Diabetic food ingredients are brilliant and massively proven carp attactors!
I am going to introduce a new theory I have about very many effective carp bait ingredients in a way that you can easily relate to, in your own diet and how those exact same foods can make you feel and strongly affect your health and energy availability.
It’s very interesting to see how many similarities so called ‘health foods’ have in common with highly effective carp baits. This piece appears angled towards the importance of carbohydrates and sugars in our diet, but this is just part of the story. Being a professionally trained horticulturist and plant grower has had many surprising benefits when it comes to appreciating the ‘foibles’ of making effective carp baits – as you’ll see.
I may carp on about nutritional ingredients, but what I really mean to focus upon is the primary stimulatory effects of aspects of these ingredients which induce us and carp to eat more of them! Where perhaps, even a small amount of a particular food or ingredient is beneficial to our bodies and general health. But ‘nutrition’ that does not stimulate feeding is not the relevant point here.
It seems to make sense that our body and that of carp have evolved in response to maximise the energy effectiveness of the foods available to us in our regular diets.
For this reason, it’s easy to see how the ‘modern human diet’ has become extremely distant, from a diet that might be considered a more ‘natural’ healthily balanced one.
For example our predominant dependence on wheat and other carbohydrate foods in other areas of the world. (Our energy providing ‘daily bread.’)
Wheat is just an intensively farmed grass seed. We never used to eat so much of it and it is a poor source of nutrition especially because of the energy it takes from us to ‘process’ it in our bodies compared to it’s nutritional benefits and it’s after-effects! Looking carefully at labels, it’s put in much of our canned and pre-packaged foods just like (sugar and salt for ‘palatability factors,’) but not to any particular benefit to us.
Cooked wheat is an effective bait – I use it as part of a pre-soaked and fermented bird food ground bait. But this ground bait is made far more complex than simply that and is always fermented with good reason…
Incidentally it seems more beneficial if you fish regularly on a water, to ground bait where it is permitted, with a mixture of carbohydrate sources; perhaps rice, maize, sweetcorn, seeds, pulses, beans etc. Of cause all these are enhanced hugely by the addition of carp ‘feeding triggering’ ingredients, perhaps colours and so on.
Most of us eat too much sugar in our diets nowadays. It’s almost unavoidable, being present in so many canned and pre-packed foods. Over-consumption of sugar can have very serious consequences especially later in life and diabetes is a far more common health ‘condition’ these days. For many people this has occurred as a result of an unbalanced ‘convenience’ or snack fast food oriented diet and this is a great shame. (Although there are different types of diabetes some not especially diet related.)
Certain hormones and other substances affect our desire to eat and also how well we deal with sugar in the form of glucose in our bodies. Brain chemical production, actions and activities to promote energy release are pretty central to our ability to function healthy and in balanced and able ways.
Ancient ‘teleost fish’ like ‘Cyprinus carpio L,’ or common carp, share many characteristics with us humans, clues left from our past evolution from a watery environment. For example, there are great similarities between carp and humans in terms of hormone production, ‘energy storage’ and essential functions to release energy.
Although there are different forms of the human condition known as ‘diabetes’ this is often developed as a difficulty to process and use excess sugars in the blood especially. These sugars are specially converted and stored in different areas and converted back to the bloodstream to provide more energy in required levels, at even rates for health. However, rates of release of energy providing sugar and of insulin as part of this delicate balancing act can become disrupted.
In carp and humans insulin regulation is extremely important and is related to diet and resulting specific brain functions and secretions too. If you have ever eaten enough hempseed kernels in one go you will feel the effects in terms of how you feel and resulting energetic levels. This is in contrast to eating a McDonald’s meal!
All this stuff gets rather technical very quickly but suffice to say that energy release is a huge cornerstone in regards to making many successful carp baits and there are vast numbers of ingredients both in common use and even yet to be discovered effecting and influencing this.
It does not hurt to follow a ‘diabetes-type diet,’ or at least to know principles behind it to use as a guide for control and also possible prevention because as you will on a deeper level personally how many carp bait ingredients affect the body!
