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Lose Weight and Live Longer With Green Tea!

Entering Green Tea into our database of Life Expectancy Super Foods is hardly a surprise. The health benefits have been so extensively researched the scientific community's awareness of its potential benefits are well known. Thousands of studies on the benefits of Green Tea can be found in the Pub Med database alone. The evidence could not be more convincing, in our view, that Green Tea drinkers have lower risk for a wide range of diseases, from simple bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis. The latest studies provide an even deeper understanding of the ways in which green tea benefits your health.

In addition to all the health benefits the natural antioxidants in Green Tea provide, there is substantial evidence it can help you lose weight. The great thing about this tea is that it has critical vitamins that helps raise the metabolism rate of your body. This means that you will be able to burn fat much more efficiently which leads to increased energy helping you stay active. If you are overweight, then you will without doubt want to drink this tea as it has properties that naturally help the body burn fat at the same time it helps keep your body healthy.

Green Tea Study Findings

A Japanese study published in the September 2006 issue of JAMA is especially convincing that drinking green tea lowers risk of death due to all causes, including cardiovascular disease. Shinichi Kuriyama, M.D., Ph.D., of the Tohoku University School of Public Policy, Sendai, Japan, and colleagues examined the association between green tea consumption and death due to all causes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cancer.

The study, which began in 1994, followed 40,530 adults, ranging in age from 40 to 79, in northeastern Japan for up to 11 years. Within this region, 80% of the population drinks green tea with more than half consuming at least 3 cups a day. Compared with participants who consumed less than 1 cup of green tea per day, those drinking 5 or more cups a day had a significantly lower risk of death from all causes and, specifically, risk of death from CVD, with women receiving even stronger protection than men: Given the significant benefit green tea can provide, even to those who are not especially health conscious, imagine how much it might benefit you as a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle!  Tom LeDuc


Popeye the sailor man!

Finally Researchers have discovered what those of us over 50 knew all along...Popeye was right, eating a bowl of spinach a day makes your muscles "profoundly" more efficient. Recent studies confirmed eating just 300g of the vegetable reduced the amount of oxygen needed to power muscles by as much as five per cent when exercising. The secret is not in the iron as was previously thought, but in the abundance of nitrates in the vegetable. The effect is so powerful it works after only 3 days...

"It is like a fuel additive for your muscles - it makes them run much more smoothly and efficiently," said the lead author Dr Eddie Weitzberg of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

A bowl of spinach with roasted garlic.

The study found that the difference in energy in take was between three and five per cent - a significant figure. Thus the "Superfood," made popular by Popeye the Sailor Man in the 1950's, who popped open a can of spinach whenever he got in trouble has passed the test of time.

According to the study...Nitric oxide is an important molecule which opens up blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, and improves circulation. Mitochondria, like all engines, lose a lot of energy through heat loss. The nitrate seems to stop this waste so the muscle works more efficiently. "We know that diets rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but the active nutrients haven't been clear...this is a profound and significant effect. It shows that Popeye was right all along."

Our research indicates that Physical Strength is often overlooked, by young and old alike, as one of the keys to living a long and productive life. As you age getting stronger becomes more difficult, but with proper diet and exercise you can keep the strength you have for a long time...therefore it makes sense to build up as much strength as you can while you are young and according to the study by eating your spinach you just found 5% no matter how old you are...


Almond Milk Is A Super Food

Unlike whole milk Almond Milk has only 40 Calories per 8 ounce serving. Making it a Super Food if you want to lose weight, in our opinion. It has less than 2 grams of Carbs, no Cholesterol and it's lactose free. It has more vitamins and minerals than other whole milk alternatives such as soy or rice milk which are usually fortified with vitamin D and other nutrients when sold commercially. Almonds are naturally nutritious, so Almond Milk doesn't need to be fortified...Plus it's Delicious!

We prefer to buy it commercially rather than making it at home because it lasts longer and is more convenient. You can also see what you're getting in the way of nutritional benefits. Remember Almonds contain vitamin E, manganese, selenium, potassium, zinc, iron, phosphorous and calcium. They are believed to help prevent cancer and slow the signs of ageing. Almond Milk even contains omega-3 fatty acids, so it's good for your heart.

We define a "Super Food" based upon nutritional benefits weighed against calorie density and Almond Milk is a huge Winner in our view. We recommend it highly whether you buy it commercially or make it at home.