Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Food as Medicines



Kiwi
Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E & fiber. It's Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

Apple
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

Strawberry
Protective fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protects the body from cancer causing, blood vessels clogging free radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you..they're high in anti-oxidants and they actually keep us young.........blueberries are the best and very versatile in the health field........they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our bodies)

Orange
Sweetest medicine. Taking 2 - 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.

Watermelon
Coolest Thirst Quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C & Potassium. (watermelon also has natural substances [natural SPF sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those darn sun rays)

Guava & Papaya
Top awards for Vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and indigestion)

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are very good as a preventative measure for men, keeps those prostrate problems from invading their bodies.

Red beans
Red beans including small red beans and dark red kidney beans are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin. They're also an excellent low-fat, low-calorie source of protein and dietary fiber. Red beans also contain phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer!

Mushrooms
They are often reffered to as the good fungus and their nutrional benefits are plenty. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that men who consumed 160 micrograms of selenium per day cut their risk of prostate cancer by 65 percent! Mushrooms also contain valuable niacin, riboflavin, copper, potassium and pantothenic acid, much of which is vital for turning food into energy! They are also known to have potent immune-boosting and cancer-
fighting properties!

Milk
Now we all remember how as kids we were coaxed by our parents to drink milk! Milk is a good source of calcium that may help prevent brittle bones. Milk and milk products are still considered to be the best and easiest source of calcium!

Garlic
Garlic was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, chewed by Greek Olympian atheletes and thought to be essential for keeping vampires at bay! No matter how much we talk about the benefits of garlic, it's not enough! Garlic is known to reduce the risk of heart attacks, killing bacteria, keeping your heart healthy & warding off coughs and colds. It is also known to reduce cholesterol. New research indicates that taking garlic during pregnancy can cut the risk of pre-eclampsia (raised blood pressure and protein retained in the urine)

Broccoli
Many of us dislike broccoli and avoid eating it but the truth is that this magic vegetable is a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber, broccoli contains phytonutrients, a group of compounds that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli is also a good source of antioxidants that protect your body's cells from damage

Almonds
Nuts are good for you since they conatin high levels of mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are good for your heart and almonds are a great source of fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium and vitamin E. In fact, almonds have more calcium than any other nut. Like most nuts, almonds provide one of the best plant sources of protein!

by: K Raman

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