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Lemon, peel
The lemon, scientific name Citrus limoni, is a plant of the Rutaceae family, the same as tangerine, orange and bergamot. The term lemon also refers to the fruit of this plant, of a beautiful intense yellow color and characterized by a rounded shape. Lemon is known and appreciated for its juice, drunk as a purifying and refreshing drink, used to dress salads or to marinate fish, meat or even fruit. But science is also interested in another part of the lemon, less used except for giving flavor to ...
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Longevity diet Part 2, drinks and foods in Okinawa
Okinawa, an archipelago in the East China sea, is considered the country of centenarians. A special mix of healthy diet, antioxidant drinks and exercises able to keep the body flexible and active makes the lifespan of the inhabitants of Okinawa very long. In the previous post we have seen the first part of the Okinawa’s guide lines. Today we’ll the second part, according to the study of the scientists Bradley Willcox and Craig Willcox, who spent much time in Okinawa in order to understand the li...
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Longevity diet Part 1, the secret of Okinawa
Okinawa is a Japanese archipelago composed by 161 lush islands surrounded by a crystal-clear sea. But Okinawa is also the country of centenarians with people that show one of the longest lifespan all over the world. The interesting thing is that in Okinawa the people live so long but also healthy, both in body and in mind. The scientists consider Okinawa an outdoor lab in order to understand the secret that allows people in Okinawa to live so long. The hormone-dependent cancers, such as, for e...
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Food combinations and cooking methods, asparagus
The edible parts of asparagus, scientific name Asparagus officinalis of the Liliaceae family, are its young shoots. These vegetables bring important healthy substances, such as rutin, with a protective action on the heart, brain and blood vessels, quercetin, an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant substance, but also fibers, beneficial for the gut, vitamins A, B, C, K and E, zinc and folic acid, namely vitamin B9, (Nishimuro et al, Nutrients, Apr 2015 - Ganeshpurkar et al, Saudi Pharm,...
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Chai tea
Indian chai tea is not just a modern trend but it is a healthy aromatic drink with a very ancient tradition, dating back more than 5000 years ago. This tea is made with black tea, milk and a mixture of spices, including ginger, cardamom, pepper and cinnamon, which make it a digestive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant drink, able to stimulate the metabolism. Properties - Scientific studies (Azimi et al, Rev Diabet Stud, Feb 2015) have shown that a drink prepared with black tea and 3 grams of s...
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Basmati rice
Basmati rice is a really special variety of rice, cultivated for centuries at the foot of the Himalayan mountain ranges but nowadays readily available on the shelves of supermarkets all over the world, both in the white and whole grain version. This type of rice has an elongated shape characterized by an intense flavor thanks to the presence of an aromatic compound called 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (Bourgis et al, Theor Appl genet, Aug 2018). The special aroma of basmati rice released by the cooked gr...
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Fat burning diet Part 12, the sirtuins
Is it possible to lose weight with eating? Even if it may seem a strange thing, the answer to the question is yes, it is, according to recent, and very promising, researches that are focusing their attention on the connection between aging, diet and fat burning in a really complex but fascinating process. The shelves of the supermarkets are full of products prepared with refined flours, sugar-rich drinks, sweets with glucose syrup designed to satisfy our need of sweet and fatty food that is insi...
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Curry
Curry is a mix of spices originating from India. This orange-yellow powder is obtained by crushing different spices and the composition of the mix varies on the basis of the type of curry, less or more spicy, and of the Country. In fact, this high aromatic mix is now widespread in all the South Est Asia with small changes in its formulation. However, the basic mix is given by turmeric, black pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, saffron, nutmeg, fenugreek, chili pepper and cardamom...
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Fat burning diet Part 11, keeping on talking about fish
Our body gets the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids from diet, for this reason, our food choices are responsible for the intake of these important substances, both essential to our health but with different actions. In fact, omega 3 fatty acids act by counteracting inflammation, adipogenesis and fat accumulation, on the contrary, omega 6 fatty acids stimulate the inflammation processes and the fat production. The scientists Gerard Ailhaud and Pierre Weill were the first ones who understood that on...
