I think we all know how good berries are for us (including being very low GL) but did you know that 1 cup of blueberries eaten every day for 3 years will reverse cognitive decline by 13 years?(research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).

Incredible isn’t it!

This was just one of the little nuggets of information I heard last week at a conference with Dr Tom O’Brian on auto-immune disease (where the immune system becomes out of balance and attacks the body’s own tissues.)

These terrible conditions are more and more common, affecting all parts of the body, from our brain to our joints, blood vessels, eyes, etc.. and one of the key reasons why they happen is the amount of inflammation we are subjected to (inflammation is caused by a whole range of things, from too much sugar in the diet, toxins, visceral fat, stress, pollution, infections, etc…)

Too much inflammation activates certain signalling pathways that switch on the genes of auto-immune disease (increasing our risk of becoming ill now or years down the line).

Luckily there are certain nutrients that can block these pathways and restore healthy immune balance: among these are fruit and veg high in antioxidants (especially berries), green tea, turmeric and cinnamon.

Cinnamon deserves a special mention because of its specific ability to restore insulin sensitivity, helping us to make better use of the glucose in our blood and produce more energy in our cells (it really goes hand in hand with the low GL way of eating).

So, on a practical note, some of the best gifts you could make to your body and future health would be to:

  • keep a bag of blueberries in your freezer (until they become in season!),
  • sprinkle generous amounts of cinnamon over your porridge,
  • drink a cup of green tea a day and:
  • add turmeric to anything you can (rice, quinoa, soups, casseroles, etc…)

 

 

Author: Angela Steel.