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Beta Carotene and Vitamins A and E

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In a recent press release, a Chicago study of 68 existing studies on Beta carotene and vitamins A and E have been found to increase the risk of death. The review consisted of studies on almost 250,000 people using these antioxidants.

According to critics, many of the study's participants were chronically ill before starting antioxidant treatments. Researchers have not found evidence of risks associated with natural antioxidants found in fruits or vegetables; only in synthetic supplements.

Synthetic supplements have higher concentrated levels of antioxidants and can therefore be more problematic. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause cell damage. The study explained that by wiping out the free radicals from our bodies, we are interrupting important defense mechanisms needed to fight disease.

According to the study, using antioxidants Beta carotene and vitamin A and E, can increase the chance of mortality by 5 %. Vitamin C, which is thought to increase longevity, was shown to have no real effect on longevity at all.

While the study may demonstrate that Beta carotene, vitamin A and B may not help you live longer it does not have the valid and reliable support needed to back the claim that antioxidants can actually increase your risk of death.

Check with you physician, especially if you are using anitoxidants as a form of treatment for a serious illness, and consult other surveys that contradict this latest study and recommend antioxidants.

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Balanced Diet

Health professionals recommend that to stay fit and healthy you should aim to eat at least five different portions of fruit and vegetables every day. For some people though this can seem like a lot to take in. Luckily, there are simple ways to make this easier and help you to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.

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Breakfast

It has long been known that eating a low fat breakfast can help to keep you slimmer but it is also a great opportunity to get one or two of your five a day. If you’re eating cereal then why not try adding a chopped banana or a cupful of berries? Not only will the fruit count towards your daily quota but it will also help to jazz up your old favourites. If you prefer eggs and bacon then add some grilled mushrooms or a grilled tomato on the side. Omelettes are easy to make healthier too by adding any variety of vegetables that you like to the mix before cooking (mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, sweet corn - whatever it is that you like).

Juice

There are hundreds of types of juices out there and most of them (especially those that are freshly squeezed) will count towards your five a day. Generally speaking, a 250 millilitre glass counts as one portion which makes it a quick and easy way to top yourself up. Fruit juice can also be bought in cartons that you can pack for lunch or just keep in your car or your handbag for a nutritious drink on the go.

Soup

Easy and quick to make soup is also a meal that is often crying out to have some veggies added to it. If you’re eating cream of chicken, why not add some mushrooms or a handful of sweet corn? Tomato soups work well with cooked kidney beans thrown in and lentils make a great addition to most vegetable soups. As well as upping the health factor of your meal the vegetables help to bulk it out which might help you feel fuller for longer.

Sandwiches

An old lunchtime favourite can easily be spiced up by adding in some salad or veggies. Shredded lettuce, chopped onions or sliced tomatoes work well with nearly everything or you could try being a little more adventurous with hot peppers, tasty olives or crunchy celery. Experimenting with sandwich fillings is also a good way to try things out whilst still keeping it familiar with your usual meats and cheeses.

Smoothies

All that you need is a blender! Making your own smoothies is a very easy way towards your five a day, simply take your choice of fruits (peeled and chopped) and add to low fat yoghurt in the blender. To up the health benefits even further you could try using a pro biotic yoghurt or adding a little linseed oil. If you’re vegan you could use soya yoghurt to achieve the same results. Once it’s blended you can keep your smoothie fresh in the fridge and serve on its own or over ice. Why not have a glass at breakfast with your veggie filled omelette or fruit loaded cereal for an extra dose of vitamin C to get you going first thing?

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Supply your Body with Necessary Chemicals

If your body is missing some essential substances or chemicals, you may have an increased appetite for certain products or meals. Here we will analyze the correlation between the increase petite of a person and the lack of a certain mineral or vitamin in the human body.

Appetite for: Chocolate
Lack of: Magnesium
Source: nuts, seeds, fruits, pulses and legumes.

Appetite for: Bread
Lack of: Nitrogen
Source: foods high in protein (fish, meat, nuts).

Appetite for: Sweets
Lack of: Glucose
Source: honey, sweet berries, vegetables and fruits.

Appetite for: fatty foods
Lack of: calcium
Source: broccoli, pulses and legumes, cheese, sesame

Appetite for: cheese
Lack of: calcium and phosphorus
Source: broccoli, milk, cheese

Appetite for: smoked
Lack of: cholesterol
Source: avocado, red fish, nuts, olives.

Appetite for: sour
Lack of: Vitamin C
Source: lemon, cranberry, kiwi, strawberry, rose, brussels sprouts, and others.

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Beating Asthma


Asthma partially obstructs the bronchial tubes, making your breathing difficult. The real cause of asthma is still not known. But if you are an asthma sufferer, through natural means, you can significantly reduce the number of asthma attacks you get. A placebo study has shown that asthmatics who consume 1 gram of vitamin C per day had 4 times fewer attacks. When they stopped taking vitamin C, the attacks resumed with the same regularity as before.

Magnesium also works efficiently. According to a study on thirty children suffering from asthma associated with allergies, twenty of them drank a daily quantity of mineral water rich in magnesium, while the others received no magnesium supplement. After three months, the first group had a higher level of magnesium in their blood, and they were able to breathe more easily. So taking vitamin C and magnesium is an excellent way to prevent asthma attacks.

To breathe more easily during an attack, simply drink 2 or 3 cups of strong coffee. By activating blood circulation, it eases respiratory obstruction.

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Healing Properties of Fruits: Strawberry

Strawberries
Strawberries have cooling thermal nature, sweet-and-sour flavor. These berries are beneficial for the spleen-pancreas and improve appetite. They moisten the lungs and generate body fluids. Strawberries are used for thirst, sore throat, and hoarseness. Eat before meals to treat poor digestion accompanied by abdominal pain and swelling. They relieve urinary difficulties including painful urination and inability to urinate. Very rich in silicon and vitamin C: useful for arterial and all connective tissue repairs. To strengthen the teeth and gums and help get rid of tartar, cut a strawberry in half and rub onto the teeth and gums; leave on 45 minutes and rinse with warm water. One of the first fruits to emerge in the spring, strawberries are good for spring cleansing and body detox. Allergic reactions to strawberries are often caused by berries that are not vine-ripened.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Orange

Oranges
Oranges have cooling thermal nature. This is a fruit with sweet-and-sour flavor, it is general tonic for weak digestion and poor appetite, oranges regenerate body fluids; helps cool and moisten those who are dry and over heated from disease processes, physical activity, or hot weather. Oranges have been precious for inflammatory, highly acidic diseases such as arthritis; they also help lower high fever; their vitamin C/ and bioflavonoid content advantages for those with weak gums and teeth. The peel has gi-stimulating, digestive, and mucus resolving actions similar to grapefruit peel above. The inner white lining, placed directly on the eyelids, helps to dissolve eye cysts. Tangerines make a good substitute for commercial oranges because they have many of the same properties but are sprayed less with chemicals.
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