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breaking freeFree radicals have received a lot of publicity in recent years, because modern medical research has identified free radical damage as an underlying cause of premature aging and many chronic and degenerative diseases. Overall, free radicals have been implicated in the pathogenesis of at least 50 diseases.

Free radicals are molecules that are missing electrons. Since these compounds are “hungry” for electrons they “steal” them from other compounds, such as cell membranes, DNA or other cellular components. This destabilizes the tissues that have been robbed of electrons, causing them to also steal electrons perpetuating the damage. This process is also known as oxidation.

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Oxidation is a natural process occurring all around us. For example, when a fire is burning, wood or other fuel is being rapidly oxidized or broken down to release heat and light. Most oxidation takes place more slowly, such as iron rusting or silver tarnishing.

The body uses controlled oxidation to burn carbohydrates, fats and proteins, releasing the energy stored in them for cellular functions. The body also uses oxidation to destroy invading microbes as part of the immune response.

So, as long as oxidation is controlled, it is a useful part of the process of life. Free radicals, however, cause oxidation to spin out of control, thus damaging life. You see this process at work when you cut into an apple and it turns brown. Oxidation or free radical damage causes the apple to start to decay.

Neutralizing Free Radicals with Antioxidants

BreakdownAntioxidants are compounds that prevent oxidation from causing healthy tissues to decay. They are like the radiator or cooling system in your car. Your car engine burns or oxidizes gasoline in a controlled way, but this generates excess heat. The cooling system of your car removes this heat to keep it from damaging the engine. Antioxidants have the same function in living tissues—they keep the metabolic engine from “overheating” and causing damage to the body.

An antioxidant is a substance that can donate an electron without becoming immediately unstable. The antioxidant donates an electron to the free radical, making it stable. This is why putting slices of apple into some water containing vitamin C, an antioxidant, will keep them from turning brown as quickly.

Without the aid of antioxidants, oxidation can damage DNA, causing cells to mutate and become cancerous. Oxidative damage will also give rise to arterial plaque, causing heart disease and increasing the risk of strokes. Without antioxidants, free radicals can damage brain tissue, leading to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or senility.

In short, antioxidants are Nature’s anti-aging compounds, protecting us from diseases associated with aging. The best way to get these compounds is from whole foods and herbs. Plants are rich in antioxidants, because they are also subject to free radical damage, so they protect themselves by producing antioxidant compounds. When we eat these plants, we get the benefit of those antioxidants. That’s why most nutritional experts agree that eating 5 to 7 one-half cup servings of fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best things anyone can do to improve their health.

Eating the Rainbow

fruits and vegetablesThe beautiful colors of fresh produce are primarily the result of antioxidant compounds. So, by eating a “rainbow” of brightly colored fruits, vegetables and herbs, we are providing the body with a wide variety of protective antioxidants.

While it’s true that we can get isolated antioxidants from supplements, these are not nearly as effective as whole food antioxidants. Here’s why. Remember the apple and the vitamin C water we talked about on page one? Putting slices of apples in water with vitamin C inhibits them from turning brown, but it won’t keep them fresh forever. That’s because antioxidants wear out.

When an antioxidant donates an electron to a free radical, it will remain stable for a while, but it is now missing an electron. Eventually, the antioxidant will destabilize and become a free radical itself, unless a more powerful antioxidant comes along and donates an electron to it. In other words, antioxidants need to be refreshed or recycled.

Nature does this by pairing multiple antioxidants together. For example, in plants, vitamin C is always found in combination with bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are also antioxidants, which help to replenish vitamin C. So, the vitamin C in rose hips, oranges and other foods has a more powerful effect on health than isolated vitamin C, because the other nutrients found with it act synergistically to protect the body.

So, let’s take a look at some of these colorful nutrients that keep free radicals in check and discover where they are naturally found. You’ll see why eating the rainbow makes good nutritional sense.

