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(NaturalNews) There’s a certain logic to the science of drugs in that the active ingredient is often derived from plants. But there the logic ends, begging the question: Why don’t we just eat the plants?
Obviously there are many reasons why not: in some cases they may be unpalatable, often out of season, or grown on the other side of the world. Or you would have to eat a mountain of them to get the nutrients at the levels required.
Our doctors write a quick fix prescription of drugs that deal only with the symptom, rarely discussing diet as the perfect solution. Meanwhile we get sicker and sicker.
There’s a groundswell of opinion that diseases including cancer, diabetes and arthritis, and possibly forms of dementia too, can be healed or at the very least be prevented by diet. Many governments know this and make a token effort by recommending five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
But the healing requires firstly the absence of junk, processed and sugar-laden foods and secondly an abundance of raw fruit and vegetables. Far more than five a day.
The problem of quantity is further compounded by the poor condition of the soil in which nature’s bounty is grown, thanks to intensive farming and the extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Scientists Dr David Thomas and David E Marsh have conducted extensive research that shows massive loss of minerals such as selenium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc among others, often in the region of 50% or more.
Modern food technology, hooked on the “convenience” mantra, systematically processes out yet more nutrients and adds flavoring, preservatives and unnatural coloring to yet further destroy our food. Half the world populates burger bars and fast food outlets and eats itself towards obesity and an early grave.
With the media giving so much coverage and airtime to the problems of obesity, cancer and mental health, there may well be a revolution in the offing.
Juicing. And instead of five make that 10 per day to combat disease and provide cell energy for a fuller, happier and more productive life. This is a far more efficient way of ensuring delivery of the maximum nutrients. Or, as botanist and herbalist Richo Cech puts it: “A large volume of greens can be reduced into a single tempting glassful of concentrated fresh nutrition and taken with relative ease, without a whole lot of chewing!”
Author Cherie Calbom, otherwise known as “The Juice Lady” in her native US, reports giant strides in waking people up to the power of juicing for health and changing their diet to healthy whole foods.
“There is huge bias in the media against anything natural for health and healing because we’re a pharmaceutical-driven society. But people are catching on that this model does not support vibrant health, or even getting well. Changes can be judged by the ever-increasing popularity of organic produce and whole foods.”
Juice book sales are up and sales of juicers are growing daily, proving that people are becoming aware that they need to do things differently to stay healthy.
(NaturalNews) You may have heard of resveratrol, a miracle antioxidant found in grape skins (and many other foods) that’s linked to a lower risk of heart disease and enhanced longevity. Unlike other antioxidants such as anthocyanins, which give blueberries their color and are an integral part of the fruit, plants produce resveratrol only in response to fungal or bacterial attack. That’s right — resveratrol is a natural antibiotic and fungicide that’s intelligently synthesized by the grape plant in order to survive a biological attack!
This means that the more natural fungi and bacteria a plant is exposed to, the more resveratrol it will produce. That’s why if a grape plant is repeatedly sprayed with synthetic fungicides — and grapes are among the most pesticide-intensive crops cultivated — the resveratrol content in the fruit will be lower. Conventionally-grown grapes, in other words, contain relatively low levels of resveratrol. Wild grapes, on the other hand, contain enormous quantities of resveratrol (because that’s how they survive in the wild).
That alone may be incentive enough to buy organic grapes and wines, because resveratrol may also help maintain “healthy programmed cell death,” which means a process by which cancer cells commit “suicide” and kill themselves. (This helps prevent cancer from growing.) Studies have also shown that resveratrol can make chemotherapy more effective, weaken viruses including influenza and HIV, counter the effects of a high-fat diet and increase physical endurance. Perhaps most miraculously, resveratrol supplements appear to extend the lifespan of yeast, worms and even fish.
NaturalNews recently published a downloadable resveratrol report that contains a wealth of well-cited research about the astonishing health benefits of resveratrol.
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(NaturalNews) If you spend a lot of time in the sun, and are looking for a way to help naturally protect your skin from potential damage caused by sun exposure, new research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry just might have your answer. Scientists from the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Spanish National Research Council have found that flavonoids in grapes help to protect against skin cancer.
