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March – Introduce More Carrots in Your Diet

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Although carrots are available throughout the year, carrots grown at local, seasonal, summer and autumn season are more preferable because they are fresher and more delicious. Carrots are part of the Umbelliferae family, called after-umbrella, like clusters of flowers radiates from a single point. Per se, carrots are closely related as a family of, fennel, parsley, anise, cumin, caraway and dill.

We are fortunate to have the results of a new 10-year study in the Netherlands with carrots and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) – and these results are really fascinating. The fruit and vegetable input in the study was classified by color and focused on four color categories: green, orange / yellow, red / violet, white. Of these four categories, orange / yellow (and, in particular, deep orange and yellow foods) have been the most beneficial and protective against cardiovascular diseases. Participants who ate at least 25 grams of carrots (25 grams, less than one quarter of a cup) had a significantly lower risk of CVD. Groups of participants who ate 50 or 75 grams more had an even lower risk of CVD!

Much of the research has focused on carotenoids in carrots and their important antioxidant benefits. After all, carrots (along with pumpkin and spinach) have a high ranking on the list of legumes considered antioxidants, commonly consumed in the US. But recent studies have come to the conclusion and brought the carrot as a part of nutrients called phytonutrients. In carrots, the most important components are polyacetylenes, falcarinol and falcarindiol. Several recent studies have identified these polyacetylenes in carrot as phytonutrients that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells. These new findings are exciting because they suggest a key interaction between carotenoids and polyacetylenes carrots. Apparently, rich carotenoid content in carrots helps prevent oxidative damage not only inside our body but can also help prevent oxidative damage. In other words, these two stunning groups of carrot phytonutrients can work together in a synergistic way to maximize their benefits in our health!

Carrots have been found to have a better taste, while cooked steam! In a recent study on examining different methods in cooking vegetables, study participants were asked to evaluate the flavor and taste, the overall acceptability of the results. Compared with boiling points, study participants significantly favored the general taste and acceptability of steamed carrots, as compared to boiled ones.

Raw Carrots, slices

1.00 cup

(122.00 grams) Calories: 50

GI: low

NutrientDRI / DV

– vitamin A113%, biotin20%, vitamin K18%, fibre14%, molybdenum14%, potassium11%, vitamin C10%, vitamin B610%, mangan9%, vitamin B38%, vitamin B17%, pantothenic acid7%, copper6, phosphorus6%, folate6%, vitamin B25%, vitamin E5%

Carrots are probably best known for providing rich nutrients and antioxidants, which was actually called: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source of not only beta-carotene, but also contain a wide variety of antioxidants and other nutrients. They are beneficial in cardiovascular problems but are also anti-cancer nutrients.

Antioxidant benefits

All carrot varieties contain significant amounts of antioxidant nutrients. Included here are traditional antioxidants, such as vitamin C, as well as phytonutrient antioxidants such as beta-carotene. The list includes:

carotenoids

alpha-carotene

beta-carotene

lutein

Hydroxycinnamic acids

caffeic acid

Coumaric acid

Ferulic acid

Anthocyanidins

cyanidins

malvidin

Different varieties of carrots contain different amounts of these antioxidant phytonutrients. Red and purple carrots, for example, are best known for their rich anthocyanin content. The oranges are particularly remarkable in terms of beta-carotene content, which accounts for 65% of their total carotenoid content. In yellow carrots, 50% of all carotenoids come from lutein.

 Cardiovascular benefits

Given their richness in antioxidants, it is not surprising to find many studies about it. Our cardiovascular system needs constant protection. Thus they (carrots) are considered cardioprotective.

The anti-cancer benefits

The anti-cancer benefits of carrot have been proven in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer. Part of this research involved the actual intake of carrot juice by the participants, as well as other research that involved studies on different types of cancer cells.

“Baby” carrots are rich in nutrients and low in calories and are ideal for raw or steam snacks or in a mixture of vegetables.

What do they contain?

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is the nutrient found in carrots of all types and varieties. Each minced “cup” contains 21384 IUs – international units. The daily dose, for example recommended for women, is 2,300 IU, or 700 micrograms. Vitamin A helps ensure good vision, healthy skin and proper functioning of the immune system. For the reproduction of a cell, we need vitamin A, but it also participates in bone formation. Vitamin A in carrot comes in the form of beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A during digestion. Although carrot consumption is beneficial, taking large amounts of vitamin A through supplements can cause toxicity.

