Health Benefits of Garlic

Health Benefits of GarlicIf you’re like me and love garlic, then you can enjoy both a great taste and great health benefits. Garlic has been regarded as nature’s wonder medicine for thousands of years. This is because of its natural antibiotic properties and antioxidants. It is also a potent anti-cancer agent.

Garlic has been considered as one of the oldest medicinal herb. It has properties that can cure many ailments. There are thousands of research papers which have been published showing the health benefits of garlic.

Here are some Health Benefits of Garlic :

  • You can treat the common cold with it. You can consume raw, fresh, crushed garlic to give boost to your natural defence system in your body. Just let it sit in the air for at least 10 minutes after you crush it. This will greatly enhance its immune boosting properties.
  • It helps in lowering cholesterol level in our body.
  • It helps to relieve acidity and gas.
  • It can lower your High Blood Pressure by 5 to 10 percent. 2-3 garlic cloves a day is all it takes.
  • It increases hearth health and minimizes the risks of heart attack or stroke.
  • It helps to lessen allergie symptoms since.
  • It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • It can prevent and cure skin problems.
  • It thins the blood and helps prevent blood clots.
  • Regular intake of garlic, as well as many spices, helps to lower the risk of colon cancer.
  • It regulate the blood sugar levels and can reduce the insulin needs of diabetics.
  • It anti-inflammatory properties can reduce inflammation  in Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • It is rich in Vitamin B6.
  • Can help to expel intestinal parasites & worms from our body.

Nutritional Value of Garlic :

  1. High in Manganese, Vitamin B6 and C.
  2. Low in saturated fat, Sugar and Sodium.
  3. High in Calcium, Phosphorus and Selenium

With all of garlics great benefits, aside from tasting great, it really isn’t practical to eat it several times a day every day – You’ll lose a lot of friends. So garlic  supplements are an alternative.

For more information on the health benifits of garlic, here is a link to the Linus Pauling Institute.

How broccoli, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables help prevent cancer

The few paragraphs below are from the UPI, but there is a mountain of evidence from multiple studies which show without a doubt that these vegetables and prevent and stop cancer.

From United Press International   04-20-12

Cruciferous vegetables — broccoli, cabbage, leafy greens, cauliflower — help prevent breast and prostate cancer, U.S. researchers say.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Ingram Center showed a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables — specifically the indoles they contain — protects and improves breast cellular health.

“Indoles are organic compounds that have a positive impact on cellular health. One in particular, diindolylmethane has been shown to support the immune system and help keep hormones in balance, particularly estrogen,” the researchers said. “In the body, estrogen gets broken down into a variety of metabolites, some of which promote healthy cells. Unfortunately, others can cause problems. Diindolylmethane has been shown to help the body produce beneficial estrogen metabolites with anti-oxidative effects.”

Certain estrogen metabolites, which have been associated with obesity, chemical exposure and other causes, have been shown to derail cellular healthy, but diindolylmethane has proven to increase the good kind of hormone metabolites and decrease the kind that can challenge health, the study said.

Breast, prostate and other areas of hormone-related cellular health depend on this delicate balance, the study said.

Copyright United Press International 2012

In Dr. David Servan-Schreibers book “Anti-Cancer, a new way of life” he goes into depth on how many different vegetables, berries, and herbs have been proven to prevent, slow, and stop cancer.  He has summarized the effectiveness of many different vegetables against colon, brain (which suffered from), lung, prostate, and breast cancer.

I all cases broccoli, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables were at the tops of the charts, though consistently outdone by garlic and leeks.  Other powerful proven cancer fighting foods are green tea, olive oil, soy, turmeric, mushrooms, berries (Black, rasp, straw, blue, etc), stone fruits (peaches, plums and nectarines), and an assortment of spices and herbs.

Some vegetables can actually stimulate different cancers, so chose your veggies carefully.  jalapeño peppers and tomatoes can stimulate colon cancer. Radishes brain cancer, add cucumber to the proceeding to stimulate lung cancer, eggplant and bock choy plus some others for breast cancer, and so on.

These foods aren’t powerful cancer killing agents that can instantly cure stage 4 cancers, but if eaten consistently while you are symptom free (you almost always have cancer cells growing in your body) your body can hold cancer at bay when it is just a few dozen or hundred cells, and eventually your immune system gets rid of it. So it isn’t that you never have cancer, but it never develops into anything and you just live peacefully with it. It is when it gets out of control that you are in trouble.

