Saffron – Kale – Brazil Nuts – Berries – Ginger – Apple Cider Vinegar … And Their Effect On Health

This is sporadic information about some of the great benefits of some foods that you may not know about such as Brazil nuts, ginger, saffron, strawberry, apple cider vinegar, berries, dark green leafy vegetables, and about foods that reduce the risk of cancer.

 

The Role Of Saffron In Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

In a double-blind trial, saffron was found to help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. In a sixteen-week study, Alzheimer’s patients with mild to moderate dementia who took saffron capsules showed that their average cognitive abilities were significantly better than the group of patients who took a placebo. Besides, a study that lasted for twenty-two weeks found that saffron appears to be effective in treating Alzheimer’s symptoms as the main drug.

 

Saffron May Stop Vision Loss 

In addition, scientists note at the Center for Excellence in Vision Science and the University of L’Aquila in Italy that saffron can reverse the course of blinding diseases and may be critical in preventing vision loss in old age.

 

Brazil Nuts Affect Cholesterol Levels

A study conducted in Brazil showed that eating one serving of Brazil nuts, between one to eight, improves almost immediately cholesterol levels and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL). Brazil nuts contain a very high amount of selenium, which reduces cholesterol levels in the blood.

 

In fact, eating four Brazil nuts every day may make you get a high percentage of selenium, which is higher than the daily allowable limit for selenium. So you should not exceed the allowed amount per day.

 

Strawberries Might Reduce the Risk Of Esophageal Cancer

Strawberries contain a very high amount of antioxidants. Eating foods rich in antioxidants may reduce half the risk of esophageal cancer. In a clinical trial, the researchers tested dried strawberries in patients who had a cancerous lesion in the esophagus. Participants were consuming 28 to 57 grams of freeze-dried strawberries daily for a period of six months. The disease progression was reversed in about 80 percent of the participants. However, try to eat organic strawberries because the regular strawberries on the market contain a large amount of pesticide residue.

 

 

Foods Linked To Lowering The Risk of Leukemia

Foods most associated with a lower risk of leukemia are cruciferous vegetables, onions, and garlic, which are all considered superfoods. It is important to add these vegetables to your diet, as they help prevent cancer. Cruciferous vegetables include watercress, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, horseradish, kale, mustard leaves, turnip leaves, and more. Therefore, adding these vegetables, onions, and garlic to your diet is essential to an effective cancer prevention strategy.

 

Important Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar has many health benefits. Adding two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before a meal may improve blood sugar control, and effectively stop high blood sugar spike after a meal by about 20 percent. Therefore, vinegar may weaken the effect of foods high in the glycemic index.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar For Diabetics And Other Health Benefits

People with type 2 diabetes who consume two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed their blood sugar level was reduced in the morning. A tablespoon of vinegar daily may also help to treat PCOS, improve arterial function, help reduce body fat, and improve arterial function in postmenopausal women.

 

A Study Of Apple Cider Vinegar And Weight Loss

 In addition, vinegar may help you lose weight. A study found that participants who were obese and who consumed one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar lost more weight than the participants who were also obese but did not consume apple cider vinegar.

 

The Benefits Of Different Types of Berries

Berries provide protection from the possibility of cancer, strengthen the immune system, and protects the liver and brain. A study by the American Cancer Society that included about one hundred thousand men and women found that those who eat most types of berries are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

 

Berries Contain A High Amount Of Antioxidants

A study that compared more than a hundred different types of berries and berries products concluded that berries are among the most beneficial types of fruits for the body because they contain the most antioxidants. Types of berries include blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (black and red), cranberries, cherries, strawberries, goji berries, and acai berries.

 

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

Dark green leafy vegetables are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They contain the most nutrients in every calorie. Eating these leafy vegetables daily may be one of the most powerful steps you can take to stay healthy. Of all the food groups analyzed by a team of researchers at Harvard University, it turns out that dark green leafy vegetables are linked to the best prevention against major chronic diseases, including a reduction of nearly 20 percent for both heart attacks and strokes for each additional daily meal. Dark green leafy vegetables include Arugula, watercress, turnip greens, beetroot, mustard leaves, spinach, kale, and more. 

 

Kale and Cholesterol

Researchers have found that kale helps control blood cholesterol levels. In a study of thirty men with high cholesterol for a period of four months, their bad cholesterol level (LDL) decreased significantly and their good cholesterol (HDL) was boosted.

 

Benefits You Can Get From Fresh Ginger

Ginger is used in treating headaches and pain. Ginger can also reduce the amount of menstrual bleeding. In addition, it is used as an anti-nausea treatment during pregnancy, chemotherapy, radiation and after surgery, as well as during motion sickness when traveling.

 

Note For Pregnant Women

Ginger is generally safe during pregnancy, but the recommended maximum daily dose during pregnancy is about four teaspoons of grated fresh ginger root.


Reference:

Groves, N. M. (2016). Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. North Adams, MA:Storey Publishing.

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