Food Sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

 Alzheimer's, Diet, Fat  Comments Off on Food Sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Dec 302013
 

A research report titled “The Importance of the Ratio of Omega-6/Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids” highlights the benefits of increasing our Omega-3 fatty acid consumption. It states a 4 to 1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is associated with a 70% decrease in total mortality risks. It further states a 2.5 to 1 ratio reduced colorectal cancer cell proliferation. Unfortunately, the western diet’s ratio is closer to 15 to 1, which means we need more Omega-3 fatty acids in our diet.

What are some of the food sources of Omega-3 fatty acids?

I listed below some of the common foods that have an Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio of 4 or less, which indicates that they have a healthy amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. They are:

All the foods listed above are part of a Mediterranean type of diet, which research has shown to substantially decrease the risks of heart disease, cancers and dementia.

The western lifestyle is riddled with increased risks of heart disease, cancers and dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. One of the reasons may be our low consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids. We can improve our overall health by consuming more foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids. These include scallops, tuna, crab, shrimp, oyster, herring, spinach, cauliflower, salmon, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, Romaine lettuce, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, kidney beans, broccoli, collard greens, kale, black bean, canola oil, sardines, onion, lentils and walnuts.

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Try My Creamy Banana Soup Recipe to Satisfy Your Appetite

 Blood Pressure, Diet, Gut Flora, Recipes  Comments Off on Try My Creamy Banana Soup Recipe to Satisfy Your Appetite
Nov 122013
 

Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and manganese along with vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and folate. According to a study conducted by the Kasturba Medical College, eating just two ripe bananas a day can reduce your blood pressure by 10%. Not only that, but bananas also feed the good bacteria in your gut. Keep the good bacteria in your gut healthy, and you’ll be healthy too.

But eating just a banana can be boring and unadventurous. That’s why I developed my very own Creamy Banana Soup to not only help my blood pressure health, but also satisfy my appetite and source of food adventure.

This recipe not only taste great, but is full of protein, vitamins and minerals beneficial to your health. Let’s look at some of the ingredients, and how they can improve your health, and satisfy your food cravings.

I added organic tofu to make this soup creamy. An added advantage of tofu is that it’s a great source of vegetable protein. And according to WebMD, foods high in protein help people control their appetites and calorie intake.

To give that satisfying taste of fat, I added canola oil. And yes, adding a healthy oil like canola does have beneficial health effects. Researchers at Penn State have stated consuming canola oil daily for four weeks can lower belly fat by 1.6%. You get that creamy satisfying taste of fat, while reducing your belly fat. This is a win-win recipe.

I then added ground flaxseed. Not only is this seed high in healthy vegetarian sourced omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s also high in dietary fiber. And according to WebMD, ground flaxseeds are high in a potent antioxidant called lignans. It has protective effects against cancers, including breast, prostate and colon cancers. Studies also indicate it lowers your risks of type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

Who doesn’t like a touch of cinnamon? Most people know cinnamon can help control blood sugar levels. But did you know that the scent of cinnamon can help improve your working memory, and your brain’s visual-motor speed? Eat cinnamon, and be able to quickly remember where you put those car keys.

Without further ado, here is my recipe for Creamy Banana Soup:

Ingredients

1 ripe banana

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground flax seed

1 tablespoon canola oil

½ serving tofu slice

Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until you get a creamy, smooth texture. Chill and serve for 1 serving of this delicious Creamy Banana Soup.

You’ll find that the banana provides sufficient sweetness, so there’s not need to add sweetener. Eat well and live long.

Michael Douglas Publicizes That HPV Can Also Cause Throat Cancer

 Cancer  Comments Off on Michael Douglas Publicizes That HPV Can Also Cause Throat Cancer
Jun 032013
 

In a candid conversation with the Guardian, the actor Michael Douglas reveals that his throat cancer was caused by HPV transmitted to him through oral sex, a.k.a. cunnilingus.

According to the National Cancer Institute, HPV is not one virus but a group of more than 150 related viruses. Known as the human papillomaviruses, they are sexually transmitted and can cause genital warts, almost all cervical cancers, most anal cancers and some vaginal, penile and oropharyngeal (throat) cancers.

There are two HPV vaccines available. Gardasil is effective in preventing cervical, anal, vulvar and vaginal cancers as well as genital warts. Cervarix is effective for the prevention of cervical cancer and precancerous cervical lesions caused by HPV. These vaccines are not approved for the prevention of penile or throat cancers caused by HPV.

The best prevention is for you to have a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. Condoms help reduce your risk of HPV transmission, but is not 100% effective.

Michael Douglas has been clear of his throat cancer for two years. This followed an 8 week treatment of intensive chemotherapy and radiation. He is lucky since his type of stage 4 cancer is often fatal. But if you are fortunate to clear yourself of this type of cancer, it doesn’t come back 95% of the time.

The National Cancer Institute also states that by 2020, HPV will cause more throat cancers than cervical cancers in the US. This type of HPV infection can cause cancer of the oropharynx (middle part of your throat including the soft palate), the base of your tongue and your tonsils. Michael Douglas’s stage four tumor was at the base of his tongue.

I applaud Mr. Douglas for being open and honest. Throat cancer as the result of an HPV infection through transmission by oral sex is on the rise, especially among men. By 2020, throat cancers caused by an HPV infection will outnumber cervical cancers caused by HPV. Practicing safe sex is your best defense against getting this type of cancer.