An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! Baked Cinnamon and Brandy Apples with Raisins Recipe

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" has been a age old saying for more than a century, & it turns out that people have been repeating it for good reason. Modern research shows that apples improve health in various ways, including the latest studies have found that apples can even boost a woman's sexual pleasure.

The study, (published in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics), observed that women who ate 1 or 2 apples a day had better sex lives than those who didn't! The study states that high levels of polyphenols & antioxidants found in apples stimulate blood flow to the sexual organs & aid arousal!  Who would have thought it?! Plus, apples contain phloridzin, a phytoestrogen which is similar to the female sex hormone estradiol. I'll never look at an apple in the same way again! ;-)

Apples also fight many serious health problems incl:

Obesity. A Brazilian study published in the journal Nutrition believes that women who eat apples while dieting lose more weight  than dieters who do not. One reason could be that the high fibre contained in apples promotes "satiety," meaning we feel fuller for longer. Another study of healthy adults found that when they ate an apple 15 minutes before a meal, they reduced the total calories they induce by fifteen percent.
Cancer. Researchers believe that the phytochemicals in apples fight cancer. Researchers have  found that the antioxidant quercetin, which is plentiful in apples, stops changes in prostate cells that lead to cancer, slowing or preventing their growth.
Lung disease. Several studies have shown that eating apples improves lung function & lowers the risk of respiratory diseases including emphysema, bronchitis, & asthma. A Finnish study attributed a lower risk of asthma to the flavonoids quercetin, hesperetin, and naringenin contained in apples.
Diabetes. This same Finnish study that found a decreased risk of lung disease also found a significant decrease in the risk of Type 2 diabetes amongst people who eat apples. They attributed the decrease to a high intake of quercetin found in apple peels. (Remember - don't peel your apple; wash it well and eat as is!)
Strokes. Eating the equivalent of 2 apples a day cuts stroke risk by almost a third. Part of the benefit comes from pectin, a form of soluble fibre found in apples that lowers blood pressure and levels of bad cholesterol.
Heart attacks. Researchers at the University of Oxford calculated that if every adult aged 50 & above ate an apple everyday, deaths from heart attacks & strokes would be cut to the same degree as if everyone aged 50 & older who was not taking statins was prescribed the cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Remember that apples are cheap and a filling snack; next time you go past your local greengrocers or supermarket and see them on sale, stop, think about this article and buy one for you and your whole family. 

I have devised a recipe here to incorporate apples into your meal plan as a pudding:-

2x apples, 3 tablespoons of raisins, brandy, sprinkling of cinnamon.

Soak  the raisins in brandy for one to two hours.  De-core the apples as best as possible, ensuring removal of the pips etc. Place equal amounts of the raisins inside each apple, pour leftover brandy over the apples. Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples.  Heat in the microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!


Chocolate and Coconut Truffles Recipe

Well, chocolate (or cocoa) contains quercetin, which actually reverses memory loss.  But be careful, due to chocolate's high fat and calorific content, it is only recommended to eat one ounce of chocolate per day.
Try out this delicious recipe for size:-

1 tub of Philadelphia Lightest Cream Cheese (180g), half a cup of almonds, half a cup of coconut, one third of a cup of cocoa, half a cup of coconut, half a cup of raisins, 2 tablespoons of sweetener (splenda or stevia) or as much as you like, 1 table spoon of chia seeds, and one tea spoon of vanilla extract
The ingredients in this recipe encourage the brain to develop new neural pathways, generate new neurons and build and generate new brain mass.  They also increase memory and reduce stress and anxiety by 20%.


Yoghurt - Good For You or Bad For You?

I am particularly interested in digestive health, where the majority of our immune system lives. While keeping up with the latest research on many nutrients, I have been closely following all the hoo-haa on digestive-boosting yoghurts.

The digestive-boosting nutrient is called probiotics or "friendly bacteria." It plays a crucial role in promoting absorption of the maximum amount of nutrients from food in your stomach. What's more, many studies have been done to confirm that probiotics lower the risk of diarrhea associated with the use of antibiotic drugs.

Friendly bacteria should make up about 85% of the bacteria in your gut; however, several studies report that with aging, the population of friendly bacteria becomes significantly reduced. That means people in an older age group may be at risk of occasional bathroom frustrations such as:
✓ Constipation
✓ Diarrhea
✓ Irregular bowel movements
✓ Gas or bloating
✓ Abdominal discomfort 

Numerous studies show that probiotics could actually support a healthy immune system. A 2010 study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine suggests that introducing probiotics into the gut may help maintain immune system activity.

For these reasons and more, people have been indulging on store-bought yogurt. Food manufacturers would like you to believe that this is an excellent source of probiotics, but the sad truth is that most yogurt products may be a waste of your hard-earned money.

Unfortunately, most commercial yogurts are loaded with sugar and other additives, and often are heat processed or pasteurized, which may destroy some of their live bacterial cultures. Additionally, many people have problems digesting dairy products, and the pasteurization process may kill the lactase enzyme, which would have made the dairy product more easily digestible.

This is why I use 100% Natural Greek Yoghurt in many of my recipes.

Try out this recipe:-


The Importance of Turmeric

Are you concerned about maintaining the health of your brain as you age? You're not alone. Losing one's memory and mental abilities to cognitive decline is something we all fear, and the current statistics on the prevalence of cognitive decline in this country are not pretty.

Researchers have been working for years to develop an effective treatment. But one "miracle" drug after another has failed to live up to its promises, and it's becoming more and more apparent that pharmaceuticals are not the solution. Unfortunately, the medical establishment is so narrowly focused on finding an elusive "cure" that scientifically proven prevention strategies are often ignored. 

Nature's Brain-Protecting Miracle

There are a number of natural brain protectors out there, but did you know that one herb has shown more promise when it comes to supporting your neurological system than any other medical finding to date? It's a scientific fact that curcumin, an antioxidant compound found in the root of the turmeric plant, is one of the most powerful natural brain protecting substances on the planet! It continues to amaze scientists with its remarkable cognitive health benefits.

You may be familiar with turmeric as the bright yellow spice that is commonly found in curry powder. Turmeric has a long history as a healing herb and culinary spice in India. Interestingly, India has the highest per capita consumption of turmeric AND the lowest incidence of cognitive decline worldwide!

Your Brain on Curcumin

The hallmark process associated with certain types of cognitive decline is the formation in the brain of abnormal protein structures. Normally when malformed proteins are formed within the brain, the immune system sends out cells known as macrophages, which engulf and destroy the proteins. If this ordinary function fails, defective proteins accumulate in the brain and cognitive decline can follow.

The Incredible Health Benefits of Curcumin
  • Boosts detoxification and liver health
  • Supports healthy mood balance
  • Boosts overall cognitive function
  • Protects brain cells from ageing
  • Promotes healthy cardiovascular function
  • Increases memory retention and clarity
  • Supports joint and muscle health
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response
  • Supports natural weight loss
  • Promotes a healthy digestive system
Please click here to see my chicken korma recipe using turmeric!


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