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What’s Eating You??

Well that was quite a hiatus :-/ But rest assured, Wag Wolf is back, and we’re gonna jump right into this serious topic…

Have you ever shaken hands with anyone?

Have you ever played with a pet?

Have you ever eaten at a fast food restaurant?

Have you ever eaten raw fruits or vegetables?

Have you ever traveled outside of the country?

Have you ever taken a dip in the ocean?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may have… a parasite…

A parasite??? Yes. The problem is much more common than you have been led to believe, and may be behind some of your most stubborn health issues…Check this out…

(From MindBodyGreen)

Having a parasite can be a scary thought, but you’re not alone; parasites are far more common than you think. It’s a myth that parasites only exist in underdeveloped countries. In fact, the majority of the patients I see in my clinic have a parasite. As you will see, parasites can causing a myriad of symptoms, only a few of which are actually digestive in nature.

What is a parasite?

A parasite is any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism. When I refer to intestinal parasites, I’m referring to tiny organisms, usually worms, that feed off of your nutrition.

Some examples of parasites include roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, whipworms, hookworms, and more. Because parasites come in so many different shapes and sizes, they can cause a very wide range of problems. Some consume your food, leaving you hungry after every meal and unable to gain weight. Others feed off of your red blood cells, causing anemia. Some lay eggs that can cause itching, irritability, and even insomnia. If you have tried countless approaches to heal your gut and relieve your symptoms without any success, a parasite could be the underlying cause for many of your unexplained and unresolved symptoms.

How do you get parasites?

 

There are a number of ways to contract a parasite. First, parasites can enter your body through contaminated food and water. Undercooked meat is a common place for parasites to hide, as well as contaminated water from underdeveloped countries, lakes, ponds, or creeks. However, meat is the not the only culprit. Unclean or contaminated fruits and vegetables can also harbor parasites. Some parasites can even enter the body by traveling through the bottom of your foot.

Once a person is infected with a parasite, it’s very easy to pass it along. If you have a parasite and don’t wash your hands after using the restroom, you can easily pass microscopic parasite eggs onto anything you touch — the door handle, the salt shaker, your phone, or anyone you touch. It’s also very easy to contract a parasite when handling animals. Hand washing is a major opportunity to prevent parasite contamination and transmission. Traveling overseas is another way that foreign parasites can be introduced to your system. If you consumed any contaminated water during your travels, you may have acquired a parasite of some kind.

10 Signs You May Have a Parasite

  1. You have an explained constipation, diarrhea, gas, or other symptoms of IBS
  2. You traveled internationally and remember getting traveler’s diarrhea while abroad
  3. You have a history of food poisoning and your digestion has not been the same since.
  4. You have trouble falling asleep, or you wake up multiple times during the night.
  5. You get skin irritations or unexplained rashes, hives, rosacea or eczema.
  6. You grind your teeth in your sleep.
  7. You have pain or aching in your muscles or joints.
  8. You experience fatigue, exhaustion, depression, or frequent feelings of apathy.
  9. You never feel satisfied or full after your meals.
  10. You’ve been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia.

The signs of a parasite can often appear unrelated and unexplained. As I mentioned previously, there are MANY different types of parasites that we are exposed to in our environments. I typically see parasites causing more constipation in patients than diarrhea, but some parasites are capable of changing the fluid balance in your gut and causing diarrhea. Trouble sleeping, skin irritations, mood changes, and muscle pain can all be caused by the toxins that parasites release into the bloodstream. These toxins often cause anxiety, which can manifest itself in different ways. For instance, waking up in the middle of the night or grinding your teeth in your sleep are signs that your body is experiencing anxiety while you rest. When these toxins interact with your neurotransmitters or blood cells, they can cause mood swings or skin irritation.

How to Test for Parasites

The best way to test for a parasite is to get a stool test. Most doctors will run a conventional stool test if they suspect a parasite, however these are not as accurate as the comprehensive stool tests that we use in functional medicine.