Yellow Antioxidants

cornXanth is Latin for yellow, which is why yellow-colored anti-oxidants have names like violaxanthin, betaxanthin and zeaxanthin. Violaxanthin is universally found in green leaves and is also found in many yellow vegetables. It has anticancer properties and is part of why eating green, leafy vegetables helps prevent cancer.

Beta is the Latin name for beets, so betaxanthin is an antioxidant that gives yellow beets their color. Its highest source, however, is an herb (also a common garden weed) called purslane.

Zea is Latin for corn, so zeaxanthin is a major pigment in yellow corn. Zeaxanthin is also found in orange peppers and leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and collard greens.

rainbow eye2Zeaxanthin and an antioxidant pigment called lutein, are extremely important antioxidants for the eyes. The name lutein comes from the Latin lutea, a word for the color saffron (a yellow-orange color). Both zeaxanthin and lutein are essential for the health of the macula at the back of the eye. The portion of the macula where light falls on the eye is colored yellow by these two pigments, which is why it is called the macula lutea (lutea again meaning saffron yellow). These antioxidant pigments protect the eye from ultraviolet (UV) radiation damage, which can help to prevent macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness. Both of these yellow antioxidants are found in the formula Perfect Eyes, a combination of antioxidant nutrients to protect the eyes.

By the way, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) it was noted that eye health and liver health are related. This is because the eyes and the liver use more antioxidant nutrients than any other parts of the body. Nearly all degenerate eye diseases such as retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts are due to oxidative damage to the eyes. However, if the eyes don’t have enough antioxidants, then the liver doesn’t either. So, if you have eye problems, your liver also needs support.

Orange Antioxidants

carrotsMany orange-colored foods, such as carrots, apricots, peaches and sweet potatoes, get their color from carotenes or carotenoids. These precursors to vitamin A are also found in collards, kale, spinach, pumpkins, chard, winter squash and tomatoes. They are powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic compounds. They help to protect the health of the lungs, eyes, cardiovascular system and the skin.

Carotenoid Blend contains a blend of both beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, plus lutein and zeaxanthin, mentioned above. It also contains lycopene, cryptoxanthin, phytoene, phytofluence and astaxanthin. The standard dose is one capsule three times daily.

Two more orange pigments with antioxidant properties are cryptoxanthin (which is found in oranges, peaches, mangos, papaya and tangerines) and curcumin from turmeric. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation, protecting the liver, brain and cardiovascular system from damage. It inhibits cancer cell formation, stimulates bile production, aids liver detoxification and helps the body fight infection. It is also helpful for reducing pain associated with inflammation in osteoarthritis and other chronic inflammatory diseases. CurcuminBP is a concentrated extract of this compound from turmeric with black pepper to aid its absorption.

Red Antioxidants

tomatoesOne of the most well-known red pigments is the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene makes tomatoes red and is also found in guava, watermelon, pink grapefruit and dried apricots. Research suggests that lycopene may help prevent cancer, especially cancers of the prostate, lung and stomach. Lycopene is an important ingredient in Men’s Formula, which helps protect prostate health, but it is also found in Brain-Protex, an antioxidant blend for protecting brain tissue from free radical damage. Brain Protex is a good antioxidant supplement for people who want to avoid losing their memory and mental ability as they age.

Red peppers contain the antioxidants capsanthin and capsorubin. These are very stable antioxidants derived from violaxanthin as peppers ripen, and contribute to the health benefits of capsicum.

Anthocyanins are red antioxidants which change color with pH. They are pink or red in an acidic environment and then turn blue in an alkaline environment. In plants, they are “blue blockers,” filtering out ultra-violet (UV) light and protecting tissues from UV damage. Bright light stimulates anthocyanin production in plants. These anti-inflammatory compounds are found in cranberries, blood oranges, red apples, red onions, red cabbage and red wine.

