Thursday, December 30, 2010

Phytochemicals and zoochemicals are great sources of antioxidants.

Better health Victorian Government article says "phytochemicals found in plants and zoochemicals found in animal products are believed to have greater antioxidant effects than either vitamins or minerals."

Wheat is the most important cereal crop in the world and in its natural unrefined state, features a host of important nutrients. Dr R H Liu of Cornell University, New York, reported that, "whole wheat contains many powerful phytonutrients". Bound phytochemicals were the major contributors to the total antioxidant value.

Phenols, unique phytonutrients found in prunes, are damage preventing substances effective in neutralizing a particularly dangerous oxygen radical. An excellent source of beta carotene, prunes help prevent oxygen based damage to fats. As well as these benefits, potassium in prunes lowers blood pressure and fiber helps to normalize blood sugar.
Sunsweet Dry Fruits note that a recent study from Tufts University in Boston "ranked the antioxidant value of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables using an analysis called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity). Prunes topped the list with more than twice the antioxidant capacity as other high-scoring fruits such as blueberries and rasins."

World's Healthiest Foods has heaps of information and recipes. Recommended reading.

Monday, December 27, 2010

I can eat a rainbow too.

Red  and yellow and pink and  green purple and orange and blue f
I can eat a rainbow too.oods.

I've thought a lot about this and come to the conclusion that to consume a diet rich in antioxidants for me it's best to think about colour and variety.


If, for example, I'm making a snack box of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, I'll put about the same quantity of as many varieties as I have to hand. Then from the container I take a mix of any amount I want when I want it. That way I know I'm eating a good range of antioxidants in the unique packages nature intended.

In the same way I roughly cut a selection of fruits trying to have a mix of colours. When I shop I now choose a selection of different fruits rather than a bag of oranges or a big bunch of grapes.

Why colours?


Reds contain lycopene and anthocyanims.
- red apples, strawberries, bets, red potatoes, tomatoes.

Yellow/orange contain varying amounts of antioxidants eg vitamin C, carotinoids, bioflavonoids.
- appricots, mangoes, oranges, sweet potatoes & carrots.

Blue/purple contain phytochemicals.
- blueberries, eggplant, dark grapes, plums & rasins.

Greens contain antioxidants lutein & indoles.
- avocadoes, green apples, green grapes, kiwifruit, peas & beans,broccoli.

 
I now take my time to eat and take pleasure from the eating.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Free radicals are possibly the mediators of mechanisms leading to some of the neurological symptoms of CRPS

First suggested by Sudeck in 1942, Dutch researchers' studies supported the theory that oxygen derived free radicals are possibly the mediators of mechanisms leading to some of the neurological symptoms of CRPS. They found
  • high oxygen supply with tissue hypoxia in CRPS extremities;
  • a diminished oxygen availability to the skeletal muscle tissue affected by chronic CRPS;
  • and several deficiencies in the skeletal muscles of CRPS sufferers.
Studies in Holland have centered around free radical scavengers as treatment for CRPS. There are many ongoing studies with DMSO, NAC in Holland.

Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Additionally, selenium, a trace metal that is required for proper function of one of the body's antioxidant enzyme systems, is sometimes included in this category. The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients so they must be supplied in the diet.
Vitamin E : nuts, seeds, vegetable and fish oils, whole grains (esp. wheat germ), fortified cereals, and apricots.
Vitamin C : Ascorbic acid is a water soluble vitamin present in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries.
Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A (retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. (NOTE: Vitamin A has no antioxidant properties and can be quite toxic when taken in excess.)
Research now shows that we can substantially affect the level of anti-oxidants in our bodies by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Google "antioxidants for crps" to learn more.

foods with a high ORAC rating are colourful

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a standardized test adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to measure the Total Antioxidant Potency of foods and nutritional supplements.

This ORAC score reflects the speed and strength of the antioxidant to do its job in demolishing free radicals.
ORAC is a way to measure how many oxygen radicals a specific food can absorb or demolish.
The more oxygen radicals a food can absorb, the higher its ORAC score.

In general foods with a high ORAC rating are colourful, bright reds, greens, oranges, blues, purples, and yellows eg strawberries, prunes, spinach, blueberries, eggplant, carrots and oranges.

I plan to consider this ORAC score as well as inflammation demolishing vitamin C in my planning what foods are best to consume to "eat smart" for a person with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

For today I just plan to eat more colour food each day in a range of fruits and vegetables.

nature provides little powerhouses in food

Majid Ali, Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pathology and Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons England in his "Oxygen view of pain" author of 
Oxygen and Aging, Second Edition writes that some free radicals reduce the pain of complex regional pain syndrome by the action of the restoration of local oxygen homeostasis. (Homeostasis is the mechanisms that keep the cells surroundings constant even though your external environment is changing.) I've posted before about vitamin C and it's use to prevent cprs in patients with wrist fracture. I think there is still much to be learnt about the role of antioxidants in improving health. According to "better health, Victorian Goverment" some studies have indicated antioxidants are less effective when not as food. I think nature provides little powerhouses in food with nutritious unique combinations. Not content to wait for scientists to conduct further research I've decided to eat more antioxidant rich foods and check what I eat now to see if I can eat smart. Dates, cranberries and red grapes are among the top fruits for antioxidants on the basis of concentration (antioxidants per serving size).

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I've made a list and I'm checking it twice.

In the spirit of Christmas I'm happily busy preparing things for my family and friends. We live at the beach near Byron Bay so our Australian summer is a perfect time to share with those we love, great company, lazy days and good food. 

I'm in remission from CRPS now but have overdone things so I'm looking at my list as a reminder of how to look out for myself.

With CRPS/RSD I have learned to take one day at a time. Many things have helped in in my journey to wellness.
Having breaks between major flare ups is a blessing and an indication that I'm on the right path. Here are some of the things I've found to help with pain and symptoms. Click on the links to find out more.

I am a sufferer not a professional. These things work for me about which I am very thankful. If you think something may help you check first with your treating practitioners.
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