Pears

PEARS

The Fiber Fruit

Pears are an integral part of the fruit diet of many cultures around the world, and these oddly shaped and succulent fruits certainly provide a lot of nutritional value and medicinal benefits.

Pear trees can withstand cold temperatures, which is one reason they’re harvested year-round and grown in nearly every continent on Earth.

Pears and apples have similar molecular qualities and fiber contents, but a major difference between pears and apples is that the flesh of pear contains stone cells (also called “grit”) while apples don’t.

Digestion and Intestinal Health: Eating more pears is a great way to prevent or treat digestive issues. With a single serving of pears providing 18% of the daily requirement for fiber intake, they can be a very strong agent for digestive health and function. Most of the fiber is non-soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which means that it acts as a bulking agent in the intestines.

Doctors generally consider pears to be a hypoallergenic fruit because they are less likely than other fruits to produce an allergic response when eaten, which is good news for even infants and making homemade baby food. Because pears produce relatively few allergic reactions, allergists often place this rarely allergenic tree fruit on the menus of control diets to help patients identify other allergies.  For those who suffer from digestive issues or reactions eating a pear is a good choice.

Pears (rank #2 of 20) as the ultimate high-fiber food. The specific type of gritty fiber found in pears called pectin (considered to be a natural diuretic and has a mild laxative effect) is very useful in helping to lower cholesterol levels naturally. by binding to bile salts—which are made from cholesterol—and carrying them out of the body reducing risk of stroke by up to 50%. Fiber regulates bowel movements and recedes the chances on constipation, as well as diarrhea and loose stool. Furthermore, it stimulates secretion of gastric and digestive juices so food moves smoother, in a more digested state as natural constipation relief remedy and hemorrhoid remedy and treatment.

Pears have been suggested as traditional medicinal treatments in various other health conditions including colitis, chronic gallbladder disorders, arthritis, and gout.

Are you getting enough fiber?

Recommended Daily Fiber: Women 25 grams Men 35-40 grams

Cancer Prevention: Also, the gritty nature of pear fiber helps it bind to cholesterol and helps remove cancer-causing chemicals and free radicals in the colon and protects that organ from their damaging effects.

Makes a Good Pre- or Post-Workout Snack: 2Pears are one of the lowest calorie fruits.  They are a high-energy, high-nutrient food with a low impact on weight gain and obesity. Therefore, people trying to lose weight often turn to pears to get the most “bang for their buck”.  An average pear has just over 100 calories, which is 5% of daily calorie allowance of a healthy diet. A pear is a great filling, hydrating snack that won’t weigh you down, and it also has immense nutritional value.

Control Diabetes: The bloodstream slowly absorbs a pear’s carbs (just about 26 grams per pear), preventing a spike in blood sugar.

Antioxidant Activity: Antioxidants work to eliminate the free radicals that accumulate in the body following cellular metabolism. These free radicals mutate healthy cell DNA into cancerous cells, and can cause a number of other devastating conditions. Antioxidant components of vitamin C, vitamin A, and flavonoid compounds like beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin (the most common carotenoid found in nature is a lipid soluble antioxidants), all of which are found in pears, can seriously help rid the body of these dangerous compounds.

Cancer Prevention: Antioxidants are primarily praised for their anti-carcinogenic activities, and pears have been connected to prevention of a number of different types of cancer, including colon, rectum, breast, prostate, and lungs. This is not unique to pears, but they do have a high antioxidant score, compared to many other fruits.

Immune System Health: Similarly, the immune system of the body is also boosted by the activities of antioxidants and vitamin-C. Vitamin C has long been known to be beneficial for the immune system, as it stimulates white blood cell production and activity. Traditionally, fruits like pears have been suggested to eliminate simply conditions like the common cold, the flu, or various other mild illnesses that a quick immune system boost could help cure.

Blood Pressure: Pears are a wonderful source of potassium, which means that they can have a significant impact on heart health, because potassium is a well-known vasodilator (dilator of blood vessels). This means that it lowers blood pressure, which reduces strain to the entire cardiovascular system and makes it harder for clots to form or harm you. Furthermore, it increases blood flow to all parts of the body, which oxygenates the organs and promotes their effective function. Lowering blood pressure is also connected to a lower chance of cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. Finally, potassium works as a fluid regulator in the body, meaning that it keeps the various parts of the body hydrated, and ensures the balance of essential fluids in the cells and organs. Without potassium, many of our most essential functions would be either slowed down or stopped altogether!

