JP Sears Takes On The American Heart Association, Plus The Health Benefits Of Almonds

 

Okay, today we’ll interject some humor into the mix with one of the latest videos in JP Sears’ Ultra Spiritual series. This time he uses his tongue-in-cheek delivery style to focus on coconut oil, heart health and the terrible job the American Heart Association is doing in providing us with unbiased, accurate information. He always manages to stimulate, inform and get his point across, while making me laugh at the same time.

Hey, they say laughter is the best medicine, so you might end up a little healthier just from watching this. 🙂

 

Related Self-help Health post:  Coconut Oil:Yummiest Health Aid Ever

And speaking of foods that help prevent or off-set heart disease, look no further than tasty, versatile almonds. I remember years ago reading where Edgar Cayce, aka “The Sleeping Prophet,” recommended eating 2 to 3 almonds a day as a cancer preventative, but this article from the Food Revolution Network focuses on the heart and cardiovascular benefits of eating a handful daily. Eating almonds on a regular basis could also help with type 2 diabetes, eye issues, weight loss and more…….

Health benefits of almonds

By GreenMedInfo Research Group • Originally published on GreenMedInfo.com

Almonds are familiar to many people as a healthy food, but how exactly do they affect our health? Rich in many compounds that can be lacking in a Standard American Diet (appropriately abbreviated S.A.D.), almonds can be a tasty solution to many of the chronic health conditions and diseases seen today.

Almonds are one of those nutrient-dense foods that can be hard to stop munching on once you’re crunching on the first one or two. Whether you’re sipping on a glass of creamy homemade almond milk, taking your first bite of strawberry-topped almond meal pancakes, or enjoying stir fry sprinkled with slivered almonds, you’re not just satisfying your appetite, you’re deliciously optimizing your health.

Seeds carry all of the nutrients and genetic information required to grow and develop, so too does the almond bring vital health knowledge in the form of antioxidants, heart healthy fats, protein, and inorganic compounds like minerals, which are crucial to life as we know it.

How can something so small have effects so large when it comes to addressing serious health concerns? While we may never know the full biochemical explanations behind each way the almond fulfills its triumphant quest for homeostatic health, we can continue to sing its praises and enjoy a handful a day without remorse.

According to the CDC, over 600,000 people succumb to heart disease every year, which accounts for roughly 25% of the total annual deaths. So why don’t doctors prescribe a daily handful of almonds instead of a pharmaceutical for cholesterol issues?

High cholesterol has been seen as a primary cause of heart disease and is often treated with a class of drugs called statins. While statins shut down the enzyme pathway that synthesizes cholesterol, they also wipe out the highway to producing CoQ10 (an essential enzyme for producing energy in the body), and sometimes that damage is irreversible.

But naturally, there is a much safer solution that can be grown at home, purchased at the local grocery store, or health food store. One of the clinical studies on almonds and improvements in HDL cholesterol used only 10g of almonds per day, which is roughly 12-15 almonds, and this study was in patients who had pre-existing coronary artery disease.

Not only did HDL cholesterol improve, but there were reductions in triglycerides, total cholesterol including LDL cholesterol and VLDL (very low density lipoprotein), and the atherogenic index, which is strongly correlated with chronic inflammation and the development of vascular diseases [Jamshed, 2015].

Another health crisis emerging onto the global stage is type 2 diabetes, which is justly titled a pandemic [Hu, 2015]. The number of people worldwide projected to have type 2 diabetes by 2035 is almost 600 million, what a staggering statistic, and that’s not even considering the health care costs associated with diabetes.

While an imbalanced diet can be a causative factor in type 2 diabetes, nutritional improvements can reverse some of the harmful changes. Diabetes is a disease of improper glucose (sugar) metabolism, and is generally preceded by a cluster of conditions called metabolic syndrome. While the pharmaceutical model may target a disease from one pathway or direction, the almond has innumerable approaches to countering imbalance and restoring homeostasis.

Consuming just 60g (about 2 ounces) of almonds daily for four-weeks showed reductions in insulin resistance, fasting insulin and glucose. Other health outcomes that demonstrated improvements were cholesterol ratios, body fat percentage, and nutritional status (magnesium, fiber, fatty acid profile, etc.) [Sing-Chung, 2011].

The doctrine of signatures, dating back to the first century AD, is upheld in the carrot and almond’s uncanny resemblance to the human eye. While carrots may be the best-known food that benefits the eyes, almond’s have their own pedestal to stand on. Not just an adjective for eye color, almonds are incredibly important for proper functioning of our eyes. Our eyes are exposed to numerous chemicals and toxins that evade our five sense detection. The vasculature of our eyes contains some of the smallest blood vessels in our body, and when damage occurs, repair can be difficult, if not impossible.

Rich in vitamin E, almonds can help prevent abnormal changes to the lens, which can accelerate the development of cataracts. A study conducted in Finland concluded that, “a low plasma vitamin E level (lower quartile) was associated with a 3.7-fold excess risk (95% confidence interval 1.2-11.8) of the progression of early cortical lens opacities compared with the highest quartile (p = 0.028)” [Rouhiainen P, 1996].

We know the old adage, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” but imagine what an apple covered in almond butter would do to the pharmaceutical industry.

In a 2015 study, eating ⅓ cup of almonds (43g) with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a standalone snack reduced blood sugar, and the snacking group of participants actually showed the largest decrease.

“DISCUSSION: Snacking reportedly increases the risk for weight gain, but such a broad generalization may mask differential responses to selected foods. This study compared the acute post-ingestive and the short-term effects of incorporating almonds in a meal or consuming them alone as snacks. It also allowed the assessment of possible physiological adaptations to almond consumption that could accentuate or diminish behavioral responses after 4 weeks of daily ingestion [Chen, 2015].”