Contrary to popular belief, the sun is not evil, and the ultraviolet (UV) rays it emits are actually beneficial because they induce the natural production of vitamin D in the body. But too much sun exposure can obviously lead to damaging sunburn in some people, which may eventually cause melanoma and other forms of skin cancers.
But according to the study, antioxidants found in grapes apparently help prevent skin cells from being damaged or killed by excess sun exposure, effectively limiting its potentially harmful effects. Skin creams made with grape flavonoids, in effect, just might be the natural alternative to conventional sunscreens, as they could protect the skin against harm while also allowing the sun’s UV rays to penetrate skin and produce vitamin D.
“This study supports the idea of using these products to protect the skin from cell damage and death caused by solar radiation, as well as increasing our understanding of the mechanism by which they act,” said Marta Cascante, a biochemist from UB and lead author of the study.
The team did not indicate whether consuming grapes, wine, or other grape products provides the same benefits as topical applications appear to do. Many Mediterranean countries, however, where people spend a lot of time in the sun — but that consume lots of grape products and also have low rates of skin cancer — may itself be a testament to the power of grapes, among other things, in protecting the body against skin damage.
(NaturalNews) There are several approaches for detoxifying yourself from heavy metals and other toxic materials. Enemas, chelating agents, fasting, and sauna are all open to one’s preference. But there is a booster rocket to accelerate any detox method you choose. It’s called niacin, or vitamin B3.
The Need to Detox Regularly
We are immersed in a toxic environment. Of the over 75,000 chemicals produced in North America, 20,000 cannot be naturally eliminated by our bodies. Out of the 75,000 chemicals in our toxic environment, 3000 go into the food supply.
Avoiding what we know to be toxic is a great step toward detoxification. But there are toxins that won’t be eliminated completely. That’s because fat cells will store toxins that cannot be metabolized or eliminated. Many of us have anywhere from 400 to 800 toxins stored in fat cells. And fat cells are not eliminated completely by diet or exercise. They will shrink, but they can grow again.
So how can niacin be a booster rocket for detoxing? Niacin ruptures the fat cells that store toxins, thus releasing those stored toxins to be eliminated. This is called lipolysis. The niacin proposed is not buffered niacinamide, which doesn’t make your face and neck flush and tingle intensely. Use the niacin that makes you blush.
This protocol was developed primarily to help drug addicts detox drug toxins stored in fats. The idea was to get rid of all the drug residue that would haunt them with cravings after kicking their habit. It worked very well. So Dr. Yu thought it would be wise for non-addicts to use this method for “normal detoxification”.
He gave a lecture on this during a Longevity Conference hosted by nutrition expert David Wolfe. Dr. Yu spoke of starting with a low amount of niacin, 50 mgs or so depending on your tolerance, and gradually building to a maximum of 500 mgs. Up to 5000 mgs has been used for those gravely ill from drug use and toxic events, such as Gulf War Syndrome.
Getting Rid of What’s Released from the Fats
Most of us know that toxins released suddenly need to be eliminated. The liver, kidneys, and other organs can be seriously damaged. One can be overwhelmed by a vicious Herxheimer event or “healing crisis”. The protocol for addicts mostly involved eliminating through the skin.
They were put into an exercise regimen and ushered into saunas to literally sweat it out. One only needs to begin perspiring from whatever exercise that is do-able. Then the sauna takes over for a half hour to 45 minutes.
In addition to sweating it out, the GI tract can assist as well. Dr. Yu recommended consuming activated charcoal. It works by adsorbing toxins, not absorbing. Adsorption is more like chelating, hitching to electrons of toxins and taking them out through the stool or urine. More details on activated charcoal for detoxification are available in this Natural News article: http://www.naturalnews.com/028461_a…
Any other detox protocol or agent can be added to the niacin booster rocket. Bentonite clay, zeolite, cilantro pesto and chlorella are fine too. To protect a weakened liver, one may use gall bladder flushes and/or coffee enemas also. More on cleaning the liver with this Natural News article: http://www.naturalnews.com/031984_l…
The booster rocket is plain tingly fire in the face and upper body niacin. Niacinamide can be toxic for the liver. High doses of niacin have been used in orthomolecular medicine/psychiatry since the 1950s for a variety of health problems, even schizophrenia. So it’s safe and inexpensive and can be taken as often and long as you want.
