Food of Kings

Asparagus

As the season of spring approaches, one can find asparagus lovers walking along the side of a dirt road in Iowa, looking for wild asparagus growing in the ditches.

Originating 4,000 years ago the eastern Mediterranean regions of the Greeks, Romans, Syrians, Spanish, Persians, and Babylonians this elegant spring vegetable was prized so much so that Queen Nefertiti of Egypt considered asparagus the “food of gods.” Meanwhile, King Louis XIV of France named it the “food of kings.”  Early Greeks and Romans actually believed that asparagus had healing qualities and could be used to treat bee stings and toothaches.  In 1100 AD, Byzantine physicians had declared it a medicinal plant.  Romans considered it an aphrodisiac.

Urine Production

A natural diuretic, asparagus can help increase urine production in the body.  By expelling water from the body, it reduces the concentration of unnecessary salts and fluids.

This is helpful for people suffering from edema, which is retention of water in the body tissues or high blood pressure.

Good for Digestive Tract 

Asparagus has a lot of soluble and insoluble fiber, which is crucial for digestive health.  Dietary fiber
removes mucoid plaque and other toxins from the gut while being expelled.

With regular bowel movements, you find relief from constipation, and gain some protection from colon cancer.  The fiber inulin (a prebiotic ‘a good bacteria food source’ complex of sugar used medically to test    kidney function) in asparagus promotes healthy bacteria growth in the gut.


Healthy Bone

Being rich in vitamin K, asparagus helps lower the risk of coronary calcification and coronary heart disease.

Vitamin K helps you absorb more calcium, and you can thereby prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures.

Pregnancy

Significantly lowers miscarriages or neural tube defects because of folic acid, while chances of low weight, premature delivery, and retardation decrease.

 

 

Destroys Carcinogens

Carcinogens are a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.

Rheumatism is a disease marked by inflammation and pain in the joints or muscles.

Asparagus is particularly efficient in immunizing against varieties of bone, breast, lung, pancreatic, cervical, and colon cancers.

Vitamin B3 Niacin (9%) can reduce swelling and lower joint pain.Asparagus has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Since inflammation and chronic oxidative stress often cause cancer, the  anti-inflammatory benefits of asparagus can be a great way to ward it off.

Fights Depression

Depression is becoming more common every day partly because of increased stress and partly because of high homocysteine (amino acid) levels, which impede the pathway to the brain for nutrients and blood cells.  This affects production and secretion of some important hormones, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.   These hormones make you feel good and keep your spirits high.  Besides regulating your mood, these hormones also regulate sleep and appetite, so including asparagus in your diet can help ensure emotional stability.

High homocysteine levels also increases chances of heart diseases.

Blood-Sugar Regulation

The soluble fibers and antioxidants in asparagus can help prevent type 2 diabetes.  They slow down the absorption of glucose in the digestive tract, while the antioxidants remove inflammation associated with    diabetes.

The B vitamins also help metabolize starches and sugars and help manage blood sugar.

Calcium has direct effect on the pancreatic cells that regulate insulin secretion.

Skin Health 

Asparagus is excellent for getting rid of acne (even the severe type).

Its antioxidant glutathione fights free radicals and reverses the aging effect of sun damage on skin.

It also helps heal skin wounds faster.

Copper also helps build collagen and produces elastin (a protein forming the main constituent of elastic connective tissue), which improves the skin’s firmness and elasticity.

Kidney Stone Prevention

Asparagus also contains vitamin B6, which decreases urinary oxalate production, a factor behind calcium oxalate kidney stone production.

It can flush out superfluous salt and fluids from your body as well as toxins in the kidneys, which can help prevent kidney stones from forming.

Anti-urolithiatic (Urolithiasis describedcalculi or stones that form the urinary tract) effect, which can help prevent or cure urinary tract infection by eliminating formation of stony concretions in the tract.

