Astaxanthin – the Super Anti-Oxidant
Astaxanthin has many unique properties not shared by other carotenoids. It protects the entire cell membrane attaching itself to each layer, thereby offering global protection for each cell.
While most antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, can typically only handle one or two free radicals at a time, astaxanthin can neutralize multiple free radicals simultaneously. It can also handle multiple different types of free radical species, whereas most other antioxidants tend to target only certain types of free radicals (which is why you need many different types of antioxidants in your diet).
Astaxanthin will never transform into a harmful pro-oxidant, which can happen to other antioxidants once they become depleted.
No harmful side effects have been noted in any of the safety studies performed on astaxanthin. The only side effect noted is an orange coloring of the skin at very high dosages, around 50 mg/day. Recommended dosages range from two to 12 mg/day, depending on the health status of the individual and their health problem.
Low Vitamin D Levels and Weight Gain
A study of more than 4,600 women age 65 and older shows that having low vitamin D levels can contribute to mild weight gain. Women who had insufficient levels of vitamin D gained about two pounds more compared to those with adequate blood levels of vitamin D during the 4.5-year long study. Those with insufficient levels also weighed more at the outset of the study.
More than half of obese adolescents seeking weight loss surgery are deficient in vitamin D, according to a recent study. Eight percent were found to have severe deficiencies, and teens with the highest BMIs were the most likely to be vitamin D deficient. Less than 20 percent had adequate vitamin D levels.
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Anti-oxidants are vital to our health. Without them in our diet we’re vulnerable to infections, heart disease, premature ageing and possibly even cancer. Although our bodies produce their own anti-oxidants, we also need to boost our defences by eating foods that contain them. Anti-oxidants protect us against Free Radicals which are a by product of digestion and metabolism. Environmental pollution, illness and cigarettes can make us become “overloaded” with Free Radicals.
To boost your quota of anti-oxidants make sure you include the following in your diet:
Seafood – a good source of selenium, omega 3, Vitamin E
A wide variety of fruits and vegetables for Vitamin C and beta carotene.
Nuts, avocados and vegetable oils for Vitamin E
Mushroom Terrine Serves 8
12oz (3 cups) mushrooms chopped
6 oz (¾ cup) minced, cooked ham
12oz (1½ cups) minced pork
3 oz (½ cup) onion minced
1 ½ oz (¾ cup) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
2 tomatoes skinned and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 large egg
pinch of sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together thoroughly.
Turn into an earthenware terrine, cover with foil and bake in a moderately hot oven (375F, 190C gas mark 5) for 1 – 1½ hours. Serve with crusty wholemeal bread and/or a green salad.
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The unexpected is waiting for you. And it contains
Our next insight, our next opening, our next opportunity
often comes when we least expect it. Never think for a
moment that “the game is over.” It is not.
Just when all the chips are down, the chins should be up.
So…chin up. This round may not have gone well, but I
promise you, this is not the last word.
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