Fiber

A cup of baby-chopped carrots or large carrots contains 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, which is up 10 percent of the amount we need in a day. Fiber supports digestion, regland and helping constipated people. Fiber-rich diets are also linked to lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and preventing colon cancer. Foods rich in fiber are also useful for weight control, adding the amount of free calories to food.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is an essential vitamin that plays a role in blood clotting and the production of certain bone proteins. A cup of baby-carrots or chopped carrots contains about 17 micrograms of vitamin K; adult women need 90 micrograms per day. Other excellent sources of vitamin K are everything that is green and dark green, leaves such as cabbage, spinach, and broccoli and soybean oil. If you take any anticoagulant, such as warfarin, it can not be taken safely with large amounts of vitamin K.

C vitamin

At 7.6 milligrams of vitamin C per cup of minced carrots, carrots provide about 10 per cent of the 75 milligram daily needed for women. Our body uses vitamin C for a lot of functions, including immune support, cell repair and wound healing. Vitamin C also helps you absorb iron from food, which is especially important for menstruation in women. However, there is no truth in that myth, which tells us that consuming large amounts of vitamin C helps prevent colds. Although vitamin C supplements can regularly reduce the duration of colds. They play an important role in cancers and tumors, being antitumor, and yes they play an important role in fighting various viruses and bacteria, etc.

Our carrot vegan cream soup contains:

A bigger handful of baby carrots, a tiny root of parsley, a half of white onion (or leeks), 1 tablespoon organic coconut butter, a little Himalayan salt, spring water – mix together in the blender and get serve with dry mint (vegetables can boil light in steam, or you can make the soup in their raw state)

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Bleckwen Raises $10m and Appoints David Christie as CEO

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Bleckwen, a provider of real-time analytics software for fraud detection & prevention in payments, has come out of stealth to announce a $10 million first funding round. The funding will be used to support Bleckwen’s international expansion and the continued development of the company’s exciting software capabilities in AI-based fraud detection. The company’s expertise is strategically focused on the wider anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) context. Bleckwen recently spun-off from Ercom, the French cybersecurity firm. The round was led by Ring Capital, a Paris-based venture capital firm and existing investors, including TempoCap, Bpifrance and Ineo, alongside senior management.

Built with banks, for banks, Bleckwen’s real-time, dynamic behavioural analytics & explainable AI-engine is well placed to detect the surging fraud threats in payments, such as authorised push payment fraud or the “human hack” which is growing by circa 60% year-on-year, driven by the surge in real-time payment networks globally. The platform also protects banks from the emergent risks of open banking under PSD2, where banks will no longer have full control of the end-to-end user experience and security perimeter, presenting a completely new threat dimension.

Over the last year, the company has also strengthened its management team with the hire of David Christie, a 20-year veteran in financial services, previously the COO of Euronet’s money transfer business, which included the brands Ria, HiFX and XE. David is also Chairman of VitessePSP and investor in Shieldpay, bringing with him a wealth of experience implementing and operating both fraud and AML systems in payment businesses.

David is also joined by Matt Knowles, who was recently appointed Chairman of Bleckwen. Matt was previously CEO of HiFX, and together he and David successfully scaled HiFX into a world leading international payments company prior to its successful sale to Euronet.

David Christie, Bleckwen’s CEO, commented: “Nearly $4 trillion is stolen and laundered through banks annually – circa 3% of global GDP. Existing technologies are just not cutting it in the fight against this scourge of society. Something else needs to be done and at Bleckwen, we have made tremendous progress over the last two years as part of the Ercom Group, developing solutions to bring the fight to these criminals.”

“This fundraising is confirmation of our ‘scale-up readiness’ and the support from  Ring Capital and our existing investors is testament to our expertise in productising class-leading AI-based analytics in the fight against financial crime for banks. Using Bleckwen’s software, we are seeing false positive ratios drop by over 95%, the time taken to resolve alerts fall by over 50%, and a reduction in fraud loss ratios by over 60% – as compared with incumbent legacy-based rules systems.”

“Working very closely with our customers, which include a tier-1 global bank, we have developed a market-leading, payment-type agnostic, real-time capability to meet their fraud detection and prevention requirements at industrial scale. Bleckwen’s software can also dynamically adapt to ever-changing customer behaviours and profiles. We have also significantly strengthened our senior management team and operational infrastructure and will be opening offices in the UK and the US in 2019.”

Matt Knowles, TempoCap Partner and Bleckwen Chairman, commented: “Having co-founded and scaled an international payments company that processed $20 billion annually, I have extensive real-world experience of the challenges faced by both fintechs and banks in of the domain of fraud detection and AML. I have been deeply impressed by Bleckwen’s advanced use of machine learning technology to radically increase fraud detection over current solutions, but, as importantly, substantially reduce the volume of false positives (which build friction and cost into the customer journey). We see significant potential to commercialise this technology across banks, fintechs & other multi-national enterprises to help combat fraud and AML risk across all payment types.”

