Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain – The New York Times

Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain – The New York Times

Another good reason to get moving! –

The study suggests that the effects of youthful exercise on the brain could linger deep into adulthood, potentially providing a buffer against the declines in brain health and memory that otherwise occur with age.Most of us who are past the age of 40 are aware from doleful personal experience that mental acuity wanes as the decades pass. The deficits are often subtle — names and other nouns slide just out of our mind’s reach — but pervasive. Some scientists have wondered whether the effects of this decline might be lessened if we started the downward slope from a higher peak, a condition that has been termed having a “cognitive reserve.”

Source: Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain – The New York Times

Does Cooking Boost Nutrients in Tomatoes and Spinach? – The New York Times

Does Cooking Boost Nutrients in Tomatoes and Spinach? – The New York Times

The best approach? Mix it up! Salads, cooked veg, juiced veg, there’s lots of ways to ensure you get the most out of your veg! –

A. It’s true for some nutrients, but not for others. Water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and the B vitamins, which include folate, leach out of vegetables if you boil them, but some will be retained in the stock, so “use it if you’re making soup,” said Helen Rasmussen, a senior research dietitian at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Vitamin levels are reduced the longer you expose them to heat; “they’re just not stable,” she said.Levels of other nutrients, however, may increase. One study found that while cooking decreased the amount of vitamin C in tomatoes, the cooking process increased levels of antioxidants that could be absorbed by the body, including levels of lycopene, the carotenoid plant pigment that helps protect the body from free radical damage. “You might be able to get more lycopene out because the heat starts to break down the cell matrix and that actually allows some of the tied-up carotenoids to be released from the cell walls,” Dr. Rasmussen said.

Source: Does Cooking Boost Nutrients in Tomatoes and Spinach? – The New York Times

The Wonders of Camellia Oil

Camellia oil is a well-known beauty elixir in Japan and China, but is still relatively unknown in the West. At Four Cow Farm, Nanna’s garden is adorned with beautiful camellia plants, carefully tended for, they are one of our favourite plants for several good reasons. A sister of the tea plant, camellia plants are graceful, elegant plants which produce some of the most spectacular flowers and are some of the hardiest plants known. Camellia plants over a hundred years old are not rare (the oldest camellia plant in Australia was planted in 1831!). In Japan and China, the oldest known living camellias are still flowering in profusion despite being over half a century old. With its amazing regenerative qualities, it’s no wonder that it’s seeds were prized for the oil they produced and used by the legendary geishas of Japan for their almost magical, age-defying effects.

Today, we know that camellia oil is one of the most quickly absorbed plant oils, containing mono-saturated essential fatty acids and being very high in oleic acid (an Omega 9 fatty acid). It also contains vitamins, A, B, and E and one of the most precious renewing ingredients for stressed or tired skin: Squalene, which is a natural component of human sebum. Age and stress can cause the skin to become deficient in Squalene, which results in dryness, premature aging and wrinkles. The special blend of essential fatty acids and lipids in camellia oil is what makes it one of the best oils to use on skin facing fatigue, stress and needing extra nourishment, replenishment and care. On top of that, it’s an oil which is also known for being extremely easily absorbed by the skin and very safe, including for use on pregnant women. That’s why we use it in our Mother’s All-Natural Intensive Restorative Oil and our Mother’s All-Natural Daily Rich Cream Salve. Both products were designed for use on mums-to-be and new mums with skin going through the stresses and strains of pregnancy and post-pregnancy. Specially formulated to provide sustenance to mothers, they’re also perfect for pampering any skin in need of extra nourishment and care.

The power of VEGEMITE: Landmark Australian study finds vitamin in iconic spread can prevent miscarriages and birth defects 

The power of VEGEMITE: Landmark Australian study finds vitamin in iconic spread can prevent miscarriages and birth defects 

We love vegemite! Why it deserves a place in every pantry! –

A common vitamin found in iconic spread Vegemite could significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and birth defects worldwide.

In a major pregnancy breakthrough, New South Wales scientists have found Vitamin B3 – which is also known as Niacin – helps to correct a nutrient deficiency in babies.

Found in vegemite, meat and vegetables, Niacin can stop babies’ organs developing correctly while also reducing the chances of a miscarriage, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute discovered.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4779218/Vegemite-vitamin-power-prevent-defects-babies.html

3 Simple Tweaks for a Healthier Home | Rodale Wellness

3 Simple Tweaks for a Healthier Home | Rodale Wellness

Get to your nearest park! Or paddock –

Plan outdoor exercise Try planning a “green space treasure hunt” in your neighborhood, in which you aim to find at least three good places to get outdoor exercise near your home. Better yet, spread the idea around your social connections to start up some friendly competition to find the best spots.

Source: 3 Simple Tweaks for a Healthier Home | Rodale Wellness