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Top 5 super foods with healing powers

Mansi Kohli
Times of India
2012 February 1

You might know about many nutritious whole foods, which are rich in healthy nutrients. But, do you know about the significance of a few super foods that help you heal?

These foods have multiple healing effects like fighting cancer, reducing cholesterol levels and guarding against heart diseases. Intrigued? Let’s take a look…

Kiwis. These tiny packs of goodness have high levels of Vitamin C. Rich in potassium, kiwis have more fiber in them when compared to apples and bananas. Because of phytonutrients present in them, they are extremely good for people who have heart disease, cancer or any respiratory disease. They have natural blood-thinning properties, which further help in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure in the body. It is always best to eat the kiwis as soon as you cut them as they contain enzymes that lose certain properties once exposed to air. Aim to eat one to two kiwis a day.

Cherries. Cherries are packed with antioxidant value and vitamins. They are slightly high on natural sugar content, but they’re still very low-carb and are an excellent source of important fiber. Cherries are amazing with feta and greens. With a glycemic index of just 22, one should go for a daily serving of cherries, when they are in season locally.

Beans. Other than fiber, beans are also rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They have low glycemic index levels, which helps in regulating blood sugar levels and insulin production. They are low in energy-density levels i.e. they provide sustained energy, maximizing health benefits. Also, known as miracle foods, beans deliver a high amount of antioxidants to the body. Enriched with potassium, magnesium, vitamin B1 and B2, and vitamin K, they are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. One should go for a minimum of two servings of beans on a weekly basis.

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Feeding the cancer

Addictive as Cocaine, Fructose Fuels Cancer and Obesity as American Diet Staple

Anthony Gucciardi
2011 November 9

Fructose, a staple in the diet of many Americans, is continually being pegged by scientific research as a significant player in the development and spread of cancer.

Furthermore, a growing number of studies are finding fructose, and the processed foods in which it is contained, to be as addictive as cocaine.

With highly-popular fructose tied to obesity and cancer growth, is it any wonder that the health of American citizens is in decline?

One new study, published in the Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets, analyzed the link between refined sugar consumption and cancer. What the researchers found was that excess fructose consumption can actually damage the body in a number of ways beyond the development of cancer, including:

DNA damage
Altered cellular metabolism
Increased production of free radicals

Research published in the journal Cancer Research reached similar conclusions, finding that the way in which sugar is metabolized stimulates cancer growth. Even more concerning is the fact that the scientists performed the study using cells from one of the deadliest forms of cancer – pancreatic cancer. The researchers reported:

Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different … These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation.

As if the carcinogenic nature of fructose wasn’t threatening enough, 50 percent of high-fructose corn syrup has actually been found to contain toxic mercury.

The negative effects of excess fructose – particularly high-fructose corn syrup – are clear, so why would anyone willingly choose to consume heavy amounts of fructose on a daily basis? Well, besides the fact that many individuals are unaware of the adverse health consequences, people are routinely consuming significant amounts of fructose due to it being highly addictive.

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Eat like a bird

7 healthful seeds to eat

Angelique Soenarie
2011 November 9

Sometimes the most healthful foods come in small seeds.

Packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, these plant-based foods help boost immunity and energy. Studies on various seeds show they help reduce heart disease, improve the digestive system and control weight. Eat them alone as a snack or use in a dish.

“Seeds are great because just one serving is packed with protein, healthful fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are easy to eat, requiring little to no prep work,” said Tiffiany Moore, of Gilbert, a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.

“They can also enhance the immune system and help reduce the signs of aging.”

Here are seven seeds to know:

Sunflower seeds

Strength: Offer high concentrations of vitamin E, antioxidants, thiamin, magnesium, copper, niacin, selenium, manganese, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus and fiber.

Weakness: Though they offer healthy fats, they should be used in moderation.

How to use: As snacks or as toppings for salads, smoothies and baked goods

Hemp seeds

Strength: Hulled crunchy seeds are packed with protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamin E and minerals that keep the heart healthy.

Weakness: The seeds do not contain as many vitamins and minerals as other seeds.

How to use: Eat as a snack, or sprinkle some on your salad or use in a smoothie or baking.

Chia seeds

Strength: Yes, these are the “cha-cha-cha chia” seeds from the commercials. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, fiber and minerals that help maintain hydration and prevent some effects of aging.

Weakness: There are no studies that show any effects after consumption of these seeds.

How to use: Soak seeds in water for 30 minutes and they turn into a jellylike tapioca ball. Use in smoothies, yogurts and salads. Or grind the dried seed and use in baked goods.

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