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Antioxidants Keep You Healthy

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In the natural process of cell respiration – oxidation – an oxygen electron is lost and becomes a free radical, an unstable molecule that can go on to damage cells and DNA. Antioxidants disable free radicals by donating electrons. Free radicals also form due to air pollution, radiation, pesticides and smoking. Antioxidants are a broad category that includes phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fiber. People gain these antioxidants by eating fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, spices and herbs – a healthy way of eating.

Antioxidants Maintain Great Health

Scientists believe antioxidants lower the risk of cancer by preventing free radicals from damaging DNA, and ease heart disease by controlling inflammation. Antioxidants support the immune system and are anti-aging. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends consuming a wide variety of plant food, between five and nine half-cup servings per day, to keep in good physical shape. Barry Sears, Ph. D., of The Zone Diet fame, suggests eating five servings of fruit and 10 servings of vegetables per day.

Antioxidants Include Phytochemicals

A big part of antioxidants is plant nutrients – phytochemicals – and they are classified in many unusual-sounding names that have come into general use. Plants use phytochemicals for self-protection, and the plant food protects humans too. Scientists know there are thousands of plant chemicals, and are in the midst of their research. Brightly colored fruit and vegetable peels are especially laden with wholesome phytochemicals.

A popular phytochemical class is the carotenoids, which are further broken down into now-familiar-sounding nutrients like beta-carotene (for example, carrots and broccoli), lycopene (tomatoes and watermelon) and lutein (kiwi and romaine lettuce). Another large family is the flavonoids, which include the anthocyanidins (berries and plums), flavanones (citrus fruit), and quercetins (apples and red onions). Then there are the cruciferous vegetables containing sulforaphane (cabbage and cauliflower) and indole (Brussels sprouts and broccoli).

Actually, most fruits and vegetables are composed of hundreds of nutrients; for example, some of the known ingredients in red grapes are resveratrol, quercetin, and ellagic acid, while popular nutrients in kale include beta-carotene, lutein, quercetin, sulforaphane and indole.

Surprising Facts about Antioxidants

The National Institute on Aging, an arm of the United States National Institutes of Health, developed a measurement system for comparing antioxidant capacity in nutrients. The unit of measurement is called the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). It turns out that small amounts of herbs and spices are more heavily packed with antioxidants than larger amounts of fruits and vegetables. For example, just one teaspoon of ground cinnamon scores a 6956 on the ORAC scale, whereas a comparatively large half cup of broccoli rates a 620.

The top five antioxidants are found in beans and blueberries, according to the June 9, 2004 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rated just fruits, vegetables and nuts, and came up with this order:
  1. half cup of small, dried red beans
  2. one cup of wild blueberries
  3. half cup of dried, red kidney beans
  4. half cup of pinto beans
  5. one cup of cultivated blueberries
Number 17 on the USDA list is the common, humble and cheap russet potato. It was developed over 100 years ago and if grown in Idaho, USA, is called the Idaho potato. Besides rated highly for antioxidants, the lowly russet is nutritious. Nutritiondata.com analyzed a large, cooked potato that had seven grams of fiber, eight grams of protein, minimal salt and sugar and no sat or trans fats.

Although it had 290 calories, it was high in vitamin C. The trick is not to spoil this wholesome food with unhealthy condiments.

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Healing Properties of Fruits: Raspberry

Raspberries
Raspberries have neutral thermal nature, they have asweet-and-sour flavor. These berries are beneficial liver and kidneys. A raps enriches and cleanses the blood of toxins; regulates the menstrual cycle; controls urinary functions; treats anemia, as well as excessive and frequent urination, especially at night. These berries can be used to induce and promote labor at childbirth.

Raspberry leaf, a widely accessible herb, strengthens the uterus, checks excessive menstrual flow, and restrains bleeding in general; it is of exceptional advantage for tonifying the uterus and supporting optimum hormonal patterns for the period of pregnancy.

The dried unripe raspberry fruit, a prominent, slightly warming. Chinese herb (Rubus chingii) is considered beneficial to the kidneys through its astringent action. It controls unnecessary and frequent urination like ripe raspberry, but more effectively; it also astringes the essence and thereby treats impotence, involuntary seminal emission, spermatorrhea, and premature ejaculation.

It improves visual perception and thus is used for blurred vision. Ripe raspberry also seems to benefit vision. In animal experiments, the unripe raspberry has estrogen-like effects on the female sex organs; quite probably the ripe raspberry and its leaf have these same effects.

