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11/03/2018

Food &Genetics II

Continuing from last week we look at foods that lower inflammation, deliver messages that help to shut down H Pylori, lower levels of homocysteine, tell our blood vessels to relax and signal the GALT to relax.

Foods that fight Helicobactor Pylori

Broccoli Sprouts
If your digestive system is frequently upset, your stomach may be reacting to an unwelcome guest, H Pylori. Two studies confirm that eating brussel sprouts regularly (100g a day) can significantly reduce H Pylori. Broccoli sprouts’ ability to inhibit H Pylori is thought to be due to their especially rich concentrations of glucoraphanin. This is highly protective against free radicals that can increase inflammation, damage DNA and potentially cause, not just ulcers, but stomach cancer.

Ginger
Ginger has a long history of use in the treatment of gastrointestinal ailments like indigestion, motion sickness and nausea during pregnancy. In studies done, ginger trounced the bacterium.

Studies done on yogurt containing two kinds of probiotic bacteria, lactobacillius and bifidobacterium lactis, showed that yoghurt taken twice daily also effectively suppressed H Pylori activity.

Foods that lower Homocysteine
Homocysteine is created in our cells as an intermediate step in a process that is absolutely essential to our health called the methylation cycle. When our cells are supplied with the necessary amount of betaine and the vitamins B6, B12 and folate, homocysteine is quickly converted into other compounds. But, when the foods we eat fail to provide us with the adequate amount of these nutrients, homocysteine builds up and moves out of our bloods cells into the bloodstream where it causes damage to the lining of our blood vessels and our nerves. Research is revealing that some individuals have a much higher need for the nutrients involved in the methylation cycle than other people. If your homocysteine levels are high, which a simple blood test can check, the following foods, rich in these nutrients are especially important for your cardiovascular health. High homocysteine levels are also linked to Alzheimer’s and other dementias, to your brains health as well. Foods rich in B6, spinach, red bell pepper, turnip greens, garlic, tuna, cabbage, mushrooms, broccoli, swiss chard and cod. Foods rich in B12: Snapper, shrimp, scallops, salmon, cod, yoghurt, milk and eggs. Foods rich in folate: Romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, mustard greens, turnip green, broccoli, beetroot, lentils, black beans and summer squash. Foods rich in Betaine: eggs, whole wheat, spinach and shrimp.

Next week we will continue with unlocking your genetic potential with food in terms of cardiovascular health and type 2 diabetes.

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