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

Alternatives to milk

Possibly 75% of people around the world are lactose intolerant – which might go some way to explaining why there are so many alternatives to milk.

But there are numerous other reasons too, it might be simply be beneficial to health, or autism related, or asthma, or galactosaemia, or a sensitivity to casein or one of many other problems with drinking milk.

Whatever your reason it’s important to make sure you’re still getting the calcium, iodine and vitamins that you need.

Here are some of the alternatives…

Goat’s milk
Rich in nutrients and easier to digest (even though it still contains lactose). It has less casein but almost as much fat and calories as cow’s milk. However, it can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency in children.

Sheep’s milk
Sheep’s milk has twice as many minerals, eg. calcium, phosphorus and zinc and the vitamin B-complex, as cow’s milk. But it is also higher in calories and fat. Like goat’s milk, it is easily digested. And it’s also a good source of iodine, which helps if you suffer with thyroid problems.

Camel’s milk
Five times as much Vitamin C as cow’s milk. Helps with diabetes. Contains some lactose. Not easy to source.

Buffalo’s milk
Higher in calcium, protein and iron and contains more vitamins and minerals (including calcium and iron) and 43% less cholesterol than cow’s milk. But it also has twice as much fat and still contains lactose. Not easy to source.

Hemp milk
Half the amount of protein of cow’s milk, and calcium is often added. Rich in Omega 3, minerals and vitamins, hemp milk also has a creamy consistency. No lactose.

Quinoa milk
Quinoa is a very digestive food and nutritionally well balanced. It’s protein contains all essential amino acids and it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids. No lactose.

Spelt milk
A good source of fibre and B-complex vitamins. Cholesterol free. No lactose.

Oat milk
Rich in fibre, lowers cholesterol and low-GI. It’s actually the preferred energy drink of many athletes. A pleasant milky taste. No lactose.

Barley milk
Has a higher phosphorus and potassium content than regular milk. Helpful in repairing the body, though it doesn’t contain calcium. No lactose.

Kamut-wheat milk
Highly recommended for its milk-like taste. No lactose.

Millet milk
Lower in fat, higher in fibre and less calories than cow’s milk. Rich in protein and minerals. No lactose.

Rice milk
Compared to soya, rice milk is considered closer to cow’s milk in taste and texture. It is naturally sweet, low in fat and high in fibre. But it’s also low in calcium and protein. No lactose.

Soya milk
Soya milk is high in protein so it’s useful for cooking with. It is also comparatively cheaper than other milk alternatives due to its ubiquity. However, some avoid it because it can raise estrogen levels. No lactose.

Almond milk
Tastes great, and has some of the lowest calorie counts of all milk alternatives. No lactose.

Hazelnut milk
A thicker consistency. It also provides calcium and sulphur. No lactose.

Coconut milk
Lots of phosphorus, iron, magnesium and fibre makes coconut milk a superfood. It’s low in calories, boosts immunity and has a distinctive creamy taste.

Cashew nut milk
Delicious but not easy to find. Just as well it’s easy to make… Cashew’s are a good source of copper and magnesium.

Raw milk
The argument is that pasteurisation destroys some of the goodness in milk which would actually make it digestible for people with gut problems. It remains to be seen whether ‘green top milk’ is actually helpful for people with psoriasis and high blood pressure.

UV milk
Possibly the milk of the future: milk that is treated by UV instead of pasteurisation?

Lactose-Free milk
Or, of course, you could take the lactose out of the milk

You can also make milk from peas, peanuts, or seeds!

Candida Can Be Fun! – Pork casserole with Broccoli & Mash recipe

A final recipe from the exciting cookbook ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ by Rebecca Richardson.

“You cannot beat nashed potato for comfort food on a dark and cold winter’s evening. Obviously, don’t go overboard; just have a dollop as a treat with the casserole and bulk up on green vegetables.”

Serves 3 – 4

Candida Can Be Fun! with Pork Casserole
Candida Can Be Fun! with Pork Casserole

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 organic pork loin chops (cubed)
1 large clove of garlic (peeled and crushed)
1 medium onion (peeled and diced)
2 stalks of celery (trimmed and sliced)
2 small carrots (peeled and diced)
1 medium courgette (trimmed, sliced and halved)
1 red pepper  (cored, deseeded and chopped)
1 yellow pepper  (cored, deseeded and chopped)
4 fresh medium tomatoes (peeled, cored and chopped)
1 yeast-free vegetable stock cube
2 tablespoons of tomato purée
1 teaspoon of freshly chopped thyme
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
Potatoes
Broccoli
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. In a large pan with a lid, heat the oil. Add the pork and fry on a medium heat for about 3 – 4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and onion and stir in with the meat for a couple more minutes.
  3. Then stir in the celery, carrot, courgette, peppers and tomatoes.
  4. n a jug, make up the stock cube with 1 1/2 pints of boiling water (or you can use homemade stock).
  5. Add the stock, tomato purée and herbs. Stir thoroughly.
  6. Cover and simmer on a low heat for about 45 minutes until the meat falls apart.
  7. Serve with a small dollop of potato (mashed with some spread and soya milk) and steamed broccoli.

Until the 31st May the recipe book ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ is on offer for £14.99 – that’s 25% less than the normal price, so buy now and take your chance to begin your fight back!

For more information on Candida, the author and how to purchase your copy of “Candida Can Be Fun!” please visit: www.candidacanbefun.co.uk


Brilliant new Candida Cookbook available

How many Candida cookbooks can you think of?