It’s best to find imported Italian or Spanish almonds and sprout them for several hours or overnight (read more here). Depending on which health outcome you’re searching for, a mere 10-60g of almonds (the range used in the aforementioned studies) incorporated into your diet can ameliorate type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eye issues, and many other health conditions.

Food should taste good, but more importantly, it should relay valuable biologic information that with each bite can positively affect our state of being. So keep almonds in your desk, purse, backpack, cupboard, and close to your heart, because they’ll be protecting yours.


From the editor: An important note about raw almonds:

In the last decade, it has become difficult to find healthy, raw, organic almonds. Almonds grown in the U.S. make up 80% of the world’s almond supply. But in 2007, the USDA made it a requirement that all almonds commercially sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico must be pasteurized. If they’re not steamed, they must be fumigated with a chemical called propylene oxide or PPO.

Pasteurized almonds and almond butter may still confer significant health benefits – but if you prefer truly raw almonds, what’s the best option?

You may find almonds that claim to be “raw,” but companies can make this claim, even if it isn’t true, because no labeling requirement exists. In reality, “raw” may simply mean pasteurized with steam, as opposed to the “roasted” flavor in roasted almond butter. If the almonds you find are grown in the U.S., most likely they are pasteurized. If you want truly raw almonds, you may have to choose almonds that are imported from Spain or Italy because they are not subject to these same requirements.

As pointed out in a GreenMedInfo article, there is one “secret” exception to the U.S. mandate about almond pasteurization. The only way to purchase raw, unpasteurized almonds grown in the U.S. is to buy directly from the farmer who grows them. The author mentions Bremner Farms as an option for raw, organic, unpasteurized almonds and other nuts. You can find other options online as well – including potentially through a farmer’s market.

Source: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/almond-health-benefits/

AND another way to promote cardiovascular health is by taking a certain type of probiotic called Lactobacillus plantarum. You can read more about the research behind it here:

http://doctormurray.com/probiotics-can-affect-more-than-just-digestion/

 

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p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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Celery: Chomped or Juiced = Multiple Health Benefits

 

I’ve always thought celery was fairly tasteless and only good when a stalk is filled with something like peanut butter, herbed cream cheese or the like. But that’s really short-selling a first-rate vegetable that offers loads of health benefits all on its own. And it can be used in so many different types of recipes, whether part of a soup base, Waldorf salad, cruditĂ© platter, veggie juice, etc……

 

There are a wealth of health benefits of celery that many people are not aware of, including the fact that celery is rich in vitamin C, it lowers cholesterol, prevents cancer, manages pain from arthritis, helps weight loss attempts, detoxifies the body, reduces high blood pressure, and promotes overall health in a vast number of ways.

Nutritional Value of Celery

Celery contains minerals such as calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium.  It contains fatty acids and vitamins including vitamin A, C, E, D, B6, B12 and vitamin K. It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid and fiber.

Health Benefits of Celery

The health benefits of celery include the following:

Reduced blood pressure: Celery contains pthalides, which are organic chemical compounds that can lower the level of stress hormones in your blood. This allows your blood vessels to expand, giving your blood more room to move, thereby reducing pressure. When blood pressure is reduced, it puts less stress on the entire cardiovascular system, and reduces the chances of developing atherosclerosis, or suffering from a heart attack or a stroke.

Reduced cholesterol: Eating celery every day may reduce artery-clogging cholesterol (called LDL or “bad” cholesterol). The pthalides in celery also stimulates the secretion of bile juices, which works to reduce cholesterol levels. Less cholesterol means less plaque on the artery walls and a general improvement in heart health. The fiber that is found in celery also works to scrape the cholesterol out of the bloodstream and eliminate it from the body with regular bowel movements, further boosting cardiovascular health.

Antiseptic: Celery seeds help in the elimination of uric acid because it is commonly used for its diuretic properties, meaning that it stimulates urination. Therefore, celery is good for people with bladder disorders, kidney problems, cystitis, and other similar conditions. Celery seeds also assist in preventing urinary tract infections in women.

celeryHealthy joints: Celery is great for people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and gout.  It had anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling and pain around the joints. Celery sticks also act as a diuretic, which helps to remove uric acid crystals that build up around the body’s joints that can add to the pain and discomfort of frequent joint use. It can also increase the regrowth of tissue in inflamed joints.

Prevents cancer: Celery contains phthalides, flavonoids, and polyacetylenes. These cancer-fighting components detoxify carcinogens. Celery also contains coumarins that enhance the activity of certain white blood cells, which can effectively stave off cancer as well.  These antioxidant components seek out free radicals floating in the body and damaging organs and neutralize them before they can result in the development of serious conditions like cancer.

Improved immune system: Celery is rich in vitamin C, which greatly boosts the strength of the immune system. Stimulated by the activity of other antioxidants in celery, it becomes more active and efficient. Because of the high content of vitamin C in celery, eating it regularly can reduce your risk of catching the common cold, as well as protecting you against a variety of other diseases.

Reduces Asthma Symptoms: Vitamin-C prevents free radical damage and it also has anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the severity of inflammatory conditions like asthma.

Cardiovascular health: The notable presence of vitamin C, fiber, and other organic chemicals in the roots of celery promotes cardiovascular health.

Diuretic activity: Celery is rich in both sodium and potassium, and both of these minerals help to regulate the fluid balance in the body. Potassium also acts as a vasodilator, reducing blood pressure.

Relief from migraines: The presence of coumarins can provide relief from migraines. The exact mechanism isn’t completely understood, but research points to a suppression of Nitric Oxide release in the brain which can cause headaches and migraines.

Treats rheumatism: Celery extracts, which contain 85% 3nB, are effective for treating arthritis and muscular pains.

Diabetes Health: Celery leaves are also eaten for treating diabetic conditions, particularly because they are high in fiber, which has been shown to help manage diabetic symptoms.

Relief from ophthalmological diseases: Dripping celery tea drops on eyelids is good for certain ophthalmological conditions, and can improve your eye health, reduce your chances of developing cataracts, and protects you against macular degeneration.