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Fat burning diet Part 10, let’s talk about fish
In the previous post dedicated to fat burning diet we have seen that one of the causes of the obesity epidemic in the Western world may be the imbalance between omega 6 and omega 3 taken with the diet. These fatty acids, although both essential to the body, have a different effect, omega 6, indeed, are pro inflammatory and able to stimulate adipogenesis, omega 3 instead counteract inflammation and the production and accumulation of fat. An optimal ratio between omega 6 and omega 3, able to have ...
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Fat burning diet Part 9, the problem of milk
Until the first years of the new millennium it had not been possible for the scientists to understand the so called American paradox, although this phenomenon isn’t observed just in US but also in other Countries such as Europe. Between 1976 and 2000 American people were able to lower their intake of fats and calories but nevertheless the registered obesity was growing (D. Servan Schreiber, Anti Cancer, Sperling & Kupfer – Heini et al, Am J Med, Mar 2017). And the biggest problem for the scienti...
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Fat burning diet Part 8, teas and herbal teas, white tea and mate
Keeping at bay the body weight and counteracting the so called "pot belly" should not be considered a question of aesthetic, but a question of health. In fact, when fat accumulates in the area of the waistline it could, in the long run, cause a state of chronic inflammation, the ideal environment for various diseases. A lifestyle that involves moderate physical activity is certainly a good choice, as well as preferring unrefined flours and rice, fruit and, above all, vegetables, but a help can a...
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Fat burning diet Part 7, the herbal teas green tea and Java tea
In the latest posts we have focused the attention on the fat burning foods because, according to scientific researches, the adipose tissue, especially if localized on the waistline, may result a problem for health since it has been shown to worsen the chronic inflammations (You et al, Curr Diabetes Review, Feb 2006). A condition of chronic inflammation of the body in the long period may cause several illnesses such as cardiovascular problems, auto immune diseases, cancer but also depression (Lop...
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Fat burning diet Part 6, the spices mustard and ginseng
Today we will see a new chapter dedicated to that foods that, with different mechanisms, may help us fight obesity and abdominal fat. These conditions indeed can be really dangerous because they feed chronic inflammations in the body thus creating the ideal environment for several illnesses. In this first part we are focusing our attention to all that spices that, if added to our dishes, are able not just to give taste but also to reduce fat accumulation and increase energy expenditure. However,...
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Fat burning diet Part 5, the spices chili pepper and nutmeg
Choosing the foods to put on the table is not irrelevant to our health and some foods may be really useful to counteract overweight and the fat localized on the waistline. This type of fat indeed is more dangerous than subcutaneous fat because, according to scientific studies, it acts like an endocrine organ by releasing hormones and inflammatory substances that feed chronic inflammations. In the long run this condition may cause diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems or even cancer...
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Fat burning diet Part 4, the spices turmeric, black pepper and cloves
As we have seen in the previous posts counteracting overweight, and in particular abdominal fat, is a choice for our health. The adipose tissue indeed, especially if localized on the waistline, is an endocrine organ and is able to produce hormones and inflammatory substances, thus causing a chronic inflammation that is the basis of several illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and cardiovascular diseases (Coelho et al, Arch Med Sci, 2013 - Deng et al, Annu Rev Pathol, 2016). Let’s se...
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Fat burning diet Part 2, the spices cinnamon and saffron
Counteracting obesity, especially if the fat is localized on the waistline, is a question of health rather than aesthetics. In fact, several scientific studies have observed that the fat, and in particular abdominal fat, is not inert but an organ able to produce hormones and pro-inflammatory substances that in the long run may create the conditions for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and even tumors (Coelho et al, Arch Med Sci, 2013 - Deng et al, Annu Rev Pathol, 2016). Also in t...
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Fat burning diet Part 2, the spices ginger and vanilla
In the previous post dedicated to the fat burning diet we have introduced that an excess of fat, especially localized around the waistline, may be a dangerous enemy for our health. The adipose tissue indeed, and in particular when it accumulates on the belly, isn’t inert but a true organ that produces inflammatory substances and hormones and creates, in the long term, an environment for illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, inflammations but also cancers. But, in practice, what ca...