Conventional Ova and Parasite Stool Test

Conventional stool tests can identify parasites or parasite eggs in your stool, yet this test comes with many limitations. The problem with this test is that it is only conditionally successful. This test requires three separate stool samples that must be sent to the lab for a pathologist to view under a microscope. Parasites have a very unique life cycle that allows them to rotate between dormant and alive. In order to identify them in this conventional test, the stool sample must contain a live parasite, the parasite must remain alive as the sample ships to the lab, and the pathologist must be able to see the live parasite swimming across the slide. While these can certainly be useful tests for some people, they are unable to identify dormant parasites, and therefore I often see a high number of false negatives with this type of stool test.

Functional Medicine Comprehensive Stool Test

In my practice, I use a comprehensive stool test on all of my patients. The comprehensive test is much more sensitive than the conventional stool test because it uses Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology to amplify the DNA of the parasite if there is one. This means that the parasite can actually be dead or in its dormant phase and it will be detected on this test. Because this test utilizes PCR technology, it isn’t reliant on a pathologist seeing a live parasite swimming on the slide. I frequently diagnose parasites in my patients that were missed on conventional stool tests.

How to Treat Parasites

The comprehensive stool test is able to identify 17 different parasites, so when I know which parasite my patient has, I use prescription medications that target specific species of parasites. If, however, the parasite cannot be identified, I usually use a blend of herbs, including magnesium caprylate, berberine, and extracts from tribulus, sweet wormwood, grapefruit , barberry, bearberry, and black walnut. You can typically find an herbal combination at a compounding pharmacy or though my website. In general, these herbal formulas provide a broad spectrum of activity against the most common pathogens present in the human GI tract, while sparing the beneficial gut bacteria. Before starting an anti-parasite herbal supplement, I recommend you consult your physician and have your liver enzymes checked if you have a history of liver disease, heavy alcohol use or previous history of elevated liver enzymes.

If you think you might have a parasite, I encourage you find a functional medicine physician in your area so that they can order a comprehensive stool test for you. My motto is, It all starts in your gut and your gut is the gateway to health. A healthy gut makes a healthy person.

And DrOz even has something to say about this…What do you think?

 

As always, Wagner Wolf warns you to take care of your health, and stop by wagnerwolf.com to purchase books and join our lively conversations…

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WagnerWolf.com: Nutrition Talk 6/3/15

Our blog focuses a lot on medicine, but I don’t think you can be an effective health care provider if you DONT focus on nutrition. Throwing pills at every problem does nothing (as you can see from the increasing numbers of sick and dying in this country), so please talk to your patients about eating HEALTHY foods (hint: that doesnt include lots of animal products)…

This series is taken from a blog found online…

Top 10 Nutrition Facts That Everyone Agrees on

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There is a lot of controversy in nutrition and it often seems like people can’t agree on anything.

But there are a few exceptions to this.

Here are the top 10 nutrition facts that everyone actually agrees on (well, almost everyone…).

1. Added Sugar is a Disaster

We all know that added sugar is bad.

Some think sugar is a simple matter of “empty” calories, while others believe it to cause diseases that kill millions of people each year.

It is definitely true that added sugar (sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contains empty calories.

There are no nutrients in it and if you eat a lot of sugar then you’re likely to become deficient because you aren’t getting enough foods that actually have nutrients in them.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

There are other, much more serious dangers of sugar that are now reaching mainstream attention.

Sugar, mainly due to the high fructose content, is being implicated as a leading cause of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes (123).

How does fructose do this?

Well, fructose is metabolized strictly by the liver, over time causing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, abdominal obesity and high cholesterol (456789).

Then fructose makes our brains resistant to a hormone called leptin, which effectively makes our brains WANT to get fat (101112).

This way, eating an excess of added sugars sets up a relentless biochemical drive in the brain to keep eating sugar, getting fatter and eating even more sugar.

Bottom Line: Added sugar provides empty calories and is believed to be a leading cause of diseases that kill millions of people each year.

