Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why Organic ?

Dear Friends,

Hope you are enjoying the blog posts and i feel its use full for you, this time i would like to share some information about organic food items. Recently me and my wife we bought a cook book which i we felt very good, Book name VEGETARIAN when we are reading we found few interesting topics in that which i would like to share with all of my blog readers.

In That book they mentioned about why we need to look into organic foods, i think its in page number 7, i will share that information now in this post along with my other views why we need to prefer Organic foods. " The growing use of antibiotics, artificial additives, and chemicals, as well as the introduction of irradiation and genetically-modified foods has added fuel to this concern, In 1995, 46 % of fruits and vegetables analyzed in one study contained pesticide residues. A group of known as organophosphate have been a particular problem in carrots, while the results for celery are also disturbing. People are looking healthier, less processed foods, and the demand for organic foods is growing at a rate of about 30% every year."

These are the words which i found in that book which made me think about this, the reason i want to share this information is lot of people don't know much about why they need to prefer organic foods. There may be so many other reason

Toxic Chemicals Are Not Used In Producing Organic Products : Organic produce is grown without the use of toxic chemicals. The products also undergo a strict quality control procedure and must meet a certain standard before they are certified organic. Because of this, people who patronize organic products have less exposure to toxins that can accumulate in their bodies and affect their health in the future. It's true that most of the chemicals used in farms have been approved by the EPA. Although only chemicals approved by the EPA are used by farmers, there are claims that the research done on these chemicals is not enough to assure the public's safety. For one thing, the effects of consuming these chemicals only manifest after years of exposure to them. These chemicals are actually seen as one of the causes of cancer. There are also some claims that these can also cause depression, anxiety and poor memory. Sometimes, they are even blamed for the occurrence of convulsions, nausea, indigestion and dermatitis.

Organic Foods Can Improve A Child's Behavior : Foods containing sugar, artificial coloring and preservatives can make a child more hyperactive. For this reason, children who consume organic products have more focus and are more well-behaved than those who eat non-organic ones. At the same time, it should be considered that since growing children consume more food than adults, they are more exposed to the disease-causing chemicals mentioned above.

Organic Foods Have More Nutrients : The non-organic products that are used to make produce bigger and more appetizing tend to increase the water content of the crop. At the same time, these products undergo a lot of processes that can strip away the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables. In fact, a study has shown that organic tomatoes have more lycopene than non-organic ones. Another study shows that organic potatoes contain more polyphenols, flavonols and reservatrol.

These claims make organic products a better option for people who are concerned about their health and well-being. As of the moment, several studies are still being done to prove these claims. But, there really is no harm in trying out organic products in order to see if these claims are true.

Some facts about the organic food :

1. Organic products are better for you. When something is “certified organic,” it means that no insecticides, herbicides, fumigants, fungicides, or miticides have been used to treat the plants. Many of the chemicals used to kill insects, weeds and fungus have been found to be carcinogens (cancer-causing). The next time you buy a commercial tomato or apply your favorite lipstick, ask yourself: is it worth the risk?
2. Organic produce is held to a higher standard. Organic foods are more closely regulated by federal and local governments. For example, in the state California, produce must be registered with the State Department of Food and Agriculture and certified by a third-party, non-governmental organization. A three-year land transition period to ensure that the soil is chemical-free is required before any crop harvested from that land can be certified organic.
3. Buying organic is better for communities. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 50% of all farm products come from only 1% of the farms. It's also estimated that the United States has lost more than 650,000 family farms in the past decade. Buying local, organic products keeps local farmers in business and small communities alive.
4. Organic farming protects farmers. Did you know that farmers are six times more at risk for cancer than in any other job?
5. Buying organic protects water quality. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that agriculture is responsible for 70% of the pollution to the country's rivers and streams caused by chemicals and animal waste runoff. In fact, the EPA estimates that pesticides—some of them carcinogens—contaminate the groundwater in 38 states. This means that pesticides are polluting the primary source of drinking water for more than half the United States’ population.
6. Organic farming is better for the soil. Organic farmers rotate crops to ensure that soil doesn’t leech or erode. Land that is used by commercial farmers generally experiences a significant greater rate of erosion than that of organic farmers, who use terrace-building and other conservation practices to protect the soil.
7. Organic farming uses less energy. Traditional farming uses more fuel than any other industry—a whopping 12 percent of the country's total energy supply. Many organic farmers weed and till by hand and sell products locally, using less gasoline to harvest and transport crops.
8. Organic farming processes are easier to spell. Try c-o-m-p-o-s-t. Easy, right? Now try d-i-f-e-n-o-c-o-n-i-z-o-l-e. Huh?!
9. Organic food doesn’t have hidden costs. Although you may complain that organic food is more expensive, in reality, it’s really not. Conventional food covers all kinds of hidden costs that are paid by taxpayers, like pesticide regulation and testing, hazardous waste disposal and clean-up, and environmental damage. Buy organic and lower your taxes!
10. Organic food tastes better. More nutrients means better flavor. Happy tummy, happy family. Happy family, happy planet.

