Many foods contain vitamins and minerals. These are essential building blocks for human health.
These foods often contain high amounts of antioxidants, which have been shown to vastly improve one’s physical, and possibly even mental health.
Antioxidants have been shown to reduce damage caused by certain free radicals.
“They (free radicals) are capable of damaging cells and genetic material. The body generates free radicals as the inevitable byproducts of turning food into energy. Others are in the food you eat and the air you breathe. Some are generated by sunlight’s action on the skin and eyes,” writes the Harvard School of Public Health.
Garlic is strong, and not just on your breath.
“Garlic is probably nature’s most potent food,” according to Natural News. Garlic has been used throughout centuries to promote healing. It is said that the biologist Louis Pasteur found garlic to be extremely effective in killing of certain strains of bacteria, and even some virus strains.
Garlic has also been evaluated for its ability to destroy cancer cells.
“One from the Republic of Korea cites diallyl disulfide (DADS) as the most prevalent oil-soluble sulfur compound in garlic, inhibiting cell proliferation in many cell lines,” writes Natural News. “Scientists there examined DADS ability to kill cells in a process involving free radical production. They found that the famous tumor suppressor gene, p53, arrested the cell cycle when DADS treatment was present.”
“Cancer cells died following 24 hour DADS treatment that activated the p53 gene,” the study concludes.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that honey may contain beneficial antioxidants for protecting the health of the human heart.
“In test-tube studies, honey slowed the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol in human blood. Oxidized LDLs are your heart health’s worst enemy; they’re the foundation of dangerous plaque deposits in blood vessel walls that can lead to heart attack and stroke,” writes Prevention Magazine regarding the study’s results.
Scientists were able to correlate darker shades of honey with higher levels of antioxidants.
Sometimes called the chaga mushroom, this powerful antioxidant is actually a fungus. It appears to look nothing like the familiar soft bilge of a typical mushroom shape. This mushroom resembles a large block covered in charcoal.
Chaga is said to contain more antioxidants than any other source of consumable substances known to man.
“Chaga is the heavyweight champion of all antioxidants that knocks açaí, pomegranate and the blueberry out of the water (or off whatever they are grown on!),” writes Mind Body Green.
Individuals in regions of Europe and Asia are noted to be using Chaga to treat conditions: “from stomach and lung cancers to gastritis, ulcers, colitis and inflammatory diseases such as cancer and arthritis as well as HIV,” says Mind Body Green.
Blueberries have been cherished for their high-antioxidant content for some time now. They are said to be ranked the world’s second most popular berry, next to strawberries.
“After many years of research on blueberry antioxidants and their potential benefits for the nervous system and for brain health, there is exciting new evidence that blueberries can improve memory. In a study involving older adults (with an average age of 76 years), 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption was enough to improve scores on two different tests of cognitive function including memory,” writes the World’s Healthiest Foods.
The pomegranate tree is native to areas in the Middle East. It has a history that extends all the way back to Biblical times. The pomegranate has often been noted to be a symbol of life and fertility.
“…potent antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates have shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure,” writes one source. “Factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.”