Renowned Nutrition Scientist Speaks on Longevity

Dr. Bruce Ames is our Appetite for Life speaker on May 20. During this free public presentation he will discuss strategies to combat chronic and degenerative conditions through nutrition. The program is at 7:00 PM in the D.H. Murdock Research Institute at 150 Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis, and will be simultaneously webcast.
Most of the world’s population, even in developed countries, has inadequate intake of one or more of the approximately 30 vitamins and minerals that are essential for human health as they are cofactors for enzymes of metabolism. Where there is a shortage of vitamins or essential minerals, nature rations it to favor those enzymes, essential for short-term survival and reproduction, at the expense of those enzymes involved with long-term health, thus accelerating the disease of aging. Register now.
Dr. Ames is a Senior Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Institute (CHORI), director of their Nutrition & Metabolism Center, and a Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Read more about Dr. Ames’s nutrient bar, below.

Nutrient Bar Results in Broadscale Health Improvements After Only Two Months

A fruit-based micronutrient and fiber-dense supplement bar (the “CHORI-bar”), conceived by Drs. Bruce Ames and Mark K. Shigenaga at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), was shown in clinical trials to improve metabolism in overweight/ obese otherwise healthy adults in ways that are consistent with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Consumption of the bar for two months also reduced chronic inflammation, and initiated a reduction in weight and waist circumference. Decreased inflammation and improved weight and weight distribution can lower the risk of many chronic diseases. 
These effects occurred without requiring that participants make any change in their current diet or other lifestyle practices other than to eat two CHORI-bars each day for two months. The CHORI-bar is not just another nutrition bar. It is a serious intervention to improve health. Its composition is therefore complex, and required a number of years and a series of clinical trials to developContinue reading.

Eat More Produce, Reduce Cancer

From the desk of Jessica Sisneros, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
It’s spring! Farmers markets are opening and these are great places to find a variety of local, seasonal produce, which flourishes now. Making room for these powerhouses in your everyday food choices is important for your health. A 2012 peer-reviewed analysis in Food and Chemical Toxicology states that approximately 20,000 cancer cases could be prevented every year if one-half of Americans were to increase their serving of fruits and vegetables by one serving per day.
There are several reasons to take advantage of the fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market. This produce is the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen in the field and are brought directly to you–no long-distance shipping, no gassing to interrupt the ripening process, no sitting in storage for weeks. This is real as it gets–fresh food from the garden. Continue reading.

Lettuce Eat Café

Spring has brought exciting changes to the Lettuce Eat Café in the NRI building. Now led by Chef Tim Mills, the café offers new dishes that celebrate the seasons. From a sweet potato wrap to freshly made quiche, his new features are full of healthy ingredients. New dishes are being added weekly. Be sure to come by 9 AM – 2 PM to try Chef Tim’s newest creations.
Chef Tim previously owned and ran a bakery and was the personal chef for David H. Murdock. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.