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10 Healthy Foods

Posted on May 24, 2008. Filed under: Foods that Prevent Disease | Tags: , |

Foos that contain antioxidants are the healthiest!

Antioxidants
The science is clear: Plant foods are good for you. And the credit often goes to chemicals they produce called antioxidants. Just as the name suggests, antioxidants help protect your cells against oxidation. Think of oxidation as rust. This rust is caused by free radicals, which are unstable oxygen atoms that attack your cells, inducing DNA damage that leads to cancer. Thankfully, antioxidants help stabilize free radicals, which keeps the rogue atoms from harming your cells.So by eating more antioxidant-rich foods, you’ll boost the amount of the disease-fighting chemicals floating in your bloodstream. The result: Every bite fortifies your body with all-natural preventive medicine.
Beets
Think of beets as red spinach. Just like Popeye’s powerfood, this crimson vegetable is one of the best sources of both folate and betaine. These two nutrients work together to lower your blood levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory compound that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. Plus, the natural pigments — called betacyanins — that give beets their color have been proved to be potent cancer fighters in laboratory mice.

 Cabbage
One cup of chopped cabbage has just 22 calories, and it’s loaded with valuable nutrients. At the top of the list is sulforaphane, a chemical that increases your body’s production of enzymes that disarm cell-damaging free radicals and reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, Stanford University scientists determined that sulforaphane boosts your levels of these cancer-fighting enzymes higher than any other plant chemical.

 Guava
Guava has a higher concentration of lycopene — an antioxidant that fights prostate cancer — than any other plant food, including tomatoes and watermelon. In addition, 1 cup of the stuff provides 688 milligrams (mg) of potassium, which is 63 percent more than you’ll find in a medium banana. And guava may be the ultimate high-fiber food: There’s almost 9 grams (g) of fiber in every cup.
Swiss chard
A half cup of cooked Swiss chard provides a huge amount of both lutein and zeaxanthin, supplying 10g each. These plant chemicals, known as carotenoids, protect your retinas from the damage of aging, according to Harvard researchers. That’s because both nutrients, which are actually pigments, appear to accumulate in your retinas, where they absorb the type of shortwave light rays that can damage your eyes. So the more lutein and zeaxanthin you eat, the better your internal eye protection will be.

 Cinnamon
Cinnamon helps control your blood sugar, which influences your risk of heart disease. In fact, USDA researchers found that people with type-2 diabetes who consumed 1 g of cinnamon a day for 6 weeks (about 1/4 teaspoon each day) significantly reduced not only their blood sugar but also their triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Credit the spice’s active ingredients, methylhydroxychalcone polymers, which increase your cells’ ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times.

 Purslane
Purslane has the highest amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fats of any edible plant, according to researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The scientists also report that this herb has 10 to 20 times more melatonin — an antioxidant that may inhibit cancer growth — than any other fruit or vegetable tested.
Pomegranate juice
Israeli scientists discovered that men who downed just 2 ounces of pomegranate juice daily for a year decreased their systolic (top number) blood pressure by 21 percent and significantly improved bloodflow to their hearts. What’s more, 4 ounces provides 50 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.

 Goji berries
Goji berries have one of the highest ORAC ratings — a method of gauging antioxidant power — of any fruit, according to Tufts University researchers. And although modern scientists began to study this ancient berry only recently, they’ve found that the sugars that make goji berries sweet reduce insulin resistance — a risk factor of diabetes — in rats.

 Dried plums
Prunes contain high amounts of neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids, antioxidants that are particularly effective at combating the “superoxide anion radical.” This nasty free radical causes structural damage to your cells, and such damage is thought to be one of the primary causes of cancer.

 Pumpkin seeds
Downing pumpkin seeds is the easiest way to consume more magnesium. That’s important because French researchers recently determined that men with the highest levels of magnesium in their blood have a 40 percent lower risk of early death than those with the lowest levels. And on average, men consume 353 mg of the mineral daily, well under the 420 mg minimum recommended by the USDA.

