Sweet News about Hot Cocoa
Researchers at Cornell University have shown that the popular winter
beverage contains more antioxidants per cup than a similar serving
of red wine or tea and may be a healthier choice. Many recent studies
have touted the health benefits of red wine and tea, all of which
are known to be high in antioxidants. Although researchers have
been aware for some time that cocoa is also rich in these compounds,
its relative contribution in comparison to other beverages has been
unclear until recently.
[Cocoa Has More Phenolic Phytochemicals and a Higher Antioxidant
Capacity than Teas and Red Wine Lee, K. W.; Kim, Y. J.; Lee, H.
J.; Lee, C. Y.; J.
Agric. Food Chem.; (Article); 2003; 51(25); 7292-7295.]
Pack Potent Antioxidant Punch
Researchers say among all common fruits and vegetables, berries
have the highest antioxidant concentration, especially those with
dark-colored skins. Although the antioxidant content of red and
blue berries has been well studied, researchers say less is known
about so-called purple berries, such as elderberry, black currant,
[Characterization of Anthocyanins and Proanthocyanidins in Some
Cultivars of Ribes, Aronia, and Sambucus and Their Antioxidant Capacity
Wu, X.; Gu, L.; Prior, R. L.; McKay, S.; J.
Agric. Food Chem.; (Article); 2004; 52(26); 7846-7856.]
Too Much Grape Juice Could
Cause Iron Deficiency
The same antioxidant compounds in dark grape juice that are noted
for their health benefits in fighting heart disease may have a downside,
according to new research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food
Chemistry. In cell studies, scientists with the U.S. Department
of Agriculture and Cornell University found that polyphenols in
purple (also called red) grape juice can inhibit the uptake of iron,
which could increase the risk of iron-deficiency anemia.
[Red Grape Juice Inhibits Iron Availability: Application of an
in Vitro Digestion/Caco-2 Cell Model; Boato, F.; Wortley, G. M.;
Liu, R. H.; Glahn, R. P.; J.
Agric. Food Chem.; (Article); 2002; 50(23); 6935-6938.]
Study Finds Ginkgo Beneficial
For Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Ginko biloba is among several complementary and alternative medicine
therapies being investigated by OHSU's
Department of Neurology for their effects on symptoms of neurological
disease. Studies have ranged from clinical trials of lactoferrin
for treating Alzheimer's disease to the use of yoga as a therapy
for MS fatigue. Many MS patients have long suspected that ginkgo
improves disease symptoms. In a recent survey of 1,913 patients
in Oregon, 20 percent reported using the supplement and 39 percent
found it to be beneficial. However, until now, there was no evidence
the supplement had any effect on memory.
Clinical Herbalist, Margo
Schneider, M.A. Joins the Village Green Apothecary Team
You may have noticed a new team member at Village Green Apothecary
in the last few weeks. We'd like to officially introduce Margo Schneider,
M.A. Clinical Herbalist to you. Margo holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Biology with a concentration in Botany from Towson University.
Having recently received her M.A. from the first graduate degree
program in Clinical Herbalism in the United States, she stands at
the cutting edge of healthcare. Highly trained in biomedical science
as well as the principles and practice of Western Herbalism, she
bridges the gap between conventional practitioners and traditional
healers. Her unique training enables her to provide comprehensive
individual care to her clients through developing personalized herbal
and nutritional protocols. Margo’s extensive clinical experience
combined with her rigorous training in the quality and safety of
medicinal herbs makes her a leading expert in the field. Margo is
often available to speak to customers in-store, and is taking an
important role in arming our other staff members with the right
knowledge for your best health.