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Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means

Ron Garner
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Sprouts contain live vitamins, minerals, proteins, phytochemicals, and enzymes in surprising amounts, as well as essential fatty acids. They are low in calories. The enzyme count of sprouts is reported to be ten to one hundred times higher than in vegetables or fruits, depending on the enzyme and the seed being sprouted. There is no other food with higher enzyme content. Sprouts are highly regarded for their detoxification, healing, and rejuvenation qualities.

Supplement Your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutrition

Hyla Cass, M.D.
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When you eat a wide variety of these foods, you'll reap the benefits of a wide variety of plant chemicals {phytonutrient or phytochemicals), each with its own special benefits. • Think—rainbow colors, fresh, and unusual! Plant chemicals known as phytonutrients, which are rich in antioxidant power, come in a great variety of colors. Picture a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables: crunchy orange carrots; deep purple eggplants; bright red plump tomatoes; shiny green peppers; luscious purple grapes; abundant green leaves of lettuce, kale, and spinach; yellow and green squash; large juicy peaches.

101 Foods That Could Save Your Life!

David W. Grotto, RD, LDN
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Cocoa has more phenolic phytochemicals and a higher antioxidant capacity possibly than any other food, including green tea, black tea, red wine, and blueberries. Flavonoids found in chocolate include the flavonols, notably epicatechin, catechin, and proantho-cyanidins. It is also a rich source of the antioxidant theobromine. Many dark chocolate products with a high percentage (seventy percent) of cocoa contain more of these type of antioxidants, but that is not always a guarantee. Processing of cocoa can cause substantial losses so look for cocoa products that boast of its flavonol content.

Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good

Dr. Steven R. Gundry
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Both black and green teas, as well as coffee, have plenty of phytochemicals, but interestingly their benefits are released only in the presence of caffeine. So unless you have an issue with heart palpitations, stay away from decaf. Recent studies have nearly completely absolved coffee or tea as causing long-term health issues; in fact, it is becoming clearer that both of these beverages have health-promoting properties so long as you don't drink more than five cups a day.8 BLOW HOT AND COLD Here's another fun way to activate longevity genes—with heat.

The world according to the FDA and Big Pharma

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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The only use for plant chemicals is to serve as ideas from which drug companies can synthesize patented drugs. phytochemicals (phytonutrients) have no inherent value and their use for preventing, treating or curing any disease should be outlawed and stripped from modern civilization's knowledge base. Shamans, medicine women, herbalists, midwives and healers are all engaged in quackery based on superstition or voodoo. There is no such thing as bioenergy, intuition, mind-body medicine, quantum physics or therapeutic touch. The entire universe operates only on the physical and chemical levels.

The Science of Flavonoids

Erich Grotewold
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The finding that distinct branches of the flavonoid pathway are independently regulated opens significant avenues for the manipulation of specific groups of phytochemicals by metabolic engineering. The use of transcription factors for the manipulation of plant metabolic pathways is gaining momentum (Braun et al, 2001; Broun, 2004; Memelink et al, 2000). The possibility that transcription factors not only control the expression of biosynthetic enzymes, but that they also contribute to the establishment of the proper conditions (e.g., pH) and compartments (e.g.
Chemopreventive studies have demonstrated that the mechanisms of action of phytochemicals and nutraceuticals in the prevention of cancer go beyond the antioxidant activity scavenging of free radicals; regulation of gene expression in cell proliferation, oncogenes, and tumor suppressor genes; induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis; modulation of enzyme activity in detoxification, oxidation, and reduction; stimulation of the immune system; and regulation of hormone metabolism.
Subcellular trafficking of phytochemicals, Recent Res Devel Plant Physiol 2: 31-48. Grotewold, E., 2004, The challenges of moving chemicals within and out of cells: insights into the transport of plant natural products, Planta 219: 906-909. Grotewold, E., Chamberlin, M., Snook, M., Siame, B., Butler, L., Swenson, J., Maddock, S., St. Clair, G., and Bowen, B., 1998, Engineering secondary metabolism in maize cells by ectopic expression of transcription factors, Plant Cell 10: 721-740. Grotewold, E., Drummond, B. J., Bowen, B., and Peterson, T.
Subcellular trafficking of phytochemicals explored using auto-fluorescent compounds in maize cells, BMC Plant Biol 3: 10. Liu, C-J., and Dixon, R. A., 2001, Elicitor-induced association of isoflavone O-methyltransferase with endomembranes prevents the formation and 7-O-methylation of daidzein during isoflavonoid phytoalexin biosynthesis, Plant Cell 13: 2643-2658. Liu, G., Sanchez-Fernandez, R., Li, Z.-S., and Rea, P. A., 2001, Enhanced multispecificity of Arabidopsis vacuolar multidrug resistance-associated protein-type ATP-binding cassette transporter, AtMRP2, J Biol Chem 276: 8648-8656.
Because strawberries are shown to contain higher concentrations of phytochemicals, including anthocyanins, and have a antioxidant capacity when compared with other common fruits, their neuroprotective activity was tested in vitro on PC 12 cells treated with H202. Their protective effect and antioxidant capacity also were compared with those of banana and orange, which are the fresh fruits consumed at highest levels in the United States. The overall relative neuronal cell protective activity of these three fruits followed the decreasing order strawberry> banana > orange.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Michael Pollan
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The fields and forests are crowded with plants containing higher levels of various phytochemicals than their domesticated cousins. Why? Because these plants have to defend themselves against pests and disease without any help from us, and because historically we've tended to select and breed crop plants for sweetness; many of the defensive compounds plants produce are bitter. Wild greens also tend to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than their domesticated cousins, which have been selected to hold up longer after picking.

