Clean your Arteries with Grapes and Apples!

A study on juices made from apples or purple grapes showed that both the juices and the fruits themselves can help prevent clogged arteries.
Researchers fed hamsters fruit and juice along with a fatty diet. The animals who were fed grape juice had the lowest risk of developing artery problems. The benefits came from the fruits’ high levels of phenols, a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants in various foods are already known to be beneficial to heart health. In this case, the team wanted to see how juicing affected the phenol content, because most studies have looked at raw fruit.
The hamsters were given an amount of fruit equivalent to three apples, or three bunches of grapes for a human weighing 154 pounds (70 kg), and drank the equivalent of four glasses of juice daily.
Compared to the control group that was given water, those given fruit or fruit juice experienced several health benefits, including:
Lower cholesterol
Less oxidative stress
Less fat accumulation in their aorta

Purple grape juice was the most potent, followed by purple grapes, apple juice, and apples. Other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and carotenoids may also contribute to their overall effect.






Vitamins with Memory Power!

Having a good memory is important to everyone. Keeping the brain stimulated helps keep memories strong along with a healthy lifestyle. Vitamins are key components in helping to bolster memory power. Aging requires more vitamins to assist with keeping the brain strong and cells repairing themselves. Supplementing your diet with key vitamins will help ensure your memory will stay active for years to come.
-Vitamin B3, or niacin, is water soluble and part of the group of B vitamins that are beneficial to a healthy body. There have been a few tests conducted as to the abilities of vitamin B3 on memory. Recent studies show that niacin given in doses of 425 mg per day can improve memory up to 40 percent. Vitamin B3 helps to create healthy functioning of the enzymes that stop brain toxins that affect normal healthy brain metabolism and clear thinking.
Vitamin B9, or folic acid, is also water soluble and part of the B vitamin family. It supports proper adrenal functions, and helps calm and maintain a healthy nervous system. Folic acid may also play a role in helping to slow memory loss associated with aging.
-Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that is beneficial for overall health and brain functions. Tufts University finds vitamin E can assist with keeping the memory alert as we age. Brain cells use lots of oxygen, and vitamin E helps keep the body oxygenated and cells healthy and happy in the brain. Vitamin E has been linked to helping keep the blood vessels clear through its ability to slow cholesterol formation. It is thought, if it is able to assist with blood vessels in the heart, it may do the same for the brain’s vessels, keeping Alzheimer’s disease at bay and memory function strong.







-Vitamin C is another strong antioxidant that helps heal the body and keep the skin, teeth and bones strong. Vitamin C is water soluble, so the body needs to replenish it often. Most fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C naturally. Participants who were taking vitamin C in recent studies scored higher on short-term verbal memory tests, especially women.

Reduce Chronic Diseases with Antioxidants!

Free radicals are molecules that are missing an electron, which makes them very unstable. Because of this instability, free radicals react quickly with other molecules in an effort to gain an electron. Antioxidants are substances that help protect your cell membranes from damage from free radicals by combining with the molecules and neutralizing them so that they cannot cause damage. This neutralization might reduce your risk of chronic diseases.
-Beta-Carotene. Beta-carotene belongs to a group of substances called provitamin A carotenoids, which your body converts to vitamin A. Beta-carotene is a yellow-red pigment that gives carrots and butternut squash their color and is responsible for 25 to 35 percent of the dietary vitamin A consumed by Americans. Studies published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” and the “Journal of the American Medical Association” found that a diet high in fruits and vegetables that contain beta-carotene might help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
-Vitamin E. The fat-soluble vitamin E is often noted for its antioxidant properties. Specifically, vitamin E prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which helps reduce the buildup of plaque on the walls of your arteries and can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Vitamin E also neutralizes free radicals before they can cause damage to the unsaturated fatty acids that build your phospholipid bi-layer, the membrane that surrounds your cells.
-Lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red color. Lycopene has been shown to have antioxidant properties, and researchers have determined that high intake of foods that contain lycopene might decrease incidences of cancer, heart disease and macular degeneration.
-Selenium. When you consume the mineral selenium, it combines with proteins in your body to create selenoproteins, which are antioxidant enzymes. Selenium might have the potential to slow the growth or tumors and high serum selenium is linked to a lower rate of death from prostate, lung and colon cancers.






Antioxidants!…. to Live Longer!

Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Antioxidants are found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. They are also available as dietary supplements. Examples of antioxidants include
Beta-carotene
Lutein
Lycopene
Selenium
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E

Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of antioxidants. There is good evidence that eating a diet with lots of vegetables and fruits is healthy and lowers risks of certain diseases. But it isn’t clear whether this is because of the antioxidants, something else in the foods, or other factors.
High-dose supplements of antioxidants may be linked to health risks in some cases. For example, high doses of beta-carotene may increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers. High doses of vitamin E may increase risks of prostate cancer and one type of stroke. Antioxidant supplements may also interact with some medicines. To minimize risk, tell you of your health care providers about any antioxidants you use.






