Ever since our youth, we have been taught to eat our fruits and vegetables. All during school we saw the posters of the food pyramid in the school cafeteria. We know that fruit and vegetables play a vital role in supplying the body with vital nutrients, phytochemicals and minerals.
In addition studies have shown the eating fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke, lower blood sugar and even reduce joint pain caused by arthritis and gout. Best of all, these natural health benefits are also coupled with great taste.
Getting a good variety of fruit and vegetables into your diet is simple. One of the best ways is the follow the color of the rainbow. I know this is a simple approach but eating red foods like tart cherries and apples, blue foods like blueberries, purple foods including cabbage, yellows foods like bananas and citrus for the orange color.
Realizing this is a simple advice, but it’s the very same advice pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know. The reason is they want you to forget about all of the healthy and natural remedies Mother Nature offers. They want you to think that staying healthy isn’t about eating right but by taking drugs. They also want you to be addicted to their prescription drugs for a lifetime.
Take the First Step…
The first step is to have a change of mindset. Simply viewing fruits and vegetables as only supplying the body with vital nutrients is only half of the story. The other half is learning about the condition-specific remedies offered by specific fruits and vegetable. This is the hidden secret pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to learn.
The term “Ceutical” is defined as holding medicinal or medical properties. We have heard terms like pharmaceutical, skinceutical, cosmoceutical and more. These terms indicate an underlying medicinal benefit. Thus, if fruit and vegetables also have underlying medicinal benefits, which I will share with you, why not learn about the science-back benefits and refer to them as FruitCeuticals or Vegceuticals?
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Condition-Specific, Disease Fighting Ability of Fruits and Vegetables
Countless research has been conducted and published by a number of leading research organizations and universities. Much of this research on been conducted on specific fruits and vegetables to determine what natural benefits it offers that is unique to that fruit or vegetable.
The Nurse’s Health Follow-up Study at Harvard University is the longest and largest research study conducted in the consumption of fruit and vegetables over an extended length of time. In fact, the study was conducted with almost 110,000 participants and over almost 15 years.
Fruit and Vegetables Fight Cardiovascular Disease
One part of the study found that individuals that enjoyed higher intake of veggies and fruit experienced lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This was due to the ever-presence of powerful, free radical-fighting antioxidants and other compounds.
Specific fruits and vegetables where named including cabbage, broccoli, spinach and citrus fruits likes lemons, limes and grapefruits.
Type 2 Diabetes
The research also shared the results of an additional study of over 65,000 women. The preliminary research suggests that the consumption of blueberries, cherries, apples, grapes and other small fruits can reduce the risks associated with type 2 diabetes.
A Tiny Red Fruit for Arthritis and Gout
Eating cherries and drinking tart cherry juice has been shown to help reduce the pain associated with arthritis. Gout sufferers enjoy lower levels of plasma urate. This a precursor to gout after enjoying cherries and cherry juice. The results of the first study was published in Prevention Magazine in the 1950’s and was conducted by Dr. Ludwig Blau. Dr. Blau conducted research on 12 gout sufferers and recorded their urate levels after the consumption of cherries. The results showed lower urate levels in the blood of those drinking the cherry juice.
Research conducted at Michigan State by Dr. Murael Nair showed that the anthocyanins naturally contained in cherries are 10 times more powerful than aspirin in providing relief from inflammation due to arthritis. If you suffer from joint pain due to gout or arthritis or know someone who does, add tart cherry juice today.
Reducing Blood Pressure
In 1997, the New England Journal of Medicine published findings from the Dash Collaborative Research Group. The article showed that individuals following a diet rich in fruit and vegetable and low-fat dairy products reduced their systolic blood pressure by 11 mm. The Diastolic pressure was also reduced by nearly 6 mm. What was most interesting was the study found these reduction in the numbers was as much of a reduction as medication.
Enjoy fruits and vegetables for not only their great taste and nutritional value, but also for their condition-specific natural remedies, too. Thus, in the very near future you’ll be enjoying more FruitCeuticals and VegCeuticals created by the hands of Mother Nature and not in a big pharma laboratory.