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Linda asks…

Health Food Stores vs Grocery Stores? HELP PLEASE!!!!?

Please help me and list why health food stores are better than grocery stores and the comparison!
thanks 🙂

vti answers:

Because health food stores have many brand products
that many grocery stores and supermarkets don’t.

Wikipedia has information on health food stores and their history at

Wikipedia also have information on grocery stores and their history at

As well as information on supermarkets and their history at

Lisa asks…

Good Brain Health Foods?

I know that Fish and foods rich in Amino Acids are good, but what foods are really good for brain health and memory?

vti answers:

8 Foods to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Senility, Alzheimer’s, and age-related memory loss: these conditions of mental decline that come with aging can be delayed or even prevented. Besides engaging in daily activities that work out your brain, a regular and balanced diet rich with essential amino acids, omega oils, minerals and vitamins will ensure a vibrant and sharp memory. Eat these foods to give your brain the nutrition it needs.
Senility, Alzheimer’s, and age-related memory loss: these conditions of mental decline that come with aging can be delayed or even prevented. Besides engaging in daily activities that work out your brain, a regular and balanced diet rich with essential amino acids, omega oils, minerals and vitamins will ensure a vibrant and sharp memory. Eat these foods to give your brain the nutrition it needs.

1. Fish
Protein, an important component in the making of neurotransmitters, is essential to improve mental performance. Aside from being an excellent source of high quality protein, fish are packed with essential oils, such as Omega-3, which protect the brain and supports its development and functioning. Deep sea fish have the highest amounts of fatty acids, and they include salmon, sea bass, halibut, mackerel, and sardines.

2. Blueberries
These delicious berries are full of powerful antioxidants, which eliminate free-radical damage that causes aging, and they also possess neuroprotective properties that can delay the onset of age-related memory loss by guarding brain cells from damage caused by chemicals, plaque, or trauma. And they combat inflammation, the other factor in aging.

3. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are wonder foods for your brain. Packed with protein and essential fatty acids, nuts and seeds are also chock full of the amino arginine, which stimulates the pituitary gland at the base of the brain to release growth hormone, a substance that declines quickly after age 35; this is a real anti-aging boon to your brain!

Whip up a batch of my “Anti-aging brain mix” to bring with you anywhere and eat a small handful in between meals as a daily snack. It will nourish and support your brain. Pack in sealed container or zip-lock bag to preserve freshness.
•1 cup walnut
•1/2 cup pine nuts
•1/4 cup sesame seeds
•1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
•1/3 cup of dried goji berries (also known as lycium berry, and easily found in health food stores)
•1/2 cup dried apricots

4. Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are all rich in choline, an essential nutrient for memory and brain health. Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which contributes to healthy and efficient brain processes. As we age, our body’s natural choline output declines, and its neurochemical action weakens. You can eat choline-rich foods to increase your production of acetylcholine, which will improve your brain power.

Other sources of choline include: eggs, soybeans, peanuts, cabbage, black beans, and kidney beans.

5. Oil: Monounsaturated Fats
Monounsaturated fats contain essential fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which are crucial for brain development and function, among many other excellent benefits for your health. Olive oil, sesame oil, canola oil, almond oil, flaxseed oil, and fish oil are rich in monounsaturated fats and are good choices for brain health. Population studies show that people with a diet that is high in unsaturated, unhydrogenated fats may have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, whereas those with a diet that is higher in saturated fats and trans fats have an increased risk.

6. L-carnitine Foods
Age-related memory problems are many times caused by plaque buildup and diminished blood supply to the brain, compromising the delivery of nutrients and oxygen. L-carnitine, an amino acid manufactured in your liver, increases circulation in the brain — among a myriad of powerful benefits for your health. Also, because it prevents fat oxidation in the brain, L-carnitine shows some promise in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Good sources of L-carnitine include: meats, fish, poultry, wheat, avocado, milk, and fermented soybeans.

