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Cruciferous Vegetables: Cancer Killer or Thyroid Killer?

Are you getting enough cruciferous vegetables in your diet?  For most people, the answer is no.  But I want to encourage you to focus on getting more of these nutrient dense super foods in your diet on a daily basis.

Cruciferous vegetables are unique because they are rich in sulfur containing compounds called glucosinolates which support detoxification and indole-3-carbinol which greatly reduces the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer.

Here is list of the cruciferous vegetables:

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Radish
  • Turnip
  • Watercress

Cruciferous Benefits  

 

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Ever since a landmark study from 1996, cruciferous veggies have been a hot topic in cancer prevention research. The article – published in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention – reviewed 94 studies and found that consumption of these veggies indicated a decreased risk of both primary and secondary cancers.

Of the 94 research trials evaluated, 70% of cabbage studies showed an decreased relationship with cancer risk. Other notables include cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts studies that reported 67%, 56% and 29% relationship with decreased cancer risk, respectively.

Not surprisingly, the authors of the study concluded that,

A high consumption of cruciferous vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of cancer. This association appears to be most consistent for lung, stomach, colon, and rectal cancer and least consistent for prostatic, endometrial, and ovarian cancer.

Glucosinolates Kill Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, the secret behind the cancer-killing ability of cruciferous veggies is that they are rich in glucosinolates – a large group of sulfur-containing compounds.

These powerhouse chemicals are known to break down during the chewing and digestion process into biologically active compounds that prevent cancer cells growth, which are referred to as indoles, thiocyanates and isothiocyanates.

Having been discovered to prevent cancer growth in rats and mice, indoles and isothiocyanates are heralded to protect against cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach.

Research suggests that this happens because glucosinolates stimulate what are known as Phase II enzymes, the body’s natural antioxidant system. In essence, glucosinolates trigger the liver to produce detoxifying enzymes that block free-radical attack on your DNA. It has also been reported that glucosinolates:

  • Are anti-inflammatory
  • Contain antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • Inactivate carcinogens
  • Reprogram cancer cells to die-off
  • Prevent tumor formation and metastasis

Anticancer Pesticides? 

Glucosinolates act as natural pesticides in plant cells and, when they are consumed by humans, are utilized for DNA repair and help prevent cancer by slowing cancer cell growth.

According to Jon Michnovicz, MD, PhD, the President of the Foundation for Preventive Oncology, Inc., “Studies have shown that if you make cabbage into a paste and rub in on the backs of laboratory animals, you can prevent tumors from developing.”

In addition to animal studies, Dr. Michnovicz reports that several studies on cruciferous vegetables have been conducted on people and many of these cancer-fighting properties have been confirmed.

Cruciferous Vegetables Thyroid Side Effects

One of the most common questions I get from patients is “does eating cruciferous vegetables cause thyroid problems?”

According to the research, it would take a large amount of cruciferous vegetables to cause hypothyroidism and it appears that there is only a risk if someone also has an iodine deficiency.

One study in humans found that the consumption of 5oz a day of cooked brussels sprouts for four weeks had no adverse effects on thyroid function.

So my advice if you have a thyroid issue is to consume cruciferous vegetables that have been cooked and keep them to about 1-2 servings daily.

Cruciferous Vegetable Recipes

Do you want more cruciferous vegetables in your diet?  Then try these recipes:

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Turkey Bacon

Lime Cilantro Cole Slaw

Creamy Kale Salad

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Nutrient Density

Finally, amongst the many known benefits of cruciferous vegetables they rank as the most nutrient dense foods on the planet as seen in this chart from worldshealthiestfoods.org.

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  • Yeager S. The doctors book of food remedies: The latest findings on the power of food. Rodale. New York. 2007. p 127.

 What is your favorite Cruciferous Vegetable?

 

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Turmeric Proven Superior To 10 Medications At Reversing Disease

http://draxe.com/turmeric-benefits/Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and reversing disease.  It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of it’s renowned healing compounds curcumin.

This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science and the next most popular studied herbs include garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and milk thistle.

Of the 6000+ studies referencing curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when turmeric is compared to conventional medicine it’s benefits equal that of the pharmaceutical medications.  In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than prescription drugs.

Just look at these turmeric benefits:

Turmeric Benefits Infographic

 

When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 10 drugs:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Anti-depressants (Prozac)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anti-coagulants (Aspirin)
  • Pain killers
  • Diabetes drugs (Metformin)
  • Arthritis medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)
  • Steroids


Now let’s jump deeper into the research on turmeric benefits at reversing specific diseases.

