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Sulphoraphane Makes Broccoli Sprouts A Super Food

Since everyone seems infatuated with the word detoxify. I present to you cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts contain an antioxidant called sulphoraphane. However, the largest concentration is found in broccoli sprouts. This antioxidant negatively effects many different diseases.

Sulphoraphane’s Effect

Sulphoraphane lowers the oxidation rate of the cell. Therefore, it’s similar to anti-wrinkle cream… if anti-wrinkle cream worked. Studies show that it can prevent certain cancers. Additionally, it can slow the growth of tumor cells. This is especially relevant for cancer patients. Link is here.

Sulphoraphane can detoxify compounds that come into the body. With China’s dense population, come higher amounts of pollutants in the air. Study participants drank a sulphoraphane rich beverage to see if pollutant by-products were lowered in the body. As a result, some pollutants were lowered by drinking the beverage. It’s similar to the detoxifying, apple cider vinegar-based concoctions, but broccoli sprouts, I assume, seem more palatable. Link to study here.

Also, sulphoraphane helps the liver regulate glucose. Consequently, this is an important finding for diabetic patients. Link to study here. I believe it’s noteworthy that it can improve glucose control and pollutant detoxification. Both improvements have direct involvement with the liver, a vital organ for optimal health.

Get Me Sulphoraphane Now

Eat your vegetables, right? Adding cruciferous vegetables, specifically broccoli sprouts to your diet will keep your body at optimal function. You can find broccoli sprouts at specialty grocery stores, or you can grow them! Find out how, here.

After carefully washing them, eat broccoli sprouts raw. Heating them can reduce the amounts of healthy compounds. Add broccoli sprouts to salads or on top of a protein for garnish. Finally, there are no known side effects of broccoli sprouts.  Any one can eat them! Cheers!

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Energy Optimization with CoQ10?

CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is vital in the function of optimal cellular function. It’s so important that our bodies actually make it. Without normal amounts, your cells may not produce optimal amounts of energy (ATP). It’s like a car without gas. CoQ10 is also used in normal signaling of cells in gene expression. Important right?

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CoQ10 Vital Organs and Aging

Unfortunately, as you age the levels of CoQ10 decrease. Also, a large portion of the country takes cholesterol lowering statins. Taking statins could lower levels as well. This is not good. The heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys contain the highest levels. Thus, waning levels affect the vital organs significantly.

Studies show CoQ10 supplementation is effective against heart disorders. After one year of supplementation, congestive heart failure patients went to the hospital less. Significant declines in pulmonary edema, cardiac asthma, and arrhythmia did occur. Besides heart function improvements, studies positive results for fatigue, physical performance, and decreased levels of muscle injuries and stress. The evidence for the latter improves is less robust. Studies here and here.

Where Do You Find CoQ10?

CoQ10 can be found in a supplement form, or you can get if from organ meats! Delicious… Trace levels can be found in olive oil and pistachios. So unless you eat a lot of organ meats, supplementation could be beneficial.

There are no known serious side effects of CoQ10 supplementation. As always, consult your physician whenever taking supplements since they can render medications less effective.

If you want to enhance the process of energy production in cells, then consider supplementation. Spinal structure enhancement is important in the function of muscles, tissues, and organs as well.

Take a 100 watt light bulb. If obstructions exist between the outlet and the bulb, the bulb may work at 70%. The same principle extends to spinal nerves (electric wiring of the body) and Structural Shifts of the spine. Structural Correction chiropractic, directs spinal segments to a normal alignment removing obstructions from spinal nerves.

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Coffee Consumption Decreases Chances of Diseases

Is coffee healthy or is it bad for you? Debates happen often. The question is particularly important because it’s a constant presence in most of our lives. Just to be clear – the coffee referenced in this article does not include several packets of sugar or sugar substitute. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the way a lightly sugared cup of Joe tastes. Who wouldn’t? It’s desert in a cup. However, for purposes of this article, we are going to discuss the health benefits of plain, black coffee.

Coffee’s Health Benefits

I will be discussing the findings from two different studies. I have included links to both studies in case you would like additional information. They can be found here and here. Both studies found marked heath benefits in coffee drinkers compared to non-coffee drinkers. Also, the more coffee consumed (to a certain extent), the better the outcomes. Researchers found reductions in all causes of mortality (death related illnesses) and reductions in specific illnesses.

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For instance, men who drank over 16 ounces per day had a 12% lower risk of all causes of mortality compared to non-coffee drinkers. Women coffee drinkers also had a 7% lower risk of all causes of mortality. So based on these two studies, drinking coffee can lower your risk of death. Consumption also reduced the risk of certain types of cancers, such as: skin, endometrial, prostate, and liver. The greatest benefit is seen with liver conditions. In addition, women can reduce their risk of digestive disease, circulatory disease, and cerebrovascular disease by at least 22%. All of this done by drinking 2-3 eight ounce cups per day.

How Much Should I drink?

However, there are a few limits. The studies show that after four, eight ounce cups of coffee, the benefits are not as great. There are also some instances in which drinking 2-3 cups is not recommended. Women who are pregnant, those with increased risk of fracture, and individuals with atrial fibrillation should always check with a physician before consuming coffee.

Antioxidants and Caffeine

With that said, scientists aren’t sure why coffee is beneficial. Antioxidants (chlorogenic acid) and caffeine seem to be the most obvious health properties. Antioxidants help protect cells from damage. As a matter of fact, most Americans get the majority of their antioxidants from coffee. Caffeine works as a stimulant to increase brain activity.

Just to reiterate, drinking coffee with sugar and cream can cause adverse effects. Unfortunately coffee isn’t the only part of optimal health. It is important to have a diet complete with proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits in addition to moderate exercise in order to reduce risks of all causes mortality.

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