If you aren’t suffering from uric acid kidney stones, however, and want to prevent kidney stones in general, asparagus is a great choice.

Menstrual Health

PMS, mood fluctuation, cramps, and uncomfortably heavy  flows often accompany periods.

Asparagus contains vitamin K and calcium, which can help  combat these symptoms if you happen to have them.

Vitamin K regulates our hormones so that you don’t experience cramps and other pains of menstruation.

Boosts Fertility

It reduces lipid per-oxidation in sperm cells, keeping them
healthy and motile, and also thickens the lining of the uterus.

Vitamin C plus Folate promote and nourish sperm cells and increase sperm count, keeping it voluminous and healthy.

Mainly, Folate helps create sperm cells with the correct chromosomal structure that is required for fertilization.

Hangovers


Hangovers are often accompanied by:  anxiety, nausea, fatigue, dehydration, and stomach disorders.

 

Brain Health

The impact neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s, can be very harmful.

By adding more asparagus to your diet, however, you can lessen your chances of developing such diseases.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

  • White asparagus is grown underground or under plastic domes, and the lack of chlorophyll gives it its shade.
  • Purple asparagus is naturally grown and has a fruity flavor that is often enjoyed raw.
  • When it’s really hot outside, asparagus can grow up to seven inches in a single day.
  • Asparagus, coming from the salty Mediterranean basins, can tolerate high levels of soil salinity, which is why farmers once used sea salt as a herbicide.

Recipe tip: In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 crushed garlic and 2 tablespoons sesame seeds. Brush the mix over the asparagus and grill for about 4 minutes on each side.

Sources:

http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/health-benefits-of-asparagus/

http://drjockers.com/top-5-health-benefits-of-asparagus/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19895471

 

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
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

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

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

Kiwi

                                           

Kiwi                 

The “strawberry peach”

Did you know that Vitamin C levels in Kiwi fruit outshine oranges.  Kiwi are considered a superfood because they are a high-antioxidant food. High-antioxidant foods behave like self-sacrificing soldiers to “calm the fires” in our immune system.  Cellular damage (an internal rusting of tissues) occurs when these soldiers lose control.

1. Incredible Source of Antioxidant-Powered Vitamin C and E

(1) The Vitamin C provides help in repairing and maintaining a number of body tissues and systems.
(2) Kiwi vitamin E content is fat-free and a strong component in lowering cholesterol and fighting free radicals.
(3) Kiwi fruit is also rich in polyphenols that stimulate protective activity for a strong immune system response.

2. Counteracts Aging and Improves Skin Health
(1)  Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and the building block that maintains the skin, muscles, bones and tendons. These four building blocks break down as we age and are dependent on vitamin C. Polysaccharides, a carbohydrate of many combined sugars types, are in kiwi fruit and able to double collagen synthesis in the body.  Collagen also reduces cellulite and stretch marks.
(2)  Kiwi is also host to a carotenoid an antioxidant called lutein, “the eye vitamin,” is incredibly beneficial to skin health by protecting the skin from UV light.

3. Improves Respiratory Health
Kiwifruit and other fruits high in vitamin C content have been used successfully to treat a number of respiratory illnesses. Both adults and children suffering from asthma and other respiratory illnesses and infections after adding showed beneficial reactions when kiwifruit is added to their diets. Kiwi is able to enhance the vitamin C concentration in the body, which was able to reduce the symptoms of wheezing, head congestion and duration of sore throat.

4. Good for Vision and Prevention of Eye Disease
(1) Kiwifruit has 171 milligrams of lutein in one large fruit, which is substantially higher than almost any other fruit.  This offers substantial eye protection by filtering out damaging short-wavelength UV light.
(2) Kiwifruit has a great supply of another carotenoid, Vitamin A, which is also largely beneficial to optimum eye health.