In future i would be updating more about organic foods friends read this blog regularly.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Omega 3

Dear Friends,

Great friends, I am very happy to see good responses for these posts, even i am enjoying to sharing the information which will help people to know more about the nutrition and health. Recently when i started talk to my close family friend about some dietary supplements they said that they are getting balanced meal, They are vegetarians so i feel lot of people around us are having lot of miss co of the balanced meal and nutrition supplements, that is the main reason i started writing this blog so improve the aviaries about balanced meal and nutrition. Coming to the point to day in this article i am sharing about omega-3 fatty acids.

What can high-omega-3 foods do for you?

  • Reduce inflammation throughout your body.

  • Keep your blood from clotting excessively.

  • Maintain the fluidity of your cell membranes.

  • lower the amount of lipids (fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides) circulating in the bloodstream.

  • decrease platelet aggregation, preventing excessive blood clotting.

  • inhibit thickening of the arteries by decreasing endothelial cells' production of a platelet-derived growth factor (the lining of the arteries is composed of endothelial cells).

  • increase the activity of another chemical derived from endothelial cells (endothelium-derived nitric oxide), which causes arteries to relax and dilate.

  • reduce the production of messenger chemicals called cytokines, which are involved in the inflammatory response associated with atherosclerosis.

  • reduce the risk of becoming obese and improve the body's ability to respond to insulin by stimulating the secretion of leptin, a hormone that helps regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism, and is expressed primarily by adipocytes (fat cells).

  • help prevent cancer cell growth.

What conditions or symptoms indicate a need for more high-omega-3 foods?

  • Depression

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Type 2 Diabetes

  • Fatigue

  • Dry, itchy skin

  • Brittle hair and nails

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Joint pain





Some more usefull information you can find in the following URL's :


http://www.omega-3.se/en/food.html

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Daily Vitamins

Dear Friends,
Hope you are enjoying the articles related to Nutrition, Recently i found nice video related to daily nutrition & balanced meal.. Enjoy this video and understand about daily vitamins.



post your questions and comments in the comments section.

Regards,
Venkat

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Why we need Vitamins every day

Dear Readers,

Its Out great pleasure to present the articles related to health, our mission to provide the best self help for the people to understand about the better nutrition for healthy life style. Today we are going to present you about the Importance of Vitamin on every life.
If we observe, more than ever most of us are beginning to realize that we are not getting our proper nutrition just from our food and that we need to take vitamins and other nutritional supplements on a regular basis. There might be different reason for this, its may be that we are not getting all the vitamins & mineral form the food we are taking on every day basis. Your daily vitamins play some very important roles within the body. They help strengthen your immune system, slow down the process of aging, and increase your energy levels. When choosing a daily vitamin make sure you know what you need and what you are looking at.

Vitamins are sometimes referred to as the "spark plugs" of our human machine. They are required to do many things and their excess or depletion can lead to acute and chronic disease. This is why understanding the vitamins is important in healthy aging. The vitamins are categorized into two groups:
* fat-soluble (vitamins A,D,E, K)
* water soluble (vitamins B,C, P).

The difference is important because the water soluble vitamins are excreted by the kidneys and it is particularly important to be certain that they are present in our daily consumption. On the other hand the fat soluble vitamins are stored in fat and other tissues and if we ingest too much they can accumulate and Vitamin A in particular is known to be toxic. Only vitamins D and K are produced by the body and the others must be either in the food we eat or in a supplemental pill or capsule. Vitamins A, C, and E are anti-oxidants and data shows they can help prevent cardiac disease and some cancers.

Some Problems with Vitamin Deficiency:

Vitamin D is necessary for the health of our bones. If we have insufficient levels of vitamin D this can lead to brittle bones. It is important to also take a supplement of calcium to maintain bone density and help prevent osteoporosis in patients who are developing this with age. Vitamin B12 is important in maintaining mental function. Vitamin B12 is found naturally in lean red meat, chicken and skim milk. Folate and vitamins B6 and B12 are required for homocysteine metabolism and have been shown to reduce heart disease if ingested in appropriate concentrations. The antioxidants potentially reduce the incidence of several chronic illnesses. The point is that vitamins are important in maintaining our health.


What role do vitamins and minerals play in nutrition?

Vitamins help the body turn food into energy and tissues. There are 13 vitamins in all: vitamin A; the vitamin B complex, which includes thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12 pantothenic acid, and biotin; and vitamins C, D, E, and K.

