Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Gift of gods?

We found out recently that the Little Boy love pears. He munches on it in morning and afternoon teas. I think, pears are in season because of its abundance in the shops and they are particularly sweet and the appearance is good.

Health Benefits

Protection from Free Radicals

Our food ranking system also qualified pears as a good source of vitamin C and copper. Both of these nutrients can be thought of as antioxidant nutrients that help protect cells in the body from oxygen-related damage due to free radicals. Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant in all water-soluble areas of the body, and in addition to its antioxidant activity, is critical for good immune function. Vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, directly kills many bacteria and viruses, and regenerates Vitamin E (an antioxidant that protects fat-soluble areas of the body) after it has been inactivated by disarming free radicals.

Copper helps protect the body from free radical damage as a necessary component of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a copper-dependent enzyme that eliminates superoxide radicals. Superoxide radicals are a type of free radical generated during normal metabolism, as well as when white blood cells attack invading bacteria and viruses. If not eliminated quickly, superoxide radicals damage cell membranes.

Treat your tastebuds to a delectable, juicy pear, and you'll be treating your body to 11.1% of the daily value for vitamin C along with 9.5% of the daily value for copper.



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Not Just Another Berries

It's not really cherry season here but we saw cherries in the shop this week. The Little Boy hasn't tasted it yet so we decided to buy some - the price isn't that bad (almost $10/kilo). It doesn't taste that sweet but not bad at all.

Just like other berries, cherries have so many health benefits too. They are called "superfruits", fruits that contain natural compounds that have potential disease-fighting properties. The fruit contain antioxidants, betacarotene (19 times of blueberries and strawberries), vitamin C & E, and provide potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.
Emerging research suggests that cherries or the natural compounds found in cherries may help…
Reduce inflammation and ease the pain of arthritis and gout
Offer protection against cardiovascular disease and certain cancers
Reduce the risk of diabetes and insulin resistance syndrome
Aid in the treatment and possible prevention of memory loss


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Friday, 16 May 2008

Omega 3

Fish is rich with omega 3. Good for the heart.

Another good source is the krill oil, of course made from krill. It contains Omega-3 fatty acids, a class of compounds reported to aid in lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure when used as a dietary supplement. It can significantly reduce dysmenorrhea and the emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Fish cost an arm and a leg. It's not always part of our diet but lately, I tried to make a meal with tuna, at least twice a week. Jens doesn't like the plain tuna but if with spaghetti, he can't wait for me to spoon it to his mouth. :) It might be the sauce.

Drink Tea

Another reason why drinking tea is good for you - helps keep bones strong. Regular drinking of tea (as proven in study and experiment) increases bone density as well as bone mineral density.

There you go. If you're not fond of drinking milk, you can opt for tea instead. And if you're drinking both, well, you have a healthy bones now.

I am not a tea drinker but after knowing this, I might give it a go. Well, after I had weaned Jens, that is.