SO – added sugar is bad (natural sugar in fruit is good). Let us know your tips in the comments. Go to http://www.WagnerWolf.com for more books and info…

WagnerWolf.com: The 12th Day of Veganism – Merry Christmas!!

We made it!! MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone – have a happy, blessed day, and share the love with those around you 🙂 For the last time this year, let’s sing our song dedicated to the 12 Days Of VEGANISM…

On the twelfth day of veganism, my true love gave to me…

twelve smoothies and juices

eleven lemons and limes

ten terrific mangoes

nine granny smith apples

eight pineapples plump

seven strawberry seeds

six gorgeous grapes

f I v e bananas with strings

four cantaloupes

three watermelons

two squishy dates

and a fuzzy peach in a pear tree

Why Juices and Smoothies?  http://organicjuicebarreno.com/why-juices-and-smoothies.php

Liquid or Solid Food?

In order to get the most benefit from eating vegetables, it is best to eat them raw. Of course, it can be difficult to eat large quantities of raw vegetables, so drinking your fruits and vegetables daily is relatively easy. The many health benefits of fresh juices and smoothies far exceed those of eating solid fruits and vegetables. So if you are looking for an easy and effective way to do something good for your body consider the health benefits of juices and smoothies prepared with organic fruit and vegetables.

Juices are highly concentrated in nutrients, support immune function and help detoxification

Vegetable juices, green smoothies and fruit smoothies provide your body with a very concentrated source of nutrients and enzymes, particularly when organic vegetables are used. The body can quickly and more easily absorb larger amounts of nutrients from liquid foods than from solid foods because the process of digestion that is necessary when you eat whole foods is simplified.

Fresh juices and smoothies are an easy way to get into the body the beneficial enzymes that aid digestion. Proper digestion is just as important as nutrient concentration, since undigested nutrients cannot be utilized by the body. Because the typical American diet includes foods that are difficult for the body to digest, many people do not have enough digestive enzymes to break down foods and utilize nutrients. Those enzymes are vital in converting food into body tissue and energy.

By including vegetable juices and smoothies in your regular diet you will easily replenish your digestive enzymes. Also phytochemicals, antioxidants and other immune enhancing vitamins and minerals in an easy to absorb form are concentrated in juices and smoothies. All these help to detoxify and boost your immune system. Veggies are generally lower in sugar and higher in nutrients and enzymes than fruits, so vegetable juicing is an especially good way to nourish the body and accelerate your recovery when you are sick.

Another important benefit from drinking juices and smoothies is weight loss. There are many different ways to lose weight, and what works best for one person may not be the best solution for another. Juices and smoothies for weight loss, particularly when vegetables are emphasized, is one way to ensure that you choose a healthy weight loss regimen that does not sacrifice good nutrition.

Help maintain an alkaline pH

One of the most important results of giving your cells a healthy dose of juices and smoothies is that it will help to maintain the pH balance of your body.

An optimum pH level is essential for maintaining good health. The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14 with a measure of 1 being extremely acidic and a measure of 14 being extremely alkaline. The more alkaline you are the healthier you will be. The reason your pH is important is that too often our cells become too acidic. The pH of your blood cells is critical because the more acidic the cells are, the less able they are to transport oxygen throughout the body.

Acid is toxic to the body’s cells. Diseased cells cannot live in an alkaline environment but thrive in an acidic environment. The ideal pH level is slightly alkaline, between 7 and 7.5. Unfortunately, the environment we live in, our stress level, our diet, lack of exercising and our life style in general, all tend to contribute to having too much acid, making it difficult to maintain a healthy pH balance. That is why it is so essential to include more alkaline fresh raw foods in your diet every day in addition to alkaline ionized water. 

Thank you for journeying with us. We hope you enjoyed, learned something new, and saw things from a new & exciting perspective this season. Enjoy the rest of your holidays – we’ll see you in the new year, and don’t forget to improve your life with our excellent books – So You Wanna Be A Doctor, The Rich Must Die, Antoinette: Shattered Dreams, Blissful Encounters, and Breast Cancer Chronicles by Erica J. Holloman, PhD……. http://www.WagnerWolf.com………. 🙂

WagnerWolf.com: 11th Day Of Veganism!!