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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: Persimmon

Persimmon

Permisson has very cooling thermal nature, a sweet flavor. It has the properties to cools heat, especially lung heat, it builds body fluids, moistens the lungs and resolves phlegm,tonifies the spleen-pancreas; soothes mucous membranes in the digestive tract to relieve gastrointestinal inflammations; treats common hot and dry conditions such as often occur in thirst, canker sores, and chronic bronchitis.

The unripe persimmon has an astringent taste that makes the lips pucker from its tannic acid content; as persimmon ripens, the tannic acid is converted until none is left in the fully ripe state. The astringent property of partially ripe persimmon is desirable in treating these conditions: diarrhea, dysentery, hypertension, and spitting up, coughing up, or vomiting blood.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Peach

Peaches
Peaches have cooling thermal nature, sweet-and-sour flavor. These fruits build body fluids; moisten the lungs and intestines. Peaches are used for dry cough and other dry conditions of the lungs, they relieves high blood pressure. The slightly sour quality of the peach is astringent and tends to bound perspiration while tightening tissues. For a "peaches and cream" complexion apply a poultice of blended fresh peach on the face, let dry, rinse, and pat dry. The kernel inside the peach pit strengthens blood circulation and is used to clear congealed blood, it appears in tumor formulas including those for uterine fibroids. Peach leaf taken as a tea destroys worms. The very soft nature of peach flesh makes it ideal for those with acute gastrointestinal inflammations and in this case it should be cooked and pureed.
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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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Healing Properties of Fruits: Mulberry

Mulberries
Mulberries have cooling thermal nature, sweet flavor. They have the property to build the fluids and blood; moistens the lungs and gastrointestinal tract; strengthens the liver and kidneys; treats wind conditions, including vertigo and paralysis. They are useful for blood deficiency signs such as anemia, prematurely gray hair, irritability, insomnia, and constipation from fluid dryness; also is used in treating stomach ulcers, diabetes, dry cough, ringing in the ears, and poor joint mobility. At one time in the West, mulberries were highly appreciated for the general tonic for the whole system, which corresponds to some degree with the Chinese view of their tonic action on the kidneys, liver, and blood.
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Citrus Seed Extract

Citrus Seed Extract
Citrus seed extract is an extremely potent natural antibiotic derived primarily from the seeds of grapefruit. This extract was developed after observing that citrus seeds do not readily decompose in nature from microbial action. Slightly warming in thermal nature and exceptionally bitter, citrus seed extract works in the body like most bitters, but more effectively for purposes of drying damp conditions in the body.

This extract has been found to reduce members of several classes of microbes and parasites, among them: protozoa, amoebas, bacteria, viruses, and at least thirty different types of fungi, including the Candida yeast-like fungi. It is accessible as a major ingredient in liquid extracts, capsules, sprays, ointments, and a variety of other forms for treating a host of maladies. Among its more common internal utilizations are diarrhea (take daily while traveling to prevent "traveler's diarrhea"), allergies including hay fever, Candida overgrowth, giardia and most other parasites, flu, strep throat, and staph infections. Externally it is applied in various dilutions for warts, athlete's foot, nail fungi, dandruff and other scalp problems, and poison oak; specific liquid formulations containing the extract treat vaginal yeast infection, nasal and sinus problems, and ear infections. Uses in the home engage adding a few drops of the extract to water for soaking create to remove parasites and pesticides, sterilizing laundry (used this way in hospitals), cleaning infected surfaces, kitchen utensils and cutting boards, and ridding drinking, bathing, and swimming water of microbes. Individuals with signs of dryness and deficiency, including the deficient yin syndrome, should use citrus seed extract sparingly.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Lemon and Lime

These fruits have cooling thermal nature, they are very sour, astringent flavor and antiseptic. Perhaps these are the most valuable fruits therapeutically speaking for people who have eaten a high-fat/protein diet. Lemon destroys putrefactive bacteria in both the intestines and mouth; used to purify the breath. Its antiseptic, anti-microbial, and mucus-resolving action make it useful during dysentery, colds, flus, hacking coughs, and parasite infestation.


Lemon and lime have benefits the liver, encouraging the formation of bile, they improve absorption of minerals, promote weight loss, cleanse the blood, treat high blood pressure, thick, poorly circulating blood, and weak blood vessels. Lime alleviates flatulence and indigestion in general. Lemon increases the production of fluids in the body. Its juice, diluted with water, is often used for reducing the effects of summer heat, calming the nerves, treating sore throat, cramps, and diabetes, which are often marked by fluid deficiency.

