Archive for the ‘phytonutrients’ Category

Inflammation and Most Cancers

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

A common under-recognized molecule that most people have never heard of: nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kB), is implicated in about 95% of all cancers.

A landmark study published late in 2011 confirmed NK-kB’s central role in the onset of malignant breast cancer.

NK-kB is the master regulator of this cancer causing process. Researchers recognized that if they could block activation of NF-kB, they might break the essential link in cancer development.

There are a number of nutrients that can slow or stop NK-kB’s development. Estimates from 67% to 90% of human cancers could be prevented by modifying lifestyle -especially diet.

Phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables as well as many spices can help prevent cancer.

Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, the so-called theol antioxidants and others are under review for blocking NF-kB.

Read the whole article in the November issue of Life Extension.

Put A Little Spice in Your Life

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Do you know that adding spices to your food makes it more flavorful without adding any fat, salt or sugar. Many spices also contain various disease-fighting phytonutrients.

For example allspice, cinnamon, and cloves have much more antioxidant power than blueberries. Researchers at the University of Georgia found after analyzing 24 spices that most of them neutralized inflammatory substances that may lead to heart disease.


May control or prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer.


May improve brain performance


May help manage or prevent diabetes. Just a half-teaspoon a day for 40 days may reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels by 25 percent.


Possibly help with weight control by boosting metabolism and suppressing appetite.

From Consumer Reports on Health

The Benefits of Easting that Orange . . .

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

One orange provides almost 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. eating the whole orange gives you dietary fiber as well. Keep as much as possible of the albedo (the white matter under the peel), which contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. Oranges are also a good source of vitamin A, the B vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine and iron.

The average orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot inhibiting properties.

This high amount of anti-oxidant and flavonoids makes oranges one of the best fruits to promote optimal health.