(NaturalNews) There`s a new kid on the block in the world of natural nutrients that promotes optimal health and has a significant impact in preventing chronic disease development. Astaxanthin is a red-orange carotenoid pigment derived from microalgae, fish, and crustaceans that can prevent and even treat conditions that progress from the negative effects of oxidative stress and antioxidant deterioration. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to be ten times more powerful than other pigments and carotenoids including resveratrol. Research details published in The American Journal of Cardiology provide solid evidence that astaxanthin supplemented daily can inhibit the damaging effects of oxidative stress that leads to heart disease, heart attack and dementia.
Researchers discovered that the potent antioxidant activity afforded by astaxanthin supplementation results in improved cardiovascular health. The super nutrient positively influences endothelial function, allowing the delicate heart vessels to relax. This lowers blood pressure and reduces the number of inflammatory cells that promote deadly arterial plaque known to reduce blood flow to the heart muscle. Read more:
Yahoo Health has collected some tips you can use to sharpen your vision. Here are some of them:
1. Eat Right
Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals like copper and zinc are essential to eyesight. Antioxidants protect your macula from sun damage, and foods rich in sulfur, cysteine, and lecithin help protect the lens of your eye from cataract formation. The omega-3 fat DHA provides structural support to cell membranes that boost eye health.
2. Limit Environmental Toxins
External factors that contribute to eye damage include fluorescent lights, computer screens, environmental allergens, and chlorine in swimming pools.
Getting enough sleep is essential for eye health. Sleep time allows your eyes to fully rest, repair, and recover.
To see the rest of their tips, you can click on the link below.
(NaturalNews) Research details published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research journal explains the potent mechanism exhibited by cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower to ameliorate developing cancer cells. The active photochemical known as sulforaphane targets prostate and other hormone dependent cancer lines and leaves normal healthy cells unaffected. Cruciferous vegetables have long been associated with a lowered risk of prostate cancer, but this is the first study to demonstrate the `search and attack` capability of the natural chemical compound. Consuming small amounts of crucifers several times each week can help to significantly lower your risk of developing many types of potentially deadly cancer lines.
The study was led by Dr. Emily Ho, associate professor from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Tissue from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower contain high levels of the powerful natural compound chemically known as glucosinolates. In the body glucosinolates are broken down into sulforaphane that exert protective anti-cancer characteristics.
Based on prior research to indicate that crucifers and sulforaphane specifically kill cancer cells, researchers designed a trial study using mouse models to demonstrate that sulforaphane selectively targets hormone dependent cancers such as breast and prostate. Dr. Ho commented, “It is well documented that sulforaphane can target cancer cells through multiple chemopreventive mechanisms.” And she continued: “Here we show for the first time that sulforaphane selectively targets benign hyperplasia cells and cancerous prostate cells while leaving the normal prostate cells unaffected.”
NaturalNews Backyard gardeners will be delighted to know that a new variety of strawberry has hit the cultivar scene. Premiering in the online journal HortScience, the “Roseberry” strawberry plant is highly versatile, it blossoms beautiful flowers, and of course it produces delicious and highly aromatic strawberries.
Since conventional strawberries are often rife with pesticides and other harmful chemical residues — they are, in fact, one of the worst fruits to be purchased conventionally http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/ — growing them in your backyard or in hanging pots is a great way to obtain clean, pesticide-free fruit. Read more:
(NaturalNews) Strawberries are shown to be a potent source of antioxidants in a body of research published in the journal Food Chemistry. In vivo studies confirm that regular consumption of the flavorful fruit raises antioxidant blood saturation levels. This can help to lower the risk of chronic diseases ranging from heart disease and cancer to metabolic disorders including diabetes. The study, conducted by Italian and Spanish researchers, demonstrated that eating two cups of strawberries daily for two weeks boosted the antioxidant status of red blood cells and improved the body`s immune response reaction to oxidative stress – lowering disease risk.
European researchers have demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries on human health using volunteers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy. Twelve healthy adults were fed the equivalent of two cups of strawberries over the course of a day for a period of two weeks.
Blood samples were taken after four, eight, twelve and sixteen days and then again after a month. Live blood analysis showed that regular consumption of this super fruit significantly increases the antioxidant capacity of blood plasma as well as the resistance of red blood cells to oxidative haemolysis in a process known as fragmentation