Nerve calming properties: Celery contains high calcium and due to this it is commonly used to calm the nerves.

Weight loss: Health benefits of celery include weight management. Regular drinking of celery juice before meals may help you to reduce your weight. This is because celery is very low in calories, but it is very filling because of the fiber content. Therefore, it can help reduce the tendency to overeat and help you keep the weight down without feeling hungry all the time!

Other benefits: Celery acts as an antioxidant as well, and in truth, all parts of celery including the seeds, roots and leaves can be used. Eating celery regularly helps to avoid diseases of the kidney, pancreas, liver and gallbladder; neuritis, constipation, asthma, high blood pressure, catarrh, pyorrhea and dropsy, mental exhaustion, acidosis, anemia, obesity and tuberculosis. It also helps in the overall health and strength of teeth.

Celery: How to select and store?

Celery is easily available in markets all over the world. Choose the celery which is green in color, has no discoloration, has fresh and crisp leaves. Store it in refrigerator and use in 5-7 days. Make sure you do not freeze it.

Word of caution: Celery seeds contain volatile oils, flavonoids, coumarins and linoleic acid and are therefore not good for pregnant women because they may cause contractions in the uterus. Other than that, eat as many of those crunchy, green, and healthy stalks as you can!

Source: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-celery.html

Some added info about celery from ph360…..

  • It contains certain plant sterols that can pass the blood-brain barrier, providing some benefits to brain cells.
  • It can help calm the body and reduce internal pressure, because increased blood pressure and anxiety can contribute to sleep disturbances.
  • It can help maintain the structure and elasticity of blood vessels, joints and tissues thanks to its copper content. Copper plays an important role in the activity of the enzyme lysyl oxidase needed for collagen and elastin.
  • Its manganese content is great for the brain and nervous system’s health and function.
  • It’s a natural source of phosphorus, which is good for healthy bone formation, improved digestion, and hormonal balance.
  • It is one of the best sources of natural nitrate, a natural vasodilator. To get the best nitrate benefit the best ways to have celery are: raw, cooked with mild heat (50 °C, 10–30 min), or include it in a juice you drink right away.
  • The quercetin content of celery (which provides the body protection from oxidative stress) is maintained when simmered or made in a soup because this flavonoid gets transferred into the water or broth.
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties come from its potent phenolic antioxidants which protect from oxidative damage to blood vessel walls.

More on the many benefits of celery, especially in connection to high blood pressure:

http://www.thealternativedaily.com/just-four-stalks-celery-day-can-reduce-high-blood-pressure

And even though my post on celery juice included a video about some of its benefits, I found the video below even more enlightening as to how and why celery juice is so good for our bodies…

Related Self-help Health post:

The Benefits of Celery Juice

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine

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Let’s Hear It For Red Onions!!

 

I knew red onions were good for us, partly because they are in the same family as that health-promoting powerhouse garlic, but I didn’t know they had as many health benefits as they do. And I’m so glad to find that out, because awhile back I found a simple recipe for pickled red onions that I just love and eat almost daily. 

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED ONION: 4 WAYS RED ONIONS REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK

Today researchers believe that up to 40% of cancers are preventable with a change in dietary habits alone. The compounds and dietary nutrients found in red onion are associated with a decrease risk in developing prostate, colorectal, stomach, and numerous other cancers.

Read on to learn what makes red onions so effective at improving health and how they can help reduce your cancer risks.

What are Red Onions?

Thoughts of their distinctive odor and teary eyes probably comes to mind when you think of slicing into an onion, but how about red onions? Red onions are different than other varieties of onion such as the sweet Vidalia onion and the milder flavor white onion.

Aside from their flavor and color, red onions won’t make you cry and they also contain different compounds that can inhibit cancer growth. They are part of the collective family of flowering plants belonging to the allium family, known for their rich content in sulfur containing amino acids. This vegetable family has been extensively studied for its protection against degenerative diseases like cancer.

Read on for 4 key health benefits of red onions…

Health Benefit #1: Enhances Detoxification Pathways

The total antioxidant profile of red onions is suggested to increase the activity of powerhouses like glutathione and SOD (superoxide dismutase). These defense systems protect against cancer by inhibiting inflammation, repairing DNA and tissue damage, neutralizing free radicals, eliminating carcinogens from the liver, and supporting a variety of detoxification pathways that remove toxins from the body.

The high sulfur content of red onions alone supports the body’s natural ability to detox. Sulfur stimulates several anti-inflammatory processes which promote healing by enforcing antioxidant defenses. Sulfur is one of the best chelating agents that binds with heavy metals in the blood and flushes these toxins from the body. Sulfur is essential to the health and activity of hormones, enzymes, nerves, and red blood cells.

Any interference with these biological processes can lead to the accumulation of carcinogens and the increased inflammation and tissue damage that consequentially increase cancer risks.

Onions are also rich in quercetin, a powerful bioflavonoid. Quercetin aids in the removal of excessive estrogen levels from the body. This antioxidant also stimulates liver function to detoxify estrogen and other carcinogenic agents. Cancer cells of the uterus, breast, ovaries, and prostate are associated with having receptors for estrogen to bind.

Quercetin also exhibits structural similarities to estrogen making them a possible anti-cancer therapy treatment to target breast cancer cells.

Health Benefit #2: Increases Overall Immunity

Red onions contain health-promoting compounds that improve your overall immune response. Both nutritive and non-nutritive compounds found in red onions act on the body using antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral effects to reduce the burden on the immune system. The flavonoid content that contributes to these chemo-preventive properties is higher in red onions than in their white or yellow family members.

Allicin is an antioxidant compound abundantly concentrated in red onions. Allicin is effective at destroying pathogens that weaken the immune response and support cancer development. It combats fungus, bacteria, and viruses. For these reasons red onions are a useful carminative herb that enhances digestive function and improves imbalances in gut microflora.

