Wellness Wednesday – 9/9/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Could Honeybee Venom Aid in the Fight Against Breast Cancer?
Australian scientists say the venom from honeybees has been found to destroy aggressive breast cancer cells in a lab setting, BBC.com reports.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women around the world, and scientist are cautiously excited about this latest discovery. The venom of the honeybee — and a compound in it called melittin — were used against two cancer types which are hard to treat: triple-negative and HER2-enriched
The study by the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Western Australia was published in Nature Precision Oncology, a peer-reviewed journal.
It tested venom from over 300 honeybees and bumblebees. One concentration of the venom was found to kill cancer cells within an hour, with minimal harm to the other cells. But the toxicity increased for other dosage levels.
This discovery provides another exciting example of where compounds in nature can be used to treat human diseases, but researchers warn more work is needed to see if the venom could actually work on scale as a cancer-fighting drug.
Concoct Your Own Hot Sauce
One of the best ways you can pass your time during the covid crisis is in the kitchen — trying new foods, diets and recipes expands your knowledge of meal prep and nutrition and the whole family can help concoct new culinary discoveries. In a recent blog post, CraftHotSauce.com shared their tips on creating your original hot sauce blend. They say that every hot sauce consists of sweet, savory and spicy elements, and the best way to start a batch is by creating a balance between these components.
For heat, there are hundreds of different types of chile peppers to try. The endless number of combinations make experimenting an exciting and unpredictable experience. If you’re going for a specific level of heat in you sauce, be sure to take a look at the Scoville ranking to see how hot peppers are, and google some of the traits of your pepper.
For sweetness, creativity is key. There are many fruits, veggies and different types of foods you can pair with your peppers to develop your sauce. Also, don’t be afraid to add some sweeteners to your mix. I personally like using agave or sugar, but you could also use honey, molasses or even maple syrup!
In addition to a nice heat and sweet flavor, it’s nice to have some other savory tasting ingredients to give it a more balanced flavor. CraftHotSauce.com notes that foundational ingredients like onions, garlic and salt are all great for an added savoriness.
FARMERS MARKETS IN THE VALLEY
Local farmers and vendors are doing everything they can to continue providing fresh produce and products to the people. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, here’s a list of local farmers markets that are going above and beyond to serve the community.
The Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 42nd season. Open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market runs through October 31, selling an expanded selection of farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wine, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, ice cream and more.
(978) 872-7535 | TeamHaverhill.org
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will will take place at Campagnone North Common on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Lawrence Catholic Academy on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. You can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual market, or you can visit them every Sunday on Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, children’s entertainment and seasonal special events. In the midst of COVID-19, the market is taking precautions to create a safe and enjoyable space for all patrons. For the time being, the market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Shop local every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Farm Market outside on the parking lot at Mill No. 5 located on Middlesex Street in Lowell. Each weekend, The Farm Market showcases fresh produce, preserves, baked goods, home and body care products, and much more — all locally made!
Mill No. 5 The Farm Market
Mill No. 5 is not collecting any table fees and is not profiting from this market. The market facilitates healthy food options from local farmers and food producers. Stop by Mill No. 5 at 225 Middlesex Street every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more.