Curcumin found to prevent brain degenerative diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

NaturalNews) Curcumin, the bioactive compound found in the Indian curry spice turmeric and commonly referred to as ‘holy powder’, has been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat wounds, infections, and other health problems. Today researchers are using the power of the evolving science of epigenetics to reveal how curcumin is crucial in the fight against many forms of cancer, as it causes metastatic cells to undergo programmed cell death, or apoptosis.

Researchers from Michigan State University, publishing the result of a study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry have found that this amazing natural compound is able to prevent the destructive formation of alpha-synuclein proteins that are the hallmark presentation in many neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin is one a very select group of structures that is able to cross the delicate blood-brain barrier to affect biochemical and electrical activities in the brain. The turmeric derivative has demonstrated the unique capability to prevent clumping or aggregation leading to disease development.

Curcumin aids protein folding to prevent brain tangles and degeneration

The team lead researcher, Dr. Basir Ahmad and scientists conducting the study commented “Our research shows that curcumin can rescue proteins from aggregation, the first steps of many debilitating diseases… more specifically, curcumin binds strongly to alpha-synuclein and prevents aggregation at body temperatures.”

The team used precise lasers to study the split-second formation of proteins known as ‘protein folding’. Normally, proteins are folded at lightning fast speed at the direction of genes and DNA sequences. Damage to DNA caused by poor diet and lifestyle factors from epigenetic alterations results in mis-folded proteins and neurodegenerative disease.

Researchers found that when curcumin attaches to alpha-synuclein it not only stops clumping, but it also raises the protein’s folding or reconfiguration rate. By slowing the speed that the proteins form, curcumin effectively inhibits abnormal protein clumping to prevent tangles and damage to the nerve synapses. Chemical and electrical communications are retained that help to help prevent the early manifestation of Parkinson’s disease.

Curcumin can be added to the diet with liberal use of the Indian curry spice in meal preparation. Many people do not enjoy the taste of curry infused foods. For those individuals, nutrition advisors recommend a standardized supplement (std. to 95% total curcuminoids for maximum bioavailability) providing 300 to 500 mg daily to prevent neurodegenerative decline.

Sources for this article include:
http://news.msu.edu
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/243166.php
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-03-curcumin-parkinson-disease.html
http://www.nutraingredients.com

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John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’, a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’.

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Beets help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease

NaturalNews)It figures: one of the least tasty vegetables turns out to be among the healthiest – beets. Fortunately, raw beets work well for juicing. Beets mixed with juiced fresh carrots, some apple and some greens thrown in then topped off with a freshly squeezed lemon provides a tasty vegetable juice.

Beets lose a lot of their nutritional value if cooked more than 15 minutes. This means the the most delicious beet entree offered, beet soup with a couple of dollops of sour cream, won’t support your health as much as raw beets.

In addition to juicing, you can thinly slice or shred them for a raw topping on salads, which is actually pretty tasty. Buying organic beets with the attached plant greens gives you an added nutritious vegetable to steam or juice. Beet greens are a lot like chard.

When separating the beets from their plant leaves, leave an inch or so of the plant attached to the beet. This prevents the beets from “bleeding.” When you’re ready to use the beets, peel the outer skin with a good peeler and slice or dice appropriately for your food or juice application.

What health value comes from this effort?

Beets are widely known to help create red blood cells. The red pigment color of beets is from a group of phyotonutrients known as betalains. Betalains are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying agents that are richer in beets than other plant foods.

Beet betalains provide some cancer prevention capacity, especially against colon cancer. In vitro (test tube or petri dish) lab tests have reported beet betalain suppression of human cancer cells.

The anti-inflammatory aspect of betalains helps prevent many chronic diseases and promotes cardiovascular health. Early research indicates the betalains support nerve and eye tissue better than most other anti-oxidants.

It has been observed that betalains provide a more varied and higher antioxidant value than most other vegetables containing beta-carotene. In addition to the high betalain phytonutrient content, beets are very high in vitamin C, folate (a natural source of folic acid), manganese, magnesium, and potassium. The fiber in beets is similar to carrots and supports gastrointestinal health.

When it comes to detoxing, certain enzymes in beet betalains stimulate glutathione production and connect toxins to glutathione molecules. Then the toxins are neutralized and excreted harmlessly (http://www.naturalnews.com/027114_glutathione_antioxidant_GSH.html).

