Healing Fruits And Vegetables
Are you aware of the healing power of yellow, red and orange
fruits and vegetables? These fruits and vegetables fall into a
category called carotenoids.
Carotenoids can be found in all of the plant foods that you
can think of in varying quantities. As a general rule of thumb,
the more brilliant the color is of a fruit or vegetable the
more carotenoids it contains, and for optimum health more is
Carotenoids are very rich in antioxidants and are to be
found in many delicious tasting fruits and vegetables such as
oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, summer squash
and many more.
Carotenoids are composed of three phytochemicals which
include beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene and alpha-carotene.
Carotenoids often do not get discussed as often as they should
be as they provide a number of amazing benefits to the human
Carotenoids help the body to ward off infections and
bacteria and they include the growth of new tissue as well as
the repair of tissue when it is damaged. Some carotenoids such
as the beta-carotenoids are able to be converted into vitamin A
in order to optimize their benefits to health.
Carotenoids are very strong in the antioxidant department
and are extremely effective at preventing the development of
free radical cells that can easily gain access to DNA in the
body and destroy it by way of the oxidation process. For this
reason carotenoids are thought to be effective in the fight
against cancer development.
Cruciferous vegetables hail from the vegetable group called
Brassica and this group contains the veggies broccoli, Brussels
sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and a variety of others.
Some people fondly refer to cruciferous vegetables as tree
These kinds of vegetables have in them a special sulfur
compound, which is known as glucosinolates. When this sulfur
compound is prepared for a meal such as by chopping, slicing
and then by chewing, the phytochemicals, indoles and
isothiocynantes are released which is a good
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Eating a large amount of cruciferous vegetables on a regular
basis has been shown through research studies to lower a
persons risk of developing colon cancer as well as lung cancer.
It is strongly believed by researchers that glucosinalte
hydrolysis has a way of modifying how the sex hormones are
metabolized in the body in such a manner that it directly has
an impact on the hormones that play a role in the development
of cancers, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Anti-bacterial vegetables derive from a
subgroup of cruciferous vegetables known as thiosulfonates.
Anti-bacterial vegetables are such vegetables as onions, leeks,
garlic and shallots. Although these vegetables are extremely
good for the human body they get a bad rap due to their strong
sulfur odor and the way they leave your breath smelling after
eating them. Nevertheless foods such as onions and garlic are
excellent at fighting a variety of bacteria and viruses.
Certain foods aid the liver and help to
clear up the acne seen on our skin. One vitamin
that is good for clearing up skin problems like
acne are beta-carotenes or vitamin A.
Foods such as apricots, yams, cantaloupe,
carrots, spinach, kale and parsley are good
sources of vitamin A.
The phytochemical allylic sulfides are found in
these types of vegetables and they are effective at blocking
the toxins that develop as a result of a variety of viruses and
bacteria. Allylic sulfides are excellent at lowering the
incidence of a number of different kinds of cancer and they
also lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood and
help to strengthen the immune system.