The health benefits of green tea are (almost) endless. Cultivated for hundreds of years, green tea is loaded with antioxidants; saccharides (sugar); chlorophyll and some vitamins like, A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Naturally, millions of people drink green tea for the health of it – but what does it really do for us?
1. A great way to prevent cancer
Research shows that green tea helps inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent cancers such as, pancreatic, prostate, breast, esophagieal, colorectal, stomach and lung cancer. A current analysis of 22 studies proved that drinking (2) cups of green tea per day can reduce the risk of lung cancer by 18 percent. (more…)
Some of the most potent cancer protection strategies are ultimately the simplest. To maintain the integrity of your DNA you just need to optimize your body’s detoxification system to neutralize many of the chemical threats from our food supply and environment.
How well does your liver work?
Dangerous toxins are lurking in personal care items and cleaning products including, laundry soap, dishwashing detergents, kitchen cleaners and baby products. Pesticides used in and around the house; the water coming into your home; volatile organic compounds from carpet and upholstery – all are among the products that are implicated in causing cellular damage. And, let’s not forget, processed foods we consume.
Environmental toxins are a major cause of cancer – they damage DNA and can activate cancer-causing genes, which would otherwise have remained dormant. You can do your best to avoid these, but it’s impossible to eliminate them completely.
What can we do to neutralize the threat of toxins? (more…)
In November 2012, a new study reported that green tea combined with resistance training significantly impacted body fat, waist circumference and muscle strength better than either intervention alone. Previous research has shown that green tea has thermogenic and antiobesity properties. (more…)
1. Avocados: These little suckers are loaded with two nutrients that are KEY to killing belly fat: hunger-crushing fiber 11 to 17 grams per avocado!, and monounsaturated fats, which studies have shown to actually “spot reduce” belly fat. Zowie
2. Peanut Butter: Okay, not just peanut butter, but mostly any seeds and nuts and these are the best: pistachios, walnuts, almonds (or almond butter, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Why? They keep you full and satisfied for long periods of time, and they’re stuffed with healthy, belly-burning fats and minerals (more…)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disabling disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects approximately 400,000 people in the US. MS is characterized by relapsing and remitting neurological dysfunction associated with acute episodes of inflammation. Last month featured Part 1 of this two-part update on multiple sclerosis. Part 1 explored common and uncommon etiologies, including genetics, smoking, latitude, vitamin D, viruses, hormones, solvents, heavy metals, stress, celiac disease, and air pollution. Treatments related to these etiologies include smoking cessation, stress management, vitamin D supplementation, dietary changes, hormone therapy, detoxification, and chelation. Many people with MS utilize conventional drug therapies and explore integrative modalities as well. Surveys suggest that up to 70% of people with MS have tried one or more alternative medicine, or integrative medicine, treatments to help control their MS symptoms.1 In addition to treatments already discussed in Part 1, several other etiologies and integrative therapies for MS will be reviewed. (more…)
Consumers today know that it is healthier—and far more cost-efficient—to prevent the development of chronic conditions in the first place rather than treating them as they come. Along with physical activity, a healthy diet is one of the most powerful weapons in this fight. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fats and other substances in certain foods and drinks can help maintain optimal function for the human body.
Certain items in the kitchen may be more nutrient-packed than others. Here are five of the most beneficial. (more…)
Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly diseases out there. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women — an astounding 14,000 out of 23,000 diagnosed each year, die. Ovarian cancer tends to be aggressive and generally has very few symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. Fortunately, several natural remedies have proven to be exceptionally useful in both preventing and curing this silent killer. Ginger, ginkgo biloba, green tea and flaxseed are all remarkably effective at destroying ovarian cancer cells and tumors — hindering proliferation and increasing survival rates dramatically.
Extracts from grape seed or green tea inhibit the action of certain starch-digesting enzymes and offer a plant-based alternative for glycemic control, suggests new data from the Linus Pauling Institute.
Grape seed extracts were associated with significant inhibition of the enzymes alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase, whereas green tea was less effective at inhibiting alpha-amylase, according to findings published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry . (more…)
The ongoing battle of the bulge, while once considered primarily a matter of vanity, may actually be one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dying from a multitude of causes (i.e. all-cause mortality), but especially heart attack.
Some studies have even revealed that abdominal obesity, known clinically as central obesity, and which is measured by the hip-to-waist ratio, may be more important than blood lipids, i.e. “cholesterol,” in determining heart attack risk. 
So, with this in mind, the following 6 “diet tips,” take on even greater relevance to your overall health. (more…)
Scientists have found that the active ingredient in green tea can lead to a regression in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)—a type of cancer that causes the bone marrow to make too many lymphocytes (white blood cells). Although the research showing how green tea can fight cancer cell growth was published a few years ago, it seems to have been swept under the rug.