Wound Healing and Tissue Repair: Vitamin C is also an essential part of synthesizing new tissue in various organs and cellular structures of the body. This keeps the body metabolism running smoothly and ensuring that all functions operate properly. Furthermore, wound healing is sped up with high levels of ascorbic acid, so small injuries, cuts, and damage done by injuries and diseases can be fixed faster if you add high levels of this essential nutrient to your diet, which pears do provide. It also helps to repair damaged blood vessels, which reduces the strain on the cardiovascular system and prevents certain heart diseases from developing.

Improved Circulation and Red Blood Cell Count: For patients that suffer from anemia or other mineral deficiencies, pears can be very helpful, due to its content of copper and iron. Copper facilitates and improves the uptake of minerals into the system, and increased levels of iron mean that red blood cell synthesis increases. Iron is an important part of hemoglobin and anemia is another name for iron deficiency. You can prevent fatigue, cognitive malfunction, muscle weakness, and organ system malfunction by consuming foods high in iron and copper, both of which are found in significant amounts in pears.

Birth Defects: Folates are another of the valuable nutritional components of pears. 4 Folic acid has been positively correlated with a reduction in neural tube defects in newborns, so eating folate-rich fruits like pears can protect the health and happiness of your baby, so pregnant women are always encouraged to monitor their folic acid levels.

Inflammation Reduction: The antioxidant and flavonoid components of pears can also induce anti-inflammatory effects in the body and reduce the pain associated with inflammation diseases. This includes the reduction in symptoms of arthritis, rheumatic conditions, gout, and similar conditions. Most fruits have these effects, although citrus fruits are not quite as effective.

Bone Health: The high mineral content of pears, which includes boron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, and copper, means that you can reduce bone mineral loss and debilitating conditions like osteoporosis and general weakness of the body due to lack of support from the bones.

Skin, Hair, and Eyes: One of the most versatile vitamins in the human body is Vitamin A. Pears are high in vitamin A.  They can reduce the effects of aging on the skin, like wrinkles and age spots. This powerful fruit can also reduce  hair loss, macular degeneration, cataracts, and various other conditions associated with the aging process.

Considerations:

Fewer than 5 percent of average Americans eat enough dietary fiber on a regular basis. Be aware that moving too rapidly from a diet low in fiber to one high in fiber can cause digestive side effects like gas, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.  Dietary fiber is found only in plant-based foods — meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy products don’t contain any

Sources:

  1. Dr. Axe
  2. Livestrong
  3. Organic Facts
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
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Put A Spring In Your Step

Are you ready to feel goofrom head to toe?

What brings a smile to your face?  Does your heart feel full with the beauty of Nature?  Do you enjoy hearing the  melodies of birds that sing?  Do you indulge in the sweet smells of budding flowers?

When I hear the word green I think about life, a fresh new start, healing, and nature.  Spring is the season of resurrection, the period of renewed hope and quickened senses.  Spring gives a man a new sense of life. When the spring comes, life in its tenderest, loveliest, and most delicate forms springs out of the cold and frozen earth.  God speaks to us through the our physical senses.  Spring delights the heart, gratifies the eyes, charms the ears, and excites with its smells. When “Spring has Sprung”  it is the perfect time to create new beginnings in our being about how we might keep an eternal spring in our step.

Just think what goes into the creation of green:  green being created with the combination of yellow and blue. Yellow is happy, warm, cheerful, friendly, and energetic while we find the mental clarity and optimism with the emotional calm of blue.  Yellow’s warming and blue’s cooling effects work together to bring this positive energy.  Green represents life and abundance, growth, hope, harmony and fertility. (Please visit my yellow and blue articles to learn more about these two colors.)

The color green also brings balance, contentment, and stability. Wow! Think of it. This brings a fantastic balance to our bodies which our bodies aim for. Green is Spring! *:) happy Spring brings a fresh new start and a renewing and a restoring of our depleted energy at Winter’s end. When you think of Spring, doesn’t it bring excitement and positive emotions? Green is a natural, serene peacemaker.

Green foods do the same things on a physiological level. Did you know that hyperactive children can benefit from its calming effects, which is sleep-inducing?  Isn’t it wonderful how a color can soothe, relax, brings peace, comfort, and rest by nurturing, calmness and harmony both mentally and physically.

