Research shows that certain organically grown fruits and vegetables have significantly higher levels of potent antioxidants than traditionally grown foods.
Lowers cholesterol and risk for cancer. Has mild antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory estrogenic activity. High in fiber, helps avoid constipation, suppresses appetite.
A super source of the antioxidant glutathione, to lower cancer risk.
One of my clients sent me this email. Gives one food for thought. You be the judge.
Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of an article, entitled, `Asparagus for cancer' printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979.
I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: 'I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S that asparagus might cure cancer.
Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories.
Here are a few examples:
Case No. 1 A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated.Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.
Case No. 2 A successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.
Case No. 3 A man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine.
Case No. 4 A woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by asking specialist as advanced.. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and there were no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cure her kidney disease, which started in 1949.
She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition.
She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.
I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of material medical, edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones.
We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.
For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh.
Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.
Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.
As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent'. Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals.
We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.
The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink...
As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer. Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and inacting as a general body tonic.
In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance.
The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.
Please spread the news...
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Benefits circulation, lowers cholesterol, dilates blood vessels. It's main fat, monounsaturated oleic acid (also concentrated in olive oil), also acts as an antioxidant to block artery-destroying toxicity of bad-type-LDL cholesterol.
One of the richest sources if glutathione, a powerful anti-oxident shown to block thirty different carcinogens and to block proliferation of the AIDS virus in test tube experiments.
Soothes the stomach.
Good for dyspepsia (upset stomach). Strengthens the stomach lining against acid and ulcers. Has antibiotic activity.
Organic Bananas For Stress & Depression
Organic bananas are great for stress & depression.
They can even help you to get off cigarettes.
Bananas consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, which makes them ideal for an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy
Click on the following link for more information about the health benefits of this feel good fruit.
Purple berries have:
* Over 20 essential and non-essential amino acids
* Complete essentail fatty acids with omegas 3, 6 & 9
* Low Gl (glycemic index)
* Over 16 different types of anti-oxidants
* Over 42 times the antioxidant concentration of Red Grapes
* Over 101 times the antioxidant concentration of Goji Berries
* Very rich source of Anthocyanins.
Purple berries have a flavor similar to blackcurrants and actually tastes good. So basically with an ORAC level of over 101,495! the Purpleberry is the Queen of the berries!
Richer than spinach in iron and other minerals.
The greens are helpful in cases of anemia, tuberculosis, constipation, poor appetite, obesity, tumors, gout, pimples and helpful in the elimination of irritating drug poisons.
Beets are one of the best foods to relieve constipation and they are also good for obesity.
Acts as an unusual type of antibiotic by blocking attachment of bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Contains chemicals that curb diarrhea. Also has anti-viral activity and high in natural aspirin.
Cruciferous family possesses some of the same powers as broccoli and cabbage.
Definitely anti-cancer, estrogenic and packed with various antioxidants and indoles.
Cabbage (including bok choy)
Revered in ancient Rome as a cancer cure. Contains numerous anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds. Speeds up estrogen metabolism, is thought to help block breast cancer and suppress growth of polyps, a prelude to colon cancer.
Eating cabbage more than once a week cut men's colon cancer odds 66 percent. As little as two daily tablespoons of cooked cabbage protects you against stomach cancer.
Contains anti-ulcer compounds; cabbage juice helps heal ulcers in humans. Has anti-bacterial and anti-viral powers.
Can cause flatulence in some. Some of these important compounds are destroyed by cooking.
Raw cabbage, as in coleslaw, appears to have stronger overall health value.
A super source of beta carotene, a powerful anti-cancer, artery-protecting, immune-boosting, infection-fighting antioxidant with wide protective powers. A carrot a day slashed stroke rates in women by 68 percent.
The beta-carotene in one medium carrot cuts lung cancer risk in half, even among formerly heavy smokers.
High doses of beta-carotene, as found in carrots, substantially reduces odds of degenerative eye diseases (cataracts and macular degeneration as well as chest pain (angina).
The high soluble fiber in carrots depresses blood cholesterol and promotes regularity. Steaming carrots can make it easier for the body to absorb beta-carotene.
Cruciferous family member that contains many of the same cancer-fighting, hormone-regulating compounds as its cousins, broccoli and cabbage.
Specifically thought to help ward off breast and colon cancers. Eat raw or lightly cooked.
A remedy for high blood pressure. Celery compounds reduce blood pressure in animals. Comparable human dose: two to four stalks a day. Also has a mild diuretic effect.
Contains eight different families of anti-cancer compounds, such as phthalides and polyacetylenes, that detoxify carcinogens, especially cigarette smoke
Eating celery before or after vigorous exercise can induce mild to serious allergic reactions to some.
Helps to dissolve blood clots, opens up sinuses and air passages, breaks up mucus in the lungs, acts as an expectorant or decongestant, helps prevent bronchitis, emphysema and stomach ulcers.