Health Freedom Candidate Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in Record-Setting Online Boston Tea Party

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Also notable: Cherry growers and cherry product manufacturers have been threatened and intimidated by the FDA over simply linking to scientific articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals which describe the health benefits of natural phytochemicals found in cherries. The FDA's campaign of censorship and intimidation against nutritional supplement companies has been called "a campaign of terrorism" against U.S.

New "Juice Feasting" Emerging as Phytonutrient-Rich Disease-Fighting Nutritional System

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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More research is needed to firmly establish the mechanisms of action of the various phytochemicals. Phytonutrients may: serve as antioxidants enhance immune response enhance cell-to-cell communication alter estrogen metabolism convert to vitamin A (beta-carotene is metabolized to vitamin A) cause cancer cells to die (apoptosis) repair DNA damage caused by smoking and other toxic exposures detoxify carcinogens through the activation of the cytocrome P450 and Phase II enzyme systems 4. What is the evidence that fruit and vegetable consumption protects human health?

The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why

Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.
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There's a ton of research on vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, amino acids, fatty acids, and other nutritive substances. (Want proof? Go to the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health online library, www.pubmed.gov, and put any vitamin you can think of in the search engine.) The problem isn't that there's an absence of research—it's that a great deal of this research flies under the radar screen of those whom we turn to for health advice (more on this later). But the research exists. I've found it, you can find it, and your doctor can find it.
Since we can't know for sure just what those missing elements might be, the best advice is to make your diet as rich in whole foods, antioxidants, minerals, omega-3 fats, and plant phytochemicals as possible. It's the ultimate "can't hurt, might help!" strategy.) Now Add in the Combos: Three Nutrients, Two Herbs Riboflavin (vitamin B2), magnesium, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQIO) have been researched, reviewed, and studied for their effectiveness in managing migraines. They are all good, effective alternative treatments and can help to prevent migraines.
The substances in celery that produce the benefits are phytochemicals called phthalides. When animals are given a dose of a phthalide {3-n-butyI phthalide) that is equal to four stalks of celery in humans, their blood pressure drops by a respectable 13 percent on average. Clinical studies show that phthalides work by relaxing the muscle tissue in the artery walls. Relaxed muscle tissue in the artery walls translates to increased blood flow and a reduction in blood pressure.
Broadhurst and her team at the USDA have identified new phytochemicals in cinnamon called chalcone polymers that increase glucose metabolism in the cells twenty-fold or more. And with nary a side effect in sight. USDA researchers tested the effects of forty-nine different herbs, spices, and medicinal plants on blood sugar metabolism and published their results in the prestigious Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2001. Cinnamon was the star of the show.

101 Foods That Could Save Your Life!

David W. Grotto, RD, LDN
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Over forty different pigmented varieties are available that vary in the types of phytochemicals they contain. But the majority of cultivated carrots are usually orange, purple, yellow, or white. They all fall within the two basic categories: eastern (Asiatic) carrots or western (carotene). A Serving of Food Lore... The cultivation of carrots dates back thousands of years. Native to central Asia and the Middle East, they soon spread throughout the Mediterranean region. India, China, and Japan had established carrots as a food crop by the thirteenth century.

New "Juice Feasting" Emerging as Phytonutrient-Rich Disease-Fighting Nutritional System

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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In fact, it's a combination of literally thousands of known phytochemicals (and probably thousands more that have yet to be discovered). If you're stuck with a troubling health condition and don't know how to solve it, this may be just the nutritional answer you've been looking for. I'll give you some other clues about what this is: It's not a product you can buy. No supplement company makes it. In fact, it is impossible to manufacture in a factory because it has a shelf life of only a day or so. You make it yourself in your kitchen using simple ingredients found at any grocery store.

