Antioxidants

Why Green Tea Is Great For Your Health

Green tea is a popular beverage choice for health conscious women and for good reason – green tea is great for your health!

Originating from China, green tea is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that work wonders for your body, green tea helps contribute towards improved brain function, fat loss, lower risk for some cancers and much more. Its no wonder women across the world are switching their daily coffee addictions for 2-3 cups of pure green tea per day.

Fat loss is probably one of the health benefits that has got us most excited at the moment. Studies have proven that green tea can boost your metabolic rate and increase fat burning. If you look at the ingredients for fat-burning supplements, there’s a very good chance green tea will be one of them.

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In one study fat oxidation was increased by 17 per cent indicating that green tea increased the burning of fat. In another study it was shown to improve physical performance by mobilising fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for energy use.

However, asides from fat loss, the benefits of green tea are plentiful.

Contributes to the fight against allergies

Adding green tea to your allergy arsenal can actually help ease discomfort. The delicious green liquid is anti-allergenic that according to a 2007 study published by the journal of Cytotechnology found the tea can reduce pollen allergies.

Improves eyesight

Move over carrots because there’s a new kid on the block, science suggests that the antioxidants found in green tea can penetrate the tissue of the eyes and produces antioxidant activity. Catechins, one of the antioxidants in green tea is capable of being absorbed into the eye tissue and can serve to protect your eyes.

Wards off pancreatic cancer

Green tea has been known to target pancreatic cancer, and most recently oral cancer. One of the strongest antioxidants found in green tea is EGCG, which can actually kill cancer cells through the destruction of the cells’ mitochrondria. This sounds awfully complicated, but its basically a jargon filled way of saying scientists believe that the antioxidants in green tea could eventually be used to replace chemotherapy without any of the negative side effects generally associated with intense treatment plans. But, this is still a long way off.

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It lowers cholesterol

Green tea can help to lower your total cholesterol levels by lowering bad LDL cholesterol and inhibiting blood clot formation. With all the health risks associated with high cholesterol, like high blood pressure and heart disease, this is literally music to our ears.

At the end of the day, green tea is the healthier tea choice because of the way it’s processed. Green tea doesn’t go through the same oxidising process as black tea, making it a more natural alternative. Plus, green tea is not only great for your health – it’s also delicious!

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July 19, 2015

8 Reasons You Should Drink More Tea

There is no denying that a cup of tea is the perfect way to unwind after a long, hard, day at work. But did you know that tea also has other benefits? Here are ten reasons why you should be swapping coffee and soft drinks for tea on a daily basis.

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Metabolism

Want to boost your metabolism one cuppa at a time? Drink white, green and black tea between meals to aid digestion throughout the day.

Skin

Is your skin feeling particularly dry and brittle? Tea is packed with catechins which keep skin hydrated throughout the day.

Weight

Many people find that drinking green tea actually helps to keep their weight under control. If you don’t fancy the taste of green tea, try oolong – which is yummy and sweet.

Blood pressure

Just like with stress, most types of tea are actually great at calming the entire body. Infuse your favourite tea with ginger, jasmine and thyme for a sweet afternoon beverage.

Stress

Did you know that drinking a cup of tea can decrease your stress levels? Enjoy it at the end of a long day at work, or even a few hours before bed.

Immune system

Green tea is beneficial to the immune system since it helps to fight against a variety of diseases.

Exercise endurance

The catechins found in tea can actually help in your workout session! How? They help to burn fat at a faster rate, therefore making the most out of your workout routine.

Antioxidants

One of the best benefits of tea is that they’re all packed with various antioxidants. These protect against a variety of conditions including the appearance of skin, hair, nails and even assist with internal upsets.

What are some of your favourite teas?

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May 21, 2015

How To Apply Face Oils

Not only are facial oils an essential part of a balanced skincare routine, but they are often designed to regulate skin, and are pretty easy to apply. If your skin is feeling extra sensitive, try and avoid oils which are scented since this could only aggravate your skin even more. Below are just a few helpful tips on how to apply, and get the most out of face oils.

Organic ingredients

Most facial oils are derived from natural ingredients, which means that they are pure and free from preservatives. A variety of special ingredients such as botanical and argan oils are rich in antioxidants, which help to improve the appearance of skin.

Can I apply onto acne?