10 Drugs That Cannot Compare to Turmeric Benefits

Although the list is much longer, we’ve selected 10 drugs that pale in comparison to turmeric in reversing disease. As you read this report, keep in mind that one of the most powerful advantages curcumin has over the traditional medical approach is the lack of side effects.

1. Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets

Medical intervention generally includes the following medications to slow and prevent blood clotting:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Diclofenac
  • Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)
  • Naproxen
  • Warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Unfortunately, for people with conditions that are treated by these drugs (i.e. deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), this approach may not always be the wisest decision. In addition to common side effects like excessive bleeding and hemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and include everything from back pain to headaches to difficulty breathing.

Turmeric, on the other hand, has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts.

Additionally, ever since several groundbreaking studies in the mid-1980s, the curcumin in turmeric has been suggested by researchers as actually being a better option for those with vascular thrombosis.

2. Anti-depressants 

Although few studies have been conducted on humans, dozens of research trials have proven that turmeric is especially effective in correcting depression symptoms in laboratory animals.

To address this issue, the journal Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study this past year.  The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin fared against fluoxetine (Prozac) and a combination of the two. 

Not only was it discovered that all patients tolerated curcumin well, but they discovered curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.

According to the authors, “This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with Mild Depression.”

3. Anti-inflammatories

Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. 

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world

This news should have reached every household in the world after the study was conducted because inflammation puts people at risk for almost every disease process known to man.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.

As you will see below in several other articles related to chronic illness, keep this in the back of your mind: Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay. 

4. Arthritis management 

Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to arthritis drugs (diclofenac sodium), that put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.

The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results of the trial were eye-opening:

The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.

Published by Phytotherapy Research in 2012, the results of this study has encouraged more human research to evaluate the amazing effects curcumin-rich plants like turmeric has on people suffering from various different types of arthritis.

5. Cancer treatment 

Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to the curcumin and disease reversal, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. In the words of global authorities like Cancer Research UK,

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. 

A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone. 

States-side, the American Cancer Society states,

Laboratory studies have also shown that curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Researchers have reported that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.

Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.

Bottom line: Turmeric works incredibly well to help stop cancer in its tracks and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

6. Diabetes management 

For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric into your diet.

In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes.

The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

In addition to correcting the causes of diabetes, curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia.

Take, for instance, diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy.  One of the most common complications of diabetes is damaged blood vessels which cause blindness.

A study found that supplementing with curcumin can delay this horrible complication of diabetes because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

7. Gastrointestinal treatments 

Oftentimes, people with digestive and stomach complaints become intolerant to medical interventions because the stomach flora is already compromised and drugs can literally tear up the mucosal lining.

An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s disease, and Ulcerative Colitis) found that many patients were able to stop taking their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved so dramatically by taking curcumin! 

For many patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms, but damage the intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse.

However, supplementing with curcumin did not have these side effects and, because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties, actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).

8. Cholesterol regulators 

One of the reasons heart disease is such a problem in the U.S. is that people are developing pre-diabetes (excessive blood sugar) at an alarming rate.

In turn, diabetics and non-diabetics alike are suffering from a common complication called oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels.  Because of this damage to the arteries, cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damaged areas which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol. 

Traditionally, statin drugs (like Lipitor) are widely known to harm the kidneys and liver and cause a number of deadly side effects.  They do bring cholesterol down but never address that actual cause which is oxidative stress that is caused by high blood sugar levels and inflammation.

Thankfully, medical doctors are becoming more and more aware of the dangerous side effects of statin-drugs and prescribing natural alternatives like curcumin and fish oil instead!

A study done by Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was equal or more effective than diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol.

Studies like these are causing pharmaceutical companies to try and design a synthetic form of curcumin that unfortunately, will not work as well as the real thing.

9. Painkillers 

One of the more widely accepted properties of curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain.

Just this past year the European Journal of Pharmacology published research that discovered curcumin naturally activates the opioid system in diabetic rats. Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process serves as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response. 

Not being limited to diabetic pain conditions, an interesting study also published late last year gives us a clue as to the wide array of pain conditions that can be treated by curcumin.

Take, for instance, severe burns. Typically, burn victims are treated by dangerous opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. However, because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications.

The trend should becoming clear at this point. Therapeutic use of turmeric and other curcumin-rich plants are displacing conventional medical treatments.

