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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fight Free Radicals

Now let's celebrate and here is Dr. Jess telling you it's time to heal and be healthy Momma!
Checkout these Top 10 Foods that Fight Free Radicals! We should all be eating lots of these!

The Top Ten Foods that Fight Free Radicals

1) Blueberries - Especially the wild species, blueberries contain antioxidants which have been found to reduce the risks of some cancers. One study suggests certain compounds present in blueberries have a major effect in reducing the degradation of brain function, as in Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. Other studies have shown that blueberries may help diminish stroke damage, prevent urinary tract infections, and lower cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood, which help alleviate and even reverse signs and symptoms of heart disease. In addition, blueberries are high in manganese as well as vitamin K, and have a very low glycemic load, making it an ideal food for diabetics.

2) Kale - The health benefits of kale are attributed to sulfur-containing phytonutrients. According to research, these substances appear to be able to reduce the occurrence of numerous types of cancers. It is unclear how it works though, but researchers have concluded that such compounds in kale may trigger enzymes in the body that help to offset cancer promoting substances. Kale is also an excellent source of fiber, which is an important consideration for the millions of people who suffer from high cholesterol levels and in helping rid the colon of impurities. Additionally, kale is a good source of calcium, is extremely sparse on calories, has no saturated fat, and does not cause widespread allergic reactions like many dairy products do.

3) Strawberries - Ounce for ounce, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing a better source of the vitamin than oranges. They provide a healthy dose of folate, potassium, riboflavin and iron. The seeds in strawberries act as a source of insoluble fiber, which can help prevent constipation. Strawberries are also a great source of pectin and other soluble fibers that have been proven to lower cholesterol. They contain bioflavinoids, including red anthocyanin and ellagic acid, which may help prevent some cancers.

4) Spinach - Researchers have identified at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as antioxidants and as anti-cancer agents. The anti-cancer properties of these flavonoids have been shown to slow down cell division in stomach cancer cells and reduce skin cancers. The spinach carotenoid is known to combat prostate cancer.

5) Brussels sprouts - They contain good amounts of vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fiber. Brussels sprouts are also believed to protect against colon cancer due to their sinigrin content.

6) Plums - They contain several antioxidants and are known for their laxative effect. This effect has been attributed to various compounds present in the fruits, such as dietary fiber, sorbitol, and isatin. Prunes and prune juice, which come from plums, are often used to help regulate the functioning of the digestive system.

7) Broccoli - It is usually boiled or steamed, but may also be eaten raw. Broccoli is high in vitamin C and soluble fiber, and contains the compound glucoraphanin, leading to an anti-cancer compound called sulforaphane.

8) Beets - The various table beets contain significant amounts of vitamin C in the roots, and the tops are an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also high in folate, as well as both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber and several antioxidants.

9) Oranges - They have long been known to be a rich source of healthy vitamin C, but now some California chemists have discovered that the fruits have some other nutritious chemicals, too. Oranges are rich in compound called citrus limonoids, which have been proven to help battle a number of varieties of cancer, including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon.

10) Red grapes - Because of the low incidence of heart disease in France which is attributed to greater consumption of red wine, it is believed that something in the grape helps to lower cholesterol levels in the body and thus slows down the build up of deposits in the arteries. Compounds such as resveratrol (a polyphenol antioxidant) have been discovered in grapes and these have been positively linked to fighting cancer, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease and other ailments.

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