Lemon and Lime
Lemon is used externally to heal sores (apply juice), to relieve itching from insect bites (rub in juice), and to soften and reduce corns (poultice). One drop of fresh juice combined with warm water makes a cleansing eye wash. Generally, limes can be substituted and are grown with fewer chemicals. The citric acid content of lemons and limes is 4-6 times higher than oranges and at least three times that of grapefruit. Thus these fruits should not be used by those with too much stomach acid or ulcers. Besides, citric acid thins the blood, and so citrus should be used cautiously by those with weak blood signs such as pale complexion and tongue, insomnia, irritability, and thinness.

Start with 1-3 lemons daily for one week and increase according to need and desire (9-12 lemons daily can be tolerated by the robust person in need of their properties).Lemon peel is used similarly to grapefruit peel, although it has stronger ability to move stagnant liver, while lime peel has even more specific action on the liver.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Grapefruit

Grapefruit
Grapefruits have cooling thermal nature, sweet-and-sour flavor. It is popular for treating poor digestion, belching, and increases appetite during pregnancy. Grapefruit helps overcome alcohol intoxication. The juice, when combined with a tea of the pulp, will reduce fevers (simmer the pulp for 10 minutes in 6 ounces of water, then sip slowly the juice/tea combination and abstain from solid foods).

Grapefruit peel has warming power, a pungent, sweet, and bitter flavor. Like most citrus peel, it moves and regulates the spleen-pancreas digestive energy, and can be used to ease intestinal gas, pain, swelling, and promote peristalsis. It also helps resolve mucus conditions of the lungs and can treat lung blocking and coughs that have cold signs. The bioflavonoid activity of the peel in conjunction with its vitamin C is useful for strengthening the gums, the arteries, and overall circulation. To remove the properties of the peel, make a tea by simmering the fresh or dried peel for about 20 minutes. For frostbite, apply a squeeze of the room-temperature tea to help repair circulation to the damaged tissue.
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Healing Properties of Fruits:Grape

Grapes
This fruits has a neutral thermal nature, it has sweet-and-sour flavor and has the ability to increase energy. Grapes are used in the East and West as a blood tonic—contains valuable cell salts known to build and purify the blood and develop the cleansing function of the glands; benefits the kidneys and liver and thus strengthens their relevant tissues—the bones and sinews. Grapes are also used to treat rheumatism and arthritis, especially when these conditions are marked with signs of coldness. It has diuretic properties and reduces edema and treats urinary difficulty including painful urination. Grape juice is also a valuable remedy for liver malfunctions such as hepatitis and jaundice.

A poultice of mashed grapes purifies infected areas and reduces growths. For this purpose, a fresh poultice is applied daily and kept in place for at least 8 hours. These poultices should be used until the condition improves. Grapes make a good energy snack for children. The dark varieties of grapes are better for blood-building needs such as anemia; they are also more strengthening. Excessive use of grapes may diminish visual acuity. As a healing remedy it should be used approximately for 8 ounces once daily for chronic conditions, twice daily for acute conditions.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Fig

Fig
Fig has neutral thermal nature, it is a fruit with sweet flavor. As a healer it influences the stomach and spleen-pancreas and moistens the lungs and large intestine. Fig has detoxifying action and is used for skin discharges and boils. It is one of the most alkalizing foods, it balances acidic conditions that result from a diet rich in meat and refined food.

For dry cough, signs of lung heat, asthma, or sore throat, drink a cup of the water and eat 1-2 figs from a lightly cooked fig soup several times a day. The high mucin content of figs makes them a soothing laxative for treating constipation, especially the "fluid deficiency" type. Figs also clean the intestines and treat dysentery and hemorrhoids. Milk from the unripe fruit applied twice daily straight to warts helps to remove them. For toothaches, fresh fig can be rubbed into the gums for healing effect.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Cherry

Cherries
Cherries are fruits with warming thermal nature. They have sweet flavor, increase energy, tonifie the spleen-pancreas, and prevent involuntary seminal emission. Cherries are a well-known remedy for gout, arthritis, and rheumatism. They also help defeat numbness in the limbs and paralysis as a result of rheumatism. Part of their action in rheumatic disorders occurs from their aptitude to eliminate the surplus of body acids. Cherries are most beneficial for treating disorders accompanied by coldness, such as the feeling of perennially cold. Richly supplied in iron, cherries are frequently used to improve the blood quality and treat anemia.
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Proteins from Fruits and Vegetables Only


Fruits and Legumes
If you are on a diet of fruits and vegetables only, it is likely that your total protein intake will have about 5% of calories or even slightly higher. Adding a small quantity of nuts or seeds results in a slight increase in protein intake percentage.