10. Steroids 

Lastly, we’ll take a look at how turmeric affects the many conditions normally treated by corticosteroids such as:

  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Chronic pain                                                                                                                                                                                  

In a 1999 breakthrough clinical study, it was found that curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye.  Typically this condition was only treated with steroids but today it’s common for medical doctors who practice functional medicine to prescribe curcumin instead.

What cannot be overstated, however, is that although statistically “comparable” to steroids in managing and reversing chronic disease, “The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids,” as stated by the authors in the above study out of K.G. Medical College.

To give you a sense of the amount of suffering alleviated by curcumin, the following is a sample of steroid side effects listed by the UK’s National Health Services (NHS):

  • Acne
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Diabetes onset
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Increased appetite (oftentimes leading to increased weight)
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney and thyroid issues
  • Mood disturbances (including aggression, irritability, short temperament and rapid mood swings mimicking bipolar disorder)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Risk of infection
  • Stunted growth in children
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • Thinning skin (leading to easy bruising)

Ultimately, when taking into account the large amount of deadly complications these 10 drugs puts your body at risk for, it is easy to see how taking therapeutic curcumin is superior to most medicines. If you have any of the diseases above, you will want to consider this natural approach first. For those of you who aren’t sick, taking turmeric will serve you well as a preventative measure.

What If I Have To Take Drugs?

If you’re in the position where you must be on prescription medications, don’t discount the need to include ample amounts of fresh, organic turmeric into your diets because it will help reduce the adverse affects of the medicine.

A study that was published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology describes how combing curcumin with prednisolone (a steroid) effectively reduces the side effects of this dangerous medication.

One of my favorite recipes for including turmeric benefits into your diet is turmeric tea “liquid gold”.

Amazingly, anti-arthritic activity and a marked reduction in steroid toxicity was seen when supplementing with curcumin.

At the end of the day, the research speaks for itself and we cannot think of one reason why EVERYONE shouldn’t be taking some form of turmeric every day.   Whether as a supplement or a spice to flavor your food, you will certainly be satisfied with turmeric benefits for your body!

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Splenda Linked To Diabetes, IBS and Cancer

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New ground-breaking research reveals that SPLENDA® may cause Diabetes and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Also, it could increase your risk of cancer. This comes as a shock to many people in the diabetes and weight loss community who were told by the creators of Splenda that it would NOT effect their blood sugar and metabolism in any way.

Well I’m here to tell you, you’ve been lied to!  Splenda has now been scientifically proven to harm your digestive system and cause insulin spikes increasing your risk of diabetes.

The ingredients that make up Splenda (sucralose) are chlorine, dextrose and maltodextrin (which are made from GMO corn).  Splenda is made by replacing hydrogen atoms with chlorine atoms.  And because of the large amount of chlorine you are getting when you consume sucralose you can actually get chlorine poisoning and cellular toxicity!

Splenda Linked To Type 2 Diabetes

Does Splenda cause Diabetes? A new study published in the journal Diabetes Care, has discovered that if you are consuming Splenda the risk of developing diabetes is profound. 

According to the study daily consumption of diet soda was associated with a 36% greater risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67% greater risk of having type 2 diabetes!

Late last year, Diabetes Care published an article that evaluated this phenomenon for the first time with human subjects. Taking 17 obese individuals who were insulin sensitive, oral glucose tolerance tests were evaluated after consuming either sucralose or water 10 minutes before the test. 

In addition to revealing that there was an “increase in peak plasma glucose concentrations” in these people, it was discovered that there was a 23% decrease in insulin sensitivity, which prevents glucose absorption in cells.

If that side effect of Splenda wasn’t bad enough research also suggests that sucralose destroys probiotics and can lead to digestive disorders like IBS and leaky gut.

Sucralose Causes IBS and Leaky Gut

Several years ago, researcher Xin Qin MD, PhD from New Jersey Medical School found that consuming Splenda causes IBS, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

The researcher Dr. Qin made this discovery when he found that in just 20 years Alberta Canada experienced a 643% increase in IBD prevalence!

This led Qin to conduct his study and here’s what he found:

Sucralose has a more detrimental effect on gut bacteria than other artificial sweeteners such as saccharin because 65% to 95% of sucralose is excreted through feces unchanged!

In 1991, Canada became the first country in the world to approve the use of sucralose as an artificial sweetener.

Confidentially, there was as direct correlation between the amount of sucralose consumed and the increase in inflammatory bowel disease.

Essentially, the understanding we now have is that, because the body cannot digest sucralose, it travels through the human GI track damaging it as it goes killing probiotics and harming the intestinal wall causing leaky gut.

