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Healthy pomegranate nut fudge with blueberries is the latest variation on the weekend fudge indulgence, but it is also a wonderful component of a good diet.  Cocoa lovers can add a serving of peanut butter to the fudge, and the portion is expanded to 4 squares.   You will not be disappointed, but remember that you have used your nut serving for the day!  Pecans and walnuts add a delightful texture.  A bit of fresh squeezed orange juice enhances the chocolate flavor considerably, but it also takes the edge off of the secret ingredient, a dash of fresh ground pepper.  If you add pepper and citrus juice, don't forget to make a small amount of fudge, because it should be eaten right away, not a problem for most people I should think ;-}.  I substituted pomegranate juice concentrate for agave nectar, which adds enormously to the healthful polyphenolic content of the fudge, and remarkably, the large punicalagin tannin molecules are known to be absorbed into the blood stream and exert their beneficial effect in the body.  The pomegranate concentrate also makes for sweet fudge, tangy, and tasty!  If you are interested in the recipe, here is the link. 

Flavonoid Blast Fudge
http://blogs.vitacost.com/Blogs/proclus/Archive/2010/6/4/1584.aspx

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Happy solstice!  As readers of this blog will know, parsley regimen has helped considerably with my allergies this past spring, and that this is likely due to the effects of parsley apigenin.  Another problem that I have had every allergy season for the past several years is cold sores, which erupt with the allergies in the sunny days of spring. Happily, I was surprised that I had no cold sores at all this spring for the first time in years.

Not only has this been my best allergy season in years, but I have also been completely free of cold sores.  That was an unexpected but obviously pleasant result, and perhaps it is no surprise, because of the noted anti- retroviral properties of certain flavonoids, which interfere with key enzymes that the viruses need to transcribe their DNA and insert it into the genome.  I had thought that this property would be mild and insignificant, but it is apparently sufficient to quell the virus that causes cold sores for a season.  It should be noted that that sun exposure and allergy flare ups may lead directly to retroviral activation and cold sores, so that the effects are likely convoluted and conclusions are not sure.  At least I have certainly enjoyed a pleasant spring this year with comparatively dry nostrils, and I will gladly do without the cold sores as well.  I consider the case closed.

This result may be hopeful for victims of herpes simplex infections in general, as well as other retroviral infections, such as HIV AIDS.  I would be surprised if people in these communities are not already aware of this, and it will be interesting to see if anything comes of it.  A convolution of immunological effects is also clear in these cases, so that the benefits may likewise be ancillary.

If you are new to the blog, you might like to read further for information about the parsley regimen.  You will certainly be surprised by how much parsley is required to achieve the desired effects.  This problem is compounded by the fact that flavonoid absorption is typically poor,  but recipes are provided to help overcome these problems.  After months on the program, I am delighting in the tasty flavor of healthful parsley spice.

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    Michael L. Love: Elderberry nut fudge with blueberries

    Flavonoid packed elderberry nut fudge with blueberries is a wonderful weekend indulgence.  Add a serving of peanut butter to the fudge, and the portion is expanded to 4 squares.  As usual, I couldn't resist eating one before taking the picture, and I am sending warm cocoa feelings to you ;-}.  I also added some pecans, walnuts, abit of fresh lemon juice and a dash of fresh ground pepper.  If you are interested in the recipe, here is the link.

    Flavonoid Blast Fudge
    http://blogs.vitacost.com/Blogs/proclus/Archive/2010/6/4/1584.aspx

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    Work on the fudge recipe continues.  Although I have been very busy with other things, I could not resist sharing my latest recipe idea.  Last weekend when I was causing my Memorial Day ruckus and getting my Twitter account temporarily suspended, I was enjoying elderberry fudge.

    As some of you probably know, elderberry is the queen of the berries with respect to flavonoid content, and Vitacost offers some fine elderberry extracts in order to maximize the flavonoid content.  With elderberry combined with cocoa, this fudge is a literal flavonoid blast!

    I must apologize that this recipe is still experimental, and I am having a hard time getting exact portion measurements, so you might have to adjust the ratio of elderberry extract to cocoa powder in order to get the desired consistency.  It should also be noted that this preparation is likely easily adapted as healthful and delicious cocoa/berry spread and syrup.  In fact, this preparation is so beneficial and tasty that I thought it imperative to share the recipe, even though it is still somewhat unfinished.