Beeturia, pink or red urine, occurs rarely after consuming beets. Beeturia could be an indicator of a low iron metabolism capacity at worst. A more likely occurrence is pink or red water surrounding one’s stool after consuming beets.

Dr. John Douillard DC, who also specializes in Ayurvedic medicine, recommends using the red stool from beets as a marker for your digestive cycle. If it happens less than 12 hours after consuming beets, it’s likely your digestive cycle is too short and you’re not absorbing enough nutrients.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49

http://www.aimforherbs.com/remakingbeets.html

http://healthforu.info/health/healthfood/Beets-Health-Food.php

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Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com

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Key Mechanism Involved in Type 2 Diabetes Identified

 

ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2012) — Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered a key protein that regulates insulin resistance — the diminished ability of cells to respond to the action of insulin and which sets the stage for the development of the most common form of diabetes. This breakthrough points to a new way to potentially treat or forestall type 2 diabetes, a rapidly growing global health problem.

In a paper being published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers in the laboratory of Gladstone Investigator Katerina Akassoglou, PhD, describe an unexpected role of the p75 neurotrophin receptor in controlling how the body processes sugar. Called p75NTR, this receptor protein is usually associated with functions in neurons.

“We identified that p75NTR is a unique player in glucose metabolism,” said Dr. Akassoglou, who is also an associate professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, with which Gladstone is affiliated. “Therapies targeted at p75NTR may represent a new therapeutic approach for diabetes.”

The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin that processes glucose, moving it from the bloodstream into the body’s cells where it is used for energy. Insulin resistance is a key feature of Type 2 diabetes, in which glucose builds up in the bloodstream and the body’s cells are unable to function properly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 million Americans have type 2 diabetes.

“Type 2 diabetes has become a very serious health problem and it is increasing at an alarming rate,” said Lennart Mucke, MD, who directs the institute in which the research was conducted. “These findings provide an important new avenue for developing better therapies to combat this deadly disease — the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.”

Complex signaling interactions between several different types of tissue — including fat, liver, muscle and brain — regulate glucose metabolism. Because p75NTR is found in fat and muscle tissue and participates in many important functions in the cell, Gladstone scientists hypothesized that p75NTR might also help to regulate glucose metabolism.

To study this, the researchers used mice that lacked the genes for p75NTR. They compared these mice to normal mice and discovered that those lacking p75NTR were more responsive to insulin when fed a normal diet. Second, they used some molecular biology tricks to block the action of the p75NTR protein in fat cells. This also resulted in increased glucose absorption in response to insulin. In contrast, when they caused the fat cells to make more p75NTR, glucose absorption was reduced. Additionally, the researchers found that another important regulatory molecule, Rab5, played a key role in p75NTR’s impact on metabolism.

“Importantly, regulation by p75NTR enhanced insulin’s effectiveness in normal lean mice on a normal diet,” said Bernat Baeza-Raja, PhD, postdoctoral fellow and lead author of the study. “Because these mice already process glucose efficiently, the actions of p75NTR on glucose transport indicate a direct role of this protein in the regulation of glucose metabolism.”

“Our studies of p75NTR’s unanticipated role in regulating glucose metabolism suggest a new target for drug therapies,” said Dr. Akassoglou. “Future work is needed to test whether this finding may translate into a potential treatment.”

This study was a collaborative work between scientists at Gladstone, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of Michigan and the University of Houston. Other scientists who participated in this research at Gladstone include Natacha Le Moan, PhD, Christian Schachtrup, PhD, Dimitrios Davalos, PhD, and Eirini Vagena. Jerrold Olefsky, PhD, and Pingping Li, PhD, at UCSD were co-senior and co-first authors, respectively. Funding was provided by a variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the University of California San Francisco Liver Center and Diabetes and Endocrinology Center and the R. A. Welch Foundation.

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Protein ‘Jailbreak’ Helps Breast Cancer Cells Live

ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2012) — Researchers at Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital have traced the molecular interactions that allow the protein survivin to escape the nucleus of a breast cancer cell and prolong the cell’s life. The study may help in the development of better therapies and prognostics.

