Mushrooms found to regrow brain cells!
I notice a remarked difference in my ability to focus, win arguments, research and edit at a super effective rate when I have my lion’s mane capsules in the morning. Now researchers shows that lion’s mane mushrooms ‘magically’ regrow brain cells. This research offers so much hope in treating brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and other degenerative brain conditions. Professor Frederic Meunier and his team from the University of Queensland, isolated compounds into a Petri dish with sets of cultured brain cells and incredibly they promote neuron projections, ‘extending and connecting to other neurons’. Meunier goes on to say ‘we found the mushroom extract and its active components largely increase the size of growth cones, which are particularly important for brain cells to sense their environment and establish new connections with other neurons in the brain.’ The study was published in the Journal of Neurochemistry.
Lion’s mane mushrooms have been used to treat ailments in traditional Chinese medicine since antiquity. The success of these trials shows how the reputations of certain ancient herbal medicines can serve as a guidepost for researchers. See my article on treating mild depression and anxiety, where mushrooms can also be used.
New insight into dodging diabetes
Researchers looked at data on 104 168 adults in the NutriNet-Sante cohort study and found an association between greater exposure to nitrites and the risk for Type 2 diabetes. People with the most exposure to nitrite originating from food additives (mostly sodium nitrite) had a 54% greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as those eating the least amount! Avoid all processed meats, such as bacon, hot dogs, sausage, ham and deli meat. There’s no need to worry about the nitrites found in combination with other nutrients in foods such as carrots and spinach. More on nitrates in our news and notes section.
I have just finished reading the first proof and know you are in for a treat. This issue is packed with fantastic articles. Thank you to all our authors for their high standard and commitment, and thank you to each team member for your hard work and willingness to ‘re-do until it’s just right’.
May you inspire those around you with vibrant health!
Yours in Healthy Living
Making your Home a Green HomeTable of Contents ↑|
Making your home a green home. A chemical free home. More and more people are becoming aware of the environmental dangers surrounding us as part of daily life. As we become more conscious of the threats we wonder what avenues exist for us to reduce our risk. This article aims to assist you in making your home a safer, greener place and a haven in the midst of modern madness.
Food Intolerances – your questions answeredTable of Contents ↑|
I read Dr Sandi Nye’s article on grain consumption with interest, and was shocked to learn that she considers legumes, nuts, dairy products, potatoes, tomatoes, brinjals, peppers, peas, lentils and peanuts undesirable foods because they contain lectins. What are vegetarians to eat if they cut all these foods out of their diets?
Tea for two or tea for you?Table of Contents ↑|
Through the years I have found certain herbs to be remarkable in their ability to give effective, quick, and often astonishing, relief of many a common ailment. Making an infusion of the fresh, organically grown plant, and sipping it quietly and slowly often does more to ease the condition than a lot of serious medications, and I have proved this over and over again.
Dr Albert Szent-GyörgiTable of Contents ↑|
Dr Albert Szent-Györgi - a true pioneer, Nobel Prize winner and the first to isolate vitamin C. Albert Szent-Györgyi’s discovery of the chemical ascorbic acid, more commonly known as vitamin C, made an essential contribution to the foundation of modern nutrition and was amongst many of his important discoveries in the medical field.
The Edges of The KnownTable of Contents ↑|
I would like to move our attention constantly to the edges of the known and explore this space which is the creative edge of reality. The focus will be on the nature of ill health, why we become ill and how to manage ill health from the perspective of that edge. That edge is the place where the known meets the unknown and therefore that exploration will often transcend what conventional science can offer and allows new ideas to emerge.
Treating Anxiety and Mild Depression – the natural wayTable of Contents ↑|
Everyone feels a bit blue from time to time. Some of us often feel sad and depressed, however, and for little or no reason. It’s a good idea to consult with a professional if your depression is severe, but for mild depression and anxiety there’s a lot you can do to help yourself feel better. You don’t need to pop a pharmaceutical – here are some tips to help bring sunshine back into your life the natural way.
A Healthy Children’s PartyTable of Contents ↑|
Happily, more and more parents are trying to cultivate good eating habits in their children at home and at school, and are educating themselves on nutrition. This is good news because the shift towards healthier food is becoming irreversible. But what about the annual birthday party, with its tradition of high-sugar foods and loaded goodie bags – how do we cope here?
An Update on BiliaryTable of Contents ↑|
It is summer time and along with those lovely long days and walks with our best friends we have to contend with the ticks that come out of hiding at this time of year. So it’s definitely time for an update on on biliary.
Kefir – a probiotic boost!Table of Contents ↑|
Wholefoods provide us with all the necessary nutrients to maintain good health, and fermented kefir is no exception. This cultured, natural probiotic is tasty and fun to make in the comfort of your own home.