Mikey’s Muffin

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So happy that I gave this product another try. They have new packaging inside so English muffins don’t stick together. Make sure to toast before eating. I prefer the onion flavor to original. Tasted great with my morning eggs this morning! Awesome paleo product!

Parmesan Crackers

Parmesan CrispsThree of these delicious crackers have only 80 calories. No gluten and no carbs!!

If your body tolerates dairy fine, these are a great snack or addition to a meal. Pair a few of these crisps with veggies and protein for an awesome crunch!

What are Telomeres?

Telomeres Tell of Cancer

Posted on July 14, 2015, 6 a.m. in Cancer Diagnostics

 

Rapid telomere shortening, followed by stabilization 3-4 years before diagnosis, may be a telltale pattern for cancer.

 

 

Telomeres are the end caps of chromosomes, protecting the DNA complexes from deterioration during cell division. Telomere shortening is considered a marker of cellular aging, and prematurely shortened telomeres have been linked to increased risk of cancers, heart disease, dementia and death.  Lifang Hou, from Northwestern University (Illinois, USA), and colleagues took multiple measurements of telomeres over a 13-year period in 792 persons, 135 of whom were eventually diagnosed with different types of cancer, including prostate, skin, lung, leukemia and others.  The team found that initially, telomeres aged much faster (indicated by a more rapid loss of length) in individuals who were developing but not yet diagnosed with cancer: telomeres in persons developing cancer looked as much as 15 years chronologically older than those of people who were not developing the disease. Then the researchers observed that the accelerated aging process stopped three to four years before the cancer diagnosis. The lead investigator comments that: “this pattern of telomere growth may mean it can be a predictive biomarker for cancer.”

 

If you are interested in having your telomeres tested, I can now offer this service along with a myriad of other functional nutrition testing.  Telomere length can be modified through diet, exercise and proper supplementation. You just need to know what to do. I can help with that.

 

 

 

Sulforaphane Benefits to Help Protect Against Certain Cancers

At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia last week, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) along with UPMC Cancer Center announced that broccoli sprout extract helps protects against oral cancer in mice and also proved to be tolerable in a small group of healthy human volunteers. These encouraging results will be examined further in a human clinical trial as the researchers will recruit participants at high risk for head and neck cancer recurrence later this year. People who are survivors of head and neck cancer are still at a very high risk for a second cancer in their mouth or throat. Unfortunately, these second cancers are frequently fatal.

The researchers at Pitt and the UPCI Head and Neck Cancer Program tested sulforaphane, the health-promoting compound in broccoli sprouts, by giving it to mice predisposed to oral cancer. The result was a significant reduction in the incidence of the cancer as well as in the amount of tumors that formed.

For the human portion of the research, ten healthy volunteers were treated with a sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprout extract. The protective changes were detected in the lining of their mouths. Due to these results, another study will be conducted that will consist of forty volunteers who have already been successfully treated and cured from head and neck cancer. They will be given broccoli seed supplementation and the researchers will seek to determine the impact on the participants’ oral lining in regards to potential cancer prevention.

Looking at sulforaphane

Earlier studies have demonstrated that cruciferous vegetables with a high concentration of sulforaphane help reduce the effects of environmental carcinogens. Sulforaphane targets several biological pathways that modulate Phase I enzymes and elevate Phase II enzymes that are present in all cells.

Once inside the cells, sulforaphane sends a signal to individual cellular enzymes that turns on the natural cellular defenses in these cells. Sulforaphane is capable of restoring the gene’s activity towards normal cell progression. Cells are naturally equipped with their own internal defense system. Much of the cell’s ability to defend itself is due to two main factors: sulforaphane’s ability to produce the antioxidants that quench harmful free radicals and detoxification enzymes to break down toxins.

One serving of Vegan Elite has 300mg Broccoli Seed Extract and Sulforaphane. Fantastic as your daily protein smoothies!

 

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Sources

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. “Broccoli sprout extract promising for head and neck cancer prevention” 

Oral Oncol. 2015 Apr 10. pii: S1368-8375(15)00144-X. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2015.02.101. [Epub ahead of print].Chemoprevention targets for tobacco-related head and neck cancer: Past lessons and future directions. Sheth SH, Johnson DE, Kensler TW, Bauman JE

Ketogenic Cereal (high fiber)

Ingredients:

  • Cereal, Fiber One – General Mills (1/2 cup)
  • Macadamia nuts, dry roasted with salt – chopped (1/3 oz.)
  • Pecans – chopped (1/3 oz.)
  • Coconut – dried, shredded – unsweetened (2 Tbsp)
  • Almond Breeze, unsweetened – Blue Diamond (8 oz.)
  • Heavy Cream (1 oz.)
  • MCT Oil (1 Tbsp)

 

Directions:

Chop nuts, then weigh.

In a small bowl, mix together chopped nuts, coconut and Fiber One.

Stir Almond Breeze beverage and MCT Oil into cream. Pour some or all over cereal. Drink remaining cream.

Macadamia Nut Cookie (GF/CF/SCD Friendly)

4  cups Almond Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 Egg

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 cup Honey

1⁄2 cup Macadamia – chopped roughly

1 cup Dates – chopped roughly

1 cup Shredded Coconut

½ tsp Salt

 

– Preheat the oven to 300°F.  Line a baking tray with baking paper.

– Combine the almond flour with the baking soda.

– In another bowl, whisk the egg with the vanilla essence and honey.

– Combine with the almond flour and add the macadamias, dates, and coconut.

– With moist hands shape the dough into ping-pong sized balls and flatten when placing onto the lined baking tray, leaving enough room for expansion.

– Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes until the cookies have turned a golden brown color. Ideally turn off the oven after 15 minutes and turn the cookies over and leave until the oven has cooled down. This will make them extra crunchy. Cool and store in an airtight jar.

Makes 30 cookies

 

Calories Carbs Fat Protein Fiber Sugar
196 18 13 4 1 15

 

Taken from Healing Foods Cookbook