Top 10 antioxidant-rich foods you need to add to your diet

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Russel Davis
May 4, 2017

Antioxidants promote a healthier body by eradicating free radicals, which can weaken the immune system and lead to a variety of diseases. An article in Medium.com states that food is the primary source of essential antioxidants. Certain food groups such as berries, nuts, and leafy greens are touted for their high antioxidant content.

Below is a list of the top 10 foods with the highest antioxidant content.

  1. Berries – Berries are excellent sources of polyphenols, micronutrients, and fiber. Various studies have already established that consuming berries, whether fresh, freeze-dried, or juiced, provide superior protection against heart diseases and certain types of cancers. Blueberries are especially recognized for having the highest antioxidant levels among berries. Other sources of antioxidants include strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, and goji berries.
  2. Green tea – Green tea has been cultivated for centuries because of their high antioxidant properties that help prevent the onset of certain cancers including breast, pancreatic, colorectal, and lung cancer. Green tea is also known to reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, liver disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.
  3. Leafy greens – Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale contain essential phytochemicals that counter the effects of inflammation and carcinogens.
  4. Pomegranates, cherries, grapes, and raisins – Grapes are best known for their high polyphenol content, which is essential in keeping certain types of cancers in check. The high antioxidant levels in grapes and raisins were also tied to lower risk of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and diabetes-related complications. Pomegranates and cherries are also known to contain high antioxidant levels.
  5. Dark chocolate – Dark chocolate is rich in the antioxidant flavonoids. In fact, just one oz. of dark chocolate contains twice as much antioxidants as red wine.
  6. Plums and prunes – Both plums and prunes are regarded as superfoods for their high antioxidant content. According to recent studies, one plum contains as much antioxidants as a handful of blueberries.
  7. Nuts – Nuts are an excellent source of antioxidants called polyphenols. A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society revealed that walnuts contain twice as much antioxidants as those found in other nuts such as pecans, macadamias, cashews, and pistachios.
  8. Ground cloves – Spices such as ground cloves are not only packed with flavor, they are found to have very high antioxidant content. Other antioxidant-rich spices include turmeric, garlic, ginger as well as cinnamon and oregano.
  9. Kidney beans – Kidney beans have been a kitchen staple for years. These humble legumes contain high amounts of antioxidants.
  10. Artichoke hearts – Artichoke hearts are also found to contain high levels of essential antioxidants.

The research community has long established that antioxidants are essential in maintaining a healthy body. These compounds help protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable body molecules that lack electrons. These molecules steal electrons from the nearest healthy cell, which in turn makes the cell sick and prompts a chain reaction within the body. Free radical formation can be caused by exposure to toxins and pollution, smoking, and other environmental factors.

An article in the GlobalHealingCenter.com likens this process to cleaning a fish a tank. The fish tank resembles the body, while the gunk and grime that form in it at are the free radicals. Antioxidants act as bottom-feeder fishes that suck up all the dirt in the tank. In the same manner, antioxidants scavenge the body for free radicals and eliminate them by slowing down or inhibiting the body’s oxidation process. High antioxidant levels in the body may help keep certain diseases in check such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Antioxidants were also associated with improved eye health, immune system and slower aging process.

Learn more about plant nutrients at Nutrients.news.

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Flu Vaccines Facts They Don’t Want You To Know About

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J.D. Heyes
June 30, 2016

The vaccine pushers in traditional medicine circles and Big Pharma have often gone out of their way to shield from consumers the dangers associated with vaccines, as Natural News readers are well aware of. The chicanery and obfuscation continues with the influenza vaccine.

As reported by Dr. Brent Hunter at Blogs.NaturalNews.com in November 2013, just as the influenza season was beginning that year the media and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had already begun ramping up the propaganda about how important it was to get the flu vaccine, despite the fact that the shot itself had been deemed extremely toxic, ineffective and very unsafe.

“Did you know that the 2013-2014 influenza vaccines contain dangerous levels of mercury?” he wrote. “The vaccine contains 25,000 times more mercury than the safety limit for drinking water!”

