Folic acid is one of the most critical nutrients for pregnant women. It helps expectant moms avoid anemia and pre-eclampsia. and protects the unborn infant from birth defects, including cleft palate and neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Folic acid also provides protection from anencephaly (incomplete development of primary structures in the brain), cleft lip and palate, inadequate growth and development in the womb, and low birth weight.
What you may or may not know is what you drink can have a pretty significant affect on your health.
What researchers have found is there’s a particular drink, an ancient beverage, that’s quite adept at helping improve health in a really big way.
The beverage in question is green tea.
The reason green tea is receiving so much love from researchers is because of a group of flavonoids called catechins.
In particular is the catechin known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). EGCG is an antioxidant, and as you know antioxidants have the extraordinary power to fight free radicals and resist cancer.
Now in terms of antioxidant power it’s believed that EGCG is anywhere from 25 to 100 times more powerful than other antioxidants like Vitamins C and E.
And what makes green tea so special is it has some of the highest concentrations of EGCG in the world.
Which makes green tea of one of the most potent natural cancer fighters known to man.
Dr. Mercola writes:
In a study examining the effects of green tea or green tea components on the prevention and progression of ovarian cancer cells, scientists found “significant associations” between green tea consumption and decreased incidences of ovarian cancer, as well as more positive prognoses due to green tea’s potential to generate the effects of cisplatin, a chemotherapeutic agent.1 Another study reported its potential to protect against breast cancer.2
Scientists reported that the known chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic properties in green tea was prompting further investigation, due to the evidence of possible preventive biological effects of tea polyphenols on human cancer cells.3
One interesting study showed a notable link between green tea consumption and an improvement in bladder dysfunction due to hormone deficiency in post-menopausal women.4 The research attributed this to the catechin content, with its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
And the truth is there’s quite more evidence to show how good green-tea is for fighting cancer.
For instance one study was able to show that women who drank green tea on a regular basis were up to 22% less likely to develop the most common cancer known to women, breast cancer.
And another study indicated when men drank green tea they had a 48% reduction in the likelihood they would develop the most prevalent mens’ cancer, prostate cancer. That’s a remarkable reduction of nearly half.
More astonishing? In a study of 69,710 Chinese it was shown that green tea consumption has helped to reduce colo-rectal cancers by as much a 57%!
These numbers are nothing to sneeze at.
And more amazing is how EGCG doesn’t just stop there.
In fact the antioxidants is believed to help with:
- Weight loss
- Brain function improvement
- Cardiovascular disease reduction
- Impeding the development of Type-II diabetes
And much more.
The few caveats to green tea consumption is it should always be consumed separate from added sugar. And, the higher quality the better, as lower quality green tea has high e=levels of dangerous fluoride.
If you are going to add green tea to your diet one of the first things you should do is make sure you have a healthy gut.
A healthy gut allows you to experience the best of health, as well as extract the nutrients from green tea.
The New York Attorney General has sent “cease-and-desist” letters to GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, demanding that they remove certain herbal supplements from NY stores. The letters cite independent tests that showed the supplements do not contain the plant materials that are listed on their labels.
According to the tests, only 21% of the tested material contained DNA from plants matching the labels. The products contained, instead, worthless or potentially harmful contaminants, such as rice powder and house plant DNA.
The AG hired Dr. James A. Schulte II of Clarkson University, an expert in DNA barcoding, to examine the contents of herbal supplements labeled as Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, and Valerian Root.
According to the AG press release, the tests confirmed their suspicions:
“The DNA test results seem to confirm long-standing questions about the herbal supplement industry. Mislabeling, contamination, and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risks to New York families—especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”
Of all the tests, only 21% confirmed DNA barcodes from the plants on the labels. Plants that were not on the labels were found in 35% of the products tested and a significant number showed no plant matter of any kind. Some of the filler and contaminants identified were rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, wild carrot, and various houseplants.
Consumers in the U.S. spend an estimated $61 billion dollars on dietary supplements annually.
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U.S. News and World Report has ranked 34 of the most popular diets with help from experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes, and heart disease.
The report urges readers to choose the best diet for themselves based on their own weight goals, their ability to follow diets in the past, budget, personality, and interest in exercise, but the information in this list can help you find the best diet for each.
The experts ranked each diet on a scale from 1-5 in 7 areas:
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a gluten-intolerance or, the much more serious condition, celiac disease, you may have symptoms that make you suspect a gluten sensitivity.
People who are sensitive to gluten may experience fatigue, headaches, or gastrointestinal symptoms, such as gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Some people believe that gluten intolerance may be responsible for a wide range of other conditions as well.
A recent analysis of several studies that documented both tea consumption and the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in European countries has found good news. There appears to be an “inverse correlation” between the amount of tea people drink and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
In other words, countries that consume more tea see fewer people developing adult diabetes.
A new study from University of Southern California reports findings that periodic fasting may be able to trigger “stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system.”
Fasting for periods of two to four days at a time over the course of six months was shown to lower white blood cell counts in both mice and humans, and, in the mice, it seemed to have “flipped a regenerative switch.”
Go into any large U.S. grocery store for eggs and you are confronted with a confusing array of labels: Farm Fresh, Organic, No Hormones, Omega-3, All-Natural, Cage-Free, Free-Range….
The only thing you may know for sure is that the prices seem “free-ranging,” too.
Anders Kelto, writing for NPR, says many of the terms you see on those egg cartons don’t mean what you think they do.