Sunday, November 7, 2010

More Reasons to Eat Your Veggies

Nutritionists are beginning to understand, long after ancient cultures did, many vegetables and fruits contain elements that can fight disease and generally improve our health in many ways.

Until recently, how and why has been the $64,000 question. But the answers are slowly emerging, thanks to a growing body of work by a variety of researchers.

For example, plant chemicals called phytochemicals can reduce inflammation (acids) and eliminate carcinogens while others regulate the rate at which cells reproduce, get rid of old cells and maintain DNA.

Recent research has found fruits and vegetables do provide as much protection from cancer (acid) and the body needs some of the 25,000 phytochemicals to stay healthy.

Rather than focus on 'power foods,' I advocate a plant-based diet that combines to offer the best benefits and bolster their protective powers against acidity. Read more...

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