Minerals are needed for growth and maintenance of body structures. They also help to maintain digestive juices and the fluids found in and around cells.

Unlike vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, minerals are not made by plants and animals. Plants get minerals from water or soil, and animals get minerals by eating plants or plant-eating animals. The minerals the body needs in large amounts include calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulfur. Other minerals, called trace elements, are needed in much smaller amounts. Trace elements include iron, copper, fluorine, iodine, selenium, zinc, chromium, cobalt, manganese, and molybdenum.

Here is a rundown of what each macronutrient does and some good sources.

Carbohydrates Carbohydrates include all starches and sugars. They are the body's main source of energy. Each gram of carbohydrate provides 4 calories. Most foods contain carbohydrates. The main sugar in food is sucrose, which is everyday white or brown sugar. Other sugars include lactose (found in milk) and fructose (found in most fruits and many vegetables). Starches are a more complex form of carbohydrate. They are more filling and contain more nutrients than foods with lots of sugars, fats, or oils. Foods containing starches include beans, breads, cereals, pasta, and potatoes.

Fats Fats pack a lot of energy. Each gram of fat provides 9 calories. There are three kinds of fat: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. Animal and dairy fats, which remain solid at room temperature, are saturated fats. Saturated fat is often called "bad" fat. Unsaturated fats include vegetable fat and oils; they remain liquid at room temperature.

Proteins Proteins provide energy at 4 calories per gram, but they are more important as the body's building materials. Muscle, skin, bone, and hair are made up largely of proteins. In addition, every cell contains proteins called enzymes, which speed up chemical reactions in the body. Cells could not function without these enzymes. The body uses proteins to make antibodies, or disease-fighting chemicals, and certain hormones such as insulin, which serve as chemical messengers in the body. (Other hormones, such as the female hormone estrogen, are not made from proteins.) Meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs, cereals, legumes, and nuts are all good sources of protein.

Feel free to ask questions.

Some more details :

* Importance of Vitamin C

* Importance of Omega3




Sunday, June 28, 2009

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Dear Friends,

Its our great plasure to share the topic related to health, hope you are enjoying the articles, in this present article we are going to present you about the one of essential fatty acid called Omega 3. Omega-3s are termed essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are critical for good health. Since the body cannot make them on its own, omega-3s must be obtained from food.

Omega 3 may be just the thing to offer you some relief if you suffer from any immune system disease. These can include such illnesses as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, or eczema. There have been many studies showing a significant improvement and boost in the immune system when Omega 3 has been increased in people suffering from these ailments.

Why we need Omega3 ?

Scientific studies have found that omega3 fatty acids are good for the heartand lower the death rate from heart attacks.Other effects of these acids include anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting actions,lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reducing blood pressure.There is also evidence that omega3 fatty acids may also reduce the risk of diabetes,stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerate colitis,some cancers, and mental decline.

Key Functions

  • Reduce hypertension. Studies of large groups of people have found that the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may aid in lowering overall blood pressure level.

  • Improve heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids may play a part in keeping cholesterol levels low, stabilizing irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), and reducing blood pressure.

  • Protecting the heart. Researchers now believe that alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the omega-3s, may be particularly beneficial in protecting against heart and blood vessel disease, and for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Food Sources

Key omega-3 fatty acids include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA), and alpha-lineolenic acid (ALA). EPAs and DHAs are found in oily cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel, as well as fresh seaweed. ALAs are found primarily in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed oils, and certain vegetable oils. But the thing is human body can extract only 10% of omega3 from the ALA.

Usage

There is no established recommended daily intake for omega-3s, but a healthy diet containing significant amounts of foods rich in this essential fatty acid is recommended.

Omega-3 fatty acids are very safe to consume. However, most experts recommend limiting fish consumption to two to three servings weekly because so many fish may be tainted with mercury and other contaminants. Fish oil capsules do not usually present this same risk. There are wide rage of omega3 capsules are available in the market, one thing we need to keep in mind that the high price involved in the purification of fish oil, so to test your capsule how much pure fish oil they used to prepare that :

To test your capsule you need to put your capsule you need to keep that in a plastic zip lock cover and keep it in deep freezer for 6hr and take it out and cut that into two parts if fresh oil is coming out of that mean its a pure fish oil Omega 3, the reason behind this is pure fish oil will be in liquid format only.

Safety Evidence

There are no known side effects associated with increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids through foods, although fish oil capsules do pose the risk of a "burp" factor – a harmless, sometimes unpleasant, fishy aftertaste that occurs with some brands of fish oil capsules.