Along with improving natural abilities to detox, quercetin also has a major impact on reducing inflammation. Quercetin is such a strong anti-inflammatory agent that supplements of this compound are marketed to improve the inflammatory immune cell response associated with histamine release.

Health Benefit #3: Regulates Sugar Levels

One of the benefits of consuming red onions instead of yellow or white is attributed to their low glycemic index. Red onions have a glycemic index (GI) of 10 on a scale of 0 to 100. This means that red onions are slower to release energy which increases blood glucose levels. Eating foods which don’t raise blood glucose if beneficial in preventing the development of type-2 diabetes.

Impaired glucose metabolism is one known contributor of cancer development. Maintaining stable insulin levels is critical to preventing physiological processes that can contribute to cancer. The low GI of red onions is associated with lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, inhibiting atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries), and also assists in regulating fat cell formation.

These vascular health benefits significantly reduce cancer risk because they are linked with an improvement in metabolism. This impacts hormone function and the health of reproductive organs.

All of this combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of quercetin allow red onions to help to neutralize free radicals that contribute to DNA damage, abnormal cell activity, and cancer growth.

Health Benefit #4: Suppresses Cancer Cell Growth and Development

The high levels of quercetin in red onion was given the credit in certain studies for protecting against laryngeal and gastric cancer, as well as reproductive-related cancers.

Protects against Mutant p53 Activity

Anthocyanins are a naturally occurring compound that give red onions their red hued purple color. Anthocyanins act as a powerful antioxidant weapon in the fight against a mutant gene called p53 that causes oxidative stress and is associated with tumor growth. Anthocyanins in red onion naturally inhibit the destruction that the abnormal functioning p53 gene can cause on cells and tissue.

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INHIBITS TUMOR GROWTH & METASTASIS

The pigmenting compounds in anthocyanins are also partly responsible for the protective effects red onions exert against tumor growth. Anthocyanins suppress a cancer cell’s ability to migrate and form tumors by inhibiting angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the growth of new blood vessels that cancer cell’s use as an energy source to grow. By inhibiting angiogenesis, cancer cells cannot form tumors or spread to new areas of the body.The super nutrient quercetin again reveals its powerful antioxidant potential.

Quercetin is so effective at scavenging free radicals that it possesses the ability to prevent tumor cell growth. These influences have been reported in breast cancer cells to induce apoptosis (“cellular suicide”) and activate a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor (p21) that shuts down many of the influences that enables cancer cells to proliferate.

The loss of expression or abnormal activity from p21 is implicated at increasing the risk of invasive cancer growth and is associated with the following cancer types:

  • Colorectal
  • Tonsil
  • Gastric
  • Breast
  • Ovarian
  • Esophageal
  • Oral
  • Lung
  • Pancreatic
  • Laryngeal
  • Bladder
  • Gliomas (tumor formation in the brain and spinal cord)
  • Cervical
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer)

 3 Recommendations to Reap the Most Benefits of Red Onions:

As with many foods, there are tricks to cooking red onions to receive the greatest health benefits. Here are a few tips you can utilize to ensure that you are receiving the highest amount of nutrients from red onions in the kitchen:

  1. The majority of the anthocyanin content is in the red skin of the onion. Avoid over peeling the onion and throwing these cancer-fighting compounds in the compost.
  2. The allicin compound in onions is released only when the onion is chopped or crushed. Like garlic, it is beneficial to activate the allicin compound by slicing into an onion a few minutes before adding it to recipes.
  3. Heat degrades many of the antioxidants in red onions. Eating them uncooked as often as possible optimizes the nutrients you are consuming. Consider cooking red onions at a low heat and avoiding high temperatures to limit nutrient loss.

Getting More Health Benefits From Red Onions

How will you include red onions into your diet to reduce your cancer risks? Here is a list of ways that you can add red onions to your diet every day:

  • Add to chili recipes or use as a topping
  • Finely slice into salads
  • Combine into homemade slaws or pickled vegetables
  • Add red onions to the last 2 hours that your bone broth is simmering
  • Mix red onions with the traditional yellow onions into a French onion soup
  • Prepare cold soups such as gazpacho as a hidden way to serve up raw red onion
  • Lightly sautĂ© or roast and use in mixed veggie sides, atop burgers, or in quinoa dishes
  • Dice into chicken and tuna salads or prepare a homemade salsa
  • Blend raw red onion into a creamy guacamole or give other dips and sauces a new take on flavor by pureeing into hummus, tahini, or a Mediterranean baba ghanoush

Source: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/health-benefits-red-onion/

Here’s a yummy sounding recipe I plan to try that uses a whole red onion. And to see the recipe for pickled onions that I mentioned in my intro, check out Tip #7 in this Self-help Health post.

This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I've ever had! It's loaded with homemade grinded spices and incredibly flavorful!

COCONUT CHICKPEA CURRY (VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE)

Preparation 15 min Cook Time 30 min
Serves 4-5     ADJUST SERVINGS
All this Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry takes is one pot, it’s loaded with homemade ground spices’ and incredibly flavorful!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons oil to sautĂ©
  • 2 mediums onions/1 large red onion, sliced
  • 14 ounces/400g fresh tomatoes, diced (if using canned, drain the tomatoes)
  • sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • 16 ounces/454g can chickpeas, drained
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 13.5 ounces/383g can coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut flour
  • 1 small lime

Check out the link below for a cooking video and more on the recipe. Apparently the squeeze of lime at the end is very important. 🙂 

Source: http://jessicainthekitchen.com/coconut-chickpea-curry-recipe/

 

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

It’s That Pumpkin Time Of Year Again!

 

We’re into that pumpkin time of year again here in the US, so let’s take a minute to remind ourselves of why they are so good for us and not just for making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween…..

 

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin beer — the options are endless, and endlessly mouthwatering. It’s finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.

