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Can nuts improve insulin sensitivity even in diabetics?

Posted by on 5:17 am Diabetes, Diet, Eating, General Health, Insulin resistance, Nut consumption | 0 comments

It is important to be as insulin sensitive as possible.

When you are insulin sensitive, your insulin effectively transfers the glucose from you blood into the cells where you can use it for energy, and your blood glucose stays in a low and normal range.

 

Elevated blood glucose will cause problems because it will increase inflammation, free radicals and damage your tissue. That’s why people with diabetes are much more susceptible to chronic diseases.

High glycemic index carbohydrates will raise your blood glucose too high because this type of food is converted to sugar and absorbed fast. Especially flour (white bread), potatoes and white rice will do that, but foods like whole grain bread, at least the regular whole grain bread you normally get in the store, as well as brown rice, unless you have very little a one time, will do that also.

That’s why substituting those foods for something else can make a significant difference.

That is exactly what was done in the following study.

The research was carried out in a hospital research center.

A group of men and women with type 2 diabetes was put on one of three diets for 3 months (Jenkins DJA, et.al., 2018).

One group was put on a diet getting 477 calories from 75 grams of mixed nuts, one group got 471 calories from 3 whole wheat muffins, and one group got half a serving of the nuts and half a serving of the muffins.

The group consuming the 75 grams of nuts showed a reduction in Hemoglobin A1c, a marker of long term glucose control, compared to the group having the muffins.

Several cardiovascular risk factors also improved in group eating the 75 grams of nuts daily.

Nuts works better than whole grains if you want to improve your glucose control and cardiovascular risk factors.

75 grams of nuts are approximately 2 and a half handfuls of nuts.

Reference

Jenkins DJA, Kendall CWC, Lamarche B, Banach MS, Srichaikul K, Vidgen E, Mitchell S, Parker T, Nishi S, Bashyam B, de Souza RJ, Ireland C, Pichika SC, Beyene J, Sievenpiper JL, Josse RG. Nuts as a replacement for carbohydrates in the diabetic diet: a reanalysis of a randomised controlled trial.Diabetologia. 2018 Aug;61(8):1734-1747.

 

 

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Can nuts reduce the formation of vascular plaque?

Posted by on 9:54 pm Antioxidents, Cholesterol, Diet, Eating, Fat, Health, Low glycemic meals, The Learn to Eat Plan, Wellness | 0 comments

 

Plaque formation in the vascular system is something we are better off without, not only because it will increase cardiovascular risk, but we need good blood circulation to all tissue we have. Blood vessels in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients have, for example, been found to have a lot of plaque.

What can we do to help reduce plaque formation?

A high nutrient, low-glycemic index plant-based diet is a good choice, but is it possible to only add one food, and see a significant reduction in vascular plaque?

That’s exactly what the researchers of the following study investigated.

They measured the internal carotid intima-media thickness and plaque height using ultrasound at the start and after an average follow up of 2.4 years(Sala-Vila A, et.al, 2014).

Carotid intima-media thickness is the thickness of the inner layer of the blood vessel.

The participants consumed a Mediterranean diet. One group added either virgin olive oil or 30 grams of nuts every day to their diet. The control group consumed a low fat diet.

These were the results:

Compared with the control diet, consumption of a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts was associated with delayed progression of  intima-media thickness and plaque.

It is also interesting that there were no changes after the Mediterranean diet with the added virgin olive oil.

What could be the reason for that?

A good assumption would be that nuts contain nutrients the olive oil is missing, especially antioxidants.

Oil even if it is a good oil is not as good as natural unprocessed food.

30 grams of nuts is only one big handful.

Get in the habit of reducing your intake of grains and use some nuts instead. That will work a lot better for you (unless you are allergic to nuts). 

Reference

Sala-Vila A, Romero-Mamani ES, Gilabert R, Núñez I, de la Torre R, Corella D, Ruiz-Gutiérrez V, López-Sabater MC, Pintó X, Rekondo J, Martínez-González MÁ, Estruch R, Ros E.Changes in ultrasound-assessed carotid intima-media thickness and plaque with a Mediterranean diet: a substudy of the PREDIMED trial.Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Feb;34(2):439-45.

 

 

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What is the best predictor of aging?

Posted by on 3:10 am Anti-Aging, Diet, Eating, Health, Inflammation, Low glycemic meals, Vegetables | 0 comments

 

Chronological and physiological age is not the same.

You can be younger than your actual years or you can be older. This depends a lot on your diet and lifestyle.

