According to two of perhaps the most credible nutrition authorities, the World Health Organization and the European Food Safety Authority, we should get at least half of a percent of our calories from the essential omega-3 fat ALA. That’s easy: Just have about one tablespoon a day of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds and you’re all set.
Our body can then take the short-chain ALA from our diet and elongate it into the long-chain omega-3s, EPA and DHA. The question, however, has long been whether our bodies can make enough EPA and DHA for optimal health. How would one determine that? Continue reading “Do Flaxseeds Offer Sufficient Omega-3’s for Our Heart?”
Phytate is a compound found in beans, grains, nuts and seeds. The average daily intake of phytate in vegetarian diets is about twice that of those eating a mixed diet of plant and animal foods, which may help explain their low cancer rates. Aside from helping to prevent helping to prevent cancer dietary phytate has been reported to help prevent kidney stone formation and to protect against diabetes mellitus, dental cavities and heart disease.
Do all these potentially beneficial effects sound too good to be true? Are there other examples of compounds made by plants that can have benefits across multiple diseases? Yes! Aspirin, for example, found throught the plant kingdom may also account for a variety of plant-based benefits. Video: Aspirin in Plant Foods
But of all the things phytates can do, the anticancer properties of phytate (aka phytic acid, IP6, or inositol hexaphosphate), is considered one of its most important benefits.
Continue reading “How Phytates Fight Cancer Cells”
Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.
They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?
Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”
There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out. Continue reading “Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death”