Can you feel it?? We’re getting close!! As we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, we will continue to show love to ourselves and all those around us 🙂

On the eleventh day of veganism, my true love gave to me…

eleven lemons and limes

ten terrific mangoes

nine granny smith apples

eight pineapples plump

seven strawberry seeds

six gorgeous grapes

f I v e bananas with strings

four cantaloupes

three watermelons

two squishy dates

and a fuzzy peach in a pear tree

          Health benefits of lemon

·         Lemons are packed with numerous health benefiting nutrients. The fruit is less in calories, carrying just 29 calories per 100 g, the value being one of the lowest for the citrus fruits group.

·         They contains zero saturated fats or cholesterol, but are good source of dietary fiber (7.36% of RDA). Lemon is one of the very low glycemic fruits.

·         lemon’s acidic taste is because of citric acid. Citric acid constitutes up to 8% in its juice. Citric acid is a natural preservative, aids in smooth digestion, and helps dissolve kidney stones.

·         Lemons, like other fellow citrus fruits, are an excellent source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid); provides about 88% of daily recommended intake. Ascorbic acid is a powerful water soluble natural anti-oxidant. This vitamin is helpful in preventing scurvy. Besides, consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood.

·         Lemons, like oranges, contain a variety of phytochemicals. Hesperetin, naringin, and naringenin are flavonoid glycosides commonly found in citrus fruits. Naringenin is found to have bio-active effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator. This substance has also been shown to reduce oxidant injury to DNA in the cells in-vitro studies.

·         Additionally, they also compose a minute levels of vitamin A, and other flavonoid anti-oxidants such as α, and ß-carotenes, ß-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

·         Total ORAC value, which measures the anti-oxidant strength of 100 g of fresh lemon juice is 1225 µmol TE (Trolex equivalents).

·         The fruit is also a good source of B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folates. These essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.

·         Further, they carry a healthy amount of minerals like iron, copper, potassium, and calcium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids helps control heart rate and blood pressure.

Citrus fruits, as such, have long been valued for their wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. It is scientifically established fact that citrus fruits, especially lemons and oranges, by virtue of their richness in vitamins and minerals, have many proven health benefits. Moreover, it is now beginning to be appreciated that the other biologically active, non-nutrient compounds found in citrus fruits such as phyto-chemical antioxidants, and soluble as well as insoluble dietary fiber is helpful in reduction in the risk for cancers, many chronic diseases like arthritis, and from obesity and coronary heart diseases.

I love a cold glass of water in the morning, brimming with tasty lemon. Some say warm lemon water is the way to go – what do you think?? http://www.wagnerwolf.com

WagnerWolf.com: On The 10th Day Of Veganism…

Who needs turkey or egg nog when you’ve got these goodies?? Let’s continue…

On the tenth day of veganism, my true love gave to me…

ten terrific mangoes

nine granny smith apples

eight pineapples plump

seven strawberry seeds

six gorgeous grapes

f I v e bananas with strings

four cantaloupes

three watermelons

two squishy dates

and a fuzzy peach in a pear tree

          Health benefits of Mangoes

§  Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.

§  According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Several trial studies suggest that polyphenolic anti-oxidant compounds in mango are known to offer protection against breast and colon cancers.

§  Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, andbeta-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 IU or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin-A. Together; these compounds have been known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers.

§  Fresh mango is a good source of potassium. 100 g fruit provides 156 mg of potassium while just 2 mg of sodium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

§  It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine is required for GABA hormone production within the brain. It also controls homocystiene levels within the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in CAD, and stroke.

§  Further, it composes moderate amounts of copper. Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells.

§  Additionally, mango peel is also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.

Delish!

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WagnerWolf.com: The 9th Day Of Veganism!!

Can You Feel The Christmas Fever?? Remember To Spread Love!

