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ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says

ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says | Longevity science | Scoop.it
It has been almost a year since United States Department of Agriculture took down its ORAC database.  Now that this official reference point is gone, does this measure of antioxidant potential still have relevance in the marketplace?
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Using the ORAC scale to understand antioxidant content in relative terms can still be useful. Comparing foods on this scale provides information that you can use to rank foods and evaluate the health benefits of a particular fruit or benefit in relation to others.

 

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Spicy paper claimed to keep fruits and veggies fresh longer

Spicy paper claimed to keep fruits and veggies fresh longer | Longevity science | Scoop.it

While we all know how important it is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, it can often be difficult to use all that we buy before it spoils. A product known as FreshPaper, however, is claimed to keep such foods fresh two to four times longer than normal – and it does so just using spices.

 

The proprietary mix of organic spices infused in every paper sheet was discovered by inventor Kavita Shukla, when she paid a visit to her grandmother in India. It turned out that her grandmother’s family had been using the formulation for generations, to prolong the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Although the exact ingredients are a trade secret, the fact that Shukla’s company is called Fenugreen points to the fact that fenugreek is one of them.

 

 

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Agri-Cube grows mass quantities of vegetables in a one-car parking spot

Agri-Cube grows mass quantities of vegetables in a one-car parking spot | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Sustainable agrivulture takes another step:

 

Daiwa House, Japan's largest homebuilder, has introduced a line of prefabricated hydroponic vegetable factories, aimed at housing complexes, hotels, and top-end restaurants.

 

Called the Agri-Cube, these units are touted by Daiwa as the first step in the industrialization of agriculture, to be located in and amongst the places where people live, work, and play

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WHFoods: Green beans help preserve bone health

WHFoods: Green beans help preserve bone health | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Did you know that the wealth of vitamin K1 (122% daily value) found in a serving of green beans plays an important role in bone health? Although calcium and vitamin D are often the nutrients highlighted in discussions on bone and prevention of bone-related disease, current research is increasingly revealing the importance of vitamin K.

 

Although much of the bone-related research has focused on the K2 form of the vitamin, the K1 form found in greens beans has also been associated with better bone mineral density and decreased risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Vitamin K1 protects our bones by lessening oxidative stress and inflammation, which if chronically elevated, activates osteoclasts, the specialized cells that break down bone.

 

 

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Anti-inflammatory effect of purified dietary anthocyanin in adults with hypercholesterolemia: A randomized controlled trial

Anthocyanins are pigments found in red/purplish fruits and vegetables, including purple cabbage, beets, blueberries, cherries, raspberries and purple grapes, as well as some cereal grains.

 

A study published in 2012 indicates that anthocyanins help reduce inflammation caused by hypercholesterolemia.

 

Eating a variety of colorful foods, emphasizing fruits and vegetables, is continuously upheld as a strategy to help mitigate disease and maintain a healthy long life.

 

REF:

Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, published online August 20, 2012

Authors:Y. Zhu; W. Ling; H. Guo; F. Song; Q. Ye; T. Zou; D. Li; Y. Zhang; G. Li; Y. Xiao; F. Liu; Z. Li; Z. Shi; Y.

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