Several studies have confirmed Qin’s suspicions. For instance, the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health published a study out of Duke University Medical Center describing that Splenda not only significantly reduces beneficial bacteria in the gut, is also increases your fecal pH which will decrease the amount of nutrients you can absorb.

Splenda and Cancer

Can Splenda cause cancer?  Any animal or human that consumes chlorine on a regular basis is at risk for developing cancer.  The Merk Manual and OSHA Harzardous Waste Handbook states that chlorine is carcinogenic (means causes cancer) and emergency measures should be taken when exposed via swallowing, inhaling or through the skin.

If you are only exposed to a small amount of chlorine on occasion your body can eliminate chlorine through detoxification channels like your bowels, kidney’s and liver.  But if you consume it daily it could increase cancer risk.

Also, a new study published in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health found that when you cook with sucralose (Splenda) at high temperatures it generates chloropropanols which is a toxin that has been linked to cancer.  So make sure you never cook with Splenda because it becomes even more harmful.

Stevia to the Rescue!

I’ve written about it before and I’ll continue to promote a more natural sweetener. I just recently stumbled up an amazing study that compares the effects of stevia, sugar, and alternative sweeteners on food consumption, satiety (the feeling of being “full”) and glucose/insulin levels after eating.

And guess what? Stevia won again!

The article, published in the journal Appetite, took 19 healthy lean people and 12 obese individuals between 18 and 50 years old and had them complete three tests in which they consumed stevia, sucrose (table sugar) or aspartame before eating lunch and dinner.

It’s no surprise that when these people consumed stevia they did not feel hungry and overeat during their meals like they did when they consumed sucrose.

Additionally, the researchers also reported that, “Stevia significantly reduced post-meal glucose levels compared to to those who consumed sugar or aspartame.

In other words, they discovered that stevia literally helps normalize blood sugar levels and reduce your risk for diabetes compared to the blood sugar spike people experience when they drink sugary or diet beverages before, during or after meals.

This information needs to be shared. Many of our friends and family have been duped to believe that artificial sweeteners like SPLENDA® are the “savior” to prevent diabetes and obesity. But nothing is further from the truth. The health risks associated with these toxins are veritably limitless and as research continues to investigate the details, more negative effects are surfacing!

Share this article with your loved-ones who consume these harmful chemicals today!

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Green Tea Benefits Cancer Killing and Fat Burning

greenteaMatcha is not your typical green tea. You probably won’t find it in the tea bags of a ladies luncheon. No, matcha is unique. It’s a special powdered green tea traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies; and as a fat-burner and even a cancer-fighter, matcha leaves other teas in its dust.  Green tea benefits by itself are amazing but when you consume it in it’s most concentrated form in matcha the health benefits are amplified!

The secret behind matcha’s super strength is found in its polyphenol compounds, particularly catechins, a type of antioxidant found in superfoods like green tea, cocoa, and apples. Heralded for being more catechin-dense than most items, green tea (and especially matcha) provides unbelievable health benefits for people who regularly drink it.

Catechin Super Power

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the catechins in green tea (EGCG, EGC, ECG, and EC) are so powerful that it is believed that they actually help prevent cancer. It might seem outrageous that regularly drinking something as common as green tea can put you at a lesser risk, but it’s not that far-fetched. The NCI provides the following explanation:

  1. The chemicals in green tea, especially EGCG and ECG, have substantial free radical scavenging capability and have been proven clinically to protect cells from DNA damage caused by reactive oxygen species.
  2. Tea polyphenols have also been shown to inhibit tumor cell development and induce apoptosis (cancer cell destruction) in laboratory and animal studies.
  3. The catechins in green tea activate detoxification enzymes, such as glutathione S-transferase and quinone reductase, which are praised for preventing tumor growth.
  4. Lastly, research has supported that the catechins in green tea not only protect against damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) B radiation, but also they can improve immune system function.

That’s a pretty impressive list of attributes, right? If that were all matcha could do, that’d be a lot. But it does more than fight tumors. It also fights the battle of the bulge.

Weight Loss Benefits of Catechins

When it comes to boosting your metabolism and helping with weight loss, few things are more beneficial than matcha green tea. Comparing the effects of drinking one bottle of oolong tea containing 690 mg catechins versus drinking one bottle containing 22 mg catechins, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition presented the results of an evaluation of thirty-five healthy Japanese men who were divided into two groups with similar BMI and waist circumference distributions.