PDR for Herbal Medicines, Fourth Edition

Thomson Healthcare, Inc.
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Craig WJ: Phytochemicals: guardians of our health. J Am Diet Assoc 97(10 suppl 2):S199-S204. 1997. D'Amico G, Gentile MG. Effect of dietary manipulation on the lipid abnormalities and urinary protein loss in nephrotic patients. Miner Electrolyte Metab 18(2-5):203-206. 1992. Davies JA, Walden P, Bosland MC. Role of BTG2 and possibly p53 in growth inhibition by genistein in LNCaP, PC3 and DU145 human prostate cancer cells. Proc Am Assoc Cancer Res 39:389. 1998. Dees C, Foster JS, Ahamed S, et al: Dietary estrogens stimulate human breast cells to enter the cell cycle.

Product review: Power Immune anti-viral tincture from Fitura

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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I found that this combination clobbered viruses with a barrage of synergistic phytochemicals, and no virus could resist its effects (it worked for me 100% of the time). Now a new company has resurrected the formula and, in fact, improved it! The company is called Fitura (www.Fitura.com) and the product is "Power Immune." The owner of Fitura (Edwin Veelo) sent me two sample bottles several months ago, and I've had the opportunity to use this product several times since then.
When that happens, all the official government-issued vaccines will quickly prove to be useless (thanks to rapid mutation by the virus), and the only thing that will work for people will be botanical antiviral formulas like this one, since they operate with a synergy of phytochemicals that cannot be defeated by simple mutations. (Truly, those who rely on western medicine may not survive the next pandemic.

The aloe vera miracle: A natural medicine for cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, inflammation, IBS, and other health conditions

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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This gel matrix is comprised of hundreds of different phytochemicals that not only store water and repair injury; they also grant notable medicinal effects to humans who consume them. Until now, there was only one good way to get aloe vera gel: Grow it yourself. I've done that for years, and when I'm making a smoothie, I often cut a large aloe vera leaf out of my yard, slice off the thick green skin of the leaf, and drop the large gel piece into a blender. You can see how this works in the aloe vera PhotoTour. The piece of aloe vera gel you see in the last picture is what I ate.

The big vitamin scare: American Medical Association claims vitamins may kill you (opinion)

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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It is curious that no researcher from the world of conventional medicine will ever test the natural, full-spectrum vitamins, nutrients and phytochemicals that appear in nature. You know why? Because they would discover a universe of natural medicine that makes patented prescription drugs obsolete. A second way to fake a vitamin meta-data study is to simply cherry-pick the results you want to include in your meta-data analysis. This is a routine trick used by dishonest researchers who have an agenda of discrediting nutritional supplements.

Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within You

Andreas Moritz
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In addition, phytochemicals found in Brussels sprouts enhance the activity of the body's natural defense systems to protect against disease, including cancer. Scientists have found that sulforaphane, a potent phytonutrient found in Brussels sprouts and other hrassica vegetables, boosts the body's detoxification enzymes. Brussels sprouts are a good source of fiber and folate and an excellent source of vitamin C.

You Don't Have to be Afraid of Cancer Anymore

Bill Sardi
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This balanced natural combination of phytochemicals present in fruits and vegetables cannot simply be mimicked by dietary supplements." [Journal of Agriculture & Food Chemistry, March 2005] So, should you forget the pills and engorge yourself in more and more food? That would make apple growers, who sponsored the above study, very happy. The problem is that the study used extracts of whole apples, not apples themselves. Beneficial nutrients are extracted from apples usually via alcohol extraction methods.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease

Steven V. Joyal
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Coffee berries contain some well-studied phytochemicals, such as chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid. Since glucose generation from glycogen stored in the liver is often overactive in people who have high blood sugar, reducing the gene expression of key enzymes involved in this action can lead to reduced blood sugar levels. That's where chlorogenic acid comes in: it can inhibit the gene expression of an important enzyme involved in generating glucose from glycogen, and thus can reduce glucose production.

The Organic Food Bar packs a nutritional punch in portable form

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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We know that chocolate contains a lot of immune-boosting phytochemicals, anti-cancer phytochemicals, and that it has a strong protective effect on the human body. Be sure to check out this line of products and integrate them into your diet. They will cost you a little bit less than $3 a bar, and to me it's one of the best investments you can make for your health. Again, I'm absolutely amazed that this company can offer these food bars at such a price. To me, it would still be a bargain at twice that price. I would easily pay 5 or 6 dollars to get these healthy foods into my own bar.

Unleash the Inner Healing Power of Foods

The Editors of FC&A
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The fantastic phytochemicals in this study? Vitamin E, lutein, and lycopene, among others. Hobbs isn't surprised. "They're good for the plant, and they're also good for the human being." ucts, like tomato sauce Spinach, zucchini, and red seedless and tomato paste, over grapes are great sources of lutein, Choose tomato prod- Colorful fruits and vegetables are often rich in phytochemicals. raw tomatoes to get the most lycopene. Then add a little olive or canola oil to help while red fruits like tomatoes, papaya, pink grapefruit, and water melon pack loads of lycopene.

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