Food

Fiber

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in plant foods. Unlike other carbohydrates, the body can’t digest fiber. Instead, fiber passes through the body, performing important functions in the process. The type of function performed depends on the type of fiber consumed. Plant foods contain two types of fiber—soluble and insoluble.Soluble Fiber – This type… Continue reading Fiber

Food

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables (or brassicas) are thought to play an important role in cancer prevention. These vegetables contain phytochemicals known as isothiocyanates. These phytochemicals change the way estrogen is metabolized or broken down in the body. This, in turn, decreases the risk of hormone- or estrogen-related cancers like breast and uterine cancer. Isothiocyanates are activated by… Continue reading Cruciferous Vegetables

Food · Nutrition

Minerals in Fresh Juices

Minerals found in foods are quite different from those found in supplemental mineral pills. Minerals are always combined with specific amino acids; sometimes with vitamins. The process of bonding mineral to amino acid or mineral to vitamin is called “chelation.”  Chelated minerals are preferable to synthetic minerals because the body easily recognizes and uses minerals… Continue reading Minerals in Fresh Juices

Food · Nutrition

Endurance Booster – Beetroot juice

Beetroot juice appears to improve endurance and speed in male soccer players, according to a recent study.  Earlier research had shown benefits for other athletes, including swimmers and cyclists.  The players drank about 4.7 ounces of nitrate rich beetroot juice (providing about 800 milligrams of nitrates per day) or an equal amount of nitrate depleted… Continue reading Endurance Booster – Beetroot juice

Food

Sesame Seeds

These tiny, flat, oval-shaped seeds are good sources of calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber.  They’re especially valued in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, in the forms of tahini (sesame seed paste) and halvah a popular sweet.  The famous phrase “open sesame” from the Arabian Nights refers to… Continue reading Sesame Seeds

Food

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico.  In pre-Columbian times, they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors.  Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids,… Continue reading Chia Seeds