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Carotenoids have long been known for their nutritional value and capacity to boost the body against nasty diseases. They ought to be top of your eating list for the good they do but maybe, from time to time, we just need to remind ourselves how valuable and easily sourced these foods are. The top 10 are:
- Baked sweet potato
- Cooked carrots
- Cooked dark green leafy greens
- Cos/romaine lettuce
- Cantaloupe melon
- Sweet red capsicums
- Dried apricots
- Cooked peas
- Cooked broccoli
- Cooked peas
There is a really well explained piece on How Stuff Works about the current research into carotenoids and how they impact positively on health. it’s a bit of a long read but well worth it because it is so enlightening. The very latest research is on older adults and how carotenoids appear to improve brain function and thinking. Well worth investigating and pursuing further. Nutrition for any age group is essential but if it impacts on how well you thing then it’s to be highly encouraged.
“The grape seed extract prevented the build-up of proteins in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s disease and improved brain function.”
Most of our grapes do not have seeds any more because people do not like them. This research at Flinders university, however, tends to suggest that grape seeds are helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s. It’ll be a while, as usual, before any treatments will be available, but now we need to get grape seeds back! In the mean time we can drink our reds which help brain function!
Image via WikipediaD. Vincent Fortanasce’s new book, The Anti-Altzheimer’s Prescription lists a dozen food which will help protect you form Alzheimers. Those who know the disease know how devastating it is to have a loved one plucked from you and turned into someone you do not recognise and whose mood swings can be as disturbing for them as they are for you.I have blogged about this condition before and we are getting closer to finding something which will help more effectively. In the mean time we do have to look at ways and means of helping ourselves and others. Books like this help by providing information and a calm perspective and if diet will help, then that’s something easy we can all do for ourselves…and I’ll be first in line to eat all the berries!