Miso Protects against Radiation, Cancer and Hypertension

Humble miso soup may have saved lives when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.  Science now confirms miso prevents radiation injury.  It may also prevent cancer and hypertension.  Here’s why you need at least one cup a day. Continue reading

Miso Protects Against Radiation, Cancer and Hypertension

When the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945, 21 healthcare workers were attending 70 tuberculosis patients in a hospital 1.4 km from ground zero.  None of them suffered from acute radiation poisoning.  Continue reading

Nasty Pesticide Broken Down by Probiotic Used In Culturing Food

A new study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology shows that a commonly used food probiotic known as Lactobacillus plantarum is capable of degrading dangerous pesticide residues in wheat (pirimiphos-methyl), confirming the traditional fermentation-based food-processing technique Continue reading

The Health Benefits of Vinegar: Real or Imagined?

Anecdotes about the health benefits of vinegar proliferate wildly, as do claims by skeptics that it is nothing more than placebo medicine. So, what does the scientific evidence actually say? Continue reading

Fermented Foods

My education about cultured and fermented foods was for many years the same as everybody else.  I heard the commercials touting the benefits of eating yogurt and heard about the need for acidophilus.  It wasn’t until I started exploring the idea of fermenting foods that I really understood how beneficial they can be.  Growing up I can remember my mother slicing up cabbage and packing it in a huge crock Continue reading

Buttered Popcorn Flavoring Linked to Alzheimer’s

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  • Diacetyl is an artificial butter flavoring added to microwave popcorn and other snack foods; many microwave popcorn factories have already stopped using the synthetic diacetyl because it’s been linked to lung damage in people who work in the factories
  • New research shows diacetyl has several concerning properties for brain health and may trigger Alzheimer’s disease
  • Not only can diacetyl pass through the blood-brain barrier, which is intended to help keep toxins out of your brain, but it can also Continue reading

Time for Enzymes

Health begins with healthy digestion, and healthy digestion depends on enzymes. You need a reliable supply of enzymes to ensure adequate digestion, absorption and use of food nutrients. Enzymes can also protect you against aging, chronic illness, infections, stress and fatigue.

Enzymes are the most exciting of the micronutrients. These specialized proteins enhance vital chemical reactions throughout your body. The actions of enzymes were just starting to be discovered in the 1800s when researchers learned that stomach secretions can digest meat Continue reading

Kefir the Powerhouse of Probiotics

Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered ‘super-foods.’ Kefir is a fermented drink made from a kefir grain of symbiotic microorganisms wrapped up in a matrix of proteins, lipids and sugars. Kefir grains are white clumps that contain a wide variety of bacteria and yeast. Kefir is one of the best drinks for improving digestion and natural immunity.

Kefir is believed to have been first developed in the Caucasus Mountains of western Russia. The shepherds there used to carry milk in leather pouches. Sometimes the milk would sit for several days and ferment. The fermentation gave it an effervescent taste that was cool and refreshing. These cultures later found that kefir made a great natural medicine that was used to help digestive disorders, low energy, and compromised immune function. Continue reading