Yogurt and honey for stronger bones (chicken and cheese for brain health)
Some foods are medicinal in certain combinations, which contribute to the preservation of human health.
- Chicken and cheese for brain health – when a person eats chicken and cheese, he takes in 3 (out of 8) B vitamins – folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 (which are important for better brain function). Namely, it was determined that insufficient amounts of folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 lead to an increase in the amino acid (homocysteine) associated with senile dementia and cognitive decline.
- Avocado and carrot for a higher intake of vitamin A – Absorption of beta-carotene (from carrots, which the body converts into vitamin A) is increased up to 6 times when a person consumes avocado and carrot at the same time. Vitamin A is important for healthy skin, good eyesight and a strong immune system. Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble nutrient, so the body uses it better if it is consumed with food rich in healthy fats (avocado).
- Red meat and rosemary for cancer prevention – Red meat is a rich source of nutrients (including iron, zinc and vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids). But if the meat is fried at high temperatures (for example a barbecue) then heterocyclic acids (which belong to the carcinogenic HCA acid compounds) can be created. If the meat is marinated in rosemary before frying, then the formation of these acids is reduced by 30% to 100%. Rosemary contains at least 3 different ingredients that physically block the formation of heterocyclic acids during heat treatment.
- Peas and lemon juice to relieve fatigue – Peas are a rich source of iron (a mineral necessary for good energy levels). Although 100 grams of peas have the same amount of iron as 100 grams of lamb, the iron from peas belongs to “non-heme” iron. It is more difficult to absorb than the “heme” iron found in meat. The solution is in lemon juice (that is, vitamin C), because vitamin C triggers a chemical reaction (which increases the amount of iron that the body can absorb from plant sources by 3 times).
- Yogurt and honey for stronger bones – Absorption of calcium (from dairy products) increases by 33% if yogurt and honey are taken together. Honey contains a unique combination of carbohydrates (including raffinose and glucose). This combination affects the composition of the red flora. It makes it more efficient in the process of calcium absorption. However, people with diabetes should be careful with honey because it contains a large amount of carbohydrates.
- Apple and dark chocolate to reduce the risk of stroke – Apples contain quercetin. Chocolate contains catechins (strong antioxidants. Together they prevent the formation of clots from small red plates. This synergistic effect also exists in red wine (especially useful for the health of the cardiovascular system). When small blood plates are stuck together for too long, clots are formed (which increase the risk of course, be moderate with fruit and chocolate.