Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Functional Foods: What They Are And How They Work


In the brain, a typical protein can live for approximately ten days. The thoughts, feelings and memories of a human being are made up of what was in the stomach only a few days before. As you can see, in choosing one's diet, you actually can determine who and what you are going to become.

About 2500 years ago, Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals are designer foods and supplements that are combined with nutritional value that are disease-preventative and have medicinal benefits. These are usually natural products which may reduce or prevent chronic and acute disease or promote good health.

Many chronic and acute diseases are caused or irritated by nutritional imbalances or deficiency. The link between diet, disease and the ability to process thought are sometimes subtle and complex. Many studies suggest that some 40% of cancers are linked to dietary choices. Unhealthy eating habits are sometimes caused by farming practices, lack of money, and a manufacturing industry that promotes the ignorance of true, beneficial nutrition.

There is conjecture and speculation in the field of Nutritional Science that mood and aggressive behavior has more to do with diet than what was first thought. The most effective way to raise neural serotonin levels, which is the chemical that helps the body relax, is to eat a high carbohydrate meal. The insulin released lets more tryptophan cross the blood-brain barrier by moving competing amino-acids out of the blood stream. A high-protein diet will tend to lessen the serotonin function at the expense of norepinephrine and dopamine, with a more aggressive and temperamental reaction from the subject.

Functional Foods and Nutraceutaicals work by balancing out the human bodies deficiencies or excessive chemical make-up. When foods are broken down in the mouth and stomach, they become massive ingredients for thousands of chemical reactions. Everything that a human consumes becomes a storehouse for chemical reactions that maintain the bodies life force. An example of this would be the cholesterol lowering effects of eating Oatmeal. How does this work? When a person consumes oatmeal, they consume carbohydrates called glucans, small fibers that fill the intestines which decreases the ability to absorb carbohydrates, it increases the movement of the food in the intestines and colon, and cleanses the body as it moves out as waste. The following would be other examples of how functional foods are working:

Erythema may be reduced by eating tomato paste ( Stahl W, Heinrich U, Wiseman S, Eichler O, Sies H, Tronnier H. J. Nutr. 131: 1449-1451, 2001 ).

Tomato and Tomato products may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

(Sanjiv Agarwal and Akkinappally Venketeshwer Rao Canadian Medical Association Journal 2000; 163(6):739-44. )

Soy may prevent bone loss in menopausal women. (Arjmandi BH, Smith BJ Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 2002, Vol. 13:130-137 )

Soy with isofalvones can reduce cholesterol. ( Vitolins MZ, Anthony M, Burke GL Current Opinions in Lipidology 2001, 12:433-437)

Garlic may reduce Cancer risk. (Dorant et al., 1993)

Cranberries aid in treatment of Urinary Tract Infection. (Schmidt and Sobota, 1988)

Dairy products aid in the prevention of Osteoporosis and Colon Cancer. (Fuller, 1994)

There are many, many more studies by accredited universities that have been done on a variety of plants and animals for functionality in nutritional therapies.

A diet of Functional foods can not only maintain better health, it can also repair chronic health issues. Functional foods would be foods that help to maintain better glucose control for diabetics, while having components that aid in repairing the pancreas. Foods that help to lower cholesterol levels in heart patients, foods that build the immune system in autoimmune patients.

Functional Food Specialists will be the physicians of tomorrow and those who manufacture functional foods will be the pharmacists that aid in healing the world of chronic and acute diseases.

D.S. Epperson is the top formulator for Home Blend Gourmet / South Pacific Health, a leader in the functional food industry in the U.S. With 20 years of experience in Nutritional Biochemistry, she has written reference books on botanicals and manufacturing of medicines from botanicals, and published articles on health, fitness and foods. She has formulated over 240 formulas and inventions for health, the environment and agricultural uses, and continues to research and study microbial advantages in nutraceuticals and functional foods. For more information or to view the articles that she has written: http://www.sugarblend.com


MORE RESOURCES:

The Denver Post

Conifer and Evergreen organizations cook up nutrition education
The Denver Post
Yvonne Lipson, center, teaches a Cooking Matters class at the Mountain Resource Center on Nov. 19 in Conifer. Cooking Matters is a six-week class that teaches community members about healthy, affordable cooking practices. (Anya Semenoff, YourHub).



NutraIngredients.com

Appropriate reference amounts important for effective use of nutrition ...
Medical Xpress
The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reveals that overall, participants correctly ranked foods according to their objective healthfulness and could distinguish between more and less healthful variants of foods with the ...
Consumers make more healthful choices of foods using nutrition labelsNews-Medical.net
Nutrition labelling requires 'appropriate' reference amounts: Consumer studyNutraIngredients.com

all 3 news articles »


Diabetes Insider

Nutrition info to start displaying at area restaurants, vending machines
WQAD.com
“We are currently in the process of updating all of our nutritional information. We are going to do it on our pizzas first, which you can find on our website as well, and then hopefully it'll start to make its way into the menus,” said Jennifer Cox ...
FDA Issues Restaurant Menu Nutrition Label RegulationsRoll Call (blog)
Convenience stores, movie theaters, amusement parks to fall under new FDA ...Tribune-Review
FDA Announces New Menu Nutrition Information Regulation By Next YearDiabetes Insider
NPR (blog) -USA TODAY -Washington Post
all 823 news articles »


Holiday nutrition, staying realistic
Kansas First News
“The Thanksgiving basics are pretty nutritious wholesome foods,” says HyVee dietitian Amber Groeling. But with a little homemade help, those nutritious foods become holiday favorites. Even those with good intentions to eat healthy, often resort back to ...



Brown bag school lunches have little nutrition - lots of dessert
Los Angeles Times
What could be more wholesome for students than a bag lunch packed at home? A lunch from the school cafeteria. Researchers found that the typical lunch brought from home contained far fewer vegetables, fruit and whole grains than federal nutrition ...

and more »


NFL grub: Nutrition tips from Rashad Jennings
NFL.com
When you're an elite athlete, you have to be ready to make the big play when they call your name. A big part of that is making sure you're fueled by the right diet. New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings knows all about changing his lifestyle.

and more »


University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily

McAuliffe issues executive order to improve state nutrition
University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order Thursday to help improve access to nutritious food in Virginia. The order established the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, with First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe serving as chair. The ...

and more »


What's next for global nutrition efforts after ICN2
Devex
Over 2,200 delegates attended last week's Second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome 22 years after the first edition in 1992. As expected, government representatives gathered at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's headquarters in ...

and more »


Food trucks escape Obamacare's new rules on nutrition labels
TheBlaze.com (blog)
People who want to eat whatever they want without getting a guilt trip from nutrition labels may soon have to hide out in front of food trucks. Food trucks increasingly offer gourmet choices for lunch, and are rolling up to office buildings in major ...



Inaugural IU Leadership in Pediatric Nutrition Award presented to Ashley Jacobs
IUPUI Newscenter
INDIANAPOLIS -- Educating skilled and compassionate dietitians has been a mission of the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, for nearly 100 years. Part of this mission includes shaping ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.