Gout attacks decreased by Cherry consumption

The risk on gout attacks is may be reduced through the consumption of cherries. This is the conclusion of several researches at different universities.


633 subjects participated in a researched done on Gout. The participants of the research were categorised in:

  • People that did not eat cherries
  • People that ate different amounts of cherries
  • People that used a cherry extract

By collecting of the data what people ate 2 days prior to the gout attack, the researchers made a link between less gout attacks and cherry consumption.


The research concluded that the consumption of cherries made a reduction of 35% in the chance of gout attacks. The reduction remained unaffected in different subgroups: gender, obesity, purine intake, alcohols and the usage of anti-gout medicine.


The consumption of cherries may be associated with a reduced risk of gout attacks.


For people that suffer from gout it is helpfull to know, that the daily consumption of cherries may help reduce the chance on gout attacks.


Research conducted by:

Bonston University School of Medicine
Bonston University School of Public Health, Australia
Sydney Univesity
The researchers:

Yuging Zhang
Tuhina Neogi
Clara Chen
Christine Chaisson
David Hunter
Hyong K. Choi


Effect of Blueberries on muscle recovery after exercise

Blueberries have a lot of antioxidants that are very effective for the recovery from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there are free radicals present in the body. This can occur in many different ways, exercise being one of them.

Researchers at the Massey University, School of Sport and Exercise in New Zealand researched the effect of blueberries on the recovery process after exercise.


10 female participants had a blueberry smoothie prior and after training. The training consisted of 300 repetitions of intense contraction of the quadriceps. The testing was done in different ways: with blueberry consumption, without blueberry consumption and with a placebo.


There was a significant difference between the participants who had drunk a smoothie with blueberries and the participants who did not have a smoothie. The muscles recovered faster when the participants drunk a blueberry smoothie.


The study showed that drinking a blueberry smoothie prior and after training had a faster muscle recovery.

The reason being is that exercise releases free radicals. These free radicals are faster neutralised by consuming a blueberry smoothie.

The amount of pain that the subjects felt was for a shorter time. The recovery was easier and the pain was less. The anti oxidants of the blueberries had an important role in the recovery.

The importance

Exercise is important for your health. It helps with a healthy hart, improved circulation and stronger bones.
Faster muscle recovery is very important for professional athletes. But for people that exercise regularly it is also very helpful to avoid muscle aces or the decrease the pain.

Effect of New Zealand blueberry consumption on recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage

Research conducted by:
School of Sport and Exercise, Massey University
Food and Wellness Group, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd.,

Researches who contributed:
Yanita McLeay
Matthew J Barnes
Toby Mundel
Suzanne M Hurst
Roger D Hurst
Stephen R Stannard


Mix berries*: healthy effects on heart

Berries are an excellent source of polyphenols, antioxidants, micronutrients and fibre. ‘The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre General Clinical Research Centre’, The National Centre for Research Resources’ and ‘The National Institute of Health’ has been able to find an association between soft fruit and less risk of cardio vascular disease.


Studies regarding berries have been collected. These studies have been analysed and the results have been compared. The results are published in this study.


Healthy people as well as people with diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and smokers had experienced a decrease in cardiovascular disease.

The study also shows that berries are better then extracts of berries. Extracts do not have the same nutritional profile as whole berries.


Berries are a source for multiple nutritional: anthocyanin, flavonols, vitamins en fibre which all may have the possibility to decrease the risk of cardio vascular disease.


Obesity is becoming more common among people. Obesity is linked with cardiovascular disease. This study like many other show that diet plays an important role in battling cardiovascular disease. This study shows that berries may improve heart health. Because berries have a low amount of calories and are high in antioxidants and other nutrients they are a perfect to add in your diet.


* Blueberries, Blackberries, Red currants, Raspberries, Strawberries
Research conducted by:
Arpita Basu, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University

The Researchers:
Arpita Basu
Michael Rhone
Timothy J Lyons


Red currants and decreases fat absorption

When slimming down, the diet has a key role. The amount of calories that you consume and the nutritional value are very important when slimming down or bulking up. Researchers at the ‘Institute of technical biochemistry’ of Lodz univeristy in Poland have conducted an interesting research on the effects of fruit on Lipase (digestion of fat) of the pancreas and the activity in lipase enzymes.


This research is done on 31 fruit extractions, including red currants. The extractions were tested on pancreatic lipase with the use of triols, sunflower oil and rapeseed oil emulsion.


6 of the 31 inhibited the activity of pancreas lipase; red currants being one of them.


Red currants may have the possibility to reduce fat absorption through the inhibition of pancreas lipase. Through the inhibition of pancreases lipase less energy is absorbed.


Obesity is a worldwide problem. This problem brings many diseases: diabetes, arteriosclerosis, heart attack, etc. Through changes in lifestyle it is possible to reduce the chances of these diseases. Diet is one way to have less possibilities to get these diseases. A quote of the study says: “Reduction of energy intake from dietary fat through inhibition of this enzyme may be a strategy to prevent and treat obesity’’.


Research conducted by:
Lodz University of Technology, Poland
The researchers:

Sosnowska D
Podsędek A
Redzynia M
Zyzelewicz D


Intake of fruit & vegetables and diabetes

This research has been done to find an association between fruit, vegetables and fruit juice and type 2 diabetes.