5. Aids in Digestion
Don’t throw again the skin. The kiwifruit skin is completely edible and makes this nutrient-dense fruit even more nutritious! A recent study shows that eating the skin triples the fiber intake compared to merely eating the flesh. And by not peeling the skin, you preserve much of the vitamin C content as well.  Kiwi has shown promise as a treatment of bowel and digestive disorders such as reducing complications related to irritable bowel syndrome as well as inflammatory bowel disease. Kiwi’s antioxidant action that “calms the fires” and high fiber content, overall improvements have been seen in bowel function.

6. Improves the Cardiovascular System
(a) Kiwifruit is a heart-healthy superstar. One kiwi a day can provide a lower risk of stroke, blood clots and cardiovascular diseases.
(b) Kiwifruit helps lower blood pressure, counteract sodium in the body and is a vasodilator, relaxing the blood vessels throughout the body. The fiber found in Kiwi is also very heart-healthy, along with vitamin K, which is able to prevent the buildup of calcium in the arteries and therefore able to reduce the risk for heart attacks.
(c) Kiwifruit has the ability to lower triglyceride level by 15 percent for those who consumed it.
(d) Kiwifruit is also a great source of omega-3’s, magnesium, vitamin E and copper, all of which help keep the cardiovascular system working properly.

7. Bone Maintenance and Repair
Kiwi fruit’s substantial supply of Vitamin K is needed in your body for more than just healthy arteries. Vitamin K is needed to use calcium to make bones. Improve bone health and reduce the risk of bone-related injuries and diseases like osteoporosis by consuming Kiwi.

8. Serotonin Puts Sleep Problems to Bed
(a) Surprise! The Serotonin content in kiwi may be why the fruit has a long-running reputation for its sleep-aiding abilities. The serotonin in kiwifruit has been shown to increase sleep time and sleep efficiency by 13 percent and 5 percent, respectively, so if you can’t sleep, Kiwi may help.
(b) There is also evidence to suggest serotonin may also helps boost memory and mood and can even help with depression.  A good nights sleep also contributes to helping these conditions.

9. Anticancer Effects
(a) Kiwi has been used for treating ailments like joint pain, bladder stones, and cancers of the liver and esophagus. Both the fruit and roots of kiwi have proven inhibitory effects on human liver, lung and colon cancer cell growth.
(b) The polysaccharide content and the abundance of antioxidants found in kiwi nutrition have shown anti-tumor and reduction of cancer cells.

10. Anti-fungal and Anti-bacterial Capabilities
(a) Both green and golden kiwifruit has shown anti-fungal and antibacterial capabilities in several studies. The most antibiotic activity has been found in the seeds, which are commonly consumed with the fruit because of their small size.
(b) The golden kiwi fruit contains a protein called actinchinin (a novel anti fungal protein from the gold kiwi fruit) which is suggested as the origin of its anti-fungal capabilities.  Green kiwi contains thaumatin-like anti fungal protein.Potential Side Effects of Kiwi
Kiwi fruit allergy is very common and responsible for 10 percent of all food allergy reactions in children.

Sources:
Dr. Axe

“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.
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Asparagus

ASPARAGUS

Kidney Stone: Asparagus is one of the best natural treatments for kidney stone. Asparagus is very effective against which can cause uric acid kidney stones. It breaks up uric acid making it excellent for gout and kidney stones. Asparagus juice is also contains the anti cancer properties. Drinking Asparagujuice daily eliminates the kidney stone, breaking down hard to flush out kidney stones.  After consuming Asparagus, many people notice that their urine has a distinctly different odor. Place about six to eight ounces of Asparagus in a blender and drink, then wait for few minutes (a diuretic agent).  Or, drink enough water and remember to increase your water intake whenever you increase your activity, and when you’re in a warmer climate. 

Diabetes: In a research reported in 2012 in the British Journal of Nutrition which suggest that regular intake of Asparagus can help to keep blood sugar in control with its very low glycemic index making it a great addition for anyone who wants to reduce spikes in the blood sugar levels and increase insulin production.