In those cases where you do have diagnosed cancer, which has been growing for probably 15-10+ years, these foods eaten several times a day, every day, can help to slow or stop the tumors growth, and in some cases turn it back.

So what can you and I do? ideally you blend up a garlic, broccoli, cabbage, soy, turmeric, mushroom, blue berry, peach shake seasoned with a pinch of everything in the spice rack. If you could stomach it it would be ideal. Dr. Servan-Schreiber does tell a story of a colleague of his who did this while he was doing his research and it did slow and stop his pancreas cancer.

The other option, which do, is take a very high quality and potent multi-vitamin which, like what I take, has extracts of olive oil, green tea, blue berries, broccoli, turmeric, etc in each tablet. So I take four a day, spread throughout the day, so I get some daily help, then I eat a diet very high in these foods, but it isn’t practical for most people to eat all of these fresh at every meal.

Your Skin Care Products may be Causing Skin Cancer!

A study in the “The Journal of Investigative Dermatology” found that topical applications of moisturizers such as Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, Vanicream, or other lotions containing Mineral Oil could increase skin cancer risk.

In the study mice were irradiated with UVB, basically receiving a sunburn, and were treated with the mineral oil containing moisturizers exhibited a significant increase in their rate of tumor formation and increase in tumor size per mouse. Treatment of the mice with these lotions for 17 weeks increased the total number of tumors by 69 percent.

Mineral oil is a known carcinogen and applying it to sunburned skin appears to greatly increase this effect.

In light of the potential tumorigenic effects of mineral oil on UVB-exposed skin, it stands to reason that this is NOT an ingredient you want in your suntan lotion or tanning oil. However, that’s just what you’ll find in many tanning products. Unfortunately, just because you don’t see it on the label, it doesn’t mean it’s not in there. Mineral oil has countless different names, but each has the same effect… one you’ll want to stay away from!

Alternate names include:

  • Adepsine oil
  • Albolene
  • Drakeol
  • Lignite oil
  • Liquid paraffin / paraffin oil
  • Mineral seal oil
  • Petrolatum
  • White oil
  • Baby oil
Mineral oil also clogs your pores and can cause blackheads as well as preventing the absorption of any beneficial ingredients which may be in the products.
I think back on my high school and college days laying on the beach slathered in baby oil.
We’re fortunate now though that our skin care line doesn’t contain any mineral oil, by any name.

FDA Finally Classifies Formaldehyde as a Carcinogen.

Formaldehyde is best known as embalming fluid but it is found in many household products including your hair care, skin care, and body care products!  It is also found in pressed wood products like particle board. When you walk into a new house under construction that new house smell is formaldehyde. 


The FDA just recently added formaldehyde to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer, not that might cause cancer, but does cause cancer. Here is the report from the Department of Health and Human Services  http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/roc12


When you look at products you put on your skin you won’t see formaldehyde listed as an ingredient because nobody would buy a product with that listed, but there are a number of common chemicals which degrade and breakdown fairly readily and when they break down they release formaldehyde. The most popular chemicals are:

  • Quaternium 15
  • 2-bromo-2nitropropane-1,3-dio
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • DMDM Hydantoin
If you see these listed on the label, then you’re exposing formaldehyde directly to your skin daily. 

The skin care product we use and recommend is free from all formaldehyde releasing agents as well as parabens. It also doesn’t use irritating natural oils, like tea tree, grapefruit oil, etc. These aren’t harmful, but they are irritating to the skin.  I won’t mention product names here, but email me at my address below and I’ll give you information where you can find this product.
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20 New Anticancer Rules

By Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Pollan’s recent little gem of a book “Food Rules” inspired me to compile my own “rules” about what I’d like every person to know about how they can help avoid cancer – or slow it down if they have it.

FOOD RULES 

1. Go retro: Your main course should be 80 percent vegetables, 20 percent animal protein, like it was in the old days. Opt for the opposite of the quarter pounder topped with a token leaf of iceberg lettuce and an anemic tomato slice. Meat should be used sparingly for taste, as when it used to be scarce, and should not be the focus of the meal.

