Posted by: godshealingplants | March 10, 2012

Antioxidant Rich Choices

ANTIOXIDANT RICH CHOICES

Berries such as raspberries, blackberries, loganberries, blueberries, bilberries, and cranberries contain flavonols and anthocyanins, naturally occurring substances with strong anti-cancer properties. Frozen berries have the same nutrition benefits as fresh, so you can improve your health, even when fresh berries aren’t in season. 

Citrus Fruitssuch as oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, and grapefruit-all have vitamin C, a vitamin long associated with preventing the common cold. Vitamin C may also help reduce the risk of cancer and cataracts. In addition, citrus fruits contain limonese, a compound that may help the liver detoxify carcinogenic chemicals.  

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, and brussels sprouts feature a substance called sulforaphane, a naturally-occurring compound in foods that neutralizes highly reactive, dangerous forms of cancer-causing chemicals before they can damage cells and promote cancer.  

Garlic and other members of the allium family such as onions, scallions, shallots, chives and leeks are loaded with allicin and S-allylcysteine-compounds associated with reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.  

Grapes, grape juice, are sources of resveratrol, which protects against heart disease and fights the production and progression of cancerous tumors.  

Nuts and seeds have heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Nuts are good sources of vitamin E, which can prevent the oxidation of “bad” cholesterol and the resulting buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. Nuts and seeds are also filled with selenium, another powerful antioxidant.  

Olives and olive oil are monounsaturated fats, and this type of fat can help lower total blood cholesterol and increase the ratio of good cholesterol to bad. Improving blood cholesterol levels reduces the risk of heart disease.  

Orange and yellow vegetables such as carrots, squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkin all contain beta-carotene-the substance that gives these vegetables their intense colors. Beta-carotene may reduce the risk of cancer and protect against cataracts.  

Flax seed is a particularly good source of omega-3 fat, a type of fat that has been shown to help thin blood and keep blood platelets from clotting and sticking to artery walls. The result is a lower risk of heart attack and stroke. 

Tomatoes, especially in the form of tomato sauce, and other members of the nightshade family. Eggplant, tomatillos, cayenne and chili peppers contain a substance called lycopene, which research has shown may help to reduce the risk of prostate, colon, and bladder cancers.  

Chili peppers are a source of capsaicin, which is the compound that makes the peppers spicy hot. Capasicin has been shown to help prevent the growth of certain types of cancer and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent.

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Responses

  1. Very informative! I printed a copy of the list of all foods and fruits and berries and placed it in my kitchen cabinet.

  2. How utterly beautiful and entirely useful!

    We too share the view that God’s Word provides the basis for robust good health to all who would surrender themselves to His faithful care.

    As testimony to that truth, we submit that though our combined ages are now 153 years, our meds bill remains at ZERO … not even aspirin. Why? Because our impartial God abounds in love, mercy, grace and wisdom.

    Just yesterday, we responded to a reader:

    “Maintaining robust health is not only dependent upon making sound food type-and-quality choices. It’s a matter of attending to a wide variety of factors. Example: NSAIDS hugely damage the gut’s ability to assimilate nutrients for up to 72 hours. If this assertion is true, one could be eating the healthiest of foods … only to lose a major portion of their nutritional potential to a damaged intestinal lining. So where does that put one who takes NSAIDS daily? Again, all said in support of the case to approach the subject as a Bible-based, long-term educational process, while following the narrow trail already blazed.”

    Two days ago we wrote yet another:

    “A shopper must be both additive-educated and very discerning, even in the selection of such seemingly straight-forward buys as your ‘Wild caught Pacific salmon’ where one might think they’ve avoided the food corruptors. Not necessarily true. As with anything else that can be distorted, ‘truth in advertising’ has been twisted and contorted almost beyond recognition.

    “Another of numerous examples is the ‘No sugar added!’ scam. The trained eye can often pick up 2-3 sweeteners in their ingredients label. But no ‘sugar.’ It’s fraud, and tough on the earnest shopper trying to do the right thing. It’s an understatement to say that the challenge of healthy eating is exacerbated by labeling and gross corruption of the food chain.

    “In consideration of such factors, one can more readily appreciate the view that, ‘If it has a label on it … it’s probably NOT fit to eat.’ In other words, support for a raw, plant-based diet.

    “Being highly motivated by multiple diseases (one ‘incurable’) we abruptly made that change on August 19, 1998. However, because of now having fewer teeth, in addition to juicing, we liquefy many of our salads and incorporate green smoothies as a part of our daily regime. In effect, we pay the electric company to chew it for us. Diane also utilizes a coffee grinder to reduce seeds and nuts to powders and meal. She then uses them to add flavor and healthy fat to her various recipes.

    “A downside to liquid foods can be the loss of healthy jaw exercise. It’s for that reason (plus their nutrient density) advisable to slowly sip and actually chew such, rather than ‘drink’ them. A straw being helpful.”

    To yet another, we wrote:

    “Suffice it to say that healthy eating entails very much more than most people realize. Because of so many considerations, one must commit to a long-term re-education, keen shopping-vigilance and income re-allocation. The latter referring to the relative dollar split between medical care and quality fuel for the body. No sane soul will quibble with the assertion that excellent fare and exercise, are far more appealing and vastly cheaper than prescriptions and a wheelchair.”

    Sickness is sometimes unavoidable, even for the most food conscientious saints. For the main, God’s will is that His own walk in robust good health by subscribing to His dietary and lifestyle principles. As the psalmist encourages: “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (Ps 92:14).

    Thank you again for doing such an excellent job to help inform of God’s all-encompassing love and provision.

    Only by His grace,

    Richard and Diane
    Hallelujah Living Ministries
    hliving.org


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