Blue and Purple Antioxidants

berriesBlueberries and bilberries are rich in blue-colored anthocyanins. These antioxidant compounds have become famous for their ability to improve night vision and protect blood vessels from inflammation. Bilberries, a key ingredient in Perfect Eyes, are used to strengthen veins and capillaries and to protect the eyes.

Purple anthocyanins give color to eggplants, grapes, elderberries and black currents. Found in combination with these purple compounds are colorless antioxidant nutrients called proanthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins are condensed tannins (tannins create astringency in herbs) that are potent antioxidants. Proanthocyanidins are found in red wine, grape skins and seeds, elderberries, blueberries, cranberries, hawthorn, ginkgo and green tea.

The most famous of these compounds are oligomeric proanthoyanidins or OPCs for short. These short chains of flavonols such as catechin are found in pine bark and grape seeds. They are available in the formulas Grapine with Protectors and High Potency Grapine and have been used for arthritis, auto-immune disorders, macular degeneration and protection from environmental toxins.

As you can see, the rainbow of beautiful colors in fruits and vegetables is not just pleasing to the eye, it’s also a sign of their health-protecting abilities. So, protect your health by eating 5-7 portions of these antioxidant powerhouses daily and using antioxidant supplements (when appropriate) for specific health needs.

Paw PawTropical fruits provide some of the best nutrition and disease-fighting power of any foods on Earth, but if you live in the Midwestern part of the United States or other less-than-tropical areas, you probably have only eaten them through shipments from out-of-state.

But there’s at least one lesser known tropical-style fruit that may be growing in your backyard right now, even if you live in a traditionally colder climate.

The Paw Paw fruit is not very well known among the mainstream, but people have enjoyed it, and the myriad health benefits it provides, for many decades.

Also called the “Hoosier banana (when found in Indiana), “Michigan banana (same concept),” “poor man’s banana” or many other names, the Paw Paw has a smooth, custard-like texture and a subtle but excellent strawberry-banana type flavor according to many who’ve tried it.

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Some get it in its fruit form while others get it in a Paw Paw supplement form. Either way, it has been said to provide incredible health benefits.

Health Benefits of the Paw Paw Fruit

The Paw Paw fruit is not only the largest fruit native to North America, it also brings with it a wide range of unbelievable health benefits.

Paw Paw fruits provide the following benefits, which has some hailing them as a “newly discovered superfood” despite its long history of use:

  • High levels of antioxidants, says one Ohio State University study- similar to cranberries, cherries
  • 20 times the Magnesium of apples, bananas and oranges
  • As much as 70 times the Iron as the above fruits
  • More Vitamin C than Oranges
  • Excellent Source of Amino Acids
  • Very Easy to grow Without Chemicals as opposed to many other fruits
  • Strong Anti-Parasitic Properties 

Paw Paw- The Strongest Anti-Cancer Plant?

As if those aren’t enough, Paw Paw bark may be of the strongest anti-cancer substances out there, sharing similar traits to the now-famous, exotic South American Graviola tree leaves and twigs (the tree that produces the Soursop fruit). In fact, a large-scale Purdue University study found that it had the strongest anti-cancer abilities of any such fruit/plant on the North and South American continents, even more than soursop/graviola in vitro.

Check out this video for more information.

Two studies published in 1997 by a Purdue University researcher Dr. Jerry McLaughlin, who has published more than 330 scientific papers and secured several patents for his work, and a doctoral student, and found that compounds in the bark of the tree showed preliminary success in fighting against drug-resistant cancers.

“The Paw Paw compounds are not only effective in killing tumors that have proven resistant to anti-cancer agents, but they also seem to have a special affinity for such resistant cells,” an article on the Purdue News website noted.

Over 40 anti-cancer compounds were found in Paw Paw bark, although McLaughlin noted that cancer cells are very complex and difficult to kill in humans. A follow-up study was undertaken, but not enough has been done as of yet to determine the ultimate effects in humans.

