Thursday, June 14, 2018

Health Benefits of Resveratrol

Health Benefits of Resveratrol

Resveratrol found in grapes and red wine contains powerful polypherol and anti-fungal chemicals. It promotes anti-ageing, longevity and provides protection against degenerative diseases.

Grapes contain vitamins A, C, B1, B6, Vitamin K and folic acid as well as minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium.  Resveratrol in grapes contain powerful antioxidants and anti-fungal chemicals.

Research on Resveratrol

Research by Cornell University plant scientists showed that resveratrol might be responsible for the cardiovascular benefits of red wine. Reveratrol may protect against cancer, heart disease, vascular dementia, alzheimer’s disease and support longevity.
One possibility is that resveratrol turns on genes that make sirtuins, ancient proteins found in virtually all species. Activating sirtuins kicks off a response that fights disease and prolongs life.
More research needs to be done

Heart Health

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Grapes inhibit ‘bad’ cholesterol and plaque build-up in the arteries.
Resveratrol found in grapes is anti-inflammatory and is effective for keeping the heart healthy. It is also found in red wine and is a type of polyphenol which is found in the skins of red grapes. Studies confirm that drinking grape products and other foods containing polyphenols is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet build-up. 

Protects eyes against cataracts

Eating grapes which contain resveratrol or taking a supplement, protects your eyes against cataracts and may also help with retinal detachment.

Alzheimer’s disease

Resveratrol found in grapes and red wine is beneficial for treating Alzheimer’s disease.  It appears to stabilize levels of amyloid–beta 40, when taken in concentrated doses and prevents further buildup of the protein in the brain. More studies need to be done.


Grapes are rich in boron, a trace mineral as well as resveratrol which help to maintain healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.

Dr Johanna Brandt Grape Cure

In the 1920s, Dr Johanna Brandt cured herself from stomach cancer. 
The cancer cells perish from the nutrients in grapes, which research have confirmed are cancer killers. Research on longevity has linked several grape phytonutrients, especially resveratrol, which has the ability to increase oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. It also removes brain damaging plaques and free radicals. These have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on Dr Brandt’s cancer cure,
 Google “Dr Johanna Brandt’s Grape Cure and cancer”
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Resveratrol- Aid in Health and Anti-ageing

Research indicates that resveratrol fights many degenerative diseases. More research is needed as tests have only been done on animals. Dr David Sinclair, a researcher of genetics at Harvard Medical School discovered that resveratrol could increase cell survival and slow down ageing in mice by activating a gene for longevity.
Dr Sinclair is known for his anti-ageing research.

Supplement for Men’s Health

Resveratrol Increases Testosterone levels in men and research shows it improves fertility. Testosterone strengthens bones and increases muscle mass. Resveratrol crosses the blood-brain barrier, giving support to the brain and nervous system. It also protects against many age related diseases. Studies have shown resveratrol’s ability to reduce oxidative stress from free radical damage. It also makes platelets in the bloodstream less sticky.

Prevents cancer
Grapes, especially red grapes contain a cancer preventing compound The plant compound resveratrol has been linked to many health benefits, including cancer prevention. Resveratrol are also found in a variety of other foods and berries, such as in peanuts, blueberries, red wine, cranberries, chocolates, pomegranates, red raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and mulberries.


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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Strawberry And Banana Smoothie

1 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 large banana frozen
Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth

Berries contain resveratrol which research has linked with longevity. The bananas and strawberries in this smoothie have many health benefits. Bananas contain potassium, which is good for a healthy heart, regulates blood pressure and provides energy. Vitamin A in bananas provide good vision, and a healthy skin. Bananas contain vitamin C and beta-carotene. 

Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C and folic acid, as well as potassium, which supports a healthy heart. A high potassium intake reduces the risk of a stroke. The potassium, vitamin K and magnesium in strawberries also promote bone health. Strawberries contain antioxidants that fight free radicals, which have been linked to degenerative disease. Strawberries have anti-aging properties and biotin, which help in building strong hair and nails. Ellagic acid protect the elasticity of our skin. Antioxidants prevent the build-up of cholesterol, which can clog your arteries.   

Friday, April 13, 2018

Carrot Raisin Cake Doughnuts

Carrot Raisin Cake Doughnuts
Raisins contain resveratrol
Makes 2 dozen doughnuts

4 cups sifted all purpose flour
5 tsps baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ cup softened butter
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
3 small carrots finely shredded
1 cup raisins
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¾ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
vegetable oil

·        Sift flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg onto wax paper
·        Beat butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl with electric mixer.
·        Add milk, carrots, raisins and cinnamon. Beat in about 1¼ cups of the flour mixture
·        Stir in remaining flour mixture with spoon until mixture forms soft dough. If dough is too sticky to handle,
sprinkle with flour.
·        Wrap dough in plastic wrap, chill at least 2 hours.
·        Roll dough on lightly floured surface to a third inch thickness.
·        Cut out with lightly floured 3 inch doughnut cutter.
·        Lift off dough around doughnuts and in center.
·        Doughnut holes can be fried separately. Re-roll and cut out trimmings.
·        Fill a large saucepan a third full with oil.
·        Heat to 370’
·        Transfer doughnuts to hot oil with a spatula, frying 2 or 3 at a time,
·        Fry, turning once for 3 minutes or until golden.
·        Dip top half of doughnuts into orange glaze. Let dry

Orange Dougnut Glaze
Combine 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp grated orange rind

3tbsp orange juice in a small bowl until smooth

Cranberries Contain Resveratrol

Cranberries are sour berries that grow in bogs on low vines. Like many berries they are rich in resveratrol. Cranberry producers are found in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Washington and Oregon. The American Indians used cranberries before the arrival of the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims named these berries ‘craneberries,’ because the blossoms resembled the heads of cranes. The word was later changed to cranberry.
Cranberries mature in the fall and are sold fresh from October to December packaged in 12 ounce bags. Look for firm, unblemished berries with a high luster. Avoid soft and dull looking berries.