On the ninth day of veganism, my true love gave to me…

nine granny smith apples

eight pineapples plump

seven strawberry seeds

six gorgeous grapes

f I v e bananas with strings

four cantaloupes

three watermelons

two squishy dates

and a fuzzy peach in a pear tree

          Health benefits of apple

·         Delicious and crunchy apple fruit is notable for its impressive list of phtyto-nutrients, and anti-oxidants. Studies suggest that its components are essential for optimal growth, development, and overall wellness.

·         Apples are low in calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. They, however, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, the fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which helps prevent absorption of dietary-LDL or bad cholesterol in the gut. The fiber also saves the colon mucous membrane from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals inside the colon.

·         Apples are rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenolics. The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g apple fruit is 5900 TE. Some of the important flavonoids in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. Additionally, they are also good in tartaric acid that gives tart flavor to them. Altogether, these compounds help the body protect from deleterious effects of free radicals.

·         Apple fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

·         Further, apple fruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together, these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.

·         Apples also carry a small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus, counters the bad influences of sodium.

Pass The Apples – Pass The Health!!

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WagnerWolf.com: The 8th Day Of Veganism…

On the eighth day of veganism, my true love gave to me…

eight pineapples plump

seven strawberry seeds

six gorgeous grapes

f I v e bananas with strings

four cantaloupes

three watermelons

two squishy dates

and a fuzzy peach in a pear tree…

          Health benefits of Pineapple fruit

  • Fresh pineapple is low in calories. Nonetheless, ii is a storehouse of several unique health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
  • 100 g fruit provides just about 50 calories equivalent to that of apples. Its flesh contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber likepectin.
  • Pineapple fruit contains a proteolytic enzymebromelain that digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against arthritis, indigestion and worm infestation.
  • Fresh pineapple is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin;vitamin C. 100 g fruit contains 47.8 or 80% of this vitamin. Vitamin C is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  • It also contains small amount Vitamin A (provides 58 IU per 100 g) and beta-carotene levels. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and essential for vision. Studies have suggested that consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the human body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • In addition, this fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins likefolates, thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like coppermanganese and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is a helpful cofactor for red blood cell synthesis. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger.

Mmmm – who DOESNT love a good pineapple?? They’re so tropical and decadent…www.WagnerWolf.com

WagnerWolf.com: The 7th Day of VEGANISM!!

During this series, we have given you loads of yummy natural foods to help with your health, longevity, and weight goals. Which are your favorite so far? What are your favorite fruits and vegetables??

On the seventh day of veganism, my true love gave to me…

seven strawberry seeds

six gorgeous grapes

f I v e bananas with strings

four cantaloupes

three watermelons

two squishy dates

and a fuzzy peach in a pear tree

          Health benefits of strawberries

  • Strawberry is low in calories (32 cal/100 g) and fats but rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
  • Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals calledanthocyaninsand ellagic acid. Scientific studies show that consumption of these berries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.
  • Strawberry has anORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity, a measure of anti-oxidant strength) of about 3577µmol TE per 100 grams.
  • Fresh berries are an excellent source ofvitamin-C (100 g provide 58.8 mg or about 98% of RDI), which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation and scavenge harmful free radicals.
  • The fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrate, proteins and fats.
  • Strawberries contain vitamin A, vitamin E and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and beta-carotene in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Furthermore, They contain good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Fluoride is a component of bones and teeth and is important for prevention of dental caries.

I LOVE berries!! Don’t you??

