Posts Tagged ‘blueberries’

Dr Brant Cortright Talks about Neurogenesis.

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

brantBrant Cortright, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who works from a psycho-spiritual perspective. He has practiced depth psychotherapy for 30 years in numerous contexts, from hospitals and mental health centers, to workshops and private practice. For the past two decades he has been in private practice in San Francisco working primarily with individuals and couples.

A teacher of transpersonal psychology, Brant conducts workshops and lectures in Europe, India, and the United States. His book Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (SUNY Press) is widely used in the field. He has also authored numerous articles. For the past 20 years he has worked in the field of Integral Psychology, a synthesis of the two major streams of depth psychology – the humanistic-existential and contemporary psychoanalytic – within an integrating east-west framework.

Trained in contemporary psychoanalysis, gestalt therapy, and existential psychotherapy, Brant integrates Western psychology with Sri Aurobindo’s integral yoga and philosophy. A long-time practitioner of meditation and hatha yoga, he also draws from Buddhism, Krishnamurti, and mystical Christianity.

Brant is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Integral Counseling Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is the past Director of the Spiritual Emergence Network. His forthcoming book, Integral Psychotherapy: The Meeting of East and West will be published by SUNY Press in spring, 2007. More information is available  at and  at


Are There Specific Super Fruits and Super Seeds to Add to Your Diet?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Are There Super Fruits and Super Seeds to Add to your diet?

Super Fruits and Super Seeds: In the latest copy of Food Technology, the contributing editor identified nine super seeds and super fruits that are helpful for those who want to move toward a natural, minimally processed diet. These include: 1) Chia Seeds that are high in omega -3 fatty acids, calcium, photo nutrients, antioxidants, mineral and vitamins and can be used in a variety of ways including yogurt, trail mix, baking, and snacks; 2) Flax seeds that are a good source of protein, fiber, antioxidants and photoestrogens in the form of lignans and omega-3 fatty acids and according to research may help lower blood cholesterol; 3) Sunflower Seeds that provide monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E and photochemical; 4) Pumpkin Seeds that have protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus; 5) Blueberries are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, fructose and antioxidants and may reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, and prevent or delay diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and aging; 6) Acai Berries that are anti-inflammatory and are a rich source of anthocyanin and have a fatty acid ratio similar to olive oil; 7) Tart Cherries are high in antioxidants and anthocyanins and facilitate sleep, and act as an anti-inflammatory in arthritis and sports recovery; 8) Avocados are useful in reducing bad cholesterol, and  9) Cranberries are beneficial for urinary tract health and glycemic responses.

Can Grapes and Blueberries Enhance Your Immune System?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research concluded that red grapes and a compound from blueberries called pterostilbene were the two from 446 compounds that had the ability to boost the immune system in humans. Both of these compounds, called stilbenoids, worked in synergy with vitamin  D to have a significant impact on raising the expression of the human cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) gene, involved in improving the immune system. The researchers said “Out of a study of hundreds of compounds, just these two popped right out.” “Their synergy with vitamin D to increase CAMP gene expression was significant and intriguing. It’s a pretty interesting interaction.”  A strong link has been found between adequate vitamin D levels and the function of the CAMP gene, and this research shows that other compounds may also play a role. Stilbenoids are compounds produced by plants to fight infections, and in humans seem to affect some of the signaling pathways that allow vitamin D to work effectively according to the researchers. It seems that combining these compounds with vitamin D has considerably more impact than any of them would have separately.

Continuing research may lead to better understanding of how diet and nutrition affect immune function, and possibly lead to therapeutically useful compounds to boost the immune system. However, the researchers said the findings were made in laboratory cell cultures and do not prove that similar results would occur as a result of dietary intake but do add to our interest in this area of research.