The main ingredient in the recipe is Oats, known to be soothing to the digestive system. Other ingredients include Hemps seeds, to boost the protein-content of these delicious bars, Goji Berries (high in anitoxidants, important in fighting Reactive Oxygen Species AKA Free Radicals), and Turmeric.
There are 100s (if not 1000s) of published medical papers proving the efficacy of Turmeric especially as a potent anti-inflammatory food (Curcumin is the active compound contained within).
Inflammation, including low grade inflammation (ever-present, yet without any apparent symptoms), is the main condition at the root of most diseases of our modern life, including High Blood Pressure, High (oxidised) Cholesterol, Obesity, Type I & Type II Diabetes, Autoimmune conditions, Hypothyroidism, skin issues, Asthma/Psoriasis, etc.
Curcumin acts on enzymes that promote inflammation, therefore, reducing the risk of an inflammation cascade.
Homeostasis: normal body functioning. Dysbiosis: unbalanced Microbiota (good gut Flora) Cytokines: small proteins released by cells, which have a specific effect on the interactions and communications between cells. Permeability: bacteria, toxins, big molecules (e.g. some proteins from diet), can enter the bloodstream by passing between cells instead of being broken down or deactivated by the cells forming the Gut wall...
I have designed the easy-to-understand, and visualise, above illustration, so that inflammation can make sense to everyone and not only health professionals.
Because Bacteria are present everywhere within our body, and openings such as the mouth, respiratory and gut (which can be invaded from bacteria and toxicants from outside our body (e.g. environment). Dysbiosis, an imbalance in the resident bacteria, though, can occur anywhere in the body, including the kidneys... Therefore, inflammation can occur anywhere within the body, especially in blood vessels, where Free Radicals can damage the blood vessel walls, leading to Atherosclerosis and massive inflammation, plus increasing Blood Pressure, and the risk of CVD, including strokes.
Recipe (about 8 bars)
4 Handful Oats
250 ml Filtered Water
2 Handful freshly milled Flax/Linseeds
2 Handful of Chia Seeds
1 Handful Hemp Seeds
1 Handful Goji Berries
1 Tsp Turmeric
5 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1–4 finely chopped Dates (for added sweetness - optional)
1–2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (or Coconut Butter - optional)
Stir Spices into water, add Oats and Seeds, and stir well until all the water has been absorbed.
Incorporate the Goji Berries and Maple Syrup.
If you are addicted to dates, then add some to the recipe for extra sweetness. Personally, I feel loved enough (and probably sweet enough. hint... hint...), and don't require a lot of sweetness in a recipe.
Place in parchment-lined airtight container, making sure to press to level the mix and make it more compact.
Let to rest in refrigerator overnight or ideally, 24 hours.
tilt the container over and cut to size. Roll in unbleached parchment paper to carry. Best kept refrigerated. Store up to 4 days, if you can manage not to eat them all at once. Great for kids too.
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