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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
There a few functional foods around. We are more familiar with small berries like strawberries, cranberries or blackberries, but there are some more exotic fruits like Noni plant than we don’t get often in North America. Also called hog apple, it is a fruit the size of a potato. The juice, fruit, bark and leaves are used in Polynesian folk medicine. more…
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
We find a lot of advertising in the web regarding magic pills claiming to be a panacea for cancer, diabetes and a host of other diseases. Other ads grab our attention when they claim that there’s a special extract or a revolutionary process that results to a cancer fighting compound. If we’re suffering form cancer, we’re too desperate; we lower our guard; and go for them! more…
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found naturally in the juice and stems of pineapples. It’s a very effective meat tenderizer and an ideal marinade. This enzyme is believed to help with the digestion of proteins. Some bromelain appears to be absorbed by the body intact. However, like other enzymes, it is highly heat sensitive. Once cooked the enzyme lose its potency and doesn’t work anymore.
Bromelain is often marketed as a natural anti-inflammatory for conditions such as arthritis. Some advertisements for the supplement claim that it can digest fat and can cause weight loss without diet or exercise. It’s also sold as a supplement to alleviate diabetic neuropathy. It’s one of the most popular supplements in Germany. Is this true? Or is it another fairy tale? more…
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Eating must be pleasant. Our food needs to be flavorful and presented as colorful and attractive as possible. This is especially true if we have to fight cancer with food and we intend to keep eating functional foods. Incorporating spices to our food brings a delightful zing to our taste buds. Besides that, some spices fight and brush aside cancer. more…
Wednesday, May 09th, 2012
There’s a great connection between the amounts of fiber we eat and our colon cancer risk. But not all types of fiber are equally effective to prevent the development of colon cancer. People in western countries typically consume more processed foods which are generally low in fiber. Processing of food strips them of their healthy fiber. These processed foods are linked with a higher incidence of bowel cancer. Because all foods with fiber aren’t the same health wise, where can we find the good ones? more…
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
We hear the story we’re getting fatter. Fat is an organ that produces hormones. In turn, hormone affects our metabolism. We’re like an organ that easily doubles its size. And soon, we’re overweight. We know that obesity is linked to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer development. more…
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
It’s like giving an old product a new look and a better label. Before the industrialization on food, functional foods were an advantage to civilization. These plants proved to be resistant to diseases, have better growth and fertility.
The industrialization of our food production entailed a mass production of foods we consume. Then, our food necessitated processing and standardization. The processing produced new kinds of food that weren’t tested by time. When this happened, many components that had originally been present in our traditional foods were destroyed.
Fleming discovered penicillin in the mid twentieth century and it help manage a scourge of mankind: infection. Now, here comes an old scourge of humanity: cancer! more…
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
The festive season has just gone by. For the New Year, we made a few resolutions and this time, we intend to keep them. (really?)
Good healthy eating habits are fun! Preparing good nutritious food should be enjoyable and most of all rewarding.
We’ve known broccoli. It’s a functional food that has the compound sulforaphane, a phytochemical that inhibits the inflammation of cancer. Cancer research has shown that the inactive compound in the broccoli is transformed at the lower gut by bacteria into the active phytochemical. Once it is activated the phytochemical is easily absorbed into the body. This active sulforaphane is a potent inhibitor of cancer inflammation. more…
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Winter brings a lot of fresh fruits to our table. Breakfast is an important part of our daily diet routine. Let’s start kick our day by eating a citrus fruit with our morning coffee. Some of us find it difficult to consume our 5 to 10 servings of veggies and fruits. It would be much easier when we distribute them into our 3 meals – breakfast, dinner and supper. So let’s start by eating citrus fruits at breakfast. more…
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
There’d been many years of research, lots of money invested and still no cure! There’d been a lot of talk about new drugs only to find out that it isn’t as good as it promised. There’s something in the new drug that is inefficient.
Why is it so difficult to treat cancer? That is the crucial question. In response, cancer researchers of the planet have desperately brought in new means to fight cancer.
Know thy Enemy