Follow a diabetes diet for good health and slower release of blood sugars and to rid you of unhealthy digestive tract ‘yeast over-growth and infections’ for instance. This over-growth can actually be related to eating too much bread, yeast and sugar in combination in the diet. This is far easier to do than you might think!
Beneficial ‘diabetic prevention’ type diet ingredients mirror many great carp bait ingredients and effects, attractors and feeding ‘stimulants.’ For example:
Fresh chilli peppers (there are many other beneficial peppers many never used in carp baits.)
Various beans and pulses.
Fresh herbs, their oils and derivatives. E.g. Peppermint.
Cod liver oil.
Oyster sauce and various condiments of very low or no sugar especially the purer the better.
Black Bean sauce, Worcester source, tomato source etc.
Groundnut oil and numerous other oils high in beneficial omegas.
Alcoholic beverages high in antioxidants like red wine.
Fruit juices high in antioxidants taken best taken in combination;
E.g. Cranberry juice, Orange juice, lemon juice, (grapefruit juice,) (grape juice.)
Many substances that have proven beneficial for blood thinning and cleansing, liver and kidney cleansing and balancing. (Your local ‘health food shop or drug store is usually full of these.)
If you look further into the above, you will find that many of these ingredients cleanse the blood and the arteries, stimulate the metabolism in different ways and strengthen the immune system maintaining good health and balanced systems.
Fresh ginger also opens up capillaries in the eye, so improving blood flow to eye.
The Oyster sauce forms a good aphrodisiac – it really does work due to increased more efficient blood flow to key areas including the.. heart! A quick question here: Has anyone tried Viagra in their carp bait? (Only joking of course – but you can easily see the point.)
Like so many other natural ingredients, chillies and pepper also stimulate digestion, the well known ‘capsaicin’ is responsible. The fresh chilli’s being good for you in general was backed up by a large study, reported in the press in early 2007, with claims it has cancer-curing properties.
In fact this stuff is so powerful it has been hailed as the new ‘super food’ to control growth of cancerous tumours and a spoonful of chilli powder has been known to stop a heart attack immediately! This is genuine and based on real life research and emergency cases.
However, these ingredients happily mix well in stir-fry’s or help make salads something you will actually want to eat instead of regarding it as just ‘rabbit food!’
Choose your stir-fry oil carefully, as you may be using it quite a lot if you start to follow this diet. Fast cooking as opposed to fast food seals in flavours without losing or damaging some much beneficial and appetising nutrients. I mention ‘seals in’ especially because of the heating effect on boilied and even steamed baits, but more importantly the fact that possibly only the first one eighth of an inch of most boilies work to actually initially attract the fish. So much relies on spontaneous and massive release of water soluble attraction.
Anyway, in cooking, ideally use the finer types of oils high in healthy omega oils – no lard please! In fact some individual nut and mixed nut oils have effects on the body similar to chillies owing to special powerful substances in them – evidence of the power of these substances is the almost ‘addictive’ effect of peanuts on carp.
Just a quick mention of nuts and even pellets – it’s a proven fact that much improved carp response is linked to what you can get into these baits by soaking and impregnating additives as in over-flavouring of boilies with neat flavour. Even sweetcorn, maize and pellets of various descriptions have caught me great catches when soaked in dilute flavours such as ‘Scopex’ and ‘Bun spice B’ and others used in interesting combination to make them ‘different’ to baits anglers commonly use.
There’s much mileage in creating dips and soaks from mixtures of base mix ingredients, but that’s for another article.
I never used to eat particularly healthily (not many salads etc.) After getting adjusted to using ‘carp bait ingredients’ in my diet in various dishes at increased levels, I found the mixture of tastes and flavours irresistible, which has kept me coming back for more! (E.g. Think ‘Belachan’ – fermented shrimp paste, so popular now; but it’s not unique…)
Spices such as cinnamon are also meant to help with diabetes, so keep up your intake of fresh herbs and spices. They not only add flavour, but also have a myriad beneficial health effects. In fact nutmeg is rated as probably the most highly halucinagenatory ‘drug’ spice! But taking very large doses of this spice is not recommended as the ‘high is followed by a very nasty low!
