Alkaline Diet Improves Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure photo

Alkaline Diet Improves Blood Pressure is aimed at people with high blood pressure (hypertension). It summarizes one scientific study into the effects of alkaline diet on blood pressure.

Before I look at the results, it is important to understand the nature of the research. This is a statistical study that reveals a link between risk of high blood pressure and acid-forming diets. It does not look at individual cases. For you, it’s vital to get proper medical examination, and advice. The statistical link between increased high blood pressure and acid-forming diet might not apply to you. It is just a pointer to consider when you and your doctor assess what your options are for improving your health.

continue reading Alkaline Diet Improves Blood Pressure

Better Diabetic Neuropathy Diet

Diabetic Neuropathy Diet photo

Diabetic neuropathy diet is investigated in the latest issue of the Nutrition & Diabetes Journal. It suggests that plant-based diets reduce the painful suffering of diabetic neuropathy.

Nerve pain and numbness in the extremities are a common problem for diabetics. Foot pain is most common, and lack of feeling can cause diabetes sufferers to injure themselves. In fact, this type of pain is most commonly caused by diabetes. It happens as high blood sugar levels damage the vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen to the hands, feet, and other parts of the body.

The new report describes how:

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy occurs in up to 60% of individuals with type 2 diabetes and is associated with significant morbidity, including gait disturbances, amputations, anxiety, depression and reduced quality of life. The condition manifests with damage to the terminal branches of peripheral nerves and usually first affects small fibers that are responsible for translating pain, light touch and temperature. As neuropathy progresses, large fibers responsible for reflexes and muscle tone are affected, leading to balance and gait problems. Most patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy present with pain, numbness, or abnormal, spontaneous or induced sensations in the lower extremities. Pain occurs in 15–30% of cases.

Continue reading Better Diabetic Neuropathy Diet

Feed Your Brain in Spain

Mediterranean Diet Helps Memory photo

Researchers in Spain reveal that a Mediterranean Diet can improve brain function.

This is a study of over 400 people in Barcelona, Spain. The 55 to 80 year-old volunteers had an average age of 67. The parallel-group randomized clinical trial compares Mediterranean Diet supplemented with either nuts or olive oil, with a control group. The control group were advised to lower fat intake. Two study groups were assign a Mediterranean Diet with either 1 liter extra virgin olive oil per week (about 5 tablespoons per day) or 30 grams mixed nuts per day.

This latest research stems from earlier work that showed significant heart benefits from Mediterranean Diet. Emilio Ros, MD, PhD notes that the groups had different improvements between olive oil and nut supplementation:

The group with nuts did better, compared to the control group, in memory tests, memorizing names or words. While the olive oil group did better on tests that require speed of thought.

Continue reading Feed Your Brain in Spain

Does Yogurt Help Diabetes?

Yogurt Diabetes photo

An interesting study from Harvard School of Public Health suggests yogurt may be beneficial to diabetes sufferers.

Most interesting is the indication that this benefit seems to derive from yogurt, but not other dairy products.

On Foodary, I look at ways to make standard healthy diets even healthier by tweaking them for your health problems and personal eating profile. Here is a fine opportunity for diabetes sufferers to switch some dairy products to yogurt, and try to improve their health.

Continue reading Does Yogurt Help Diabetes?

Food Combination Charts: Just Say No

Combine Food for Taste not Health Photo

I’m bringing my mini-series on food combination charts to an abrupt end.

Having looked deeper into the second combination from that chart, I strongly suspect that the widely copied article on which it is based is nothing but a gimmick.

I looked into the claims for apples combined with chocolate. I could not find the science that was attributed to Halliwell in the original article. I did find an Italian study that supported the combination of quercetin and catechin for inhibiting platelet function. However, this is pure laboratory science (in vitro). That might encourage comprehensive human nutrition investigations in real life (in vivo). As far as I can see, no such studies have been done. The likely reason for lack of further research is that it is pointless.

In real life, we all eat various combinations of food. It’s called a meal. We eat various meals with different food combinations during the day. It’s called a meal plan, or diet. Now, for most people, all that is required is a good variety of foods to provide all the nutrients required for that day. If we focus on a single combination, we might ignore other essential nutrients.

Continue reading Food Combination Charts: Just Say No

Foodary Feedback

Did the page help? Yes, No, or Not Sure, and why. Please note that I may publish your response if I think it will help other readers.
  • Please tell me why you think this page is useful, or not useful, to you. If you are 'Not sure', try to tell me what extra information I should provide to help you more.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.