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Mørk Chokolade – Lækker og sund

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Aging and cardiovascular health

The new study, done by Italian researchers and published in Hypertension, involved 90 people over 65 with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

This condition causes memory problems more serious than those seen with normal aging, but less severe than those of dementia. It’s estimated that 20 percent of people over 70 have MCI and that 5 percent of those with MCI progress to dementia each year.

After eight weeks, the high-flavanol group did better on a series of memory, verbal fluency, and other cognition tests, followed by the intermediate-flavanol group. Their blood pressure, blood sugar control and oxidative stress levels also improved.

Though flavonoids may have direct effects on neurons and neurodegenerative processes, the researchers concluded that the cognitive benefits were related primarily to better insulin sensitivity, which affects blood sugar control as well as brain function. The benefits may also derive from the cocoa’s effects on cardiovascular health in general and blood pressure.

I hundreder af år er chokolade blevet betragtet som sund mad. I starten drak folk chokolade (chokolade er lavet af kakaobønner). 

Helt siden spanske opdagelsesrejsende bragte chokolade tilbage til Europa i det 16. århundrede fra maya’erne, der drak kakao med krydderier, blev chokolade både værdsat som en særlig drik og som medicin. Chokolade som drik er blevet brugt i årevis til behandling af forskellige lidelser og sygdomme. Hvad kan denne særlige spise/drikke?


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Forbliv aktiv

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Fitness Tips:

The most recent federal guidelines for adults recommend at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity physical activity (e.g. brisk walking) each week, 1¼ hours of vigorous-intensity activity (such as jogging or swimming laps), or a combination two of them.

If you have had an exercise program already, keep up the good work. If not, here are the tips to get you started.
Jog, walk, cycle, or dance three to five times a week for 30 minutes.

Set small daily goals and aim for daily consistency rather than perfect workouts. It’s better to walk every day for 15-20 minutes than to wait until the weekend for a three-hour fitness marathon. Lots of scientific data suggest that frequency is the most important.

Find forms of exercise that are fun or enjoyable. Many people find it’s more fun to exercise while listening to something they enjoy.
Also, It’s often easier to stick to your exercise routine when you have to stay committed to a friend, partner, or colleague. Be patient when you start a new exercise program.
It requires a lot of work and patience, but exercising brings so many health benefits, that it’s worth it!De fysiske fordele ved motion er veldokumenterede, og lægerne opmuntrer os altid til at være fysisk aktive.

Øvelse og træning anses for afgørende for at bevare mental skarphed, og det kan reducere stress. Undersøgelser viser, at fysisk aktivitet er meget effektivt til at reducere træthed, hvilket øger den overordnede kognitive funktion. Dette kan være særligt nyttigt, når stress har udtømt din energi eller koncentrationsevne.


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Basilikum, til krop og sjæl

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Contains Antimicrobial Properties that Fight Viruses and Infections

Basil essential oils have been found to exhibit anti-microbial activity against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, molds, and viruses. This means you can add protection against the candida virus and various forms of skin irritations to the long list of proven benefits of basil.

This herb is used across the world because of its health and nutritional benefits, aroma, scent. It is considered as holy in some transitions and used in rituals. Basil’s purpose is to help, cleanse and soothe for many centuries to come.Basilikum er en aromatisk urt.

Måske kender du den som en krydderurt, men den er meget mere end det.

Der er mange ting ved basilikum, der gør den kendt for sine immunitetsforbedrende egenskaber. Det er dokumenteret, at basilikum-ekstrakt eller æterisk basilikumolie kan hjælpe med at forhindre en bred vifte af sundhedsmæssige problematikker, hvilket gør den til en af ​​de vigtigste medicinske urter, vi kender i dag. Den er blevet brugt i urte-behandlinger i tusindvis af år og betragtes som en hellig urt.


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Kalcium – stærke knogler og hurtig neurotransmission

Calcium – Strong Bones & Fast Neurotransmission

Kalcium er et mineral, som kroppen har brug for til mange funktioner, herunder opbygning og vedligeholdelse af knogler og tænder, forebygge blodpropper, transmissionen af ​​nerveimpulser og regulering af hjerterytmen.

Nioghalvfems procent af kalcium i menneskekroppen opbevares i knogler og tænder. De resterende 1 procent findes i blodet og andre væv.

Kroppen har brug for kalcium for at opretholde stærke knogler og udføre mange vigtige funktioner.


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Vitamin B-kompleks

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B5 – Pantothenic Acid:

Widely available in plant and animal food sources, B5 helps support cellular energy production in the body. Rich sources include organ meat (liver, kidney), egg yolk, whole grains, avocados, cashew nuts, peanuts, lentils, soybeans, brown rice, broccoli, and milk.

Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine:

Involved in over 100 cellular reactions throughout the body, vitamin B6 is instrumental in keeping various bodily functions operating at their best. It is needed to metabolize amino acids and glycogen (the body’s storage form of glucose) and is also necessary for normal nervous system function and red blood cell formation. Vitamin B6 is fairly abundant in the diet and can be found in foods such as meat, poultry, eggs, bananas, fish, fortified cereal grains and cooked spinach.

B7 – Biotin:

Biotin, or vitamin, is commonly found in foods such as brewer’s yeast, strawberries, organ meat, cheese, and soybeans. For those who are biotin deficient, studies show that biotin may help support healthy hair, skin, and nails. Biotin also supports carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism.

B9 – Folic Acid:

Folic acid is most commonly known for its role in fetal health and development as it plays a critical role in the proper development of the baby’s nervous system. This important developmental process occurs during the initial weeks of pregnancy, and so adequate folic acid intake is especially important for all women of child-bearing age. Fortified foods such as bread and cereals are good dietary sources of folic acid. Other good sources are dark green leafy vegetables such as asparagus and spinach as well as brewer’s yeast, liver, fortified orange juice, beets, dates, and avocados.

Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin:

Plays a critical role in the pathways of the body that produce cellular energy. It is also needed for DNA synthesis, proper red blood cell formation and for normal nervous system function. B12 is predominantly found in foods of animal origin such as chicken, beef, fish, milk, and eggs.Når vi siger B-vitamin, henviser vi faktisk til en vitaminfamilie bestående af otte B-vitaminer.

Selvom de almindeligt anerkendes som en gruppe og ofte arbejder sammen i kroppen, udfører hver enkelt B-vitamin unikke og vigtige funktioner.

Den gode nyhed er, at det er relativt nemt at få nok B-vitaminer, hvis du spiser en sund og balanceret kost, der omfatter grønne grøntsager, fuldkorn, bælgfrugter, svampe og andre plantefødevarer.


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Vitamin C – Potent Antioxidant

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Sources of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is easy to get through food because many fruits and vegetables contain it. Good sources include: apples, asparagus, berries, broccoli, cabbage, melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon), cauliflower, citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges), kiwi, fortified foods (bread, grains, cereal), dark leafy greens (kale, spinach), pepper (especially red bell pepper, which has among the highest per-serving vitamin C content), potatoes, and tomatoes.Din krop fremstiller ikke C-vitamin selv, og den lagrer det heller ikke, så det er vigtigt, at du inkluderer mange frugter og grøntsager, der indeholder C-vitamin i din daglige kost.

For at sikre, at du får mest vitamin C ud af din mad, så spis rå og uforarbejdet frugt og grøntsager! C-vitamin er ikke varmestabil, så når det koges eller forarbejdes, går meget C-vitamin tabt.

C-vitamin (også kendt som ascorbinsyre) er et vandopløseligt vitamin og en kraftig antioxidant, der er afgørende for dit helbred.