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Fat burning diet Part 1, the risk of fat
Fat burning diet, why is it so important? Because health can also be measured through body weight! We aren’t speaking about exhausting diets that promise in a short time to make you lose weight and we aren’t speaking about lifestyles that cause extreme thinness, this isn’t health neither for the body nor for the mind. We are referring, on the contrary, to diet choices that, with time, help keep our optimum body weight by counteracting obesity and the dangerous fat accumulations, especially on th...
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Bamboo shoots
Bamboo shoots, or bamboo sprouts, are the new edible shoots of different species of bamboo. They are used in Asian cuisine but, nowadays, they can be found easily pretty much everywhere and added to our dishes to make them tastier and healthier. Bamboo shoots have indeed interesting nutritional properties, they are a low sugar food and are a precious source of essential amino acids, vitamin E, vitamin B6, that is very important because plays a pivotal role in the synthesis of serotonin and there...
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Vitamin C
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an essential substance to life, it is water-soluble and should be introduced in our body with diet or through supplements because the body isn’t able to produce it. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, according to scientific studies (Vojdani et al, Cancer Detect Prev, 2000 or Padayatty et al, J Am Coll Nutr, 2003), supports immune system and protects the cells from the dangerous action of the free radicals. Vitamin C is able to lower the blood pressure by promoti...
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Cucumber, as a food
The cucumber, scientific name Cucumis sativus, belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, just like pumpkin, zucchini, melon and watermelon. It is native to India but it was very appreciated also by the ancient Egyptians. The fruit has an elongated shape, a dark green peel a bit bumpy, a lighter pulp and is made up of 96% water. For this reason, cucumber is the perfect vegetable that can be eaten in summer and on hot days in order to avoid dehydration. In addition to this, cucumbers have also detoxify...
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Walking
Walking, the easiest and most spontaneous form of physical activity, is also a natural remedy. We don’t give enough importance to it but it can bring a lot of benefits, vitality and wellbeing. In fact, more than 2000 years ago Hippocrates, a Greek physician considered the father of medicine, argued that walking is the best form of medicine. A constant and regular practice helps remove tensions, tones the muscles and makes elastic and flexible ligaments and tendons. Walking improves the blood ci...
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Shallot
Shallot, scientific name Allium ascalonium, is a bulb native to Ashkelon, an ancient city of Palestine. It is similar to garlic, with a bulb constituted by several cloves covered by a thin peel. Like the other members of Allium family, such as garlic, onion, leek and chives, also shallot is a source of phytochemical sulfur-containing compounds that develop when shallot is cut, chopped or sliced. These substances act as anti-cancers by inhibiting the proliferation and growth of many cancer cell...
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Rocket
Rocket, scientific name Eruca versicaria, also known as arugula, is an annual plant of the Brassicaceae family that includes also broccoli and cabbages. The leaves are used in cooking to prepare tasty salads, to fill piadine (Italian flatbread sandwiches) or as an ingredient to season pasta or pizza, better if raw in order to preserve all the nutrients. Rocket is characterized by a particular and strong flavor and it is also very healthy. Rocket indeed is a source of vitamins, especially vitamin...
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Farro
Farro is an ancient cereal grain belonging to Graminaceae family and that, thankfully, we are discovering again. The earliest traces that witness its cultivation by humans date from the VIII millennium B.C. in the region of Fertile Crescent. However, over the centuries this cereal has been forgotten because of its harvesting, more difficult than other cereals. Moreover, in comparison to other grains such as durum wheat or common wheat, even after threshing farro is still covered by glumellae, a ...
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Pineapple, herbal medicine
From the fruit of the pineapple, scientific name Ananassa sativa of the Bromeliaceae family, we obtain a herbal remedy in the form of mother tincture. This mother tincture is characterized by a draining action, is able to stimulate the metabolism and has digestive and remineralizing properties thanks to the presence of mineral salts such as manganese, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and iodine. In addition to this, bromelain, especially present in the pineapple stem, has also an ...
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Blood orange
Blood orange is a type of orange, citrus sinensis, characterized by a dark orange-intense red colored flesh and by amazing healthy properties that make it, among all the citrus fruits, one of the best choices to put on the table. The distinctive dark red flesh is due to the presence of anthocyans that are powerful antioxidant substances that counteract the free radicals and protect from cancers. And the more intense the shades of red and purple of the flesh the more anthocyans are contained. Beh...
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