The Best Antioxidants!

A diet high in antioxidants does more than just ward off cancer. It fights the free radicals responsible for arthritis and other joint diseases, lung problems like emphysema and bronchitis, and atherosclerosis, the leading cause of heart disease. Though you may think that antioxidant-rich foods are limited to expensive goji berries or exotic herbs, research is identifying some dirt-cheap sources of the disease-fighting, anti-inflammatory nutrients. And they cost a lot less than exotic superberries like goji or acai.
-Black rice
-Sweet potatoes
-Apples
-Certain beans
-Dried cranberries
-Coffee
-Green tea






Blueberries… For Life!

In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. We recommend enjoying raw blueberries — rather than relying upon blueberries incorporated into baked desserts — because, like other fruits, raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.
If you want to maximize your antioxidant benefits from blueberries, go organic! A recent study has directly compared the total antioxidant capacity of organically grown versus non-organically grown high-bush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum L., var. Bluecrop) and found some very impressive results for the organically grown berries. Organically grown blueberries turned out to have significantly higher concentrations of total phenol antioxidants and total anthocyanin antioxidants than conventionally grown blueberries, as well as significantly higher total antioxidant capacity. Numerous specific antioxidant anthocyanins were measured in the study, including delphinidins, malvidins, and petunidins. The antioxidant flavonoid quercetin was also measured.
Blueberry support of antioxidant defenses has been especially well documented with respect to the cardiovascular system. It’s the many different pathways for cardio support that are so striking in the blueberry research. In repeated studies of blood composition, blueberry intake (usually in the amount of 1-2 cups per day and over the course of 1-3 months) has been shown to improve blood fat balances, including reduction in total cholesterol, raising of HDL cholesterol, and lowering of triglycerides. At the same time, blueberry intake has been shown to help protect the blood components (like LDL cholesterol) from oxygen damage that could lead to eventual clogging of the blood vessels.






Antioxidants against Cell Damaging

Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Antioxidants are found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. They are also available as dietary supplements. Examples of antioxidants include
-Beta-carotene
-Lutein
-Lycopene
-Selenium
-Vitamin A
-Vitamin C
-Vitamin E

Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of antioxidants. There is good evidence that eating a diet with lots of vegetables and fruits is healthy and lowers risks of certain diseases. But it isn’t clear whether this is because of the antioxidants, something else in the foods, or other factors.
High-dose supplements of antioxidants may be linked to health risks in some cases. For example, high doses of beta-carotene may increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers. High doses of vitamin E may increase risks of prostate cancer and one type of stroke. Antioxidant supplements may also interact with some medicines. To minimize risk, tell you of your health care providers about any antioxidants you use.






Best Antioxidants Foods!

Our bodies are battlegrounds against infection and diseases. Normal body functions such as breathing or physical activity and other lifestyle habits such as smoking produce substances called free radicals that attack healthy cells. When these healthy cells are weakened, they are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E and carotenoids, which include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals.
The level of antioxidant capacity in a food is measured as Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). ORAC values are measured per 100 grams of weight, or 3.5 ounces. Here are five high ORAC food types, which are best eaten fresh from organic sources.
1-Fruits and Berries: The Himalayan goji berry and tropical Acai berries rank highest with ORAC ratings of 25,000 and 18,000 units respectively. Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, pomegranates, and strawberries have high ORAC ratings.
Almost any berry will provide a good amount of antioxidants. Cherries and apples are top ORAC providers also. Deeper colors indicate richer antioxidant bioflavonoid content.
Dried fruits rank high as well. Raisins (dried grapes) come in with a 10,000 unit ORAC rating with prunes close behind at 8,000.
2-Vegetables: Cooked veggies that have greens leading, especially spinach, kale, and broccoli. Artichokes have the highest ORAC rating, between 9,000 and 10,000. A surprise entry is the Russet potato.
3-Legumes: Black beans and kidney beans have the highest ORAC ratings. It’s best to buy them dry from bulk organic bins, soak them overnight and cook the next day. Legumes also provide a good deal of fiber to help your digestion.
4-Nuts and grains: Pecans have the highest ORAC rating at 18,000, with walnuts and almonds following. Steel cut oats are high in antioxidants along with quinoa and whole grains.
5-Miscellaneous: Chocolate and coffee lovers rejoice, they are both high ORAC foods. Chocolate should be unprocessed, dark and high in cacao content. Cacao, the basis of chocolate, has an ORAC rating over 50,000 per 100 grams. Coffee is between 15,000 and 18,000 ORAC units .