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Chocolate is known to contain a wide variety of minerals and trace elements including magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. It is also a rich source of antioxidants and has been identified as a potent antioxidant for LDL cholesterol. The phenalyic content of chocolate is 20 times higher than tomatoes, 3 times that of grapes, and twice the level of garlic. Dark chocolate contains more than twice the level of phenyls compared to milk chocolate while white chocolate contains no anti-oxidants. A bar of milk chocolate (45 grams) was found to contain approximately the same level of phenyls as 150 mill glass of red wine. Chocolate contains a higher concentration of phenyls than either red wine or green tea on a weight basis.

And just in time for Easter. A study out this week found, believe it or not, chocolate consumption was associated with a lower Body Mass Index (weight). Chocolate has shown favorable metabolic associations with blood pressure (BP), insulin sensitivity, and cholesterol level.


Omega oils for the brain

More fish oils for the brain. Researchers found that a diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and cognitive capabilities. This is consistent with thousands of other studies. A word of warning, you wont get omega 3 from any processed foods like cereals as they will all be oxidised.
Best sources are from a mix of plant (flax and chia) and animal (krill and cold water fish). Plant sources still have to be processed in our body to a form (EPA and DHA) to be effective. Unfortunately our conversion rate is very low, around 5% and it needs lots of coenzymes (vitamins). if you are missing the vitamins then it cant be converted.
There is a growing body of evidence linking DHA to cognitive function and various studies have reported that regular consumption of omega-3-rich food could prevent age-related cognitive decline. The studies consistently show a dose-dependent inverse association between dementia and fish consumption. That is, the more omega 3 you consume the lower the risk.

On the other hand, meat consumption was found to increase dementia risk .

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and currently affects over 13 million people worldwide. This number is increasing and we know how to reduce it. Increase your omega 3, lower your meat and sugar.


Soft drinks and sugar kill

Another study found that just one can of soft drink a day increases your risk of heart attack by 20%. The study of 42,833 men found just one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened drink a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart attacks. Putting this in perspective the so called benefits of taking statin drugs like lipitor and zocor is around 1%.

By eliminating sugar from our diet, this includes high GI foods as well we can dramatically reduce our risk of CVD.

The Authors of the study said "Continually subjecting our bodies to high amounts of glucose, to high blood sugar levels that trigger large secretions of insulin results in stresses that in the long run show up as high risk of heart disease and diabetes,"

We have known about this since the 1950's but the information has been pushed under the table by the cholesterol and fat lobby.

PS this does not mean you can have diet soft drinks, they are just as bad.


Sugar and heart attack

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA. 2010;303(15):1490-1497) found a high intake of added sugar is associated with increased risk for low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides (blood fats). The HDL cholesterol is the one that transports the cholesterol back to the liver where it is used. When the HDL is low it is associated with a higher level of heart attack and stroke risk.

Compared with adults who got less than 5% of their total energy intake from added sugars, those getting 17.5%–25% of their energy from added sugars were about twice as likely to have low HDL levels.

The message lower your sugar to lower you risk of heart attack and stroke.


April Optimal Health Weekend

April 2012

Optimal Health Weekend

An informative and transformational weekend

April 21-22, Piney Lakes Melville

Saturday and Sunday 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM,

Would you like to

Improve your energy and reduce the ageing process

learn what you’re doing for your health is more important than genetics

overcome your illness

transform your thinking, take control of your health and improve the quality of your life


On a good note, my daughter has listened to me and has changed her diet and we have both lost over 10kgs since your seminar and we feel fantastic for it. Thank you once again for such an amazing weekend, you are an inspiration to me and I hope you continue to educate both adults and school children on living an optimal healthy lifestyle”. -Alyson

“What a great seminar in respect of optimal health. Learning to change your lifestyle in a positive way with the how and why was such valuable information.” –Jeanette

“This weekend seminar exceeded my expectations. It was excellent. It will really open your eyes and dispel so many myths. A real must for families to know this info!”

I was absolutely blown away by the information. Most importantly the information was relevant, easy to understand and applicable to your life immediately. If the information wasn't enough, you couldn't help but be captivated by Peter's dynamic, infectious passion for each of the topics he discussed. Peter walks the talk, he actually went through what he does on a day to day basis and why.

I certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Optimal Health Weekend to anyone who cares about their health and the health of their family and friends."

Will (Health professional).

“Excellent! Very informative, entertaining presentation filled with lots of good information that can be applied into my life. I would recommend it to others who are interested in health and well being.” –Monique

“Peter cleared away the mist so I could see the mountain top. I now have a clear understanding of the fundamentals of my health. The seminar was magic and will make a permanent change. Not only good from a nutritional point of view- a good shake up on my life balance. More time would be great!” -Phil

Optimal Health Weekend with Dr Peter Dingle

Unfortunately most of us are running on empty, feeling tired and overwhelmed. This weekend will transform your life. It will Nourish your mind and your body and make your healthy life a reality with one of Australia’s most motivating health presenters.

Learn about the 4 pillars of optimal health which will empower you to not only prevent chronic illness but also to reverse the chronic illness like atherosclerosis, diabetes, psoriasis and more.

Optimal Health Weekend with Dr Peter Dingle

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April 21-22, Piney Lakes Melville

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