Top Foods - Scientifically Proven To Be Healthy

 June 7, 2017                                       Foods For Thought - Health & Lifestyle.

When I searched and studied the 'World's healthiest foods' for promoting a healthy lifestyle, the following foods always appeared at top of the list. 

Endless documentaries were scientifically proving that these specific foods can help the body by healing and prevent a variety of illness, diseases, disorders and cancers.
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Beetroots. The beetroot has long been established as a healthy source of nutrients including calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium (for bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas), potassium (for healthy nerve and muscle function), phosphorus, sulphur,  vitamins A and C, folic acid and betaine, and all the scientific evidence continues to support beetroot as a natural cure for cancer. At Penn State's Noll's Laboratory, a study conducted proved that beetroot juice rich in nitrates de-stiffens blood vessels and can help with disorders by stimulating the liver's detoxification processes. Researchers at Wake Forest University have found that drinking juice from beetroot can improve oxygenation to the brain, and slow the progression of dementia in adults. Beets detoxify the kidneys, liver and lymph system. Promotes the regeneration of new cells, and can lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. The Health Sciences Department at Exeter concluded that Beets expands blood vessels, increases blood flow which in turn reduces the oxygen needed by muscles making them work more efficiently.

Berries. Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Goji Berries are all packed with cancer protective properties. They can prevent cancer due to their content of polyphenols, and protects cells from the damage that can lead to cancer. The Medical College of Wisconsin has studied the ways berries help to prevent cancer for over two decades. They found that diet of berries inhibited esophageal cancer, colon cancer, the reduction in breast tumour, and can prevent cancer of the esophagus, bladder, skin, lung and breast. Berries can slow the ageing process to reduce cell damage that can lead to cancers. A study from the Chinese Journal of Oncology found that patients with cancer responded better to treatment when Goji berries were added to their daily diet. Eat a variety of Berries every day.

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” Hippocrates.

Broccoli. One stalk of broccoli is packed with vitamin K and vitamin C.  According to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Phytochemicals in broccoli are good for the immune system, among many other healthful benefits. Broccoli has essential bone-building nutrients. Can help stave off numerous cancers. Reduces cholesterol, allergic reaction and inflammation: It's a powerful antioxidant contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis with two essential bone building nutrients. Broccoli may be able to prevent or even reverse damaged blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems. Broccoli shares these cancer fighting, immune boosting properties with other green leafy vegetables such as cauliflower, Kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.

Carrots. A natural substance found in raw carrots called falcarinol can significantly reduce the risk of lung, breast cancer and colon cancer. Less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less. Can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells and helps with anti-ageing by slowing down the ageing of cells. Studies have also shown that falcarinol, and falcarindiol slows the growth of cancer cells, making cancer less likely to invade the body.  Researchers at Harvard University found that younger women who consumed at least two servings of carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables a day (including carrots, broccoli, oranges, lettuce, and spinach) had a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer than those  who ate less than four servings a week, and were less likely to develop full-scale, chemically induced tumours. Another study found that the risk of breast cancer was significantly reduced for those who consumed the highest levels of beta-carotene compared to those who ate the lowest levels.

It’s a scientifically-proven fact that the 'darker' the fruit and vegetables, the higher the antioxidant level. 

Lentils. The American Heart Association said consuming lentils can actually lower the risk of high LDL cholesterol levels. Maintains bone density and reduces the risk of kidney stones, strokes, high blood pressure and inflammation. It can lower the risk of colon cancer. Control blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Helps with depression and brain health. Lentils contain high numbers of fibre which helps kidneys to function properly. Lentils are high in protein and help support a healthy weight and keeping your heart healthy.

Lemons & Limes from the citrus fruit family are abundant with vitamin C and packed with many minerals, full of B6, phytochemical, vitamin C, flavonoids, vitamin C, and limonene. Limonene has the ability to promote the production of enzymes that have anti-cancer properties and which detoxify carcinogens. Citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells,  act as an anti-inflammatory, and strengthen bones. Citrus increases your body's ability to absorb antioxidants. Treat Asthma. Kills the cholera bacilli virus due to its anti-viral properties which can help treat a cold, sore throat and helps with inflammatory problems. A study conducted by the University of Arizona on a group of women with operable breast cancer, those given limonene daily showed an increased reduction in the expression of tumour markers. Another study linked citrus peels to a reduced risk of cancerous skin cells. Other healthy Citrus fruits include lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit's. Add them to your salads, smoothies or green tea. The bad - Studies showed that consuming citrus fruits had a risk of pancreatic cancer, although results vary.

