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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.


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How healthy are low GI foods. Very healthy indeed!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The Glycemic Index (GI as it is commonly known) is a measurement of the quality of carbohydrates in a particular food and how fast 50 grams of this carbohydrate raises blood glucose levels, (and consequent insulin secretion and effects produced by the pancreas) as it is digested.

The GI ranks carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with high GI levels and which are rapidly digested and absorbed result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low GI foods are slowly digested and absorbed and therefore produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels. Low GI foods have been proven to have benefits for health.

Low GI diets:

  • improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and
  • reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance

Recent studies from Harvard School of Public Health indicate that the risks of diseases such as coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes are strongly related to the GI of the overall diet. The World Health Organisation in 1999 recommended that we base our diets on low GI foods in order to avoid the common diseases of affluence such as obesity, coronary heart disease and diabetes.

Low GI foods are most fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and wholegrains and fructose. High GI foods include corn syrup, most ice creams, starches, rice, glucose and sucrose.

A low GI diet can also help reduce stress. By providing a steady low release of glucose to the blood stream through a low GI diet, the body is able to have a long lasting supply of energy which can maintain a high performance at work, or be used for extra leisure activities and a good general mood.

Stress is a major factor affecting our overall health today Stress is a non-specific ailment that affects the body as a whole. The immune system is depress arising allergies and prone to get sick. The digestive system does not function effectively and the absorption of nutrients is reduced.

Managing stress involves a good diet. A low GI diet can prove beneficial by improving digestive function, enhancing the immune system and providing a long lasting and steady supply of energy (glucose) to maintain an active life style.

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