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luni, 18 iulie 2011

Eat Strawberries because........

Everyone knows that strawberries are delicious. However, did you know just what a nutritional powerhouse they are? Here are eight reasons to include strawberries in your diet.


One cup of strawberries contains over 13% of the RDA of dietary fiber, yet only 43 calories. The dietary fiber in strawberries helps to keep digestion regular, as well as lowers blood pressure and curbs overeating.


Strawberries contain a chemical compound called phenols. Anthocyanin, a particular phenol abundantly found in strawberries, lends the rich red color to the fruit. Though anthocyanin is known to have antioxidant properties within the fruit, it is debated as to whether the antioxidant agents in anthocyanin-rich foods can be absorbed into the body once digested. Fortunately, however, it is known that when anthocyanin-rich foods are consumed, the body's uric acid levels increase, which serves as an antioxidant agent.


The phenols in strawberries also fight against many inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis, by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) in the same way that the drugs aspirin and ibuprofen do. Strawberries, however, do not carry unwanted side effects like stomach and intestinal bleeding.


The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents found in strawberries is well-known to fight against the onset of many different forms of cancer. Thanks to the vitamin C, folate, and the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol that they also contain, strawberries are a delicious defense against potentially cancerous cells.

Healthy Eyes

The Archives of Opthalmology recently published a study in which three or more servings of strawberries (and other fruits) per day can decrease the possibility of contracting age-related macular degeneration by over one-third.

The Vigorous Vitamin C

One cup of strawberries contains an incredible 136% of the RDA of vitamin C, an effective antioxidant that can help lower blood pressure, ensure a healthy immune system, and ward off the development of age-related ocular diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Magnificent Manganese

One cup of strawberries contains 21% of manganese, an essential nutrient that acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. By increasing the levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), the enzyme responsible for protecting mitochonrdria exposed to oxygen, manganese not only helps to fight the battle against free radicals and oxidative stress, but also lessens cellular inflammation -- another cause of numerous cardiovascular diseases.

Bone Health

Manganese is also great for the bones, helping in bone building and maintaining proper bone structure. The potassium, vitamin K, and magnesium in strawberries are also important for bone health

Eat Bananas because.....

Banana, the once-exotic fruit, has found its way into our daily lives. Whether sliced over cereal or blended in a smoothie, here are eight great reasons to include about four bananas a week in your diet.


One banana has 11% of the RDA of dietary fiber and only about 108 calories. The fiber in bananas not only keeps digestion regular, but also helps maintain low blood sugar and curbs overeating.

Lower Blood Pressure

Studies show that the high amounts of potassium in bananas (over 13% of the RDA) can lower one's blood pressure, which in turn lessens the possibility of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

Bone Health

Along with lowering blood pressure, potassium prevents the weakening of the body's bones. A high sodium intake, which is typical of many American diets, can cause excessive amount of calcium to be lost through the urine, which threatens not only the strength and general health of the bones, but also negatively affects blood clotting, proper muscle contraction, and normal nervous system function. The potassium found in bananas neutralizes the high amounts of sodium in one's diet, thus allowing for healthy amounts of calcium to remain within the body.

High Nutrient Absorption

The potassium in bananas is not the only means to ensure healthy levels of calcium in the body. Bananas also contain high levels of fructooligosaccharide (FOS) that--along with insulin--promotes calcium absorption. FOS further nourishes healthy bacteria in the colon that manufacture vitamins and digestive enzymes that boost the body's overall ability to absorb nutrients.

Healthy Digestive Tract

Bananas can diminish the uncomfortable effects of diarrhea and constipation. The high amounts of potassium in bananas can restock electrolytes that are easily depleted when suffering from diarrhea -- potassium being an important electrolyte itself. Furthermore, bananas can relieve the body from constipation and help restore regular digestion with pectin, a soluble polysaccharide that helps normalize the digestive tract.

Rugged Gut

Bananas protect the healthy constitution of the stomach in two ways. Firstly, they trigger the production of mucus in the stomach, which provides a protective barrier against stomach acids. Secondly, bananas possess protease inhibitors, a substance that breaks down bacteria in the stomach that cause ulcers. (Moreover, protease inhibitor also obstruct the replication of certain cells and viruses, including HIV.)

Cancer Prevention

A large study by the Internal Journal of Cancer illustrates that the probability of developing kidney cancer is greatly lessened by frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, though especially bananas. For instance, the probability of developing kidney cancer in female subjects decreased by 50% when eating bananas four to six times a week.

Vitamin B6

One banana has an impressive 34% of the RDA of vitamin B6, which serves many important roles in the body's health. For example, the B6 in bananas acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps ward off cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, as well as obesity. B6 also contributes to the maintenance of the lymphoid glands that ensure the production of healthy white blood cells that protect the body from infection. Finally, the vitamin B6 in bananas plays a pivotal part in cell formation and proper nervous system function, making one banana a day a healthy and delicious choice.


Eat KIWIS!!! because....

Containing more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange, the kiwi is a small fruit that packs a wallop of nutrition. The national fruit of China, where it has been called a macaque peach, vine pear, or hairy bush fruit, among other names, it was introduced to New Zealand at the turn of the last century. The kiwi was called the Chinese gooseberry before its name was changed to kiwifruit upon its move to the USA in the 1960s. Currently, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, France, Japan and the United States are the world’s top producers of kiwis.

Here are six health benefits of kiwis.

Cardiovascular Benefits

The fiber in kiwifruit may be an effective against a number of ailments. Researchers have found that diets that contain plenty of fiber can reduce high cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Kiwis are also abundant in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects our bodies from free radicals that can cause oxidative stress and lead to a host of severe medical conditions, such as atherosclerosis that can cause heart disease.

