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Fast Food Diet Increases Risk of Depression by More than Fifty Percent

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Natural News reports:

“Providing more evidence to the motif ‘you are what you eat’, scientists have found that eating a fast food diet increases the risk for depression by more than fifty percent. The food we eat today will provide the structural network for the cellular matrix that we need to support basic metabolism, cellular regeneration and repair. This is especially pronounced in brain neurons, as grey matter is largely composed of the omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA. When we don’t provide these basic building blocks, especially in the early formative years, the body is forced to use inferior fats such as those provided by hydrogenation, most frequently found in fast and processed foods.

Scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, publishing in thePublic Health Nutritionjournal have determined that eating commercially baked goods (cakes, croissants, and doughnuts) and fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs, and pizza) is linked to a 51 percent increase in the incidence of depression, compared to those who eat little or none of these foods.

Consumption of fast foods and baked goods doubles risk of depression

Researchers conducting the study found that risk of depression could be predicted in a dose-dependent manner. Lead study author, Dr. Almudena Sanchez-Villegas commented“the more fast food you consume, the greater the risk of depression.”The study found that those participants eating the largest amount of fast food and commercially baked goods are more likely to be single, physically inactive and generally exhibit poor dietary habits. Typically these individuals consumed less fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables, and olive oil, and were more likely to smoke or work more than 45 hours per week.

High consumption of commercially baked goods or fried foods subjected to the oil degradation process known as hydrogenation results in trans-fats that have been shown to dramatically increase heart disease risk in past studies. This current research demonstrates that these misshapen and synthetically processed trans-fats interfere with the proper function of chemical neurotransmitters in the brain and alter normal electrical activity necessary for intercellular signaling.

Depression among children and adults is expanding at an alarming rate, with 121 million people diagnosed worldwide. Antidepressants prescribed to manage depression are largely ineffective and only work to mask the underlying cause of the illness. A wealth of scientific evidence now points to proper nutrition as an effective tool to halt and even reverse depressive episodes. The study team advised against a diet including baked or fried foods, and emphasized the need for whole, natural foods containing plenty of B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and fresh pressed virgin olive oil to significantly lower risk of depression.”

Nushie’s Natural whole foods are certified organic and dairy and gluten free. They contain no artificial additives or preservatives and taste fabulous. Try Nushie’s Natural chia and flaxseed crackers which are rich in Omega-3.

Sources for this article include:

http://journals.cambridge.org
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120330081352.htm
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/243624.php
http://www.wellnessresources.com

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/035772_fast_food_depression_nutrition.html#ixzz1u2xqKHyd

 


				

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

“We Dare Food” Blog Reviews Nushie’s Natural Products

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

We are very proud at Nushie’s Natural to Publish the following Blog from We Dare Food of our Products:
Nushie’s Natural
>> Sunday, November 13, 2011 – Albert Park, chocolate, dessert, ice cream, melbourne, Product review

Not too long ago, I’ve been lucky enough to be given an opportunity to meet the people behind this amazing company- Nushie’s Natural. A company that produces all-natural products from ice-cream to granolas. Wait. It gets better. All their products are raw. Yup, you heard me right! Every thing’s plant-based & perfect for our vegan, coeliac and lactose intolerant friends.

The family owned company began with an inspiring story which began with Nush’s mother, Carolyn. When battling breast cancer, her interest in whole, natural & unprocessed food began. With this, Nush’s interest in healthy and wholesome developed. It wasn’t long before it became her passion and travelled to New York to work under a leading raw food chef. Fast forward a few years and here I am, talking to Nush about it.

I was intrigued by their non-dairy ice cream. I’ve had my fair share of soy-based ice cream but nothing comes close to the real deal. But Nushie’s Natural ice creams are not soy-based. ‘What?! How is it non-dairy?’ Simple. Coconut milk and cashew nuts!

Well, not as simple as you’d think! Nush spent two years perfecting the ratio between all the ingredients before introducing their first 3 flavours: Vanilla, Chocolate & Strawberry. Then came along Green Tea and Tiramisu.