The findings were published in the journal Cancer Letters and the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Where to Find Paw Paws and Paw Paw Supplements                                                                         

The Paw Paw Fruit (and Bark) offers incredible health benefits.

The Paw Paw Fruit (and Bark) offers incredible health benefits.

Paw Paw trees and fruits can be found growing in otherwise humble Midwestern forests, and are most often found in shady areas on trees near riverbanks.

They typically ripen in late August and stay ripe all the way through October, however. Some farmers have taken to growing them experimentally or as a unique addition to their own personal gardens and orchards.

If you don’t have access to Paw Paw fruits or live outside of the Midwest, you also have the option of buying Paw Paw in supplement form to enjoy its many amazing benefits, but be careful as it is strong natural medicine that some people have experienced side effects with. Therefore you should consult your doctor first.

 

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weight-loss-men-and-womenIndividuals who carry an excess amount of weight on their frames can face a number of health problems. Being overweight has been linked to an increase in blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, being overweight makes it more difficult for people to move and exercise and these effects often domino. Being sedentary can lead to a greater weight gain as well as an increase in the above health conditions.

Making lifestyle changes, such as eating more healthy foods and exercising on a regular basis, is a great way to get started losing weight. Sometimes the progress can seem a bit slower than the individual would like it to be. The following herbs help to increase the amount of weight loss so that results are seen more quickly.

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Dandelion

The oft-maligned dandelion weed is actually a powerful aid in the weight loss arena. Each part of the lowly dandelion flower and herb can be ingested. In addition to it being prized for its cleansing properties, dandelion helps to neutralize toxins, keep blood sugar levels normal, reduce inflammation and make the body more alkaline. An individual can consume dandelion as a tea, in the form of a supplement or eat some of the leafy greens.

Milk thistle

Milk thistle could be a cousin to dandelion. It provides many of the same welcome cleansing properties as dandelion does. These include clearing the toxins out of the liver, and making good use of glucose and sugar for fuel instead of them turning into fat.

Ginseng

Highly prized as an aid in weight loss, there are two types of ginseng that are found in the United States: Chinese and Siberian. Both forms are available as a supplement or as a tea. They help to increase weight loss because they contain caffeine, a known stimulant. In addition, because they are a thermogenic aid, both forms of ginseng help to boost the energy of people who take them. People who take this herb on a regular basis have also noticed that their appetite has decreased and that the clarity of their thoughts has increased.

Peppermint

A tasty herb that can add a great dollop of flavor to many dishes, peppermint is tops for helping ramp up weight loss. It primarily does so by ridding the body of toxins and waste. Peppermint also aids in digestion and helps to reduce bloat. Another key advantage of peppermint is that it helps to reduce the appetite as well as reduce stress. For people who eat when they are stressed, this is a great herb to drink as a tea, take as a supplement or use as an essential oil.

Increasing the amount of weight loss can help an individual stay on track with their goals as well as enjoy better health. The above herbs can help them accomplish this.

Sources for this article include:

http://dailyhealthpost.com/15-herbs-spices-that-help-you-lose-weight/

http://my.clevelandclinic.org

http://weightloss.allwomenstalk.com

herb_digestion-263x164No one likes to talk about it, but if you don’t have regular bowel movements (if you don’t poop right), then your health is in jeopardy. Our digestive tracts are about 25 feet long, and they are in charge of assimilating nutrients and ridding the body of toxins. With such a long stretch of muscle to do the job of digestion, it can use some help sometimes. Fortunately, there are numerous herbs which help the body to digest food and absorb nutrients.

The large intestine, or colon, is about five feet long and three inches wide. The small intestine is approximately 20 feet long and about one inch wide. They work together to make certain that our food is digested properly. If our food can’t be digested properly, then health problems will arise.

