Nutritional Immunology

Nature’s Exquisite Offerings 3/4: Fighters for Life ~ Cactus

Cactus PlantCactus contains thousands of phytochemicals that perform myriad functions in the body. Besides regulating the immune system, they also help wound healing. Scientists tested a topical application that consisted of cactus extract and found that phytochemicals in cactus accelerated tissue regeneration by inhibiting inflammation, stimulating fibroblasts (cells that aid in wound healing) to move to the wound area, speeding up collagen formation and growth of new blood vessels.

The polysaccharides in cactus also contribute to wound healing and immune system regulation through modulating macrophage function.

Cactus contributes fiber and strengthens antioxidant activity as it contains nutrients such as pectin and beta-carotene. It also has the eight essential amino acids-histidine, isoleucine, leucine, Iysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine and valine, which is rare for any plant.

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Nature’s Exquisite Offerings 4/4: The Food of Life ~ Royal Jelly

Queen BeeRoyal Jelly is a substance produced by worker bees and fed to the larva from which the queen bee develops. Queen bees live up to 8 years, which is 50 times longer than worker bees. A rich source of complete protein, royal jelly contains all essential amino acids, natural sugars, unsaturated fats, minerals and B-vitamins.

Researchers found that natural honeybee products such as royal jelly and honey aid in cancer treatment and prevention. The bee products may have direct effects toxic to cancer cells, or help the immune system fight tumor development.

Many studies indicate that royal jelly can prolong life and prevent aging. Athletes have reported increased stamina and general wellbeing after adding royal jelly to their diets. Royal jelly exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

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What Scientists Say About Nutritional Immunology ?

How much you know about the health hazard we are facing today?

How much you understand about your very own immune system?

This video was recorded 10 years ago. And you’ll be surprise how real the outcome we are facing today have actually been warned again and agian by scientists. Today, it’s no more “one out of 4 will get cancer”… the real hard fact from World Health Organization (WHO) is that ‘one out of three will get cancer!” This also hold true for the country I’m living in, Singapore.

What about the rising statistics on heart diseases, diabetes, aids, and all these recent infectious diseases…?

Be educated on the science of Nutritional Immunology and have the wisdom to make wiser choices for better life!

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What is Good Mental Health?

Our state of mind is shaped by the way we think and that affects our response to situations we face in our lives. Having good mental health or a healthy state of mind is not just about feeling happy. It also means accepting yourself for who you are and being able to cope with changes or challenging situations. Ensuring a healthy state of mind is just as important as having a healthy body.

How Does Having Good Mental Health Help Me?

when you have good mental health, you will feel confident of yourself and will find life more enjoyable. You will also cope better under pressure and recover from a setback more quickly.

You are in good mental health if you:

  • Have a strong sense of self-worth.
  • Feel that your life is manageable and meaningful.
  • Cope well under stressful situations.
  • Are strong enough to regain in state of composure after a setback
  • Are able to balance the demands at home, at work and in your social life.
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships with family members, friends and colleagues.

However… Having good mental health does not mean your life is now stress-free. We all encounter challenges and setbacks from time to time. The good news is, you are better equipped to handle such situations if you have a healthy state if mind.

There may be times where you may feel overwhelmed. Look out for these warning signs that may indicate tht your mental health may be affected:

  • You constantly feel overwhelmed by demands at home and at work.
  • You feel that there is no solution or end to your problems.
  • You have trouble sleeping at night.
  • You lose interest in your usual recreational activities, and this persists over a prolonged period of time.
  • You feel exhausted all the time.
  • You feel like you could have a mental breakdown at any time.

If you experience any of the above described, I’ve given the 10 tips that you could regain good mental health again.

10 Tips to Achieve Good Mental Health

These 10 tips can help you achieve or regain good mental health. Apply them to your life today!