As a general rule, it is best to observe how bad your acne actually is before applying a product onto it. If your breakouts are extremely red and inflamed, it is best to avoid the area since it could only aggravate the problem. Otherwise, if there are only small bumps under the skin, apply the facial oil as normal.

Skin damage

Not only do face oils help to rejuvenate and even out skin tone, but they are also helpful for minimising skin damage and scarring. However, you need to use the product consistently to notice any real results.

When to apply face oils?

The best time to apply a facial oil is right after cleansing and toning the skin. This is a perfect time since the skin has been prepped and ready to receive a bunch of natural antioxidants. Then feel free to apply your moisturiser after the oils have soaked into the skin.

Patch test

If you’ve never used this particular facial oil before, it is a good idea to perform a patch test on an inconspicuous part of your body. Apply the product at the back of your neck, and monitor its activity for the next 24 hours.

Do I apply it all over my face?

Face oils work well on every skin type, but are fantastic for people who suffer from dry patches. Pay a little more attention to these areas of the face, since antioxidants will really help to even out the skin with continual use. Dab the product into small circles on the apples of your cheeks, and on the chin. For the forehead area, it is best to swipe the product upwards and dab well into problem areas such as lines or wrinkles.

Try the following face oils if you suffer from – 

Dry skin: Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Facial Oil 50ml, $42.96

Oily skin: Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil 30ml, $49

Combination skin: Natio Restore Antioxidant Face Serum, $26.95

Acne-prone skin: Grown Facial Serum Rosehip and Camellia Seed, $24.95

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August 23, 2014

Best Foods To Help Fight The Aging Process

More wrinkles creeping over your face, memory loss and worsening eyesight can all be signs of the aging process. Unfortunately it’s impossible to fight aging completely but here are some of the best foods to eat to ease that dreaded process.

Turmeric

This super spice does wonders for fighting aging in a number of ways. It protects brain and skin cells from free radical damage which can slow down the wrinkle process and the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in turmeric can help fight off Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric also helps to lower cholesterol, ultimately lessening the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Leafy green vegetables

Most green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli are packed full of antioxidants which can reduce the risk of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, improve your memory and prevent some types of cancer and heart disease. A great way to get your daily hit of green vegetables is to juice them. Juicing vegetables breaks down the plant’s cell walls which means that your digestive system has less work to do, so all of the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are absorbed quicker into your body.

Hemp seeds

Yes, it’s true! Hemp seeds are very beneficial for your health. They contain all nine essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, vitamin E and trace minerals. Amino acids help to keep skin radiant, nails firm and hair strong while the protein helps to keep skin firm and supple. The most nutritious way to eat hemp seeds is raw, so consider sprinkling them over a salad or adding them to a smoothie for a protein boost.

Berries

These tiny fruits pack a lot of punch when it comes to goodness, especially blueberries, goji berries, acai berries, blackberries and cranberries. They are rich in antioxidants which can help with brain function and also help to prevent some types of cancer. Berries are also a great source of Vitamin C which is needed to produce collagen – a protein that plays a huge role in maintaining healthy skin and bones.

Olive oil

Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats (which are the good ones) as well as antioxidants and vitamin E, which means it can slow down the aging of the heart and improve arterial function. Typically, a Greek will normally consume on average, 24 litres of olive oil a year so it’s no surprise that populations from the Mediterranean region have longer life expectancies, and less risk of stroke or heart disease.

Salmon

Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which can calm the inflammation in skin breakouts. It is also high in antioxidants, especially carotenoids that can improve eyesight and protect skin cells from the sun.

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August 5, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide To Tea

In some cultures, tea is central to religious ceremonies and events. For others, it can be the center of a social gathering. But for most, sitting alone with a cup of tea is the best therapy on offer. Not only is tea tasty and relaxing, it is also extremely beneficial to our health. Tea is high in antioxidants which help cleanse our body of bad toxins. It is also said to help combat illness, ease headaches, delay aging, boost immunity, and prevent cancer. To discover the benefits of varying teas, use this helpful list.

Black tea
The most popular tea, black tea comprises 80 per cent of all tea consumed. It is high in caffeine, but offers an energy boost without overstimulation, often experienced by coffee drinkers. Black tea is great for reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Green tea
Green tea is the second most enjoyed tea worldwide. It is high in antioxidants, is great for digestion, helps lift depression, lower blood pressure and is great for the skin. The benefits are endless.

