23 Jun

Omega-3 Fats in Fish, Nuts, Olive Oil Can Reduce Depression

If you find yourself fishing for happiness, maybe it’s time to look to the obvious.  A new study performed at the University of California-San Francisco shows the omega-3 healthy fats abundant in cold-water fatty fish such as salmon, anchovies, sardines and mackerel can help prevent depression in heart patients.

The UCSF study of nearly 1,000 patients with coronary heart disease showed that nearly a quarter of individuals with the lowest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in theie bodies are suffering from depression. That’s compared to a depression rate of 13 percent among volunteer subjects with the highest levels of omega-3 fats. The findings, published onlne in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, confirm earlier studies showing a positive effect of high omega-3 levels and reduced depression in non-hospitalized patients with heart disease.

Other omega-3 super foods include olives, olive oil and most tree nuts. Some eggs are now fortified with omega-3 fats through putting omega-3’s in the feed. One bonus with omega-3 fats, which are the foundation of the Mediterranean diet increasingly recommended by cardiologists and other doctors, is they can help you lose weight while feeling less hungry.

The UCSF study even showed that each unit increase or decrease of omega-3 has a corresponding effect on depressive symptoms. When omega-3 consumption goes up, depression lowers. When a person consumes fewer omega-3 fats, depressive symptoms are heightened. The researchers did caution that a validation study of a more diverse, larger population is necessary. But that shouldn’t stop you from adding salmon, sardines, anchovies or mackerel to your diet, along with olive oil and other omega-3 rich food.

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21 Jun

Olive phenols contain biologic response modifiers that can help reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis.

IN Malaysia, an estimated 60% of the population will have some form of arthritis by the age of 60, particularly osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), on the other hand, affects a smaller percentage of our population and can affect all age groups.

Osteoarthritis (OA), the most widespread type of arthritis, is a degenerative disease of the joints. Although sometimes capable of causing acute inflammation, it is most commonly a “wear-and-tear” disease involving degeneration of joint cartilage and formation of bony spurs within various joints.
Olive phenols contain biologic response modifiers that can help reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis. – AP

Most people over 60 years of age have this affliction to some extent, requiring them to seek medical care. The main goal of treatment is to relieve pain. Glucosamine and chondroitin have been widely promoted as a treatment for OA. Laboratory studies suggest that glucosamine may stimulate production of cartilage-building proteins.

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19 Jun

Timbercorp : High costs dampen almond, olive takeovers

The administrator for failed agribusiness giant Timbercorp has been given approval by the Victorian Supreme Court to apply to wind up the company’s olive and almond schemes.

KordaMentha wants to end the schemes to make it easier to sell the 13 almond projects and 11 olive groves in northern Victoria.

Spokesman Michael Smith says a number of companies have expressed interest in buying the plantations and some companies are also interested in taking over the managed investment schemes.

But Mr Smith says anyone who takes over the schemes would have to accept all the associated costs and debts.

“Rent’s due from June 30, there are very large bills like electricity to run the irrigation and I’m talking maybe $100,000 a month,” he said.

“In almonds the trees have to be pollinated by bees in August and that alone is $4 million and Timbercorp simply doesn’t have the money.

“We’re running out of time, so whatever the solution is it has to come very quickly.”

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19 Jun

Australian Olive growers face low yields

By Kim Woods,

Harvest, which began in mid-April, is wrapping up after severe frosts last week.
Wagga Wagga, in NSW, is home to about 55,000 trees owned by investment companies and small growers.

The Riverina Olive Growers Association has 45 active members picking fruit from up to 30,000 trees.

Association secretary Vici Murdoch said unseasonal heat and rain had caused some “unbalanced” oils and that oil yields at 19 per cent were 1-2 per cent down on average.

Ms Murdoch said the Riverina harvest was targeted at the boutique market and would be unaffected by bulk quantities of oil flooding the market this year.

“Bulk prices are at $7-$8/litre but if that oil is bottled, then it’s worth $40-$60/litre,” she said.

Wagga Wagga growers and processors Neville and Chris Chapple machine-harvested fruit from 7500 trees this year, including three tonnes of table olives.

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17 Jun

Olive growers’ crops looking sparse

By Julie R. Johnson,

Officials are scratching their heads as to why this year’s olive crop is the pits. “The crop looked really good early on,” said Doug Compton, assistant commissioner of the Tehama County Agriculture Department. “But then we began hearing reports of poor fruit set from olive growers.”

Across the state, Tehama County appears to be one of the least-affected areas. Compton said southern counties and even Glenn County seem to be harder hit than local orchards.

Jean Miller, Glenn County Agriculture Department assistant commissioner, said she only became aware of the fruit set problem on Thursday.

“Since that time I have been contacting many of the area olive growers, including California Olive Ranch, to gain some understanding of how bad the problem is,” she said. “What I have learned so far is that the damage has affected some areas worse than others, with some orchards not having any problems at all.”

As for the reason, while there are a number of possibilities, officials said it is too early to know if there is one single culprit.

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