  1. Value Yourself ~ Realise that you are unique as an individual. Be confident of your abilities and resist the urge to underestimate yourself. Do your best, but don’t keep blaming yourself if you make some mistakes along the way. Instead, learn from your mistakes and move on.
  2. Know Your Strengths and Limitations ~ All of us have our strengths and weaknesses. Recognising and accepting them can help build your confidence and self-esteem. Make a list of your strength and weaknesses. What are your skills and interests? What are the things you have difficulty with or make you feel frustrated when you carry them out? Ask your family and friends for their opinions of you. To get a clearer idea of yourself, include the qualities they mention in the list as well.
  3. Stay Connected With Your Loves Ones ~ Develop and maintain strong and supportive relationships with your family and friends. Having people in our lives that we can rely on has an impact on our emotional wellbeing. Staying connected requires you to be open about your feelings with your loves ones. Whether it is to share a piece of good news or simply to tell them about your day, such openess strengthens the relationships you have with them. It also allows other people to become aware of what is bothering us.
  4. Manage Your Time ~ Practice good time management to minimise stress and tension. Prioritise the tasks you need to do. Don’t waste time worrying about aspects of the project which cannot be changed or are beyond your control. In the mist of completing your tasks, do set aside time for yourself to do the things you enjoy, such as a carrying our a hobby or catching with friends.
  5. Set Realistic Goal ~ Whether it is at work or at play, setting realistic goals can help keep your spirits up and motivate you to move forward. Even the most complicated task seems less ovewhelming when you break it down into smaller, more manageable steps.
  6. Take Care Of Your Body ~ It is all to easy to neglect our body when we feel stressed or anxious. Being physically fit benefits your mental and emotional health as well.
  7. Wholesome foodsEat Healthily ~ A balanced diet is vital in helping us achieve goood mental health. Nutritional Immunology has given me the wisdom to choose eating wholesome foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) for my good health.
  8. Get Active ~ regular exercise does not only keep our bodies fit, it also helps regulate our moods and make us feel better. Do any form of exercise or a sport you enjoy for 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week to keep yourself physically active and emotionally uplifted!
  9. Get Enough Rest ~ Ensure you get enough sleep so you will feel well rested upon waking up. Stessful situations can seem more difficult to slove when you feel tired. In contrast, you will feel more equipped to handle challenging situations if you have had sufficient rest the night before.
  10. Take Up A Hobby ~ Taking up a hobby or learning a new skill, such as playing a musical instrument, stimulates your mind. Such activities are also a welcome break from the daily demands you face at home and at work.

I believe practising these 10 simple tips will lead you quickly to good mental health easily and joyfully.

Article Source: Singapore Health Promotion Board

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Calcium Check

At your next meal, you might want to eat more wholesome, calcium-rich foods. These plant foods are some of the best sources of calcium, which does more than just build bones and prevent osteoporosis.

Researchers think that calcium from wholesome foods may protect the body from cancer, by helping to prevent abnormal cell growth. For example, calcium can help to protect against colon cancer by preventing the growth of colon polyps, growths in the large intestine that are precursors to colon cancer.

In February 2009, a groundbreaking study about cancer prevention and calcium was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Scientists observed 492,810 people over 7 years, and found that those who consumed more calcium had less risk of colorectal cancer and other cancers of the digestive system.

Those who consumed the most calcium from their diets were the healthiest. The men who consumed the most calcium (1,530 milligrams daily) had a 16 percent lower risk of colon cancer than men who consumed the least calcium, while the women who consumed the most calcium (1,881 milligrams daily) benefitted by having 28 percent lower risk of colon cancer than women who consumed the least. This clearly shows that women have a lot more to benefit from calcium-rich foods!

The study stated that in order for calcium to have its protective effects, it should be
consumed from foods, not supplements. This is because the body needs other nutrients to aid absorption of calcium and to work with calcium to prevent diseases. The best nutrients come untouched in wholesome, natural forms—a principle of Nutritional Immunology. Such nutrients are packaged by Mother Nature so that they are safely and easily absorbed into the body.

With such benefits from calcium, it makes perfect sense to take stock of calcium-rich foods in your diet. For your daily calcium intake, try plant foods and herbs such as soy, pearl, broccoli, kale, walnuts and wakame. They are not only good sources of calcium, but also many other nutrients that the body needs for good health. Bon appétit!

References:
1. Linsey Tanner. Calcium Cuts Risk of Some Cancers. AOL News. 23 Feb 2009.
http://news.aol.com/health/article/calcium-cuts-risk-of-some-cancers/355261

2. Grau MV et al. Prolonged effect of calcium supplementation on risk of colorectal
adenomas in a randomized trial. J Natl Cancer Inst 2007 Jan 17; 99:129-36.

Article source from E.Excel website.

How do genetic disorders come about?

