Amazing Health Benefits Of Fruits And Vegetables

27 Jun
Once you start putting more emphasis on eating fruits and vegetablesthe amazing health benefits of fruits and vegetablesbecome obvious not only to the youthful look but also to the spring in your step.Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that your body requires to maintain good health, but more than that, they really taste good too.
They also provide a source of fiber, that special ingredient that makes you get up and go in the morning.
Just a few of the benefits that increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables will do for you are lowered risk of heart disease, stroke and many cancers, lower blood pressure, a healthier immune system and lose weight. Of course, the weight loss comes when you substitute fruits and vegetables for other higher calorie foods.
Most people need about 41/2 cups of per day. While it might sound like a lot, consider a meal that has a fruit for dessert, a small salad and a green vegetable. Most likely, this provides over half of your daily requirement. Fruit also has another advantage over many foods; it comes in a handy fruits and vegetables container. You don’t need to get special carriers or bags, just wash the outside of the fruit and carry it with you for a snack.
There are new studies done on the effect of different fruits and vegetables on the prevention and cure of cancer. Dark colored fruits like the blueberry, grape and cherry contain a substance that is effective in the treatment of cancer. Today there is research at several universities, including Ohio State University, attempting to isolate the anthocyanins in purple fruits and vegetables to create a medication to fight cancer. The treatment is already available in the form of a simple grape.
Other cancer fighters include the papaya, not a purple fruit but one that contains cancer fighters. It’s the fiber in the papaya, which sticks to the cancer cells and flushes them out of the system.
There are also antioxidants in all fruits that help prevent disease and some believe, even aging. Antioxidants reduce free radicals by joining with them.
Electrons all need a mate, they come in twos, if there’s not an antioxidant to give the electron a mate, and it robs one from the cell coat. This chemically changes the outside coat of the cell from a soft penetrable surface to one that’s hard. Once the cell membrane changes, it makes it impossible for food to get in or waste to get out. The cell and the DNA to reproduce it, dies. If too many cells die, you get sick, show signs of aging or potentially die with them. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables help prevent the changes.
One way to make sure that you have fruit in your diet is to keep it on hand. If you find you’re not using it fast enough, don’t worry. Before it spoils, pop those grapes in the blender with the left over apples, a little lemon or whatever you have on your shelf. Give the blender a whirl until its liquid. This great nutritious drink keeps you from wasting fruit and packed with more servings than you can imagine. You can throw in a few carrots and vegetables too. You’ll get all the amazing health benefits of fruits and vegetables once you start to make them a priority in your diet.
In the list to your right you will see a list of article on the amazing benefits of individual fruits and vegetables. If you don’t see a fruit or vegetable listed that you would like to read about, let us know or just wait and visit often as new pages are added regularly.

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The Colors of Health

27 Jun

Fruits and vegetables come in terrific colors and flavors, but their real beauty lies in what’s inside. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases.

To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions. For more variety, try new fruits and vegetables regularly.

graphic of different colorsView a chart that lists specific nutrients and tells you how these nutrients contribute to good health. You can also find out which fruits and vegetables are good and excellent sources of these nutrients.

Fruits and Vegetables on the Go!

27 Jun

Busy lives can benefit from food that’s nutritious, yet easy to eat on-the-go, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of energy and give the body many nutrients you need to keep going.

A Row of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables Can Protect Your Health

27 Jun

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.

The better way to eat healthy

25 Jun
ou don’t need any gardening experience to use Tower Garden®. Its compact, state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic system fits easily on patios, rooftops, terraces, and—most of all—into a healthy diet.

It’s healthier

Tower Garden helps you eat more fruits and vegetables by letting you grow delicious vine-ripened produce right outside your back door. Grow almost anything you like, including tomatoes, lettuce, basil, peppers, spinach, beans, cucumbers, melons, and herbs. And increase your children’s interest in eating fresh fruits and vegetables by involving them in gardening. Learn more about the health benefits of Tower Garden produce »

It’s easier

Tower Garden is easy to assemble and maintain, and it can be placed in any relatively sunny place outside. There’s no soil, no weeds, and no ground pests to worry about. And you’ll have a full range of customer support to help ensure a successful growing experience, including our online Resource Center. Discover all the ways Tower Garden makes gardening easier »

It’s smarter

Because of its unique aeroponic technology and vertical design, Tower Garden uses less than 10% of the water and land required by traditional, soil-based agriculture. Plus, find out how Tower Garden can save you money on produce »

Tower Garden® Growing System

25 Jun
Tower Garden Growing System comes with everything you need to start growing vegetables, herbs, and fruits at home—including our specially formulated Tower Tonic® plant food and gourmet seeds.

This aeroponic 5-feet-tall vertical garden allows you to grow up to 20 plants in less time than it takes in soil. And it can be placed almost anywhere outside, in any relatively sunny place —needing only about a 2.5 feet x 2.5 feet area.

The system includes:

  • Tower Garden vertical aeroponic garden
  • Seeds for growing gourmet lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, basil, and cucumber (see list of other things you can grow)
  • Seed starter enviro-dome
  • 20 rock wool seed starter cubes and net pots
  • Pump, timer and drain tube
  • Tower Tonic Mineral Blend plant food
  • pH test kit and 1 bottle each of pH+ and pH-
  • Measuring cup

You may choose to purchase an Extension Kit, which increases its maximum height to 6 feet and its capacity to 28 plants.

