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Nos. 6,197,813 & 6,878,744. †Electrolytes to keep you well hydrated when taken with adequate liquid *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. tasteforlife october 2013 ® 17 Anti-Cancer Eating Plan 17 8 Tasty strategies for reducing your risk. 27 Non-GMO Month The Non-GMO Project supports consumers’ right to know. 41 Preventing Cold & Flu Holistic advice for staying healthy this season from Dr. Isaac Eliaz. departments 27 22 essentials award winner 2013 6 Editor’s Note 8 News Bites 35 Eat fruit, live longer • Omega fatty acids reduce dry eye • B complex may lift mood • Pregnancy and exercise • Do nuts cause weight gain? • Breakfast fuels school success • More 22 Gluten Free Focus Decoding labels. Detox can be slimming. 32 In the Bag 35 Gluten Free Essentials 38 Weighing In Getting a head start on stroke prevention. Products with a conscience. 47 Longevity 51 Natural Beauty Wellness teas offer seasonal relief. For more health & wellness resources visit Products advertised or mentioned in this magazine may not be available in all locations. 52 The Herbal Life 56 Last Word www. tasteforlife.com facebook.com/tasteforlifemag @TasteforLife pinterest.com/tasteforlife o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 5 editor’s note To Everything, There’s a Season The change of season engages every sense. Here in New England, we’re watching bright blue sky peek through red and gold leaves, listening to geese honk their way across the sky, feeling the earth grow firmer beneath our boots, and smelling smoke from our neighbors’ woodstoves. And the tastes! Eating this autumn’s acorn squash and apples, kale and sweet pumpkins, we’re reminded of the journey from seed to harvest to plate. When the presence of GMOs in our food supply comes up, I think of that journey. My questions include: What was planted, and how was it farmed? If I don’t know the farmer or producer, I look for other ways to make an informed choice about what I eat and what I serve to my family. Seed. Harvest. Plate. GMO safety and labeling are the subjects of ongoing—and sometimes heated—debate. (You can learn more about the Non-GMO Project’s viewpoint on page 27 and about state-level actions on page 56.) But what if GMO corn were included in ingredients panels, just like organic corn or FD&C yellow no. 5 are today? The vast majority of Americans agree that we’d like the chance to choose for ourselves. In the current absence of GMO labeling requirements in the US, looking for the organic label and the Non-GMO Project Verified seal are two ways consumers can avoid (or minimize) genetically engineered ingredients. Access to the story behind food is critical. PS Next month, Lynn Tryba will return as Taste for Life’s content chief as I move on to the next season of my professional life. 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The inks used to print the body of this publication contain a minimum of 20%, by weight, renewable resources. 6 tasteforlife o cto b e r 201 3 8/29/13 11:27 AM EM_1_3_VT.indd 1 Find Inner Balance with the Best-Selling Multi-Award-Winning Magnesium Supplement Gluten-Free • Vegan • Organic Flavors • Organic Stevia For more product information, visit www.naturalvitality.com. news bites foods, supplements & prevention NUTRITION UPDATE Eat fruit, live longer Eating more fruits and vegetables may lengthen your life. A 13-year study of more than 70,000 adults found shorter survival and higher mortality rates among those who ate fewer than five servings a day. In fact, those who ate five daily servings lived three years longer on average than those who never ate any. Risks became increasingly higher as the number of servings grew smaller. For example, those who ate one daily serving of fruit lived 19 months longer than those who ate none. Those who ate three servings of vegetables lived 32 months longer than those who never consumed any. SOURCE “Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and All-Cause Mortality: A Dose-Response Analysis” by A. Bellavia et al., Am J Clin Nutr, 8/13 VISION QUEST Supplement aids dry eye Taking a combination of omega fatty acids proved to be effective in reducing irritation and halting the progression of moderate to severe dry eye. Participants in a new study took the supplement for six months. Dry eye is estimated to affect 30 million Americans. The new study evaluated 38 postmenopausal women with tear dysfunction in both eyes. The supplement included the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and the omega-6 fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA). SOURCE “Study Shows Supplement with Omega Fatty Acids Promising . . .,” www.eurekalert.org, 7/25/13 ANXIETY RELIEF B Complex Supplementation with vitamin B complex can help treat anxiety and depression, according to a recent study. Over the course of a two-month trial, researchers from the University of Miami found significant and continuous improvements in symptoms of depression and anxiety. Participants also showed gains on a “quality of life” test. “The effect of improved nutrition, particularly with dietary supplements, on depression may provide an alternative to standard medical treatment,” the authors wrote. battles depression SOURCE “The Effect of Methylated Vitamin B Complex on Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms and Quality of Life in Adults with Depression” by J.E. Lewis et al., ISRN Psychiatry, 1/23/13 8 tasteforlife october 201 3 LEAD, DON’T FOLLOW Welcome to the next generation of sports nutrition We know you love a good challenge. So do we. With new CleanSeries™, we challenged ourselves to create nothing less than a new standard in trust and quality for sports nutrition products — to prove that you don’t have to sacriﬁce performance for peace of mind. Our scientists started by creating high performance formulas without Independently certiﬁed by the NSF® International product certiﬁcation program to meet nutrient label claims. TwinID™ Tested to conﬁrm the identity of each and every ingredient through our rigorous testing procedures. Certiﬁed Gluten Free by NSF®, an independent laboratory. NEW artiﬁcial ﬂavors, colors, or sweeteners, then they really got to work with a standard-setting collection of third-party certiﬁcations as well as a product & ingredient testing program that demonstrate our unwavering commitment to producing the best sports nutrition on the planet for athletes just like you. .com Batch tested by HFL for banned substances in accordance with the HFL Informed Sport and Informed Choice programs. NON-GMO TESTED: Independently PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tested by a third party lab for genetically modiﬁed DNA to a limit of 0.9%. T E S T E D Non-GMO TESTED Learn more at twinlab.com/cleanseries Join us on Facebook ©2013 Twinlab Corporation. All Rights Reserved. news bites foods, supplements & prevention PREGNANCY CONCERNS Exercise lifts the spirit Did You Know? Taking a daily iron supplement during pregnancy appears to reduce the mother’s risk for anemia and the baby’s risk for low birth weight. Researchers analyzed more than 90 studies with nearly 2 million participants. They determined that the benefits occurred in women who took up to 66 milligrams (mg) of iron per day. The World Health Organization recommends a dose of 60 mg per day for pregnant women. SOURCE “Daily Iron During Pregnancy Linked to Improved Birth Weight,” British Medical Journal, 6/20/13 Exercise appears to boost the mood and energy levels of pregnant women. A new study published in Psychology & Health found clear positive results after a four-week exercise program. Postnatal depression and other postpartum mood disorders are widely recognized, but researchers say rates of depression, anxiety, and fatigue are actually higher during pregnancy than after. Depression during pregnancy can lead to possible complications such as insufficient weight gain, increased substance use, premature birth, small babies, and reduced intention to breastfeed. SOURCE “Tired, Moody, and Pregnant? Exercise May Be the Answer” by A. Gaston and H. Prapavessis, Psychol Health, 7/13 10REM_HH.indd tasteforlife 1 octo b er 201 3 9/5/13 5:36 PM Sleep, breakfast key for students SMART KIDS Getting a good night’s sleep and eating a nutritious breakfast can help children perform better at school. “A balanced