They gave one group the 690 mg tea and the other group the 22 mg tea. After twelve weeks, they observed that body fat mass, BMI body weight subcutaneous fat area, and waist circumference were all “significantly lower” in the 690 mg catechin group than in the 22 mg group. Even more astounding were the modifications in LDL levels that changed because body fat mass and total fat area had decreased so dramatically.

From these results, researchers confidently concluded that, “Daily consumption of tea containing 690 mg catechins for twelve weeks reduced body fat, which suggests that the ingestion of catechins might be useful in the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related diseases, mainly obesity.”

Not all Green Teas are Created Equal

Science has established that catechins found in green tea are of the utmost benefit to our health and wellbeing. It wasn’t until a decade ago, however, that researchers tackled the idea that one type of tea may be more advantageous than another.

To test the hypothesis that matcha is more catechin-dense than other green teas, researchers from the University of Colorado Springs conducted a comparison study between matcha and other common green teas utilizing micellar electrokinetic chromatography; a process that separated mixtures into their individual parts using various mediums.

Published in the Journal of Chromatography, the results were groundbreaking as the authors discovered that, “The concentration of EGCG available from drinking matcha is 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG available from China Green Tips green tea, and at least three times higher than the largest literature value for other green teas.

Matcha Green Tea Benefits and Beyond

Another fascinating aspect of matcha green tea is that clinical tests suggest it can not only help speed recovery in athletes whose focus is high-intensity workouts like burst training, but also it has been shown to reverse cellular damage caused by oxidative-nitrosative stress. Oxidative-nitrosative stress is just a fancy term for the internal imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants, which is an imbalance that ultimately destroys cells, prevents their repair, and causes disease.

A study published in Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology evaluated the potential affect EGCG has on mice with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that were forced to swim for six minutes a day for fifteen days straight. After this intense activity regimen, they discovered that the animals experienced significant increases in oxidative-nitrosative stress and tumor necrosis factor-alpha levels, which is a biochemical marker for cell death. Astoundingly, by administering continual dosages of EGCG, the researchers found that both of these alterations were literally reversed.

Because it contains some of the highest level of catechins of all natural antioxidant rich foods, there is every reason in the world to assume that drinking matcha regularly can greatly aid in workout recovery, burn fat, encourage strength at a cellular level, and even prevent chronic disease like cancer. So, if you’re looking to maximize the power of tea in your daily routine, then look no further than brewing up a nice, hot cup of matcha!

Do you drink green tea or any other type of herbal teas like white, oolong, black or rooibos?

References

Nagago, T. “Ingestion Of A Tea Rich In Catechins Leads To A Reduction In Body Fat And Malondialdehyde-Modified LDL In Men.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2005; 81(1): 122-129.

National Cancer Institute. “Tea And Cancer Prevention: Strengths And Limits Of The Evidence.” National Institute of Health. 2010 (Internet). Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/tea.

Weiss, D.J. et al. “Determination Of Catechins In Matcha Green Tea By Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatography.” Journal of Chromatography. 2003; 1011(1-2): 173-180.

Ichinose, T. et al. “The Effect of Endurance Training Supplemented with Green Tea Extract on Substrate Metabolism during Exercise in Humans. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.” 2011; 21(4): 598-605.

Sachdeva, A. et al. “Protective Effect of Epigallocatechin Gallate in Murine Water-Immersion Stress Model of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. 2010; 106: 490-496.

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Does Fish Oil Cause Cancer? What You MUST Know About Fish Oil!

The most widely consumed supplement in North America today is Fish Oil.  Fish Oil is a concentrated source of Omega-3 fats (EPA/DHA) and has been touted for it’s ability to reduce inflammation and has been proven effective in medical studies to reduce the risk of heart disease, joint pain, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.

But a shocking new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has shown that men who consume the largest amount of fish oil have a 71 percent higher risk of (high-grade) prostate cancer and a 43 percent increase in all types of prostate cancer.  The study was conducted on 2,227 men of which 38% of the men had prostate cancer.1

According to researcher Theodore Brasky from the Ohio State University Medical Center, “These fish oil supplements in which some men are getting mega, mega doses, in our opinion is probably a little bit dangerous.”

What is a “Mega-Dose”?  The American Heart Association considers taking up to 3 grams of fish oil per day “safe”.  Most physicians would say that taking 2+ grams daily is a mega dose.

So should you stop taking your fish oil immediately because of this study?  No.  But should you take a look at how much fish oil you take and what brand you take?  Yes.

But before we just into the type of Omega-3’s you should be getting, let’s talk about WHY fish oil could increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer.

