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Insulin and Inflammation

For some years there has been a gradual dawning of an interesting, even worrying, link between the amount of Insulin ..
Trehalose and Sporting Performance

The dietary needs of the elite and recreational sportsman and woman are complex and highly variable. The underlying n..
Trehalose - what is its Glycemic Index

I was asked the other day what the GI of Trehalose was. They had been looking around on the internet and become confu..
B Vitamins - explained

When people refer to B Vitamins they are essentially referring to water-soluble vitamins (excluding Vitamin C). These..
How Much Omega is Enough

Essential Fatty Acids are nutritional cornerstones of human health. Two major families of fats are comprised under th..

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Omega-3s for Eyes

Omega-3s for Eyes A large body of scientific evidence indicates that supplementing with fish oil benefits eye health in people of all ages. Why? Because fish oil is the best source for EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids that are among the most important nutrients for the development, function, and maintenance of eye tissue throughout life. DHA is particularly important for the eyes, and attains its highest concentration within eye tissue, where it accounts for approximately 30% of the total fatty acids.* The research-bac..

Trehalose - what is its Glycemic Index Trehalose - what is its Glycemic Index

I was asked the other day what the GI of Trehalose was. They had been looking around on the internet and become confused because some sites say it has a GI of 70 while others just suggest that it is low - some suggest it is around 30. So here is the truth.  In order to measure anything you need to have a standard to measure against. The common standard that foods are tested against for GI is the WHO/FAO protocol.   This protocol includes the following: Each subject is studied 5 times per product. The test ..

Omega-3s for the Back and Joints

Omega-3s for the Back and Joints Back and joint pain often originates in different causes, but typically has one underlying factor—inflammation. Normally a protective mechanism, inflammation can produce many negative health effects when it becomes a long-term or chronic condition—including chronic pain and the breakdown of cartilage and tissue. A large body of scientific evidence indicates that fish oil supports the body's natural anti-inflammatory response and the internal repair systems that operate in response to inflammation. Studi..

Barley Grass

A few years ago a friend visted from Canada and talked of eating Barley Grass (and wheatgrass) and my reaction was simply to dismiss her comment as wierd. However, increasingly I'm seeing more and more health conscious individuals who are including green food concentrates such as Barley grass and other cereal grasses in their diets.    So on checking Barley grass appears to be richer in individual vitamins and enzymes than many other known super-foods. The real benefit and power of Barley grass is the combination of all the..

Omega-3s for the Brain & Mood Omega-3s for the Brain & Mood

Omega-3s for the Brain & Mood A large and growing body of scientific evidence indicates that fish oil benefits mental health and brain function in all stages of life. EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids in fish oil, are particularly concentrated in the brain—an organ composed of nearly 60% fat—and the nervous system, where they provide necessary building blocks for healthy cells and tissue.* DHA, for example, constitutes 20% of the total fatty acids in the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer of the brain responsible f..

Omega 3 and the heart Omega 3 and the heart

Omega-3s for the Heart There is more scientific evidence behind the cardiovascular benefits of fish oil than any other nutritional supplement. Thousands of clinical studies have shown that increased intake of EPA and DHA—the omega–3 essential fatty acids in fish oil—enhance overall cardiovascular function.* The American Heart Association recently released an updated statement recommending that healthy adults eat fish at least twice a week, patients with heart disease to take 1 gram EPA+DHA per day, and individuals with high triglyc..

How Much Omega is Enough How Much Omega is Enough

Essential Fatty Acids are nutritional cornerstones of human health. Two major families of fats are comprised under this designation, omegas 3 and 6. They are deemed 'essential' because we need them for proper health—much like certain vitamins and minerals—but cannot produce them on our own. We must therefore consume these fats through diet or supplementation.   Most people associate omega-3s with cardiovascular health, but their benefits go far beyond the heart. The two main omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosa..

Trehalose and Jam/Preserve making Trehalose and Jam/Preserve making

Last year we attempted to make blackcurrant jam with 100% trehalose but we had some production issues that suggest we need more development time. The trehalose formed a hard crust on the top surface and tended to crystalise on the surfaces that cooled first - ie the glass making for some real difficulties and wastage. The centre of the jam remained quite loose and useable so we might have to investigate the use of xylitol or another sugar to get better results. However, the taste was fantastic without the extreme sweetness normally associate..

A comparison of Trehalose and Xylitol A comparison of Trehalose and Xylitol

Many diabetics have used Xylitol as a sugar alternative for many years and it is a great alternative in some cases.  One of the reasons Xylitol is favoured for diabetics is that it has a very limited effect on blood glucose levels. The graph shows the effect on blood glucose of glucose, sucrose, erythritol, xylitol, mannitol and sorbitol. They are all very much the same in terms of effect but in terms of usefulness in the home Xylitol comes out top every time because it looks like table sugar and can be used almost interchangably with s..

Trehalose and Diabetes Trehalose and Diabetes

One of the most common questions I get relates to Diabetes and Trehalose. In essence the question is this; Is trehalose safe to use? Diabetes is, boiled down to its simplest description, the inability of the body to regulate blood glucose levels.  There are roughly speaking 2 different clasifications of diabetes. where the body doesn't produce any insulin at all where the body doesn't produce enough insulin. In the first case the body either has to have external insulin introduced or find another way to reduce th..

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