However cinnamon is extremely beneficial. In published scientific papers on diabetic sufferer trials, it was found that out of the many ‘enzyme active substances’ tested (including yeast extract I should add!), cinnamon came out the most effective. The conclusion reached was that taking cinnamon in large dose every day actually reduced the extremes of blood glucose levels shown in diabetes sufferers and it was so powerful that it’s effects carried on for some days even when it was not being consumed!
(It should be noted that in India, the consumption of the various spices and herbs are linked to a comparatively very low rate of cancers in the population.) You might take a peek in a Chinese herbalist shop and grill the proprietors about their thoughts on the subject of energy balance and diet thinking in terms of carp baits!
(Hmm – I see there is a karmic debt attached to this particular carp not eating enough tigers XXX boilies…!)
The other important thing to know is that exercise or activity burns off sugar. So obviously this too is good for diabetes and health in general. Burning off sugar saves turning it into ‘fat’ although ‘eating desire’ hormones and how glucose is converted and stored in carp do differ from humans in some ways!
I believe that conversely, putting metabolism promoting ingredients in carp baits actually stimulates immediate activity in fish. They do not even seem to need to eat the ingredients as they can simply ‘filter feed’ these powerful substances as they are released into the water.
I will refer to the effects of ‘Red Bull’ on athletes’ energy release for example as some anglers add this to their baits, although adding caffeine, or coffee powder and squid extract can simulate the stimulatory beneficial short-term effects in your bait!
And another thing: my partner complains of ‘blobs’ floating in front of my eyes from eating too much sugar. Perhaps this is the effect of the eye’s aqueous humour being unable to dissolve waste substances which a diet with more volatile natural substances would negate?
She’s also noticed that when she eats more sugar especially when less physical exercise activity in the winter, she gets broken ‘mico skin veins’ and sometimes nose bleeds. Maybe too much sugar in the diet is one cause of ‘spontaneous’ nose bleeds too? I’m sure it causes harmful effects on the body’s ability to maximise various vitamins for example. (Some vitamins are vital parts of the energy release process, building of cell walls etc.)
Perhaps prolonged yeast build-up and yeast by-products and waste contribute a toxic effect on the body. It’s like beneficial bacterial in the gut that helps digestion – it needs to be the right kind and at the right levels or things get out of balance and how! (Think salmonella – which I survived!) Continuous excess sugar in the blood somehow seems to makes blood vessels weaker, maybe due to the yeast overgrowth effects that accompany it.
So incorporating specific healthy ingredients in your diet will help on many levels.
Note that olive oil is good for cleaning and healing up those small cracks that appear around the nose in winter time. Olive oil has antifungal properties, so this will help get the yeast to die back too – sound familiar? Garlic is a very potent anti-fungal food with effects and substances still unknown to science. (I believe Aloe vera needs investigating in terms of carp bait too!)
Olive oil is also good to drink (a spoonful or two), when you’re drinking alcohol. It lessens the toxic effects of the alcohol. (There are many links between omega oils, essential oils and lecithins effects on carp and in ‘new age’ practices and healing.)
Experiment with some of the list above ingredients to start with, in a stir-fry or salad perhaps. Add kidney beans, butter beans, broad beans Many beans contain a pretty good level of bio-available protein. And lettuce, or seasonal vegetables (think red) for added beneficial carotenes, minerals and vitamins; whatever takes you fancy.
Watch out if you suddenly change your diet, as this will affect you by ‘clearing you out’ by releasing ‘free radicals’ etc in the blood and other bodily toxins excreted from our bodies. You may even get initial ‘flue-like symptoms’ and feel headachy. (Strangely this is just like you would feel if you suddenly gave up eating chocolate, and drinking lots of coffee or tea, Coke etc. So slowly does it…
It’ funning when making your baits more tempting, that perhaps best your guide is how that ingredient makes you feel. Perhaps not a very accurate guide but one that will improve your health!
As for me – I’m feeling a bit peckish, I wonder why; isn’t it devious the way those stores and restaurants pump out smells of fresh baked bread and chinese food into the air…
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By Tim Richardson.
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