The Healing properties of Green and what they offer.

Green foods are the most vital food of all we eat. Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors.  Blue comes in second.  It’s a good thing because of how it benefits our lives.  It brings to all areas and functions of the body a wide spectrum of great internal healing power.  Healing with green colored foods is simply using the plants chemical energy. The green color has its own unique chemistry that is very helpful for our entire body’s use.  Green plants contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that help fight disease. These foods are supportive and cleansing and healing. They help to reverse the activity of cells in chaos. Every moment of every day your body regenerates. It changes your atoms and cells and tissues. It is very important to remember that green foods heal and keep your body balanced. Green foods produce healthy cells. Green is full of life.

WHAT IS THE GREEN PIGMENT?

Two different types of chlorophyll (chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b).  It gets its name from the Greek words “chloros” and “phyllon”, which together means “green leaf.” It is liquid “sunshine”.

Chlorophyllis (a), a green pigment found in the leaves of plants, gives foods their green hue. Chlorophyll is good for you because it similar to that of heme in hemoglobin-the oxygen-carrying pigment in your red blood cells. First scientifically identified in the 1850’s, both chlorophyll and the blood are produced through the same metabolic pathway.  The central atom-basic unit of energy in chlorophyll is magnesium instead of iron.  Chlorophyll is fat-soluble and insoluble in water so you need a fat for it to assimilate and work at its best.  So every green smoothie, every salad should have a fatty food like nuts, seeds, or avocados.

Chlorophyllin (b) can neutralize oxidative damage induced by chemical carcinogens and radiation.  After treatment with Chlorophyllin, colon cancer cells are held back.  Chlorophyllin may block the amount absorbed during digestion and help lower your risk of developing cancer.  It has been used in alternative medicine as an aid to reduce the odors of urine and fecal matter intended to improve the quality of life in people who have fecal incontinence due to spinal cord injury, bowel cancer, psychotic disorder, terminal illness, or other disorders. Chlorophyllin has been used orally as an internal deodorant and topically in the treatment of slow-healing wounds for more than 50 years without any serious side effects.

  1. Green is the most restful color for the human eye; and believe or not, it can improve vision because of the hidden lutein (yellow). So, if you want to improve your eye site, green is one big way to go. The yellow color of the human macula lutea (literally, yellow spot) in the retina of the eye results from the hidden lutein and zeaxanthin it contains.
  2. Green leaves withdraw toxins from the cells and help to purify the blood by keeping free-radicals away and blood purifier from germs, bacteria and rotting material.  This leads to detoxifying the skin.  Clean blood does amazing things!
  3. These leafy green vegetables are particularly rich in vitamins B, C and K as well as iron a great blood builder.  Iron also carries much needed Oxygen from our red blood cells to our tissues and muscles.  The darker the leaf, the greater the nutritional value.
  4. The healing properties of green are diverse.  Green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. It has both an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect, stimulate the circulatory system (Arugula), which includes the heart and its flow through the arms hands, legs, and feet.  The antioxidant beta-carotene and the vitamins C and K help neutralize toxins and remove them from the body.   Arugula strengthen the liver.
  5. Many green foods are rich in isothiocyanates  (pronounced eys-so-thigh-o-sigh-an-ate), a sulphur-containing phytochemical (plant chemical), induce enzymes in the liver that assist the body in removing potentially carcinogenic compounds by inhibit cancerous cell division and brings about cancerous cell death and stop them dead in their tracks in three different ways: a) They don’t allow carcinogens to be activated by neutralizing them; b) they counteract the poisonous effects of carcinogens that have been activated by reducing their effect; and c) they speed up their removal from the body. Carcinogens are the bad guys of the cancer battle.  Many of these foods are bitter.  If you are a “supertaster” and tend to dislike bitter foods because their tastebuds are more sensitive to them, try to find ways make them more appetizing to you and add power to your plate.

    Spinach: Spinach is considered to be a magic cocktail of all the greens.
    Being a rich source of magnesium it helps to lower stress level by keeping a person in a calm state.

    Broccoli: One of the good mood foods is broccoli which has stress-relieving vitamin B6. It also contains folic acid which is important in fighting depression.  

    Green tea contains L-theanine-a protein, relaxes the brain, thereby reducing stress and anxiety with tranquilizing effects. stimulate the alpha-brain waves and the beta-brain waves are associated with reduction of tension. It also contains an active component, epigallocatechingallate (EGCG) which has been associated with reduced physical and mental fatigue.