 

If the fight against breast cancer were a criminal investigation, then the proteins survivin, HDAC6, CBP, and CRM1 would be among the shadier figures. In that vein, a study to be published in the March 30 Journal of Biological Chemistry is the police report that reveals a key moment for keeping cancer cells alive: survivin’s jailbreak from the nucleus, aided and abetted by the other proteins. The research highlights that a protein’s location in a cell affects its impact on disease, and offers clear new leads for the investigation.

All four proteins were already under suspicion. Researchers, for example, have already tried to assess what levels of HDAC6 in patients with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer may mean for their prognosis. The results have been inconclusive. The new research suggests that measuring overall levels may not be enough, said the study’s senior author Dr. Rachel Altura, associate professor of pediatrics in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a pediatric oncologist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

It’s not just how much HDAC6 is present — what’s important is where it is.”We need to look not only at the levels, but also where is it in the cell,” she said.

Altura’s emphasis on location comes from what her research team found as they tracked and tweaked the comings and goings of survivin in cells. Inside the nucleus, survivin is no problem. Outside the nucleus, but within the cell, it can prevent normal cell death, allowing cancer cells to persist.

In previous work, Altura and her collaborators established that under normal circumstances, CBP chemically regulates survivin, a process called acetylation, and keeps it in the nucleus. The question in the new work was how survivin gets out.

In a series of experiments, what they observed was that in human and mouse breast cancer cells, HDAC6 gathers at the boundary between the nucleus and the rest of the cell, becomes activated by CBP, then binds survivin and undoes its acetylation. This deacetylation allows survivin to then be shuttled out of the nucleus by CRM1.

In the classic jailbreak, CBP is a corrupt guard who looks the other way as HDAC6, the shovel, is smuggled in. The final accomplice, CRM1, is the tunnel with a getaway car on the other end.

Working the new leads

Altura said the research suggests a clear strategy — to keep survivin in the nucleus — and two leads to pursue it, both of which she has already begun working on with collaborators in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry.

One idea is to inhibit HDAC6 in an attempt to prevent it from misregulating the acetylation of survivin. While general HDAC inhibitors are in clinical trials, Altura is optimistic that blocking just HDAC6, using specific inhibitors developed by a colleague in Japan, would have fewer complications.

“You always have to worry about all the things you don’t know that you are targeting,” she said. “If we can target HDAC6, we can maybe block survivin from coming out of the nucleus and maintain it in its good state.”

The other strategy is to block CRM1, Altura said, an idea she is pursuing with a pharmaceutical company in breast cancer cells in the lab. She said preliminary experiments look promising in keeping survivin inside the nucleus and making cancer cells more susceptible to dying.

The study’s lead author was Brown graduate student Matthew Riolo. Other authors are Zachary Cooper, Michael Holloway, Yan Cheng, Cesario Bianchi, Evgeny Yakirevich, Li Ma, and Eugene Chin.

The National Institutes of Health’s Center for Research Resources funded the study.

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Bedrock of vaccination theory crumbles as science reveals antibodies not necessary to fight viruses

NaturalNews) While the medical, pharmaceutical, and vaccine industries are busy pushing new vaccines for practically every condition under the sun, a new study published in the journal Immunity completely deconstructs the entire vaccination theory. It turns out that the body’s natural immune systems, comprised of both innate and adaptive components, work together to ward off disease without the need for antibody-producing vaccines.

The theory behind vaccines is that they mimic infection by spurring B cells, one of the two major types of white blood cells in the immune system, to produce antibodies as part of the adaptive immune system. It is widely believed that these vaccine-induced antibodies, which are part of the more specific adaptive immune system, teach the immune system how to directly respond to an infection before the body becomes exposed to it.

But the new research highlights the fact that innate immunity plays a significant role in fighting infections, and is perhaps more important than adaptive immunity at preventing or fighting infections. In tests, adaptive immune system antibodies were shown unable to fight infection by themselves, which in essence debunks the theory that vaccine-induced antibodies serve any legitimate function in preventing or fighting off infection.

“Our findings contradict the current view that antibodies are absolutely required to survive infection with viruses like VSV (vesicular stomatitis virus), and establish an unexpected function for B cells as custodians of macrophages in antiviral immunity,” said Dr. Uldrich H. von Andrian from Harvard Medical School. “It will be important to further dissect the role of antibodies and interferons in immunity against similar viruses that attack the nervous system, such as rabies, West Nile virus, and Encephalitis.”