Not only is fall’s signature squash versatile enough to fit into all the above and more, it also packs some powerful healthy perks — like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie, that is.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite health benefits of pumpkin. Let us know what else you love about pumpkins in the comments!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

Five ways to use/recycle pumpkins after Halloween:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/5-ways-pumpkin-halloween

Related Self-help Health posts:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/halloween-candy-a-scary-trick-instead-of-treat-plus-chocolate-almond-butter-cups/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/fall-recipes-pumpkin-pumpkin-and-more-pumpkin/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/all-things-pumpkin-especially-the-seeds/

 

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p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine

 

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More On “Pinktober”

 

Well, I meant to do a follow-up on the previous post Just Say No To “Pinktober”? long before now, but other things have been vying for my attention. Better late than never though, right? And it IS still Pinktober, er, October. 🙂

Anyway, if you or a family member or friend have been affected by cancer (which, unfortunately, is probably just about everyone), then I think it’s more than worth your time to read the previous article and this one. Awareness is the first step toward informed action and the ability to create better health and well-being for us all!

First up, the “Cliff Notes” version of an article about cancer research from The Truth About Cancer. Then, some depressing statistics having to do with the Susan G Komen For the Cure Foundation from Magdalena Wszelaki, and information about how hormone imbalance can play a key role in the cause of breast cancer…..

 

Stopping the Cure: Why Cancer Research isn’t Focused On the True Cause of Cancer

 

Article Summary

  • In the past 50 years hundreds of billions of dollars have been poured into cancer research. However all that research has failed to keep the incidence of cancer from continuing to increase.
  • There is a very good explanation for why cancer research has failed so badly… it has been directed away from the true main cause of most cancer – toxins.
  • If toxins were recognized as primary causers of cancer, this would focus attention on the industries which produce toxins as well as the companies whose products contain toxins.
  • To ensure the spotlight is kept off toxins, cancer-causing companies have placed representatives in key positions in both government agencies and non-profit organizations. These include the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the Breast Cancer Awareness Movement.
  • The cancer industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The inescapable reality is that all those profits, salaries, and perks can only be maintained if we do NOT find a cure for cancer.
  • There are cancer organizations out there who appear to be independent of ulterior influences and are working to actually make a difference. A partial list includes:
    • The Independent Cancer Research Foundation
    • The Annie Appleseed Project
    • The Cancer Prevention Coalition
    • The Breast Cancer Fund

You can read the full article here: 

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/cancer-research-true-cause/

And during the first part of October I received this e-mail from Magdalena Wszelaki at Hormones Balance titled “Pink Ribbons– Help or Scam?” with more eye-opening statistics and information about how she believes hormone imbalances are a key cause of breast cancer……

You will be hearing it everywhere throughout October: “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and you will be seeing Pink Ribbons on products, websites, marches, runs and events.

I have a problem with all of it.

For one, “awareness” is passive knowledge. Most women know that breast cancer is a serious issue and it’s not going away. 1 in 7 women will develop breast cancer.

“Awareness” has turned into an industry of the pharmaceutical companies and their stooges (allopathic doctors) sending us for mammograms, MRIs and biopsies.

As educated women, we are well aware of breast cancer. And what do you do? Go and get scanned as a “routine procedure.” You check your breasts for lumps. And every time you feel something, a moment of panic sets in.

I’ve been there. At first I was in denial for a few months, and then my partner forced me to get them checked out.

That fear. That uncertainty. That internet search that brings even more questions and anxiety.

Breast Cancer “awareness” creates a false sense of security that you are going to be OK. And, it takes us away from one key thing that most women do not do enough of: PREVENTION.

PREVENTION and ACTION.

“Awareness” IS NOT prevention. Awareness is waiting.

There are many reasons I dislike Pink Ribbons and here are a few (gathered by my friend Chris from Chris Beat Cancer):

*  Only 21% of money that Susan G. Komen for the Cure raises goes to cancer research “for the cure.”


*In 2010, Susan G. Komen for the Cure partnered with KFC who sold pink buckets of chicken “for the cure.” Apparently the folks at Komen don’t know that fast food consumption is directly linked to obesity, and that obesity is the 2nd leading cause of cancer.

*In 2011, Susan G. Komen for the Cure created and sold a perfume called “Promise Me” containing potentially cancer-causing toxic ingredients coumarin, oxybenzone, and toluene. After criticism, they pulled it from the market.

*In 2012, Komen Founder/CEO Nancy Brinker was paid $684,717, a 64% increase from her $417,000 salary in 2011. And this was AFTER a big drop in donations and half their 3-Day races were canceled.

* In 2013, Susan G. Komen for the Cure partnered with Real Water to sell pink water bottles, even though disposable plastic water bottles contain BPA, which is linked to breast cancer tumor growth.

*In 2014, Komen partnered with Maybelline, a company that is well known to use the very chemicals linked to estrogen dominance (and the leading cause of cancer).

*As a result of some of the shenanigans above, in 2014, Charity Navigator downgraded Susan G. Komen for the Cure to 2 stars (out of 4).

So no, I will not be going to marches and runs. I wont be buying products with Pink Ribbons on them. More importantly: Pink Ribbons makes you disillusioned that “all that support” will save you and other women.

That is far from truth.

Millions of dollars are poured into research and yes, some of it is needed. But let’s not forget about this basic fact:

:: MOST BREAST CANCERS ARE DUE TO ESTROGEN DOMINANCE ::

A hormonal imbalance that can easily be managed and reversed with FOOD, supplements, herbs and lifestyle choices (like your cosmetics, skin care products etc).

Let’s shift gears and go into actions (and let’s move away from just passive “awareness”).

What can you do to prevent breast cancer?

Lots. My team and I have worked really hard for the past month to create a lot of new resources for you on the types of breast cancers, what can you do to reverse estrogen dominance (ED) to reduce your risks.