He also noted that infant and child deaths from influenza were actually on the decline until 2003 when the pediatric flu shot was introduced, though no one from CDC or the mainstream media – which is beholden to the advertising dollars of Big Pharma – has the decency to report that. What’s more, after the child flu vaccine was introduced, the pediatric death rate not-so-coincidentally rose dramatically, prompting Hunter to recommend that parents become educated about the flu vaccine before subjecting their kids to them.

But perhaps the most important advice Hunter conveyed is that our bodies are “intelligently designed” to combat the hundreds of influenza viruses in circulation. Most immune systems are very well-equipped to prevent colds and flu – and even cancer. And even if you are stricken by the flu, you can nevertheless recover.

That said, some of the facts about these flu vaccines that Big Pharma and the medical community don’t want you to find out include:

— There are more than 200 viruses that can cause flu – it’s very hard to tell which strain to protect against;

— At present there are no studies tracking people who get a flu shot and still get sick anyway;

— Death rates from flu are partially hidden because they are combined with people who are immuno-compromised anyway;

— Prior to the pediatric flu vaccine introduction in 2003 mortality rates from flu for kids was decreasing.

All of this said, one of the best ways to bolster your immune system is through nutrition, however – and that’s the easy part. In fact, there are a number of superfoods you should add to your diet that will significantly boost your ability to fight off disease.

As we reported in October 2013 that there are four key superfoods that specifically help your body defend against influenza:

Garlic: Obviously a great-tasting additive to many dishes, garlic is also a key immune system-boosting superfood.

According to Natural Life, garlic “has been nicknamed ‘Russian penicillin,’ due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties.”

Green tea: Another superfood you should add to your immune-boosting regimen is green tea. In writing for Eating Well, Prof. Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., says, “My colleague Mingruo Guo, Ph.D., a professor of food science at the University of Vermont and an authority on the immune-boosting potential of foods, always has a pot of green tea for brewing. He drinks five to six cups a day, convinced that it has immune-enhancing effects along with other health benefits.”

Chlorella: Packed with a complete protein, dozens vitamins and minerals and 18 amino acids (including the essential ones), chlorella is what we call “a perfect superfood”?that not only boosts your immune system but it may help your body naturally eliminate heavy metals consumed from dietary sources?and make you look more youthful and radiant.

Spirulina: This is one of the world’s most powerful whole foods, a superfood that everyone can enjoy. This amazing food has even more antioxidants than blueberries – another awesome superfood that help support your immune system.

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14 Toxin-Removing Superfoods That Boost Your Immune System

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Isabelle Z.
June 19, 2016

Our bodies are bombarded with all manner of toxins as we go about our daily lives. Even those of us who go to great lengths to avoid known toxins – for example, by eating organic foods and avoiding proceed meats – are still vulnerable. Toxins can sneak in from everywhere, whether it’s the air you breathe, the water you drink, or that lotion you slather on every time you get out of the shower.

While it’s impossible to completely escape toxins in modern life, one way we can stack the odds in our favor is to consume superfoods that can help flush these toxins out of our systems. Here is a look at 14 superfoods that will send those toxins in your body scrambling, while boosting your immune system at the same time.

1. Garlic has long been used to detoxify the body, and it can also support healthy liver function so that the organ can carry out its important task of cleaning your blood.

2. Turmeric. With so many benefits, it would probably be easier to list the issues turmeric can’t help with. When it comes to detoxing, however, it is particularly powerful, thanks to its ability to stimulate liver function.

3. Cucumbers might be mostly water, but that doesn’t mean they should be overlooked. They help alkalize the body and flush toxins out, and are very easy to add to your diet.

4. Broccoli has a number of impressive health benefits, but when it comes to detoxing, it’s a superstar. It works with liver enzymes to help make toxins easier to eliminate.

5. Chlorella has long been acknowledged for its ability to flush toxic metals out of the body. This superfood can help boost antioxidants as well as immune system function.

6. Lentils contain plenty of zinc, which boosts your immune system and is necessary for your body’s metabolic processes. It also helps with liver metabolism.

7. Beetroot can help to restore your body’s pH balance, while infusing it with nutrients such as iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium. Its strong detoxifying properties are supported by its high content of betaine and pectin.

8. Avocado. You simply can’t go wrong with this superfood. Avocados deliver from several angles. Their glutathione helps remove your body’s toxins while also lending some anti-carcinogenic properties. In addition, their high Vitamin K content is associated with good liver health.

