Regular consumption of artichoke, eggplant and avocado may yield potent health benefits that will significantly impact your overall health.
|Artichoke leaves may
All these foods are powerful antioxidants and have an important common denominator: They all share potent anti-cholesterol properties. Artichoke, eggplant and avocado have been known to help metabolize “bad” fats and inhibit enzymes that produce cholesterol.
Artichoke flower heads have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among vegetables. It is also known that Cynarin, a chemical compound found in artichoke leaves, increases bile flow contributing to an improved liver and gall bladder function and better digestion. Artichoke is used as a natural remedy for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, heartburn, kidney problems and even to relief symptoms of alcohol hangover.
|Eat Avocado to improve heart health
Similarly, certain chemical compounds found in avocado such as aleolic acid, folate, carotenoid lutein and beta-sitosterol, have been studied in the treatment of oral and breast cancer and in the prevention of strokes, macular degeneration and cataracts. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for heart health.
|Eggplant lowers cholesterol and
regulates blood pressure
On the other hand, Eggplant is a low calorie vegetable featuring various vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin. These active substances not only may lower cholesterol, but also regulate blood pressure. Additionally, eggplant has been studied in the prevention and colon and skin cancer.
Note: A natural supplement can be added to your diet as complementary aid in the treatment of high-blood cholesterol. Artichoke Plus contains extracts of these three potent natural anti cholesterol foods.
| Garlic: Powerful natural antibiotic &
antioxidant effective in the treatment of
cancer, heart disease and obesity
If the subject of herbal/natural medicine is one of interest to you, then you probably know by now that garlic is often considered to be nature’s most potent antibiotic.
Allicin, a phytochemical formed once garlic is chopped, minced or chewed, has helped those who regularly consume garlic fight bacterial infections and prevent common colds, some viruses and even fungal infections.
Although the antibiotic benefits and medicinal use have been documented for more than 2000 years, recent research suggest that this popular cooking ingredient may be much more than just a great natural antibiotic.
According to The Angiogenesis Foundation, Garlic is one of the most potent anti-angiogenesis foods. This means that chemicals and compounds found in Garlic may help the body inhibit abnormal blood vessels growth; therefore ‘starving’ blood vessel-dependent diseases such as cancer, obesity, macular degeneration and more than 70 other diseases.
In addition, studies have shown evidence supporting the detoxifying properties of garlic; as well as, its antioxidant benefits and important contributions to the immune system. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle reports that eating a teaspoon of garlic and a half cup of onions per day increases the abundance of enzyme responsible for removing toxins in the blood cells in humans.
|Garlic improves circulation and
prevents calcium deposits
Other clinical studies have concluded that regular consumption of garlic may prevent calcium deposits and decrease arterial plaque in coronary arteries, improving circulation and in some cases preventing unhealthy blood clotting. Furthermore, The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy indicated that raw garlic extract and garlic supplements may be helpful allies in fighting stomach ulcers.
Dr Herbert Pierson, former director of the United States National Cancer Institutes’ “Designer Foods” program, summarizes his view on garlic’s medicinal benefits by stating that “Garlic is a veritable pharmacopeia. That’s why garlic has been found in every medical book of every culture ever. For thousands of years, garlic had been used for the treatment and prevention of disease. So there has to be something there.”
Some of Garlic’s Health Benefits:
- Natural Antibiotic, Antiviral and Anti-fungal
- Promotes Anti-Angiogenesis: May Prevent Cancer
- Powerful Antioxidant
- Potent Anti-inflammatory and Expectorant
- Stimulates Immune System
- Prevents Heart Disease
- Regulates Blood Sugar
- Prevents Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
- May Lower Cholesterol
- Reverses High Blood Pressure
- Promotes Weight Loss
- Boosts Testosterone in Men
- Assist in healing of skin problems
- Natural Anti-parasite
- Possible Natural Treatment for Asthma
|Berries, garlic, soy, olive oil, pomegranate and other anti-
angiogenesis foods prevent cancer & promote weight loss
Angiogenesis is the term used to describe an important natural bodily process by which new blood vessels are formed. The body regulates this process by producing a balance of growth and inhibitory factors in healthy tissues. An imbalance of such factors can contribute to ‘abnormal blood vessel growth’-either excessive or insufficient growth.
According to the Angiogenesis Foundation, Agiogenesis is a “common-denominator shared by diseases affecting more than one billion people worldwide,” including all forms of cancers, skin diseases, age-related blindness, cardiovascular disease, and many others.
Anti-angiogenic foods such as berries, garlic, soy, green tea, parsley, red wine and dark chocolate may restore the balance of growth/inhibitory factors helping the body to stop undesirable Angiogenesis. Eating these foods on a daily basis is a natural therapy against conditions that rely on excessive blood vessel growth. Anti-angiogenesis agents assist the body’s system controlling angiogenesis; in the case of excessive growth, anti-angiogenic foods help by starving abnormal growing tissue (tumors) of blood supply; hence, hindering its growth. Similarly, anti-angiogenic foods can help fight obesity by regulating abnormal growth of blood vessels which also promote “fat expansion by supplying fat cells with oxygen and nutrients.” Laboratory studies have concluded that inhibiting angiogenesis in obese mice decreases their weight to normal levels.
Anti-Angiogenesis Smoothie Recipe:
4 Oz of filtered water & ice
4 Oz of Pomegranate Juice
1 Cup of any/mix of these berries: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and/orAcai berries
1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon of chopped garlic or 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
The Angiogenesis Foundation’s list of the top 32 antiangiogenic foods:
|List of Anti-Angiogenesis Foods: Strawberries, Green Tea, Pineapple and more
Eating or drinking the juice of this sweet, tropical fruit may prove to be more beneficial than we originally thought!
|Pineapple: A Tropical Medicine
Pineapples are a great source of antioxidants and provide amazing support to the immune system… meaning less sick days and more years of healthy living to enjoy your children and grandchildren.
More importantly, this “Tropical Medicine” contributes a great deal of protein-digesting enzymes found in a substance called Bromelain. These enzymes are believed to act as a powerful anti inflammatories and cleansers of the Colon.
Bromelain enzymes digest intestine waste helping mitigate digestive disorders, fight inflammation and in some cases reduce cancerous lesions in the Colon.
Their anti inflammatory benefits may also be applied as a complementary natural medicine in the treatment of Arthritis.
Lastly, Pineapples “tune-up” your urinary tract and may prevent urinary infections. Its remarkable diuretic effects make it a great fruit to combat water retention during PMS. Some use it to prevent bloating and even as a healthy boost to their weight-loos diets.
Peel a Pineapple, rinse the skin and cook it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool and drink this tea as much as you want. We recommend adding an natural sweetener like stevia, honey or brown sugar