Nicolas Celier, co-founder of Ring capital, commented: “Bleckwen has appeared to us as the unique combination of state-of-the-art AI technology, built by a leading French data team, together with top international management with a solid track record of scaling up Fintech companies worldwide. Ring knew Bleckwen before the spin-off and has contributed to design this deal in order to help Bleckwen grow and scale.”

Thierry Sommelet, Managing Director at Bpifrance Growth Capital – Head of Technology, Media, Telecom, said: “Bleckwen is uniquely positioned to help the fast-moving payments ecosystem improve clients’ protection and transaction efficiency, thanks to a leading-edge AI technology and experienced management. We are very happy to see David Christie and Matt Knowles join this adventure, as well as Ring Capital. We are confident that they will collectively thrive in driving the company on its new phase of growth.”

Bleckwen was recently awarded Fintech of the year at the EBAday 2019, an event run by the Euro Banking Association – an expert-led forum for the European payments industry with nearly200 member banks. Selected out of a category of 16 other finalists, the company received the prestigious award based on the innovative and dynamic nature of its market-leading AI-powered platform.

 

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KLoBot – An Enterprise Chatbot Builder Platform launches Twilio Integration to Enhance Customer Experience

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KLoBot – a DIY Chatbot platform is pleased to set in motion the much-awaited integration to Twilio. With technology and social media enabling an always-on approach to business, customer expectations have been higher. Voice and Text enabled chatbots empower customer-facing organizations across numerous industries to communicate and engage with every end user seamlessly.

To learn more about KLoBot, visit us online – www.klobot.ai

“Businesses must support ease of chatbot interactions for their customers using traditional communication such as a simple phone call or text messaging,” said Ragav Jagannathan, Founder of KLoBot, Inc. “With KLoBot based chatbots readily available on Twilio platform, businesses can offer their customers 24/7 first line of support using a simple voice call or SMS to a phone number and automatically have chatbot respond to their query.”

Customers can get access to information ‘on-demand’ via a simple text message or voice call in real time. These cutting edge, no-code chatbots streamline communication and enhance customer engagement. If the requests get complicated, they are smoothly transitioned from bots to human via KLoBot’s ‘Live Agent Handoff’ skill. Watch Video

KLoBot and Twilio, together, will allow companies to manage customer relationship via automating routine tasks and processes. Early adopters of KLoBot can drastically save operation costs, improve sales, offer personalized customer service and in turn, gain a sustainable competitive advantage by discovering the benefits of this KLoBot and Twilio compelling integration.

 

SOURCE KLoBot, Inc.

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Synopsys and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Collaborate to Develop Broad Portfolio of DesignWare IP for 12LP FinFET Process

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Highlights:

  • DesignWare IP portfolio for GLOBALFOUNDRIES 12LP FinFET process includes Multi-Protocol 25G, USB 3.0 and 2.0, PCI Express 2.0, DDR4, LPDDR4/4X, MIPI D-PHY, SD-eMMC, and Data Converters
  • Synopsys’ DesignWare IP are optimized for high performance and low latency in compute-intensive applications, such as artificial intelligence, high-end smartphones, and networking infrastructure
  • Long-standing collaboration between the two companies has resulted in the successful development of DesignWare IP from 180-nm to 12-nm

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced its collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) to develop a broad portfolio of DesignWare® IP, including Multi-Protocol 25G, USB 3.0 and 2.0, PCI Express® 2.0, DDR4, LPDDR4/4X, MIPI D-PHY, SD-eMMC, and Data Converters, for GF’s 12-nanometer (nm) Leading-Performance (12LP) FinFET process technology. Synopsys’ DesignWare IP on the GF 12LP process enables designers to implement the latest interface and analog IP solutions in their artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, mobile, and consumer system-on-chips (SoCs) on GF’s 12LP technology, which delivers a 10 percent improvement in logic density and more than a 15 percent improvement in performance compared to previous FinFET generations. This collaboration is another extension to the long-standing relationship between the two companies, which has delivered DesignWare IP for GF’s processes from 180-nm to 12-nm.

“In response to growing demand for differentiated, feature-rich FinFET offerings, we are collaborating with Synopsys to provide quality IP in GF’s processes, enabling designers to deliver differentiated products to a broad set of market segments,” said Mark Ireland, vice president of Ecosystem Partnerships at GF. “The combination of our 12LP process with 3D FinFET transistor technology and Synopsys’ high-performance DesignWare IP allows our mutual customers to accelerate their time to volume production.”

“As the leading provider of interface IP, Synopsys continues to collaborate with key foundries, such as GF, to deliver DesignWare IP solutions for the latest FinFET process technologies,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. “With Synopsys’ DesignWare IP portfolio in GF’s 12LP process, designers can efficiently integrate the necessary functionality into their complex SoCs while meeting the bandwidth and power requirements of their mobile and high-end computing applications.”

 

SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.

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