Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vitamin C - Best Anti Aging Vitamin

Super Nutrients for Skin and Health
Vitamin C otherwise known as pure L-Ascorbic Acid is one of the most studied antioxidants in science. Its is a prominent factor in reducing inflammation which as in other organ systems, plays a role in skin health, It has been shown to help prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer, and high blood levels have been inversely associated with all cause mortality. All antioxidants communicate with Vitamin C in one way or another.

Anti Aging - Vitamin C For Skin Repair
There is just no escaping the fact that as you get older you face a gradual decline in the factors that give your skin the young healthy glow. However, there is evidence that eating a healthy diet and in some case applying topical skin creams can help to repair the fine lines and wrinkles that come with time. Anti aging treatments have come a long way but there is no denying that as old as time is, eating healthy always shows.

Rid Your Skin from Free Radical Damage
Skin is your largest organ system so it is wise to know a few things about it. One important fact is that Vitamin C is naturally found in skin tissue. Once inside the skin, this amazing vitamin helps to neutralize free radicals that are formed by exposure to UV rays. When the skins;s supply of Vitamin C is depleted from sun exposure, pollution and smoking, the skin's ability to prevent and repair free radical damage is compromised. Resulting in age spots, wrinkles and uneven darkening of the skin.

Vitamin C Study on Topical Skin Creams
In 2003 a double blind study study was conducted to see if Vitamin C could help to lighten sun damaged skin. Participants had topical Vitamin C applied to half of the face and a placebo to the other side The results were astonishing as the side where the Vitamin C was applied has a significant improvement. This is because the Vitamin C helps to boost the production of collagen. Which as we all know as we age the collagen production slows down. And as this is so important in keeping skin toned and smooth we need to remind our skin to keep on producing this essential protein. Otherwise we are left with saggy skin that is uneven in color.

Benefits of Vitamin C
Because of all the benefits of Vitamin C has for your skin remember to bring it into your diet and skin care regimen as it can and will help you look younger and feel better. Bottom line this is one vitamin that is sure to help reduce the look of wrinkles and improve your skins tone and over quality.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Beets The Red Spinach

Beets Superfoods Source of Vitamin C

Summertime Superfood
One of the best Summer-time SuperFoods that have been starting to get the respect it needs is beets — known around the world as beetroots, BEETS are incredibly anti-aging nutrient-rich. Loaded with supernutrients and phytochemicals. Beets are high in folates and Vitamin C and boast the highest natural sugar content of any vegetable. And it is the sugar beet that accounts for roughly 30 percent of sugar production in the world. As far as I know this gem of a superfood has been an underrated root vegetable.

"Chioggia" Beet
Beets In Color
You can find this earthly fresh beets in a colorful spectrum of jewel tones ranging from the familiar deep purple-red to pink to the distinctive candy-striped Italian beet known as Chioggia the beet from an Italian coastal town situated on a little island at the southern entrance to the Venetian lagoon as well as shades of orange and yellow. The sweet earthly tastes delicious no matter which color variant you choose.

The Juice of the Beet

Beet juice is rich in natural sugar, sodium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, copper and vitamin B1, B2, C and bio flavonoids. Some holistic practitioners believe that beet juice combined with other juices like carrot and cucumber are excellent for cleansing the kidneys and gallbladder and for restoring health to these organs. Beets are a rich source of folate as well as natural red pigments that may be cancer fighters.

How to Eat Beets

Beets can be served hot or cold, pickled, roasted, juiced, deep fried, pulverized or eaten raw. Whichever way you choose to eat this superfood, fresh, raw or grated into a salad just remember that heating beets decreases the antioxidant power.

Best Time For Beets
You can buy beets all year-round but they are in their prime from about June until October.

Beets are a Source of:

Vitamin C

Beets Get No Respect

Often I think that people who think they dislike the vegetable have never tasted freshly prepared beets. If you have only tried the canned or pickled versions you are really doing yourself an injustice as these beets are inferior and nothing like the real thing.