breakfast will fuel the body for a long period and help sustain their attention level through lunch, when they need to eat well again,” said Krista Casazza, PhD, an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Breakfast should include fruit, protein, and whole grains, and should avoid sugary cereals, which cause a sugar high and then a crash. “Children need a good night’s sleep for their overall school performance,” added Kristin Avis, PhD, an associate professor in UAB’s department of pediatrics. “Lack of sleep can lead to problems with attention and memory in the classroom, affect impulse control and mood regulation, [and] lead to anxiety and even depression.” Dr. Avis said children and teens should get nine hours of sleep per night, but they usually average about seven. SOURCE “Healthy Eating, Good Night’s Sleep Really Do Help Kids Learn” by Robert Preidt, MedlinePlus, www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus, 8/4/13 HEALTHY FATS Nuts don’t cause weight gain Concerned about eating nuts because of their fat content? Researchers looked at more than 30 studies and found that diets enriched with nuts did not increase body weight, body mass index, or waist circumference. Although nuts can be up to 80 percent fat, the fat is mostly unsaturated and can help lower cholesterol and improve the lining of arteries. Nuts contain fiber, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients. SELECTED SOURCES “Nut Intake and Adiposity: Metaanalysis of Clinical Trials” by G. Flores-Mateo et al., Am J Clin Nutr, 6/13 ● “Nuts and Your Heart . . .” by Mayo Clinic staff, www.mayoclinic.com, 2/4/11 © Rod Luey - Fotolia.com When it comes to Healthy Digestion… Beneﬁt from some Extra Help. * Pass the Papaya! When your favorite foods leave your digestive tract feeling like it has one too many twists in it, smooth out the road with Chewable Papaya Enzyme from American Health®.* Papaya Enzyme naturally aids in the breakdown of food into the component nutrients our bodies need, whether it’s protein for muscles, fat for fuel, or carbohydrates for energy.* So go ahead and give your digestion some well-deserved help from the perfect “after meal” supplement ®... 100% Natural Papaya Enzyme from American Health!* Available at health, natural food and vitamin specialty stores. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. ©2013 American Health, Inc. 13-AH-1139 www.AmericanHealthUS.com o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 11 foods, supplements & prevention news bites HEALTHY AGING Hot chocolate gives memory a boost The enjoyable task of drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older adults keep their thinking skills sharp. A new study from Harvard Medical School found that certain people did considerably better on a memory test after 30 days of the hot-chocolate regimen. The participants had an average age of 73 and did not have dementia. Ultrasound tests at the start of the study revealed that some of them had impaired blood flow to the brain. Those participants saw the memory improvements and also had a boost in blood flow. Other participants did not see such gains. “We’re learning more about blood flow in the brain and its effect on thinking skills,” said lead researcher Farzaneh A. Sorond, MD, PhD. “As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow.” Dr. Sorond explained that such “neurovascular coupling” may play a role in Alzheimer’s and other diseases. SOURCE “Chocolate May Keep Brain Healthy,” Neurology, 8/7/13 PREVENTIVE EATING Garlic lowers cancer risk You may need a breath mint, but eating garlic a couple of times a week might protect you from lung cancer. Scientists found a 44 percent risk reduction among people who ate raw garlic twice a week or more. Even among smokers, the risk reduction was significant— about 30 percent. Earlier studies have shown garlic to be beneficial for the heart and the immune system. SELECTED SOURCES “Garlic Reduces Lung Cancer Risk . . .” by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn, www.nutraingredientsusa.com, 8/12/13 ● “Raw Garlic Consumption as a Protective Factor for Lung Cancer . . .” by Z.Y. Jin et al., Cancer Prev Res (Phila), 7/13 Did You Know? Compounds in cinnamon may help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or prevent it from occurring. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is characterized by “tangles” in the brain cells. No certain cause or cure has been identified. A recent study shows that cinnamaldehyde—which gives cinnamon its bright, sweet smell—is effective in preventing the tangles. SOURCE “UC Santa Barbara Scientists Discover Cinnamon Compounds’ Potential Ability to Prevent Alzheimer’s,” University of California Santa Barbara, 5/23/13 o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 13 life in balance b y ly n d a wa l l a c e the jump-start Finding happiness through small changes As regular readers are no doubt aware, I often write about the great (and proven) benefits of noticing and appreciating the good things in our lives. But this time Iâ€™d like to come at things a little differently. Today letâ€™s pay some attention to what weâ€™re not so happy about. 2% 14 tasteforlife O cto b e r 201 3 Think of something you’re dissatisfied with in your life. Are you too busy to spend enough time with family and friends? Are you unhappy about your weight or your financial situation? Is getting the kids up and off to school on time a big headache every day? Is your job bringing you down? It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, just think of something that stands between you and greater happiness. If you’ve come up with a long list in no time flat, choose one for now. You can come back to as many as you want later. Okay, you can do this in your head, but it works a lot better if you grab a pen. I promise you can get it done in five minutes on this page, or even on the back of a grocery receipt if that’s what’s handy. Quickly write down five ways to complete this sentence. Don’t spend any time thinking of the “best” answers or evaluating what you’ve come up with. You’re not going to try to put them all into practice. Just get creative and jot down whatever short answers come to mind. To make this thing I’m unhappy about 2 percent better, I could . . . 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Done? Great. Now write down five more. Focus on small changes that will have just a 2 percent impact, not great big changes to fix everything. To make this thing I’m unhappy about 2 percent better, I could . . . 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. So what did you come up with? Getting the kids to bed 10 minutes earlier? Buying take-out once a week instead of twice? Taking a half-hour walk on Saturday mornings with a friend or at lunchtime with a colleague? Maybe none of those things will transform your life on their own. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth doing. Here’s why: Small changes can be easier to make and a whole lot easier to sustain than big ones. If we aren’t willing to make any changes until we come up with the one big miracle that will fix it all, we’ll spend a lot of time waiting—and miss out on a lot of little things that together can make life wonderful. When we get in the habit of making small changes for a happier life, the cumulative effect of those changes can in fact be transformative over time. So choose one of your ideas and commit to putting it into action right away—one thing that will have just a 2 percent impact on one problem. And complete one more sentence: To make my life 2 percent better, I commit to doing this one thing this week: _____________________________. Then do it. And when you’re ready, do one more, and perhaps one more after that. If you feel like there’s still more benefit to gain, think of more 2 percent fixes for the same problem and make more small changes. Before you know it, those small changes will combine to make a big impact, and you’ll be ready to address another area of your life that could use some attention. Developing the habit of noticing what is making you unhappy, thinking through what you can do about it, and taking a series of manageable steps to address it can truly help you to transform how you experience your life. After all, happiness isn’t a test that we pass by getting a few big things right or fail by getting a