Vitamin C has been shown to lower blood pressure, and thereby lower the chances of developing of hypertension, as well as cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C also ensures proper dilation of blood vessels, which may prevent atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, and angina pectoris. Having a few kiwifruit a day may also reduce the amount of triglycerides in your blood, avoiding blood clots and helping to protect cardiovascular health. Kiwi is a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and copper, all of which may function separately or together to protect the cardiovascular system.

Cancer Prevention

The vitamin C in kiwis is a powerful and effective water-soluble antioxidant, protecting our bodies from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Excessive oxidative stress is associated with many different types of cancer, including lung, mouth, throat, colon, stomach and esophagus. Vitamin C also helps to regenerate your supplies of vitamin E (another useful antioxidant).

Bone and Connective Tissue Support

The vitamin C in kiwis is an indispensable water-soluble antioxidant that moves throughout the body, neutralizing all free radicals it comes into contact with. Free radicals can damage healthy cells, and cause inflammation in bone and connective tissue. Vitamin C can be of some help in reducing the severity conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Kiwis are also a good source of potassium, which prevents the weakening of bones. A high sodium intake, which is typical of many American diets, can cause excessive amount of calcium to be lost through the urine, which threatens the strength and general health of bones. The potassium found in bananas neutralizes the high amounts of sodium in one's diet, thus allowing for healthy amounts of calcium to remain within the body.

Digestive Tract Health

The fiber in kiwis helps to move food through the stomach to the large intestine at a healthier pace. This keeps any one part of the digestive tract from having to work too hard and supports the ideal balance of chemicals and populations of microorganisms required for a healthy digestive system. Fiber is also good for binding and removing toxins from the colon, which is helpful for preventing colon cancer.

Blood Sugar Regulation

The fiber in kiwis helps move food through the digestive system at an even pace and regulates blood sugar absorption. An excess of sugar uptake all at once can produce an unwanted sugar spike. A lack of simple sugar uptake may produce a rapid blood sugar drop. Either extreme can upset blood sugar balance. The fiber in kiwis helps avoid both extremes.

Lung Health

Kiwi fruit contains more vitamin C than oranges and is especially effective against respiratory health problems such as wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma and cough. A famous study in Italy followed over 18,000 children aged 6-7 years only to find that those eating the most citrus and kiwifruit had 44% less incidence of wheezing compared to children eating the least fruit. Shortness of breath was reduced by 32%, chronic cough by 25%, and runny nose by 28%.

Drink Black Tea because.......

Over ninety percent of all tea sold in the West is black tea. All four varieties of tea (black, green, oolong, white) are made from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, but black tea generally has more flavour and caffeine than the others. Because black tea keeps its flavour for several years, it has long been an article of trade and bricks of black tea even served as a form of currency in parts of Asia into the 19th century.

Today, India, China, and Sri Lanka are the world’s largest producers of black tea. In the production of black tea, the leaves are first spread out on racks and blown with air to remove about a third of their moisture and make them pliable. Then they are rolled around to break their cell walls and release the sugars necessary for fermentation. To promote fermentation they are kept in a highly humid environment, which turns the leaves dark and develops black tea's strong flavor. Finally, the leaves are dried and shipped off to all corners of the globe. The health benefits of black tea focus on the same areas as the green, oolong, and white variety. Since they all come from the same plant, it’s only natural they would have similar benefits.

Cardiovascular Health

Black tea is abundant in antioxidants, such as flavonoids, demonstrated to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, preventing damage in both the bloodstream and at artery walls, and lowering the risk of heart disease. Additionally, it has been shown that black tea flavonoids are able to both improve coronary vasodilation and reduce clots. Polypehnols found in black tea are also very strong antioxidants, and the manganese in black tea may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by helping cardiac muscle function.

Cancer Prevention

Polyphenols in tea seem to help in preventing formation of potential carcinogens in the body, particularly in certain types of cancer, such as ovarian, lung, prostate, colorectal, and bladder. Other studies reveal that black tea may help prevent stomach, prostate, and breast cancer. A compound in black tea called TF-2 causes such cancer cells to go into apoptosis (programmed cell death) while normal cells remain unaffected. One study on oral cancer showed that consuming black tea can significantly reduce the risk of oral cancer, particularly in those who smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products.

Skin and Hair Health

The antioxidants in green tea may help keep your skin from being plagued by acne, and in some cases have been demonstrated to function equally as well as the harsher benzoyl peroxide used in so many skin products.

Bone and Connective Tissue

Studies indicate that the bones of regular tea drinkers are stronger than those of non-tea drinkers, even when other variables were adjusted for. Scientists theorize it may be an effect of the powerful tea’s phytochemicals.

Digestive Tract Health

The tannins in tea have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses and make it a great digestive aid, used in China as such for thousands of years. These tannins decrease intestinal activity and exercise an antidiarrheal effect. The polyphenols in green tea have been demonstrated to have an effect on intestinal inflammation suffered by people afflicted with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.

Brain and Nervous System

Unlike high levels of caffeine found in coffee, the low amounts in black tea promote blood flow in the brain without over stimulating the heart. The caffeine in black tea hones mental focus and concentration and studies show that the amino acid L-theanine found in black tea can help you relax and concentrate more fully on tasks. Black tea has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol after a month of drinking four cups of tea daily. The caffeine in black tea might also give your memory the boost it needs for a few hours and some studies suggest that a regular tea habit may help protect against Parkinson's disease.

