Humans have relied on natural extracts and powerful nutrients to prevent disease and maintain health for countless generations. But today the typical Western diet consists mostly of foods that have been heavily processed so that most of the vitamins and minerals we need to sustain optimal health have been eliminated.
Estimates are that only 1 in 20 people consume the minimum daily recommendation of 5 servings of vegetables and fruits. Most folks are therefore deficient in a wide array of phytonutrients supplied by fresh produce that are essential for disease prevention.
But you can improve your health by harnessing the wisdom of generations past and using the nutrients provided by nature to maintain your health and fight disease. Three common foods in particular have been shown to have hidden healing benefits: curcumin, garlic and green tea.
You can harness their power to protect against…
Curcumin shown to protect the brain & liver
Curcumin is the active component of the Indian spice, tumeric that gives curry its deep yellow color. This potent antiviral is known to provide critical protection to the brain as it can easily cross the blood-brain barrier. Researchers have shown that the spice extract can effectively inhibit the formation of brain plaque that is associated with Alzheimer`s disease and other neurological disorders such as Parkinson`s.
Research published in the journal Endocrinology confirms how curcumin can help prevent the accumulation of fat in the liver.
Fatty liver disease is a potentially fatal affliction that worsens with excess body weight and obesity. The liver is our primary organ responsible for filtering toxins from the blood as well as hundreds of other important metabolic functions within our body. Any natural nutrient that can help keep fat from clogging the normal activity of our liver is critical to our health.
Garlic dramatically lowers risk from many cancer lines
Sulfur is the active compound that makes garlic difficult for many to eat raw and also contributes to its long list of health benefits. Our body uses the breakdown of sulfur to power a process known as methylation. Through this chain of chemical reactions our body is able to perform many critical functions that promote healthy immune response and clear waste products from our cells.
The result of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrates that a diet including garlic (and onions) was inversely related to the risk of many forms of cancer. Pancreatic cancer risk was lowered by 54%, prostate cancer by 51% and colon cancer rates were cut in half. Researchers believe that an improved immune response is behind the cancer fighting ability associated with garlic.
Green tea in the fight against obesity & heart disease
The catechins in green tea (EGCG) have been known for their ability to fight diseases ranging from cancer to dementia and heart disease. Extensive research has shown that EGCG can effectively inhibit the blood supply required for the development and proliferation of cancer cells. Risk for developing deadly lung cancer was reduced by 66% in participants taking a concentrated form of green tea extract.
Green tea is also a powerful tool in the fight against heart disease. Information published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition explains how EGCG increases the oxidation of fat by boosting metabolism. This action assists in weight loss by increasing base metabolic rate. Green tea also lowers the risk of coronary artery disease by limiting oxidized LDL cholesterol that causes arterial plaque.
Natural antiviral nutrients are vital to our health. Those interested in lowering their risk of cancer, heart disease, dementia and liver dysfunction should be certain to include these powerful compounds through diet or supplementation.
“Curcumin Protects the Rat Liver from CCl4-Caused Injury and Fibrogenesis by Attenuating Oxidative Stress and Suppressing Inflammation,” Molecular Pharmacology, February 2008 vol. 73 no. 2 399-409
“Fatty Liver Disease,” Ariel E. Feldstein, M.D and Marsha H. Kay, M.D, FACG, From the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Department of Cell Biology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, acg.gi.org
“Curcumin Eliminates Leptin’s Effects on Hepatic Stellate Cell Activation via Interrupting Leptin Signaling,” Endocrinology Vol. 150, No. 7 3011-3020
“Onion and garlic use and human cancer,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 84, No. 5, 1027-1032, November 2006
“The Effects of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate on Thermogenesis and Fat Oxidation in Obese Men: A Pilot Study,” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 26, No. 4, 389S-395S (2007)
John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.
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