Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 7:29 am
There is a plethora of research showing the benefits of blueberries and their super anti-oxidant capacity. No need to purchase expensive acai berry juice transported from another continent when we have an abundance of a super food all around Massachusetts, Maine and NH. However the antioxidant capacity of blueberries can be completely undone by a common practice – especially in the morning. The undoing is a four letter word. M-i-l-k. This is similar to how the antioxidant capacity of tea is undone.
In a just released Italian study looking at blood levels of 2 phenolic phytochemicals, i.e. antioxidants, they found that ingesting blueberries without milk increased antioxidant blood levels. However when milk was consumed with blueberries there was absolutely no change in blood antioxidant levels.
We must consider the possibility that the binding of milk to these acidic antioxidants reaches far beyond tea and blueberries. Any fruit or herb (i.e. tea, coffee, chocolate) that has acidic water soluble antioxidants (as opposed to something fat soluble like beta-carotene in say a mango or vitamin E in nuts) would probably be mitigated by adding milk.
The researchers of the above article suggest to gain maximum antioxidant potential from fruits that they’d be consumed away from other meals. (This does make sense for a digestive point of view as well as many people can have trouble with fruits after meals causing gas and bloating.)
So ditch the milk. Drink your tea black, your coffee black, your chocolate dark, and your berries on its own.
Licensed Dietitian / Nutritionist
Maynard, MA & Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 12:15 pm
There are so many natural options available for the majority of cases known as acid reflux, GERD (GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease ), heartburn, or whatever you want to call that it is appalling how these are indiscriminately handed out given their potential deleterious effects. There are certainly times when someone may need a Proton Pump Inhibitor (i.e. Prilosec) or H2 Antagonists (i.e. Ranitidine). However those cases are when there is concern about esophogeal cancer, throat cancer, ulcers etc. where the symptoms have become more severe or there is concern about it getting that severe.
During pregnancy almost 9 out of every 10 women have acid reflux symptoms and often they are prescribed these medication to treat the symptoms. However, many women find that acupuncture and/or abdominal massage offers outstanding results for eliminating acid reflux or at least reducing it to a tolerable level so that medications aren’t required. A study to be published next month out of Children’s Hospital in Boston determined that pregnant women who take acid medication increase their child’s risk of asthma by nearly 50% if the mother had no prior allergy history. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 1:19 pm
The news has been loaded with a plethora of articles touting the benefits of vitamin D reported in nutrition journals. Based on research of the past few years it appears that Vitamin D plays a large role in regulating the immune system. Most recently the American Academy of Pediatrics have doubled its recommended daily dosage of Vitamin D for kids. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 at 7:30 am
For many types of headaches acupuncture can provide relief of pain and reduce medications. In addition Chinese Medicine is effective at bringing the headache sufferer’s body back into balance by using acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes. The majority of the time headaches are a symptom of imbalance in the body. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 at 6:41 pm
There is a great article published today in the NYT about a pediatrician in California who experimented by eating only organic food for 3 years. (Of course he lived in California it is one of the few places you can get organic food all year round). Dr Greene runs a website aptly named drgreene.com – it is a great resource for all pediatric questions. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, November 30th, 2008 at 11:32 am
I can’t believe it! Did you see the headlines suggesting that if we take statin drugs prophylactically we will reduce our risk of heart disease? A study out of the New England Journal of Medicine was picked up by the major news outlets that if healthy people without elevated cholesterol but elevated C-Reactive Protein (CRP) take Crestor then it reduces their risk of having a heart attack. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, November 21st, 2008 at 10:50 am
Even though pharmaceutical companies are pushing statins on the general population through physicians – and you may have been pressured to take statins by your doctor you can still “just say no”. First of all there is not much compelling evidence that statins actually reduce your chances of getting vascular disease. However, there is clear evidence that statins can reduce your cholesterol levels. So what statins are doing is treating a number, not reducing chances of a functional disease outcome. There is plenty of information out there about the cholesterol myth so I will not repeat it here. You can read it and decide for yourself. Of course, there are cases where statins are necessary but they are just a small percentage of the number of people that are treated with these potentially deleterious drugs. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 8:21 am
There have been many studies showing that acupuncture is very effective at helping reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy. Clinically I can attest to acupuncture’s efficacy as I’ve had many cancer patients come in during their chemo weeks because it helps balance their stomach and GI system and reduce the need for other anti-vomiting medication. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, November 6th, 2008 at 1:59 pm
A study out of Japan looked at the effects of acupuncture for patients with dyspnea (shortness of breath) for at least 5 years. There were 2 groups of 30 hospitalized patients, 15 in the acupuncture group and 15 in the control group. The acupuncture group received acupuncture treatments once a week for 10 weeks plus standard care medications. The control group received standard medications. The acupuncture group received the same acupuncture protocol – i.e. everyone received the same exact treatment each week. (In my opinion this is one of the problems with many acupuncture studies. One disease can offer many different acupuncture treatments that are customized to each individual. I feel customized acupuncture treatments offer more effective clinical outcomes.)
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Sunday, October 26th, 2008 at 9:14 am
Living in the Northeast we are lucky to have one of the worlds healthiest fruits growing in our backyard. There have been a multitude of studies citing blueberries neuroprotective effect, not to mention its also a great fruit for diabetics because of its low glycemic index. Another study was just released showing blueberries neuroprotective effect against cognitive decline. Read the rest of this entry