Heart disease: Asparagus contains soluble fiber and fiber is effective against degenerative heart diseases. Asparagus contains highest amount of potassium and Vitamin B which may help to control our blood pressure. Vitamin B can help to regulate amino acid that can be a precursor to heart diseases and stroke.

Cancer: Asparagus is amazing food and it contains the minerals and vitamins that may protect us against cancer. Amino acids found in Asparagus are very effective in fighting cancer.Asparagus is a source of antioxidants, and it contains a group of substances collectively known for their anti inflammatory effect. According to the research these two factors reduce stress and prevent cancer.

During Pregnancy: Asparagus five spears give you 100 mcg of folate, and folate is very useful for men and women both. Folate is very useful for women who are pregnant, having the risk of Spina Bifida. Folate helps to regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation and help to prevent premature birth. According to the research folate can increase sperm count in men who suffering with fertility.  Folate has been found to help with cell regeneration and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Keep things regular with Asparagus.  High in both fiber and water content, Asparagus can aid in preventing constipation, ensuring that the body is able to effectively remove toxins before they accumulate. Half a cup of Asparagus tips provides close to two grams per serving.

Improves digestive health.  Asparagus contains an unusual carbohydrate called inulin, which, unlike most carbs, does not break down in the first parts of the digestive tract. Rather, it’s not until it reaches the large intestine that it gets digested, making it the perfect food source for certain bacteria, which in turn helps with nutrient absorption, reduced colon cancer risk and allergy relief.

Better eye and skin health.  Asparagus contains vitamin A, which is not only known to boost eye health, but to improve skin, lung, and intestinal tissue lining.  Vitamin C also supports immune health, while being a strong antioxidant at the same time. A cup of raw Asparagus tips has about 7.5 mg of vitamin C

Better bone health, wound healing.  Asparagus is very rich in vitamin K, which has been linked to helping prevent osteoporosis. Additionally, it’s helpful when it comes to assisting with blood clotting, so it’s also effective in helping wounds heal.

Look for Asparagus in the market from February to June, with April being the peak. 
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
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WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Celery

  Celery

Celery was originally used for medicinal purposes to treat many ailments, including colds, flu, digestion, water retention, and more, and is also used as a flavoring herb,
celery also contains minerals such as calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium.  It contains fatty acids and vitamins including vitamin A, C, E, D, B6, B12 and vitamin K. It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid and fiber.

Celery helps lower cholesterol by regulating lipid levels
Celery lowers Inflammation
Celery helps prevent high blood pressure by lowering stress hormones in your blood. This allows your blood vessels to expand and make more room for the blood to flow. Sodium and potassium regulates fluid balance reducing blood pressure.
Celery helps prevent Ulcers by a plant chemical that protects the lining of the digestive tract.
Celery protects liver health by reducing dangerous fat-build up in the liver.
Celery has an antibacterial property effect that fight infections.
Celery helps reduce uric acid and stimulate urine production beneficial for helping prevent bladder disorders, urinary tract infections, kidney problems and cysts on reproductive organs.
Celery contains chemo-protective compounds that reduce toxicity that fight against cancer especially breast cancer, intestinal cancer, and leukemia. 
Celery’s high calcium helps calm nerves.
Celery is 95% water.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
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WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Cilantro

Cilantro                                           

Cilantro is one herb with fantastic flavor.  Ancient Greece used cilantro essential oil as a component of perfume.  In medieval times, the Romans used it to cover up the smell of rotten meat.  Today, cilantro is best known for how well it detoxifies the human body from Toxic Metal Cleansing.

1.  Cilantro may be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage.
2.  Cilantro In The School of Life Science in Tamil Nadu, India the activity of cilantro leaves and stem used in cuisine would be a remedy for diabetes because of its ability to lower blood sugar.

