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April 22, 2014
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Recipes for Brain Health Part 10: Turmeric & Curcumin

Turmeric - Brain FoodBelow is the tenth brain food in our 10 part series on recipes for your brain: Turmeric & its active ingredient Curcumin. Do you find yourself trying to find the right diet combination during or post treatment? Ask the Chris Elliott Fund, we can help plan a diet around healthy brain foods. Call, email or leave us a note today: 1-800-574-5703 orWeCare@EndBrainCancer.com.

Turmeric & Curcumin

Turmeric is a common spice used in India for centuries, not only as a spice but also for medicinal purposes. The active cancer fighting compound found in turmeric is curcumin, a member of the ginger family.  How important is this agent in brain health and cancer prevention?  Let’s take a look.

The Research:

Curcumin is being studied in clinical trials for colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease (in mice) and cystic fibrosis.  Its role in to cancer prevention is related to its efficacy in encouraging apoptosis, the process of cell death in some cancer cells. Note that studies are still ongoing and not definitive. One study published in March of 2012 discussed the spice as a combatant of some pediatric brain tumors.

There appear to be some challenges in the ingestion of curcumin due to poor absorption in the digestive system which may limit its efficacy.  It is thought that it may be more powerful in its cooked forms, however.

Cooking and Consuming Turmeric/Curcumin:

Turmeric is a combination of curcumin and, the more commonly known spice, curry which is often used in Indian and other Asian cuisines.  It is becoming more widely used in typical American and Pan Asian cooking and more known to the North American palate.

Some people prefer having unadulterated curcumin in a supplement form.  In this case, it is always wise to seek the advice of a doctor, naturopath or nutrition to be sure of healthy dosing.

While there is no super-food that will eliminate a specific type of cancer, all of the ingredients/foods in our Brain Food series show promising research in their positive health effects, and we encourage all to seek a healthy balanced diet before, during or after their treatment process.

Recipe:

We know cooking and preparing these brain foods can get complicated especially if you are balancing treatment, family and work.  We wanted to provide easy and simple recipes to help you start preparing your brain foods today! And we’ve scoured the internet to find a couple of the best recipes to get you started.

Indian-Style Rice with Cashews, Raisins & Turmeric (Click for Recipe, courtesy of – Allrecipes.com)

Main Ingredietns: Turmeric, cumin, vegetable oil, basmati rice, coconut milk, chicken stock, salt, bay leaf, raisins, red pepper flakes. And here are 10 easy ways to incorporate it to your every-day diet.

Ask the Chris Elliott Fund, we are here to help you in your process to plan a diet plan around foods that are healthy for you and your brain. Call, email or leave us a note today: 1-800-574-5703 or WeCare@EndBrainCancer.com.

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.

April 11, 2014
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Recipes for Brain Health Part 9: Tomatoes

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Below is the ninth brain food in our 10 part series on recipes for your brain: Tomatoes. Do you find yourself trying to find the right diet combination during or post treatment? Ask the Chris Elliott Fund, we can help plan a diet around healthy brain foods. Call, email or leave us a note today: 1-800-574-5703 orWeCare@EndBrainCancer.com.

The importance of lycopene rich foods like tomatoes has been documented for some time. It is mentioned in literature related to oxidative stress, which may play a role in the causation of the disease. Brain health studies have actually identified lower levels of plasma/serum lycopene in brain impaired individuals.

Key Nutrients

Tomatoes contain several components for good brain and overall health including:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A (as carotenoids)
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Lycopene
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Brain Food #9: Tomatoes

Of course, as in most discussion about epidemiology, nutrition and health, there are always naysayers.  As in all nutritional advice, tomatoes are tomatoes be including in a brain function enhancing and cancer fighting diet as well as other deep colored fruit and vegetables.

We know cooking and preparing these brain foods can get complicated especially if you are balancing treatment, family and work.  We wanted to provide easy and simple recipes to help you start preparing your brain foods today! And we’ve scoured the internet to find a couple of the best recipes to get you started.

Recipe:  4 Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Unsalted Butter
  3. Yellow onion
  4. Salt

See the recipe.

Ask the Chris Elliott Fund, we are here to help you in your process to plan a diet plan around foods that are healthy for you and your brain. Call, email or leave us a note today: 1-800-574-5703 or WeCare@EndBrainCancer.com.

March 26, 2014
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Deadline Approaching: What is your experience with the Affordable Care Act?

Affordable Care Act Registration Deadline:

Healthcare.gov Deadline

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Like most of you, we are concerned about the upcoming roll out of Affordable Healthcare dubbed “Obamacare”. The difficulties with getting the online registration process was well publicized for months and months. At this point the registration process is expected to end on Monday, March 31st.

Registration Woes

We at the Chris Elliott Fund, have heard from a number of people in several states who are experiencing breakdowns in connecting with the statewide market places as well as the Federal website, healthcare.gov. We’ve experienced jammed phone lines as well. As reported by CNN today, the deadline is expected to be extended.

Our Best Advice

Try to begin your registration right away. This extension is meant to address the challenges fo those with “special circumstances” (like brain cancer) as well as people who have tried but have not been able to complete the process. We would love to hear from you about your personal experience with Obamacare.

What is your best advice? Have you successfully navigated the marketplace? Lets get the conversation started, leave your experience in the comments below!

If you are a brain cancer or brain tumor patient and have specific question about navigating the healthcare.gov system or the Affordable Care Act, leave us a message today or give us a call at 1-800-57-5703.

March 17, 2014
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New and Ongoing Clinical Trial Options

You might have read our latest blog post on Chris Elliott Fund’s President and CEO’s journey across the country advocating for brain cancer and brain tumor patients and caregivers.

Interested in enrolling in a clinical trial for your brain tumor (regarding the trials listed below or any other trial across the country)? Contact us today.  We regularly assist patients in identifying clinical trials appropriate for their situation. Continue Reading →

March 16, 2014
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Advocacy Across the Nation: March 2014 (Part 2 of 2)

National Patient Support & Advocacy

The Chris Elliott Fund’s work and service spans across the country. This March, Chris Elliott Fund’s President and CEO took flight again to meet, speak and sit down with experts in the healthcare industry to advocate for brain cancer patients. Here is a snapshot into the travels of Dellann and all of her hard work advocating for cancer patients.

Meeting with Long-time Friend and Brain Cancer Expert Dr. Patrick Wen Continue Reading →