     

  6. Green foods rich in Vitamin K help by alkalizing the blood through the production of a hormone that regulates the production of platelets by the bone marrow.  This cures hormonal imbalances, stimulates growth hormone and brings rejuvenation.
  7. Strengthens the nervous system.
  8. As a good side-effect, eliminating the toxic substances of environmental contaminants and ingested pollutants, like heavy metals, radioactive isotopes and pesticides, can help to uplift one’s mood, alleviate depression and promote increased mental focus and clarity.
  9. Naturally, green foods are associated with any kind of cleansing diet.

WOW!  I like that don’t you?

Bottom Line: Chlorophyll is a phytonutrient that oxygenates & detoxifies the blood. It is rich in enzymes and high in amino acids. It alkalizes the body (more on pH here),  is anti-inflammatory and is an antioxidant. It has been shown to repair damaged DNA and speed up the healing process of wounds. Heavy metal chelation is another function of dietary chlorophyll as is the reduction of bad breath. It helps eliminate the odors of the mouth and throat, but more importantly of the digestive tract where bad breath originates.

Top green (Chlorophyll Superstars) that to add spring to your step:   Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass (9.82mg), Oat Grass, Alfalfa Grass, Wheat Grass (70%)

Other top sources on Linus Pauling’s list are:

  • Spinach (23.7 milligrams/cup)
  • Parsley (19 milligrams per 1/2 cup)
  • Garden Cress (15.6 milligrams/one cup)
  • Fresh green beans, arugula and leeks each have (8 milligrams/cup)
  • endive and sugar peas supplies (about 5 milligrams/cup)
  • Chinese Cabbage 4 milligrams/cup

More Chlorophyllin sources include: green peppers, Brussels sprouts, peas, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini and cucumbers. High amounts of Chlorophyllin deodorizer are found in cilantro, asparagus, beet greens, green bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, celery, collard greens, cucumbers, green beans, green peas, kale, leeks, mustard greens, green olives, romaine lettuce, green sea vegetables, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens can provide you with valuable amounts of chlorophyll.

Not all chlorophyll-containing foods are vegetables, of course. You can find visibly green foods in the nuts and seeds group (for example, pistachio nuts) and also in the fruits group (for example, green grapes or kiwifruit.)

For highest chlorophyll content from the foods you consume, it is best not to prepare them with high heat, but eat them raw or use low-temp steam settings to preserve nutritional quality.

I hope this information brought with it a little courage and a little curiosity to try adding more greens to your day.  What are your thoughts about the color green?  What is your favorite green vegetable, fruit, or herb?  What ways have you discovered to get greens onto your plate for daily consumption?

Putting it all together:  Green is the great harmonizer and balancer.  Allow yourself the pleasure of green consumption on a regular basis, you will be more balanced and relaxed.

Spiritual Insight:  With green that ushers in the new life, I cannot end this writing without remembering what 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  Receiving Christ into your life puts a whole different level of peace, comfort, and rest that nurtures and calms the inner soul.  Nothing else compares to the depth of harmony that Christ Jesus bring to us spiritually, which effects us mentally and physically as well. Psalm 23:2-3 perfectly describes a view we all long for and what can happen when you make Him Lord of your life. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:”  It is my prayer you have found and have embraced this truest form of life for yourself. 

Sources:

  1. The Food Network
  2. Joy Food Cures Life is hard, food should be easy
  3. Phytochemicals
  4. Super Foods

Blueberries, Little Blue Dynamos

In 1974, the USDA declared July as National Blueberry month.  In the 1990’s health researchers began to explore the antioxidant activity in Blueberries.  In 2010 Blueberries became “little blue dynamos” and are considered a “superfood” since they’re full of antioxidants and phyto-flavinoids, both protect body from stress and cell damage.

1. Blueberries are Low in Calories, but high in nutrients ~ Blueberries are among the most nutrient dense berries. A 1 cup serving (148 grams) of Blueberries contains: Fiber: 4 gram, Vitamin C: 24% of the RDA, Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA, Manganese: 25% of the RDA, Water about 85%

2. Blueberries are the King of Antioxidant Foods ~ Antioxidants help our cells fight stress by neutralizing other environmental damaging effects that cause damage to our cells by 20%.   Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.