 
Eight More Superfoods You Should Eat:
 SALMON, BEANS, BLUEBERRIES, QUINOA, WALNUTS/ALMONDS, SPINACH, ARTICHOKES, TOMATOES

 

 Article from :  http://www.menshealth.com/ 

 

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McDonalds Uses 0 Grams Trans Fat (I doubt it)

Posted on May 22, 2008. Filed under: Trans Fat Dangers | Tags: |

This article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24777284/  states that McDonalds is switching over to a zero-trans-fat cooking oil with zero grams of trans fat per labeled serving.

However,  the FDA lets food manufacturers claim zero grams of trans fat as long as the product has less than half a gram per serving.

So beware, just avoid foods that could contain trans fats:
Most trans fat is found in shortenings, stick margarine, cookies, crackers, snack foods, fried foods (including fast foods), doughnuts, pastries, baked goods and other processed foods made with or cooked in partially hydrogenated oils.

Why is trans fat dangerous?
Consumption of trans fat raises levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and lowers levels of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol. This can cause the arteries to become clogged and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

What is trans fat?
Trans fat (also known as trans fatty acids) is formed when liquid vegetable oils go through the chemical process of hydrogenation to make the oils more solid. This gives food a longer shelf-life and can improve taste, shape and texture. Some trans fat also is found naturally in small amounts in certain meat and dairy products.

 

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Obesity During Pregnancy Can Cause Birth Defects

Posted on May 21, 2008. Filed under: Obesity Dangers | Tags: , |

 

Smoking during pregnancy and maternal obesity before pregnancy are risk factors for some major birth defects and for premature birth. This statement comes from the article found at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24752812/

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Green Tea Can Prevent and Treat Many Diseases

Posted on May 18, 2008. Filed under: Foods that Prevent Disease | Tags: , , , , , |

Highlights from the article http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/apr2008_New-Research-On-The-Health-Benefits-Of-Green-Tea_01.htm

Green tea is rich in healthful polyphenols, particularly a catechin known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is a potent antioxidant.

  • Green tea may help prevent or manage cancer, heart and vascular disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological degenerative diseases, bacterial and viral infections, and other conditions.
  • Green tea has been reported to beneficially impact parameters associated with cardiovascular dysfunction.
  • Studies have shown that green tea also inhibits a growth factor receptor called HER2, which is present in excess in about 30% of breast cancers and is associated with poor outcomes.
  • In Japanese populations, green tea consumption has been linked to longer life, especially in subjects drinking five cups or more daily. Western populations consume relatively little green tea.
  •  Green tea consumption may reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes and improve glucose control and insulin sensitivity.
  • Green tea may potentially have preventive or therapeutic value in Alzheimer’s disease9 and in Parkinson’s disease.
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    Foods That Protect Against Breast Cancer

    Posted on May 14, 2008. Filed under: Food and Cancer | Tags: , |

    This information come from an article from the 2008 Collectors Edition of LifeExtension Magazine (lef.org).

    This article states that women who eat red meat suffer high breast cancer rates. It also states that men who eat red meat suffer high prostate cancer rates. It also cites (excess) estrogen as being a factor in breast cancer deelopment.

    Cruciferous vegetables protect against breat cancer
    Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale etc contain a compund known as indole-3-carbinol or I3C. It neutralizes the excess estrogen that may be circulating in the body which can promote cancer growth.

    Soy protects against breast cancer
    Soy contains isoflavones which are classified as selective estrogen receptor modulators. They can confer then beneficial effects of estrogen as well as block the estrogen receptors to harmful estrogen.

    Fruits protect against breast cancer
    D-Glucarate is a compund found in fruits, especially grapefruit, oranges and apples. It helps to prevent estrogen from being re-absorded into the body.

    Lignans protect against breast cancer
    Lignans, such as flax seed can alter estrogen metabolism and induce cancer cells to self-destruct.

     

     

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