The Vital Importance of Glutathione

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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 So what’s the solution? That’s a lot of ways to fall behind in your production of this vital antioxidant. Good living can help maintain your glutathione levels to some degree; this mostly includes things you should already be doing, like eating right, avoiding excess radiation, watching your air quality, and keeping your stress to reasonable levels. Exercise also boosts glutathione production, as the chemical (Read More)

Part 1: Why Supplement?

It is amazing how many people share the same experience.  When they try talking to their doctors about using vitamin and mineral supplements, they are met with condescension, laughter or belittlement. These are the same doctors mind you, that when working with a woman who has just become pregnant, insist that they take a prenatal multivitamin/mineral supplement for the health of their baby. Fortunately people are educating themselves on the value of a good quality multi-vitamin/mineral supplement because they have access to the thousands of peer-reviewed studies published every year validating the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in the prevention and treatment of disease. Despite the media frenzied attempt to discredit nutritional supplements, the latest government-sponsored survey, found that more than half of American adults take nutritional supplements and more than three-quarters of U.S. Physicians (79 percent) and nurses (82 percent) recommend dietary supplements to their patients, and a similar (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

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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

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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)