Most of chilli pepper's pharmacological activity is credited to capsaicin, the compound that makes the pepper taste hot.
Also a potent painkiller, alleviating headaches when inhaled, and joint pain when injected. Hot paprika made from hot chilli peppers is high in natural aspirin, antibacterial and anti-oxidant activity.
Putting hot chili sauce on food speeds up metabolism, burning off calories. Chilli peppers do not harm the stomach or promote ulcers.
A strong stimulator of insulin activity, thus potentially helpful for those with Type 2 diabetes. Mild anti-coagulant activity.
Used to kill the pain of a toothache and as an
anti-inflammatory against rheumatic diseases.
Has anti-coagulant effects, (anti-platelet aggregation), and its main ingredient, eugenol, is anti-inflammatory.
Most, but not all, of coffee's pharmacological impact comes from its high concentration of caffeine a psychoactive drug.
Caffeine, depending on an individual's biological makeup and peculiar sensitivity, can be a mood elevator and mental energizer. Improves mental performance in some.
An emergency remedy for asthma. Dilates bronchial passages.
Can be addictive. Triggers headaches, anxiety and panic attacks in some. In excess, may cause
psychiatric disturbances. Promotes insomnia.
Coffee stimulates stomach acid secretions (both- caffeinated and decaf). Can aggravate heartburn. Promotes bowel movements in many, causes diarrhoea in others. Caffeine may promote fibrocystic breast disease in some women.
Full of anti-cancer, antioxident compounds, including lutein, vitamin C and beta carotene.
In animals, blocks the spread of breast cancer.
Like other green leafy vegetables, associated with low rates of all cancers.
Strong antibiotic properties with unusual abilities to prevent infectious bacteria from sticking to the cells lining the bladder and urinary tract. Thus, it helps prevent recurring urinary tract (bladder) infections. Also has antiviral activity.
High in natural aspirin. Has laxative effect.
Dried fruits, including dates, are linked to lower rates of certain cancers, especially pancreatic cancer. Contains compounds that may cause headaches in susceptible individuals. Do not eat too many because dates raise your blood sugars quickly.
A spice common in the Middle East and available
in many U.S. food markets. Has anti-diabetic powers. Helps control surges of blood sugar and insulin.
An anti-diarrheal, anti-ulcer, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, tends to lower blood pressure, helps prevent intestinal gas.
Also fantastic for when you have a very tough fighting flu that won't give up. Fenugreek is excellent in breaking up the mucus on your chest.
Flax seed Oil
Used primarily for constipation. In cases of gastritis, colitis or other inflammations of the digestive tract. Lowers blood fat levels often associated with heart attacks and strokes.
Reduces harmful blood cholesterol levels with its soluble fibers. Prevents colon and breast cancer through its rich source of lignins, a documented anti-cancer agent.
Improves moods, diminishes allergies and produces healthier skin.
Helps to prevent cancer. Both extract of figs and the fig compound, benzaidehyde, have helped shrink tumors in humans according to Japanese tests. Also laxative, anti-ulcer, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic powers. Triggers headaches in some people.
Used to treat an array of ills since the dawn of civilization. Broad-spectrum anti-biotic that combats bacteria, intestinal parasites and viruses. In high doses it has cured encephalitis.
Lowers blood pressure and blood cholesterol, discourages dangerous blood clotting. Two or three cloves a day cut the odds of subsequent heart attacks in half of heart patients.
Contains multiple anti-cancer compounds and anti-oxidants and tops the National Cancer Institute's list as a potential cancer-preventive food. Lessens chances of stomach cancer in particular.
A good cold medication. Acts as a decongestant, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, anti-flammatory agent. Boosts immune responses.
Helps relieve gas, has anti-diarrheal, estrogenic and diuretic activity. Appears to lift mood and has a mild calming effect.
High doses of raw garlic (more than three cloves a day) have caused gas, bloating, diarrhea and fever in some. Aged garlic may be better than cooked garlic. Eat garlic both raw and cooked for all-round insurance.
*A client forwarded this email to me.
Very Important Subject....especially for those who love to cook and eat ONIONS!!
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).
The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick.
It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)
The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.
If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case.. Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!
Now there is a P.S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:
Weldon, thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story...but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill...
I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.
Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful anti-bacterial, antiseptic properties.
This is the other note.
LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS
I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge, and sometimes I don't use a whole one at one time, so save the other half for later.
Now with this info, I have changed my mind....will buy smaller onions in the future.
I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.
Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.
The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.
Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially - made Mayo is completely safe.
"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.
Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.
He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.
It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!)
Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.
So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.
*Dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions .
Please remember it is dangerous to cut onions and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous after even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.