This article has been published in het ‘American Diabetes Association’ and the research says that Fruit and vegetables may decreases the risk of diabetes.


71.346 women (that) who did not suffer from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes had participated for 18 year of the research. During this period they were asked questions about their food choices.


At the end of the study there were 4.529 cases of diabetes documented.

An increase of fruit consumption (3 portion a day) is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.

An increase of one serving of vegetables a day is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.

An increase in drinking fruit juice is associated with an increased risk of diabetes.


Consumption of fruit and vegetables may be associated with a lower risk of diabetes. While drinking fruit juice may be associated with an increased risk of diabetes.


Diabetes is becoming more a common disease. Diet plays a major role in prevention of diabetes. Preventing is better then curing, that is why dietary adjustments are very important to reduce your chances of getting diabetes. Eating fruit & vegetables are extremely important for your health.


Research conducted by:

Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology, Tulane Universtiy School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of Epidemiology, Havard School of Public Health
Deperments of utrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

The Researchers:

Lydia A. Bazzano
Tricia Y. Li
Kamudi J. Joshipura
Frank B. Hu


Anti-obesity effect of raspberries

Raspberry ketone is said to prevent obesity. This active ingredient is in raspberries. The Department of Medical Biochemistry, Ehime University School of Medicine has conducted research into this. The study was done on mice.


Different groups of mice were fed a fatty diet for 10 weeks. The mice were also fed Raspberry Ketone in different amounts: 0.5% 1% or 2%.

The groups of mice were then fed the same diet with 1% Raspberry Ketone for 6 weeks.


Raspberry ketone went against body weight gain and weight in the liver and fatty tissue.

Raspberry ketone worked preventively against:

  • Weight gain from a diet high in fat
  • Fatty liver
  • Increase in adipose tissue


Raspberry ketone may have a preventive effect and may improve obesity and fatty liver disease.

Raspberry ketone may possibly work preventively against obesity and fatty liver disease. It may also improve the current situation.

Why is it important

Obesity is becoming more and more normal and involves many different diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and so on. Diet plays a major role in obesity, which is why it is important that people who want to become obese and / or who are obese have raspberries in their diet.


Investigated by:
Department of Medical Biochemistry, Ehime University School of Medicine

The researchers:
Morimoto C
Satoh Y.
Hara M
Inoue S
Tsujita T
Okuda H


Power Breakfast

This is the perfect breakfast for a quick and healthy start of the day. This breakfast contains a lot of antioxidants and vitamins that will make you feel healthy. With carbohydrates to fill you up and help you through the morning and healthy fats that are good for blood flow.

Ready in 5 minutes:


  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Whole grains
  • Banana
  • Walnuts
  • Honey


  • Put whole grains breads
  • Cut the banana in slices
  • Take bread out the toaster and spread honey on the bread
  • Put banana on bread
  • Add blueberries and raspberries
  • Add wallnuts




High in nutritious vitamins and fiber, this low-glycemic Blast is perfect for those who are carb-counting or watching their caloric intake or blood sugar levels. With nothing but naturally sweet berries, leafy greens, antioxidant-rich goji berries, a hint of cinnamon, and a punch of almond protein, this mix is a powerhouse when it comes to better health.


  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 6 Strawberries
  • ½ Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Goji Berries
  • 10 Almonds
  • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ Cups Almond Milk

Salad of watercress, grapefruit and blackberry (4 portions)

“A simple dish to serve as a side dish, suitable for vegetarians and vegans”.


  • 125 g of watercress
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 1 cup Body & Brains blackberries or 125 gr
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • vinegar
  • sea salt

Clean the leaves of the watercress, dry and reserve in a bowl. Peel the grapefruit, remove the wedges live and cut into 3 and add blackberries, previously washed.

Cut the bread into cubes and sprinkle olive oil and toast 5 minutes in the tray of the oven. Spread them on the vegetables.

Finish the salad with with oil, vinegar and salt.


Zacapa XO

  • 6dl Milk
  • 40gr Butter
  • 100gr Dessert rice
  • 2,5gr Salt
  • 40gr Egg yolk
  • 40gr White sugar
  • 1Lemongrass
  • 0,5pod Bourbon vanilla
  • 8gr Gelatine leaf , pre-soaked
  • 125gr Cream , whipped

1) Boil the rice together with the salt
2) Rinse the rice
3) Then add milk, vanilla pod, sugar and lemongrass
4) Cook it on a moderate heat
5) Stir in the butter and the egg yolks
6) Mix 550 gr of the mixture with the gelatin and the almond syrup
7) Cool down to 37°C
8) Mix with the whipped cream
9) Put the rice pudding fridge to cool down

Milk ice crea

  • 150gr Cream
  • 525gr Milk
  • 125gr White sugar
  • 5Cardamom
  • 40g Skimmed milk powder

1) Mix the milk with milk powder and sugar and bring to a boil

2) Add the cardamom and let infuse. Sieve and let cool

3) Add the cream and turn it into ice cream


  • 1tsp Lemon juice
  • 100gr Coconut cream
  • 1gr Guar gum

1) Mix the coconut puree with lemon juice and guar gum
2) Store in refrigerator until use.