Monday, August 13, 2012



The philosopher and teacher Rudolf Steiner once said, "For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure. I believe that there is a healing potential locked inside plants which is integral with their evolution, just as it is part of human evolution to learn to tap this wonderful gift of Nature."


BIL BAKALIM NE DEMEK? by Nazan Saatci ve Dostlari

by Nazan Saatci ve Dostlari 

Çok soğuk bir kış günü padişah, tebdil-i kıyafet gezmeye karar vermiş.
Yanına Başvezirini alıp yola çıkmış. Bir dere kenarında çalışan yaşlı bir
adam görmüşler. Adam elindeki derileri suya sokup, döverek tabaklıyormuş.
 Padişah, ihtiyarı selamlamış:
"Selamunaleykum ey pir'i fani..."
"Aleykumselam ey serdar'i cihan..."
 Padişah sormuş:
"Altılarda ne yaptın?"
"Altıya altı katmayınca, otuz ikiye yetmiyor..."
 Padişah gene sormuş:
"Geceleri kalkmadın mı?"
"Kalktık... Lakin, ellere yaradı..."
 Padişah gülmüş:
"Bir kaz göndersem yolar mısın?"
"Hem de ciyaklatmadan..."
 Padişahla Başvezir adamın yanından ayrılıp yola koyulmuşlar. Padişah
Başvezire dönmüş:
"Ne konuştuğumuzu anladın mı?"
"Hayır padişahım..."
 Padişah sinirlenmiş:
"Bu akşama kadar ne konuştuğumuzu anlamazsan kelleni alırım."
 Korkuya kapılan başvezir, padişahı saraya bıraktıktan sonra telaşla dere
kenarına dönmüş. Bakmış adam hala orada çalışıyor.
"Ne konuştunuz siz padişahla..."
 Adam, başveziri şöyle bir süzmüş:
"Kusura bakma. Bedava söyleyemem. Ver bir yüz altın söyleyeyim."
 Başvezir, yüz altın vermiş.
"Sen padişahı, serdar-ı cihan, diye selamladın. Nereden anladın padişah
"Ben dericiyim. Onun sırtındaki kürkü padişahtan başkası giyemezdi."
Vezir kafasını kaşımış.
 "Peki, altılara altı katmayınca, otuz ikiye yetmiyor ne demek?..."
Adam, bu soruya cevap vermek için de bir yüz altın daha almış.
"Padişah, altı aylık yaz döneminde çalışmadın mı ki, kış günü
çalışıyorsun, diye sordu. Ben de, yalnızca altı ay yaz değil, altı ay da
kış çalışmazsak, yemek bulamıyoruz dedim."
 Vezir bir soru daha sormuş...
"Geceleri kalkmadın mı ne demek?"
 Adam bir yüz altın daha almış.
 "Çocukların yok mu diye sordu. Var, ama hepsi kız. Evlendiler, başkasına
yaradılar, dedim..."
 Vezir gene kafasını sallamış.
"Bir de kaz gönderirsem dedi, o ne demek..."
 Adam gülmüş.
"Onu da sen bul..."

Health Benefits of Dates

Health Benefits of Dates
by Nazan Saatci ve Dostlari

Health benefits of dates are uncountable, as this fruit is affluent in natural fibres. Dates are even rich in several vitamins and minerals. These natural products contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are advantageous for health. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Dates help in fighting constipation, intestinal disorders, weight gain, heart problems, sexual weakness, diarrhoea and abdominal cancer.

Health benefits of dates have made them the best nourishment for muscles development. People consume dates in several ways, like mixing the paste of the dates with milk, yoghurt or with bread or butter to make the food tasty and healthy. This paste is beneficial for both adults and children, especially during the time of recovery. According to the modern medicine survey, it is known that dates are useful in preventing abdominal cancer. It is also seen that many Muslims break their fast by eating dates and water according to their traditions. Breaking fast with eating dates helps us to avoid overeating of the food after the fast. When the body absorbs the nutritional value of the dates, the feeling of hunger gets pacified.

