Tag Archives | superfoods

‘Japanese Pickle’ Can Prevent The Flu


Pic: Schellack (PD)


Via Eureka Alert:

Scientists have discovered that bacteria found in a traditional Japanese pickle can prevent flu. Could this be the next superfood?

The research, which assesses the immune-boosting powers of Lactobacillus brevis from Suguki – a pickled turnip, popular in Japan – in mice that have been exposed to a flu virus, is published today (06 November) in the SfAM journal, Letters in Applied Microbiology.

Lead researcher, Ms Naoko Waki of KAGOME CO., LTD. in Japan said: “Our results show that when a particular strain of Lactobacillus brevis is eaten by mice, it has protective effects against influenza virus infection.”

Suguki enthusiasts have often cited its protective powers but it is not known yet whether the same effects will be seen in humans. Human clinical trials using a probiotic drink containing Lactobacillus brevis KB290 bacteria are underway and scientists are hopeful that, given a suitable quantity of bacteria, foods containing them may turn out to be the next superfood.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

The Dark Future Of Chocolate

Fotg cocoa d055 cacao podsMaryam Henein, co-director of the colony collapse documentary The Vanishing of the Bees, now investigates some worrying developments that–gasp–threaten chocolate as we know and love it, at  Honey Colony:

Back in the Mayan age, around 1100 BCE, around the Upper Amazon River Basin, cacao was recognized as a “super” food, traded as a precious currency with a value on par with gold and jewels. By the 17th century, the Spanish added sugar (cane) to sweeten it, and the rest is history. As other European countries clamored to get in on the action and started exporting cacao trees to their colonies, Africa soon became the world’s most prominent grower of cacao, even though it’s not native to that continent.

The Cacao Genome
Today, cacao has devolved into a byproduct of itself. Instead of being viewed as the sacred fruit that it is, with all its nutritional benefits, cacao is largely seen as a candy bar, a mid-day fix, loaded with sugar, milk, and other substandard ingredients.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Hemp researcher believes it makes you live longer!

A Saskatchewan hemp farmer believes hemp plants have rare properties that can dramatically increase the lifespan of humans! “It’s one of the superfoods supplying a cornucopia of oils, proteins, fiber and phytonutrients,” says Morris Johnson, chief technical officer of Canada’s Lifespan Pharma.

He plans to work with the University of Saskatchewan’s “Research Group on Aging” to design a study, and he’ll also fund product-specific trials for hemp in the U.S. — but now he’s struggling against the stigma around hemp research. (To get high on hemp, you’d have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole…) “In a moment of sheer frustration, I created a logo with a hemp leaf and a red circle with a stroke through it…with the words, ‘I can’t believe it’s not marijuana.'”

Currently he’s resorted to testing hemp on high-performance horses, whose owners “have a history of looking for and applying new ways to keep their highly stressed animals healthy…” Horse owners understand how to run tests, and if regulators question their supplement choices, “they usually tell the regulators to mind their own business and bother somebody who really cares.”

And he reminds us that hemp has other healthy non-medicinal uses.… Read the rest

Continue Reading