Cranberries are used to make canned jellied or whole berry sauces, relishes and juice, all of which provide an excellent source of vitamin C. Cranberries are also available frozen. 

Cranberry Cherry Relish
Makes  5½ cups

340 grams frozen cranberries
2 cups tinned sour cherries
1 navel orange, unpeeled, and chopped
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp vanilla essence

·        In medium saucepan, combine cranberries, cherries, orange, sugar, cinnamon, red pepper and salt.
·        Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes until berries pop and sauce is very thick.
·        Cool and stir in vanilla. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ladies Over 80 And Active

Two Ladies To Be Admired

  • Deirdre Larkin 82 from Randburg in South Africa won the world record   54-17 in the 10km run in Durban in 2013.
  •  Deirdre ran the Geneva Marathon in May 2017 and broke her own record. She ran the race in 2.05 breaking her previous record of 2.12 for the 85 plus World Half Marathon Record.
  • She also went to Brazil in Oct 2014 to represent South Africa in the over 80’s. 
  • She used to be a concert pianist and only started running at 78 years. When she was in her seventies she was diagnosed with osteo-porosis. She decided to change her life style. No medication helped her and she went to see a dietician and became a vegetarian. She started with light exercises and in 2009 started running. 
  • In 2010 she ran her first marathon for the Randburg harriers club, the 10km valentine’s day she completed it in 1.25. That was the first of 36 marathon she ran in that year. The following year she ran in 58 marathons. 
  • She also ran in the above 70’s two ocean’s marathons. She trains four times per week and runs from 5.30am even in the winter to run 8km. 
  • Deirdre was a concert pianist in Britain and moved to South Africa in 1970 with her husband and family.

Dr Jean Sharpe

  • Dr Jean Sharpe 84 worked at the Sandton Clinic  in Johannesburg as an gynaecologist and did operations every week. 
  • She said that although she was not as fit physically as before, her brain was as sharp and active as ever. She attended a certain amount of seminars  and read literature to keep up to date with new methods and discoveries in her profession. 
  • Dr Sharpe also received provincial colors in England for tennis when she worked there. She swam regularly and rode horses until the age of 80. Sadly Dr Sharpe died in May 2014. These are ladies to be admired.   

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

Raisins contain resveratrol which have many health benefits. Cinnamon also has many health benefits.
·    Cinnamon is filled with antioxidants, which protect us from free radicals, which has been linked to many degenerative diseases,
·    It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon fights viruses and inhibits 
     the growth of harmful bacteria.
·    It contains high levels of manganese and calcium that help with strong bones and cartilage
     development. It also stabilizes the blood sugar levels.



            Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding
10 slices firm white bread
½ stick butter, melted
1 cup golden raisins
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 eggs
4 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup apple jelly
·       Brush one side of each slice with melted butter, cut into quarters.
·       Arrange bread, overlapping, in shallow 2quart. Baking dish,
·       Sprinkle with raisins. Mix sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle half over bread.
·       Combine remaining sugar cinnamon mixture, salt and eggs in large bowl, beat with wire          whisk or rotary beater, just until combined. Stir in milk and vanilla, ladle over bread.
         Preheat oven to 350.
·       Set baking dish in a shallow pan, place pan on oven shelf, pour boiling water into pan to a     depth of 1 inch.
·       Bake in a preheated moderate oven for 50 minutes or until center is almost set, but still         soft, remove baking dish from water to a wire rack.

·       Melt apple jelly in small saucepan, brush over top of bread pudding. Serve hot.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fresh Fruit Chutney And Other Recipes


Fresh Fruit Chutney
This recipe contains raisins which are rich in resveratrol.
450g cooking apples peel and chop
100g raisins
1 mango, peel and chop
225g sugar
1 onion finely chopped
125ml cider
½ tsp each of mustard powder and salt
·       Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
·       Microwave uncovered at high for 20 minutes.
·       Sir a few times while cooking.
·       Cover and cool in refrigerator.

Strawberry-Kiwi Salad
2 oranges, peeled and sliced across the sections
2 cups strawberries, sliced
2 large kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
1 small banana, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp currants
Mix the strawberries, kiwi fruit, currants and bananas in a large bowl
Cut orange wheels and place in a plate, adding the mixture of fruit on top.
Serve with fruit dip.
Fruit Dip
One banana and ½ cup strawberries
Puree in a blender.

Fruit Smoothie
1 cup apple juice
1 frozen banana
2 cups strawberries
Place all the ingredients in a blender
Blend until smoothie
Fresh Almond Milk
¼ cup raw almonds
1 cup water
·       Blanch the almonds by adding them to a skillet containing ½ inch boiling water. Boil for about thirty seconds.
·       Drain and remove the skins
·       Place the blanched almonds in a blender with one cup of cold water.
·       Run the blender on high for 3 minutes until a thick white milk has formed.
·       Milk made from almonds are a good source of easily assimilated calcium and they are delicious. This milk has been used for centuries in Europe, Asia and American Indians.

Strawberry Shake
1 cup fresh almond milk
2 frozen bananas
7 strawberries   
Place the almond milk and fruit in blender.
Blend until thick and creamy.

Strawberry shakes are nutritious and contain resveratrol which have many health benefits.