Increased Energy

In moderation caffeine can be a benefit - in black tea it stimulates the metabolism, increases brain function and aids alertness. The caffeine in tea acts as more of a subtle stimulant, taking more than a few minutes to take effect, rather than hitting your system as quickly as coffee or cola. This effect is assisted by another compound found only in tea, theophylline. While caffeine chiefly targets the brain and muscles, theophylline stimulates the respiratory system, heart and kidneys. This helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

Oral Health

Research suggests that catechin antioxidants in black tea may reduce oral cancers. Tea's polyphenols and tannin perform as antibiotics, preventing bacteria that cause tooth decay, and the polyphenols in tea can help to keep in check the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Immune System

Tea is full of substances called "tannins," which studies have shown have the ability to fight viruses such as influenza, dysentery and hepatitis. One such tannin named "catechin" helps suppress tumors. Black tea also contains alkylamine antigens, which help boost immune response.


Grilled Seafood Kabobs Recipe

Grilled Seafood Kabobs Recipe

1 lb large shrimp – cleaned
1 lb large mushrooms
1 lb fresh sea scallops
17 oz bottled barbecue sauce
4 tablespoon stone ground dijon mustard
1/3 cup honey
8 each wooden skewers
2 lb fresh fruit

Combine the barbecue sauce, honey and mustard in a bowl and mix well. Place alternating groups of shrimp, sea scallops and mushrooms on the skewers. Place completed kabobs in a baking pan. Spoon the marinade over the kabobs and allow to set over night in the refrigerator. Grill over direct heat for 7 to 8 minutes or until the shrimp have turned pink, turning frequently to prevent burning. Baste with marinade and use a covered grill to insure smokey flavor. Garnish with fresh fruit.

Seafood Italian Lasagna

Seafood Italian Lasagna Recipe

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cup crushed garlic
2 cup milk
2 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon basil
2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions
15 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 cup cottage cheese
2/3 cup cooked shrimp cut bite size
2/3 cup cooked bay scallops bite size
2/3 cup crab meat cut bite size
1/3 cup dry white wine

Heat butter in a large saucepan over low heat until melted. Add garlic. Stir in flour and salt. Cook, stirring constantly until bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in milk, broth and white wine. Return to stove and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Add mozzarella cheese, onions, basil and pepper. Cook over low heat until cheese is melted, stirring constantly. Spread about 1 1/2 cups of the sauce in an un-greased 9X13 pan. Top with 5 uncooked lasagna noodles, overlapping as needed. Spread the cheese over the noodles. Spread with another 1 1/2 cups of sauce and then top with another 5 lasagna noodles. Spread seafood over this layer and top with another 1 1/2 cups of sauce. Cover with the last 5 lasagna noodles and top with all of the remaining sauce. If desired, top with 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.


Paella Seafood Recipe

Paella Seafood Recipe

4 lb chicken-serving size pieces
1/4 cup sake plus 2t
2 tablespoon soy sauce
5 3/4 cup chicken stock
16 clams little neck in shell
1 tablespoon ginger root, minced, fresh
1 cup green onions, chopped
3 cup rice short grain uncooked
1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped
1 tablespoon chili sauce
1 lb shrimp whole, raw
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads crushed
1 1/2 lb mussels in shell
1/4 cup oil, olive plus 2t
1 1/2 tablespoon garlic minced
1/4 lb sausage
1 cup snow peas julienne

Shell, devein and butterfly the shrimp. Scrub mussels and clams and soak in several different changes of water until needed. Cut sausage in thin diagonal slices and steam, 15 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 350/F. Combine the chicken, chili sauce and 2T of the sake in a bowl-set aside. Combine shrimp, 1T of the soy sauce and 1T of the sake in another bowl and set aside.Dissolve the saffron in some of the chicken stock and set aside. Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a large skillet: medium high heat. Add chicken pieces a few at a time, cook until browned on each side. Set aside until all are browned. Pour off fat from skillet then add remaining 2T olive oil, garlic and gingerroot. Cook for 1 minute then add green onion and cook 30 seconds more. Now add the steamed sausage and cook 1 more minute then add the rice and stir until it is all coated. Pour in the chicken stock, dissolved saffron, remaining 1/4 cup of sake and remaining 1T soy sauce. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the snow peas, shrimp and chicken pieces and cover with rice mixture. Arrange clams and mussels on top, sticking up so they will open. Bake uncovered at 350/F for 30-40 minutes or until clams and mussels are open. Sprinkle the cilantro over the top and serve from the pan together with green salad and crusty bread.


Seafood Salad Recipe

Easy Seafood Salad Recipe

1/2 lb scallops, washed
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup water
1 sprig parsley
1/2 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 peppercorns
1/2 lb cooked shrimp
1 large red apple, skin, core, dice
1/2 small sweet red onion, thinly sliced
2 large kiwi fruits, peel and slice
1/2 cup walnut halves
1 bunch spinach, wash and trim
-Vinaigrette Dressing-
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
pinch of salt to taste
pinch of pepper to taste
Place scallops in saucepan with wine and water. Put parsley, bay leaf, thyme and peppercorns in cheesecloth and tie together. Add to scallops in saucepan. Poach scallops gently over low heat for 6
minutes. Remove scallops. Allow to cool. Combine scallops with shrimp, apple, onion, kiwi fruit and walnuts. Combine dressing ingredients in a screw top jar. Shake to mix. Pour salad dressing over salad. Toss well. Serve over a bed of spinach. Serve with fresh French bread.


Easy Seafood Recipes

Easy Cook Recipes offers Easy Seafood Recipes. Our easy seafood recipes include Italian Seafood Recipes and Paella Seafood Recipes. Our seafood recipes are quick, easy, natural, and homemade. Find easy recipes for cooking seafood, and easy seafood recipe cooking tips. We hope you enjoy your food with our seafood recipes and have fun at home! 

