For your better health- use fruit and vegtables
SOME BROCCOLI EACH DAY KEEPS SERIOUS TROUBLES AWAY
The buzzwords several years ago were 'functional foods,' referring to the health benefits derived from certain foods. What a concept -- food as 'medicine.' In particular, entries on the 'food-is-good-for-you' list include apples and cruciferous vegetables -- broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy and kale. According to several new studies (as well as some older ones), these foods are particularly helpful for fighting certain types of cancer.
AN APPLE A DAY
Did you know that apples -- those delicious, versatile, beautiful fruits -- actually are 'natural born cancer cell killers' and more, too? Researchers at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research in Strasbourg exposed cancer cells to apple antioxidants. They found that one type of antioxidant that is prominent in apples, procyanidins, was particularly effective in triggering cancer cell deaths. The French team then did a second-stage study for which they exposed laboratory rats to colon-cancer-causing substances and then fed one of two groups of rats the apple procyanidins for six weeks. The rats that fed on the antioxidant developed half as many precancerous lesions as the group on regular feed.
An earlier cell culture study at Cornell University also demonstrated that apple extract inhibited colon cancer cells, but this study reports that the effectiveness seems to come from not just one, but all antioxidants contained in apples, especially those in the skin. A recent Cornell review of the literature on apple research showed that apples also are protective against several other types of cancer, ' "