This is what I suggest you do:

*Step 1* : take this quiz to figure out if you have symptoms of ED: www.hormonesbalance.com/quiz

*Step 2*: read our new article “The Breast Cancer and Estrogen Link. 15 Ways to Prevent and Manage Breast Cancer Naturally” : https://www.hormonesbalance. com/articles/breast-cancer- estrogen-link-risk/

*Step 3*: share this info with women who:
a.      have a history of breast cancers; themselves or in the family
b.      have a history of breast lumps
c.      have a history of thyroid nodules or cancer, uterine polyps, ovarian cancer or endometriosis (all connected to ED)

I hope you find our new resources empowering. Among all the hormonal imbalanced, I find ED to be the easiest to reverse and manage, so I hope you jump on board and get started too!

Magdalena.

P.S. After adopting a Estrogen Dominance Protocol, my breast lumps have disappeared in 2 months. I outlined many of the things I did in this article:

https://www.hormonesbalance. com/articles/breast-cancer- estrogen-link-risk/

More posts to check out:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/covering-causes-breast-cancer-1985-astrazenecas-bcam

Is Breast Cancer A Fungus?

Foods That Kill Cancer Stem Cells That Radiation And Chemo Don’t

Thought-provoking Article On Cancer

And unfortunately certain cancer organizations are not the only places to reconsider donating your funds. There are a number of charities that have bad track records for not spending monies where/how they’re supposed to, plus giving people in charge huge salaries and perks. Just the other day on Facebook there was a post asking that people NOT donate to the Red Cross to help victims of the hurricane. I’d heard and read in the past about the Red Cross not being the best place to donate to, as far as very little of the resources actually being used to help the people in need, but wasn’t sure how true that was. Interestingly, there were many people who left comments on the post about their terrible experiences w/ the Red Cross and its misuse of funds. And the video that was part of the post gave some eye-opening statistics of how little got spent on actual aid relief several years ago in Haiti. So, just do your research before you go shelling out your dollars.

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Just Say No To “Pinktober”?!

 

As I’ve gotten more and more into alternative health and learned about the huge problems with our mainstream/conventional healthcare system and the disastrous effect Big Pharma has had on the well-being of our country, I have come to view the Pink Ribbon campaign with sadness and disdain. I’m sure there are many involved with the movement who have their heart in the right place, but I think the American public should know more about what’s really behind all the hype and false display of compassionate caring and search for a cure.

That’s why I was delighted to come across this article by Brittany at A Healthier Happy. It’s chock full of eye-opening facts and information that everyone should at least be aware of, so they can make better informed health decisions. And it’s exactly what I would write (except better!), had I written something myself, so it’s wonderful that Brittany has saved me the time and effort.

Please take the time to read and share this insightful take on “Pinktober” and the cancer industry, and also check out the free live-stream event mentioned at the end of the post that’s being put on by the people behind The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest series….

 

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Pink Ribbon Problem Part 1:“Pinkwashing” the Truth

Welcome to October, everyone! Or, shall I say, Pinktober?

Before I begin, I want to show love and respect for the millions of brave women (and men!) fighting breast cancer as I write this. The strength and courage of cancer patients and survivors is nothing short of remarkable, and it makes me so angry that this disease rips apart people’s lives indiscriminately, like a hurricane.

My anger isn’t just at the disease, though, but also at the way we as a society approach the disease. That, lovely readers, is what I want to discuss.

October, as you know, is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Everything goes pink, from the lids of Yoplait yogurt to the gloves of NFL football players. The campaign encourages early detection and mammograms.

That’s what you know. But there’s much you don’t know. More accurately, it’s what we’re not “supposed” to think about. So let’s change that, shall we?


The Root of It All – Who Stands to Profit?

NBCAM was founded in October 1985, as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca). From square one, NBCAM existed to drive home the point that mammography is simply the best way to detect, and thereby fight, breast cancer.

You may find it odd for a pharmaceutical company to sponsor a battle that, if won, would decimate their profits. Think of it this way, though – the more people diagnosed with breast cancer, the more people need treatment for said cancer. Yeah, you’re “saving lives,” but also creating massive cash flow.

AstraZeneca is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and a leading manufacturer of tamoxifen (one of the most commonly-prescribed cancer drugs, especially for breast cancer). The global market for tamoxifen alone was $675 million in 2015, and projected to be $683 million by 2022.

Fun Fact: Tamoxifen is listed as a carcinogen on the American Cancer Society’s web page. The list was compiled by two agencies – the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the US National Toxicology Program.

It’s important to understand that pharmaceutical companies have diverse portfolios. Many also produce pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, which are (spoiler alert!) carcinogens in and of themselves, and contribute to cancer rates via their use in the food industry, water contamination from use, and from pollution caused by their manufacture.

Take, for example, the household-name company Bayer, who’s in the process of buying Monsanto. Monsanto, as you may know, is the agrochemical/agricultural biotech company that the world wishes would be consumed by a sinkhole for its egregious crimes against humanity/environment. Bayer has many skeletons dancing in its own closet, but is forking over $66 billion to be inextricably linked to Monsanto and its devil-spawn products. This includes its crowning glory, the carcinogenic pesticide glyphosate (aka “Round-Up”), the use of which is wisely being banned in other countries, but booming in the U.S.

This probably goes without saying, but if the Bayer-Monsanto merger is legally approved by regulators, Bayer will never get one cent of my money again. Curious how much Bayer is already in your home? Check out their full product listing.

AstraZeneca is just as diverse. Along with Monsanto, one of the top four biotech companies (which together account for almost 100% of the genetically engineered [GMO] seed market and 60% of the global pesticide market) is a company called Syngenta. (Syngenta has been under the radar in comparison to Monsanto, but is now making news due to a GMO seed-related lawsuit.) Well, here’s the kicker. Syngenta is a subsidiary of none other than AstraZeneca, our dear founder of NBCAM.