Seafood Appetizer Recipe

6 oz fillet
12 large sea scallops
12 whole jumbo shrimp
1/3 cup white wine
2 tablespoon seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoon fresh parsley – chopped
2 tablespoon butter
Cut fillet into four slices and place a slice in each of four buttered scallop shells. Place in baking pan. Arrange shrimp and scallops around sole, pour wine over fish. Sprinkle top with bread crumbs and chopped parsley, and sprinkle with butter. Bake 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until fish is flaky.



For good health, a balanced and healthy diet is one of the prerequisites. Fish and other seafood are an essential part of a balanced diet as they are great low-fat sources of many nutrients. They are easiest source of protein and very important source of essential fatty acids. A wide variety of vitamins and minerals are also contained by it. Also, they are low in calories and saturated fats, which make it ideal food for any weight loss eating plan. Recently, the federal government has updated the official guide to healthful eating list, which enlists increasing intake of seafood amid its key recommendations.

In most of cultures, fish and other seafood is a staple food. They are full of nutrition and flavor. Seafood is the palate’s greatest pleasure for many people. Oysters, crab, clams, tuna, and other seafood offer high-quality protein yet low in cholesterol and fat. They also deliver other important nutrients like B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, niacin, and phosphorus. A lot of evidence suggests that people who regularly consume fish and seafood in their diet have a reduced risk of unwanted weight gain. The American Heart Association also recommended in 2002 to consume at least 2 servings of fish in a week, specifically fatty fish.

Nutrition Facts

A 4 oz. serving of fish, approximately the amount of fish in a small can of tuna or an ordinary tuna sandwich receives you halfway to your weekly goal. Most of us should consume about 8 oz. of seafood every week. For pregnant or breast-feeding women, 12 oz. serving is recommended to take every week. A seafood serving size of about 3-oz. contains 20 g of protein and around 100 calories on average. Most fish contain below 5 g of fat per one serving, the amount is less than 5 % of your recommended daily intake. Seafood provides high levels of B vitamins and minerals and also contains a reasonable amount of cholesterol. For health and nutrition, seafood is called as “one of the best choices” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The fats included in the polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) family are known as ‘essential fatty acids’ and these are the good fats for health. These fatty acids are very important for health and cannot be produced in the human body. So, people must obtain these fatty acids from diet. Omega-3 essential fats are found almost only in fish and seafood. Omega-3 fatty acids are included in the PUFAs. A fish and seafood are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These healthful fatty acids can decrease heart arrhythmia and thus sudden cardiac death. They also help to prevent cardiovascular disease as they reduce triglycerides level and blood pressure and prevent formation of blood clots that responsible for heart stroke.

The number of scientific researches has been done on omega-3 and results have clearly indicated that they have an important role in fetal growth and also in brain development in infants and unborn babies. Also, they are very important for the functions of the body and the healthy maintenance. The health benefits of a fish and seafood rich diet is also connected to a considerable reduce in the symptoms of inflammatory diseases like colitis and arthritis. Also, they significantly decrease the risk of some forms of cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Some new studies have shown that these healthful fatty acids may help to prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that responsible for impaired vision.

According to dietary guidelines, women who consume omega-3, particularly DHA, not less than eight ounces of seafood per week, may have their babies with sharp cognitive and visual development. Studies have shown that children who consume more fish may have slightly higher IQs than those who consume less. Fishes like Atlantic salmon, Australian salmon, Blue Mackerel, Blue Eye Trevalla, Silver Perch, Blue Warehou, Pilchards, Redfish, Sea Mullet, Tailor, Threadfin Bream, Rainbow Trout, and Yellowtail Kingfish are high in Omega 3. Some seafoods like Pacific oysters, sardines, herring, and anchovies are best sources of Omega 3.

Good Source of B Vitamins

Fish and other seafood are good source of B vitamins, including B-12, B-6, biotin and niacin. All these vitamins are essential for a good digestion, energy production, healthy nervous system and healthy skin, nails and hair. Fatty fish like whitefish, mackerel and salmon are also high in vitamin A and vitamin D. Vitamin A protects the body against disease and vitamin D helps to maintain phosphorous and calcium levels in the body.

Rich in Minerals

The minerals like potassium, iron, phosphorus and zinc are also contained by seafood in good amount. An oyster is a good source of copper which is essential for red blood cells. Salmon and sardines are high in bone-building calcium. Both shellfish and saltwater fish are good source of iodine that needed to prevent goiter. Fish are also low in sodium, excluding shellfish. Avoid addition of tartar sauce or butter to your fish and in place of this, you can use herbs like curry powder, paprika, oregano or basil, to improve their flavors.


Most fish contains about twenty milligrams of cholesterol per ounce serving, similar to poultry and red meat. Shrimp is fully packed with cholesterol. Four ounces of shrimp provide about 160 mg cholesterol. American Heart Association recommended consuming less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day. Some shellfish are also a good source of cholesterol than red meat. But, the fat contained by it is mainly poly-unsaturated. To people who are following some fat and cholesterol-restricted diets, shellfish may be allowed.


Some fish contain methyl mercury which may be harmful for the developing nervous system of an infant or unborn baby. Some fishes which are obtained from some lakes and streams may contain damaging levels of polychlorinated biphenyls. Shark, king mackerel, swordfish and tilefish contain high levels of methylmercury so pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised to stay away from these fishes. The dietary guidelines say that pregnant or breast-feeding women can consume any type of tuna they like but should not consume greater than six ounces of white tuna per week as it contains more mercury.

Safety and freshness

For safety concern, cook fish until its internal temperature becomes 145 degrees. Check it to see freshness of it. A sniff is the best way to say about its freshness. If it have a smell like fishy, then it may be not fresh. When the flesh of shrimp scallops and lobster turns into pearly-opaque and firm, they are ready to consume. For the maximum nutritional benefit, try to consume a variety of seafood. Avoid frying of fish while cooking as it adds extra amounts of fat and salt.