3. Blueberries Reduce DNA Damage ~ which may help protect against aging and cancer.  Oxidative DNA damage (like rusting metal) is part of everyday life and is the reason for the aging process.  It is said to occur tens of thousands of times per day, in every single cell in the body.

4. Blueberries Protect Cholesterol in The Blood From Becoming Damaged ~ Oxidative damage is not limited to our cells and DNA.  It is also problematic when our circulating LDL lipoproteins (the “bad” cholesterol) are oxidized.

5. Blueberries May Lower Blood Pressure ~ Blueberries appear to have significant benefits to 8% reduction in the risk for developing high blood pressure (hypertension). The anthocyanins (blue, violet, red pigments) in Blueberries help open blood vessels, which allows for smoother blood flow and a lower risk for high blood pressure.

6. Blueberries May Help Prevent Heart Disease ~ In a 2013 study on 93,600 nurses, eating plenty of blue, violet, red pigments linked to a 32% lower risk of heart attacks.

7. Blueberries Can Help Maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory ~ Oxidative stress can accelerate the brain’s aging process, having negative effects on brain function.  According to animal studies, the antioxidants in Blueberries tend to accumulate in areas of the brain that are essential for intelligence.  They appear to directly interact with aging neurons, leading to improvements in cell signaling.  Human studies have also shown promising results. (BrainMemory)

8. Blueberries Can Have Anti-Diabetic Effects ~ Research suggests that these blue, violet, red pigments in blueberries can have beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.  In a study of 32 obese subjects with insulin resistance, a blueberry smoothie caused major improvements in insulin sensitivity (Diabetic).  Improved insulin sensitivity should lower the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, which are currently some of the world’s biggest health problems.

9. Blueberries May Help Fight Urinary Tract Infections ~ Urinary tract infections are a common problem in women.  It is well known that cranberry juice can help prevent these types of infections.  Blueberries are highly related to cranberries, and contain many of the same active substances as cranberry juice (UTI).  These substances are called anti-adhesives, and help prevent bacteria like E. colifrom binding to the wall of the bladder.

10. Blueberries May Help Reduce Muscle Damage After Strenuous Exercise ~ Strenuous exercise can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue, in part, by local inflammation and oxidative stress in the muscle tissue (Muscle). Blueberry supplementation may reduce the damage that occurs at the molecular level, minimizing soreness and reduction in muscle performance.  In a small study of 10 female athletes, blueberries accelerated muscle recovery after strenuous leg exercises (Recovery).

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
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Peaches

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Have you said these phrases or heard someone say, “You’re a peach?”, “Life’s a peach?”, or “I’m just peachy.

What is the meaning of these phrases above?

There are a number of meanings depending on how it is being used, but generally speaking, peachy means “very good or excellent” and it dates back to at least the 1900’s.  One source says some peaches were used to produce a natural high by interfering with the leptin receptors in the brain. Certain kinds of peaches were commonly sold as a drug and when people were “high” from eating them they said they were feeling “Peachy” and were outlawed in the 1940’s.

There are more than 300 varieties of peaches (Prunus persica literally means “Persian plum” and it is closely related to the plum) that grow and flourish in the United States, and over 2,000 varieties globally, although the fruit is native to China.

  1. The peach tree, in China, is often considered to be the “Tree of life”.  

  2. Peaches are a common symbol in Chinese art symbolizing immortality (or the wish for a long and healthy life).

  3. A healthy stress-reliever that helps reduce anxiety. Peaches are often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.

Peach and nectarines are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits. In contrast to peaches, whose fruits present the characteristic fuzz on the skin are dominant in a gene that produces trichomes (hairs) on the fruit. Nectarines are characterized by the absence of the recessive gene creating a (fuzz-less fruit). Peaches are also related to the cherry, apricot, and almond.  Two varieties, available May to November, fall into two general types: freestone and clingstone, based on how tightly the pit adheres to the surrounding flesh.  White peaches are sweeter than yellow peaches, but it is because white peaches are less acidic. Yellow peaches are more assertive in flavor and will stand up well in recipes needing a balance of sweet and tart.  Freestones are usually preferred for eating fresh or for freezing, while clingstones are used primarily for canning.

Perhaps being “Peachy” has something to do with how it benefits our health.

1. Protects Eye Vision

Beta-carotene is responsible for eye health and peaches contain a good amount of this antioxidant, along with vitamins A and C. Regular consumption of peaches can improve your vision health by increasing blood circulation throughout your body.