White tea
White tea has the least caffeine and the most antioxidants. It can only be harvested during certain times of the year, and is thus considered quite exclusive. It shares many qualities with its green sibling, but has a lighter, sweeter taste.

Rooibos tea
One of Rooibos’ greatest assets is it is naturally caffeine free, and can thus be consumed by children and pregnant women. Also very rich in antioxidants, it can improve circulation, aid in the absorption of iron and, help skin conditions.

Peppermint tea
Popular in the Netherlands, you can make peppermint tea at home by adding fresh mint leaves to hot water. Peppermint tea has relaxing properties and is also good for aiding digestion and reducing bloating. Some believe that it can relieve symptoms of cold sores.

Ginger tea
Also easy to make at home, ginger tea is often consumed with lemon and honey to make it a bit sweeter on the taste buds. Ginger is anti-bacterial and is therefore great at boosting your immunity and combatting cold and flu. It is also said to aid nausea and morning sickness.

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August 4, 2014

Goji, Acai And Blueberries – Are They Superfoods?

Superfood’ is a term to describe a type of food that is supposed to have exemplary health benefits and these days we seem to be hearing this term more frequently. Goji, acai and blueberries have all been labelled with the term ‘superfood’ and they definitely pack a lot of punch when it comes to beneficial properties.  Here’s why:

Goji berries

Goji berries are native to the Himalayas but can also be found growing wild in Mongolia – a testament to how well they grow in harsh climates.  Most of the commercially produced berries are now grown in China and are sometimes referred to as ‘red diamonds’.  For centuries they have been used for culinary and medicinal purposes because of their impressive makeup with all of the essential amino acids, numerous vitamins and fifteen times the amount of iron found in spinach.  Although there hasn’t yet been extensive testing carried out on these berries it is thought that they have a range of health benefits.

  • The beta-carotene helps to promote healthy skin
  • The high levels of vitamin C can help to boost your immune system
  • The amino acids help to build muscle and produce energy
  • The antioxidants in Goji berries can help to repair cell damage
  • In traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries are thought to help with dizziness and eyesight

Acai berries

Acai berries are most commonly found in the Amazon rainforests and for centuries have been known for their healing and energy-boosting properties.  The berries grow near the top of the acai palm tree in huge clusters and are highly perishable which means that harvesting them can be extremely laborious because they need to ensure that the fruit is not damaged when picked.  Each berry only contains 10% fruit and they have a large seed, but despite this they are packed full of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fibre.  Here is what Acai berries can do for your health:

  • The fibre can help to aid digestion
  • The antioxidants in acai berries can help to maintain a healthy heart
  • The amino acids in acai berries can help with endurance, strength and energy production
  • The impressive number and high levels of vitamins can help to boost your immune system
  • The antioxidants can help to combat premature aging

Blueberries

Blueberries have been around for centuries and date back to when Native Americans collected them from forests in North America and used them for medicinal purposes.  They can now be found worldwide and they belong to the Ericaceae family of woody shrubs that love acidic soil.  Other members of the family are the bilberry, cranberry and ligonberry.  Blueberries are jam-packed full of antioxidants and are extremely beneficial for our health.  Here’s what they are famous for:

  • The antioxidants can help to improve cognitive function including memory
  • The antioxidants found in blueberries can help to prevent cancer
  • They have anti-inflammatory effects
  • Blueberries can help to prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder, urethra and gut
  • The anthocyanin in blueberries helps to protect the retina in our eyes from sunlight
  • Blueberries can help with the regulation of our blood sugar levels

So why not consider throwing some of these berries into your diet?  For me, the benefits are too good to refuse.

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July 28, 2014

5 Antioxidants You Need to Know About

So what’s the big secret to antioxidants? We know they’re good for us but do we really know what they do?

Antioxidants neutralise excess free radicals, largely protecting us from premature ageing and diseases associated with ageing.

Antioxidants and free radicals work together to help keep our bodies functioning at their best.

Free radicals are well known for causing damage but it’s only when we have excess free radicals which our bodies can’t control do they then become a problem.