7 Health Benefits of Seafood

More and more people are realizing the impressive benefits of seafood. Studies have tied the high consumption of seafood in places such as Japan with low rates of cancer and other diseases. Seafood is perhaps the best source out there for healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals to keep you in good health.

Here are seven important health benefits of seafood.

Cardiovascular Benefits
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood are polyunsaturated fatty acids known to protect the body against heart disease. These so called "good fats" aid in lowering cholesterol, decrease blood clotting, and relax and decrease inflammation in blood vessels. They also aid in the prevention of erratic heart rhythms, and facilitate greater variability between heartbeats, reducing the risk of arrhythmia.

Omega-3s have also been shown to lower levels of triglycerides, high amounts of which are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Arthritis Help
Recent studies show that omega-3s in seafood support joint cartilage and other types of tissue. Scientists have been very interested in one bioactive peptide named calcitonin because it is also made in the human body by the thyroid gland, and we know that it helps regulate and stabilize the balance of collagen and minerals in bone and surrounding tissue. Such peptides may combine with omega-3 molecules to provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits for joints. The incredibly high content of vitamin D found in seafood has also been shown to be key in preventing unwanted inflammation, decreasing fatigue and reducing morning stiffness.

Eye Health
The high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids in seafood offer substantial protection against macular degeneration (AMD) of the eye, a condition in which fine vision deteriorates, resulting in central vision loss and is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. Studies strongly suggest that increasing intake of omega-3 fatty acids may also reduce the risk of dry eye syndrome, a common cause of ocular complaints.

Skin and Hair
The omega-3s found in seafood lock moisture into skin cells, encouraging the production of strong collagen and elastin fibers, which contribute to more youthful looking skin. Omega-3s have also been known to alleviate skin blemishes and maintain good hair luster. Omega-3s provide nourishment to hair follicles, helping hair grow healthy and preventing hair loss. A rich supply of proteins is also important for hair growth. The high protein content of seafood helps maintain strong, healthy hair.

Cancer Prevention
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are powerful allies in the fight against cancer. They have been connected to decreased risk for several types of cancer, including colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. Regular omega-3 intake has been proven particularly effective against the blood cell or lymph cell-related cancers such as leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Consumption of fatty fish presents substantial protection against renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer. Fatty fish is rich in vitamin D, which has been shown to play a crucial role in lowering risk of several types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer.

Cognitive Benefits
Omega-3 fatty acids may help lessen cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease by promoting a healthy blood supply to the brain, lowering inflammation, and aiding the transmission of electrical signals in the brain. Brain cell research shows one omega-3 fatty acid named DHA may help increase production of the protein LR11, which destroys the beta-amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Vitamin D has also been shown to be a major factor in supporting cognitive function, and fatty fish abound in this nutrient.

Mood Benefits
A diet high in seafood may improve your mood and save you stress. Omega-3 fatty acids improve flow of blood and may affect both hormones and the immune system, each of which have an important effect on brain function. One such omega-3, DHA, is used in ion channels in the brain, helping transmit electrical signals, and is involved in serotonin metabolism, a key factor in depression.


vineri, 15 iulie 2011

Yoga Benefits

Lenjerie Sexy
More importantly, yoga is extremely effective in:
Increasing Flexibility – yoga has positions that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised.

Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons – likewise, the well-researched yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body.

Surprisingly it has been found that the body which may have been quite rigid starts experiencing a remarkable flexibility in even those parts which have not been consciously work upon. Why? It is here that the remarkable research behind yoga positions proves its mettle. Seemingly unrelated “non strenuous” yoga positions act upon certain parts of the body in an interrelated manner. When done together, they work in harmony to create a situation where flexibility is attained relatively easily.

Massaging of ALL Organs of the Body – Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner, including those – such as the prostate - that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime. Yoga acts in a wholesome manner on the various body parts. This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.

One of the far-reaching benefits of yoga is the uncanny sense of awareness that it develops in the practitioner of an impending health disorder or infection. This in turn enables the person to take pre-emptive corrective action

Complete Detoxification – By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.

Excellent toning of the muscles – Muscles that have become flaccid, weak or slothy are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess flab and flaccidity.

Harness the power of yoga and gain the 3-fold Advantage of Fitness + Freedom from Stress + Happiness..

Lenjerie Sexy

this results in real quantum benefits. It is now an open secret that the will of the mind has enabled people to achieve extraordinary physical feats, which proves beyond doubtthe mind and body connection.

Yoga through meditation works remarkably to achieve this harmony and helps the mind work in sync with the body. How often do we find that we are unable to perform our activities properly and in a satisfying manner because of the confusions and conflicts in our mind weigh down heavily upon us? Moreover, stress which in reality is the #1 killer affecting all parts of our physical, endocrinal and emotional systems can be corrected through the wonderful yoga practice of meditation.

In fact yoga = meditation, because both work together in achieving the common goal of unity of mind, body and spirit – a state of eternal bliss.

The meditative practices through yoga help in achieving an emotional balance through detachment. What it means is that meditation creates conditions, where you are not affected by the happenings around you. This in turn creates a remarkable calmness and a positive outlook, which also has tremendous benefits on the physical health of the body.

These are just some of the tangible benefits that can be achieved through yoga.

Having seen this, it is educative to note why the ancient yogis performed yoga and the interdependence of yoga and meditation. The ultimate goal of the yogis was “self realization” or “enlightenment”, a concept, which perhaps is quite esoteric to you and me.

But what is interesting is that for this they had to meditate for extensive spells of time – days,weeks and much more. This required tremendous physical fitness, energy and the capacity to subsist on next to nothing. Yoga positions or asanas provided them the fullest fitness with the least metabolism or stress and meditation in turn provided them the strength and will to perform these asanas effectively – a virtuous cycle of cause and effect. This mutually symbiotic relationship helped them in their path.