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Here are some issues you may suffer from when intestines and digestion don’t work properly:

  • Cancer
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcers
  • Diarrhea
  • Colon polylps
  • Traveler’s disease
  • Constipation
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • . . . and more

Herbs for Digestion

When our digestive health is in peak condition, we can enjoy more energy, boosted immunity, the appearance of being younger than we truly are, and of course, the absence of disease. Here are 20 herbs that help with the process of digestion:

  • 3. Aloe Leaf (Aloe vera) – A super-healing plant to help ease digestion in general, and a good treatment for constipation.
  • 4. Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are anti-inflammatory and rich in both Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber (important for proper bowel movements).
  • 5. Psyllium seed – This seeds adds fiber to the diet and aids in intestinal peristalsis. The mucilage in Psyllium creates a soothing effect, which may help relieve cramping too.
  • 6. Fruit – Consuming fruit is important for overall health, though the fiber in fruit will help greatly with digestion specifically. Plus, they are loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants.
  • 7. Oat Bran – Oat bran enters the digestive tract as an in-tact fiber, so it helps to sweep unwanted matter from the nooks and crannies of your intestines. It can aid in the prevention of diabetes and heart disease as well.
  • 9. Slippery Elm Bark – Used in North America as a digestive curative for centuries, Ulmus fulva, or slippery elm, contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. In addition to containing antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions, slippery elm coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines.
  • 10. Mullein Leaf (Verbascum sp.) – Also known as ‘cowboy toilet paper,’ this anti-bacterial leaf has been used for many ailments, including diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and bladder infections. It is also sometimes used to get rid of intestinal worms.
  • 11. Barberry Root (Berberis vulgaris) – Varieties include Nepalese Barberry (Berberis aristata), Indian Barberry (Berberis asiatica), and Mountain Grape Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium). This herb is full of isoquinoline alkaloids. A bitter herb stomach tonic, it also promotes evacuation of the bowels as it is a mild laxative.
  • 12. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – Dandelion stimulates appetite and aids in digestion. While many people see dandelions as weeds, they are actually full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. In Chinese medicine, dandelion is used to treat all sorts of digestive ailments. 
  • 13. Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) – Artichokes are “useful in treating specific liver/gallbladder conditions with elevated blood fat values by promoting bile flow in the body, increasing fat digestion and protecting the intestinal mucosa. Bile acids stimulate intestinal peristalsis resulting in better digestion. Bile moves toxins that are ingested through food, water and the air from the liver on to the intestine for further elimination, making it a powerful detoxer.” You can also consume artichoke leaf extract to aid with digestion.
  • 14. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) – Fennel is a carminative herb that helps to reduce gas, warm up the digestive tract, and speed up the digestive process.
  • 15. Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) – If you’ve ever dined on a good Indian Garam Masala, you’ve eaten cardamom. This is a stomach and intestinal healing herb like few others. Part of the ginger family, it is also anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and is great for soothing gas and heartburn.
  • 16. Dill (Anethum graveolens) – Dill comes from the Old Norse word, ‘dilla.’ It means to soothe, to lull, or to calm – perhaps in apt reference to the plant’s ability to put a colicky baby to sleep. It also helps an upset stomach and greatly aids in digestion.
  • 17. Caraway (Carum carvi) – Caraway is often used for loss of appetite and for digestive disorders.
  • 18. Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) – Another carminative herb, cumin has the ability to aid in digestion, improve immunity, and treat piles, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, lactation, anemia, skin disorders, boils, and cancer.
  • 19. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Lemon balm is a mild sedative which can help to reduce gas and bloating. It also calms the nervous system. This is a great herb to use if your digestion is poor due to stress.
  • 20. Water – Though not an herb, water is one of the most important things your body needs to digest food properly. Not drinking enough water slows your digestion and can make your stool hard, and difficult to pass. Staying hydrated is one of key elements to good digestion.

E-Tea (essay tea)Essiac Tea has been an almost forgotten cancer ‘remedy’ lately since the rising tide of awareness with other cancer treatments. In other words, the Essiac PR department has been overwhelmed by all the other positive alternative press on actually effective, safe cancer solutions to the point of almost disappearing.

