June 14, 2017

Health Roundup - Food Edition: Salt, fatty fish, broccoli and gelatin

Top scientist says all you've been told about salt is WRONG:

By Dr James Dinicolantonio -a leading cardiovascular research scientist — based at Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Missouri — I’ve contributed extensively to health policy and medical literature. I am associate editor of the British Medical Journal’s Open Heart, published in partnership with the British Cardiovascular Society, and I sit on the editorial advisory board of several other medical journals.
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The dangerous myth that salt raises blood pressure began more than 100 years ago, with French scientists Ambard and Beauchard. They based their findings on studies of just six patients. Successive researchers misinterpreted and misused their data, building on a theory that earned media attention without any solid foundation in fact.
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In my work, I’ve examined data from more than 500 medical papers and studies about salt. And this is what I’ve learned: there was never any sound scientific evidence to support this low salt idea. What’s more, as I explain in my new book, eating too little of it can cause insulin resistance, increased fat storage and may even increase the risk of diabetes — not to mention decreasing our sex drive.

Yet salt is an essential nutrient that our bodies depend on to live. And those limits go against all our natural instincts. When people are allowed as much salt as they fancy, they tend to settle at about a teaspoon-and-a-half a day. This is true all over the world, across all cultures, climates and social backgrounds.
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Current daily guidelines limit you to 2.4g of sodium yet the average Korean, for instance, eats over 4g of sodium a day and they have some of world’s lowest rates for hypertension and coronary heart disease.

Brain scans reveal for the first time that eating plenty of salmon, mackerel and sardines protects against Alzheimer's by boosting blood flow and memory

Eating oily fish boosts our overall mental and emotional health, study reveals.  Omega-3 makes people better at acquiring and understanding new information. Simple dietary changes could prevent our risk of developing the condition.Past research suggests dementia could even be treated via high omega-3 intake

Lead study author Professor Daniel Amen, of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa, California, said: 'This is very important research because it shows a correlation between lower omega-3 fatty acid levels and reduced brain blood flow to regions important for learning, memory, depression and dementia.'

Broccoli could be key to treating diabetes

A compound - sulforaphane -  in the broccoli helps to lower blood sugar levels.  Research has found that eating or drinking broccoli in the form of juice could help stop type 2 diabetes.

The Benefits of Gelatin 

Gelatin is a protein product derived from collagen with important health benefits due to its unique combination of amino acids. There is evidence that gelatin may reduce joint and bone pain, increase brain function and help reduce the signs of skin aging. Because gelatin is colorless and flavorless, it’s super easy to include in your diet. 

Who can resist a delicious panna cotta?    Especially after all that fish and broccoli/

 Panna-Cotta

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