The Real Deal with Fast Food Calorie Counts

Fast food is notorious for slathering on calories and fat. Many states are passing laws mandating that this nutritional information be posted for you to evaluate when ordering. But just how accurate is this menu information?
Dr. Oz sent an undercover team to 4 of the top fast food restaurants. The mission? To find out if what’s listed on the menu is really what you’re eating. Independent lab analysis of fast food menu items, conducted by RL Food Testing Laboratory, found some discrepancies with the calorie and fat content listed on the menus.

Find out what’s really in your food choices, and learn the small changes you can make to ensure your meal is as healthy as it can be.

The Order: 6-inch Subway Club sandwich containing turkey, ham, lettuce, tomato and mayo

Menu Board: 310 calories and 4.5 grams of fat

Lab Analysis: 380 calories and 12 grams of fat

What gives? The person making your sandwich may have a generous hand with the mayo, oil and cheese.

What You Can Do: Be diligent while your sandwich is made.
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Make sure your sandwich is loaded up with veggies and light on condiments. If you’re having cheese, go with Swiss, a low-sodium option. Avoid the mayo and replace with brown mustard; 2 teaspoons is only 5 flavor-packed calories.

The Order: Wendy’s value size French fries, natural cut with sea salt
Menu Board: 220 calories and 11 grams of fat
Lab Analysis: 237 calories and 11 grams of fat
What Gives? The menu’s estimate is a fairly honest one. What’s misleading about these fries is the name. They are called “natural cut,” but they actually contain 43% more sodium than the old fries.
What You Can Do: Substitute the fries for a small chili, which has the same calorie count, while including 6 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein. If you really want fries, look for options with more potato. Steak fries are better than regular, while curly fries are better than shoestring.

The Order: McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwich
Menu Board: 380 calories and 18 grams of fat
Lab Analysis: 407 calories and 22 grams of fat
What Gives? Just because this is fish, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Between the tartar sauce, buttered bun and oily breading, it’s not a healthy option.

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What You Can Do: If you want fish, hold the cheese and hold the tartar sauce, otherwise just get a McDonalds cheeseburger – it's only 300 calories.

The Order: Taco Bell Beef Burrito Supreme
Menu board: 420 calories and 15 grams of fat
Lab Analysis: 427 calories and 16 grams of fat
What Gives? This is a respectable estimate. The problem lies not in the calories, but in the nutrition within those calories.

What You Can Do: Instead of a burrito, go with anything on the Fresco line. Add pinto beans and cheese to your beans. You’ll be consuming an extra 170 calories, but you’ll also get 8 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein.

Bottom line: Get real foods with nutrients that will keep you satiated. Ask for your condiments on the side so that you can control how many calories are added to your meal.


Ancient Chinese Cures****Chinese Medicine

The Power of Chinese Medicine

First things first: What is Chinese medicine? Chinese medicine is a tradition going back 5,000 years that works with nature to maintain wellness and prevent disease.

In Chinese medicine, the emphasis is always on treating the whole entire person – mind, body and spirit – rather than just the body part that isn’t functioning well. Additionally, it focuses on treating not only a person’s inner life, but also their outer life, including relationships to people and the environment. Disease is a symptom of life out of balance. Chinese doctors use a combination of natural techniques to maintain a healthy balance, including herbal medicine, diet and nutrition, energy exercises like tai chi, and other forms of bodywork, like acupuncture.

Is Chinese Medicine Right for You?

Alternative medicine is enjoying tremendous recognition today, undoubtedly because the remedies are more in tune with Mother Nature, have fewer side effects, and are usually less expensive. In a way, we are coming full circle to the wisdom that we once knew: Herbs, bodywork and healing foods can work for us, just as they did for our ancestors.

Because Chinese medicine falls under the umbrella category of alternative medicine, it too is growing in popularity and becoming more accessible to everyone. Just think, you don’t have to go to your nearest urban Chinatown anymore to find these cures. Lenjerie Sexy

Chinese medicine is definitely a different way to think about your health. So, how do you know if it is right for you? If you like the idea of taking care of yourself now to prevent disease later, and if you are willing to learn how to work wisely with nature to jumpstart your innate self-healing power, Chinese medicine could play a role in your basic health regime. However, this does not mean that you should self-treat or abandon Western medicine.
While Chinese medicine uses natural, noninvasive healing practices as the first line of health care, it does not hesitate to use chemical and invasive medicine when necessary. To have the best of both worlds, continue to work with your physician and consider building a team of health professionals, such as licensed acupuncturists and herbalists, who can give you recommendations based on your unique needs and help you unlock the power of healing within.

Chinese Cures to Relieve Stress

Chronic stress seems to be our national disease. We push ourselves to go, go, go and suffer the health consequences later. Remember, stress is the underlying cause of up to 80% of all chronic diseases. The good news is that you can use Chinese cures to maintain balance and peace in the middle of your day.

Jujube Seeds 
Jujube, the red Chinese date, has been used for thousands of years in China to reduce stress and promote sleep. A big plus of the jujube seed is that it doesn’t make you tired when you take it during the day – actually, it seems to reduce fatigue related to nervousness.Lenjerie Sexy It is usually served as tea, made from a powder extract. You can find jujube seed in health food stores, online, and from acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists.

Schizandra Berry 
This prized berry boosts energy and focus; it also soothes nerves and takes the edge off anxiety. You can eat the berries, but most people drink it as tea or take capsules. Again, look in health food stores and online.