Late in 2013, Christina Sarich had an Essiac article published here on Natural Society which provided the very necessary original basic formula in her article, though I do wish to add more to her information – namely herbal sources and a fascinating interview of Dr. Gary Glum, who recovered the formula Rene Caisse (pronounced reen case) used. Yes, Essiac is Caisse spelled backward.

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The Powers of Essiac Tea

While the tea has been used by thousands to help eradicate cancer, Essiac Tea is not just for cancer. Dr. Glum used it for some AIDS patients when pharmaceutical ATZ was killing most others. He also used it to treat a child who was expected to die from leukemia in days, and his wife was able to get off thyroid medications by using Essiac Tea.

Dr. Glum, formerly a Los Angeles chiropractor specializing in sports medicine, explains what he did and how he acquired the information for the recipe and his subsequent harassment after self-publishing his book Calling of an Angel: The True Story of Rene Caisse and an Indian Herbal Medicine Called Essiac, Nature’s Cure for Cancer. Here’s that fascinating interview.

A few things about Essiac demand critical attention: the quality of the herbs is crucial. Many off the shelf prepared teas are bogus, often made with irradiated herbs or with herbs that replaced one or more herbs of the original formula, which should be the four herb formula Rene Caisse used only. Even if properly made with half decent herbs, it’s not fresh and is capable of spoiling. And it costs much more per dose than making your own.

These off the shelf products are what many who have complained of no results usually purchase. You should order the herbs from someone reputable who uses non-irradiated, organic or wild crafted herbs used in the original four herb formula (see Christina’s article) and includes the cell cancer killing sheep sorrel plant powder, complete with root.

But you don’t need to go shopping for the herbs or grow your own for starters. Some providers offer the powdered herbs in separate packages and others blend them together in one package. They include directions on how to make one or two gallons of Essiac Tea with prices ranging from 15 to 30 dollars. If you find one who does not include sheep sorrel root powder, find another that does. My personal favorite reliable source is here, where I order one or two ounce packages of Essiac Tea powders.

The brewed tea is stored in the fridge and a couple of two ounce doses daily are recommended, less for maintenance or prevention, more with almost time for hospice cases. It’s safe enough to take more depending on one’s condition. Although many consider Essiac Tea for cancer be used with one or more other natural remedies.

Yeast/Fungal DetoxYeast is a microorganism that is within all people. Most of the time, there is no indication that yeast is even present in the body. In fact, one of the only reasons why an individual might be aware of it is when they crave sugar or carbs intensely. These cravings, if given into, can cause an overgrowth of a harmful yeast, Candida albicans.

A whole slew of different problems can result if this yeast begins to mushroom out of control. These include weight gain, gas, sugar cravings, irritability, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and more. To guard against the overgrowth of this type of yeast, an individual can add in some of the following herbs to their everyday diet.

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Black walnut

In this case, black walnut is not the actual nut. Instead, it is black walnut hull, an herb that is loaded with tannins that are known to kill both parasites and yeast. Many antifungal supplements contain copious amounts of this herb.

Pau D’Arco

While not exactly a household name, pau d’arco is a potent herb that is perfect for an individual who is dealing with a weakened immune system. Commonly consumed in the form of tea, this herb can also be taken as a supplement. Simply drinking one or two cups of pau d’arco tea each day can help prevent an overgrowth of yeast and fungal infections.

Echinacea

Many people reach for the Echinacea in order to boost their immune systems when they are suffering from a cold. Because it supports the immune system, Echinacea is also great for fighting yeast infections. This tasty herb can be enjoyed as a tea or taken as a supplement.

Garlic

Though the aroma of this herb can be strong, garlic is still a powerful ally against yeast infections and overgrowth. In addition to being a potent antifungal agent, garlic also possesses antibacterial properties. While garlic can be added to a number of dishes, it is also helpful to take it in the form of supplements.