2. Mix and match your vegetables: Vary the vegetables you eat from one meal to the next, or mix them together — broccoli is an effective anticancer food, and is even more effective when combined with tomato sauce, onions or garlic. Get in the habit of adding onions, garlic or leeks to all your dishes as you cook.

3. Go organic: Choose organic foods whenever possible, but remember it’s always better to eat broccoli that’s been exposed to pesticide than to not eat broccoli at all (the same applies to any other anticancer vegetable).

4. Spice it up: Add turmeric (with black pepper) when cooking (delicious in salad dressings!). This yellow spice is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent. Remember to add Mediterranean herbs to your food: thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, marjoram, mint, etc. They don’t just add flavor, they can also help reduce the growth of cancer cells.

5. Skip the potato: Potatoes raise blood sugar, which can feed inflammation and cancer growth. They also contain high levels of pesticide residue (to the point that most potato farmers I know don’t eat their own grown potatoes).

6. Go fish: Eat fish two or three times a week – sardines, mackerel, and anchovies have less mercury and PCBs than bigger fish like tuna. Avoid swordfish and shark, which the FDA says pregnant women should not eat because they contain a high concentration of contaminants.

7. Remember not all eggs are created equal: Choose only omega-3 eggs, or don’t eat the yolks. Hens are now fed on mostly corn and soybeans, and their eggs contain 20 times more pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids than cell-growth regulating omega-3s.

8. Change your oil: Use only olive and canola oil in cooking and salad dressings. Go through your kitchen cabinets and throw out your soybean, corn and sunflower oils. (And no, you can’t give them to your neighbors or your relatives… They’re much too rich in omega-6 fatty acids!)

9. Say “Brown is beautiful”: Eat your grains whole and mixed (wheat with oats, barley, spelt, flax, etc.) and favor organic whole grains when possible since pesticides tend to accumulate on whole grains. Avoid refined, white flour (used in bagels, muffins, sandwich bread, buns, etc.) whenever possible, and eat white pasta only al dente.

10. Keep sweets down to fruits: Cut down on sugar by avoiding sweetened sodas and fruit juices, and skipping dessert or replacing it with fruit (especially stone fruits and berries) after most meals. Read the labels carefully, and steer clear of products that list any type of sugar (including brown sugar, corn syrup, etc.) in the first three ingredients. If you have an incorrigible sweet tooth, try a few squares of dark chocolate containing more than 70% cocoa.

11. Go green: Instead of coffee or black tea, drink three cups of green tea per day. Use decaffeinated green tea if it gets you too wired. Regular consumption of green tea has been linked to a significant reduction in the risk for developing cancer.

12. Make room for exceptions. What matters is what you do on a daily basis, not the occasional treat.

NON-FOOD RULES

1. Get physical: Make time to exercise, be it walking, dancing or running. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week. This can be as easy as just walking part of the way to the office, or the grocery store. A dog is often a better walking partner than an exercise buddy. Choose an activity you enjoy; if you’re having fun, you’re more likely to stick with it.

2. Let the sun shine in: Try to get at least 20 minutes of daily sun exposure (torso, arms and legs) without sunscreen, preferably at noon in the summer (but take care to avoid sunburns!). This will boost your body’s natural production of Vitamin D. As an alternative: discuss the option of taking a Vitamin D3 supplement with your doctor.

3. Banish bad chemicals: Avoid exposure to common household contaminants. You should air our your dry-cleaning for two hours before storing or wearing it; use organic cleaning products (or wear gloves); don’t heat liquids or food in hard plastics; avoid cosmetics with parabens and phthalates; don’t use chemical pesticides in your house or garden; replace your scratched Teflon pans; filter your tap water (or used bottled water) if you live in a contaminated area; don’t keep your cell phone close to you when it is turned on.

4. Reach out (and touch someone!): Reach out to at least two friends for support (logistical and emotional) during times of stress, even if it’s through the internet. But if they’re within arms reach, go ahead and hug them, often!

5. Remember to breathe: Learn a basic breathing relaxation technique to let out some steam whenever you start to feel stressed.

6. Get involved: Find out how you can best give something back to your local community, then give it.

7. Cultivate happiness like a garden: Make sure you do one thing you love for yourself on most days (it doesn’t have to take long!).

Please visit the Anti Cancer Diet web site at: http://www.anticancerbook.com/