Fact: Genetic disorders are not always inherited. A child may have a genetic disorder that his parents do not have! How is this possible? Thanks to scientists, we now have answers.

What are genes?

A gene is a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) sequence that instructs a cell to make proteins, the building blocks of life. Genes are like computer commands: different genes tell cells to produce different proteins. There are 25,000 to 35,000 genes in the nucleus of every cell in the body, and they contain even more information than a dictionary!

All humans have the same basic set of genes. Half of a person’s genes are inherited from his father and the other half from his mother. They are attached to X and Y chromosomes. Females have two X chromosomes, while males have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome.

However, the story of our genes does not end there.   Read more…

Keep an Eye on our Vision

Imagine living in a world of darkness. Simply household chores may seem like a Herculean task. Losing one’s sight can indeed be a debilitating condition that affects a person physically, emotionally, mentally and even economically.

Our Windows to the World

The eyes capture light from their surroundings before transforming it into impulses that the brain interprets as images. They are extremely sensitive, and will not hesitate to swell, turn red, tear or itch to warn the body of the presence of foreign bodies or possible allergies. Containing potent lysozymes, tears secreted from the eyes disable invading pathogens to curb their entry into the body.

Turning A Blind Eye

For many of us, our job requires us to sit for many hours in front of the computer. This, plus poor television and reading habits can overtax the eyes, gradually leading to eye fatigue and worsening vision. Age is another factor contributing to a declining immune system that could lead to deteriorating vision.

Keep an Eye for these Common Eye Maladies:

Diabetic Retinopathy – An insidious disease that has little or no early warning signs. Exacerbated by diabetes, the accumulation of blood vessels in the retina.

Retinal Vein Occlusion – Due to blockage of the central or branch retinal vein, retinal vein occlusion causes swelling and leakage of blood fluids. In addition, abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina may lead to blindness from bleeding, scarring or retinal detachment.

Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a result of damage to the optic nerve, mostly caused by abnormally high pressure within the eye. There is some evidence showing that glaucoma may also be due to inappropriate destruction of healthy eye cells by a malfunctioning immune system.

Keratitis – Keratitis is the result of cornea inflammation due to bacterial or viral infection. Herpes simplex keratitis, a viral infection, is triggered by stress, excessive exposure to sunlight or a compromised immune system.

Cataracts – Affecting almost half of the people between the ages of 65 and 74, and about 70% of those over 75, cataracts are the clouding of the eye lens that can lead to impaired vision.

All is Not Lost

Poorer eye health may be inevitable with age but we need not throw in the towel just yet. To boost eye health, Nutritional Immunology encourages erecting an immune fortress through a nutritious diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants. A moderately active lifestyle can also help stave off other diseases that may aggravate eye ailments.

If you are in Singapore, there is a free talk on “Caring for your Eyes” this month:
13th February 2009, 1pm-2pm (Singapore time)
National University Hospital
5 Lower Kent Bridge Road
Health Education Hub
Main Building 1, Level 1
Registration: Free
Enquiry: (65) 67722184

Happy New Year 2009!


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6 tips on memory improvement

Almost everyone I know could benefit from a better memory. From remembering shopping lists and not forgetting birthdays to national championships, everyone can be helped. There are several ways I have learned how to improve my memory.

1. Eat foods rich in Omega 3 – studies have shown that Omega 3 improves cognitive functioning. Once the brain has been drained of water, most of what is left is Omega 3.

2. Drink lots of water – Our brains are made up of 70% water, drink the recommended 2 litres a day.

3. Exercise regularly – Getting a good oxygen flow to the brain is essential. Pick an exercise plan based on your current level of fitness and start small. Please consult with your doctor before taking up any rigorous form of exercise.

4. Stimulate your brain – Give it a good workout. Sudoku/Kakuro or Brain Training for the Nintendo Wii are great for this.

5. Sleep well – studies show that sleeping helps trigger areas in the brain that lead to a better memory. Set a definite time to wake and only go to sleep when you are tired.

6. Learn the storyline memory system – say you have to pick eggs, milk and bread at the shop after work. Create a story in your mind linking all 3 and run through it a few times. Eg. you are cutting a freshly baked loaf of bread and the floor begins to shake, a huge egg comes in through the door, you defend yourself with a supersoaker watergun filled with milk. The crazier the better!

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