As you can see, pharm companies don’t just “make medicine” but actually are dangerously involved in our food industry (pesticides and GMO seeds) as well. Essentially, “Big Pharma” and “Big Agriculture” are one and the same. How does this tie in? As I mentioned, pollution from pesticide production and use contributes to environmental cancer risks, especially in our water supplies. The dangers of GMOs include a rise in food allergies (thus creating a need for medicating those allergies) and increased cancer risk (due to the extreme amount of pesticides that GMOs are genetically modified to withstand without dying, which you consume while eating them).

Gee, isn’t it awfully convenient for companies like AstraZeneca to have a hand in the cause and the “cure”?

To this day, AstraZeneca is still driving NBCAM. In ’93, they established the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation (separating it from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) to muddy the link between AstraZeneca and NBCAM. The A.Z. HealthCare Foundation page states that they “support” NBCAM, but on another page, they more accurately refer to NBCAM as, “A program of the AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation”.

Fun Fact: The original website for NBCAM (www.nbcam.org), which is now a broken link, used to show clear ownership by the A.Z. HealthCare Foundation. Courtesy of WayBackMachine’s archive, you can actually still access the old nbcam.org site and click around, to see that it was in fact copyrighted by the A.Z. HealthCare Foundation.

The main takeaway? Cancer is not only a disease – it is an industry, and an unbelievably profitable one at that. Not just for Big Pharma, but for every stakeholder involved, from the treatment centers to the manufacturers of mammography machines. If breast cancer truly disappeared tomorrow, billions upon billions of dollars would be lost.


The Prevention Problem

Okay, so October hits, it’s now National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is everywhere. Great, right? Well, not so fast.

The most glaring thing about NBCAM is that it promotes early detection and treatment. That sounds well and good, but when you really examine what the media throws in women’s faces all October, there’s a not-so-subtle suggestion that breast cancer is inevitable, and that all we can do is detect it early.

You know what works better than early detection? Prevention!

Yes, absolutely, for those who do already have it, early detection is key. No doubt about that. (However, this raises an entire topic all its own – the risks involved with yearly screenings, plus the risk of false positives, and the dangers of over-treating incidences of cancer. Read more.)

But what about those who don’t have it? For those people, prevention should be key, and that’s the topic that gets sorely neglected.

I went to the websites of some major breast cancer resources, and found the same shocking absence of preventative information virtually across the board.

Here’s one example, the American Breast Cancer Foundation. When I saw the link “Be Proactive!” under the “EDUCATION” menu, I hoped to see genuinely helpful preventative info, but was sorely disappointed. Clearly, their idea of being proactive is unrelated to being preventative:

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Still trying to hold out hope, I went to the “Can I Stop It From Happening?” link, also under the “EDUCATION” menu. The link to Protective Factors is prefaced by the following:

“There is no definite way to prevent breast cancer; however there are steps you can take to help lower your chances of developing it. In this section we will discuss breast cancer prevention and protective factors you can take part in to keep your body as healthy as possible.”

So, I clicked the “What is a Protective Factor?” link, and found this pitiful section:

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Since the page has large pics and requires scrolling, making it difficult to screen shot, allow me to copy-paste the text that’s “supposed” to help women reduce their breast cancer risk. It says, and I quote:

  • Exercise

Although it is unclear how much exercise is needed, studies have shown that physical activity may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Diet and Nutrition

No specific food or diet has been proven to prevent breast cancer; however, diet and nutrition are very important factors which can help maintain your overall health.

  • Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding your child may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. The risk lowers even more, the longer you continue to breastfeed.

I kid you not, this is it. Three utterly vague, horribly uninformative, lazy bullet points. Three!

The lack of real advice here, and across the other sites, genuinely makes me want to cry. Or punch something. Maybe both. I’m mad, seriously legit mad, over this.

Most importantly, where is the bullet point for avoiding carcinogens? The other sites all ignored toxins too, but at least had a “Don’t Smoke” bullet point – this one doesn’t even do that! Don’t get me wrong, though. Even if they do tell women not to smoke, it’s still lacking. Why? Because that doesn’t even begin to address the other carcinogens we’re exposed to daily, most of which are in our control, that also affect cancer risk.


Seeing “Breast Cancer Awareness” for What It Really Is

I’m sorry, but isn’t this making sitting ducks out of women, this assumption that we’re all walking cases of undiagnosed breast cancer?

“Alright gals, let’s wear our pink ribbon and wait for it to happen to us! It’s fine, because they’re telling us how to catch it early and then (maybe) fix it with a regimen of poison that (most definitely) will leave us in financial ruin, and at risk for secondary cancer caused by the treatment. All’s well that ends well!”

No. Just no. Seriously, at what point did this become the norm!? “Awareness” does not equal prevention when it’s being handled like this!

Instead of addressing the causes of cancer, they want to sweep it under the rug and slap a pink ribbon on it, hoping no one notices. The mention of “carcinogens” is stricken from awareness campaigns to protect the guilty, while the innocent suffer.

Our attention is repetitively redirected to “The Cure” with a skill rivaling that of the world’s most talented illusionists. As long as the focus is on the detection and treatment of skyrocketing cancer rates rather than its underlying causes, the guilty are kept safe. Nothing will change. Those parties causing cancer will keep on doing so, and those who profit from our nation’s sickness will keep getting richer.

The threats are in our products, food, water, air, soil, you name it – but who is truly looking out for us? Very, very few. The government turns a blind eye, and would rather line its pockets with lobbying funds than protect us. Overall, the medical establishment profits from the illness of its customers, so our wellness really isn’t in their best interest, now, is it? The media outlets are all owned by the same six mega corporations, so broadcasting contains exactly the messages The Powers That Be want you to receive about “cancer awareness” – nothing more, nothing less.

Fun Fact: NBC (who broadcasts NFL games, whose players don pink ad nauseum during October for “awareness”) is owned by General Electric, who – guess what! -manufactures mammography machines. Are you starting to see the web of profit?

