Here’s an interesting article on cabbage just in time for St. Patrick’s day. This year, try not to boil it to death. Keep those nutrients to yourself – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Healthy Best -Leslie
This St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate the healing prowess of cabbage – one of the traditional staples of Irish cuisine. Like other cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc.), cabbage contains powerful phytochemicals with possible anti-cancer effects. Now, new research is investigating the potential of such compounds to counter ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that significantly increases the risk of colon cancer.
Here is the article, entitled “Plant Extract May Be Effective Against Inflammatory Bowel Disease” which was published on the website ScienceDaily.
Researchers at South Dakota State University isolated and administered particular cruciferous compounds to mice afflicted with ulcerative colitis. Among the more impressive results: a whopping 87% reduction in colon inflammation after five days of observation.Further investigation suggests the compounds work in a dose-dependent manner (e.g., double the intake, double the effect), specifically by suppressing genes associated with inflammation.
While more research is needed to confirm these benefits in humans, there are plenty of reasons to eat more cruciferous vegetables, and cabbage in particular. One cup of cabbage contains 80% vitamin K, 50% vitamin C and 10% folate for just 20 calories. High cabbage intake among Polish women (30 lbs. annually vs. 10 lbs. for American women) may contribute to the former’s 66% lower risk of breast cancer. Try an unconventional approach to a time-honored dish with this recipe for Unstuffed Cabbage.
Bonus: Asparagus may be another vegetable to include this St. Patrick’s Day – especially if you’re celebrating with Irish ale. One lab study showed that asparagus extract helped curb liver toxicity.
I have just reviewed a great new book by William Sears MD and his wife Martha Sears RN called Prime Time Health. Dr. Sears is an internationally renowned pediatrician who has authored over 30 books. He has been referred to as “America’s Pediatrician.”
Why would a pediatrician be writing about health in mid-life and healthy aging? When Dr. Sears was 57 he battled colon cancer. This made him determined to avoid what he calls the “three D’s” (disease, disability, and doctors) for the rest of his life. Now at age 70, after a great deal of research and making health his hobby, Dr. Sears has the blood chemistry of a much younger person and is enjoying Prime Time Health. The Sears’ book explains simply and clearly how to enjoy mid-life and prime time.
I’d love to share his “Nine Simple Steps” with you all! They are the following:
- Make health your hobby – It’s time to hike, bike, and go to farmer’s markets.
- Keep your arteries clean – Avoid “sticky stuff” with added sugars /saturated fat. Sticky in your mouth is sticky in your arteries.
- Reduce your waist – Belly fat is a factory for disease-causing processes.
- Eat more seafood and less meat – Yes- more positive news about omega-3’s; give yourself an “oil-change!”
- Eat more fruits and vegetables – Oxidation is biological rusting that wears and tears your tissues and organs. Oxidation is the culprit in everything from wrinkles to major diseases. The anti-oxidants in fruits and vegetables fight this process beautifully.
- Take Juice Plus – After Dr. Sears’ colon cancer, his wife Martha made him start eating JP. He read all the published research and papers, started eating it, and takes no other supplements, vitamins, or prescription drugs.
- Graze on good foods – As we age, our bodies become less efficient in absorbing nutrients. Dr. Sears even blends himself a “green drink” and sips it throughout his day.
- Practice the “Pills/Skills” model of health care and self-care. Instead of asking “What can I take?”- ask “What can I DO?”
Time for spring cleaning some old food habits and eating more fruits and vegetables!
As many of you know, I’ve been doing independent nutrition study for the last few years. From all my research, the one fundamental that is consistent in disease prevention, feeding children, optimizing athletic performance, and protecting DNA is eating the 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables the USDA recommends. Remember when eating five servings a day was an achievement?!?
The phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables are vital. We should be eating kale, beets, broccoli, cranberries, and mangoes every day. Such a simple idea, but challenging in reality. I have found a product that helps the kids, Tim, and I get all these foods in our bodies if we fall short.
Juice Plus is 17 fruits and vegetables harvested at the peak of ripeness, cleaned thoroughly, juiced, and encapsulated for adults. For children there are tasty chewables. Juice Plus is not a vitamin. It is actual fruits and vegetables that are absorbed into the blood stream. Bioavailable to you.
Here is a website listing the research on Juice Plus completed at major universities world wide and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. There is a quick video with Dr. William Sears and many other nationally known physicians describing the imperative of eating whole foods and recommending Juice Plus. I look at Juice Plus as a safety net and peace of mind- the next best thing to fruits and vegetables.