WagnerWolf.com: On The Sixth Day Of Veganism…

On the sixth day of veganism, my true love gave to me…

six gorgeous grapes

f I v e bananas with strings

four cantaloupes

three watermelons

two squishy dates

and a fuzzy peach in a pear tree

          Health benefits of grapes

  • Grapes are rich in polyphenolic phytochemical compound Resveratrol is one of the powerful anti-oxidant which has been found to play a protective role against cancers of colon and prostate, coronary heart disease (CHD), degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease and viral/ fungal infections.
  • Resveratrolreduces stroke risk by altering the molecular mechanisms inside the blood vessels. It does so, firstly by reducing susceptibility of blood vessel damage through decreased activity of angiotensin (a systemic hormone causing blood vessel constriction that would otherwise elevate blood pressure) and secondly, through increased production of the vasodilator substance, nitric oxide (a beneficial compound that causes relaxation of blood vessels).
  • Anthocyanins are another class of polyphenolic anti-oxidants present abundantly in the red grapes. These phyto-chemicals have been found to have an anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, as well as anti-cancer activity.
  • Catechins, a type of flavonoid tannin group of anti-oxidants, found in the white/green varieties have also shown to possess these health-protective functions.
  • In addition, the berries are very low in calories. 100 g fresh grapes just provide 69 calories but zero cholesterol levels.
  • Grapes are rich source of micronutrient minerals like copper, iron and manganese. Copper and manganese are an essential co-factor of antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is especially concentrated inraisins. In addition, 100 g of fresh grapes contain about 191 mg of health benefiting electrolyte,potassium.
  • They are an also good source ofvitamin-C, vitamin A, vitamin K, carotenes, B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine, riboflavin, and thiamin.

WagnerWolf.com: The First Day Of Veganism!!

Welcome to our Christmas 2014 series, 12 Days of Veganism!! We will be counting down some delicious goodies so anyone can enjoy the holidays with healthy, filling foods 🙂 All info from http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fruit-nutrition.html…Let’s begin –

On the first day of veganism, my true love gave to me…a fuzzy peach in a pear tree!

  Health benefits of Peaches

  • Wonderfully delicious peaches are low in calories (100 g just provide 39 calories), and contain no saturated fats. Nonetheless, they are packed with numerous health promoting compounds, minerals, and vitamins.
  • The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g peach fruit is 1814 TE (Trolex equivalents).
  • Fresh peaches are a moderate source of antioxidant, vitamin-C. Vitamin-C has anti-oxidant effects and is required for connective tissue synthesis inside the human body. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps develop resistance against infectious agents, and help scavenges harmful free radicals.
  • Fresh fruits are also a moderate source of vitamin-A and ß-carotene. ß-carotene is a pro-vitamin, which converts into vitamin A inside the body. Vitamin A is essential for night vision. It is also essential for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A is known to offer protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • They are rich in many vital minerals such as potassium, fluoride and iron. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Fluoride is a component of bones and teeth and is essential for prevention of dental caries. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Peaches contain health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-cryptoxanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

Health benefits of pears

  • Pear fruit is packed with health benefiting nutrients such as dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins, which are necessary for optimum health. Total measured antioxidant strength (ORAC value) in pears 2941 µmol TE/100 g.
  • Pears are a good source of dietary fiber. 100 g fruit provides 3.1 g or 8% of fiber per 100g. Regular eating of this fruit may offer protection against colon cancer. Most of the fiber in them isnon soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which functions as a good bulk laxative in the gut. Additionally, its gritty fiber content binds to cancer-causing toxins and chemicals in the colon, protecting its mucous membrane from contact with these compounds.
  • In addition, pear fruit is one of the very low calorie fruits; provides just 58 calories per 100g. A low calorie but high fiber diet may help bring significant reduction in body weight, and blood LDL cholesterol levels.
  • They contain good quantities ofvitamin C. Fresh fruits provide about 7% of RDA per 100 g.
  • They are moderate sources of antioxidant flavonoids phyto-nutrients such asbeta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds, along with vitamin C and A, help the body protected from harmful free radicals.
  • The fruit is a good source of minerals such ascopper, iron, potassium, manganese and magnesium as well as B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6).
  • Although not well documented, pears are among the least allergenic of all the fruits. For the same reason, they’re often recommended by health practitioners as a safe alternative in the preparation of food products for allergic persons.
  • Pears have been suggested in various traditional medicines in the treatment of colitis, chronic gallbladder disorders, arthritis, and gout.

Mouth watering yet?? Come back tomorrow for more yummies!

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