Oregano

In addition to the dried oregano, oregano oil can also be used in the fight against the growth of yeast. Phenols, a type of compound that is found in oregano, are known to fight overgrowths of fungus and Candida, as well as put a stop to bacterial infections. In addition to phenols, oregano also contains a great deal of antioxidants that can help boost the immune system while fighting off infections. While using oregano to cook with is a great idea, an individual who has issues with yeast overgrowth should consider taking oregano oil each day as well.

For those people who are prone to yeast infections, keeping the above herbs, or supplements containing them, on hand and using them often can help keep them healthy.

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cabbageCabbage is a cruciferous vegetable: it is closely related to other superfoods like broccoli and cauliflower and, unsurprisingly, has a similar nutrient profile. Its use as a medicine goes at least as far back as Roman times, when cabbage or cabbage juice was used as a treatment for constipation — and considering how high in dietary fiber cabbage is, this treatment was likely very effective! Apart from providing fiber, cabbage is also rich in nutrients and this makes it useful in the control and prevention of a number of diseases, including cancer and diabetes. The specific properties of cabbage which make it so useful for these conditions are discussed below.

Phytonutrients
All cabbages, white or red, are rich in phytonutrients, which are compounds naturally found in plants that include polyphenols and glucosinolates. These compounds have been studied for their role in fighting cancer and inflammatory conditions. A 2013 study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention found that these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties could contribute to the “prevention of chronic diseases…such as cancer and coronary artery disease”.

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Anti-diabetic Compounds
Cabbage is increasingly being studied as a source of possible treatment for those suffering from diabetes. In a 2008 publication in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a study which supplemented the diets of diabetic rats with red cabbage extract for 60 days found that, set against the control group, the supplemented rats displayed lower blood sugar levels, improved kidney function and improved weight loss. Researchers believe that this is likely due to the antioxidant and antihyperglycemic properties of cabbage, as well as to the high fiber content that helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

Vitamin C and K
A single serving of cabbage can provide 47% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C and 102% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K. Both of these nutrients are important in disease prevention. Vitamin C, like the phytonutrients already mentioned, is also a powerful antioxidant and has been linked to a strong immune system and a defense against pathogens in the body. Vitamin K aids in the formation of blood clots and is also essential to maintain strong and healthy bones.

Weight Loss Properties
Weight loss reduces one’s chances of developing diabetes and many forms of cancer and cabbage has a number of properties which make it an ideal weight loss food. It is low in calories, fat and carbohydrates, high in dietary fiber and is considered to have a low glycemic index, meaning that it will not cause a sharp rise in blood sugar as it is digested. It is also a versatile vegetable to use while dieting as it can be easily added to a number of soups, stews, casseroles and crockpot dinners.

In summary, cabbage is high in fiber, rich in antioxidants and other phytonutrients and an excellent aid for weight loss. All of these properties make it an ideal food both to treat conditions like cancer or diabetes and to prevent them from happening in the first place.

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12-Herbs-And-Foods-To-Help-Cleanse-The-Blood‏Here are some simple herbs and foods to help purify and optimize your blood and which can also help cleanse your liver, kill viruses, and reduce the risk of cancer cells forming.

In order to keep our bodies and especially our immune systems in optimum condition we need to eliminate toxic residues and systemic pathogens from our blood. A healthy functioning lymphatic system is vital for keeping our blood clean and reducing the risk of serious disease arising from these pathogens becoming malignant growths within our bodies.

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This can be done naturally by using many widely recognized herbs and foods that are easy to incorporate into our diets and are anti-pathogenic meaning they kill viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

1. DANDELION
Dandelion is a rich source of antioxidants and plant nutrients that help to detoxify our digestive tracts and eliminate free radicals. It is a well known herbal aid in the treatment of various liver issues. Dandelion root tea or just fresh dandelion leaves in a smoothie or juice will encourage the pancreas and liver to eliminate the toxins within your blood.

