Hi everyone and welcome to my November newsletter.
I hope that you are all well and not suffering too badly from all the rain that we’ve been having. I think I speak for most people when I say that I think that we’ve had enough rain for the moment.
I have to say that it’s been a bit of a roller coaster month for me. On the downside due to all this rain both my big festivals were cancelled and so were two of my markets. On the upside my sister Fran has been over for a few weeks and the weather was pretty good for her visit, staying nice for both our trip to Newcastle/Hunter Valley and when we went down to Melbourne to see Lexi. So, all in all it’s been a pretty good month, the highs definitely made up for the lows. But, please no more rain. ☹
This month I have some extra markets, with three afternoon/twilight markets so if you can’t get to my normal morning markets, these would be a good way to come along and see me and the other local stall holders. I hate to say it’s but it is getting very close to Christmas, so now would be a great time to start getting some – if not all – your Christmas shopping done, and for those of you like me who have birthdays to contend with – yes, both Lexi and Mike were born in December – not good planning, c’est la vie 😊 you could add a birthday present to your score as well.
This month I came across a great review of how curcumin can help those who unlike many of us – myself included – don’t suffer from regular aches and pains. This study showed that there are many ways in which curcumin can help everyone regardless of age and assumed good health. It also shows that there are many side benefits to taking turmeric that we may not be aware of. It would appear that the more we know about the actions of curcumin, the more it seems that taking turmeric can benefit our health not only in the short term but long term as well. For those of you who are interested in reading the full review I have added the details at the end.
Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health
Turmeric has long been recognized for its medicinal properties, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can aid in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. It has also been shown to help in the management of inflammatory and degenerative eye conditions as well as to benefit the kidneys. Curcumin may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery and performance in active people. In addition, a relatively low dose of the complex can provide health benefits for people that do not have diagnosed health conditions. Curcumin combined with enhancing agents, such as black pepper, ginger, cloves and coconut oil, as found in Turmeric4You, can provide multiple health benefits.
To date, the majority of Curcumin studies in humans have been in populations with existing health problems. However, one study on healthy adults aged 40–60 showed that curcumin significantly lowered triglyceride levels. There was a decrease in salivary amylase activity, which can be a marker of stress, and an increase in salivary radical scavenging capacities. Plus, there was a decrease in beta amyloid plaque, a marker of brain aging, and in plasma alanine amino transferase activities, a marker of liver injury. This indicates that a relatively low dose of curcumin can provide health benefits for people that do not have diagnosed health conditions.
In a randomized trial, the effects of curcumin on cognitive function & mood, in healthy adults aged 60+ were examined. Curcumin significantly improved performance on sustained attention and working memory tasks. Working memory and mood (general fatigue and change in state calmness, contentedness, and fatigue induced by psychological stress) were significantly better. A significant effect on alertness and contentedness was also observed.
An exercise routine that one is not used to can cause inflammation, oxidative challenges, and resulting soreness. In a recent study, healthy subjects that did not participate in resistance training were randomly assigned to receive curcumin. The findings demonstrated that the consumption of curcumin reduced biological inflammation. This may help to decrease recovery time, thus improving performance during subsequent exercise sessions. Subjects in the curcumin group reported significantly less pain and significantly fewer subjects in the curcumin group had MRI evidence of muscle injury. These results further support that curcumin may be beneficial to attenuate exercise-induced muscle soreness.
Humans may also suffer from periods of anxiety or depression which are sub clinical but may still benefit from treatments that can decrease the symptoms. In a randomized trial the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scales were filled out for each participant at baseline and during the trial. Mean BAI score was found to be significantly reduced following curcumin therapy. This study suggests that curcumin has a potential anti-anxiety effect in otherwise healthy people.
Foods. 2017 Oct; 6(10): 92. Susan J. Hewlings and Douglas S. Kalman Published online 2017 Oct 22. doi: 10.3390/foods6100092 PMCID: PMC5664031 PMID: 29065496 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/
THIS MONTH’S EVENTS AND MARKETS
I hope that the weather plays nice this month, and I can get to all the markets I had intended. There are 2 twilight markets and a Friday one this month so I’m going to be very busy. Fingers crossed for good weather, and I hope to see you soon. 😊
Friday 4th November – Switching on Seymour – 5pm- 8pm Health and Wellbeing – to be held on Seymour Street in Laurieton – come and check out all the local suppliers for your health and wellbeing.
Saturday 5th Nov - Kempsey Market – 8am – 1pm. Not sure whether we will be up on the carpark again, or if the weather dictates that we will be at the racecourse again. Either way I will be there. 😊
Sunday 6th Nov – Blackhead Bazaar or Car boot - 8am – 12pm. Who knows which one it will be but as long as one of them is on I will be at Blackhead.
Saturday 12th Nov – Gloucester Farmers Market - 8am – 12pm. Held at Billabong Park.
Sunday 13th Nov – Forster Town Market - 8 am – 1pm. Provided the weather plays nice I willb e there. Near the campsite on Head Street.
Saturday 19th Nov – Forster Farmers Market – 8 am – 12pm By the Visitors Centre, great fresh fruit and veggies, wine tasting and wonderful scones from the CWA – not to be missed.
Saturday 19th Nov – Love Local Market – 2pm – 6pm Held at the Bain Park in Wauchope. Come and support your local businesses and see what we have to offer.
Sunday 20th Nov – Laurieton Market - 8am – 1pm down by the river on Short and Tunis Streets.
Saturday 26th Nov – Tuncurry Market – 8am – 1pm Hopefully the ground will have dried out by now and we can be back at the John Whiley Park. Come down and see me.
Saturday 26th Nov – Twilight Market at Gloucester on the Green – 5pm – 8pm at the Gloucester Bowling Club – time to come and get your Chrissy pressies.
Sunday 30th Oct – Pacific Palms Market - 8am – 1pm. At Elizabeth Beach, another great market for all the family and dog friendly.
For those of you who can’t get to those markets all you need to do is ring me on 0406 036 845 or you can now go to my website – www.achealthysolutions.com and order from there, and I will arrange for it to be posted or delivered to you. The cost is the same as at the market and postage/delivery is free on all orders over $100 with a flat rate of $8 below that.