTV’s Plant-Based Product All-Stars!

Trade shows are essential for spotting trends in food, beverage, supplement and personal care products and VegTV covers trade shows several times a year.

We scour the exhibitors and their product lines, looking the latest and greatest vegan products about to enter the market!

The 37th annual Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest natural products event and hosted more than 80,000 setting records yet again!

This show is massive! The entire Anaheim Convention Center is filled wall to wall with exhibits that overflow into Anaheim Hilton and, for the first time this year into the Anaheim Marriott Hotel as well. Continue reading “VegTV’s Plant-Based Product All-Stars!”

Luscious Glazed Ginger Bundt~ No Eggs, Dairy or Added Fat ~ Neat!

Eggs are the number one source of dietary cholesterol in the American diet. Just one egg contains 186 mg of cholesterol. That is the same amount of cholesterol as a Big Mac and more than 60 percent of the calories in eggs are from fat.

Hypercholesterolemia, particularly high LDL cholesterol is a recognized risk factor in the development of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), but what about diabetes?

Researchers have found a graduated increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes with a corresponding increase in the amount of eggs consumed. Eating just one egg a week appears to increase the risk of diabetes by 76 percent. Two eggs a week appeared to double the risk, and just a single egg a day actually tripled the risk. [1] Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney failure and death.

Health conscious cooks are always on the lookout for ways to eliminate artery-clogging ingredients and a great place to start is in baking. Continue reading “Luscious Glazed Ginger Bundt~ No Eggs, Dairy or Added Fat ~ Neat!”

It’s Time to Green Up Your Barbecue

 

Along with all of us, the planet is not getting any younger and the constant assaults on the air, water and soil are rapidly taking their toll! There is no better time to make important changes in the way we do things and as summer outdoor living is upon us, let’s turn our attention to the ubiquitous barbecue.

Backyard chefs believe that food cooked over an open fire is especially tasty because the juices stay concentrated in the middle and the surface becomes seared with smoky flavor. Cookouts may well be the quintessential summer pastime but can be unhealthy for people and the planet. Continue reading “It’s Time to Green Up Your Barbecue”

1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray

 

The demands of modern life can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and physicians all too often prescribe medications with significant side effects that make it difficult to function.

Sales of antidepressants continue to rise and industry experts are forecasting that sales of these anti-stress medications will reach almost $6 billion by 2017. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) about one in every 10 Americans is taking a prescription antidepressant and among women from 40 to 50, the figure is one in four.[1]

Antidepressants most widely prescribed come from a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and include well-known antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Kava is a root that is best known for its relaxing qualities and has been used as a ceremonial beverage in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. Kava is said to produce a feeling of relaxation, elevate mood, wellbeing and contentment, and several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and related nervous disorders. Continue reading “1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray”

Serve Vegan Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day for Good Luck and Good Karma

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Back-eyed peas are a dietary staple in the American South and Hoppin’ John is a traditional dish made with black-eyed peas believed to bring good luck when served on New Year’s Day.

According to the legend, if you serve black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, you’ll have plenty of pocket change in the New Year. If you serve “Hoppin’ John” with cooked greens you’ll also have plenty of folding money.  Many southern families toast each other with Champagne and a bowl of Hoppin’ John at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Black-eyed peas are cream-colored beans that have a slightly smoky flavor, smooth texture and a distinct black dot. Food historians agree that “Hoppin’ John” is an American dish with African/French/Caribbean origins. African slaves, who worked the rice plantations, brought black-eyed peas to the U.S. and by the 1700’s they were growing extensively in the south. Continue reading “Serve Vegan Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day for Good Luck and Good Karma”

Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek

The spice fenugreek appears to improve muscle strength and weight lifting power output significantly, while possessing anti-cancer properties in vitro.

In this two-minute video Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds, I profile a study entitled, “The effects of a commercially available botanical supplement on strength, body composition, power output, and hormonal profiles in resistance-trained males.”

Something had a “significant impact on both upper and lower-body strength and body composition in comparison to placebo in a double blind controlled trial.

These changes were obtained with no clinical side effects. Something allowed these men to leg press an extra hundred pounds compared to those given the placebo.

And what was the magical substance? Powdered fenugreek! And it is a spice that may very well double as an anti-cancer agent. Continue reading “Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek”

How to Enhance Mineral Absorption

 

Iron is a double-edged sword.

If we don’t absorb enough we risk anemia, but if we absorb too much we may be increasing our risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, infection, neurodegenerative disorders, and inflammatory conditions. Video: Risk Associated With Iron Supplements

Other conditions that have been associated with high iron intake include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and diabetes.

Because the human body has no mechanism to rid itself of excess iron, we evolved to tightly regulate its absorption. If our iron stores are low our intestines boost the absorption of iron and if our iron stores are topped off our intestines block the absorption of iron to maintain the sweet spot. Continue reading “How to Enhance Mineral Absorption”