3.  Cilantro has a rich and strong antioxidant activity.

The primary job of antioxidants is to protect your cells against the oxidative stress neutralizing the effects caused by free radicals the primary cause of aging and other types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.)

Each antioxidant has its own specific characteristics and benefits, so getting the widest variety of antioxidants is very important.  In other words, eating the right foods can keep you young and disease-free longer both inside and outside.  It has also been shown to be an anxiety reducer.

3.  Cilantro may help improve sleep quality.
  • It has been shown, after long-term use, to remove mercury from tissue. There are very few herbs that can remove heavy metals from the body, and cilantro is one of them.
4.  Cilantro is a good source of minerals like:
  • (potassium) crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission
  • (calcium) help regulate heart rate and blood pressure
  • (manganese) helps in bone development, wound healing, metabolism, helps the body form connective tissue, blood clotting
  • (Iron) Helps prevent anemia by building up blood supplies.
  • (magnesium) synthesis of proteins, bone structure, helps cells communicate in many physiological processes
5.  Cilantro is rich in many vital vitamins:
  • (Vitamin A) Helps with macular degeneration, red eyes and eye disorders.
  • (Vitamin C)Helps stave off infections and urinary tract infections.
  • (Vitamin K) plays the strongest roles in bone health, and cilantro is one of the richest herbs in this vitamin.
  • Niacin (B3) Helps improve cholesterol levels
  • Folate (B9) Critical for metabolism, normal nerve development and proper brain function.
  • Riboflavin (B2) helps metabolize B6, B9, B3, and Iron and more.  If you suffer from migraines Riboflavin has been known to decrease their frequency.
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
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WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Parsley

Parsley
Not Just for Garnishing

Parsley can provide much more than a decoration on your plate. Parsley was used medicinally prior to being consumed as a food in the Mediterranean for 2,000 years before it was used for food.

Immune Booster

Vitamin C has many different functions.  Its powerful anti-inflammatory agent, usefulness in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and needed for the healthy function of the immune system. It may also be helpful in reducing the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.  Vitamin C improves iron absorption.

Important antioxidant

Vitamin A ~ helps reduce the risk for the development and progression of conditions like atherosclerosis, diabetes, and colon cancer. It is a nutrient so important to a strong immune system that its nickname is the “anti-infective vitamin.”

Cancer prevention

Folate is vitally important for cancer-prevention or inhibiting tumors due to high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds and is therefore important for cancer-prevention areas of the body that contain rapidly dividing cells such as the colon and the cervix.

Heart Health

Vitamin B ~ reduces blood vessel damage lowering the risk of stroke, heart attack and atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls).
Vitamin K ~ just 10 sprigs) improves bone health and improves calcium absorption.

If you are taking blood-thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin)
it is important that you do not suddenly begin to eat more foods containing vitamin K,
which plays a large role in blood clotting.

Fight bad breath

Parsley is chock full of chlorophyll, which has antibacterial properties. That is why people eat the parsley sprig from their plates after a meal. It fights oral bacteria that causes bad breath.

Cleansing Effect

Parsley works as a natural diuretic. It increases urine flow to remove infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract. At the same time it helps your body flush out more toxins such as heavy metals and it prevents the formation of kidney stones.

Parsley can cause serious issues for those who already have kidney or gallbladder problems

Wound Healing

An essential amino acid found in parsley is needed to repair damaged tissues. Parsley juice works wonders to speed up wound healing after surgery.

Soothes Irritated Skin:

Rub dried or fresh parsley leaves on irritated skin or insect bites to soothe skin irritation. When dealing with boils, boil parsley leaves in water and apply it on the affected areas for a few hours. It also helps to fade freckles and spots.

“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.

Watermelon

Watermelon

        Conventionally grown Watermelons are not among the dirty dozen of the most heavily sprayed produce. Instead, they are actually among the fifteen most clean of non-organic fruits and vegetables.  Other good news is that Watermelondon’t lose as much nutritional value cut and stored in the fridge as most other produce.