The answer here is IMBALANCE.  Most people know that omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids need to have a balanced ratio.  Most studies conclude between a 1:1 and 4:1 ratio having slightly more omega-6 fats is ideal

The average american’s diet has a ratio that is probably somewhere closer to 17:1 which causes inflammation and risk on chronic illness.2

But, that doesn’t mean that you should go and take a “mega-dose” of fish oil every day.

Another thing I want to clear up is that Omega-6 fatty acids aren’t bad for you. In fact, if your diet contains too many omega-3 fatty acids, your immune system wouldn’t work very well.

That’s because omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are meant to work in a system of checks and balances. Omega-3 fatty acids suppress inflammation and omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation which actually supports your bodies natural system of defense like activating your white blood cells.

So, if you consume too many Omega-3 fats (EPA/DHA) you can actually weaken your immune system.

Does it make sense now how overconsumption of Fish Oil and not getting the proper ratio of Omega-6 fats with them can cause prostate cancer?

Where to get your Omega-3’s and how much

Your best way to achieve balance is by getting your omega-3’s from food sources because if the animal has been raised right and plants grown right they already have a healthy ratio.  I still think it is beneficial for some to supplement with a high quality fish oil or cold liver oil but not over 1,000mg daily if you are eating healthy.

I also want to mention there are different types of Omega-3 fats which are ALA, EPA, and DHA.  ALA is found in certain nuts, seeds, and pastured animals where EPA and DHA are found in fatty fish like salmon.

In the study we have discussed they did not find a link between ALA (alpha linolenic acid) the type of omega-3 fat found in pastured animals and plants  and prostate cancer.

What is the difference between EPA, DHA, and ALA?

Your body really needs EPA and DHA for the anti-inflammatory benefits.  Your body can break down ALA into EPA/DHA but many can’t break it down very well.    Your body can convert anywhere from 8% to 60% of ALA into EPA and 5%-25% DHA.3  And that conversion factor really depends on your diet and health of your digestive tract.

That being said, I believe it is important to get all three types of Omega-3 fats in your diet on a regular basis.

For your best sources of Omega-3 rich foods I recommend

  1. Cold water fish like salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, and sardines
  2. Pasture raised beef, lamb, wild game, free-range eggs and raw dairy
  3. Chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp seeds, and walnuts
FoodOmega-3Omega-6
Wild Salmon1303380
Sardines1693123
Tuna129853
Chia Seeds49151620
Flaxseeds63881655
Walnuts24009900
Grass-fed Beef100400
Pastured Eggs102558
Pastured Dairy130203

Meat sources 100g, Nuts/Seeds 28g, Dairy 1 cup

Benefits of Omega-3’s not to be forgotten

There is a large amount of research proving that omega-3′s reduce inflammation caused by excess omega-6 fatty acids, trans fats, toxins in the environment and other sources. Reducing inflammation reduces your risk of arthritis and heart disease. Omega-3′s are especially important for brain development, brain function and behavior.  Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to dry skin, depression and mood swings, heart problems, fatigue, memory problems and poor circulation.

Scientific evidence for the benefits of fish oil is strongest in regards to helping heart disease, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels.  Omega-3′s also lower blood pressure as well as normalizing heart rhythms, treating atherosclerosis and lowering risk of stroke. In fact, eating just two servings of fish a week can lower stroke risk by 50 percent.4

Preliminary studies suggest that omega-3′s may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis and joint pain associated with inflammatory bowel disease may also be relieved with omega-3 supplementation.5 Joint pain in those with lupus may be reduced by omega-3′s.6  In terms of osteoporosis studies show that omega-3’s slow bone loss and increase bone density.7

Because of omega-3′s role in brain function, researchers have looked at whether omega-3 fatty acid supplements help relieve depression and many studies have proven its effectiveness.  Also, there is strong evidence that omega-3 fats improve ADHD and also help Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline and dementia.8

There are also several studies that suggest omega-3 ingestion can reduce the risk and slow the progression of colon cancer and lower the risk of breast cancer.9

Should I still take Fish Oil?

I think that if you are consuming wild caught fish a couple of times a week and have a diet high in pastured animals fats and plant based omega’s like chia and flaxseeds then taking an omega-3 supplement might not be necessary.

However, I follow the above diet and still on occasion do take a fish oil supplement.  BUT, I don’t just take ANY fish oil supplement.  I would consider many of the fish oil supplements available today to be unhealthily.  Buy a reputable brand and don’t take something you picked up at the drug store.