    The key idea was to substitute elderberry extract for the agave nectar from the previous fudge recipe.  Unlike the agave nectar, elderberry extract has concentrated astringent solutes, so that it is necessary to add quite abit more extract than agave nectar in order to match the moisture content.  In my judgement this also made the fudge much more sticky, and so I have adjusted the recipe and preparation in order to address this problem and reduce the preparation time. 

    Before proceeding with the recipe, it should also be noted that the elderberry extract is far more expensive than agave nectar, so it is likely that this recipe is more for special occasions.  Here is the recipe for two portions.

    2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
    4 tablespoons elderberry extract
    1/2 teaspoon low lignan flax or olive oil

    Mix ingredients and/or knead until the desired consistency is obtained.  It may be necessary to add more cocoa or extract in order to obtain the desired result.  If you scale up, use a food processor and save yourself much work.  You might obtain soft granules that look a little like coffee grounds, which works pretty well. Press the fudge into suitable containers and cut into squares.

    If you are using highly concentrated extract, then it might be necessary to sweeten with a teaspoon of agave nectar.  Substitution of other fruit concentrates, such as cranberry, pomegranate, blueberry, or cherry will likely work as well, although the flavonoid content will be somewhat lower.  The oil reduces the stickiness and makes the fudge easier to handle, but it also likely improves the absorption of the flavonoids vastly.  In my subjective experience, this recipe is comparable to parsley in terms of the flavonoid impact.  Please enjoy this delicious fudge, and the intended health benefits as well!  Write in and let me know what you think of it.

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    Michael L. Love: Without your health, you have nothing

    I find it odd that seemingly intelligent people are willing to criticize the prominence that health-related information receives on the internet.  Some of them are technologists, capitalists, politicians, or hardcore physical scientists, who certainly have pursuits outside the realm of healthful conduct, and financial interests that are at odds with the public good.  Perhaps they think that they will find enjoyment of their technology without good health.  How absurd!  As for the rest of us, we will continue our zealous pursuit of health-related information, so that we can continue to improve the fundamental essence of what we are.  We will continue to watch over our communities and protect our children from harm.  In due course, we will see which group is better enjoying their technology.

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    Parsley, a brain food?

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    Is parsley a brain food?  I have been on the parsley program for several weeks now, and there have been small but noticeable changes, which might indicate an intelligence boost.  One obvious indicator would be something new for me, prolific contribution of blog articles, and I found myself writing this on the train this morning, something that I never envisioned.  It reminds me of my fresh out of grad school days, porting thousands of software packages to a novel OS platform, while working on a scientific publication.

    Parsley apigenin, like other flavonoids, slows the breakdown of the feel good hormones, such as the body’s endogenous cannabinoids and opiods.  Additionally, it acts similarly in the synapses of the brain, slowing the breakdown of the neurotransmitter chemicals that promote neural activity.  Although these effects are mild, they do appear to be significant and dose dependent, so that people on the high dose regimen described in this blog will benefit most.

    It is safe to say that I love parsley, no doubt due to some of the above effects, and it reminds me very much of my early GNU-Darwin hacking days.  Now, we will be hacking the body, hacking longevity, intelligence, strength, and health.  Read further in the blog for more information about how this is to be done.  It should be noted that effects like these are best experienced within the context of a healthy lifestyle, which means fitness, a healthy diet, and a supplementation program that is consistent with those aims.  In fact, nothing should be at odds with these aims.  Such vigor is the true objective, no?

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    NO exposure to X-rays is safe. My advice is to stop flying. The added benefit is no contribution to an immense pollution.  The news pages are littered with stories of activists that relied over-much on air travel, and they were taken into custody by hostile governments or had their passports revoked.  It is such a waste, especially when it is so much better to use the internet to spread ideas. 

    Now our privacy is being aggregiously violated at the airports in obvious violation of both the spirit and letter of the Bill of Rights.  It is time to say enough and stop giving our money to this evil machine.  If you are with me, you will stop flying today.

    How did we get into this awful situation?  It is by neglecting some obvious truths and warnings that we have been recieving for years.  Airplanes are such easy targets for those who have a complaint against the US government, and it is no surprise to see that they are a favorite point of attack.  Air travel is one of the worst sources of pollution that was ever invented.  We have known these facts for decades, but we have neglected them, so that today people are ready to paraded themselves through X-ray camaras in order to get on an airplane.  Clearly air travel has become a symbol of western excess.  How absurd it has become.

    As for me, superman can keep his X-ray eyes far away.  He should not be surprised when someone attempts to pluck them out.

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