Anti-Cancer Properties of Curcumin

Curcumin has long been known to provide potent anti-cancer benefits. Over 2,000 published studies have shown curcumin combats cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, colon, lung, pancreas and more. Many of these studies have shown curcumin actually stops cancer cells from dividing. Curcumin has also been shown to found to suppress genes that promote cell growth and help induce programmed cell death (apoptosis) which is the body’s natural and necessary way of ridding itself from damaged cells. Studies have suggested that high consumption results in lower cancer rates. We already know the anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin. Combating chronic inflammation, a known contributing factor to the development of cancer, turmeric promotes the body’s ability to fight the spread of cancerous cells. Its potent antioxidants support the body’s natural immunity to oxidative changes—changes that can cause cancer to develop and progress. A 2007 U.S. study using curcumin along with chemotherapy to treat bowel (Read More)

Drink Coffee, Live Longer

People who rely on a cup of joe to wake up or power through the day could be adding years to their lives. Two sweeping new studies reveal that a coffee habit could boost longevity by reducing the risk of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease. “If you like to drink coffee, drink up,” researcher Veronica Setiwan of the University of Southern California tells ScienceDaily.com. “If you’re not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start.” Setiwan’s team examined data on nearly 186,000 adults of various races and ethnicities. The results showed mortality risk dropped 12 percent for those who drank just one cup of coffee each day while two to three cups brought even better odds – 18 percent. Another study analyzed the link between coffee and prolonged life span among more than 500,000 Europeans who were followed for about 16 (Read More)

The Vital Importance of Glutathione

Like all antioxidants, glutathione works to prevent the damage free radicals, peroxides, and other reactive oxygen species do to human cells. But glutathione isn’t just another antioxidant–it could be called, without exaggeration, the single most important antioxidant for human health. The good news? Your body naturally produces glutathione. The bad news? There’s a long list of things which can reduce your natural production, resulting in a startlingly high percentage of deficiency across the population: pollution medications poor diet stress trauma aging infections radiation exposure to heavy metals Your body uses glutathione to protect your cells from free radical damage, to eliminate toxins, to support energy production, and to help enhance immune system functions. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, emerging science indicates that our Glutathione level in the body drops with age. Why the Decrease? There are several factors for the decrease in glutathione levels with age. Stress is a factor. As (Read More)

Part 2: Six Whole Foods With Super-Healing Powers

Continued from Part 1 Apples The old adage – An apple a day keeps the doctor away – has real meaning for this amazing healing food. Commonly overlooked apples protect the body from nuclear fallout, kills a wide range of cancers, and keeps the arteries unclogged – plus a whole host of other healing properties.  Apples have a way to awaken your own inner physician. Apples are loaded with the powerful antioxidants quercetin and catechin, which protect cells from damage – that means a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially if you eat the skin. Research shows that the apple peel contains five times more polyphenols than the flesh. Apples and their skins pack a lot of fiber too (about twice that of other common fruits, including peaches, grapes, and grapefruit), which may help fight the battle of the bulge. In 2004, USDA scientists investigated over 100 foods (Read More)

Part 1: Six Whole Foods With Super-Healing Powers

Whole foods play an important role in our health and well-being.  While there are literally hundreds of nutritious whole foods to consume, the foods listed below actually assist the body to help you heal. Emerging research demonstrates that whether it is fighting cancer, lowering your cholesterol, decreasing inflammation, preventing heart disease plus many other maladies, these super-healing foods will help you get back your health – naturally. Kiwis This tiny, nutrient-dense fruit packs an amazing amount of vitamin C (double the amount found in oranges), has more fiber than apples, and beats bananas as a high-potassium food. The unique blend of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals found in kiwifruit helps protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and respiratory disease. In the world of phytonutrient research, kiwifruit has fascinated researchers for its ability to protect DNA in the nucleus of human cells from oxygen-related damage Kiwifruit’s natural blood-thinning properties work without the (Read More)

10 Benefits of Tamarind

People living in tropical Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America know that eating tamarind means eating healthy. The tamarind casually consumed in these regions has many health benefits for those who eat them. So, the next time you cruise the Asian supermarket aisles make sure to pick up a few of theses treats. The tamarind fruit is encased within a brown pod. Inside the pod of the tamarind is a soft, brown pulp with hard-coated black seeds. It is this pulp that people eat to get all the nutritional and health benefits of the tamarind. The pulp of the tamarind has a very sour taste while it is young, but as it ripens the pulp gets sweeter. Though the pulp will sweeten with age, the tamarind generally has a sour, acidic taste. In countries such as Jamaica, Mexico, Aruba and India, tamarind is mixed with sugar and sold as sweets (Read More)

The Rise of the Super Fruits

Super fruits, they’re on the rise! But what makes a fruit “super?” Fruits that are deemed “super” are rich with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and other nutrients that will help you prevent disease and live longer. Specifically, the super fruits you should try to include in your regular diet include: Acai: With antioxidant levels higher than other Superfruit rivals like blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries; the Acai berry is no joke! Pomegranate: Originally hailing from the Middle East and India, is highest in Vitamin K and Selenium. It is most notable and has become commercialized for its high antioxidant content, which can aid heart health, visual and brain function and aging. It is also one of the few fruits which aid in the possible prevention of Alzheimers and diabetes, among the blueberry and blackcurrant. Cranberries: Especially beneficial for women, these berries prevent urinary-tract infections, and might help fight a far scarier disease: ovarian cancer. According to a (Read More)