The beta-carotene also nourishes and protects the retinas in your eyes from free radical damage, as well as the carotenoids build up in the macular tissue of your eyes and helping to prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

The powerful antioxidant like lutein, present in peaches is known as the “the eye vitamin”.

2. Promotes Skin Health

Peaches area great source of vitamins A and C, which are highly essential for skin health. Vitamin A provides moisture to the skin, which improves the skin’s texture making it soft and supple. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage.

Just one large peach a day can keep your skin glowing and flawless. You can also rub peaches directly on your skin to help get rid of dark circles and wrinkles.

3. Maintains Body Weight

Peaches are fat-free and contain an average of only 68 calories. The high amount of sugar in peaches is natural and therefore does not have an adverse effect on health. If you are on a weight-loss mission, having peaches handy will help you avoid more fattening and processed snacks.

4. Prevents Cancer

Peaches are rich with antioxidants that help prevent cancerous cell growth. Caffeic acid is an antioxidant specifically found in high levels in peach nutrition protecting the body from the dangerous carcinogenic mold aflatoxin that’s often found in certain types of food like peanuts, corn and peanut butter. Caffeic acid destroys 95% of the production of aflatoxin. Peaches are known particularly for effectively protecting the body against lung, colon and oral cancers. Also, polyphenols, phenolic acids, known as chlorogenic and neochlorogenic acid, in peaches successfully inhibited the growth and metastasis (spreading to other organs) of at least breast cancer cells. Peaches appear to stop one strain of breast cancer cell lines from growing without damaging normal cells.  It is recommend breast cancer patients eat two to three peaches a day to experience the same cancer-protective effects.

The compounds in peach seeds reduce the growth of papilloma (tumors) on the skin and slow their carcinogenesis, the process by which benign tumors develop into cancer.

5. Controls High Cholesterol

Eating peaches on regular basis may help control high cholesterol and problems that lead to diabetes and heart disease. This is mainly because peaches contain phenolic compounds that prevent the oxidization of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol.

Also, foods rich in beta-carotene like peaches are good for lowering the cholesterol level in the blood stream.

6. Improves Cardiovascular Health

The antioxidants in peaches benefit your heart by destroying free radicals that start chain reactions within your body and can damage or kill cells. Peaches also contain bio-active compounds that help fight metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that causes inflammation, obesity and heart problems.

There are also other nutrients in peaches that promote cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol levels and increasing blood flow to the heart. Regular consumption of peaches will help protect you from heart attacks and strokes.

7. Supports Digestive Health

Eating peaches helps cleanse toxins from your colon, kidneys, stomach and liver due to its high fiber and potassium content.  The high fiber content pushes out any excess toxic waste matter from your colon, and the high amount of potassium reduces kidney-related diseases and reduces your chance of developing ulcers. Peaches are easy on the digestive system and generally will not cause stomach discomfort.

8. Controls Blood Pressure

One large peach contains a high amount of potassium and very low sodium, which can help you maintain healthy blood pressure. Potassium works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance and in turn helps to maintain a normal blood pressure.

Peaches also contain some magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, iron and calcium, which work together to support red blood cells and promote healthy blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, eating a peach daily can help combat the problem.

9. Protects Against Anemia

For those with iron-deficiency anemia, health experts suggest increasing your dietary intake of iron-rich foods like peaches. Iron helps increase the production of hemoglobin, thereby minimizing and preventing anemia. Peaches also have a high amount of vitamin C that helps your body absorb iron better.

10. Reduces Inflammation

Peaches have excellent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Because inflammation is at the root of most diseases, it’s also helpful to know that peaches and other fruits like it help decrease inflammation levels in the body.  Dieticians recommend that those suffering from gout or rheumatism eat peaches on a regular basis. The high vitamin A in peaches also helps treat rheumatism. Peaches also can have a diuretic or a light laxative effect that helps reduce inflammation, one of the major symptoms of gout and rheumatism.

To get the maximum health benefits from peaches, eat them raw along with the skin. Just eat one fresh peach daily as part of a healthy lifestyle diet.

Sources:

  1. https://draxe.com/peach-nutrition/
  2. http://www.fruitsinfo.com/peach-health-benefits-nutrition-values.php
  3. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-health-benefits-of-peaches.html
  4. http://www.botanical-online.com/melocotonesangles.htm
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.