(If your response is: “What’s Candida?” and you feel fine then forget I asked…

But if you don’t know what Candida is and you experience any, or a combination of the following symptoms…

food allergies and intolerances, recurrent thrush and cystitis, migraines, foggy brain, muscle aches, PMS, menstrual irregularities, joint pains, respiratory allergies/symptoms, chronic tiredness, itchiness/skin disorders, sensitivity to chemicals, bloatedness, flatulence, diarrhoea and/or constipation…

Then please read on…)

Easy solutions for Candida
The truth is there just aren’t many recipe books for Candida out there – and possibly none with 100 photographically illustrated recipes. In other words, nothing that makes dealing with Candida seem easy.

Show candida who's boss
Show candida who's boss

No books, that is, until Rebecca Richardson’s ‘Candida Can Be Fun!‘ came along. Her book is crammed with advice on food and shop brands and supplements – but mostly it’s full of colourful easy to follow recipes to help you get cracking on defeating Candida. (What’s more, Rebecca recommends our web site: goodnessdirect.co.uk as a resource for information and for purchasing many of the products mentioned in her book.)

Define Candida…
If you still don’t know what Candida is, it is a yeast which destroys your gut’s friendly bacteria and becomes a fungus which invades the rest of your body. It can be dealt with simply through changing your diet and taking a range of supplements. However, most people feel that their life is over when they hear what they can’t eat (eg. sugar, fruit, nuts, wheat, gluten, preservatives, dairy and alcohol).

‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ contradicts that. It shows just how much you can do.

Rebecca Richardson suffered from Candida herself, first experiencing symptoms in her childhood, and when she found out what she couldn’t eat she cried too! But that led to the determination to write this book to SHOW you what you CAN eat to help other people who are all alone and suffering like she did, so that you can tell the Candida who is boss.

The book is also suitable for coeliacs, diabetics and ME sufferers.

Until the 31st May ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ is on offer for £14.99 – that’s 25% less than the normal price, so buy now and take your chance to begin your fight back!

 For more information on Candida, the author and how to purchase your copy of “Candida Can Be Fun!” please visit: www.candidacanbefun.co.uk

Lose the extra fat with pomegranate juice – new discovery

Drinking pomegranate juice for one month may reduce middle aged spread.

If you want to deflate that spare tyre and get rid of the extra flab a bottle of pomegranate juice every day could be the help you need.

An Edinburgh University research group found that volunteers who drank a daily dose of half a litre of pomegranate juice were less likely to develop fatty cells around their abdomen.

Pomegranate juice could help shift those pounds
Pomegranate juice could help shift those pounds

They also had much lower blood pressure, therefore reducing their risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease. 500ml of pomegranate may also lead to a reduced likelihood of developing type II diabetes – associated with abdominal fat.

More tests still need to be done as none of the research volunteers were particularly overweight. But many people, worried about their weight, will be trying out the tangy fruit drink for themselves.

If that is what you are doing it makes sense to buy a 100% pure pomegranate juice which won’t have lots of added sugar in it. Both Organic Village’s pomegranate juice and Biona Organic’s pomegranate juice are not made from concentrate so there’s no added water or sugar or anything in them, just 100% pomegranate goodness.

If you find the drink a little tart make a litre with 500ml pomegranate and 500ml of water, but you don’t want to buy it diluted. A 100% pure pomegranate drink is the way to go – and it’s also one of your five a day.

‘Antioxidants for Dummies’

I was trying to explain the importance of antioxidants the other day and I came across this easy explanation:

“Antioxidants are a bit like rust protection for the body.”

As with everything that goes rusty over time, the oxidation of our cells is damaging and leads to the early onset of diseases particularly associated with old age. Antioxidants – in various things from raisins to cacoa – reduce the effects of oxidisation and repair the damage as well, which helps you to have a longer life.

So there you go, even humble raisins can be superfoods nowadays.

Don’t forget, if you need to ask us questions about antioxidants or anything else you can always contact us by Twitter, email or phone 08710871 6611.

More Vitamin D could protect you from disease

Vitamin D works with your cells to protect you from a number of diseases. In fact the list of illnesses it is known that Vitamin D can help with is still growing.

Multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancers, rheumatoid arthritis – all of these can now be conected to a deficiency in Vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin is also known to help, in some cases significantly, with osteoporosis, immunity, muscular pain, coronary illness and depression.

As an anti-depressant, Vitamin D can reduce depression and enhance your mood, sociability and overall sense of wellbeing. Yet more than half the UK population is deficient in this vitamin.

If you live north of Birmingham you won't get enough Vitamin D from the sun in the winter
If you live north of Birmingham you won't get enough Vitamin D from the sun in the winter

And, this is interesting, if you live roughly north of Birmingham (above 52 degrees north) your body will not be able to make Vitamin D in the winter because of the lack of sunlight. In fact, a key reason why so many people developed rickets during the industrial revolution was because everywhere was covered in dense smog.

So how do you get more of the vitamin?

As well as sunlight Vitamin D can also be gained from fish and shellfish, and a little from eggs, dairy produce and green vegetables. But there are calls for the RDA of Vitamin D to be increased because it is such a significant health-giving nutrient.

But, given that so many people suffer from a lack of this sun-sourced friend, it’s useful to take Vitamin D in tablet form. A good vegan source of Vitamin D can be found in Viridian Vitamin D2.