   •   Watermelon is rich in electrolytes and water content, melons are nature’s gift to beat tropical summer thirst.
   •   Watermelon are very low in calories (just 30 calories per 100 g)  They are plentiful in numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants essential for optimum health.
   •   Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A. 
…Both beta carotene with vitamin A help support good eyesight and prevent glaucoma.
…Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. 
…Vitamin A is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
   •   Watermelon is rich anti-oxidants. These antioxidants have been found to offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. phytochemicals present in watermelon have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen-free radicals.
   •   Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, are surprisingly superior to raw red tomatoes  Studies suggest that lycopene offers certain protection to skin against harmful UV rays.
   •   Watermelon offer an abundant source of minerals potassium and magnesium. Potassium is important for cardiovascular health, brain health, helps the kidneys eliminate kidney stone forming calcium as well as assists with the body’s fluid retention that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Therefore it offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
   •   Watermelon contains a surprise nutrient vitamin B, especially B1 (thiamine) important for maintaining electrolytes and nervous system signal transmissions and B6 (pyridoxine) for enzymatic functions that convert food into cellular energy.  It is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is a major antioxidant.

Make sure you find the watermelons with the black seeds. Don’t throw out the seeds.  They are protein-packed treasures.  They’re also packed with protein, vitamin B, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation and risk for heart disease and stroke.

RINSE food thoroughly and drain. Soak the seeds overnight, then roast them in the oven.  They make a great snack.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
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WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Sugar Snap Peas

    Sugar Snap Peas

We don’t usually think about green peas as an exotic food in terms of nutrient composition—but we should. They also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phyto-nutrients (plant nutrient)
Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a great for your health.

1.  Weight Management:

Peas are low-fat but high everything else.  A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber and micro- nutrients.

  2.  Stomach cancer prevention:

Peas contain high amounts of a protective nutrient that works to prevent stomach cancer.  You only need 2 milligrams per day of this phyto-nutrient (plant nutrient) to prevent stomach cancer.  A cup of peas has at least 10.

3.  Anti-aging, strong immune system, and high energy:

Peas contain high levels of anti-oxidant.

  4.  Prevention of wrinkles, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis,  osteoporosis and candida
Peas contain strong anti-inflammatory properties. Excess inflammation has also been linked to,
heart disease, cancer, and aging in general.
•  Vitamin C and vitamin E, and a good amount of the antioxidant mineral zinc
•  Omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

  5.  Blood sugar regulation:

High fiber and protein slows down and regulates the pace of how fast sugars are digested.
The anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory prevent or reverse insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes)
All carbohydrates are natural sugars and starches with no white sugars or chemicals to worry about.

  6.  Heart disease prevention:

The many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds support healthy blood vessels. The formation
of plaque along our blood vessel walls starts with chronic, excessive oxidative stress and inflammation.
The generous amounts of vitamin B1 and folate, B2, B3, and B6 reduce the risk factor for heart disease.

7.  Healthy for the environment:

•  Peas work with bacteria in the soil to ‘fix’ nitrogen from the air and deposit it in
the soil. This reduces the need for artificial fertilizers since one of their main
ingredients is nitrogen.
•  After peas have been harvested the remaining plant easily breaks down to
create more organic fertilizer for the soil.
•  Peas are also able to grow on minimal moisture so they are a perfect crop in
many areas not needing irrigation or using up valuable water supplies.

  8.  Prevent constipation:

The high fiber content in peas improves bowel health and peristalsis.

  9.  Healthy bones

Just one cup of peas contain 44% of your Vitamin K which helps to anchor calcium inside the bones. It’s B
vitamins also help to prevent osteoporosis.

10.  Reduces bad cholesterol:

The niacin in  helps reduce, the production of triglycerides and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein,
which results in less bad cholesterol, increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and lowered triglycerides.

“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.