Good Reasons to Have a Cuppa with your Fish Dinner

Are you concerned about getting mercury poisoning from eating fish?


I just heard about some interesting research on a positive relationship between eating fish and drinking tea. Research indicates that drinking tea (black or green), while you eat fish that may contain mercury,  may positively inhibit the absorption of mercury. Adding slices of lemon to the fish (and/or the tea) and enhances the bioavailability of the healthy benefits of tea!

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Here is the abstract:
Impact of phytochemical-rich foods on bioaccessibility of mercury from fish, Food Chemistry, Volume 112, Issue 1, 1 January 2009, Pages 46-50Soon-Mi Shim, Mario G. Ferruzzi, Young-Cheul Kim, Elsa M. Janle, Charles R. Santerre
The effects of phytochemical-rich foods on bioaccessibility of mercury in fish tissue (the amount of mercury that is released from fish into gastrointestinal tract fluid following a simulated digestion) were investigated using an in vitro digestion. Total mercury in the aqueous phase following a simulated digestion of fish with added food treatments was used to measure mercury bioaccessibility. Green tea extract (31–2000 mg), black tea extract (31–2000 mg), and soy protein (50–100 mg) significantly reduced mercury bioaccessibility by 82–92%, 88–91%, and 44–87%, respectively. Grapefruit juice (0.5–10 ml) did not reduce mercury in the aqueous phase. Wheat bran (50–1000 mg) decreased mercury bioaccessibility (84%); oat bran and psyllium reduced bioaccessibility (by 59–75%, 15–31%, respectively) at amounts greater than 500 mg. We therefore suggest that co-consumption of foods containing phytochemicals at the same time as fish that contains mercury may potentially reduce mercury absorption compared to eating fish alone.

Why is Eating Fish Good For You?

Researchers at Harvard University analyzed the benefits and risks of eating fish, a potential source of mercury and dioxin contamination. They calculated that eating one to two fish meals per week, especially fish high in omega-3 fats, reduced the risk of death from heart disease by 36 percent and death from other causes by 17 percent. The researchers wrote that women of childbearing age and nursing mothers should consume two seafood meals per week, but limit their consumption of high-mercury fish, such as shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and golden bass. The higher the fish is on the ocean’s food chain the more mercury they may contain.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), one of the omega-3s, is important in the development of fetal and infant brains. The researchers noted that consuming 250 mg daily of DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may be sufficient for heart protection. They concluded that, “for major health outcomes among adults…the benefits of fish intake exceed the potential risks. For women of childbearing age, benefits of modest fish intake, except for a few selected species, also outweigh risks.”

Why is mercury a health concern?

Mercury is so highly toxic that it causes severe neurological disorders. It can also result in the loss of hair, teeth and nails as well as muscle weakness, loss of kidney function, emotional mood swings and memory impairment.


Tartary Buckwheat (Golden Buckwheat) – The King of Cereals

A Natural Food to Help Beat “The 3 Deadly HIGHs” – HIGH Blood Pressure, HIGH Blood Sugar & HIGH Triglyceride Levels!


In general, there are two types of buckwheat, the common buckwheat ( Fagopyrium Esculentum Moench) and the Tartary Buckwheat (Fagopyrium Tataricum Gartner). Tartary Buckwheat is also known as ‘Golden Buckwheat’.

Golden Buckwheat is touted as the ‘King of Cereals’ and in recent years has gained much attention from nutritionists and medical doctors, because of its high nutritional content. In Korea it is known as the ‘Food for Fairies’, in Japan as ‘Longevity Buckwheat’ while in Germany it is called ‘Oriental God’s Herb’. Buckwheat is naturally low in fat and high in protein, fibre and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. Tartary Buckwheat is also rich in rutin, quercetin and other nutrients that are good for health.


Rutin or Vitamin P is unique to Buckwheat and Golden Buckwheat has 5 times more of it than common buckwheat. Rutin is a natural antioxidant with powerful properties that can help neutralise free radicals that may cause damage to the body. Rutin can help to prevent colon cancer and act as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and tumour inhibitor.

Recent studies have shown that rutin may provide the health benefits listed below:

1 ) Inhibits Platelet Aggregation

Rutin can inhibit the activity of phosphodiesterase to prevent platelet aggregation. It helps to thin the blood and improve blood circulation. It also protects platelets from oxidation thus helping high blood pressure patients to achieve and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

2 ) Strengthens & Improves Blood Vessels

Rutin inhibits the activity of Lipoxygenase & Prostaglandin synthesis enzyme to prevent the weakening of blood vessels, especially the capillaries. At the same time, it also expands blood vessels to reduce the risk of bruising, NF tumours and haemorrhoids. It can also help to lower blood pressure and triglycerides and prevent strokes.

3 ) Prevents Diabetic Complications
Aldose Reductase is an enzyme found in the eyes and other parts of the body. It can help to convert glucose into sorbitol (sugar alcohol). Excessive sorbitol that accumulates around the eyes and nerve cells can cause retinopathy and neuropathy (severe eye & nerve problems which often happen to diabetes patients). Studies also showed that flavonoids (including rutin) can help to prevent and inhibit Aldose Reductase activity to prevent or delay the risk of diabetic complications.

4 ) Maintains Skin Youthfulness

Rutin helps the body to absorb and utilise vitamin C. This can help to prevent cells from free radical damage and to maintain collagen levels which results in a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Golden Tartary Buckwheat contains more soluble fibre than other grains. It has 4 times more soluble fibre than paddy, 2.7 times more than wheat, 1.1 times more than corn and 1.6 times more than common buckwheat. Dietary fibre fills you up and provides a sense of fullness which can help to prevent overeating for successful weight loss. It also promotes healthy bowel movement easing constipation and eliminating toxic build-up in the gastrointestinal system.

Soluble fibre can help to reduce the accumulation of bile juice which helps to prevent gallstone formation. The American Journal of Gastroenterology reported that consuming high amounts of dietary fibre can reduce the risk of gallstones! Glucan-based dietary fibre may also help to prevent sugar spikes after meals (good for preventing diabetes). Dietary fibre can also help to control the body’s cholesterol levels.

One more unique nutrient found in Golden Buckwheat – D-Chiro-Inositol, plays a similar role to insulin in reducing blood sugar levels effectively.

This pure and natural product is made using an advanced technology without the use of chemicals, preservatives, additives or fragrances. This preserves the integrity and bioavailability of the nutrients to offer you maximum health benefits.