few big things wrong. It’s the sum of everything that we think, do, and experience. And the more we choose to appreciate what’s working well in our lives and address what isn’t, the happier we’ll be—even (or especially) if we do it a little bit at a time. TFL SELECTED SOURCES The Psychology of Self Esteem, by Nathaniel Branden, PhD ($19.95, Jossey-Bass, 2001) n Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, ($21.95, McGraw-Hill, 2007) Lynda Wallace is a certified positive psychology coach and the author of the #1 Amazon self-help bestseller A Short Course In Happiness: Practical Steps to a Happier Life. She offers life coaching, career coaching, and workshops to clients around the world, in person and by phone and video. You can find out more at www.lyndawallace.com. O ctober 2013 tasteforlife 15 simply good gV Gr a pefrui t Snap Pea Salad w it h Swee t Creamy Dre ss i ng Created by Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP Courtesy of Barlean’s 15 minutes prep time n serves 4 2 Tbsp Barlean’s Organic Flax Oil 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar Juice of 1 fresh grapefruit 1 c plain Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp Barlean’s Berry Greens 1 c fresh snap peas 4 c mixed salad greens 2 scallions, thinly sliced 2 tsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1 large carrot, shredded K c purple cabbage, thinly sliced 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped K c dried cherries K c pine nuts 2 tsp Barlean’s Forti-Flax N tsp sea salt Freshly ground white pepper to taste 1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine Barlean’s Organic Flax Oil, balsamic vinegar, grapefruit juice, Greek yogurt, and Barlean’s Berry Greens. Mix well to combine. 2. In a separate large serving bowl, combine remaining salad ingredients. 3. Add Greek yogurt mixture to dry salad mixture; gently toss to combine. Top with Barlean’s Forti-Flax and salt and pepper to taste. 4. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Per serving: 810 Calories, 25 g Protein, 74 g Carbohydrates, 15 g Fiber, 49 g Fat, 375 mg Sodium D Dairy Free G Gluten Free N Nut Free V Vegan V Vegetarian 16 tasteforlife Recipe analysis courtesy of Barlean’s. o ctob e r 201 3 b y l e t i t i a l . s ta r eating plan anti-cancer delicious strategies Want to lower your risk for cancer? Â Fill your plate and cup with anti-cancer foods and beverages. This strategy could prove beneficial to ward off the disease or if youâ€™re a cancer survivor. Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott, both young cancer survivors, learned this firsthand. ď ˝ continued on page 19 o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 17 INTERNA LEANSING LC ETOX &D CO M PAN Y † Are you concerned about increased toxin exposure? The alarming fact is that, since the Industrial Revolution, there are now over 80,000 environmental chemicals in use today with over 1,000 being added each year. 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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. †SPINS Herbal Cleansing Subcategory, 52 weeks ending 7/06/13. 1 2013 Vitamin Retailer Magazine. continued from page 17 anti-cancer eating plan “After a few chemo infusions, I began making some changes in my diet with help from my aunt, who is a health coach. I was eating more leafy greens and whole grains and cutting back on the processed foods and refined sugars,” says Scott in the book she wrote with Ramke, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen. “My recovery time between treatments shortened. I seemed to get my strength back sooner and wasn’t quite as tired. My food gave me energy, and it felt good knowing I was doing something to help my body.” “Lifestyle factors such as diet can play a major role in preventing cancer,” write Richard Beliveau, PhD, and Denis Gingras, PhD, in Foods to Fight Cancer. “Approximately one-third of all cancers are directly related to diet,” they report. “Enjoying a diverse, balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, coupled with controlled calorie intake to avoid weight gain, is a simple and effective way of significantly reducing the risk of developing cancer.” Cancer-fighting down to a science These foods have scientifically proven protective powers. • Tomatoes: Lycopene is the redorange pigment in tomatoes and a powerful antioxidant. Studies have indicated that lycopene reduces prostate cancer risk by slowing the growth of cancer cells and reducing cancer cell survival. What’s more, in other laboratory tests tomato components have halted breast, lung, and endometrial cancer cell proliferation. • Garlic and onions: Garlic and other members of the Allium genus, which includes onions, leeks, shallots, and chives, can help prevent cancer cell growth. • Dark chocolate: A daily treat of 1K ounces of chocolate (at least 70 percent cocoa) may not only help ward off cardiovascular disease, but potentially plays a role in preventing cancer. • Green tea: This superfood’s cancer-fighting abilities are due to flavonols known as catechins. • Blueberries: Anthocyanins, powerful phytochemicals, not only give this delectable fruit its blue hue but also may help prevent mouth, breast, colon, and prostate cancers. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) lists these other cancer fighters: apples, cherries, grapefruit, cranberries, grapes and grape juice, dark leafy greens, winter squash, broccoli and other cruciferous veggies, flaxseeds, legumes, whole grains, and more. Cancer fighters in your fridge No single food or food component can prevent cancer. It’s the synergistic effect of eating healthy foods throughout the day that can make a difference. Here are some suggestions: Breakfast: Avoid doughnuts and sugary cereals. Opt for whole-grain cereals with fresh berries or other fruits. Lunch: Eschew cheeseburgers, pizza, French fries, and processed lunchmeats. Instead, enjoy a leafy green salad loaded with anti-cancer veggies, or a bean spread with a whole-grain pita. Snacks: Remember to plan for at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables—which often make great snacks. Dinner: Limit red meat and choose fish, poultry, or beans instead. Anti-cancer recipes Many ingredients in these recipes are cherished for their anti-cancer power. This rich-tasting versatile sauce is marvelous over whole-grain pasta and grains, including gluten-free options. DGNV Sun-Dried Tomato and Cocoa Sauce 10 minutes prep time n makes about 2 cups 2 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes (julienne cut or chopped, packed in olive oil) N c onion, diced 1 tsp fresh garlic, minced 2 c crushed canned tomatoes 1 Tbsp baking cocoa (not Dutchprocessed) 1 bay leaf Ground chipotle or cayenne pepper (to taste) 1. In a medium-size pot over medium heat, sauté sun-dried tomatoes, onion, and garlic until onion is soft and yellow. 2. Add canned tomatoes, cocoa, bay leaf, and ground chipotle or cayenne pepper. Stir well. 3. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until sauce is hot. Per 1-cup serving: 118 Calories, 5 g Protein, 25 g Carbohydrates, 7 g Fiber, 2 g Total fat, 320 mg Sodium, HHH Vitamin C, HH Vitamin A, Copper, Manganese, H Niacin, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 19 anti-cancer eating plan continued from page 19 Kitchen Tip Try this healthy drink served chilled over ice. DGNV Mulled Green TeaBlueberry Brew This warming beverage is a delectable marriage of two powerful cancer fighters. 10 minutes prep time n makes about 4 cups Did you know? 3 c water 1 c blueberry juice (or blueberry juice blend) 4–6 green tea bags (or 4 Tbsp loose tea) 1–2 short cinnamon sticks 1–2 Tbsp honey or agave nectar, to taste 1 Tbsp mulling spices For further information, check out “Foods That Fight Cancer” from the American Institute for Cancer Research at www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer Studies suggest coffee may help prevent some cancers. 1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Heat to just below the boiling point. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes. 2. To enjoy: Remove cinnamon sticks. Strain through fine-mesh strainer, if desired. Serve warm in mugs. Per 1-cup serving: 40 Calories, 10 g Carbohydrates, 12 mg Sodium D Dairy Free G Gluten Free N Nut Free V Vegan V Vegetarian Recipes are analyzed by Taste for Life using data sources including nutraCoster nutrition analysis software. Actual values will vary depending on portion size, freshness of ingredients, storage, and cooking techniques. They should be used only as a guide. Star ratings are based on standard values (SVs) that are currently recommended: HHHHH Extraordinary (50 percent or better), HHHH Top source, HHH Excellent source, HH Good source, H Fair source Original recipes by Letitia L. Star SELECTED SOURCES “American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention,” www. cancer.org n “Foods That Fight Cancer,” American Institute for Cancer Research, www.aicr.org n Foods to Fight Cancer: Essential Foods to Help Prevent Cancer by Richard Beliveau, PhD, and Denis Gingras, PhD ($19.95, DK Publishing, 2007) n Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer by Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott ($22, Running Press, 2012) n “Lycopene Modulates Growth and Survival Associated Genes in Prostate Cancer” by M.M. Rafi et al., J Nutr Biochem, 6/13 20REM_HH.indd tasteforlife 1 OCTOBER 2013 8/29/13 11:15 AM gluten free FOCUS B y l i s a fa b i a n what labels mean Deciphering the terms 22 tasteforlife o cto b e r 2013 They’re hard to miss: gluten free, wheat free, certified gluten free, organic, and non-GMO seals—conspicuously placed for your attention, interest, and safety. What do they all mean? And which ones should you be paying attention to? The numbers are growing. Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, certain foods are causing the most problems: dairy products, corn, gluten, and wheat. But it is gluten— a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye—that is drawing the most attention, as increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Currently about 1 to 2 percent of the US population has celiac disease and 6 to 7 percent has non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Some studies suggest numbers may be even higher. With more and more people searching for foods that are safe to eat, understanding food labeling is critical. Here’s a primer. Certified Gluten Free: Currently three organizations test and certify foods as being gluten free: the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA), the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), and the Gluten Intolerance Groups’ Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO). They have different standards, the most stringent being the CSA’s: Oats are not allowed in certified products, and items must contain less than 5 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. Gluten Free: Until recently, the phrase “gluten free” has not been regulated; manufacturers made their own decisions about what it meant. For instance, some products free of gluten-containing Study Those Labels Food manufacturers may change food formulas and recipes without warning. So be sure to read labels every time you purchase a product, even if it was safe in the past. If you’re unsure about an ingredient’s safety, call the manufacturer. New Gluten Free Labeling In August, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued standards for food manufacturers who want to label their products “gluten free.” Designed to provide a uniform standard definition, this ruling requires that foods labeled “gluten free” must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. It also requires that foods with the claims “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten” meet this definition. (FDA chose 20 ppm instead of 0 ppm since no analytical methods are available that are scientifically validated to reliably detect gluten below 20 ppm.) Twenty ppm of gluten can be visualized as two grains of salt in a slice of bread. Food manufacturers have until August 5, 2014 to comply with these new requirements, although they’re encouraged to do so immediately. There’s no ruling that naturally gluten-free foods (fresh produce, for example) be labeled as such, though producers may choose to use the label. o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 23 what labels mean continued from page 23 wheat, barley, and rye could still contain oats that had been cross-contaminated with wheat. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently set standards for the gluten free label. These go into effect in August 2014. (See page 23 for more information on this ruling.) Contains Wheat: Since wheat is one of the eight major allergens (along with milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, and soybeans), the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act requires that its presence be listed on product labels by its common name— wheat. The allergen listing for wheat and/or any of its derivatives can appear either in the ingredients list or after the ingredients list in a “contains wheat” statement. Wheat Free: A product labeled wheat free does not contain wheat, but it is not necessarily gluten free. It can still contain barley, rye, cross-contaminated oats, triticale, or malt products. Non-GMO: This seal indicates that a product has undergone testing to ensure the absence of GMOs. All at-risk ingredients being grown commercially in GMO form have been tested. Any product containing more than 0.9 percent GMO must be labeled. Annual audits and onsite inspections are conducted for high-risk products. Organic: A product with this seal means no pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation were used in the growing and processing of any ingredients in the item. Antibiotics or growth hormones were not given to any animals that produce meat, eggs, or dairy products. TFL GMOs and Gluten Intolerance: Is There a Link? Some researchers and food safety advocates believe there’s a connection between the increase in digestive disorders (celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, gluten intolerance) and the rise in foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Biotech industry scientists refute this claim, pointing out that the human digestive process destroys any traces that remain in food of the toxins used to kill insects on GMO crops. However, a 2011 study by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Center in Quebec found these toxins in the blood of 93 percent of pregnant woman and 80 percent of unborn babies. Wheat grown in the US is not genetically modified, but alterations to the crop are thought to be a possible cause of gluten sensitivities. Corn, soy, canola, cotton, and sugar beets are all GMO crops grown in the US. Most Americans support the labeling of genetically modified foods. Blocked up? 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Leblanc, Reprod Toxicol, 5/11 n “The ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ Seal,” www.nongmoproject.org, 2013 n “What Does ‘Organic’ Mean?” www.organic.org, 2013 n “Why Is Gluten Intolerance Rising? The Great GMO Debate” by Lisa Cantkier, Tonic Toronto, www.tonictoronto.com, 2/13 o ctob e r 2013 F resh, Raw & Organic The purely natural whole food choice for Omega-3 World’s Freshest & Best Tasting Made from Select North American Flaxseed Multi-award Winning Flax Oil Scan for video 100+ delicious flax recipes! (800) 445-FLAX Visit barleans.com for WHAT’s essential to me? Embracing the promise of a new season. WHAT’s al i t n e s s e to YOU? # Omega-3 In The U.S. ™ 1 † WHY OMEGA-3s Support Optimal Metabolism and Body Composition* Optimize Immune Function* WHY NORDIC NATURALS Proven Safe and Effective Exceptionally Pure Award-Winning Taste At Nordic Naturals, we believe that omega oils are essential to an extraordinary life. 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Since the first Non-GMO Month in 2010, citizens and organizations across North America have become increasingly aware of the failure of GMO technology and the risks GMOs pose to the health of our families and our planet. Non-GMO Month is an opportunity to coordinate our voices and our actions so that we can stand up loudly and clearly for our right to know whatâ€™s in our food. ď ˝ by Caroline Kinsman o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 27 non-gmo month continued from page 27 53% of consumers say they would not buy food that has been genetically modified, according to a CBS/New York Times poll. The GMO landscape What are genetically modified organisms, or GMOs? They are plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This experimental technology forces DNA from one species into a different species. The resulting GMOs are combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional breeding. “The right to know what we’re eating and feeding our families is so basic,” says Megan Westgate, executive director of the nonprofit Non-GMO Project, which created Non-GMO Month. “Americans deserve the same freedom to avoid experimental GMO foods as people in other countries.” American exceptionalism Unlike more than 60 other countries around the world, the US does not mandate GMO labeling. Meanwhile, genetically engineered ingredients are in about 80 percent of American packaged foods, so they can be hard to avoid. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 90 percent or more of soy, corn, sugar beets, and canola planted are grown with genetically modified seeds. Shoppers in the US and Canada may also encounter GMO alfalfa, cotton, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, and yellow summer squash. Animal products are also affected by the presence of GMOs in the food supply, as almost all conventional animal feed contains corn and/or soy. Studies show near-universal support for GMO labeling—more than nine out of 10 Americans want to know whether or not their food contains GMOs, and 2013 has seen a groundswell in the “right to know” movement. More than 1.2 million Americans have contacted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking it to implement mandatory labeling of GMO foods, and 27 states have taken up GMO labeling bills like those passed in Maine and Connecticut in June 2013. The GMO Harvest The vast majority of a number of major crops in the United States are grown from genetically engineered seeds. 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These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 13-AH-1123 non-gmo month continued from page 28 Informed shopping While consumers fight at the polls for their right to know, the Non-GMO Project provides shoppers an immediate solution to the presence of unlabeled GMOs. As the only third-party non-GMO verification in North America, the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is quickly gaining popularity. It is now the fastest-growing label claim in the natural products industry with more than 11,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products. Whether at the polls or in the grocery aisles, Americans are proving to be determined when it comes to their right to know about GMOs. When you pick up your fork this October, join the thousands of people across the country celebrating Non-GMO Month. TFL Caroline Kinsman is communications manager at the Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. Learn more at www.nongmoproject.org. Gaining Ground October is Non-GMO Month, and the campaign to reduce our consumption of genetically engineered foods is gaining ground. Sales of products carrying the Non-GMO Project Verified seal saw a big jump this past year. 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These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 32 tasteforlife o ctob e r 2013 food for thought by Elaine ambrose green and clean Now that this brisk new season has swept summer away, let’s focus on the important things—like eating more kale. Our selection also includes two useful resources for women’s wellness. Kale: The Complete Guide to the World’s Most Powerful Superfood by Stephanie Pedersen ($14.95, Sterling, 2013) The Anti–Breast Cancer Cookbook by Julia B. Greer, MD, MPH ($19.95, Sunrise River Press, 2013) This book by cancer researcher, food enthusiast, and author of The Anti-Cancer Cookbook Julia Greer pulls together everything you need to know about the most common cancer among women. Based on research findings, Dr. Greer offers risk-reduction strategies and accessible and interesting background information that every woman should know. She also offers over 200 easy-to-make, delicious recipes that feature foods filled with potent antioxidants that may slash your risk for this disease. Many of her recipes are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten free. Choose from offerings such as Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas, Roasted Barbecued Wild Salmon, Cranberry-Vegetable Baked Risotto, and Walnut-Raspberry Tart. Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, with J.L. Fields ($16.99, Da Capo Press, 2013) Comprehensive and well researched, Vegan for Her is a complete guide to the vegan lifestyle for women. Dietitian Virginia Messina shows how women at any stage of their journey can meet their nutritional needs while living a compassionate life. Part one explains dietary principles of vegan nutrition and discusses the role of supplements and helpful tips for those making the transition to a plant-based diet. In part two, readers learn how a woman’s hormones and dietary needs are linked, including information on the estrogen and soy connection. Also offered are nutritional guidelines for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. Part three addresses how a vegan diet helps women manage weight gain, stress, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and other health risks. Complementing Messina’s practical advice are J.L. Fields’s vegan lifestyle tips, with over 50 easy recipes plus ways to “veganize” clothing and health and beauty products. Resources, references, and nutrient charts complete this exceptional book. TFL This is a one-stop resource for all things kale, including why it’s called a superfood, tips on buying and storing it, and growing your own, plus over 75 delectable—and surprising—recipes. Pedersen’s enthusiasm makes this book fun to read, and recipes like Savory Carrot and Kale Muffins, Chicken and Kale Hand Pies, and Wicked Kale Cupcakes are downright intriguing. A Frequently Asked Questions section is especially handy. photos © bill milne o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 33 Pour on the Goodness Nature’s Way® Liquid Coconut Oil with 93% MCTs (medium chain fats) is always pourable and won’t turn solid—even when refrigerated. It’s the perfect way to add the goodness of pure coconut to your favorite foods, including smoothies, dips, sauces, salad dressings and even drizzling over popcorn. Great alternative to butter, margarine or vegetable oil gluten free essentials essentials award winner 2013 2 m e e t t h e 2013 awa r d w i n n e r s There are plenty of good reasons for going gluten free. And now, more than ever, those reasons include the quality and variety of gluten-free products themselves. We’ve selected favorites from today’s crop of foods and supplements that are both GF and genuinely first-rate. Supplements and Health Enhancers You’re scrutinizing food labels, but have you read the small print on your supplements? These convenient glutenfree products support wellness and a range of dietary needs. (Note: Always consult manufacturers regarding gluten and other ingredients of concern.) 1. Country Life Stress Shield Nighttime 2. American Health More than a Multiple with Vision Essentials 3. Almased meal replacement powder 4. Hero Slice of Life Vitamin D3 5. 22 Days Nutrition Enlightened Pumpkinseed vegan protein bar Breads and Crackers Do without? Not necessary. These gluten-free breads, crusts, and crackers can please omnivorous foodies and strict GF adherents alike. Look out for the red-hot new offering from Mary’s Gone Crackers. They’re well named! 6. Food for Life Exotic Black Rice Bread 7. Glutino Original Crackers 8. Schär Pizza Crusts 9. Rudi’s Multigrain Hamburger Buns 10. Blue Diamond Hazelnut Nut Thins 11. Mary’s Gone Crackers Hot ’n Spicy Jalapeño crackers 12. Ian’s All Natural Allergy Friendly Original Panko Breadcrumbs 11 [ 1 3 4 5 6 7 9 8 10 [ 12 [ continued on page 36 o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 35 gluten free essentials awards continued from page 35 13 [ 15 [ Mealtime: Quick and Easy What if you want to select and use quality ingredients, but don’t have all the time in the world? Take a look at products that make breakfast, lunch, and dinner a little easier and a lot tastier. 13. Bakery On Main Carrot Cake Oatmeal 14. Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix 15. Amy’s Light & Lean Quinoa & Black Beans with Butternut Squash & Chard 16. Lundberg Organic Roasted Brown Rice Couscous 17. Eden Foods Black Bean & Quinoa Chili Snacks and Treats Sometimes the details make the day. A crunchy, nutty bite that staves off midmorning hunger. Tea with a cookie that’s just sweet enough. A crispy curry-infused snack to offer suprise guests. Enjoy! 18. Majan’s Bhuja Crunchy Seasoned Peas 19. Mrs. May’s Cran-Blueberry Crunch 20. Lara Bar Über Coconut Macaroon 21. Mi-Del Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps 22. Dr. Lucy’s Maple Bliss Cookies TFL 14 [ 16 [ 17 [ 19 [ 18 [ 21 [ 20 [ 22 [ www. 36 tasteforlife tasteforlife.com Learn more about each award winner at tasteforlife.com/GFawards o ctob e r 2013 WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT FLAVOR NOTES (AND THAT’S JUST IN ONE BAR) 2013 Green & Black’s and all related trademarks are used under license. © 2012. Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc. Visit us at: facebook.com/greenandblacks.us weighing in By Sandra Neil a slimming cleanse Detox can do double duty Having trouble shedding those extra pounds? A gentle detoxification might do the trick. Better yet, incorporating the principles of detox into a year-round program can take the weight off and contribute to improved overall health. Clearing toxins from your organs can lead to increased energy, a fitter body, and reduced risk for a myriad of health problems. Some detox programs last a week or longer and call for strict adherence to a dietary regimen. That can be a good way to kick-start a weightloss program, but lasting, ongoing changes are the real key. “Detoxification can be helpful for weight loss, although this is not its primary purpose,” writes Elson Haas, MD, in The New Detox Diet. “Cleansing is more important as an overall lifestyle and dietary transition.” A vicious cycle Unfortunately, just breathing is enough to increase our load of toxins. The accumulation of toxins raises the risk for inflammation in the body, and that inflammation promotes weight gain, which leads to more inflammation, which 38 tasteforlife o ctob e r 2013 “Anyone eating 4,000 calories daily of fatty, sweet foods in a poorly balanced diet who begins to eat 2,000 to 2,500 calories daily of more wholesome foods will definitely experience detoxification, weight loss, and improved health simultaneously,” writes Elson Haas, MD. adds to the risk of obesity and . . . you get the picture. Detoxification expert Brenda Watson, CNC, lists cigarette smoke, air pollution, pesticides, chemical additives in foods, heavy metals, hormone disrupters in plastics, and “fire retardants on just about everything” among the many toxic triggers of inflammation. “In a seemingly endless vicious cycle, the fat tissue itself produces yet more inflammation, which leads to accumulation of more fat, and so on,” Watson says. “To help break the cycle, detoxification is necessary, particularly because when we begin to lose weight, toxins that were stored in fat are released, and can again trigger the cycle, making lasting weight loss more difficult to achieve. By removing toxins from the cycle, we remove a major inhibition to weight loss.” and butter from grass-fed cows “along with natural spices and seasonings to keep meals interesting.” It’s also crucial to avoid certain foods, especially processed foods that may contain preservatives and dyes— “the very things you’d like to cleanse out of your body during a detox!” Avoid sugary foods and high-starch foods like breads and pasta, which can slow elimination. Reducing caffeine and alcohol are also important during detoxification. Dr. Haas stresses that a healthier diet will bring quick results. “Anyone eating 4,000 calories daily of fatty, sweet foods in a poorly balanced diet who begins to eat 2,000 to 2,500 calories daily of more wholesome foods will definitely experience detoxification, weight loss, and improved health simultaneously,” he writes. A jump start Watson says achieving bowel regularity is the first step. “Cleansing can help jump-start bowel regularity, and a high-fiber diet and probiotics can help achieve and maintain bowel regularity on a longterm basis,” she says. “Once bowel regularity is achieved, detoxification of the other channels of elimination is crucial, with particular focus on liver support, which is the body’s detox powerhouse.” Watson stresses loading up on non-starchy fruits and vegetables during a cleanse, and eating onions, cilantro, dandelion greens, and garlic, which are known for their detoxifying properties. She suggests lean proteins, legumes, and sprouted whole grains, and using nutritious fats like olive oil Don’t forget water Watson recommends drinking lots of water: half your body weight in ounces daily. That is, if you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 ounces of water a day. “Regular exercise and stress reduction are also key, along with reducing your exposure to toxins in the first place,” she says. “It’s best to think of it more like a lifestyle plan than a quick-fix detox. Adopt new habits that become, simply, how you live. That’s how to really change your health.” TFL SELECTED SOURCES “Coming Clean on Cleanses” by Meghan Jessiman, Postmedia News, 8/14/13 n The Detox Strategy by Brenda Watson, CNC, with Leonard Smith, MD ($26, Simon and Schuster, 2008) n The New Detox Diet by Elson M. Haas, MD, with Danielle Chase ($16.95, Celestial Arts, 2004) n Personal communication: Brenda Watson, 8/13 Year-round Detox Supporting a healthy digestive system should be an ongoing goal, not just an occasional detox trick. Dietary supplements can play a major role. 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To this solid foundation, we can add a variety of superfoods that provide powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients to support immunity from multiple angles. o cto ber 2013 Whether we like it or not, viruses are an unavoidable fact of life—especially during the fall and winter months. Colds and flu run rampant tasteforlife 41 preventing cold & flu continued from page 41 Cruciferous vegetables Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and others in this family are excellent sources of nutrients that support immunity: vitamin C, beta carotene, zinc, and selenium, among others. They also contain specific compounds that boost immunity, fight cancer, balance hormones, and detoxify the body. Chicken soup More than just a comforting folk remedy, chicken soup is a nourishing tonic shown to increase immune activity against colds and flu. For maximum immune benefit, make broth from scratch using all parts of the chicken, and add ginger, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, and fresh herbs for additional support. Green tea The compounds EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and L-theanine in green tea help strengthen immunity and offer antiinflammatory benefits. Green tea is also very high in antioxidant polyphenols, which neutralize free radicals that can damage immune cells and fuel inflammation. Garlic An age-old remedy, garlic contains allicin and sulfur compounds that strengthen the immune system and fight bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Garlic also benefits cardiovascular health. Cultured foods Research demonstrates the many ways beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract support health. In addition to aiding nutrient absorption and keeping our digestion running smoothly, these probiotic microbes strengthen immunity. Good probiotic sources include miso, sauerkraut, coconut kefir, and kimchi. Coconut Coconut oil contains a substance called lauric acid that demonstrates powerful antiviral activity. Targeted supplements There are numerous botanicals, nutrients, and dietary supplements that can benefit immunity from different angles. They can be used alone or together for optimal, synergistic support. Here are some top recommendations: Medicinal mushrooms Taken as supplements or included in meals, these remarkable fungi deliver numerous beneficial compounds including beta glucans that energize the immune system against viruses and bacteria. Many medicinal mushrooms offer a wide range of benefits including detoxification, cardiovascular support, and many more. Interestingly, mushrooms donâ€™t just boost immunity; they optimize it, essentially â€œtrainingâ€? immune cells and preventing them from underreacting or overreacting. Shiitake and maitake are some of the more common medicinal