Dates are termed as a crown of sweets and ideal food which easily balances and digests food. It gives extra energy to a tired human body within half an hour after taking it. Dates are considered to be the best diet for confinement of the women. American Cancer Society recommends intake of 20-35 grams of dietary fibre in a day, supplied through dates. It is said that taking one date in a day will help you to maintain your healthy eyes for your lifetime. They are quiet effective in guarding the night blindness problems.
Benefits of dates
Constipation: Date is termed to be a laxative food. This is the reason that dates are beneficial for people suffering from constipation. For getting the laxative effect from dates, you need to soak dates for one full night in water. You should consume these soaked dates in the morning like syrup to get their actual advantages.
Intestinal Disorders: The nicotinic content that is present in the dates is said to be beneficial for curing any kinds of intestinal disorders. Continuous intake of dates helps to maintain a check on the growth of the pathological organisms and thus, helps in the rise of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
Weight Gain: Dates are said to be a part of healthy diet. They consist of sugar, fats, proteins as well as many essential vitamins. If the dates are consumed with the paste of cucumber, one can easily come out from the problem of over-slimming. One kilogram of dates contains almost 3,000 calories. These calories alone are sufficient to meet the daily requirements of a human body.

Healthy Heart: Dates are quite helpful in maintaining your heart in a healthy condition. When soaked for a night and crushed in the morning and consumed, they prove to be quite advantageous for weak hearts. They help in fortifying the heart, if taken twice in a week.
  Sexual Weakness: Dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina in the human body. A handful of dates, when soaked in fresh goat's milk for the night and then grinded in the same milk with the mixture of cardamom powder and honey, becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sex endurance and sterility caused due to functional disorders.
Diarrhea: Ripe dates contain potassium. Potassium is beneficial for controlling diarrhea. They are easily digestible, which helps to cope up with the problems of diarrhea.
Intoxication: Dates are known as an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. Dates provide quick relief in the case of alcoholic intoxication. They should be rubbed and soaked overnight for getting more nutritious values from them.
Abdominal Cancer: Dates are beneficial for curing abdominal cancer. They work as useful tonic for all age groups. They work as better as the medicines, and are natural and do not bear any side effects in the body. They can be easily digested and used for supplying extra and needed energy.
Although dates carry tremendous nutritional values, great care should be taken in their selection because they consists of sticky surface which attracts various impurities in them. Hence, you should consume only those dates that are processed and packed properly. Make sure to wash them thoroughly before consuming. This will help remove the impurities present i

Antioxidants in Apples May Help Memory and Fight Alzheimer's Disease

 An apple (or two) a day may help keep Alzheimer's away -- and fight the effects of agingaging on the brain.
A new study shows drinking apple juice may improve memory by preventing the decline of an essential neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals released by nerve cells to transmit messages to other nerve cells. They are critical for good memory and brain health.
Previous studies have shown that increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain can slow the mental decline found in people with Alzheimer's diseaseAlzheimer's disease.
"The findings of the present study show that consumption of antioxidant-rich foods such as apples and apple juice can help reduce problems associated with memory loss," says researcher Thomas Shea, PhD, director of the Center for Cellular Neurobiology & Neurodegeneration Research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in a news release.
Prior research has shown that supplementing animal diets with other antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, spinach, and strawberries, can help slow age-related mental decline better than using dietary supplements containing purified forms of antioxidants.
Apples for Alzheimer's?
In the study, researchers compared normal adult mice, normal "aged" mice, and special mice that were a genetic model for human Alzheimer's.
The mice were given either a normal diet, or a diet lacking in essential nutrients, for one month. Some of the mice on the nutrient-poor diet were also given apple juice concentrate mixed in their water.
The results showed that normal adult mice and the genetically-engineered mice on normal diets had the same acetylcholine levels.
In fact, the normal adults had the same acetylcholine levels regardless of diet.
However, the genetically engineered mice on the nutrient-poor diet had lower acetylcholine levels. But this drop was prevented in those given apple juice.
In the aged mice on a normal diet, acetylcholine levels were lower than in the normal adult mice; and their levels were even lower if placed on the nutrient-poor diet. But, again, this decline was prevented by the addition of apple juice to drink.
The mice were also put through maze memory tests. "It was surprising how the animals on the apple-enhanced diets actually did a superior job on the maze tests than those not on the supplemented diet," says Shea.
The amount of apple juice the mice drank was comparable to drinking about two 8-ounce glasses of apple juice or eating two to three apples a day for humans.
Human studies looking at apple consumption are coming in the future.
The study was funded by an unrestricted grant from the U.S. Apple Association and the Apple Products Research & Education Council
By Jennifer Warner

WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Güçlü bir hafıza için taze sikma elma suyu için!

Güçlü bir hafıza için taze sikma elma suyu için!

by Nazan Saatci ve Dostlari 


Yapılan araştırmalar, elma suyunun Alzheimer ve zihinsel faaliyetleri tetikleyen hastalıkların tedavi sürecini olumlu etkilediğini gösteriyor.


C ve E vitamini bakımından oldukça zengin olan elma suyunun hafızayı güçlendirerek, beyine zarar verebilen toksik maddeleri etkisiz hale getirdiği belirlendi.


Son yıllarda giderek yaygınlaşan Demans (bunama) ve Alzheimera yakalanma riski, stres ve yaşlanma süreci ile birlikte hız kazanıyor. Uzmanlar bu hastalıklara karşı, stresi ve yaşlanma etkilerini azaltması nedeniyle, antioksidan, C ve E vitamini yönünden zengin olan elma suyu tüketiminin artırılmasını öneriyor.


Erciyes Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Beslenme ve Diyetetik Bölüm Başkanı Prof. Dr. Neriman İnanç, anti oksidan özelliği bulunan elmanın, kalp damar hastalıkları, prostat kanseri, felç riskini azaltmanın yanı sıra Alzheimer ve Demans gibi beyin fonksiyonlarını etkileyen hastalıkları da büyük oranda önlediğini belirtti.


Prof. Dr. Neriman İnanç, “Elma ve elma suyunda bol miktarda demir ve fosfor bulunuyor. Demir, beyin fonksiyonlarının faaliyetlerinde kullanılırken, fosfor ise zihinsel faaliyetlerin etkinliği için enzim yapısına katılıyor.”şeklinde konuştu.


Elma ve elma suyunda bol miktarda bulunan ve beyin faaliyetlerinde kullanılan en önemli minerallerden demirin beyinde pıhtılaşmayı önleyici özellik taşıdığı da söyleyen İnanç, “Elma veya elma suyu beyin hücrelerindeki toksik maddelerin sebep olduğu stres ve yaşlanmanın etkilerini azaltıyor” dedi. C ve E vitaminlerinin yaşlanma ve yaşlanma sonucu ortaya çıkan birçok kronik hastalıkla mücadele ettiğini ifade eden İnanç, elma ve elma suyunun güçlü bir hafıza için en önemli besinlerden biri olduğunu vurguladı.


Prof. Dr. Neriman İnanç, elma suyu tüketen 21 alzheimer hastası ile yapılan bir araştırmaya değinerek, elma suyu tüketen hastalarda, alzheimer hastalarında sıklıkla karşılaşılan duygusal kaygı, ajitasyon ve kuruntunun yüzde 27 oranında azaldığına da dikkat çekti. 

Elma suyunun kutu olmamasi taze ve sikma olmasi sart..



Sugar Makes You Stupid: Study Shows High Fructose Diet Sabotages Learning and Memory / SEKER YEMEK BIZLERI APTAL YAPIYOR by Nazan Saatci ve Dostlari

Sugar Makes You Stupid: Study Shows High Fructose Diet Sabotages Learning and Memory / SEKER YEMEK BIZLERI APTAL YAPIYOR,by Nazan Saatci ve Dostlari
 A new study shows learning and memory are negatively affected by high fructose diets. Image adapted from Wikimedia Commons image by user Carioca.

