Top 10 Reasons to Eat Your Cruciferous Veggies

10 Reasons to Eat Your Cruciferous Vegetables

Top 10 Reasons to Eat Your Cruciferous Veggies

Everyone knows that eating vegetables has profound health benefits. But, like all foods, not all vegetables are created the same. Some are better than others in terms of nutritional content, and overall contribution to vibrant health. If you look more closely at their phytochemical [plant-based chemical] content, or the growing amount of research into their specific effects on the body and disease, a few vegetables appear to be downright “miracle” foods!

One such group of veggies are those of the Brassica family; commonly known as cruciferous. These include broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, rutabaga, turnip and even arugula.

What makes this group of veggies so special? Sulforaphane.

Sulforaphane is a phytochemical abundant in cruciferous vegetables, and it’s been getting a ton of attention from researchers. But it all starts with glucoraphanin.

Sulforaphane is produced when the enzyme myrosinase converts glucoraphanin, a glucosinolate (natural compound found in some plants), through a chemical reaction induced by damage to the plant, such as cutting or chewing. As such, glucoraphanin is known as the precursor to sulforaphane.

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8 Proven Ways to Prevent and Ease Shingles

8 Proven Ways to Prevent and Ease Shingles

One in three people will develop shingles (herpes zoster) during their lifetime.  Effective therapy is limited. Here are 8 proven ways to prevent shingles and to ease the symptoms without drugs or vaccines.

One in three people will develop shingles (herpes zoster) during their lifetime.  It occurs when latent varicella-zoster (chickenpox) virus reactivates along sensory nerves to the skin. It causes a painful, blistering skin eruption that lasts for two to four weeks.  But long-term effects including chronic pain can last for several months or years and seriously impair quality of life.

Studies show that the rate of shingles is on the rise.  And the cause may be the widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. An Australian study demonstrated that as the use of chickenpox vaccine rises so does the incidence of shingles.

But shingles is a far more serious condition than chicken pox. It can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss, and blindness.

Here are 8 proven ways to prevent shingles and to ease the symptoms without drugs or vaccines.

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9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

9 Herbs and Spices With Proven Health Benefits

Even when our food choices aren’t the best, herbs and spices do more than just improve taste.  They give any meal a nutrition boost.  And according to a new study they may even reverse the damage from an unhealthy meal.

Researchers from Penn State University cooked up coconut chicken, cheese bread and a dessert biscuit for six men. The subjects were aged 30 to 65 and overweight but otherwise healthy.  On one day the meal was served plain.  On another day researchers added two tablespoons of a blend of nine herbs and spices to the meal.

After each meal the researchers drew blood from the subjects every 30 minutes for four hours.  They found that antioxidant activity in the blood increased 13% after the spicy meal compared to the plain meal.

The spices and herbs also decreased post-meal insulin levels by 21% and triglyceride levels in the blood by as much as 31%.  That in turn could reduce heart disease risk.

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Fight Arthritis Pain and Inflammation with These 7 Foods

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Broccoli is one of the many foods that can help relieve arthritis pain and inflammation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that nearly one in two people may develop knee osteoarthritis by the age of 85 years. Two out of three will develop it sometime during their lifetimes.

These are sobering statistics, and help remind us of how many of us may eventually suffer from joint pain and degradation. Though we have a number of pain-relieving drugs, these are poor long-term solutions. Over a period of several years, some patients “get used” to them and no longer enjoy as much pain relief. Some pills can also increase risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

Fortunately, a number of foods contain natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate the pain of arthritis. Here are seven with promising research behind them.

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Worth Repeating: Marijuana Is One of the Best-Studied Medicines In History

Ben Whalley, middle, with Dr Gary Stephens and Dr Claire Williams of Reading University at a secret cannabis farm in the south of England in the hope of producing a new treatment for epilepsy [Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph]

Ben Whalley, middle, with Dr Gary Stephens and Dr Claire Williams of Reading University at a secret cannabis farm in the south of England in the hope of producing a new treatment for epilepsy
[Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph]

Editor’s note: Welcome to Room 420, where your instructor is Mr. Ron Marczyk and your subjects are wellness, disease prevention, self actualization, and chillin’.

An overwhelming amount of very promising research has been gathered supporting the use of medical cannabis for many illnesses and diseases… and the evidence is now impossible to ignore.

Examples:

WorthRepeatingLogo“The endogenous cannabinoid system has revealed potential avenues to treat many disease states … Medicinal indications of cannabinoid drugs including compounds that result in enhance endocannabinoid responses (EER) have expanded markedly in recent years.”

“The wide range of indications covers … chemotherapy complications, tumor growth, addiction, pain, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, inflammation, eating disorders, age-related neurodegenerative disorders, as well as epileptic seizures, traumatic brain injury, cerebral ischemia, and other excitotoxic insults.”

Source: “Cannabinoid drugs and enhancement of endocannabinoid responses: strategies for a wide array of disease states,” Current Molecular Medicine, September 2006

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Ibuprofen Kills Thousands Each Year, So What Is The Alternative?

Ibuprofen Kills Thousands Each Year, So What Is The Alternative?

A recent Reuters’ article opened with the following stunning sentence:

“Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is ‘equally hazardous’ in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers, researchers said.”  

The 2004 Vioxx recall, as you may remember, was spurred by the nearly 30,000 excess cases of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths caused by the drug between 1999-2003. Despite the fact that scientific research had accumulated as early as 2000 linking Vioxx to increased heart attacks and strokes, the drug’s manufacturer Merck, and the FDA, remained silent as the death toll steadily increased. (more…)

Top ten natural remedies for chronic pain

Chronic pain is a modern day epidemic that affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. It costs nations billions of dollars in lost productivity and medical expenses – every year. Debilitating pain effects more individuals than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.

Unfortunately, doctors throw drug after drug at these pain syndromes with very little long-term success. Here are some of the best natural agents to reduce pain. (more…)

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Cancer and Pain

An FDA-Approved Cancer Treatment

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Novocure™ has a new FDA-approved weapon (NovoTTF-100A System™) for patients and physicians in the battle against cancer (specifically for treating recurrent brain tumors). Microcurrent therapy is a novel anti-mitotic treatment that has been shown to slow or reverse tumor progression by inducing cell death in certain solid tumors. Their microcurrent device will be available for prescription use in the U.S. initially through several noted brain cancer research centers.

Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy has been used to treat almost every conceivable human illness or malady, including many inflammatory diseases such as arthritis or psoriasis and you don’t have to wait for the FDA to approve this treatment for your kind of cancer. All you have to do is choose among the many options in terms of equipment. (more…)

Prescription Painkillers Kill More Americans Than Heroin & Cocaine Combined

 According to a new report from Brandeis University, prescription painkillers — opioid or narcotic pain relievers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone — are now responsible for more fatal overdoses in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined. (more…)