7. Microalgae
Microalgaes from the ocean and uncontaminated lakes, including blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella, seaweed, and kelp are easy-to-digest, high protein and high-energy supplements-and contain over a hundred trace minerals! Available in your health food store, microalgae are simple to incorporate into your diet to ensure a good, strong brain function. Look for powders you dissolve in juice or flakes you can sprinkle on your food.

8. Green Tea
Green tea prevents an enzyme found in Alzheimer’s disease and is also rich in polyphenols, antioxidants that help prevent premature brain aging. Drink two cups a day to get the brain benefits. To decaf tea, steep for 45 seconds and pour out the water, add fresh hot water to the leaves or tea bag — 95% of caff

Maria asks…

Why do my health food freak friends chew me out for,?

Drinking coffee? Several of them drink beer ( nothing wrong with that) but does caffeine deprivation do strange things to health food peoples minds or is it me that has a screw loose like they say?

vti answers:

Health food freaks as a group aren’t very bright; most of them don’t have the slightest clue about real science, chemistry, or nutrition, so they substitute rumors, ridiculous trends, and idiotic sayings like “If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!”. They also seem to believe that anything we like MUST be bad for us, ie coffee. This despite the PROVEN FACT via dozens of studies that not only is it harmless, it has some moderate health benefits.

Helen asks…

Increasing hamster health (supplements, food, etc.)?

Hey there,
I have a Syrian Hamster that is approximately 17 months old. His name is Timbur.
I have recently noticed that he is starting to lose hair, and have dry skin. This really opened my eyes to how much I actually love this tiny animal, and that his life really is limited. So with this in mind, I want any tips possible to extend Timbur ‘s life. Currently, I am feeding him Ecotrition hamster food, and of course normal water. Other than that he has a pretty basic cage.
What I am interested in is tips- maybe different supplements I can buy for him, a different feed, etc..
Really, anything to improve his health and overall quality of life, I would greatly appreciate.
Thank you all so much! c:

vti answers:

I find that including fresh foods in the diet (in small amounts, of course! Since hamsters are tiny animals) helps more than some realize. A dime size a day should do. Hamsters tend to love spinach, broccoli, apples, and asparagus. Fruits and watery vegetables shouldn’t be given too often. I only offer them once a week. A protein once a week won’t hurt, either. A small dog biscuit, a small piece of egg, or a piece of plain chicken (baked or boiled).

I don’t know what kind of bedding you use, but it could be the bedding. Some beddings are better than others, and some rodents are allergic to certain types. I recommend aspen, Carefresh, Critter Care, or Eco Bedding. If you’re already using one, try another of the aforementioned. Change bedding weekly (I’m sure you know this!) and spot clean daily to bi-daily (not everyone knows that part).

Also, if you have the funds, a bigger cage might help. I found that my hamster stayed stress in her former cages (she was in the Hartz play city and then a ten gallon tank), but when I moved her to a 20 gallon tank, she seemed a lot healthier.

Ecotrition is a pretty okay food. Make sure he’s eating everything. If he’s picking out his favorite bits, you might want to consider switching foods or filling his dish less often (only filling it once all the food is gone). Some hamsters will pick out their favorite thing (like corn) from a food and not eat the rest, causing them to not get their proper nutrients. You could try a pellet (though know that not all hamsters will even touch pellets) food. I don’t know of any high quality pellets, to be honest. Though, if you want to switch seed mixes, Hazel Hamster is decent. As far as supplements go, the only supplement you should give them IMHO is fresh foods (though I offer uncooked oats and flax seed occasionally, which I guess is a supplement).

William asks…

How can I buy health food for cheap?

I always hear about how healthy things like quinoa, chia seeds, and different kinds of nut butter are, but they are always ridiculously expensive at the store (as are things in their league… you know what I’m talking about). How can I make my frugal parents willing to buy them at a lower price- but more importantly, where can I get a good price on them?

vti answers:

Most health food shops or healthy sections in the supermarket charge premium prices. The trick is to use fresh ingredients and make meals from scratch in order to eat healthier. I make all sorts or things for much cheaper than I can buy ready made meals and also I make in large amounts and then freeze some for later. It is cheaper to buy in bulk but only if you are going to use it all and not waste it.

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