2. PARSLEY
Parsley is a natural diuretic helping your liver to detoxify your bloodstream. It is a nutritional powerhouse with high levels of vitamins A, B, C and K and the key minerals iron and potassium. Studies have shown that parsley essential oil can suppress an over-stimulated immune response which is responsible for many allergies, autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disorders. Parsley is easy to grow in a garden or window sill and can be added to almost any meal or used in a smoothie or juice.

3. TURMERIC/CURCUMIN
Turmeric is also known as curcuma and is related to the ginger family. It truly is a wonder spice. Curcumin is believed to be the main active pharmacological agent in turmeric and it has a whole range of benefits for our health including as an anti-inflammatory, antiviral , antibacterial agent as well as a blood purifier (ii). It is a powerful detoxifier and is used to relieve many liver and digestive problems.

4. CORIANDER/CILANTRO
Also known as cilantro this is a very popular herb for removing heavy metals, including mercury, from the body which cause great damage if allowed to build up. Heavy metals have been connected with many serious health problems including cancer, heart disease, brain deterioration, emotional problems, kidney disease, lung disease, and weak bones. They enter our bloodstreams from simply breathing polluted air or from foods we consume.
Many herbal heavy metal detoxification programs recommend consuming several tablespoons of a cilantro-based pesto each day, or taking cilantro-based supplements over the course of several months, to help remove the metals.

5. BASIL
Basil is another powerful detoxifier and cleanses the liver and kidneys. It is helpful for many digestion issues and can also fight infections making it a great addition to our diets. In addition basil extract is found to be successful for removing dark spots and banishing enlarged pores on the surface of our skin.

6. GARLIC
Garlic is a rich source of sulfur which is a detoxifing mineral. It encourages the liver to produce detoxification enzymes which then filter any toxins and flush them out of your blood stream. It also keeps your intestine free of bad bacteria, parasites, and viruses.

7. BLUEBERRIES
Blueberries have gained a reputation as a superfood due to their many healing properties. They are full of antioxidant flavonoids (such as anthocyanins) that can help prevent artery hardening and help to scour plaque from the walls of the arteries. They also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties helping to banish the damaging free radicals and toxins from our bloodstreams.

8. BEETS
These are another simple food that contain many beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Beets stimulate the liver to eliminate toxins and cleanse our blood.

9. CARROTS
Raw carrots are a rich source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K, potassium, and glutathione which is a liver cleansing protein. Eat raw or add to juices and smoothies for maximum benefits as cooking will diminish many of these benefits in particular that of glutathione.

10. APPLE
Apples are bursting with vitamins, minerals, fibers, and detoxing phytonutrients. They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber which lowers levels of harmful cholesterol and binds with heavy metals allowing them to be eliminated from blood and intestines. In addition they contain quercetin, potassium and magnesium which help keep your blood pressure under control.

Other pectin-rich fruit include pears and citrus fruit. It is well documented that drinking lukewarm lemon water in the morning alkalizes your body and releases enzymes to convert toxins into water soluble compounds that can easily be eliminated through your urine. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, a vitamin your body needs to produce glutathione (as mentioned above with carrots).

11. LEAFY GREENS
Spinach, broccoli, cabbage and kale are powerful detoxifiers and full of antioxidants that cleanse the whole body. They are packed with healthy fiber to cleanse our digestive systems and provide us with many beneficial vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients.

12. WATER
It is essential that we drink enough water to flush out toxins from our bodies. It is recommended to drink between 2 or 3 litres a day for optimum health.

Plaque build up is detrimental to our arteries’ health. Eating junk food and living an inactive sedentary life is the path to clogged arteries, unhealthy blood and a sluggish immue system. A healthy diet using the organic foods along with an exercise programme will ensure squeaky-clean arteries! 

REFERENCES/SOURCES:
(i) http://jonbarron.org/article/cleansing-your-blood#.U7p5gbflodU
(ii) http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2014/06/eating-turmeric-heres.html

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