mushrooms. Shiitake has been well researched and demonstrates protection against frequent colds and flu. Other immune-supporting mushrooms include coriolus, reishi, agaricus, umbellatus, and cordyceps. In my clinic, I recommend a medicinal mushroom formula containing these mushrooms for its ability to support vital energy, help us cope with stress, and enhance our defense mechanisms. Herbs and nutrients Astragalus and eleuthero can support health and immunity by increasing vital energy and helping the immune system adapt to stress and other assaults. Oregano and olive leaf extracts are powerful antiviral and antibacterial supplements. Vitamins C and D3, and minerals selenium and zinc are well known immune boosters. Elderberry is shown in studies to reduce the duration of the flu and stimulate immunity against viruses. continued on page 44 42 tasteforlife o cto b e r 2013 preventing cold & flu continued from page 42 Lifestyle How we live dramatically affects our immune system. The number one rule is get enough sleep. The body, quite simply, breaks down without sleep, and immune function is one of the first casualties. Exercise is also important, particularly mind/body practices such as t’ai chi and yoga. One recent study showed that yoga activates a large number of genes associated with immunity. Don’t forget quality of life. Laughter, music, sunshine—all are shown in studies to benefit immune health. Get outside, take a walk, have lunch with friends, go to a concert. In other words, have fun: It’s good for everything. In fact, adequate stress relief may be the best way to support immunity. The powerful connections between emotional health and physical health—particularly in regard to the immune system, are well established. Chronic stress, social isolation, even a negative attitude can dramatically decrease immune function. On the other hand, optimism and healthy stress relief using mind/ body practices such as meditation are shown to significantly support immunity and reduce the risk of numerous diseases. If you do come down with a virus, take the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate yourself. For my patients who are staying home sick, one of the things I always recommend is watching a comedy and laughing yourself silly. After all, laughter is the best medicine. For more information on targeted immune support, download my free wellness guide at ImmuneHealth.org. TFL Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, is medical director of the integrative health center Amitabha Medical Clinic in Northern California. Visit him online at www.dreliaz.org. SELECTED SOURCES “Anti-Infective Properties of Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a Component of Green Tea” by J. Steinmann et al., Br J Pharmacol, 3/13 n “Lentinus Edodes: A Macrofungus with Pharmacological Activities” by P.S. Bisen et al., Curr Med Chem, 1/10 n “Oral Administration of Lactobacilli from Human Intestinal Tract Protects Mice Against Influenza Virus Infection” by M. Kawase et al., Lett Appl Microbiol, 7/10 n “Rapid Gene Expression Changes in Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes Upon Practice of a Comprehensive Yoga Program” by S. Qu et al., PLOS ONE, 4/13 Ads_Half pg 7.25 x 4.75 9/5/2013 12:30 PM Page 1 NEWTON is QuaLiTy • Hand-Prepared Encouraging Health & Promoting Balance • Quality-Controlled Environment • FDa-Registered Laboratory • Packaged in Glass • Eﬀective Formulations • Testing by independent FDa-Registered Laboratory Formulated according to the teaching and philosophy of Belgian born Dr. Luc Chaltin. 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If you notice any of these signs (think FAST), get to an emergency department immediately: Face: Drooping on one or both sides Arms: Weakness or difficulty raising Speech: Slurred or difficult Time: Call 911! Other sudden symptoms can also indicate a stroke: numbness in the face, arm, or leg or on one side of the body, confusion or disorientation, dizziness, vision problems, headache, trouble walking. If possible, record the time symptoms beganâ€”this can help guide treatment. When a stroke occurs, timing is everything. Treatment must be given within the first few hours to halt brain cell death and help save lives. But long-term stroke prevention also needs a head start. The sooner we reduce stroke risk factors, the better our chances of avoiding this life-threatening event. Thatâ€™s because strokes fall under the category of chronic cardiovascular disease, a slowmoving condition that requires long-term solutions. Diet and lifestyle changes, along with specific supplements, offer ongoing support to reduce not just stroke risks, but other cardiovascular risks as well. The goal is to decrease chronic inflammation and combat free radicals while supporting circulation and healthy cholesterol levels. And the sooner you get started, the better. ď ˝ stroke prevention getting a head start o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 47 stroke prevention continued from page 47 Anti-plaque approaches Chronic inflammation combined with other dangers such as excess free radicals, elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol, oxidized cholesterol, and high lipoprotein in the blood can be deadly over time. Together, they cause fatty plaque deposits to build up on artery walls, reducing blood flow. Plaque formations can also break free from their original sites and block circulation elsewhere. This artery-clogging process—called atherosclerosis—is a primary cause of strokes and heart attacks. Smoking, eating processed foods, chronic stress, and obesity increase the risks. So one of the most important steps in stroke prevention (and overall cardiovascular health) is to control arterial plaque to prevent blockages of blood to the brain. Stroke prevention also requires that we strengthen circulation by improving vascular health and reducing blood viscosity (thickness). In my clinical practice, there are several targeted supplements I recommend for this, along with the diet and lifestyle measures discussed below. Herbs and supplements Aged garlic extract can promote healthy blood lipid levels and support cardiovascular health. One well-researched supplement is a Tibetan herbal formula containing botanicals such as Icelandic moss, neem fruit, and costus root. Studies indicate that this formula helps control chronic inflammation. It also offers antioxidant and immune support. The enzyme nattokinase, derived from a fermented soy product called natto, is shown to improve circulation and help dissolve blood clots. Aged garlic extract can promote healthy blood lipid levels and support cardiovascular health. Ginger extracts may reduce atherosclerosis and improve cholesterol while supporting cardiovascular health. Also important, vitamin D deficiency has been found in many stroke victims, so supplementation with this critical nutrient may also help prevent strokes by strengthening the cardiovascular system. Another recommended supplement is modified citrus pectin, derived from the pith of citrus peels and modified for enhanced absorption and activity throughout the body. Modified citrus pectin is gaining a reputation because of its ability to block a pro-inflammatory protein in the body. More information and research on this ingredient can be found at PectinResearch.org. Diet and lifestyle A low-sodium, anti-inflammatory diet emphasizing vegetables, healthy fats, and high-quality protein such as fish is shown to offer significant protection against strokes and cardiovascular disease. Good hydration, targeted supplements, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy stress relief are equally important. Combined, these measures can keep us vibrant and healthy over the long term, adding precious time and quality to our ledger of life. TFL Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, is medical director of the integrative health center Amitabha Medical Clinic in Northern California. Visit him online at www.dreliaz.org. SELECTED SOURCES “Honokiol Inhibits the Inflammatory Reaction During Cerebral Ischemia Reperfusion by Suppressing NF-kB Activation and Cytokine Production of Glial Cells” by P. Zhang et al., Neurosci Lett, 2/13 n “Inhibition of Galectin-3 Reduces Atherosclerosis in Apolipoprotein E Deficient Mice” by A. MacKinnon et al., Glycobiology, 6/13 n “A Meta-analysis of Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trials for the Effects of Garlic on Serum Lipid Profiles” by T. Zeng et al., J Sci Food Agric, 9/12 n “Nattokinase Decreases Plasma Levels of Fibrinogen, Factor VII, and Factor VIII in Human Subjects” by C.H. Hsia et al., Nutr Res, 3/09 48 tasteforlife octo b er 2013 1oz. 