Explore GFG: Produce

It’s the first department you enter as you come in the store, and for good reason: our produce is delicious, nutritious, and ripe for the picking! We recently spoke with our Produce Manager, Mark to get the inside scoop on what makes our produce section so unique. “Our produce section carries a large variety ofContinue reading “Explore GFG: Produce”

Muscle: nutrients improve muscle strength and recovery after exercise

Leucine increased muscle strength in CP When parts of the brain that control movement are damaged or fail to develop fully, muscles do not function properly, a condition called cerebral palsy (CP). Over time, in those with CP, muscles can shrink and muscle tissue can decline. In this study, 21 adolescents and young adults withContinue reading “Muscle: nutrients improve muscle strength and recovery after exercise”

Healthy Insight: smile with kiwifruit

Good mood and feelings of vitality are linked to diets with vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables. In this study, 167 women and men, aged 18 to 35, with low levels of vitamin C—less than 40 micromoles per liter of blood—took a placebo, 250 mg of vitamin C, or ate two fresh kiwifruit, per day. AfterContinue reading “Healthy Insight: smile with kiwifruit”

Osteoarthritis Update: Nutrients boost muscle and joint function

CoQ10 for muscle and endurance Over time, cartilage that cushions and separates bone joints breaks down. In this study, 100 people with osteoarthritis (OA) and 100 without, at least 40 years old, took a series of muscle and physical tests. Doctors measured levels of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and found 75 percent of those with OAContinue reading “Osteoarthritis Update: Nutrients boost muscle and joint function”

Recipe: sweet-savory oats and brown rice porridge

While you’re enjoying this satisfying breakfast, please see page 1 for a new study that found those who got more whole grains had better lipids, lower blood sugar, and less inflammation. Prep time: 10 minutesCook time: 10 minutesServes: 2 Ingredients:2/3 c cooked steel cut or whole oat groats2/3 c cooked sweet or jasmine brown rice1/3Continue reading “Recipe: sweet-savory oats and brown rice porridge”

Blood sugar: nutrients reduce blood sugar in type 2 diabetes at PCOS

Berberine and probiotics Recent trials suggest it is possible to manage glucose levels in type 2 diabetes through diet. In this study, 409 people with a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes took a placebo, berberine alone, probiotics alone, or these two together. The probiotics were lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. After 12 weeks, those taking berberineContinue reading “Blood sugar: nutrients reduce blood sugar in type 2 diabetes at PCOS”

Muscle: omega-3s and niacin preserve and improve muscle

Omega-3s improve muscle mass, increase walking speed Study evidence is mounting that fatty acids, including omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, are critical for regulating, building, and sustaining skeletal muscle mass, and for maintaining muscle function with age. This review of 10 placebo-controlled omega-3 fish oil trials of different lengths and dosages, covered 552 participants, aged atContinue reading “Muscle: omega-3s and niacin preserve and improve muscle”

Better cognition: nutrients slow decline and improve cognitive performance

Vitamin E and carotenoids One factor that may contribute to cognitive decline with age is oxidative stress—when levels of pro-oxidants exceed levels of antioxidants in the body. Doctors believe brain matter, which is rich in fatty acids, is particularly vulnerable to this antioxidant/oxidant imbalance. Earlier studies suggest that diets rich in antioxidants, and taking antioxidantContinue reading “Better cognition: nutrients slow decline and improve cognitive performance”

Diabetes update: Green tea extract and zinc help manage lipids in type 2 diabetes

Green tea extract Earlier studies revealed green tea extract improved glucose levels in type 2 diabetes, but results in diabetes lipid studies have been mixed. In this review of seven placebo-controlled trials, lasting four to 16 weeks, doctors evaluated the results among 512 participants aged 50 to 65, with type 2 diabetes and body massContinue reading “Diabetes update: Green tea extract and zinc help manage lipids in type 2 diabetes”

Healthy Insight: Whole Grain Benefits

Eating whole grains instead of refined grains has many metabolic benefits. In this review of 25 placebo-controlled trials, lasting from two to 16 weeks, compared to those consuming refined grains, healthy adults who got more whole grains in the diet had lower total and LDL cholesterol levels, lower long-term average blood-sugar levels (A1C), and lowerContinue reading “Healthy Insight: Whole Grain Benefits”