Some more links :

URL : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3_fatty_acid

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Health is Wealth

Hello Friends,
We all hear that "Health is Wealth" from our elders. To maintain the better health we need to understand lot of things. In today's fast life & food habits we are not getting proper nutrition for optimal health. So i would like to share few basics about smart nutrition secretes with all of you.
Lets Start this with C Vitamin. when it comes to Vitamins, every one will say that we are taking Optimal food for better health. That may be correct but lets see how much Vitamin C we need per day & how much Vitamin C will be there in your everyday food.
Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid is an essential nutrient for humans.The vast majority of animals and plants are able to synthesize their own vitamin C, through a sequence of four enzyme-driven steps, which convert glucose to vitamin C. The glucose needed to produce ascorbate in the liver (in mammals and perching birds) is extracted from glycogen; ascorbate synthesis is a glycogenolysis-dependent process. In reptiles and birds the biosynthesis is carried out in the kidneys.
Among the animals that have lost the ability to synthesise vitamin C are simians (specifically the suborder haplorrhini, which includes humans),These animals all lack the L-gulonolactone oxidase (GULO) enzyme, which is required in the last step of vitamin C synthesis, because they have a defective form of the gene for the enzyme. Some of these species (including humans) are able to make do with the lower levels available from their diets by recycling oxidised vitamin C.
In humans, vitamin C is essential to a healthy diet as well as being a highly effective antioxidant, acting to lessen oxidative stress; a substrate for ascorbate peroxidase; and an enzyme co-factor for the biosynthesis of many important biochemicals. Vitamin C acts as an electron donor for eight different enzymes.

Antioxidant
Ascorbic acid is well known for its antioxidant activity. Ascorbate acts as reducing agent to reverse oxidation in aqueous solution. When there are more free radicals (Reactive oxygen species) in the body versus antioxidant, human is under the condition called Oxidative stress. Oxidative stress induced diseases encompass cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, chronic inflammatory diseases and diabetes. The plasma Ascorbate concentration in oxidative stress patient (less than 45umol/L) measured is lower than healthy individual (61.4-80umol/L). According to McGregor and Biesalski increasing plasma ascorbate level may have therapeutic effects in oxidative stress individual. Individual with oxidative stress and healthy individual have different pharmacokinetics of ascorbate.

Recommendations for vitamin C intake have been set by various national agencies:

60 milligrams per day: the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency
75 milligrams per day: the World Health Organization
60 mg/day: Health Canada 2007
60–95 milligrams per day: United States' National Academy Of Sciences.


The United States defined Tolerable upper intake level for a 25-year-old male is 2,000 milligrams per day.




Mostly when all the about items are not cooked the vitamin C availablity is given, When you cook the that might change.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Importance of Calcium

Dear Readers,

Every one of us now that Calcium is important for bone and teeth, lets have look into few topics about bone health.

Bone health is important so that your bones will be healthy and strong throughout your lifetime. It is especially important to build strong and healthy bones in the childhood and teen years to avoid osteoporosis and other bone problems later in life. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones are fragile, making them fracture or break much easier. Taking care of your bones when you’re young will help prevent problems in the future.

You can build strong bones by getting enough calcium and weight-bearing physical activity during the and teen years, when bones are growing their fastest. Young people in this age group have calcium needs that they can’t make up for later in life. In the years of peak skeletal growth, teenagers build more than 25 percent of adult bone. By the time teens finish their growth spurts around age 17, 90 percent of their adult bone mass is established.

Your body continually removes and replaces small amounts of calcium from your bones. If your body removes more calcium than it replaces, your bones will become weaker and have a greater chance of breaking. By getting lots of calcium when you’re young, you can make sure your body doesn’t have to take too much from your bones. Bones have their own “calcium bank account,” so depositing as much calcium as possible during your tween and teen years will help you reach your mass. After age 18 the account closes – so you can’t add any more calcium to your bones. You can only maintain what is already stored to help your bones stay healthy.

Bones are living tissue. Weight-bearing physical activity causes new bone tissue to form, which makes bones stronger. This kind of physical activity also makes muscles stronger. When muscles push and tug against bones during physical activity, bones and muscles become stronger. For more information on weight-bearing physical activity and bone health, visit the Milk Matters Web site section, Increasing for better bone health.

But when it come to a point of taking calcium most of the people will say that they are taking enough calcium for there body. Let have a look into the following table how much calcium human body requires depending on age.



In the above table each glass represent 8 fl oz ( or 224ml ) milk, this is the recommended minimum calcium in take. Many of us will say that not only milk other food also we will have calcium we are taking that. but the fact is the many of us are not taking the necessary quantity of calcium if you want to know how much calcium will be there in other food please post your e-mail id in comments, i will update you with that data.

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