As explained by Dr. Russell Blaylock in a recent interview with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, vaccines not only do not work as advertised, but they actually damage the body’s innate immunity. Rather than teach the body how to respond to infections, vaccines actually inhibit the immune system’s ability to produce TH2-type cytokines, and suppress cellular immunity, which is how the body protects itself against deadly viruses and bacteria.

So once again, the myth that vaccinations serve any sort of legitimate medical purpose has been deconstructed by breakthrough science. Regardless of whether or not the mainstream medical community wants to admit it, pro-vaccine ideology is increasingly finding itself in the dustheap of outmoded pseudoscience.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242403.php

http://www.niaid.nih.gov

http://www.naturalnews.com/035335_vaccines_Dr_Blaylock_children.html

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Bourbon, Indiana ends water fluoridation

NaturalNews) The latest community to stop poisoning its water supply with toxic fluoride chemicals is Bourbon, Indiana. According to The Pilot News, the town council recently voted unanimously to stop lacing the water supply with the known neurotoxin after conducting much research on the subject, and after learning that water fluoridation is not mandatory in the first place.

“I see no reason to continue with it,” said council president Les McFarland, who also explained how he conducted extensive research on both sides of the issue prior to coming to this conclusion. After reviewing all the data, and considering a letter written to him from James Powers of the Indiana Water Fluoridation Program, it was clear to both him and the rest of the council that fluoride needed to go.

The fluoridation issue first arose last month when the town’s water inspector told Mike Shoda, head of the water department, that no law required the town to add fluoride to its water supply. And because the so-called science that claims benefits to fluoridation is shaky, at best, the council members made the decision to restore freedom of health choice for all local residents by discontinuing the forced medication of their water supply.

The issue of water fluoridation has come up in many towns and cities across the United States and Canada in recent years. At least 37 communities ended their water fluoridation programs last year according to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), and many more have already, or are slated to, end their programs this year (http://www.naturalnews.com).

Proponents of water fluoridation claim ingesting it will help prevent tooth decay. But the prevailing science does not lend credence to this claim, and actually shows that ingesting fluoride is extremely harmful to bodily organs and brain function. Even the highly-respected Physicians Desk Reference notes that fluoride ingestion, particularly among sensitive individuals, can cause serious health problems.

“In hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema or urticaria,” says several editions of the manual. “Gastric distress, headache and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitivity reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the fluoride” (http://www.naturalnews.com).

But when fluoride is forcibly added to a public water supply, there is no feasible way to discontinue use apart from extensive, whole-house, reverse-osmosis water filtration systems and careful avoidance of exposure to unfiltered water in public places and at restaurants. In short, lacing the water supply with a neurotoxin that negatively effects millions of people is hardly a logical public health measure, and must be stopped everywhere.

To learn more about the dangers of fluoride, visit:
http://www.fluoridealert.org/fluoride-dangers/health/index.aspx

Sources for this article include:

http://www.thepilotnews.com/content/no-more-fluoride-bourbon

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Special hormone released by bone cells plays an important role in blood sugar regulation

NaturalNews) Most people have viewed bones as inanimate structures within the body that merely play a role in providing structural integrity to the body. New research is revealing just how dynamic bone structure is to the nervous, immune and endocrine system. A bone released hormone is now considered by researchers one of the foremost players in controlling blood sugar and inflammation.

Poor blood sugar signaling leads to the formation of advanced glycolytic enzymes (AGE’s). AGE’s are created through non-enzymatic formation of sugar molecules and amino acids. AGE’s are produced in abundance when blood sugar is chronically elevated. These AGE’s induce significant free radical damage that damage bone collagen.

Fat cells release a few hormones to help regulate energy metabolism. The most well-known hormone released by fat cells is leptin. Leptin receptors reside in the hypothalamus and respond by initiating the feeling of satiety. As fat cells begin to grow (while we eat a meal) they release leptin. When enough leptin interacts with the hypothalamic receptor it stops the feelings of hunger. Additionally, leptin interaction with the hypothalamus also initiates the use of fat as an energy source.

Healthy leptin sensitivity in the hypothalamus is related to healthy longevity, cognitive function, lean body mass and bone mass. Poor leptin signaling is associated with obesity, brain degeneration, osteoporosis/osteomalacia and accelerated aging. Poor leptin signaling is also associated with insulin resistance and elevated inflammatory conditions within the body.

