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4 Amazing Foods For Optimal Health

Winter health is dicey. These 4 amazing foods can help keep you from getting sick. Many people get sick when the temperatures drop. Add large amounts of stress and errands during the holidays.  It’s reasonable to imagine the possibility of more doctors visits. Instead of waiting for a cold or flu to develop. Let’s try to prevent them. 

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Health can improve with optimal diet, rest, stress management, and exercise. We examine foods and beverages high in antioxidants; a must in everyday life. 

Amazing Foods Stuffed With Antioxidants

Antioxidants are important because they inhibit free radicals from damaging healthy cells. The result is prevention of further damage to DNA or cell membranes. 

Imagine: antioxidants plugging a leak in the dam protecting the village. If the leak isn’t fixed, the result could be disastrous. The leak will get bigger and water will flood the village. Choosing these beverages and foods are a great way to plug that leak. 

Dark Chocolate

Cocoa is the main ingredient in the making of chocolate, but don’t start scarfing Hershey Kisses. Cocoa is a rich source of flavanols and procyanidins both antioxidants. Eat dark chocolate that is at least 75-90% cocoa dark chocolate. Avoid brands that are “processed with alkali.” 

Blueberries

Blueberries have a different array of antioxidants such as: beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C selenium, and polyphenol.  Mix your berry intake with blackberries and raspberries. Since berries are more plentiful in the summer, freeze them. 

Green Tea

Catechinis the main antioxidant in green tea. Green tea has been linked to reduction of bad fats (LDL) and has positive effects on obesity. Green tea also has antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer properties. Curl up with a hot cup of tea with a teaspoon spoon of honey and a lemon wedge to soothe a sore throat or as an alternate to coffee. 

Garlic

Allicin is the major player in garlic along with other healthy compounds. Garlic has shown to be antiviral and antibacterial. Additionally, studies have shown the potential benefits of garlic with cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure.  Cook with it!

There you have it. Add these foods, sleep, and regular hand washing. No magic bullets exist for perfect health. Moreover, no such thing exists. Try your best, and reap the benefits.

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Tomato Compound Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer

A tomato is a tasty and versatile food. It happens to have many healthy compounds that negatively affect free radicals. Subsequently, free radicals and inflammation can cause many diseases

A large study shows that participants measuring in the highest range of lycopene levels have a 64% lower risk of colorectal cancer. This group is compared to the lowest quarter. High lycopene levels have shown to reduce the risk of other cancers like ovarian and skin.

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Tomato Compound Lycopene Reduces Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men. Many studies show that lycopene, found in tomatoes, reduces the risk of prostate cancer. In many cases, the first treatment is hormone suppression. Hormones play a role in the growth of cancer cells.

Signal Disruption

The most abundant male hormones are testosterone and androstenedione. Lycopene reduces the risk of prostate cancer, but it also reduces the hormone signaling to normal prostate tissues.

Similarly, this is the same case for breast cancer and the hormone estrogen. After a biopsy, the breast tissue will be tested for estrogen receptors. For instance, receptors signal hormones to attach to a receptor site on tissue. If hormones attach to receptors on tumors, the tumor will grow. Lycopene disrupts this signal.

Lycopene Filled Varities

Different varieties of tomatoes will have more lycopene. Thus, if you have a green thumb plant Health Kick VFFA Hybrid, Tangerine (heirloom), and Jet Star VF Hybrid. Finally, if you don’t have the ability to plant, grocery store varieties will do.

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Nuts Improve Quality and Function of Sperm

Male fertility is not often discussed. As we all know, it takes two to tango, so it’s a vital part of the process. Optimizing health helps increase chances of fertilization. Recently researchers found a diet rich in nuts can improve sperm DNA as well as sperm motility, count, and shape. Link here.

healthy diet plus exercise optimizes weight loss. With that in mind, it’s reasonable to suggest that improving health can optimize sperm. The more healthy routines added the better. Thus, a diet rich in nuts is very doable. 4 parameters exist for sperm which are count, shape, vitality, and motility. The study includes 119 healthy men (18-35). The only difference in diet is the addition of hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds. Not only did the parameters improve, but sperm DNA damage was less likely.

Other studies show that omega-3, antioxidants, and folate improve the sperm parameters. Small dietary changes over a long period of time make big changes. It’s reasonable to suggest that exercise or less of a dietary guilty pleasure will improve chances of fertility. Improvements in health do take time. The first study took 14 weeks total. Thus, an increase consumption of nuts a week before conception will not help as much.

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