The referenced research was conducted to figure out the most important drivers for successful aging (Arai Y, et.al., 2015). This is important because you don’t want to just live for a long time, you want to stay healthy as you get older.

1554 individuals were included in the study, and 684 were 100-105 years old and 105-109 years old. There were also 536 who were 85-99 year old and some children of the 100-105 years old.

The researchers looked at multiple biomarkers and this is what they found.

Inflammation predicted all-cause mortality in the 85-99 years old and in the 105-109 years old.

Inflammation also predicted capability and cognition in 105-109 year olds better than chronologic age.

The inflammation score was also lower in the children of these individuals compared to age-matched controls.

if you want to function well  as you get older, Inflammation is the most important factor to keep low. 

It is important to keep in mind that oxidative stress is also involved in inflammation.

Oxidative stress due to oxidant/antioxidant imbalance, and also due to environmental oxidants is an important component during inflammation and respiratory diseases, asthma being one of those conditions (Biswas SK, Rahman I, 2009).

This is what you can do to keep inflammation low.  Implement a high nutrient, low glycemic index, plant based diet.

Take a well absorbed form of  Curcumin and Boron. Both of these compounds have shown to reduce inflammation.

Take S-Acetyl Glutathione which is a form of Glutathione shown to get into the cells. Glutathione is the body’s most effective protection against free radical damage. It also regulates the immune function.

References

Arai Y1, Martin-Ruiz CM, Takayama M, Abe Y, Takebayashi T, Koyasu S, Suematsu M, Hirose N, von Zglinicki T,Inflammation, but not Telomere length, predicts successful ageing at extreme old age: A Longitudinal Study of Semi-supercentenarians.EBioMedicine. 2015 Jul 29;2(10):1549-58.

Biswas SK, Rahman I.Environmental toxicity, redox signaling and lung inflammation: The role of glutathioneMol Aspects Med. 2009 Feb-Apr;30(1-2):60-76.

 

 

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How can you protect yourself from the neurotoxicity of mercury?

Posted by on 6:30 am Antioxidents, Diet, Eating, General Health, mercury | 0 comments

Everybody agrees that having a well-functioning nervous system is of great importance if we are going to function well and be healthy.

There are several things that can damage the nervous system, and mercury is one of these toxins. Contamination of the environment and subsequently our food is common, mercury in fish is one example.

Contaminated fish is one way mercury enters our body.

One way of avoiding the mercury in fish is of course not to eat fish, but we can be exposed to mercury from other sources as well. It is difficult not to be exposed to mercury at all. Mercury has been found to cause oxidative damage and induce neurotoxic damage with involvement of the mitochondria (Aschner M, et.al., 2007). The mitochondria is the energy producing component of the cell.

The body has mechanisms in place to deal with toxins and oxidative stress, otherwise we would not have survived. The protection we have is not always enough, even if we eat food that includes a lot of plants which can help to provide antioxidant protection.

The most effective antioxidant the body is making is glutathione, and it works very well if we have enough of it to deal with the toxins and free radicals we are exposed to. Data indicates however that the availability of glutathione to the cells may not be sufficient to provide protection against mercury toxicity (Becker A, Soliman KF, 2009). As we get older we make less glutathione each year, and after we turn 40, we can use some additional help. In some cases, even younger people can benefit from some assistance, it depends on how much toxins and free radicals the body has been exposed to through the years.

We now have an effective form of glutathione we can take in capsule form, and that is S-Acetyl Glutathione.
The most common form on the market, reduced glutathione, is not a very effective form since it is oxidized in the stomach and offer very little protection. S-Acetyl Glutathione is however transferred into the cells where it is needed. (Cacciatore I, et.al., 2010).

References

Aschner M, Syversen T, Souza DO, Rocha JB, Farina M. Involvement of glutamate and reactive oxygen species in methylmercury neurotoxicity. Braz J Med Biol Res. 2007 Mar;40(3):285-91.

Becker A, Soliman KF. The role of intracellular glutathione in inorganic mercuryinduced toxicity in neuroblastoma cells. Neurochem Res. 2009 Sep;34(9):1677-84.

Cacciatore I, Cornacchia C, Pinnen F, Mollica A, Di Stefano A. Prodrug approach for increasing cellular glutathione levels. Molecules. 2010 Mar 3;15(3):1242-64.

 

 

 

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How meal times and light exposure affects cancer risk

Posted by on 6:08 am cancer risk, Eating, General Health | 0 comments

 

When the timing of meals was assessed to see if it affected the risk for breast and prostate cancer, something interesting was found.