Bones help control energy metabolism

The bones used to be thought of as inanimate structures within the body. However, new research performed by Columbia University have found that the skeleton plays an important role in the communication processes involved in energy metabolism.

An important signaling protein, osteocalcin, is produced by the bone building osteoblast cells. Osteocalcin is known to increase bone density by helping to funnel calcium and other minerals into the bone matrix. Other authors compare the function of osteocalcin to a vacuum that sucks calcium from the bloodstream and into the bone matrix.

New research has also now indicated that osteocalcin directs the pancreas to produce more insulin and induces fat cells to release the hormone adiponectin. Adiponectin acts upon cells to increase insulin receptor activity and therefore improves insulin sensitivity.

Researchers were surprised to discover that blood sugar metabolism is regulated by a protein released from bone tissue. Osteocalcin is the first hormone ever found that synergistically regulates insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity. Osteocalcin was also shown to boost the pancreatic beta-cells which produce insulin as well as reducing overall fat stores.

Solutions

Osteocalcin activity is dependent upon adequate levels of vitamin D3 and K2 and regular exercise. The vast majority of society is deficient in both of these crucial fat-soluble vitamins. This appears to be the link between vitamin D3 deficiency and diabetes. Osteocalcin will not adequately activate unless vitamin D3 levels are sufficient and K2 is present.

The best way to increase vitamin D3 production is by getting 30 minutes of high-intensity sunshine on the torso regions of the body on most days. The majority of people in industrial nations and northern climates are unable to do this. Therefore supplementation with 5-10,000 IU of vitamin D3 in a liquid, emulsified form is the best approach to increasing vitamin D3.

Vitamin K2 is found in fermented soy products such as tempeh and natto. It is also found along with vitamin D3 in raw, grass-fed cow and goat cheese. Scientists have yet to classify how much vitamin K2 one should consume daily but the estimates are around 100 mcg daily. This is equivalent to about 4 oz of raw cheese.

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http://www.medicographia.com/2011/05/bone-health-and-diabetes/
http://diabetes.about.com/od/whatsonthehorizon/a/bone_endocrine.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/033879_raw_cheese_health_benefits.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/034677_calcium_bones_vitamin_D3.html

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To Drive Infections, a Hijacking Virus Mimics a Cell’s Signaling System

ScienceDaily (Mar. 26, 2012) — New biological research reveals how an invading virus hijacks a cell’s workings by imitating a signaling marker to defeat the body’s defenses. By manipulating cell signals, the virus destroys a defensive protein designed to inhibit it. This finding, from studies in human cell cultures, may represent a broader targeting strategy used by other viruses, and may lay the scientific groundwork for developing more effective treatments for infectious diseases.

 

“Learning details of how cells respond to viruses helps us to understand key cellular machinery better,” said study leader Matthew D. Weitzman, Ph.D., of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “This study tells us how a virus overcomes intrinsic host defenses. In this case the virus mimics signals used during normal DNA repair mechanisms.”

The study team, formerly based at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., published their current findings online March 8 in Molecular Cell.

Biologists have long known that viruses hijack cellular processes to replicate themselves, while host cells have evolved intrinsic defense systems to resist viral invasion. To replicate, viruses must deliver their own DNA into a cell’s nucleus, so a viral infection entails a conflict between two genomes — the DNA of the host cell versus the foreign DNA of the virus.

Viruses mount their attack by interacting with specific cell proteins as a way of penetrating the cell’s defenses. “In this study, we asked how the herpes simplex virus finds the specific proteins that it interacts with,” said Weitzman. “By describing the mechanism of this particular interaction between a virus and a cell protein, we have pinpointed key regulators of a cell’s processes, and shed light on how a cell regulates its defenses.”

This laboratory study focused on herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1), a common human virus that results in recurrent infections alternating with inactive periods. Like other viruses, HSV-1 is known to manipulate cellular processes in order to infect cells, but the specific mechanisms by which it acts on the DNA repair pathway were previously unknown.

Weitzman’s study team was studying a viral protein called ICP0 that overcomes host defenses by targeting cellular proteins for destruction. They found that ICP0 exploits phosphorylation, a chemical mark that is often used in cells to promote interactions between proteins, especially as part of the cellular signaling response to DNA damage. In HSV-1 infection, the phosphorylation signal on ICP0 attracts a cellular DNA damage response protein, RNF8, which binds to the false signaling marker and is then degraded. Because RNF8 normally inhibits viral replication, its destruction leaves the cell vulnerable to HSV-1 infection, as the virus takes over the cell’s machinery.