Honestly, if no one told me that it wasn’t dairy-based, I wouldn’t know. I wouldn’t even consider it! I’d call you crazy! The ice cream was creamy and rich – everything a good ice cream should be. Another plus point? It’s sweetened with agave syrup! So, no refined sugar nonsense in this sweet treat!

And one flavour I couldn’t get enought of? Tiramisu. A splash of coffee and a dash of sherry, it was as good as a tiramisu ice cream could get!

You always need a crunch to go with something creamy right? ;)
Hence, the Nushie’s Flaxseed cracker, Chia crackers and Buckwheat granolas!
(A little tip: Sprinkle some granola on the ice cream and you’re good to go!)

Everyday, Nush and her wonderful crew dehydrate these crackers at 45°C and pack ‘em up when they’re ready. These crackers are packed with nutrients & enzymes so, ideal for a little snack or when I’m feeling a little peckish ;)

Currently, their products are only available in Victoria, NSW and Queensland but expansion is definitely on their mind! For more information, do check out their site: http://nushiesnatural.com.au/

Oh! And now their ice creams are available in a cute 90ml Dixie cup! Perfect for a single serving…

Special thanks to Francis and Nush for letting me visit the place where the magic happens ;)

http://wedarefood.blogspot.com/2011/11/nushies-natural.html

Flaxseeds can reduce cholesterol and blood lipid levels

Friday, November 4th, 2011

We all know that flaxseeds have wonderful health benefits, now they just keep getting better. Natural News reports that flaxseeds can reduce cholesterol and blood lipid levels.
“Bringing flaxseeds into your diet will definitely bring you good fortune, restore health, and protect you from the evils that your own body can produce.

There is a little gender-related controversy regarding the lowering of cholesterol levels via flaxseed consumption. In a study conducted by ISU professor Suzanne Hendrich of Iowa State University’s Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC), it was found that men’s cholesterol levels can fall much faster than that of a woman’s, upon the consumption of about 150 milligrams of flaxseeds (about three tablespoons) a day.

The study, which included 90 people of both genders, took place over a span of three months and looked at patients that all had high levels of cholesterol but no other underlying health-related conditions. According to Professor Hendrich, it is the flaxseed ‘lignans’ – a plant-based chemical compound group known for its protective health properties – that is responsible for helping lower cholesterol levels. “There are certainly some people who would prefer not to use a drug,” Hendrich says, “but rather use foods to maintain their health. This potentially would be something to consider.” Hendrich believes that where men in particular are concerned, the properties in flaxseeds make it a wonderful natural, long-term alternative for those who would rather opt for nature than drugs.

This doesn’t mean that women should despair however. In another significant study conducted, women who added as little as 50 grams of ground flaxseed to their daily diets for four weeks were shown to have lowered LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by 18%, without touching the HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Gene Bruno, Dean of Academics at Huntington College of Health Sciences, wrote in his 2008 article that flaxseed research has also shown major serum lipid level reduction by about 8% – an effect traditionally achieved through the consumption of fish oils.

In another study involving only female volunteers and the consumption of 50 grams of flaxseed for a month, serum lipid levels went down by about 9%. Bruno also states that the lignans in flaxseeds have been found to possess anti-platelet activating properties – essential in preventing platelets in the bloodstream from clumping, rupturing, and creating harmful clots that can lead to heart-attacks and strokes, making flaxseed a premium health option.

Adding flaxseeds to your daily diet is not only highly beneficial for your health, but also very easy. Sprinkling a spoon or two of either whole or ground flaxseeds daily on your food will give you not only a good dose of omega-3 fats, but also both soluble and insoluble fiber – as well as will regulate your cholesterol levels.”

Try Nushie’s Natural organic flaxseed crackers. They are fabulous source of flaxseed and very tasty. Being dehydrated and not cooked they retain the benefits of the flaxseeds.