This is why we need to consume as many foods with antioxidant properties to promote good health as well as slow down the ageing process.  Stephen Eddey, Principle of Health Schools Australia QLD and qualified nutritionist and naturopath, shares the top five foods to help promote a happy and healthy lifestyle.

A is for Artichoke
Artichokes may have a peculiar appearance but don’t let their shape fool you. Within their enclosed leaves behold an array of rich antioxidants. Artichokes are high in Vitamin C, K as well as being high in folate and especially fibre. Dietary fibre promotes the growth of good bacteria which helps to maintain a healthy gut and therefore a fit immune system. Dietary fibre naturally occurs in plants such as artichoke and should be consumed as part of a balanced diet. Wash the vegetable, chop off the stem, break off the outside leaves, trim the tips and boil or roast with oils and spices for a delicious and nutritious low calorie meal.

Don’t just eat the olives, eat the olive leafs
This winter, reach in the medicine cabinet for Olive Leaf Extract as your cold and flu preventative. A fresh-picked Olive Leaf Extract in an Australian study has shown to be 5 times stronger than the equivalent amount of vitamin C providing powerful immune system support and relief of common cold symptoms. Research indicates that Olive leaf extract contains a strong broad spectrum of over 20 antioxidants including Oleuropein, a polyphenol compound, which has been shown to be one of the most powerful antioxidants. The recommended dose is 5mls, 3 times a day with food. You may want to complement it with a morning smoothie.

Eat your heart out cacao
Chocolate, a food that tickles most taste buds is surprisingly good for us! Cacao is the most nutritious form of chocolate and dissimilar to cacao which is heated and loses its nutritional value. Cacao is high in magnesium which is a mineral that the western diet lacks. Magnesium is also great for a healthy heart as well as promotes energy to the brain to help us feel focused. Cacao is also rich in serotonin which is that feel good sensation. The richer in cacao, i.e. the darker, the more potent the antioxidant and higher the nutritional benefits.

Beans beans the magical fruit
Legumes don’t just preach to the vegetarian choir. Leguminous plants such as dried beans – kidney, pinto , black and lentils are special proteins in the way they can take nitrogen from the air and incorporate it into amino acids. Beans are a rich source of antioxidants and with their amino acid profile are important in breaking down proteins as well as stimulating enzymes in the metabolism process. Match your legumes with grains to receive the optimum amount of essential amino acids.

Pick a pecan
If you munch on 15 pecans a day you can receive up to 55% of your daily recommended intake of manganese according to a study. Manganese is great for healthy skin, maintaining blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol levels with unsaturated good fats and overall boasts a high antioxidant profile.  Pecans as well as other nuts and seeds complement a healthy diet are packed with vitamins and minerals but should be taken in small doses due to a high fat content.

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Stephen Eddey is a qualified Nutritionist and Naturopath and is the Principal of Australia’s longest established natural medicine college, Health Schools Australia. He has completed a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine as well as a Masters in Health Science and PhD in Nutritional Medicine.

 

February 24, 2014

SheSaid’s Celebrity Chef – Geoff Jansz

SheSaid’s celebrity chef – Geoff Jansz

Here are some dishes that are packed full of goodness. Women need plenty of calcium, omega 3 and antioxidants. Fish and Mediterranean style cooking contains a lot of these essential elements.

Salmon and Tomato Bruschetta

  • Ciabatta, cut into 5cm pieces, then split horizontally
  • 6 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red onion finely diced
  • 10 basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup of your favourite dressing
  • 1 tin premium quality salmon with skin & bones (bones for calcium) drained

Toast the Ciabatta in a toaster or use the grill. In a bowl, mix the tomatoes, onions, basil and dressing. Mix through the salmon without mashing the pieces, then put on top of the toasted Ciabatta slices. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper and serve immediately. Dressing Whisk together 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil.

Fresh Salmon Steaks with Braised Capsicums

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 3 large red capsicums, sliced
  • 6 ripe tomatoes, squashed and strained (keep juice)
  • 2 salmon steaks

Soften the onions over a medium heat in the olive oil. Cook for about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and the capsicum. Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan with a lid and stew for 10 minutes. Add the juice from the tomatoes and turn the heat up. Cook down until the liquid has evaporated. Taste for salt and pepper. To cook the steaks – immerse them in the hot Braise and cook very gently for 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the steaks. Serve with salad and crusty bread.

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