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Amazing Polyphenols

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

“Dramatic new scientific discoveries have unlocked the genetic secrets to a longer healthier life.” (1) So begins Dr Joseph Maroon’s chapter on polyphenols compounds among them resveratrol in his book The Longevity Factor.

The story of resveratrol is unfolding dramatically as we find out more of its benefits as a life lengthening polyphenol.

Dr Maroon outlines in his book four ways to access the secrets of genetics to live longer and healthier.

1.      Eat and drink natural foods with the highest polyphenol antioxidant content, such as red wine, grape juice, green tea, dark chocolate, and apples.

2.      Take supplements containing superconcentrated polyphenol and resveratrol from natural sources.

3.      Take resveratrol with or without additional polyphenols, as a dietary supplement.

4.      Use a prescription resveratrol-like drug. ( p.168)

Some people feel that this is “new age” alternative medicine. But the earliest recorded use of polyphenols to cure disease dates back to the French explorer Jacques Cartier when he was in North America in 1534. The Native Americans revived him and his crew who were near death with a concoction of pine bark and needles that were extremely rich in a particular polyphenol called procyanidin. Today this potent antioxidant is marketed as pycnogenol for its effect on the heart and blood vessels. This belongs to the family of polyphenols that provide health benefits that are found in red wine, chocolate, blueberries, cranberries and more.

 1) Dr. Joseph Maroon, The Longevity Factor


Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Each time you sit down to eat you are making life and death decisions. O you may not know it at just that moment. But if we were asked we would always say we’re making decisions for life. But look at that menu in front of you. Many fast foods have been shown to be harmful. Thankfully most restaurants are getting away from using trans-fat today. But a lot of them are still using hydrogenated oils. When fast food entered the scene obesity became commonplace among many people.

Imagine a superfood – not a drug – strong enough to lower your cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease and cancer. Also this food could put you in a better mood. And, oh, there are no side effects.

Even people who are healthy can make a few changes and see an even better life.

Look at some superfoods to build your life-giving meals.

We’ve always heard that spinach is good for us. And it’s true.Another good green vegetable is broccoli.

And we’ve know that oranges are good for us. But have you thought about blueberries? They’re high in antioxidants and phytoflavinoids as well as potassium and vitamin C. They also help because they’re anti-inflammatory. And inflammation is a key ingredient in chronic disease. Organic are better but all blueberries are good for us.

We think about pumpkin for the holiday season but it would also be good to eat it more often. Turkey is not just for the holidays. In fact turkey come in many ways today. Soy and yogurt are also good.

Now a handful of walnuts are also a good superfood. Make your beverage of choice green tea which has been in the news quite a lot lately. Some say five cups a day are extremely beneficial .And thenthere are some people who prefer black tea.

Then there’s salmon. There is a double problem here: a) finding wild salmon that isn’t tainted by toxins, and, b) almost all farm-raised salmon are not fed algae and small fish. Farm raised salmon are usually fed soy and corn which doesn’t give these salmon any omega-3. And we know that omega-3 lowers the risk of heart disease and helps with Alzheimer’s and memory loss.

We’ll round this out with beans and tomatoes as Superfoods.

Some also considers whole grain bread a superfood. But it needs to have at least three grams of fiber to be a superfood. And remember whole wheat is not the same as whole grain.