For example:
  • A meal of 10 peaches (420 calories) yields 7 grams of protein.
  • Another meal of 10 bananas (1,085 calories) supplies 12 grams of protein.
  • A bowl of soup made from 3 tomatoes blended with 2 cucumbers calories) supplies more than 7 additional grams of protein.
  • A pint of fresh-squeezed orange juice (225 calories) offers nearly 3.5 grams of protein.
  • One medium head of lettuce (about 50 calories) provides about 5.5 grams of protein.
  • Even if we have only eaten 1,930 calories so far, the total protein consumed is 35 grams (over 6% of calories).
In this case it is recommended for total calorie consumption to be higher than most official recommendations. This is because an increased calorie intake when accompanied by a commensurate increase in fitness activity results in an overall higher level of fitness and health. It is this increase in calorie consumption, from an intake of fruits and vegetables, that assures the consumer of nutritional sufficiency. In nature, we would have to be healthy in order to survive. We would also eat fruits and vegetables, the most nutritious of all foods. In order to be well nourished, we are designed to consume the significant quantities of fruits and vegetables that would be eaten by a healthy, fit, active person.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Banana

Bananas
Bananas have very cooling thermal nature, they are sweet in flavor. These fruits have the property to lubricate the intestines and lungs, to treat constipation and ulcers. They are beneficial for conditions related to thirst and dryness. For dry lung conditions and dry cough, eat bananas that have been sliced and cooked into a thick soup. Before their completely ripe stage, bananas have an astringent property: use partially ripened steamed bananas for diarrhea, colitis, and hemorrhoids. For hemorrhoids, steam the whole banana until very soft and eat one organic banana with skin twice a day on an empty stomach.

Bananas detoxify the body. In addition, their cold nature and high sugar content are helpful in the treatment of drug addiction (especially alcoholism) marked by heat signs and sugar cravings during withdrawal.

Rich in potassium, bananas are used generally for hypertension. Because they can reduce blood pressure, are easy to digest, and also moisten dryness, bananas are a good food for many old people (blood pressure, dryness, and digestive weakness tend to grow with age). Bananas are commonly given to children and infants, although they should be used carefully with children who are cold, inactive, or frail.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Avocado


AvocadosAvocados have a cooling thermal nature they have a sweet flavor, build the blood and, harmonize the liver, lubricates the lungs and intestines. They are a natural source of lecithin, and are often considered a brain food. More than 80% of its caloric content is easily digested fat, primarily in the form of monounsaturated oils. Persons with cravings for oils but which digest poorly with most fatty foods can usually tolerate avocado. Avocados are rich in copper, which aids in red blood cell formation and it is a nutritious protein source often recommended for nursing mothers. Avocados are also a remedy for ulcers and are known to be effective for women in the skin care procedures.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Apricot

Apricot

Apricot is a fruit that has neutral thermal nature. It has a sweet-and-sour flavor. Apricot has the property to moisten the lungs and it increases the fluids. It is mainly used for dry throat, thirst, asthma, and other lung conditions when there is fluid deficit. Because of its high copper and cobalt content, it is usually used to treat anemia. Apricots originated in China, where they are considered weakening if consumed in large quantities. They must be used carefully during pregnancy, and avoided in cases of diarrhea.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Apple


ApplesApple has cooling thermal nature, sweet-and-sour flavor. It reduces heat, especially summer heat and, creates fluids for the body in general, but particularly to moisten dryness and cool heat in the lungs—protects the lungs from cigarette smoking; stimulates appetite. Apple also has the property to remedy indigestion—this ability is due in part to the presence of malefic and tartaric acids in apples, which hold back the growth of ferments and disease-producing bacteria in the digestive tract. It contains pectin, which removes cholesterol, toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and the remains of radiation. This fruit is beneficial for low blood sugar conditions and emotional depression associated with it. A poultice of grated apple over the eyes for twenty minutes helps relieve inflammation and irritations such as sunburn or a eye disorder called "pink eye." Apples and their juice are also cleansing and favorable for the liver and gallbladder by softening gallstones.
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