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This enables them to practice sustainable agriculture and encourages a transition to organic practices that are safer for farm workers, consumers, and the planet we all share. The benefits don’t stop there. A Fair Trade certified label means that since certain standards have been met by producers, the end product is both high quality and independently certified. Why are companies choosing fair trade ingredients for their products? Some wish to protect endangered plant species and encourage sustainability. Others look to guarantee a long-term supply of organic ingredients. ingredients are Fair Trade certified. Some that you’ll find include fair trade–certified shea butter, cocoa butter, honey, sugar, plant extracts, olive oil, and avocado oil. These ingredients can be found in lip balms, sugar scrubs, cleansers, masks, body oils, shampoos, and moisturizers. Shea butter. Used for centuries in Africa as an anti-inflammatory, healing salve, and hair and skin care product, these days it’s used to prevent wrinkles, soothe irritated and chapped skin, and minimize stretch marks and scars. Shea butter is a key ingredient in traditional African black soaps. Sugar. Body scrubs, with sugar as a main ingredient, help reveal fresher, younger-looking skin as they buff away dead skin cells. Evaporated cane juice contains glycolic acid to help break down dead skin faster. TFL Global goods Sourced from all over the world, here are some of the more common fair trade–certified skin care and beauty ingredients, as well as insight into what they can do for you. Argan oil. Extracted from the kernels of the argan tree in Morocco, this oil is effective for dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne. A gentle skin product, it’s recommended for those with dry skin and sensitive complexions. It’s also an effective hair conditioner and remedy for dry locks or split ends. Coconut oil. Rich in antioxidants, coconut oil melts into the skin to provide maximum hydration with minimal product. It benefits dry, mature, irritated, or sensitive skin. Coconut oil can also be used on the hair and to help eliminate dandruff. Fair and beautiful Keep in mind that not all ingredients have to be Fair Trade certified for the product to receive the label. Some ingredients may not be certified because of a lack of certification processes for them. Sometimes an ingredient is grown domestically in an area that’s already well-monitored. Check labels to see which cosmetic oil with shea butter SELECTED SOURCES “Argan Oil Facts and Effect,” http:/ /arganoilfactsandeffect.blogspot.com, 2/3/13 n “Cosmetics Industry Going Fair Trade,” Organic Monitor, www.organicmonitor.com, 10/08 n “Products: Body Care”; “Vision Statement,” Fair Trade USA, http:/ /fairtradeusa.org, 2013 n “Shea Butter, Pure & Unrefined,” Alaffia Agbanga Certified Fair Trade Shea Butter Cooperative, www.agbangakarite.com, 2013 o cto ber 2013 tasteforlife 51 the herbal life b y a n n i e g r av e s Soothe a sore throat with the recipe at tasteforlife.com/tea www. tasteforlife.com reading the leaves Wellness teas offer seasonal relief One day this past summer, I ducked off the bright, crowded thoroughfare of Burlington, Vermont’s Church Street and into a dim, serene little teashop. It reminded me of the mysterious calm associated with this beverage, an unlikely staple of empires (British) and revolutions (American). It also triggered my awe at the dizzying variety of tastes—not to mention the wide range of healing properties that extend far beyond the relaxation that descends when your fingers wrap around a mug. The change of seasons is an excellent time to consider the simple, time-tested relief that comes in a teabag. Or to check out the new wellness tea combinations being launched regularly—worth investigating if you suffer from a specific ailment. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar makes a keen distinction between beverage teas and those blended for health purposes: “It’s a tea blend with a mission.” With that in mind, here’s a sampler of teas whose mission, separately or combined, is to take you through fall and winter in good health. STUFFY NOSE, COLD/FLU: Many Western herbalists consider echinacea to be the number-one immune enhancer, and it’s certainly among the most popular. Echinacea helps protect against viruses and bacteria. Taken at the first sign of a cold or flu, it fights sore throats and respiratory/bronchial infections and helps boost the immune system back to health. It’s frequently combined with elderflower, another powerful immune enhancer that relieves upper respiratory infections, colds, and flu. SORE THROAT/COUGH: The next time you’re making s’mores, remind yourself that marshmallow root was where this sticky candy began—cooked up with honey and served to pioneer children to ease sore throats. The herb is still working its mucilaginous magic, coating throats and soothing bronchial 52 tasteforlife o cto b e r 2013 continued on page 54 Rich in AntioxidAnts Available at natural food stores and better supermarkets everywhere. In the cooler. With just one bite, youâ€™ll know theyâ€™re a Food For Life! $ off Expiration 12/31/2013 GLUTEN-FREE foodfor life.co m Retailer: Food For Life will reimburse you the face value of this coupon plus 8 cents handling for coupons redeemed in accordance with this offer. Invoices proving purchase of sufficient stock to support coupon submissions must be provided upon request. Void if copied or transferred. Consumers are limited to one coupon per purchase and are responsible for all taxes. Cash value is .0001 cents. NO DOUBLING. Send all coupons to: FFLI/Universal, P.O. Box 222510, Hollywood, FL 33022-2510. 1 any Two Food For Life products. reading the leaves continued from page 52 inflammation. Licorice root calms inflamed tissues too. Gladstar calls it the “herb of choice” for a sore throat. Gargling with eucalyptus tea also helps relieve soreness. INSOMNIA: Too tired to sleep? Ironically, just when we need it most, rest often flies out the window. That’s when the simple act of brewing tea comes into its own. Look for combinations that include valerian root, which relieves anxiety, stress, tension, and insomnia. (It actually decreases activity in the central nervous system.) A muscle relaxant, it also relieves headaches and backaches. Valerian is often paired with passionflower, which despite its name is a well-known sleep aid and combats anxiety, stress, and depression. DIGESTION: Overindulgence is a time-honored tradition, hence the need for ginger. A master at relieving nausea, stomach upset, and gastrointestinal infections, it’s even good for cramps, motion sickness, and morning sickness. Though lesser known, its cousin, turmeric, has many of the same properties but is also one of the best anti-inflammatory herbs, rich in antioxidants and powerfully immune enhancing. DETOX: Dandelion root, the detox gold standard, helps stimulate, purify, and decongest the liver. Dandelion kicks up bile production too, which helps the body break down fat and cholesterol, and it’s a great digestive aid, stimulating the digestive tract to do its work. And it’s always good to have backup (or be proactive): Herbalist James A. Duke, PhD, suggests a liver-protective tea that combines dandelion with licorice, chicory, turmeric, and ginger. It’s called sipping your way to wellness. TFL SELECTED SOURCES Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar ($16.95, Storey Publishing, 2008) n “Immune-Modifying and Antimicrobial Effects of Eucalyptus Oil and Simple Inhalation Devices” by A.E. Sadlon and D.W. Lamson, Altern Med Rev, 4/10 n “Inhibition of Proinflammatory Activities of Major Periodontal Pathogens by Aqueous Extracts from Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra)” by E. Harokopakis et al., J Periodontol, 2/06 n Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar ($14.95, Storey Publishing, 2012) n “Plant-Derived Health: The Effects of Turmeric and Curcuminoids” by S. 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