Valerian Root
You might have heard of this one, which is often used as a sedative. Sometimes called “nature’s tranquilizer,” valerian has been used for centuries to regulate the nervous system and relieve tension, irritability, nervous exhaustion and stress. Valerian is also a natural pain reliever that reduces the sensitivity of the nerves. This herb is very accessible and you should be able to find it as tea or supplements with no problem in a health food store.

Ancient Qigong Breathing Practice
Take a moment to notice your breath. How deeply do you breathe? Shallow breathing mimics the bodily actions of stress, and actually induces your body to feel anxiety. Specific breathing techniques will relax and revitalize your being.

Qigong, an ancient practice from China, has one such breathing exercise that can release stress. In this practice, you must become mindful of every breath you take: monitor the speed, quality, and depth of inhalation and exhalation.
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The goal is to slow down, smooth out, and deepen each breath.

With every exhalation, utter the word “calm” in your mind and breathe out the tension from a part of your body, starting from the top of your head and working your way down through every part of your body until you get to your feet. Release any remaining tension through your toes and the bottoms of your feet, visualizing it as dark smoke. This ancient practice will not only help you keep your cool in the moment, but over time, it will help you breathe more deeply.


Cinnamon Benefits

Cinnamon is a herb traditionally used by many ancient cultures. It is indicated for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal problems, urinary infections, relieving symptoms of colds and flu and has remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolise sugar better.

True cinnamon, or Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, is the inner bark of a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka and was used in ancient Egypt for embalming. It was also added to food to prevent spoiling. During the Bubonic Plague, sponges were soaked in cinnamon and cloves and placed in sick rooms. Cinnamon was the most sought after spice during explorations of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Most therapeutic uses of Chinese cinnamon bark are rooted in its historical use as a traditional medicine and on laboratory and animal studies. Test-tube or animal research does not guarantee safety or effectiveness in humans, but German health authorities (Commission E) do approve of cinnamon bark for mild gastrointestinal spasms, stimulating appetite and relieving indigestion.

It is used in flatulent dyspepsia, dyspepsia with nausea, intestinal colic and digestive atony associated with cold & debilitated conditions. It is known to relieve nausea and vomiting, and because of its mild astringency it is particularly used for infantile diarrhea.

Cinnamon warms and stimulates the digestive system, useful in weak digestion, colic, griping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, wind and distension. The tannins have an astringent action, stemming bleeding in nosebleeds, heavy periods and resolving diarrhea and catarrhal congestion.

Cinnamon may help to:

Soothe an upset stomach:

Cinnamon extracts have been used medically to treat gastrointestinal problems and to help calm the stomach. Cinnamon is a carminative, an agent that helps break up intestinal gas that has traditionally been used to combat diarrhea and morning sickness. Both test-tube and some animal studies have found that cinnamon may help to relieve mild abdominal discomfort caused by excess gas.

Clear up urinary-tract infections:

One German study showed that Cinnamon "suppresses completely" the cause of most urinary-tract infections (Escherichia coli bacteria) and the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections (Candida albicans).

Allow diabetics to use less insulin:

Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolise sugar better. In adult-onset (Type II) diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the body can't use it efficiently to break down blood sugar.

Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland found that Cinnamon enhances the ability of insulin to metabolise glucose, helping to control blood sugar levels.
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Cinnamon contains the anti-oxidant glutathione and a type of flavonoid called MHCP (methylhydroxy chalcone polymer). It is believed that cinnamon makes fat cells much more responsive to insulin, the hormone that regulates sugar metabolism and thus controls the level of glucose in the blood.

"One-eighth of a teaspoon of cinnamon triples insulin efficiency," say James A. Duke, Ph.D., a botanist retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Dr. Duke suggest that people with adult-onset diabetes discuss Cinnamon's benefits with their doctor. Taking ½ to ¾ teaspoon of ground Cinnamon with each meal may help control blood sugar levels.

Aid digestion:

Cinnamon contains compounds called catechins, which help relieve nausea. The volatile oil in cinnamon bark may also help the body to process food by breaking down fats during digestion.

Kill many disease-causing fungi and viruses:

Preliminary results from test tube and animal studies suggest that cinnamon oil and cinnamon extract have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic properties. For example, cinnamon has been found to be active against Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections and thrush (oral yeast infection), Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers), and even head lice.

An incredible experiment in the journal of Food Science for 1974 demonstrated the power of cinnamon over most yeasts and fungi. Slices of white, raisin, rye and whole wheat breads, manufactured without the usual mold inhibitors, were subjected to various aflatoxins, a group of toxic molds so dangerous that they can cause liver cancer and kill humans and animals alike and often occur in food. The toxic molds grew vigorously on all of the other breads, except for the raisin bread where growth was described as being "scant or not visible at all." In trying to identify whether it was the raisins or cinnamon responsible for this, food scientists discovered that as little as 2% or 20 mg. of the spice per ml of a yeast-extract and sucrose broth inhibited 97 -99 per cent of these molds.

Relieve Pain:

Cinnamon is considered a pain-killer due to its prostaglandin-inhibiting action.

Relieve Colds and Flu:

In both India and Europe, cinnamon has been traditionally taken as a warming herb for "cold" conditions, often in combination with ginger (Zingiber officinale). The herb stimulates the circulation, especially to the fingers and toes and has been used for arthritis. Cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for aching muscles and other symptoms of viral conditions such as colds and flue.

Latin Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinamomum saigonicum

Common Names: Saigon cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, Dalcini, Gui, Twak, Yueh-kuei

Properties: Alterative, analgesic, anodyne, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infective, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-septic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, haemostatic, hypotensive, sedative, stimulates and then depresses the nervous system, stomachic.