Did You Know:
  • Mythology says Venus, the goddess of love, ate beets to enhance her beauty.
  • Lore has it that beets are good for your blood, literally and figuratively.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Omega 3 Sources

Best Omega 3 Sources

Omega-3s and Your Genes
The single most important SuperHealth step you can take to protect your genetic environment is to have the right ratio of omega -3 fatty acids to omega 6 fatty acids. Both of these are forms of essential fatty acids and both are necessary for human health. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are essential because the body cant produce them and must rely on dietary supplements which are vital to health.

Both of these fatty acids are similar enough in molecular structure that they compete for entry into the cell membranes around each cell in our body. The three most nutritionally important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Omega 3 from free range animals

History of Fatty Acids In Our Diet
About a century ago Americans got a significant percent of dietary fat from free range animals. This source of fat had had high levels of omega 3. Fast forward to today, a century later two important changes have occurred in our diets and it has had a major shift in our essential fatty acid balance. For one the meats we consume are much lower in omega 3 fatty acids. Since these animals are no longer primarily free range, their diets are now rich in omega-6s and they so are the meats they produce. And our packaged foods are huge in omega 6 due to the increasing use of corn, cottonseed, safflower and sunflower oils that are used to produce them. The end result of these 2 critical changes is that essential health promoting omega 3 fatty acids have been crowded in our diets. This is not to say that Omega 6 fatty acids are bad as Omega 6 fatty acids keep the skin and hair healthy and have various other important functions, but they can also create inflammatory compounds in the body.

Reduce your Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio and lower inflammation

Research on Omega 3
There has been speculation that due to this gradual change in the source of fatty acids the effect on both our mental and physical health could be earth shattering to our overall being. For one thing, the body relies on a rich source of omega 3 to build flexible and efficient cell membranes. Cell membranes are made up of fat, the integrity and fluidity of our cell membranes is determined in large part by the type of fat we eat. Always remember that a cell membrane that is deficient in omega 3s will function poorly and put you at risk for numerous diseases including strokes, cancer, hypertension and age related conditions.
Solution is to increase amounts of food sources of omega 3 while at the same time decrease omega 6 fatty acids in your diet. The ideal balance of Omega 6 versus Omega 3 in our diet should be around 3:1 to 5:1. Balance your fatty acids is the key!

Best Foods with Omega 3 fatty Acids

Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Very good sources of these healthy fats include scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, cloves and mustard seeds. Good sources of these fats include halibut, shrimp, cod, tuna, soybeans, tofu, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish like salmon and flaxseed and canola oils.

Tips for increasing your Intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Cook with canola oil instead of corn or safflower
  • Eat walnuts, soy nuts, pecans ad pumpkin seeds
  • Sprinkle wheat germ and or ground flaxseed on cereal and yogurt
  • Eat Salmon or its sidekick to promote heart health
  • Look for salad dressings that contain some soybean or canola oil
  • Buy Omega 3 enriched eggs like Egglands Best (Eggland's Best eggs provide an important source of Omega-3 fatty acids (115 mg per large egg). Eggland's Best hens are fed flaxseed and canola oil, which provide alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) omega-3 to the hen.)

To learn more about the Super Health Benefits of Omega 3 fatty Acids read Dr. Pratts latest book on SuperHealth

Monday, August 1, 2011

Apples Power

An apple a day is perhaps one of the most delicious and efficient prescriptions ever made. Apples have proven to be a great resource in preventing cancer, heart disease, asthma and type II diabetes compared with other vegetables. The reason for apples' potent health benefits are varied and synergistic. For one thing apples are a rich and important source of phytochemicals, including flavonoids and phenols. . They also contain 2 polyphenols which are phloridzin and phloretin xyloglucoside which to date have not been detected in any other fruits.

Apples are also filled with super antioxidants. The antioxidant activity of one apple is approximately the same as 1500 mg of Vitamin C, even though the amount of vitamin C in one apple is only about 5.7 mg. The peel of the apple is most important as it contains the most anti oxidant capacity. So remember to eat the peel if tou want to get the full protective benefits of apples.
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