Are you mad yet? As frustrating as this may all be, turn that frustration into determination.

Each person has the power to break this cycle, to take preventative measures, every single day. This is not accomplished by running races clad in pink or buying a box of pizza rolls with pink ribbon packaging. It can only happen when we collectively wake up and realize that the cause of cancer is all around us, and that we alone have the ability to protect ourselves and our families.


Source: https://ahealthierhappy.com/2016/09/27/pink-ribbon-problem-part-i-pinkwashing-the-truth/

FYI, Brittany is planning a Part II of this post, where she’ll discuss ways to help protect yourself, and share tips for “pinking wisely” this October. Also, I have another article I want to share in the next couple of days that has even more facts and figures about how the American public is being “pinkwashed” (hoodwinked), plus information about how hormone imbalance is one of the main causes of breast cancer and what you can do to play it safe.

And be sure to sign up for the Ultimate Live Symposium, a free 3-day live-streaming event starting Oct. 14th…..

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Related Self-help Health posts:

Is Breast Cancer A Fungus?

Foods That Kill Cancer Stem Cells That Radiation And Chemo Don’t

Thought-provoking Article On Cancer

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow, so you don’t miss out on future posts. And check out the To Your Health page of my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

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What’s Not To Love About Cherries?!

 

I was reading an article about 4 of the best foods for flushing fat from your system and it named turmeric (cleans the liver, your fat-burning “filter”), lemon juice (purges toxins from the blood), cruciferous vegetables (destroy fat-storing estrogen), and tart cherries. I knew cherries were good for inflammation and gout and helping people sleep better, but didn’t know they had a number of other nice benefits. How great, because I LOVE cherries!

 

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(NaturalNews) For those of you who love cherries, this ruby sweet fruit is much more than a tasty summer treat. Shown to combat cancer, improve sleep, balance blood pressure and ease gout, you really cannot lose. Compounds found within cherries also relieve pain as well as aspirin. Possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, these delicious gems are an excellent way to ward off disease. Rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, cherries are a powerhouse of nutrition and should be enjoyed often.

Relish the bounty of the season along with improved health

With the cherry season upon us, now is a great time for basking in all the pleasurable, health promoting benefits of the fruit. Here are a few examples of how cherries can enhance your well-being:

Cancer protection – Overflowing with beta carotene, vitamin C, boron and a class of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, cherries offer a formidable defense against cancer. As reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., in Eating Well, “… preliminary studies suggest the anthocyanin cyanidin may prevent genetic mutations that can lead to cancer and keep cancer cells from growing out of control. While tart cherries contain some anthocyanins, sweet cherries pack nearly three times as many (two-thirds are found in the skins). The riper the better: As cherries darken, they produce more antioxidants.”

Better sleep – Cherries provide one of the few naturally occurring sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles. According to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, “These data suggest that consumption of a tart cherry juice concentrate provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”

Pain relief – Research at Michigan State University discovered anthocyanins in cherries relieve pain as effectively as aspirin. Lead researcher Muralee G. Nair, Ph.D., observes, “It is as good as ibuprofen and some of the non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs.” The lab results indicate consumption of 20 tart cherries can significantly reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Regulate blood pressure – Loaded with potassium, cherries are an exceptional food for easing high blood pressure. A balancing mineral, potassium helps to maintain fluid equilibrium within the body by offsetting the bloating effect of sodium. Cherries are also a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that maintains blood vessel integrity.

Tame gout – A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that women, aged 22 to 40, who consumed approximately 45 sweet cherries after fasting had improved urinary uric acid levels and lowered C-reactive protein. Further research demonstrated anti-inflammatory characteristics of the fruit. When rats were fed 2 ounces of cherries, joint swelling was significantly reduced. Both findings indicate cherries are an exceptional food for painful gout flare-ups.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/041145_cherries_tart_cherry_juice_inflammation.html#ixzz2YkDpK9oe

Author: Carolanne is a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness  coach. Her website is  www.Thrive-Living.net

Here’s a little more I found at Truth About Fat Burning Foods about using tart cherries to combat pain and inflammation, flush fat from your system and improve sleep…….

Over 111 million prescriptions are issued yearly for anti-inflammatory drugs. These meds have been shown to wreak havoc on your digestive system, while causing damage to your heart, your liver, and your kidneys.

But the anthocyanins and phenols found in tart cherries have been shown to provide STRONGER protection against muscle injury and damage than these dangerous drugs. In other words, this tiny fruit has been proven BETTER than things like Ibuprofen for reducing inflammation and muscle soreness.

In fact, over 74 published studies indicate tart cherries deliver a high level of protection against cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and can even fight against Alzheimer’s. Many of them also validate tart cherries and tart cherry beverages speed up recovery time from exercise and reduce inflammatory markers significantly.

But there’s MORE…tart cherries also contain a hefty dose of naturally occurring melatonin (improves sleep) and they have one of the highest anti-oxidant scores of all fruits and they score amazingly low on the glycemic index (~20). So they’re one the best fruits to eat for fat loss.

So by eating a hefty dose of tart cherries (or organic, flash pasteurized tart cherry juice) you can help your body recover faster, reduce joint pain through the anti-inflammatory response, sleep better, and fight inflammation to “flush out” more trapped fat from your body.

Related Self-help Health posts:

21 Foods That Fight Inflammation

FYI, you can get tart cherry juice and dried Montmorency tart cherries (love ’em!)  at a discount at one of my favorite places to shop  iHerb.com; use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can take advantage of their wonderful Specials and Trial Offers section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up, and there’s no sales tax. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60 and you can earn customer loyalty rewards cash each time you order.

Vitacost.com is another on-line favorite of mine and also has a huge selection of cherry-related products.  If you are new to Vitacost and make your first purchase of $25 or more through the link on my webpage you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost (and 100s of other popular stores) and earn cash back on future purchases. Plus, eBates usually offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.