Indicated for: Abdominal Pain, arthritis, asthma, backaches, bloating, bronchitis, candida, cholera, cold or flu with chilliness, aching, sweating but cold skin, constipation, coronary problems, diarrhea, digestive irritation, dysmenorrhea, excessive menstruation, fevers, flatulence, gastric disorders, haemorrhoids, hypertension, indigestion, nausea, nephritis, parasites, passive gastric/pulmonary/intestinal/renal bleeding, psoriasis, stomach upset, vomiting, warts.

Lenjerie SexyCinnamon bark is generally safe to use in medicinal amounts, but allergic skin rashes or mucous membrane reactions are possible. Spice workers have occasionally developed asthma and some people have had allergic reactions to cinnamon chewing gum. Very large amounts of cinnamon bark could cause dangerous nervous system reactions.

Do not use:

during pregnancy due to cinnamon's emmenagogic effect.

if you suffer from stomach or intestinal ulcers due to the carminative effect.

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Natural Calming Cures

You know the feeling all too well – your palms get balmy, you break into a cold sweat, and your brain fogs over. When you’re worried, your body responds both mentally and physically. Luckily, you can take back control with some cures from nature.
Keep calm with these soothing remedies from Mother Nature. Try the following herbs to decrease worry and stress.

Valerian Root
When you worry, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode. Your hypothalamus activates your nervous system, which makes the body speed up and become ultra-alert. Adrenaline is released into your bloodstream, causing your heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to increase. You can combat these jitters with valerian root, a medicinal herb which has sedative-like effect. In the ancient Greek and Roman empires, valerian was used to treat insomnia. Take 200 mg, three to four times daily. You can find it in capsules, tea or tincture drops.

Lemon Balm is an herb that has been cultivated for over 2,000 years; in the Middle Ages, it was used to minimize anxiety. Try taking 300-500 mg, three times a day to improve your mood. You can find lemon balm in herbal supplements, tea or essential oils.

Try it for nervous stress and anxiety. Researchers believe that passionflower works by calming the activity of some cells in your brain. You can find it in capsules, teas and herbal supplements. Brew passionflower tea with 1 teaspoon of the herb and drink 3 times daily.


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Cherries are not just the fruit of one particular plant. Cherries come from many different species of the plant genus Prunus. Not all Prunus tree fruits are cherries. Prunus trees also produce plums, apricots and peaches to name but a few. Cherries are a small, rich fleshy fruit with a stone in the middle. Their colour is usually dark red but can also be pale pink and even yellowy.

The two cultivated forms of cherries are the sour cherry, Prunus cerasus, and the wild cherry, Prunus avium. Most cultivators grow the wild cherry variety, which is the variety most often utilized commercially. The sour cherry variety is the one most commonly associated with cooking.

The two species are not cross-pollinated although both originated in Asia and Europe. Due to their relative fragility under a barrage of rain or hail, the highly valued fruit is expensive compared to many fruits. Even so, wild and sour cherries are perpetually in high demand.

Depending on where they are being grown, cherries become ripe for picking at different times of the year, but usually their peak season is the summertime. In North America and Europe, June is cherry picking time. In the U.K. and Canada, cherries are harvested in mid-July to August. Based on the data from 2007, annual production worldwide is about two million tons, 40% of that originating in Europe and 13% in the U.S.

Cherries are used in many baking recipes for their tartness or flavorful sweetness, depending on the variety used. The cherry has also been found to have medicinal properties that have been proven to be beneficial in the prevention of some critical diseases and painful physical conditions.

Lucius Licinius Lucullus is recorded to have brought a cultivated cherry from Anatolia to Rome in 72 BC. Later, King Henry VIII, who had enjoyed the fruit in Flanders, had the cherry introduced to his country at Teynham, near Sittingbourne in Kent, England.

Cherries contain anthocyanins which is the red pigment in many fruits. The anthocyanins in cherries have proven to reduce inflammation and pain in laboratory rats. The anthocyanins have also been shown to be potent antioxidants with the potential for being helpful in a variety of ways as health benefits. Studies have indicated that they may be beneficial in the fight against diabetes and heart disease. In addition, the anthocyanins in cherries resulted in lower levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in rats that were given a high-fat diet that included whole tart cherry powder mixed in.

Research also revealed that the health benefits of drinking one full glass of cherry juice daily equals the benefits of consuming 23 portions of vegetables and fruit. Further, it was determined that drinking 250ml of cherry juice provides more antioxidants than five portions of tomatoes, carrots, peas, watermelon and bananas. Antioxidants attack free radical molecules in the body and can also help prevent heart disease, aging, cancer and stroke. The juice tested was from the Montmorency tart cherry variety which is U.S. grown.

Cherries contain numerous vitamins such as Vitamin C and Vitamin A, and are high in nutrients like beta-carotene, perillyl, ellagic acid, bioflavonoids and potassium. This delightful fruit also produces melatonin. Melatonin, in addition to helping slow the aging process, also helps control healthy sleep patterns.

A diet that includes cherries can help decrease body fat, cholesterol and arthritic inflammation.

The health benefits of cherries are quite impressive. In addition to the aforementioned benefits, Cherries also are known to relieve headaches, gout and the associated symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome.

Sweet or sour, cherries have a pleasant taste and are perfect for desserts and snacks. They can be baked in pies, added to homemade granola bars or yogurt, or even eaten as whole fruit by themselves. Of course, a cherry is the perfect topper for an ice cream dessert. Black cherries and bing cherries are also manufactured in teas for a tasty tea and biscuit afternoon tea break. The knowledge that you are adding nutritious antioxidants along with a tasty snack only sweetens the experience.

Nature has provided man with so many delicious foods with high nutritional value. We are only beginning to realize the extent of that nutritional bounty. As science develops new technologies for the exploration of disease-preventing foods, we often find that the simplest things have complexities that offer significant health benefits. Cherries are being championed as one of the best in that category.