Sunday, October 28, 2007

Traditional foods are higher in antioxidants than blueberries.

In February 2005 the Australian ABC show, Catalyst had a program "Red leaves".
It talked about the property of red plants that makes them much better to withstand harsh, stressful environments than the green plants.

They noted that stresses such as drought, high temperatures, low temperatures, ultra violet radiation all produce free radicals. Anthocyanin causes red in plums and apples and the purples in blueberries and it's anthocyanins that cause the red colour in red wine. This is a powerful antioxidant that demolishes the stress causing free radicals.

Researchers discovered that kumara, a red varity of sweet potato, the staple in the traditional Maori diet, probably was what previously had protected Maori people from bowel cancer. It's high in anthocyanins.

John Pickrell, COSMOS on line, wrote an excellent article,
Bush foods rich in antioxidants He talks about a study that was published in the journal, Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies in Australia, identifying native Australian fruits that are exceptional sources of antioxidants. Twelve fruits were mentioned with some being known to contain up to 6 times the antioxidant capability of the blueberries. Super foods indeed and here in our own country.

Just like the Maori population, our Aboriginal population often follows a western diet. If Australia can encourage production, particularly by the Indigenous communities, of these nutrient dense and very high antioxidant foods, we will all benefit, but in particular we may see health benefits for our indigenous Australians. Hopefully we will hear more on this in the near future.

How does this relate to pain?
Pain causes stress and this results in an overproduction of free radicals. It is already known that vitamin C can prevent thee development of CRPS after wrist surgery. (click on the "prevention" tag below). It is also being trialled as treatment for CRPS.
It is my plan to "eat smart" by including high antioxidant foods and high nutrient foods in my diet.

It is my opinion that no mater where you live, if you look at the traditional foods of your area you may find your own super foods.

For the link to the COSMOS article go to "articles of interest" to the left of this page.

Listen to the Podcast - Australian Native Fruits bear sweet antioxidants by clicking on the link under "articles of interest" to the left of this blog.

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