Look for fish oil supplements that contain anti-oxidants like astaxathin and rosemary to keep the oil from oxidizing.

When taking a fish oil supplement I would NOT typically take more than 1000mg daily.  Remember, the key is balance.  If you want all of the health benefits of omega-3 fats without any of the negative side effects get your omega’s from food sources and supplement with a mild to moderate of dose of fish on days that you do not consume wild caught fish.

Where do you get your Omega-3′s?

References

1 Brasky TM, Darke AK, Song X, Tangen CM (2013) ‘Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial’, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 10(1093)174.

2 Simopoulos AP (2002) ‘The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids’, Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 56(8), pp. 365-79.

3 Harper CR, Edwards MJ, DeFilippis AP, Jacobson TA.  Flaxseed oil increases the plasma concentrations of cardioprotective (n-3) fatty acids in humans. The Journal of Nutrition.2007;137(12):2816

4 “The Lipid Research Clinics Coronary Primary Prevention Trial Results. I. Reduction in Incidence of Coronary Heart Disease,” JAMA, 1984, 251:359

5 Ruggiero C, Lattanzio F, Lauretani F, Gasperini B, Andres-Lacueva C, Cherubini A.. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and immune-mediated diseases: inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Current Pharmaceutical Design.2009;15(36):4135-48

6 Clark WF, Parbtani A, Huff MW, Reid B, Holub BJ, Falardeau P.. Omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplementation in systemic lupus erythematosus. Kidney International.1989;36(4):653-60

7 Maggio M, Artoni A, Lauretani F, Borghi L, Nouvenne A, Valenti G, Ceda GP.. The impact of omega-3 fatty acids on osteoporosis. Current Pharmaceutical Design.2009;15(36):4157-64

8 Hooijmans CR, Pasker-de Jong PC, de Vries RB, Ritskes-Hoitinga M.. The effects of long-term omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on cognition and Alzheimer’s pathology in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.2012;28(1):191-209

9 Christian Nordqvist Medical News Today. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Slow Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/259069.php (accessed June 8 2013).

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How Sugar Can Cause Cancer

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WARNING! Anti-biotics Can Increase Your Risk of Cancer

Antibiotics have been used for the past 70 years to treat all types of infectious diseases. The proper use of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections has helped thousands of people from illnesses like pneumonia, fresh wounds, and severe bacterial infections.

However, the major issue is that anti-biotic medications are one of the most over prescribed drugs in America today.  According to Reuters pediatricians in the United States write more than 10 Million unnecessary antibiotics every year for conditions like the flu and asthma.

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Which is More Deadly: Aspartame or Sugar?


Did you know that people who drink diet sodas to lose weight, actually tend to gain weight!? Aspartame is one of those food industry inventions we should have known was too good to be true. A sweet taste, with no calories, that will allow us to consume sweets without the added guilt or damage to our waist lines…who doesn’t wish that was actually possible? But, aspartame is actually linked to over 92 adverse health effects.

Sugar creates its own health problems and aspartame is not a better or healthier alternative, regardless of the calorie savings. Think of this quote, “Would you rather be hit in the head with a wooden bat or a metal bat?”

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Sour-Yet-Powerful Benefits of Gooseberries

You may be hearing more and more about a potent and sour little fruit called Indian Gooseberry. It’s native to India and tropical areas of southeast Asia and has long been used as a supplement in alternative medicine. The Indian gooseberry is also referred to as amla or amalaki. Dried gooseberry powder can be added to tonics and supplements and is commonly taken for a range of conditions, such as fighting heart disease and cancer.

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Disease Fighting Mushrooms

mushroomsUsually thought of as a vegetable, a mushroom is a fungus that is full of nutrients that can boost the immune system and combat many diseases and conditions.

Mushrooms are low in carbohydrates and calories and high in B vitamins, chitin, fiber, iron, niacin, potassium, protein, riboflavin, selenium and zinc. They also contain high levels of beta-glucans, compounds that keep immune cells alert, and ergothioneine, an important antioxidant.

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Losing Sleep? All-Natural Ways to Fall Asleep and Get More Sleep

Not getting at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night (at night) can be just as bad as eating poorly and not exercising. Even more, the Journal of Occupation and Environmental Medicine recently found that women working the night shift had 400% higher risk of cancer.

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Turmeric Antioxidants Improve Alzheimers, Arthritis and Cancer

Among Indian people aged 70 to 79, the rate of Alzheimer’s is less than one-quarter that of the United States. Epidemiologists have hypothesized that the turmeric that is part of daily curries eaten in India may help explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country.