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/034025_flaxseeds_cholesterol.html#ixzz1cU8yLX4F

More Research shows that Green Tea and Cocoa can lower Diabetes Risk and increase life expectancy:

Monday, June 27th, 2011

New research published in the June 2011 Issue of Journal of Nutrition provides evidence that potent epicatechin flavonoids from extracts of green tea and cocoa lower the destructive effects of high blood sugar. This can effectively prevent damage that ravages the major organs and especially the coronary arteries lining the heart muscle. Diabetes is a disease that is growing at an epidemic rate, and it decreases life expectancy by as much as eight years. Death occurs as a result of complications from multiple chronic conditions. Scientists found that epicatechin flavanoids inhibit the cellular damage caused by rising blood sugar levels and can prevent damage to the heart and liver. Regular supplementation can improve life expectancy by halting organ damage leading to chronic illness.

 

Epicatechin represents one of the antioxidants from the flavan-3-ol or flavonoids family. Epicatechin is found in several popular foods, and it is known to play a very important role in the treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

 

Health Benefits of Epicatechin

Since cardiovascular diseases affect a great number of people from all over the world, finding foods that protect the heart and the circulatory system is among the main objectives of researchers. Epicatechin is found in several such foods, so its role in the prevention or the treatment of cardiovascular diseases cannot be denied.

Besides that, Epicatechin also seems to have a beneficial effect on hypertension and diabetes. For example, people who consume dark chocolate, a food rich in Epicatechin, have an improved glucose metabolism, as well as lowered blood pressure. The sensitivity and the resistance to insulin are improved, while the systolic blood pressure drops. However, these effects are not observed when consuming white chocolate, as this one does not contain cocoa, and therefore it includes no Epicatechin.

Hypertension and insulin sensitivity depend on the production of nitric-oxide, which is directly controlled by Epicatechin and other flavanols. Despite this obvious connection, it is unknown how Epicatechin influences the biological system in order to rise nitric-oxide bioavailability. There are three possible mechanisms, which involve:

▪                Insulin-mediated cell signaling

▪                Oxidant-mediated cell signaling

▪                Renin-angiotensin system

The first mechanism is based on the fact that insulin modifies signaling molecules that are implicated in the regulation of nitric-oxide. The second one refers to the way flavanols reduce oxidative stress, a process that leads to a greater availability of nitric-oxide. The latter mechanism implies the inhibition of an enzyme that converts angiotensin. Nitric-oxide production increases in this case because the induction of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate Hydrogen-oxidase activity is prevented.

A diet rich in Epicatechin leads to functional and structural modifications in the dentate gyrus. This section of the brain plays an important role in the development of memory and learning. This compound is also known to increase the blood flow in the brain, fact that may help in the prevention of cognitive disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Many prior studies have demonstrated that sustained high levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in the circulating blood are consistent with chronic disease and shortened lifespan. The present study demonstrated that epicatechin lead to decreases in low density lipoprotein cholesterol, IGF-1 and markers of inflammation; and increases in skeletal muscle function and liver antioxidant glutathione and superoxide dismutase (one of the body’s antioxidants) activity, all of which are associated with a healthier and longer life span.

 

Because of the effect exerted by epicatechin compounds extracted from green tea and cocoa products, the authors of the study published in the June 2011 issue of Journal of Nutrition determined that the data derived “further suggests that epicatechin may be a food-derived, anti-aging compound given the important role of IGF-1 in regulating the life span of organisms.”

 

The potent health-inducing nature of green tea has been in evidence for more than 5,000 years as countless Asian generations have cultivated the plant for medicinal purposes.

 

Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia. Europe started importing tea from China in the 17th century. In China, since the Tang dynasty, the very respected Sage of tea Lu Yu said that tea was an elixir from the heavens. In Japan the art of drinking green tea is not only for good health, but is one of the most very important tradition and culture in Japan.

 

Green tea is tea made with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation. Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer.