Rich in antioxidant compounds. Red grapes (but not white or green grapes) are high in the antioxidant
Grape skins contain resveratrol, shown to inhibit blood-platelet clumping (and consequently, blood clot formation) and boost good type HDL cholesterol.
Red grapes are antibacterial and antiviral in test tubes. Grape seed oil also raises good-type cholesterol.
The pulp contains a unique pectin (in membranes and juice sacs--not in juice) that lowers blood cholesterol and reverses atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) in animals.
Has anticancer activity, and appears particulary protective against stomach and pancreatic cancer. The juice is antiviral and high in various antioxidants, especially vitamin C.
Rich source of various anti-cancer chemicals. Has more beta carotene than spinach and twice as much lutein, the most of any vegetable tested. Kale is also a member of the cruciferous family, endowing it with anti-cancer indoles that help regulate estrogen and fight off colon cancer.
Commonly prescribed in Chinese traditional medicine to treat stomach and breast cancer. High in vitamin C.
Protects the nerves. Improves memory. May help thyroid and adrenal hypertension. Protects cells against damage by oxidation. Emulsifies fat in the blood.
This citrus fruit ranks very high in its medicinal value, having many therapeutical uses. Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic which may be safely applied directly to cuts, bruises and infections.
Lemon juice is good for asthma, headaches, pneumonia and arthritis. It is a good general blood and body purifier and a mild diuretic.
Do not take in cases of inflammation of the digestive tract. The juice also aids in the removal of old drug poisons from the body!
Strong anti-cancer powers, possibly because of a high concentration of glycyrrhizin. Mice drinking glycyrrhizin dissolved in water have fewer skin cancers.
Also kills bacteria, fights ulcers and diarrhea. May act as a diuretic. Too much licorice can raise blood pressure. Also it is not advised for pregnant women.
Only real licorice has these powers. Licorice "candy" sold in the United States is made with anise instead of real licorice. Real licorice says "licorice mass." Imitation licorice is labeled "artificial licorice" or "anise."
(Green and yellow, such as cantaloupe & honeydew)
Has anti-coagulant (blood-thinning) activity. Contains the anti-oxidant beta carotene.
(Asian, including shiitake)
A longevity tonic, heart medicine and cancer remedy in Asia. Current tests show mushrooms, such as maitake, help prevent and/or treat cancer, viral diseases, such as influenza and polio, high blood cholesterol, sticky blood platelets and high blood pressure.
Eaten daily, maitake or shiitake, fresh (three ounces) or dried (one-third ounce), cut cholesterol by 7 and 12 percent respectively. A shiitake compound, lentinan, is a broad-spectrum anti-viral agent that ptentiates immune functioning.
Used to treat leukemia in China and breast cancer in Japan. Extract(sulfated B-glucans) has been declared by Japanese scientists more effective as an AIDS drug than the common drug AZT. Eating black ("tree ear") mushroom "thinks the blood."
No therapeutic effects are known for the common U.S button mushroom. Some claim this species has cancer-causing potential (hydrazides) unless cooked.
Recogized for centuries as a decongestant and expectorant. Helps break up mucus in air passages.
A good remedy for congestion caused by colds and sinus problems. Also antibacterial.
Increases metabolism, burning off extra calories.
In one British test about three-fifths of a teaspoon of ordinary mustard increased metabolic rate about 25 percent, burning forty-five more calories in three hours.
Anti-cancer and heart-protective properties. Walnuts help reduce cholesterol, contain high concentrations of antioxidant oleic acid and mono-unsaturated fat, similar to that in olive oil, known to protect arteries from damage.
Nuts generally are high in antioxidant vitamin E, shown to protect against chest pain and artery damage. Brazil nuts are extremely rich in selenium, an antioxidant linked to lower rates of heart disease and cancer.
Walnuts contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant and cancer-fighter, and are also high in omega-3 type oil.
Nuts are good regulators of insulin and blood sugar, preventing steep rises, making them good foods for those with glucose intolerance and diabetes.
Lowers bad LDL cholesterol without lowering good HDL cholesterol. Helps keep bad cholesterol from being converted to a toxic or 'oxidized" form. Thus, helps protect arteries from plaque.
Reduces blood pressure, helps regulate blood sugar. Has potent antioxidant activity. Best oil for kitchen cooking and salads.
(including chives, shallots, scallions, leeks)
Reputed in ancient Mesopotamia to cure virtually everything. An exceptionally strong antioxidant. Full of numerous anti-cancer agents. Blocks cancer dramatically in animals.
The onion is the riches dietary source of quercetin, a potent antioxidant(in shallots, yellow and red onions only-not white onions). Specifically linked to inhibiting human stomach cancer.
Thins the blood, lowers cholesterol, raises good-type HDL cholesterol (preferred dose: half a raw onion a day), wards off blood clots, fight asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, atherosclerosis and infections.
Anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral, thought to have diverse anti-cancer powers. Quercetin is also a sedative. Onions aggravate heartburn, may promote gas.
Natural cancer-inhibitor, includes carotenoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Also rich in antioxidant vitamin C and beta-cartene. Specifically tied to lower rates of pancreatic cancer. Orange juice protected mice sperm from radiation damage.
Because of its high vitamin C, oranges many help ward off asthma attacks, bronchitis, breast cancer, stomach cancer, atherosclerosis, gum disease, and boost fertility and healthy sperm in some men. May aggravate heartburn.
Anti-cancer because of its high concentrations of antioxidants, such as monoterpenes, phthalides, polyacetylenes. Can help detoxify carcinogens and neutralize certain carcinogens in tobacco smoke. Also, has diuretic activity.
Suppresses inflammation. A main constituent, an antibacterial enzyme called bromelain, is anti-inflammatory. Pineapple aids digestion, helps dissolve blood clots and is good for preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures because of its very hight manganese content. It is also antibacterial and anti-viral and mildly estrogenic.
Antibacterial. Anti-vital. Laxative.
Contains anticancer protease inhibitors. High in potassium, thus may help prevent high blood-pressure and strokes. Some estrogenic activity. Peel potato skin off because it contains toxic lectins that effect the lining of your stomach.
A well known laxative. High in fiber, sorbitol and natural aspirin.
Extremely high in beta carotene, the antioxidant reputed to help ward off numerous health problems, including heart attacks, cancer, cataracts.
Anti-viral, anti-cancer activity. High in natural aspirin.
Anti-diarrheal, anti-cancer activity. Like other seeds, contains anti-cancer protease inhititors. Of all grains and cereals, it is the least likely to provoke intestinal gas or adverse reactions (intolerances) causing bowel distress such as spastic colon.
Rice bran is excellent against constipation, lowers cholesterol and tends to block development of kidney stones.
Seaweed and Kelp
(brown or Laminaria type seaweed)
One of the best foods that you can eat in cases of hypo-thyroid. It is rich in many important minerals. Antibacterial and anti-viral activity in brown Laminaria type seaweed known as kelp.
It kills herpes virus, for example. Kelp may also lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Wakame boosts immune functioning. Nori kills bacteria and seems to help heal ulcers.
A chemical from wakame saweed is a clot-buster, in one test twice as powerful as the common drug heparin. Most types of seaweed have anti-cancer activity. Might aggravate acne flare-ups.
Tops the list, along with other green leafy vegetables, as a food most eaten by people who don't get cancer.
A super source of antioxidants and cancer antagonists, containing about four times more beta-carotene and three times more lutein than broccoli, for example.
Rich in fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol. Some of it's antioxidants are destroyed by cooking. Eat raw or lightly steamed.
Anti-viral, anti-cancer activity. Often eaten by people less likely to develop all types of cancer. Only eat organically grown. Supermarket strawberries have the highest amount of pesticide contaminates.
A source of the antioxidant beta carotene, linked to preventing heart disease, cataracts, strokes and numerous cancers.
One half cup of mashed sweet potatoes contains about 23,000 international units (IUs) of beta cartene, according to the Deparment of Agriculture figures.
(including black, oolong and green tea, not herbal teas)
Amazing and diverse pharmacological activity, mainly due to catechins. Tea acts as an anticoagulant, artery protector, antibiotic, anti-ulcer agent, cavity-fighter, anti-diarrheal agent, anti-viral agent, diuretic (caffeine), analgesic (caffiene), mild sedative (decaffeinated).
In animals tea and tea compounds are potent blockers of various cancers. Tea drinkers appear to have less atherosclerosis (damaged, clogged arteries) and fewer strokes.
Excessive tea drinking because of its caffeine could aggravate anziety, insomnia and symptoms of PMS. Tea may also promote kidney stones because of its high oxalate content.
Green tea, popular in Asian countries, is highest in catechins, followed by oolong and ordinary black tea, common in the United States.
Green tea is considered most potent. One human study, however, found no difference in benefits to arteries from green or black tea.
A major source of lycopene, an antioxidant and anti-cancer agent that intervenes in devastating chain reactions of oxygen free radical molecules. Tomatoes are linked in particular to lower rates of pancreatic cancer and cerival cancer. Take out the seeds because they contain toxic lectins that negatively affect the lining of the stomach.
Truly one of the marvelous medicinal spices of the world. Its main active ingredient is curcumin which gives tumeric its intense cadmium yellow colour.
Curcumin, studies show, is an anti-inflammatory agent on a par with cortisone, and has reduced inflammation in animals and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in humans.
In other tests, it lowered cholesterol, hindered platelet aggregation (blood clotting), protected the liver from toxins, boosted stomach defenses agaisnt acid, lowered blood sugar in diabetics, and was a powerful antagonist of numerous cancer-causing agents. Anti-cancer activity.