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• Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Carotenoids are chemicals with nutritive properties that exist in the pigment that colors plants and animals. As a fat-soluble material, carotenoids are ingested by humans in countless colorful fruits and vegetables. They are important as antioxidants, as well as in their capacity to get converted to essential vitamins.

Carotenoids are organic pigments that are found in plants, vegetables, fruits and some photosynthetic organisms (algae, fungi, bacteria, etc.) giving them specific coloring. These pigments generally include lutein, lycopene, alpha carotene, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene. Carotenoids occurring in green plant tissues tend to be covered by chlorophyll so that their presence only becomes evident after the green pigment has degraded – as it does when you cook the plant – or when it begins to die in the autumn. Carotenoids also bring natural color to organisms which themselves do not produce them, such as salmon, lobster and shrimp. When such creatures are deprived of carotenoids from the plants which they normally ingest, they lose their remarkable color.

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• Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

There is growing evidence that whey protein triggers the activity of osteoblasts, the cells in bones which are responsible for building new bone. It can play an significant part in increasing bone density and improving the quality of collagen in the conjunctive tissue and skin. There is even some indication that whey protein may prevent or reverse the cross-linking of collagen that comes with aging, and creates wrinkles in die skin.

Whey protein is even being analyzed for its ability to aid protection against cancer and other tumors, both in animals and humans. It is already used to promote the recovery of cancer patients. At last, research demonstrates that whey protein concentrate helps lower cholesterol levels even better than soya.

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• Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Today, more than ever, aging women need to look after their health. As life has become steadily more pressurized, so the stresses and strains to which women are subjected have increased. An aging woman may be preoccupied so much working and holding together a family – cooking, cleaning, planning – being friend, mother and whatsoever, all at once.

As the emphasis of health care moves increasingly towards prevention rather than cure, women can use natural ways to alleviate some minor, yet irritating, conditions. They can also take control of their diet and make sure that they are providing their bodies with the best possible nutrition. Fresh juices, as well as other natural and unprocessed foods, have a role to play in achieving this.

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