Archive for the ‘Antioxidants’ Category

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Strawberries Imrove Blood Antioxidant Status to Prevent Chronic Diseases

September 15, 2011
Strawberries are a Potent Source of Blood Antioxidants

Strawberries are a Potent Source of Blood Antioxidants

Strawberries are shown to be a potent source of antioxidants in a body of research published in the journal Food Chemistry. In vivo studies confirm that regular consumption of the flavorful fruit raise antioxidant blood saturation levels.

This can help to lower the risk of chronic diseases ranging from heart disease and cancer to metabolic disorders including diabetes. The study, conducted by Italian and Spanish researchers demonstrated that eating two cups of strawberries daily for two weeks boosted the antioxidant status of red blood cells and improved the body`s immune response reaction to oxidative stress to lower disease risk.

Strawberries Shown to Significantly Increase Disease-Fighting Antioxidants in Blood

Strawberries Shown to Improve the Activity of White Blood Cells to Fight Disease

Strawberries Shown to Improve the Activity of White Blood Cells to Fight Disease

European researchers have demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries on human health using volunteers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy. Twelve healthy adults were fed the equivalent of two cups of strawberries over the course of a day for a period of two weeks.

Blood samples were taken after four, eight, twelve and sixteen days and then again after a month. Live blood analysis showed that regular consumption of this super fruit significantly increases the antioxidant capacity of blood plasma as well as the resistance of red blood cells to oxidative haemolysis in a process known as fragmentation.

Lead author and researcher, Dr. Maurizio Battino commented on the initial results “We have shown that some varieties of strawberries make erythrocytes more resistant to oxidative stress. This could be of great significance if you take into account that this phenomenon can lead to serious diseases.”

Strawberries Lower Risk of Developing Heart Disease, Cancer and Dementia

This Super Fruit Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Dementia

This Super Fruit Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Dementia

Researchers are continuing to test a variety of strawberry strains and different consumption levels to determine optimal antioxidant levels. They note that strawberries should form part of a healthy, balanced diet and be included as a daily serving of fruits and vegetables necessary to lower disease risk.

Strawberries contain a large concentration of phenolic compounds, such as flavonoids known to exert potent antioxidant properties. Flavonoid consumption triggers an extensive arsenal of antioxidant mechanisms that function at the cellular level to fight free radical production and lower the risk from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Antioxidants promote normal cellular function and are either manufactured by the body or consumed through diet in the form of natural foods such as strawberries.

When the blood antioxidant capacity is lowered by stress, physical exertion or normal metabolic function, oxidative stress occurs and the risk of chronic disease increases exponentially. Many forward-thinking scientists posit that oxidative stress is a key factor determining how quickly we age, and foods such as strawberries hold the answer to slow this process and prevent a host of deadly illnesses.

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Natural Foods Shown to Prevent Diabetes

April 25, 2011
Fresh, Natural Foods Contain Antioxidants that Prevent Diabetes

Fresh, Natural Foods Contain Antioxidants that Prevent Diabetes

Pharmaceuticals are not the answer to cure or treat diabetes. Avandia is the latest drug to be questioned for its efficacy and side effects that increase the risk of heart attack by a whopping 43%. The Commission on Human Medicines in Great Britain has recommended pulling the drug because its risks outweigh the benefits.

The FDA has decided to keep it on the market as it continues to destroy the lives of millions of unsuspecting users. Research demonstrates that the key to the escalating explosion in new diabetes cases is not with a drug but rather a natural diet packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

Diabetes Drugs Don`t Treat the Underlying Problem

Drugs Force Blood Glucose into Cells Causing Structural Damage

Drugs Force Blood Glucose into Cells Causing Structural Damage

It`s no surprise that research continues to validate that diet is more effective in halting the metabolic effects that lead to diabetes compared with dangerous and ineffective drugs. Drugs work to force sugar out of the blood and into cells regardless of whether it`s needed for energy. A natural diet of fresh vegetables and lean protein sources prevents the surge of glucose seen after a high processed carbohydrate meal by preventing the initial release of sugar.

Study Confirms Diet is Critical to Diabetes Prevention

Blood Glucose Testing Determines Damaging Post Meal Spikes

Blood Glucose Testing Determines Damaging Post Meal Spikes

The results of a study performed in Italy and presented to The Endocrine Society confirmed the effectiveness of diet and diabetes prevention. Study participants were placed into four groups and given a 1,500 calorie diet. Half were placed on a diet that was concentrated in antioxidants (fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts) and the other group ate a standard low calorie diet along with the diabetes drug metformin.

While all participants lost weight due to the reduced calorie diet, only the group eating the antioxidant diet showed a significant decrease in insulin resistance and blood glucose control. No measureable effect was seen in the group taking the drug. The principal author concluded “The beneficial effects of antioxidants are known, but we have revealed for the first time one of their biological bases of action – improving hormonal action in obese subjects with the metabolic syndrome”. A diet high in antioxidants is known to help prevent and treat diseases ranging from heart disease to cancer and dementia.

Enlist an Antioxidant Diet in your Disease Prevention Arsenal

Antioxidants from natural foods neutralize the effects of free radicals that damage the small energy generating mitochondria found in all cells. This leads to cellular dysfunction and ultimately to cell death when the damage becomes too much to sustain normal function. Free radicals are the primary vehicle driving the aging process and initiation of most disease processes. Include a variety of colorful berries, grapes, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, broccoli, nuts and seeds to naturally combat the damage caused by normal metabolic activity.

The standard medical protocol to prevent and treat diabetes is to prescribe from a long list of FDA approved medications and incorporate a low fat diet void of antioxidants. Drugs typically prescribed to diabetics are ineffective and many have been shown to be dangerous. Unprocessed foods are packed with natural antioxidants that can lower the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease and provide a much better choice than the pharmaceutical alternatives promoted by the medical profession.