 

Green tea contains salubrious polyphenols, particularly catechins, the most abundant of which is epigallocatechin gallate. Green tea also contains carotenoids, tocopherols, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), minerals such as chromium, manganese, selenium and zinc, and certain phytochemical compounds. The anti-oxidants in green tea is 6 times more potent than black tea. The anti-oxidants of epigallocatechin gallate are 25 to 100 times more potent than that of Vitamin C.

 

Nushies Natural Green Tea Ice Creamery is made from steeped organic raw Green Tea leaves and wheat grass which is full of anti oxidants as well as natural epicatechin compounds. Nushies Natural Chocolate Ice Creamery contains raw unprocessed cocoa nibs full of epicatechin compounds.

 

References: Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032821_epicatechin_flavonoids_lifespan.html#ixzz1QSW8LHBC

http://www.elaine-moore.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=M0WYASgHyeI%3D&tabid=59&mid=1007

http://hotreviews.pathtoyourdream.com/antioxidants-in-green-tea-increase-life-expectancy/

http://www.lef.org/newsletter/2011/0527_Epicatechin-Extends-Life-Span-in-Fruit-Flies-and-Diabetic-Mice.htm

 

Attribute: Natural News and John Phillip

 

 

There’s a lot happening in March for Nushie’s Natural!

Friday, February 18th, 2011

March will be a big month for Nushie’s Natural! We will be celebrating Albert Park’s Carnivale on Thursday 17th March 4pm to 9pm. You will be able to taste Nushie’s Natural products at Pure Organics (formerly Ripe The Organic Grocer) at 23 Victoria Avenue Albert Park…. and you will be able to purchase Nushie’s Natural products on special.

For 2 weeks from 21 March through to 3 April we will be celebrating Foodies Festival at Thomas Dux Grocer Stores in Melbourne and Sydney. We will be doing free sampling and Nushie’s Ice Creamery will be on special. Details as to times and stores will be available soon in our Tastings section.

Coming up in January and February 2011: Organic Certification, Yummy Recipes to try and more…

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Nushie’s Natural has a lot happening in January and February this year. We recommend you check back with us regularly to keep track. We will be featuring on the website a new recipe section. This new section will feature not only Nushies’s Natural products but also healthy meals which are not only nutritious but are also very tasty and yummy. They will suit everyone who is looking for healthy alternatives, including  raw foodists, vegans, and those with particular allergies such as coeliacs and the lactose intolerant.

Since posting this update we have received some fabulous recipes which we will post on our Testamonial page whilst our website is being updated.

We will also be receiving our Organic Certification for most of our products. You will hear more about this soon.

Our Health Benefits section is being updated so please check back for more info later this month.

Finally we will be doing new instore tastings in Melbourne and Sydney over the period. Come down and try a free sample at one of the participating stores.

Nushie’s Natural Ice Creamery now available in Thomas Dux Grocer Stores!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Nushies Natural Ice Creamery is now available in Thomas Dux Grocer Glen Waverley (Centro The Glen) Victoria. It will shortly be available in all 5 Thomas Dux Grocer stores in Melbourne and 3 stores in Sydney. Go to our stockists page to find a Thomas Dux Grocer store near you that stocks Nushie’s Natural Ice Creamery.

New Product Trial: Come and be a taste tester!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Nushie’s Natural will be trialing the following products on Monday 11 October between 2pm and 4pm at 137 Victoria Avenue Albert Park 3206. Green Tea Non Dairy Ice Cream, Acai Non Dairy Ice Cream, Mixed Berry Buckwheat Granola and Mexican Crunch. Come and join in the fun and have the opportunity to give us some feedback on the proposed new products.

Nushie’s Natural appoints distributors for Victoria and Sydney

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Nushie’s Natural have appointed Blue Pumpkin Distribution (www.bluepumpkin.com.au M:0402029239) and Sydney City Organics (www.sco.com.au M:0409652144) as distributors for its products in Victoria and Sydney, New South Wales.