Tower Garden benefits:

  • Soil-free system means there is no weeding, tilling, kneeling, or getting dirty
  • No gardening experience is necessary
  • Fits easily on patios, decks, porches, balconies, terraces, or rooftop gardens
  • Grows many fruits and almost any vegetable, herb, or flower
  • Purchase an extension kit and grow up to 28 plants in one Tower
  • Uses as little as 10% of land area and water associated with traditional gardening
  • Produces crops in less time than it takes to grow them in soil
  • Made from USDA-approved, UV-stabilized, food-grade plastic
  • Save money versus store-bought produce
  • Help is just a call or click away

The Summer Fruits of Good Health – Antioxidants Explained

25 Jun

(NaturalNews) Summer is upon us and with the warm weather comes a cornucopia of delightful fruits and vegetables that not only taste great but are excellent health boosters as well! Fruits and vegetables are packed with powerful antioxidants that can lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes-related damage and even slow down the body’s natural aging process. So grab an apple and read on.

What exactly are antioxidants and why do we need them? Antioxidants are nature’s way of fighting off potentially dangerous molecules in the body. Such molecules come in the form of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, plastics, and chlorine byproducts and are called free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that essentially feed off of otherwise healthy molecules in order to survive. Every day tens of thousands of free radicals are generated within the body, causing cell damage that can lead to chronic and degenerative diseases if left unchecked.

The body sometimes creates its own free radicals in order to destroy viruses or bacteria. To balance out these unruly molecules, the body also creates antioxidants, which have the sole purpose of neutralizing free radicals. The body is only designed to create a certain amount of antioxidants on its own however, and as we are faced with an ever-growing number of environmental toxins, the body is less capable of fighting off the unwanted harmful invaders.

Fruits and vegetables provide the body with an added source of antioxidants that is needed to properly wage war against free radicals. Without the necessary intake of healthy fruits and vegetables, free radicals can spread and eventually lead to stroke, heart attack, arthritis, vision problems, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and various types of cancer.

The benefits of getting your daily dose of fruits and vegetables are numerous! The antioxidant, Vitamin E, is wonderful for your heart. Vitamin E has the ability to essentially “mop up” the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in your arteries, allowing for the necessary elasticity and blood pressure levels to keep your heart pumping safely. LDL cholesterol, if left untreated, builds up as plaque on the inside walls of the arteries, impeding blood flow and forcing the heart to work overtime to continue functioning. Eventually, plaque buildup can become so severe that it can create a blockage in the artery, leading to heart attack or stroke. By getting enough Vitamin E in your diet you can give your body the necessary antioxidants to prevent your LDL cholesterol levels from getting out of control.

Antioxidants can protect you against diabetes related damage. Free radicals thrive in the altered metabolic states of diabetics. But with the necessary antioxidants that fruits and vegetables can provide, free radicals can be neutralized, protecting your kidneys, blood vessels, eyes and heart from harmful damage.

Free radicals cause cancer cells to grow. Many studies have linked cancer, including those of the stomach, prostate, colon, breast, bladder, esophagus and pancreas, to free radicals. Eating your fruits and vegetables may not prevent cancer altogether, but can give your body the fighting chance that it needs. Antioxidants can neutralize cancer cells before they develop into a mass. A recent study at Harvard University found that men who ate the most tomato based foods (rich in antioxidants) had a 35% lower risk of developing prostate cancer than those who ate the least amount of tomato based foods.

Antioxidants slow the effects of aging! Free radicals damage the cells within our body that are vital to a youthful appearance and good health. Eating fruits and vegetables can slow down the loss of muscle elasticity that leads to wrinkles, boost your immunity making you less susceptible to illness, and put the breaks on memory failure, as free radicals injure the brain cells necessary for retaining information.

Antioxidants are available in supplement form but are the most powerful when found in whole foods. The best practice is to combine a “greens” supplement (containing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in produce) with the recommended 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Leafy vegetables, like spinach and collard greens, and orange colored fruits and vegetables such as mangos, oranges, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes and carrots are all excellent sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene. Fruits and vegetables containing lycopene, such as tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots and pink grapefruit, are also packed with antioxidants.

It is important that when you are purchasing fruits and vegetables for yourself and your family that you shop in the organic section. The produce available in most stores no longer contains the level of nutrients that it did 100 years ago. Because of pesticides and the diminished mineral levels in soils used today, eating non-organic produce will not provide you with the antioxidants (or vitamins and minerals) that your body needs. On average, organic produce contains nearly 30% more nutrients than non-organic and is grown without using harsh chemicals that can lead to further free radical exposure.

This summer is a great time to start a new healthy habit that your family will love, and eating 5 to 9 servings a day of scrumptious organic fruits and vegetables really can keep the doctor away! For easy vegetable consumption I recommend perfectlyhealthy Mega Greens plus MSM which contains 34 wonderful vegetables in vegetable capsules or powder. Visit (www.perfectlyhealthy.net) to learn more about products that I developed and recommend.

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