Heard about the connection between eating sausages and bacon and pancreatic cancer?

A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden, who said that eating an extra 50g of processed meat, approximately one sausage, every day would increase a person’s risk by 19%. The study was conducted by Prof Susanna Larsson at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden and published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Avoiding meat

That will leave many of us worried about eating processed meat and concerned about the suggested link between eating sausages and bacon and pancreatic cancer. But many of us will know just what staples sausages and bacon have become in the British diet.

There are alternatives to meat – veggie style

Award-winning ethical food firm The Redwood Wholefood Company produces tasty meat-free sausages and meat-free ‘bacon’ from 100% natural, plant-based ingredients. They are not quite the same as the real bacon but then again we have been warned…

Redwood sausages and ‘bacon’ are free  from egg, dairy, lactose, cholesterol, hydrogenated fats, artificial colours/preservatives and GMOs, so they are a great veggie bacon choice for those wanting to avoid these things including vegans.

Finding vegetarian alternatives to meat

Redwood is the leading supplier of vegan foods and is 100% British. Rated the UK’s most ethical vegetarian foods supplier by The Ethical Company Organisation, Redwood produces more than 50 different foods under the Vegideli, Cheatin‘ and Cheezly brand names at its animal-free factory in Corby, Northamptonshire. So if you are serious about finding vegetarian alternatives to meat, Redwood really can help. Everything in its range is made from 100% natural plant-based ingredients so free from animal products and derivatives as well as cholesterol, artificial colours/preservatives, lactose, hydrogenated fats and GMOs, making them suitable for vegetarians and vegans as well as those looking for healthier and more ethical lifestyles. Widely recognised as one of the most innovative and inspirational vegetarian food companies in the UK, Redwood is renowned for being at the cutting edge of food manufacturing and exports to 18 countries worldwide.

Flaxseed could protect from breast cancer

Compelling evidence that consuming phytoestrogen-rich substances like flaxseed can reduce the risk of death from breast cancer by as much as 40%.

The study involved 1140 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

It seems that foods like flaxseed and sesame seeds introduce plant-derived compounds called lingans into your diet (a type of phytoestrogen). Lingans in turn attach themselves to oestrogen hormones to prevent the growth of further breast cancer tumours.

Seeds of life?
Seeds of life?

This is interesting because the use of soya – also a phytoestrogen rich food is still controversial in its association with breast cancer.

So what can you do?

The introduction of flaxseed (aka linseed) into your diet could well be advised, however it’s useful to know that more studies have to be done before people start taking lingan supplements. There are outstanding questions about how lingans are digested in order to become effective in action against oestrogen.

So, as always, the best advice is to maintain a balanced diet. Flaxseed is healthy anyway. It is rich in omega 3 and is known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also prevent arthritis. You can try flaxseed with cereals, yoghurt or salads, mixed into mashed potato or baked with bread.

Red wine in a pill – healthy benefits coming your way soon.

This could be good news: Scientists have managed to synthesize the secret ingredient that makes red wine so healthy.

A secret fountain of youth?
Could resveratrol be a secret fountain of youth?

Resveratrol, found in red wine and colourful berries, is thought to be a key to reversing the aging process, tackling obesity and reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes. However, it is very difficult to harvest enough for its beneficial properties.

Nonetheless, researchers from New York are very excited because they have found a way around the problem by making similar beneficial compounds from molecules comparable to resveratrol.

“It’s like a recipe book for the whole resveratrol family,” says Scott Snyder, the team leader, “We’ve opened up a whole casket of nature’s goodies.”

Source: New Scientist

Why do you need Prebiotics? And other musings…

Why do you need Prebiotics?

They cultivate good bacteria in your gut and kill off the bad ones. A healthy balance of good bacteria means you’ll have a better immune system, absorb nutrients more efficiently (especially calcium), and improve your bowel health.

Why do we need Calcium?

We all know that calcium is good for the bones. It is also essential for your metabolism and muscles, it protects your heart and improves premenstrual moods. Too little calcium and your body can soon be in a mess, but if you overdose on it you won’t absorb nutrients properly.

Why do we need Cranberries?

Cranberries inhibit bacteria at work in your body and helps reduce inflammation. The knock on effect has been linked to heart health, kidney stones, urinary health, gum disease and cancer.

Why do you need Flaxseed?

For Omega 3 apart from anything else. It has been found to have an impact on the symptoms of arthritis, colitis, cancer, heart disease and even acne. Flaxseed helps your hormone levels and is a natural way to normalize the menstrual cycle, manage menopause, and lower the risk of osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease.

How can you get them?

Calciflax is a new food supplement from Lifestream which is 100% natural and has Calcium, Flaxseed, Prebiotics and Cranberries in it. It is ethically made and can easily be added to cereals or smoothies, yoghurts and salads.

If you’re interested, take a look

Tell your fella – grow a moustache for Movember!

What better way to talk about men’s health?

Movember (mo is short for moustache) is the increasingly popular event of the year where lots of men abandon their razors to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Lesley supports Movember
Lesley supports Movember

You can help change the face of men’s health by supporting men who take up the challenge to  grow a moustache for 30 days. It’s a bit like wearing a ribbon.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the UK, 36,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. So become a Mo Bro or Mo Sista and donate to change the future of men’s health.

There’ll be a big night at the end of November when everyone goes out to show off their new Mo!

It’s organic fortnight! Here’s how you can take part…

So it’s Organic Fortnight! 3-17 (September)

What can you do to celebrate?

Host an organic candle-lit dinner.
Have a family visit to an organic farm.
Order a box of especially discounted organic fruit and veg – and try something new everyday.

For more ideas take a closer look at the Soil Association‘s website.

Organic strawberries are better - it's official
Organic strawberries are better - it's official

There’s good news about organic strawberries this month too. The most intensive study so far confirms that they contain more anti-cancer nutrients than the same berries sprayed with chemical pesticides.

The summer fruit also tastes better when it’s grown organically, according to the sensory panel which judged them.

It’s increasing evidence that eating organic is good for everyone.

Do you know what K2 can do for you?

What do you think of when you read ‘K2’?

Possibly the highest mountain in the world?
Perhaps the London Bus route?
A two-seater kayak…?

Whatever you think of it’s probably not the vitamin for bone, blood and heart health. K2 is also beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease, a variety of cancers, varicose veins, and skin aging.

If you have children or are elderly you may have come across Vitamin K. What you may not know is that while Vitamin K1 is readily available in the diet it only stays in the body for 8 hours, whereas K2 is more effective because it is 10x more easily absorbed and is still at work in your body 3 days later.

But K2 cannot be gained from the average diet.

It can be consumed by eating spirulina or through supplements like VitaNat (taken from the Japanese food Natto) or Veridian’s Bone Complex.

Women who have experienced the menopause lose bone mass at an incresed rate, and they, along with the elderly and children, will benefit from a good intake of Vitamin K.