The researchers also found that ICP0 exploits the same phosphorylation signal to bind to other cellular proteins in addition to RNF8, a hint that it may play a broader role in defeating antiviral defenses and manipulating cellular machinery. Weitzman will continue to investigate HSV-1 infection in neurons and in animal models. He also plans to extend his research into other viruses, which may act on different pathways than HSV-1 does. “Ultimately,” he added, “better knowledge of molecular mechanisms in infection may suggest strategies to interrupt the viral life cycle and treat infections.”

The National Institutes of Health, the Salk Institute, the American Cancer Society and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute were among the funders of this research.

Parsley Profile

Parsley Profile

 
 
Name : Parsley  

There are some impressive exotic and not-so-common fruits and vegetables that people go mad for when they are marketed as the all new super food. What people should understand that these foods can be very beneficial to health but you should also remember to look closer to home for powerful, cheap, easy to grow your own plants that have amazing health building properties. and of course parsley is one of them. With its impressive array of nutrients. For example, parsley provides (% of RDA per 100 g) 38% of folates, 220% of vitamin C, 281% of vitamin A, 1366% of vitamin K, 14% of calcium, 77.5% of iron, 5561 mcg of zeaxanthin, 5054 mcg of carotene-beta along with Essential oils – myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene.and the list goes on. Parsley is cheap, very easy to grow at home, and have the potential to help build, balance and rejuvenate health. Use parsley in foods and in teas and Juice it! Remember to start with a small amount and build up a tolerance.

 

 

 
Nutritional Information  
Per 100 Grams Approx  
   
Calories: 36  
Pritein: 2.97g  
Fat: 0.79g  
Total Carbs: 6.33g  
Fiber: 3.3g  
   
A Good Source Of Vitamins: A, B Complex, C, E, K,  
   
A Good Source Of Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zink, Manganese, Sulfur  
   
Other Nutrients : Essential oils – myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. Chlorophyll, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin  
   
Cautions:  
Parsley is a very strong juice and should not be drunk in high quantities at any one sitting or by itself. Always mix a little parsley juice with  a high volume of lighter juices like cucumber.
Never juice parsley when pregnant due to its high essential oil content.
Parsley contains oxalic acid so seek adivce from a professional before juicing parsley if you suffer from conditions that may be affected by oxalic acid such as gout, kidney stones, osteoporosis etc
Avoid mixing parsley juice with other juices or foods high in calcium
 
   
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Strawberry Profile

Strawberry Profile

 
   
Name : Strawberry  

 Strawberries are delicious and in the UK we know that it’s summer when the strawberries come out. Strawberries have a taste that varies by cultivar, and ranges from quite sweet to acidic. Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Scientific studies show that consumption of straw berries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases. contain good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the super powerful antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase which helps to prevent free radical damage. You should be careful when buying strawberries as they are often sprayed quite heavily when they are being grown which is unfortunate.. Always, as ever, buy organic and wash thoroughly. It take quite allot of strawberries to make a glass of juice, and it will be high in sugar, so I only really use strawberries in smoothies. Strawberries are good for your overall health though so include some organic strawberries into you diet!

 

 

 

 

 
Nutritional Information  
Per 100 Grams Approx  
   
Calories: 254  
Pritein:  0.20g  
Fat: 0.10g  
Total Carbs: 66.30g  
Fiber: 1.0g  
   
A Good Source Of Vitamins: B complexC, E, K  
A Good Source Of Minerals:  Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium  
Other Nutrients: B carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, anthocyanins, ellagic acid  
   
Used in Juice Therapy for  
Acne, Anemia, Mental health, Constipation, Fluid retention, Gout,, Kidneys, Wight loss, Digestive health, Diuretic, mood, Immune system  
   
 Cautions  

If you have a sugar related illness or problem then be careful with the amount of strawberries you juice. As great as strawberries are, they are extremely high in natural fruit sugars
Strawberries contain moderate levels of oxalates. If you avoid these in general then try not to juice strawberries too much too often.
Strawberries are one of the foods most commonly associated with allergic reactions. If you see any signs of a reaction when you eat strawberries, see professional advice before juicing them.

 
   
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