9. Cabbage can help break down harmful chemicals in your body, such as those found in medications or pesticides, thanks to its sulfur-containing compounds.

10. Artichokes are full of prebiotic inulin, which your body uses to help form probiotics in your gut. This helps take the pressure off your liver to do all of the detoxing.

11. Mung beans. On a similar note to lentils, these powerful beans are known to absorb toxic residues from the walls of your intestines.

12. Green tea’s abundance of antioxidants make it well suited to washing toxins right out of your system. Moreover, it is rich in catechins, which boost liver function.

13. Watercress. This natural diuretic can protect cells from free radicals while boosting liver enzymes.

14. Lemon is truly one of the best foods for detoxification, thanks to its high content of liver-supporting pectin and betaine. Squeezing lemon juice into your water is an easy way to fit this into your daily routine.

As you can see, nature provides us with everything we need to keep our bodies in top shape and help undo some of the harm caused by mankind. If you’re concerned about toxins in your food, the book Food Forensics by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, is a must-read. Keep in mind that you’ll want to opt for the organic varieties of these foods when you’re detoxing, to avoid introducing even more toxins into your system.

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Anti-Cancer Foods: What Your Doctors Aren’t Ready To Tell You

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Sonia Nichols
June 6, 2016

My father has Stage IV Metastatic Lung Cancer. It is a harshly bleak diagnosis, one that a year later my family is still struggling to cope with.

Cancer is an appallingly destructive disease that touches us all in one way or another. According to The National Cancer Institute, during 2016:

  • An estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the US
  • Approximately 595,690 people in the US will die from cancer

Rising cancer rates

This hasn’t always been the case. Not only are cancer rates rising, they are higher in Western countries than other areas of the world. There are a number of reasons for this, including increasing lifespans and increased ability to detect cancer; however, approximately 30% of modern cancers are now estimated to be caused by diet2.

Scientific studies have shown that diets of processed red meat, fried food, refined white flour, sugar and alcohol, are all capable of causing cancer. But just as food can cause cancer, diet can also be used to help the body fight back against the disease.

Anti-cancer foods

When my father asked his oncologist if there was anything he could change in his diet to support his chemotherapy regime, his oncologist said no. He said that while a healthy, balanced diet should of course be recommended, my father couldn’t affect the spread or progression of his cancer with food.

I was shocked to hear him say this, because scientific studies being conducted by researchers all around the world, tell us that this isn’t true.

Studies on compounds such as lycopene in tomatoes3,4,5, glucosinolates in cruciferous vegetables6,7,8, catechins in green tea9,10,11 and curcumin in turmeric12,13,14 have all been shown to have anti-cancer effects. In other words, these compounds are able to act on cancer cells to stop them from developing, growing and/or spreading.

Diet can prevent cancer developing, diet can help to mobilize the immune system, and diet can deliver anti-cancer compounds into the body. The concept of using anti-cancer foods in the fight against cancer can be clearly explained using current scientific findings and logical scientific conjecture.

Waiting for the medical profession

The amount of research in this area is still in its infancy. Many of the studies so far have been carried out on tumour cells in vitro (outside of the body in petri dishes) or in small animal models such as mice. Until investigations have been extensively carried out on human populations, in double-blind studies, the medical profession won’t tell you to complement your cancer therapy with diet.

These extensive human studies are being carried out now and in five years’ time, this dietary advice might be given freely by oncologists to their cancer patients. Do you have five years or so to wait? My Dad doesn’t.

  • Can eating anti-cancer foods help to prevent you from developing cancer? Yes
  • Can eating anti-cancer foods help your body to fight cancer? Absolutely

 

To learn more about the intricate relationship between food and cancer, the E-book ‘Food to Fight Cancer: What Your Doctors Aren’t Ready to Tell You’ is available to purchase now on Amazon Kindle. The E-book explores, in detail, the current scientific findings into food that promotes cancer, and food that fights cancer. Learn how to incorporate these findings into your own diet and find some delicious anti-cancer recipes to help you get started.

You can also visit www.thegreenappleclub.com to find out more about how the food we eat directly affects our health.

 

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