The research was carried out between 2008 and 2013 in Spain (Kogevinas M, et.al., 2018). Included in the study was 621 cases of prostate cancer and 1205 cases of breast cancer compared with controls.

When participants sleeping immediately after dinner were compared to those sleeping 2 or more hours after dinner, the ones waiting 2 or more hours after dinner before they went to sleep had a 20% reduction in cancer risk for breast and prostate cancer combined.

A similar protection was observed in subjects having dinner before 9 pm compared with those having dinner after 10 pm. Not only does the food we eat affect cancer risk, but how late we eat and how long we wait before we go to bed after the last meal are all factors associated with cancer risk.

How does light exposer during the night affect cancer risk? Exposure to outdoor light in the blue spectrum during the night was associated with breast cancer when comparing the highest versus the lowest tertile (Garcia-Saenz A, et.al., 2018).

Men who slept in “quite illuminated” bedrooms had a higher risk of prostate cancer than men who slept in total darkness.

These are factors most of us can easily control.

References

Kogevinas M, Espinosa A, Castelló A, Gómez-Acebo I, Guevara M, Martin V, Amiano P, Alguacil J, Peiro R, Moreno V, Costas L, Fernández-Tardón G, Jimenez JJ, Marcos-Gragera R, Perez-Gomez B, Llorca J, Moreno-Iribas C, Fernández-Villa T, Oribe M, Aragones N, Papantoniou K, Pollán M4, Castano-Vinyals G, Romaguera
D. Effect of mistimed eating patterns on breast and prostate cancer risk (MCCSpain Study). Int J Cancer. 2018 Jul 17.

Garcia-Saenz A, Sánchez de Miguel A, Espinosa A, Valentin A, Aragonés N, Llorca J, Amiano P, Martín Sánchez V, Guevara M, Capelo R, Tardón A, Peiró-Perez R, Jiménez-Moleón JJ, Roca-Barceló A, Pérez-Gómez B, Dierssen-Sotos T, FernándezVilla T, Moreno-Iribas C, Moreno V, García-Pérez J, Castaño-Vinyals G, Pollán M, Aubé M, Kogevinas M, Evaluating the Association between Artificial Light-at-Night Exposure and Breast and Prostate Cancer Risk in Spain (MCC-Spain Study). Environ Health Perspect. 2018 Apr 23;126(4):047011.

 

 

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Support your brain the easy way

Posted by on 7:20 pm Brain, Eating, General Health | 0 comments

This is an easy way to support your brain health.

The sooner you take action to support a healthy brain function the better it is.

In the following study 2313 participants had their brains scanned using MRI and re-scanned 5 years later (Virtanen JK, et.al., 2013). Blood plasma was also measured for fatty acid content.

The researchers found that a higher long-chain omega-3 fatty acid content was associated with better white matter grade and with lower prevalence of subclinical infarcts. White matter grade on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a way to evaluate the risk for dementia, stroke and disability (Kuller LH, et.al., 2007).

This is also interesting. When omega-3 fatty acid concentrations are low, B vitamin treatment has no effect on cognitive decline, but when omega-3 levels are in the upper normal range, B vitamins interact to slow cognitive decline (Oulhaj A, et.al., 2016).

It used to be healthy to eat fish. The fish itself and more specifically the omega 3 fat in fish is still healthy, but the problem now is that fish is full of contaminants. Contaminated fish is not healthy, and that’s most likely why some research on fish consumption does not show health benefits.

We do however need omega 3 fatty acids, they are especially important for the brain. A good quality fish oil tested for contaminants with high amounts of EPA and DHA, the active ingredients in fish oil, is an easy way to increase omega 3 fat intake without being exposed to a lot of toxins.

References
Kuller LH1, Arnold AM, Longstreth WT Jr, Manolio TA, O’Leary DH, Burke GL, Fried LP, Newman AB,
White matter grade and ventricular volume on brain MRI as markers of longevity in the cardiovascular health study. Neurobiol Aging. 2007 Sep;28(9):1307-15.

Oulhaj A1, Jernerén F2, Refsum H2,3, Smith AD2, de Jager CA4, Omega-3 Fatty Acid Status Enhances the Prevention of Cognitive Decline by B Vitamins in Mild Cognitive Impairment. J Alzheimers Dis.
2016;50(2):547-57.

Virtanen JK, Siscovick DS, Lemaitre RN, Longstreth WT, Spiegelman D, Rimm EB, King IB, Mozaffarian D.Circulating omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and subclinical brain abnormalities on MRI in older adults: the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Oct 10;2(5):e000305.

 

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