Sugar Makes You Stupid: Study Shows High Fructose Diet Sabotages Learning and Memory
 This is your brain on sugar: UCLA study shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory.
Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.
A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology publishes the findings in its May 15 edition.
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.”
While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain.

A new study shows learning and memory are negatively affected by high fructose diets. Image adapted from Wikimedia Commons image by user Carioca.
The UCLA team zeroed in on high-fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid six times sweeter than cane sugar, that is commonly added to processed foods, including soft drinks, condiments, applesauce and baby food. The average American consumes more than 40 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We’re not talking about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants,” explained Gomez-Pinilla, who is also a member of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute and Brain Injury Research Center. “We’re concerned about high-fructose corn syrup that is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative.”
Gomez-Pinilla and study co-author Rahul Agrawal, a UCLA visiting postdoctoral fellow from India, studied two groups of rats that each consumed a fructose solution as drinking water for six weeks. The second group also received omega-3 fatty acids in the form of flaxseed oil and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which protects against damage to the synapses — the chemical connections between brain cells that enable memory and learning.
“DHA is essential for synaptic function — brain cells’ ability to transmit signals to one another,” Gomez-Pinilla said. “This is the mechanism that makes learning and memory possible. Our bodies can’t produce enough DHA, so it must be supplemented through our diet.”
The animals were fed standard rat chow and trained on a maze twice daily for five days before starting the experimental diet. The UCLA team tested how well the rats were able to navigate the maze, which contained numerous holes but only one exit. The scientists placed visual landmarks in the maze to help the rats learn and remember the way.
Six weeks later, the researchers tested the rats’ ability to recall the route and escape the maze. What they saw surprised them.
“The second group of rats navigated the maze much faster than the rats that did not receive omega-3 fatty acids,” Gomez-Pinilla said. “The DHA-deprived animals were slower, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier.”
The DHA-deprived rats also developed signs of resistance to insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar and regulates synaptic function in the brain. A closer look at the rats’ brain tissue suggested that insulin had lost much of its power to influence the brain cells.
“Because insulin can penetrate the blood–brain barrier, the hormone may signal neurons to trigger reactions that disrupt learning and cause memory loss,” Gomez-Pinilla said.
He suspects that fructose is the culprit behind the DHA-deficient rats’ brain dysfunction. Eating too much fructose could block insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar for the energy required for processing thoughts and emotions.
“Insulin is important in the body for controlling blood sugar, but it may play a different role in the brain, where insulin appears to disturb memory and learning,” he said. “Our study shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. This is something new.”
Gomez-Pinilla, a native of Chile and an exercise enthusiast who practices what he preaches, advises people to keep fructose intake to a minimum and swap sugary desserts for fresh berries and Greek yogurt, which he keeps within arm’s reach in a small refrigerator in his office. An occasional bar of dark chocolate that hasn’t been processed with a lot of extra sweetener is fine too, he said.
Still planning to throw caution to the wind and indulge in a hot-fudge sundae? Then also eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds, or take a daily DHA capsule. Gomez-Pinilla recommends one gram of DHA per day.
“Our findings suggest that consuming DHA regularly protects the brain against fructose’s harmful effects,” said Gomez-Pinilla. “It’s like saving money in the bank. You want to build a reserve for your brain to tap when it requires extra fuel to fight off future diseases.”
Notes about this learning and memory research article
The UCLA study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Gomez-Pinilla’s lab will next examine the role of diet in recovery from brain trauma.

Contact: Elaine Schmidt - University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences
Source: UCLA Health System press release
Image Source: Neuroscience image adapted from Commons Wikimedia image taken by user Carioca * License: GFDL
Original Research: Open access research article for “Metabolic syndrome in the brain: deficiency in omega-3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signalling and cognition” by Rahul Agrawal and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla in The Journal of Physiology