"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are". Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Nuts. Many studies, including the latest research done by the American Journal Of Epidemiology, show that the vitamin E found in nuts and seeds can help prevent cognitive decline. Nuts are all rich in unsaturated fatty and other bio-active compounds. Nuts have a high-quality vegetable protein, fibre, minerals, phytosterols, tocopherols, and phenolic compounds which can reduce incidences of coronary heart disease and gallstones in men and woman. Studies consistently prove the beneficial effects on oxidative stress, inflammation, and vascular reactivity. Beneficial effects on hypertension, cancer, and inflammation. Studies consistently show that nuts have a beneficial impact on many cardiovascular risk factors. A study conducted by Loma Linda University in California found that eating nuts lowered the risk of heart disease and helped participants to keep their weight down. Other large-scale studies, including the Physician's Health Study, the Iowa Women's Health Study and the Harvard Nurses Health Study, found that eating nuts lowered heart disease risk. Protects the heart, promote better cognitive function, and give anti-inflammatory benefits for rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, asthma, and psoriasis.  Healthiest nuts include Walnuts, Brazil, Almonds, Pecans and Pistachios  

Oats. Oats have been scientifically investigated for decades, and new research has proven that oats play an important role. They are rich in a fibre called beta-glucan. This type of fibre helps lower levels of bad cholesterol and regular consumption of whole-grain foods in general can lower body mass index (BMI). Contributes to digestive health, beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract, immune health, as well as reducing the risk for obesity and other chronic diseases. The University of Nebraska's research about oats and the digestive tract and that beta-glucan can help give benefits in cases of bowel disease.  A study by the University of Aberdeen concluded that eating a 60-gram serving of oatmeal can help lower cholesterol  levels.

According to Dr. William Haynes of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said a change in diet can take as little as two to four weeks to start taking effect.

Pomegranates. When responders drink pomegranate juice, bacteria in the gut break down the ellagitannins forming compounds called Urolithin. Some of the Urolithin enter the blood stream eventually reaching the blood brain barrier. A defensive membrane against harmful substances that could injure the brain. But unlike most compounds, research suggests that some Urolithm can get through. The Urolithins can dampen inflammation and penetrate the brain improving memory function. Help against heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers, including prostate cancer. It can also strengthen bones, help prevent osteoporosis and general overall health.

Sky News said Scientists have warned that fast food diets and lack of exercise could be responsible for a sharp rise in cancer cases in young adults. The experts said that a number of youngsters diagnosed with cancer have increased 40% in the last two decades due to pollution, pesticides and poor diets.

Seeds have brain boosting properties. They're packed with Omega 3 protein, and contain lots of antioxidants and have been shown to relieve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. Eating only a small amount of them each day, can give you a substantial quantity of healthy fats, magnesium and zinc. Can improve heart and prostate health, protect against certain cancers and keeping cholesterol levels healthy. Add a handful of.chia, hemp, sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds each day to your cereal, smoothies and salads

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates 

Sweet Potato. Unlike a normal potato which is classed as a starchy vegetable, sweet potatoes are packed with nutrition and have special cancer-fighting properties. They are a rich source of beta carotene. Have a high glycemic index and glycemic load. Very rich in beta carotene, (a powerful antioxidant), along with vitamin-C and B-complex vitamins, proteins. iron and phosphorus, and good amounts of complex starch. Sweet potatoes are excellent immune system boosters that can defend your body from a variety of conditions and afflictions including asthma, arthritis, bronchitis, diabetes and good for digestion. The beta carotene and vitamin-C contained found in sweet potatoes are very good for curing various types of cancer including colon, gallbladder, internal organs, intestines, kidneys and prostate cancer by slowing down the growth of cancer cells.

Food for Thought
  • There are many varieties of nuts,  fruits and vegetables and not all are potent enough to have any positive effect on the body without consuming vast amounts. Scientists are working flat-out creating new hybrid varieties which will increase the potency of healing properties. Because of this, it's impossible for specialists and experts to say exactly how much of something you need to consume to prevent cancers. Tomatoes: Scientifically Proven To Protect The Body From Cancers - In Pictures. How Tomatoes actually work in the body helping to fight against Heart Disease, Cancers, Tumours, and overall health.

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