Study after study has shown amazing health benefits of Turmeric.  The National Institute of health cites 24 studies on the medicinal benefits of turmeric and its major active component curcumin.

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Opting for Natural Cancer Treatments

According to the National Cancer Institute in the year 2010, 1,529,560 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed.

That’s a lot of people with cancer who will be racing to find a way to beat their grim diagnosis.

Do you or someone you know have cancer? Cancer has impacted just about everyone in the modern world today. As a result of our modern, ‘convenient’ lifestyle cancer rates are soaring in developed countries. Sadly, the countries with the most conveniences and most developed medical communities face the highest rates of cancer.

Exposure to toxins in the water, air, soil, and our foods along with a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits are some of the most basic culprits of today’s cancer rates skyrocketing. What would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer?

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The Gerson Institute and Gerson Therapy

Many years ago a man ahead of his times in the field of medicine began healing first himself using diet as medicine. Dr. Max Gerson was struggling with migraine headaches he simply couldn’t get rid of with conventional treatments. At that time, Gerson, a true visionary turned to diet for a cure.

During this initial search for migraine cures, one of Gerson’s patients discovered that by following this diet he had been healed of his case of troublesome skin tuberculosis.

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“I Opt Out:” What You Must Know About New Airport Backscatter Scanners

“I Opt Out:” What You Must Know About New Airport Backscatter ScannersIf you’ve paid any attention to the news over the past month or so you’ve heard all the controversy about the new scanners at sixty-eight airports across the country. It seems like every time we turn around someone is complaining about something or someone wants to object to one or another implemented change.

Coming on the heels of last year’s thwarted Christmas Day terrorist attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253,

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Fighting Skin Cancer with Food

Organic HarvestSummertime is great for spending time outdoors in the sun. But if you slather on sunscreen before heading outside, I would strongly encourage you to learn why this might not be a good idea. Most sunscreens contain a host of toxic chemicals and block your body’s absorption of Vitamin D–a powerful cancer-fighting agent.

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Sunscreen Does NOT Protect Against Cancer

SunscreenIt may actually cause it.

This might touch a nerve with you. Slathering on sunscreen before going out in the sun has become as routine as brushing our teeth. We are inundated with messages from the media that sunscreen is the most effective way to prevent skin cancer.

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Mammograms Cause Cancer

MammogramThe United States Preventive Services (USPS) Task Force recently released a recommendation that women in their 40’s should NOT have yearly mammograms. This recommendation obviously conflicts with those of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other groups.

But many people wonder if the ACS recommendations aren’t some form of recruitment. After all, five radiologists have served as presidents of the American Cancer Society.

The American College of Physicians, however, made recommendations similar to the USPS a couple of years ago and the National Breast Cancer Coalition has routinely warned women of the limitations and potential for harm that mammograms hold.

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Cancer’s Link to Your Diet

Healthy FoodsAlthough you may have heard about many different anti-cancer diets, most of them share common elements. Cancer is a systemic disease with various causes. One extremely important way to prevent and/or treat cancer is nutritionally.

A cancer (or anti-cancer) diet consists of:

  • Lowering toxin intake
  • Supporting the body’s cleansing and detoxifying processes
  • Eating healthy and nutrient-rich foods to support all of your body’s functions
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Preventing & Treating Cancer from the Inside Out

Laboratory mouseCurrently, protocols rely on a mouse model to choose what drugs and treatments to fund for cancer research. Former cancer researcher Homer Pearce says that these models are “woefully inadequate” and points out that “if you look at the millions and millions and millions of mice that have been cured, and you compare that to the relative success, or lack thereof, that we’ve achieved in the treatment of metastatic disease clinically, you realize that there just has to be something wrong with those models.”

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The Futility of Conventional Cancer Treatments

chemotherapyA million and a half Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2009, not including 1 million unreported cases of squamous skin cell cancer. Half a million Americans will die of cancer this year, about 1500 a day.

The crazy thing is…cancer research has been going on for about 35 years! As Clifton Leaf pointed out in his 2004 Fortune Magazine article “Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer [and How We Can Win It]”: it took only 6 years from the time the theory of nuclear fission was presented to the bombing of Hiroshima. It took only 11 years from the creation of NASA to get our men on the moon and it took only 18 years for scientists to sequence the entire human genome!

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Prevent Prostate Cancer with Your Diet

broccoliThis topic seems to be in the back of every man’s mind these days. With cases of prostate cancer on the rise, it’s great to know that what you eat will decrease your risk of ever getting prostate cancer.

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