Oct 10

Chinese researchers discovered microRNA in food

A group of Chinese researchers in Nanjing discovered that the food we eat contain microRNA, and many of these microRNA do not break down in our body and float around in our blood plasma. They have the potential of entering our cells and affect gene expression. The consequence of this discovery is very profound. It […]

Oct 3

3.0 Digestibility

If we look only at nutrition alone, it will lead us to the false believe that we should eat as much as we can to avoid nutritional deficiency. This is conventionally what most physicians think. When people learn about nutrition in medical school, it mostly focused on nutritional deficiency, especially protein deficiency. Nitrogen balance is […]

Sep 28

2.2 Micronutrients

Micronutrients include vitamins, macro minerals, trace minerals, organic acids and many many more, some of which we do not understand. They are called micronutrients because we only need these nutrients in small amount. These nutrients play important roles in our body. Some are antioxidants that fights oxidation damage. Some are part of important chemical processes. […]

Sep 28

2.1 Macronutrients

Macronutrients Macronutrients are abundant in food and they were discovered very early on by scientists. They can be used for energy. With enough supply of food, it is impossible to be deficient in macronutrients. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are the result of photosynthesis so they are mostly found in plant foods. They provide the body as its […]

Sep 28

2.0 Nutrients

The human body needs steady supplies of nutrients for energy, replenishing materials and various metabolic functions. There are potentially thousands of nutrients that the body need for proper functioning but scientists do not fully understand them yet. Therefore we must understand them through categorization.

Sep 15

1.0 What is the “right” diet?

The proper diet should supply the body with adequate nutrients while not burdening the body with the task of digestion. So a simple formula would look like this: NUTRITION + DIGESTIBILITY = GOOD DIET A common mistake that most people make is focusing too much on nutrition while ignoring the ability to digest. The reason […]

Sep 4

Origin of Food Therapy in TCM

Food therapy is an inextricable part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is a Chinese saying, “藥食同源“, which means Food and Medicine (herbs) share the same origin. This saying reminds people that medicinal herbs were discovered in the process of finding food and refers back to the legend of Divine Farmer (神農). According to the legend, […]